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On the anniversary of the first troop’s meeting in March, Chavez visited Low’s birthplace and spent a few minutes alone in the founder’s bedroom meditating on the gift of sisterhood and independence one woman gave the world.

“I said, ‘Julia, give me strength, give me a hint,’ ” Chavez jokes, before turning serious. “She was a phenomenal leader. Look at what this one woman accomplished by having tenacity, perseverance and a passion for empowering girls. She’s shown me what’s possible.”

KATHLEEN PARRISH is a freelance writer from Bethlehem, Pa., who still has her Girl Scout sash and fond memories of having her amazing mother, Anne Kearn, as her troop leader.

Recipe for Success

The Girl Scouts have become known for the delicious cookies they sell every year, and they’ve dug into their archives to share with us the recipe for one of their earliest cookies, the trefoil.

Trefoil Cookies
1 - cup butter
1 - cup sugar - plus additional amount for topping (optional)
2 - eggs
2 - tablespoons milk
1 - teaspoon vanilla
2 - cups flour
1 - teaspoon salt
2 - teaspoons baking powder

Cream butter and cup of sugar. Add well-beaten eggs, milk, vanilla, flour, salt and baking powder. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Roll dough. Cut into trefoil shapes. Sprinkle sugar on top. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.