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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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  • Locals Earn Girl Scout Gold Award

    08 Dec 2014

    The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest honor a Scout may earn. It requires girls to complete a project that not only helps the community, but is sustainable as well. Recently, two local Girl Scouts earned their Gold Award by hosting a teen writing workshop and a charity fashion show.

    Leslie Amick, a sophomore at Flower Mound High School, hosted two writing workshops for middle and high school teens at the Lewisville Public Library. The first focused on fan fiction writing and the second was held in conjunction with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) held annually in November.

     

    “I wanted to help teens with writing in a way that was fun,” Amick said. “I first got into writing because of my teacher who led us in a NaNoWriMo workshop. I wanted to help other teens because writing is a skill you need to have.”

    Debra Swackhamer, an eighth-grade English teacher, was instrumental in fueling Amick’s love for writing. She served as the advisor for Amick’s Girl Scout project.

    “It’s very important to have a good advisor,” said Stacey Amick, Amick’s mother and troop leader. “She was a great asset during this process.”

    During the fan fiction event, Amick brought in two presenters/authors, Autrey Clover and Jen Fitzgerald, who led a panel discussion on how to create fan fiction. The panel was followed by a question...



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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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