Dr. Avice Evans Reid: A Trefoil Society Luncheon Honoree
The Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians will honor Dr. Avice Evans Reid at the East Tennessee Region's Trefoil Society Luncheon in Knoxville for her longtime service to the Girl Scouts and involvement in the community.
Avice’s path as a Girl Scout started as a Brownie, followed by Cadette, Girl Scout Junior and Girl Scout Senior. She also worked with women through the United Way’s Women Investing in the Next Generation (WINGs), a philanthropic initiative, to form a troop at Vine Middle School.
“We were all trained to be leaders and collectively planned and led the Girl Scouts through the activities and programs,” Avice said. “It was a joy to watch the girls begin as individuals and end the year as a collective group as they learned to trust and support each other. We were also able to sponsor a couple of the girls to attend camp and experience outdoor living for the first time.”
Her experiences gave her firsthand knowledge of how the Girl Scout organization can help young women.
“Girl Scouts provides girls – even the young Daisies and Brownies – an opportunity to develop skills along their leadership journey in a structured environment,” Avice shared. “This helps to expose them to things that they would not experience otherwise, such as the opportunity to plan and execute projects from concept to implementation. Initially, those life and project management skills are taught under the direct supervision of a dedicated leader. However, the Girl Scout program allows girls to independently demonstrate their knowledge and leadership as they progress.”
Avice also worked for 34 years in various positions at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), including senior manager of information technology and senior project manager. She then served 12 years with the City of Knoxville in multiple community engagement efforts, including as the city’s senior director of community relations. Avice has served on numerous local and national boards, and her multiple accolades include being a Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council’s 2009 Women of Achievement honoree. She has been married to her husband, Gary, for 46 years and they have two adult daughters and four grandchildren.
An event to honor Avice’s extensive advocacy and community service, the Trefoil Society Luncheon, is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville at 11:30 a.m.
The Trefoil Society Luncheon is named after the trefoil-shaped pin that Girl Scouts receive to symbolize acceptance of ethical leadership values. The Trefoil Society provides financial support to Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians and hosts annual luncheons in each of the council’s three regions.
“Dr. Avice Evans Reid has dedicated years of her life to making our community better while excelling in her career and raising a family,” said Lynne Fugate, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians. “It is a privilege for our organization to honor this Girl Scout and former troop leader at the Knoxville Trefoil Society Luncheon.”
For Avice, it’s a credit to “what other women poured into me.”
“Being honored by the Trefoil Society means that the values and tenets by which I live my life coincide with the mission and values of the Girl Scouts. Watching my daughters grow through scouting, I witnessed firsthand the value of the Girl Scouts. I am thankful to join the group of women previously honored and humbled to have my lifelong advocacy for girls recognized in this way.”
Sponsors of the luncheon include Home Federal Bank, Stowers Machinery, McCarty Holsaple McCarty, Inc., the Trust Company of Tennessee, East Tennessee Foundation, Leadership Knoxville, and Little Brownie Bakers.
We are thankful for women like Avice who step up to lead girls and women in our community and make a lasting impact. We celebrate and congratulate her for years of service, advocacy and leadership.