Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Morris County Freeholder Margaret Nordstrom of Long Valley was honored recently as a Woman of Achievement by Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. Nordstrom was one of five outstanding women so honored.

Each year, Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey recognizes women whose lives have been marked by personal and professional achievement and who serve as positive role models, exemplifying the values Girl Scouting strives to instill in girls.

Nordstrom has been a member of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders since September 1999, and served three terms as director, from 2006 through 2008. She is freeholder liaison to the Department of Information Services, which includes the Morris County Library, and she chairs the freeholder Budget Committee.

She is a former mayor of Washington Township, serving in that post from 1994 to the end of 1999, and she was also a member of the governing body in the community from 1991 to 2002.

Nordstrom is a founding member of the Washington Township Land Trust and a member of the board of trustees of the Arts Council of the Morris Area and the New Jersey Historic Sites Council.

“I think for anybody volunteerism is important so I’ve been trying to do as much as I can,” said Nordstrom. “I try to be active with the Girl Scouts because think it’s so important to support this organization. It just creates so many wonderful opportunities for young women.”

A former Girl Scout, Nordstrom was member of Troop No. 4 in Glenview, Il when she was a child.

“I really loved it,” she said. “My mom was our troop leader and it was so much fun. I’m just staggered by the honor of being named a Woman of Achievement by this organization.”

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves girls ages 5-17 in 160 municipalities in Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and northern Warren counties. There are currently 34,097 girl members and 17,125 adult members.

More information about Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey may be obtained by calling 973-927-7722 or by visiting the group’s Web site, www.gsnnj.org .