Dear Girl Scout Family,
I wanted to share some sad news with you. One of our dearest lifelong Girl Scouts, Claire Davis Smith, passed away on Friday, May 16. She was a devoted Girl Scout who made an indelible mark on the Movement, and she will forever remain dear to our hearts.
Claire’s history with Girl Scouts began in 1947 as a member of Troop 68. For more than 65 years, she has served in various capacities from Troop Leader to Board Member Emerita. A dedicated volunteer, she received the Thanks Badge and Thanks Badge II, Girl Scout’s highest volunteer awards. Claire was also a lifetime member, a Juliette Low Associate, and was exceptionally generous to the council’s capital campaigns and Annual Fund. During our 100th anniversary year, she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Claire was a spirited Girl Scout song leader, which led to her being known as “Lark.” She created the Atlanta Girl Scout Chorus and directed the chorus, Girl Guides, and Girl Scouts from all over the world in song. Her white gloved hands directed songs at National Girl Scout Conventions, the 100th Anniversary Celebration at the Governor’s mansion and many other events. Claire was also the first to include Girl Scouts in her will by creating a planned giving program for our council known as The Lark Society.
Condolences can also be sent to:
Dan (Barbara) Smith
145 River Lake Court
Roswell, Georgia 30075
Contributions to honor Claire may be made to:
Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
5601 North Allen Road, SE
Mableton, Georgia 30126
As we continue to build upon our mission, let us remember Claire’s commitment to our council. She exemplified the true definition of a Girl Scout. Her courage, confidence, and character made the world a better place, and she will be dearly missed.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta