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  • Area Girl Scouts Earn Gold Award

    02 May 2015

    Three Marshall Girl Scouts set out to make a difference in their community through various initiatives and make a difference they did, as they received the All Gold Award from the youth organization.

    Samantha Brown, Keicee Moore and Kristin Lewis (pictured above) of Girl Scout Troop 1268 worked on separate projects to better Harrison County by teaming up with area elementary schools, Dayspring Therapeutic Equine Center of Harrison County and Good Shepherd Medical Center—Marshall.

    Brown, who now attends the University of Texas—San Antonio, worked with Dayspring and owner Sheryl Fogle to create a trail and benches for guests.

    "Saving our environment is another thing that is very important to me and I was so glad the trees could be used and not just cut down."

    Brown's mother, Robyn, is troop leader for Girl Scout Troop 1268 and service unit manager. Robyn Brown she couldn't be prouder of the three girls and how the community has benefited from them.

    "I think that it's amazing that three girls from the same troop chose three different avenues to pursue and we all benefited from it in different ways," she said. "I saw from the beginning when they couldn't write a report, and now they can get up and speak in front of 200 people about their project. They felt so strongly about it that they can talk about it."

    In order to receive the Gold Award, a Girl Scout has to do something in her own community that is sus...



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  • HV Girl Scout creates special room for kids in need

    20 Apr 2015

    Sierra Scott, a cadet-level Girl Scout with Service Unit 406, Troop 3857 from the Highland Village area, earned the highest leadership award available to Girl Scouts in grades 6-8, the Silver Leadership Award. The Silver Award project can be done as an individual, as in Sierra’s case, or in groups of four or fewer Girl Scouts, and consists of a minimum of 50 hours serving a need in the community outside of Girl Scouts that is sustainable.

    Scott chose to focus on working with Serve Denton’s Wheeler House, a unique place that houses a clinic run by Health Services of North Texas providing affordable healthcare to the community, as well as interim housing for families that will be run by Giving Hope, Inc., a local nonprofit agency that assists people who are facing homelessness.

    Four families of single moms with kids can live in The Wheeler House at one time, and will be able to stay for as long as six months with counseling and life skills to transition into a more permanent home. 

    Sierra chose this project because she wanted to provide a safe, fun atmosphere for less fortunate kids who temporarily reside at the shelter. She created the plan and design for this kids room then presented her ideas to the Serve Denton board of directors for approval. Once approved, she took on extra chores and...



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  • Debbie & Maggie Holman

    22 Mar 2015

    For Debbie and Maggie Holman of Plano, volunteering is a family affair. Debbie is a lifetime Girl Scout and led her daughter Maggie’s Girl Scout troop for 13 years. Debbie was active as a Girl Scout as a child in Tyler, and when her daughter started kindergarten, it was only natural that Debbie became her Girl Scout leader.  Seventeen years later, Debbie is still very involved as an adult Girl Scout.

    “Now I continue to volunteer at an administrative level through training and planning events, working to inspire a love of outdoors in girls,” explained Debbie. “As a troop leader, I mentored and guided a group of girls through years of leadership and development. Even through the tough teenage years, our troop remained strong. Later on in my volunteering experience, I became a trainer, and have now moved into developing and modernizing training curriculum. I have served on numerous other committees, organizing Council-wide events and recognition of adult volunteers.”

    When she’s not busy with Girl Scouts, Debbie and her husband Tony own and operate Holman Pottery, a pottery studio and gallery located in Plano.

    Holman Pottery celebrated its 25th anniversary in October 2014. For more than 15 years, the studio has been located in an 1890 Victorian cottage in the Haggard Park Historic District in east Plano near downtown.

    “We are a working studio and gallery, selling Tony’s work and the work of our friends around the county. This include...



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  • Girl Scouts Transform Outdoor Pavilion into Activity Center

    21 Mar 2015

    An outdoor pavilion has been transformed into a facility just for Girl Scouts.

    On Saturday, the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas celebrated the grand opening of a new connection center on their regional campus.

    Officials say they serve about 1,200 girls in Smith County alone, but throughout the year, the campus regional center is visited by girl scouts from across the state.

    The connection center will be used for special events, volunteer training, summer day camps and activity programs.

    “It can be hard to be a girl. We are serving our girls throughout northeast Texas to help them have the courage, confidence and character they need to lead their lives well. So to have the community invest in our girls, they deserve the very best and we want to invest in them, and so this facility is one way we are doing that,” said Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO, Girl Scouts Northeast Texas.

