The Germanwings plane crash has been a great tragedy for so many and sadly, our Girl Scout family lost two devoted members, Yvonne and Emily Selke. Emily was a lifetime member of Girl Scouts, and Yvonne a dedicated Girl Scout parent and volunteer.
A longtime employee of government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, Yvonne volunteered both in her daughter’s troop, Troop 2096 in Prince William County, and at Ports of Prince William summer camp. She was instrumental in planning the troop’s end-of-year trips, and was a devoted “cookie mom” as Emily participated in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Those who knew Yvonne said she was the person the troop leaders could count on, and that she would have done anything to help her daughter and her community.
Yvonne consistently supported Emily throughout her Girl Scout journey, which began when she became a Daisy. In her troop, Emily enjoyed volunteering and travelling with her fellow Girl Scouts. They took a number of memorable trips together, from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to the birthplace of Girl Scouts’ founder in Savannah, Georgia. As Emily got older, she grew into her role as a leader, offering to help plan meetings and serving as a mentor to younger girls. Emily and her troop once hosted a 1950’s style sock hop for a group of young Girl Scouts, complete with handmade poodle skirts.
She was also passionate about helping animals, and worked with her troop members to help create a much-needed animal shelter in Prince William County. In recognition of her commitment to serving others, Emily earned a number of Girl Scouts’ highest awards, including her Bronze Award, Silver Award and Silver Trefoil.
She graduated in 2013 with honors from Drexel University, where she studied at the school’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. Every Christmas, Emily, Yvonne and the alumnae of Troop 2096 would gather together at Christmas for an annual potluck dinner to share stories and reconnect.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Emily and Yvonne, and our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this tragedy.