Libby McGill Riley
Born and raised in Omaha, I was a Girl Scout Brownie for one year. I
absolutely loved my leader and dreamt of returning to Girl Scouts the
next year, but when we moved the new school did not offer free Girl
Scouts. Without financial assistance, I unfortunately could not
participate. As an adult, I rejoined Girl Scouts as a co-leader for my
daughter’s troop. In my first Troop, 11 girls, including my daughter
Erin, earned the Silver Award, and five, including Erin, the Gold
Award. I went on to co-lead my youngest daughter’s troop for 13 years,
and my three granddaughters’ troop for eight years.
Throughout the years, I have also held numerous other positions such
as a camp consultant, delegate, service unit manager, product sales
manager, and more.
Personally, I pursued a career as a professional painter, learning a
great many “old school” techniques and skills that are now becoming a
lost art, and became the first female painter in the Omaha area
Painters Union #109. Some years later I became a chemical dependency
counselor. Additionally, I have managed our family business for 35
years. Besides my involvement in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, I have
served on the board of many non-profit organizations including 12 Step
House, Francis House, Adult Children of Alcoholics in Omaha, and
Koreans for International Adoption, Iowa.
As of January 2020, I continue in roles as a member of the Gold
Award Committee, Spirit of Nebraska Program Planning Committee, GSAG
volunteer, delegate, SU event coordinator, and the council’s Girl
Scout Camp Planning Committee. My husband and I also just taught two
different artVenture collaborations. I am now semi-retired, and a
part-time student at Bellevue University.