A self-described true “Geneva girl," Karen Tatlock has lived in Geneva for 53 years, growing up and raising her family in her hometown Her maternal grandparents owned businesses in Geneva. Both were members of the and are honored with a stone in front of the building.
Karen has volunteered for many years with Market Day, assisted with the S.S. Raiders program for Geneva fifth-graders and with the assistance of local Girl Scouts runs the historical trolley ride for Geneva Chamber’s . In fact, many may recognize and associate Karen with Girl Scouting.
While being a Girl Scout leader, Karen has taken girls through the levels of scouting from kindergarten to college for two different troops, as well as being an assistant leader for two different fifth-grade troops at . Also, a trainer for Daisy Leaders for the Girl Scout Council located in Aurora, the Geneva Service Unit manger and the Fabyan Scout Day Camp director. Presently, Karen is on the Archives Committee for the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and worked with Geneva History Center to set up the Girl Scout Exhibit on display until June 23.
Achieving the highest adult recognition for Girl Scouts, the Thanks Badge II Award, she received a pin that is making its rounds to different historical centers contributing to the 100-year anniversary of Girl Scouts, of which Karen has made a significant impact.
“My mother was my first Girl Scout leader, and today I honor her by carrying her original Girl Scout pin and membership card,” Karen said.
Riding with Karen in the parade are her two daughters, who were also involved in Scouting, with her daughter Darcy receiving the Gold Award, the highest achievement a Girl Scout can.
“This is such an honor for me, my family, and Girl Scouts here in Geneva and everywhere,” Karen said.
Karen Tatlock will preside as marshal of the 2012 parade on June 24.
The Swedish Days Festival presented by Cadence Health runs June 19 throuh June 24 in downtown Geneva.
For more information on the Geneva Chamber festival, please visit www.genevachamber.com/swedishdays.html.