    Officials say an anonymous donor gave the girl scouts $50,000 to invest in the facility.

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  • Girl Scouts Build Science Skills In Cookie Box Creations Contest

    01 Mar 2015
    Giggles rang out amid a steady hum of activity Sunday morning at the Galleria as 100 or so Girl Scouts constructed fantastical creations from a most natural material — empty Girl Scout cookie boxes. Swirling towers grew from Thin Mint boxes. A huge, orange boat rose from the floor, crafted from boxes of Do-si-dos. A majestic elephant ruled over one corner of the display, and a delicately detailed giraffe stood tall a few yards away. And everywhere, the girls and their coaches — mostly young female architects and engineers — worked feverishly to complete their designs. Some traveled from as far away as Paris, Texas, getting on the road at about 3 a.m. to be a part of the 2015 Cookie Box Creations competition. Most of the others came from around Dallas, some in troops and some as individuals who met with other Girl Scouts to work together on this particular project, said Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. “This was a project started with interest from some architects and engineers to engage the girls in engineering, science and math,” Bartkowski said. “But it’s very girl-led. I love it because this is a way to take the skills they’re learning in school and put them into practice.” Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the cookie box competition, which started locally, has grown every year,...


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  • Now Your House Can Smell Like Girl Scout Cookies

    30 Jan 2015

    Here’s an idea worthy of an ingenuity patch: Girl Scout cookie-scented candles.

    Just in time for cookie season, Yankee Candle has introduced four sweet options: Coconut Caramel Stripes, Thin Mints, Trefoils and Chocolate Peanut Butter.

    All four are available as large jar candles for $27.99; small tumbler candles, $17.99; and car air fresheners for $2.99.

    Now you can get your cookie fix without tracking down a Girl Scout. The candles are available at Yankee Candle stores at Stonebriar Center in Frisco, Garland’s Firewheel Center, select gift shops and at www.yankeecandle.com.

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  • Cookie Sales Boost Girl Scouts' Skills

    27 Jan 2015

    We’ve always believed that Girl Scout cookies do a lot more than satisfy a craving for sweets, and we encourage you to break that New Year’s diet just a bit to close a sale.

    Yes, it’s Girl Scout cookie season once again, and the young entrepreneurs are out in force, armed with smiles and piles of brightly colored boxes filled with this year’s flavor selections.

    It may be difficult to think about boosting anyone’s money-management skills when buying cookies — you’re just fishing in your wallet or purse for the price of a box or two — but that’s just one of the lessons that the annual campaign is designed to teach.

    Officials with Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, which includes Denton County, tell us that girls who participate in the cookie program also pick up valuable people skills and learn about goal setting, decision making and business ethics.

    That’s why it’s important to buy the cookies from the Scouts themselves, not her parents. You’ll get the same cookies, but a lot of the lessons will be lost if adults are making the sales pitch.

    You can find Scouts selling in front of local grocery stores and downtown Denton shops, offering the cookies to their neighbors and setting up shop in front of selected homes. Other opportunities to purchase cookies can be found at http://texascookietime.org.

    The cookies are only sold once a year and have become crowd pleasers since the first documented sales were reported in about 1917...



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  • Girl Scout Cookie Season In Full Swing

    25 Jan 2015

     

    Girl Scout cookie season is here again — the time of year when men, women, boys and girls lose their minds and much of the weight in their wallets over tiny baked treats packed with assorted flavors and a greater mission in the community.

    Girl Scout cookies taste good in your mouth and feel good in your heart, according to Justin mother Brandi Hochstetler. Her 8-year old, Sophie, has been busy, already going through nearly 50 cases since the season began Jan. 16.

    “People call me at all hours of the night and say, ‘Hey, can you bring me cookies.’” Hochstetler said. “I don’t know what it is. They love them. They absolutely love them.”

    Madison Mallouf, a Hawk Elementary fourth-grader who has been a scout since kindergarten, said the cookies, sold only once a year, are sweet and that people just can’t say no.

    Her troop’s civic goal with their sale is rebuilding.

    “All proceeds go to our troop, and we give back to Denton,” Mallouf said. “My troop is going to help rebuild Eureka Park.”

    The first batch of cookies came out of the oven as early as 1917, when the Mistletoe Troop of Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project.

    The number of flavors have changed from the 1950s, when there were only three varieties. Today there are multiple flavors, including the three that are almost mandatory — Thin M...



