Politicians and Elected Officials Who Get Things Done
In a climate marked by endless talk and far too little action, these 12 politicians give us reason for hope.
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the November 2012 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
The Challenge: As a nonprofit, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas needs to pay for everything from campground maintenance to merit badges.
How She Tackled It: Richmond, an exuberant 15-year-old, is one of 16 delegates representing 4,500 scouts in the San Antonio area, voicing their concerns to the region's governing board. But it's her business savvy that has won her so many fans—she has sold 9,858 boxes of cookies over the past two years.
The Happy Result: Richmond's sales—which totaled $34,503—have helped fund local programs, including a mobile unit that houses laptops and uniform supplies, as well as scholarships to send scouts to camp. "I'd like to think that I make a difference in somebody's life," she says. —A.W.
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