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September 18, 2013

Faces of Fauquier: She encourages girls to explore

Photo/Cassandra Brown
Phyllis McBride with members of her Girl Scout Troop 1439 at the Bistro on the Hill Restaurant at Fauquier Hospital (from left): Carina Bilger, Kathy Brewer, Morgan Strickland, Penny Peach, Abbie Granaham and Sarah Hearsey (white top).
My husband worked in Reston at the time. I sent him to look for a house in the country and said all I want is a screen-covered porch and wood floors. It was either move here or Loudoun, and we got a better deal here. Fauquier is beautiful and it has everything. I can still go to D.C. and see shows.
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Phyllis McBride serves her community as a volunteer with the American Red Cross for disaster services, leads two Girl Scout troops and helps with VOLTRAN.

After serving the Girl Scouts for 25 years, Mrs. McBride encourages young ladies to explore as many subjects as they can.

“Here is my opportunity to show them what they can do out there in the world,” she says. “Girl Scouts gives them all kinds of opportunities they can taste and try in math, science, engineering and more.”

• Age

• Home

• Work
Retired after 10 years with the American Red Cross, which she continues to serve as a volunteer for disaster services. Girl Scout troop leader for fourth- and fifth-graders at Brumfield Elementary School in Troop 2371. Girl Scout Troop 1439 leader for middle school and high school students. Helps run Camp Fauquier at C.M. Crockett Park for Girl Scouts. Has helped eight years with VOLTRAN, a volunteer organization that provides transportation for elderly and disabled Fauquier residents.

• Why you do the job?
I started Girl Scouts with my daughter and it turned into a family thing. I love Girls Scouts because there are so many opportunities available for girls — science, math and engineering. I heard about VOLTRAN through the Red Cross and started volunteering. I do it because there is a need.

• Family
Husband, Craig; son, Trent, 28; and daughter JoEllen, 31.

• Education
Bachelor of science degree in general biology from Purdue University, 1977.

• Civic and/or Church involvement
Girl Scouts, Red Cross and VOLTRAN.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
25 years.

• Why do you live here?
My husband worked in Reston at the time. I sent him to look for a house in the country and said all I want is a screen-covered porch and wood floors. It was either move here or Loudoun, and we got a better deal here. Fauquier is beautiful and it has everything. I can still go to D.C. and see shows.

• How do you describe this county?
It’s a great place to raise children. All of my children went to the public schools here and were well prepared for college.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
Sometimes, it is so rural and unless you join a group, you won’t meet people. But it’s good because Fauquier has so many community groups.

• What do you do for fun?
Girl Scouts. Campouts. I love the outdoors. Read. If I can sit in my chair and read and no one bothers me, it is wonderful.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
C.M. Crockett Park. When we went camping there for Girl Scouts, I would love to watch the lake.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
I think they will have another high school. People will want to stay and raise their kids.

• Favorite TV show?

• Favorite Movie?
The new “Star Trek” movies.

• Favorite book?
My favorite author is Isaac Asimov, a science fiction writer.

• Favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere, as long as I’m with family.

• Favorite flavor of ice cream?
I don’t like ice cream.

• Who’s your hero and why?
Mahatma Gandhi. He was a smart man and a wise and caring man. I wish I could be that wise.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Give it away to Girl Scouts, VOLTRAN and the Red Cross.

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