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  • Girl Scouts Break Record at Women of Distinction Luncheon

    05 Jan 2015

    The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas announced recently that it broke records at its Women of Distinction Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole in November, raising more than $481,000. It was also the largest attendance the group had ever had, with 865 people.

    The 2014 total is 25 percent over 2013 figures.

    Gene Jones received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Nancy Ann Hunt received the Woman of Distinction Award. The luncheon was chaired by Elizabeth Gambrell, and the keynote speaker was Alison Levine, author of On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership.

    High school seniors Meredith Burke of Dallas and Cameron Wicks of Cedar Hill were given Young Women of Distinction honors.

    Cookie time

    Speaking of fundraisers, the Girl Scouts will kick off 2015 cookie sales Jan. 16.

    There are two new flavors this year, Rah-Rah Raisins and a gluten-free offering, Toffee-Tastic. The Girl Scouts are celebrating the 40th birthday of the Samoa, and it will be sold alongside other perennial favorites Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos and Savannah Smiles. The cookies are $4 per box except for Toffee-Tastic, which sells for $5. The cookie sales last through March 1.

    Girl Scouts from kindergarten through 12th grade sell cookies to help fund service projects, field trips, camping and leadership activities.

    “As mother to a Girl Scout Cadette, I’ve witnessed firstha...



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  • Local Girl Scouts Make A Difference

    30 Dec 2014

    Girl Scouts from the Lewisville/Highland Village area have been hard at work in the community this holiday season. In mid-November, several troops joined in the Keep Lewisville Beautiful (KLB) Trash Bash helping to collect trash from parks and waterways throughout the city. According to Amy Wells, Executive Director for KLB, the Girl Scouts were part of nearly 400 volunteers who braved the cold temperatures to make a difference on November 15. Wells reports, “Altogether, we had 398 volunteers who showed up to help make a difference in our community, who gave 1,393 volunteer hours towards community improvement and litter abatement. Together, we removed 6.6 TONS of trash from our local waterways. These are record breaking numbers for our fall Trinity Trash Bash...” The Girl Scouts then came out for the Thanksgiving holiday to lend a hand at the First United Methodist Church of Lewisville’s annual community Thanksgiving dinner. The girls from Service Unit (SU) 406 donated 96 cans of chicken broth, 14 cans of cranberry sauce, a 101 oz. can of green beans and 4 cans of lemonade to support the making of 1000 meals for families in need. The Girl Scouts also made 300 placemats for the dinner tables, and four troops prepared the materials to make 200 turkey hats for the children attending. Several Girl Scouts came out on Thanksgiving Day to help set up and serve dinner as well. (photo #1 attached) This December, the Girl Scouts from SU 406 collected 70 jars of cre...



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  • Girl Scouts Aim to Increase Membership

    02 Dec 2014
    The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, as part of a nationwide epidemic, have seen a decline in membership over the past 10 years. In order to reverse the trend, Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, has begun meeting with school districts and community leaders about Girl Scouts. “Developing girl leaders is our focus. Today, girls need leadership skills,” Bartkowski said. “I met with Lewisville ISD’s superintendent, Dr. Stephen F. Waddell, and found that their goals lined up with ours. We find ourselves to be complimentary to the school environment.” According to officials, in 2003 there were nearly four million women and girls in Girl Scouts of the United States of America. Now the number is around 2.3 million. The number of councils has also dropped from 321 to 112. In Northeast Texas, there are approximately 30,000 Girl Scouts. Bartkowski said locally, Northeast Texas saw its first decline last fall. “We’re transforming how we collaborate with the community and how we service older girls. We’re bringing in technology, and we really think we’re on to something.” Bartkowski said it’s hard for Girl Scouts to retain the girls in middle and high school, but the organization recently launched a leadership program for high school girls that provides corporate visits and internships that provide a unique exp...


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  • Scout Dedicated to Saving Pets

    04 Nov 2014

    Devin Bray, a junior at Denton Guyer High School, has been reaching for the gold since she was a Daisy — the youngest level of Girl Scouts — in kindergarten.

    Bray says her passion for animals inspired the project she’s undertaken to earn her Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Her goal, she said, is to help firefighters learn how to better save the lives of cats and dogs rescued from burning homes.

    “By watching the news I saw all these animals that needed to be saved, and I wanted to help do something about it,” said Bray, a member of Girl Scout Troop 317 in Corinth.

    And she did.

