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9/22/2013 6:00:00 AM
High Five: Grace Ricca-Runge

Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council said, "A huge thank you goes to Grace Ricca-Runge, better known by her nick-name, 'Gracie,' for her long time commitment to GSACPC."

Grace has been a troop leader for 20 years, and in 1998, she assumed the duties as caretaker of the local Girl Scout Camp, Camp Stevens. In order to upgrade the camp, she organized volunteers from the Ford Proving Ground, Kingman Police Department, Elks and Waste Management to donate their time and materials.

When the camp was severely vandalized in 2007, she organized the team once again, along with volunteers from Home Depot to rebuild the camp.

As camp caretaker, she successfully completed two lease negotiations, securing the camp's future until 2036 so that local Girl Scouts can continue to enjoy short-term encampments there.

Grace was honored at the inaugural GSACPC Pearl Awards on Dec. 8, 2012, for her contribution of GSACPC, but another organization recognized her contributions; Grace also received an award at the 28th Annual Women Making History Award in March 2012.

Pictured are: Grace (left) with Tamara Woodbury, CEO of Arizona Cactus Pine Girls Scouts, at the Inaugural Pearl Awards in Phoenix.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Congratulations Grace! Don't know you, undoubtedly knew your family. Sounds like you are doing a great job and to be commended. I have a long and happy memory of Girl Scouts.

One of my Girl Scout leaders many years ago was Alice Ricca, probably your Aunt who lived on Grandview. Another leader, County Treasurer Ruth Moser taught all us Girl Scouts to waltz at the then Girl Scout meeting house near Lee Williams High School, now long gone.

It was such fun. She had a dance, our first, and we invited local boys. My date was Dickie Grounds where I received my first corsage. I will forever remember Dickie. Wished I had a picture of the event but I don't. We were shy so his Aunt finally pinned it on the dress my Mother had made me. Don't know what badge this covered. Haha!

I had the privilege of being a Girl Scout leader in Texas. Some of the happiest memories I have. But my daughter's Girl Scout leader sounds like you. Incredible energy and dedication, they camped out in the New Mexico mountains many times and learned so much.


Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Article comment by: Brenda Nelson

Good job Grace you are a wonderful person so kind and always care about others I'm so glad to have a dear sweet friend like you.

Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Article comment by: Gloria Richart

Grace, congratulations on this award. It has been years '68-'79 since I worked with Girl Scouts. Some day, Some day..... I shall locate my photo book of GS activities and shall share with you.

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