had a wonderful time celebrating those Girl Scouts who earned Bronze, Silver,
or Gold awards this past year. Since it
was the 100th anniversary of those awards, our staff planned two
wonderful recognition events.
first event was held in Mobile. Gigi
Baroco, our council archivist, put together a wonderful display of requirements
for the various awards and some great uniforms. It was amazing how captivating the displays
are for girls earning awards.
that event the girls receiving their Gold Awards were Huntir Bass, whose project,
Team Red, White and Blue, was to present a Gold and Glory 5K Run/Walk to
benefit veterans. Amerie Gramelspacher
focused on Suicide Prevention and Awareness for her high school by doing a
number of activities to heighten awareness of prevention possibilities. Abigail Legge's project, the Buddy System,
matched high school tutors with elementary school children in need of tutors to
improve Math and English skills, as well as serve as role models. Morgan Mitchell's project, Delicate Embrace
Angel Gowns, took donated wedding dresses and remade them into bereavement
gowns for children who do not make it out of the hospital. Nicole Nobles did Barks for Books, where
students at Spanish Fort Elementary School read to Hoss the dog, an excellent
nonjudgmental listener. Jeralynn
Servos' project, Give a Book, Build a Future was creating a reading corner at
the Prodisee Pantry where children can be read to while their parents are
shopping at the food pantry. When they
are done, a book can be taken with the child.
of the recipients elected to speak, thanking those in the audience for their
support. Receiving these awards is not
only about what the girl achieved, but it is done with the assistance of
second event was held in Montgomery a week later. This one featured Lt. Col. Keisha Douglass
as the speaker. Lt. Col. Douglass is
the battalion commander for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command for the same area
of GSSA's footprint. Her remarks were to
"be your best self. You can accomplish
anything." Part of her point was that
you can accomplish anything, but it is important to have mentors and a support
system. Lt. Col. Douglass enlisted in
the Army as soon as she graduated from high school as a private. After 10 years serving in the Army, her
superiors suggested she attend Officer Candidate School. This was not what she had wanted, but with
much encouragement she did and has completed three degrees and continued to
move up in the U.S. Army. She was such
a hit that she was mobbed after the event for autographs and photos.
The Gold Awards in Montgomery included Abby Campbell, who, through her project Baby
Showers for Women's Hope, solicited needed items from the Auburn community to
give to single mothers who live in poverty, to help them to provide a safe and nurturing
environment for their children.
Elizabeth Prior's project, Parkerson Mill Creek Awareness Campaign and
Restoration, focused on identifying Parkerson Mill Creek and working with the
City of Auburn and Auburn University to recognize where dumping into the creek
went and its ramifications. Lucy
Puranen did Operation Treble Clef, where middle school band participants are
paired with high school band participants to encourage retention of band
Thanks to Jeannie Napper, Karen Edmondson, and Melinda Stallworth for their
work on making these events a success.
Both of these events were well received and highlight that you should never
under-estimate what a girl can do. All
these projects were simply amazing. We
are very proud of all our award recipients.