    Over the past seven months, Bray researched how to provide not only pet oxygen masks to the community, but also the training needed to use them.

    Denton Fire Department Battalion Chief Brian Glenn said he had been in communication for six weeks with Bray about her project, and initially she was just asking to donate some masks.

    “We weren’t really in the market for more masks, but I told her we could maybe use some training and it went on from there,” he said.

    Caleb Coursey, a member of Texas A&M University’s Veterinary Emergency Team, led training Saturday at the Denton Public Safety Training Center.

    Coursey said it was the veterinary team’s first oxygen safety training course for firefighters, and he hopes it leads to more.

    “It’s possibly one of the best things that could happen,” he said about the launch of the n...



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  • Local Girl Scouts Meet Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere

    17 Oct 2014

    Members of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Junior Troop 3537 met with Mayor Harry LaRosiliere in his office located at the Plano Municipal Building on Monday, October 13, 2014. Meeting the Mayor was an honor and a key step for completing their “Inside Government” badge.

    Mayor LaRosiliere spoke with the troop regarding how city government is run and how they can be active citizens. The girls then asked questions that ranged from “why did you decide to become mayor” to “can you tell me about your kids.”

    After the discussion, the girls pledged to become ambassadors for the city of Plano, as part of the city’s Youth Ambassador Program for which the Mayor awarded each scout a certificate and badge.

    After the meeting, Mayor LaRosiliere tweeted:

    Plano Mayor’s Office (@PlanosMayor) 10/13/14, 5:10 PM

    "Met with Girl Scout Troop 3537. Thanks girls for taking the Youth Ambassador Pledge! http://www.plano.gov/1792/Become-A-Youth-Ambassador pic.twitter.com/zpJqBZnksF"

    About Troop 3537
    Girl Scout Troop 3537 are first year Juniors and fourth grade students at PISD’s Gulledge Elementary and Hickey Elementary. Troop members who met the Mayor included: Cassidy Brown, Gillian Hill, Eva Myers, Devika Nair, Hayley Polkes and Maya Villanueva. Also in attendance were troop leaders Leslie Brown and Leanne Villanueva, as well as, parent volunteer Seth Myers.

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  • Girl Scouts break record at Women of Distinction Luncheon

    The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas announced recently that it broke records at its Women of Distinction Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole in November, raising more than $481,000. It was also the largest attendance the group had ever had, with 865 people. The 2014 total is 25 percent over 2013 figures. Gene Jones received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Nancy Ann Hunt received the Woman of Distinction Award. The luncheon was chaired by Elizabeth Gambrell, and the keynote speaker was Alison Levine, author of On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership. High school seniors Meredith Burke of Dallas and Cameron Wicks of Cedar Hill were given Young Women of Distinction honors. Cookie time Speaking of fundraisers, the Girl Scouts will kick off 2015 cookie sales Jan. 16. There are two new flavors this year, Rah-Rah Raisins and a gluten-free offering, Toffee-Tastic. The Girl Scouts are celebrating the 40th birthday of the Samoa, and it will be sold alongside other perennial favorites Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos and Savannah Smiles. The cookies are $4 per box except for Toffee-Tastic, which sells for $...


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  • Local Girl Scouts Make a Difference

    30 Dec 2014

    Girl Scouts from the Lewisville/Highland Village area have been hard at work in the community this holiday season. In mid-November, several troops joined in the Keep Lewisville Beautiful (KLB) Trash Bash helping to collect trash from parks and waterways throughout the city. According to Amy Wells, Executive Director for KLB, the Girl Scouts were part of nearly 400 volunteers who braved the cold temperatures to make a difference on November 15. Wells reports, “Altogether, we had 398 volunteers who showed up to help make a difference in our community, who gave 1,393 volunteer hours towards community improvement and litter abatement. Together, we removed 6.6 TONS of trash from our local waterways. These are record breaking numbers for our fall Trinity Trash Bash...” The Girl Scouts then came out for the Thanksgiving holiday to lend a hand at the First United Methodist Church of Lewisville’s annual community Thanksgiving dinner. The girls from Service Unit (SU) 406 donated 96 cans of chicken broth, 14 cans of cranberry sauce, a 101 oz. can of green beans and 4 cans of lemonade to support the making of 1000 meals for families in need. The Girl Scouts also made 300 placemats for the dinner tables, and four troops prepared the materials to make 200 turkey hats for the children attending. Several Girl Scouts came out on Thanksgiving Day to help set up and serve dinner as well....



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