By Kyle Siegel
Sedalia resident Charlotte Scholl has spent a large portion of her adult life volunteering for a large assortment of organizations and she has no plans of stopping anytime soon.
Charlotte was born in Rolla, Mo., and graduated from Rolla High School before moving on to the University of Missouri-Rolla.
“I have two years there and then I married my husband. We met at college in 1968 on his birthday,” Scholl said.
After marrying her husband Dennis, the couple relocated to Gulfport, Mississippi when he joined the Air Force.
“After that he got a job in St. Louis at Grinnell Fire Protection Systems. He then began working at Broderick and Bascom, and we were transplanted to Sedalia,” Scholl explained.
She added, “We have been here ever since.”
Charlotte and Dennis have two children, Mark Daniel Scholl and Janice Anne Vaughan, and four grandchildren.
Scholl was asked what she does for a living.
“I take care of my grandchildren, and I am a professional volunteer,” she said.
Scholl has been involved with the Girl Scouts of America for 32 years, six as years as a girl and 26 years as an adult.
She is a senior ambassador campus girl scout leader, and she also serves as the scout leader of Troop 30702.
Scholl is also heavily involved with the Boy Scouts of America, where she serves as a merit badge counselor.
“I get to issue merit badges for canoeing, archery, cooking, bird studies, and gardening,” Scholl said.
“My husband is the scout master for Troop 61,” she said.
Scholl belongs to several other organizations, including the Sunrise Optimist Club.
“The Sunrise Optimist Club does the train at Liberty Park, the Kids Day at the Fair, the tractor cruise at the fairgrounds, and we are having a bowl-athon,” she said.
“I am a past president and past Lt. governor,” she said.
She added, “I am a member of the Fair City Garden Club. I am a four time past president.
“I have been the assistant superintendant at the Floriculture Building at the fair for 15 years.”
Scholl began her volunteer work as a member of the Sedalia Beautification Committee.
She has also been a volunteer for the United Way, Meals on Wheels, and the MS 150.
Scholl was asked if she still enjoys being a full-time volunteer and if she has any plans on retiring from volunteer work.
“I love it. I plan on volunteering as long as I can. The girls keep me young. They keep me entertained,” Scholl said.
In her very limited spare time, Charlotte enjoys gardening, bicycling if she can find the time, and canoeing.
“I have 500 miles logged in canoeing. I also do archery, anything outdoors,” Charlotte said.