Always the Girl Scout, Always a Servant Leader
TVA retiree Avice Reid says in her heart, she’ll always be a Girl Scout. It started at age seven, when she wore her first Brownie uniform.
“Being a Brownie meant a chance to do something,” she says.
She remained a Girl Scout through high school, and her daughters were also Girl Scouts.
Scouting honed her leadership skills and her desire to serve others. “Girl Scout activities taught me how to live with myself and others, how to win and lose, and how to accept responsibility. Scouting reinforced the values taught to me at home and in church.”
Then and now, Reid lives the Girl Scout mission “to make the world a better place.” For her servant leadership, she was recently named one of three 2009 Women of Achievement by the Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council — a coveted honor that recognizes former Girl Scouts for exceptional performance in their professional fields and in community service.
Reid juggles a full schedule between home, community and work.
She is past president of her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc., and is currently president of the sorority’s foundation. She has served or is serving on the boards of the Knoxville YWCA, Home Federal Bank of Tennessee, Knoxville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, United Way of Greater Knoxville and the Florence Crittenden Agency. She also is a trustee at her church.
She retired from TVA in January 2008 as a senior project manager in Information Services in Knoxville.
In her new career as the executive director of the City of Knoxville’s Police Advisory & Review Committee, Reid is a liaison between the citizens and the Knoxville Police Department. She also is studying to become a Doctor of Ministry. Initially, she pursued this degree to increase her personal Bible knowledge. Now she is concentrating on biblical counseling to be better equipped to offer people solutions to address life’s challenges.
“I spent 34 years using my ‘techie’ skills at TVA,” she says. “I hope to spend the next 30 continuing to make a difference in my community.”