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Special Edition May 2013 In this Issue Gold Award Recipients

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Silver Award Recipients

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2013 Cookie Program

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Connection! YOUR GUIDE TO NEWS, INFORMATION AND HAPPENINGS AT GIRL SCOUTS OF THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE

Girl Awards Program Celebrating Girl Leadership in Action Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience girls are provided with opportunities to discover, connect and take action. Girls from across the Florida panhandle were honored for their leadership at three special ceremonies on Sunday, April 28. Each ceremony recognized the girls who completed the requirements for the Gold and Silver Awards and the top cookie entrepreneurs.

Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle 1515 St. Andrews Blvd 4585 Isabella Ingram Dr Panama City, FL 32405 Pensacola, FL 32504

250 Pinewood Dr Tallahassee, FL 32303


Gold Awards The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn, The Gold Award is awarded to an individual who successfully completes a project that is measurable and sustainable, impacts the community outside of Girl Scouts, and has a global piece. The 2013 Gold Award TAKE ACTION projects address a variety of social issues, including: hunger, communication, animal safety, and hearing loss. Rebecca Ann Darden Ft. Walton Beach Ft. Walton Beach High School Turning what had been the “sick” room into an extension to the kitten room that she had previously renovated as part of her Silver Award project was the focus of Rebecca’s project. By removing and replacing the old wall panels, and installing base boards, chair moulding, and quarter round, the room can now be easily cleaned and sanitized, therefore eliminating or minimizing odors. Julia Filloon Tallahassee Maclay High School Julia’s project addressed promoting awareness of noise induced hearing loss and how it affects teens. Through creation of a video, she provided education to her peers regarding using MP3 players at safe volumes to avoid causing permanent damage to their hearing. Teens benefited from this video by utilizing the information from this video and not lose their hearing.

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Callie Mills Panama City Bay High School After the demolition of St. Anne’s Chapel, the previous building that housed the Holy Nativity columbarium, something was needed to replace this beloved memorial. This began the birth of the Outdoor Columbarium Project. Callie lead the effort to provide a peaceful, enclosed area for people to relax and remember the loved ones interred in the columbarium. The columbarium houses the ashes of several parish members along with those of indigent veterans. The Outdoor Columbarium Project-A Garden of Peace, benefits several people, including the Parish members, the general community, and the younger Girl Scouts who volunteered on the planting days. Genevieve La Cour Smith Panama City Bay High School Genevieve’s project addressed the Backpack Buddies program at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, or HNEC. The Backpack Buddies program is for kids on the free or reduced lunch program who can’t afford food over the weekends. Her project had an impact on the HNEC chapter of the program in the areas of the cleanliness of the food bank room where the program is located, the organization for assembling the backpacks, and the issue of students with food allergies. Her efforts directly impacted the issue of hunger by helping kids in this program who have allergies receive healthy food. Katherine Sturim Niceville Niceville High School Bluewater Elementary School needed a fun way to disseminate information at the school and to give the 5th graders an opportunity at journalism. Katherine took action by creating The Morning Show, designed to inspire and inform the younger grades while providing the 5th graders with the opportunity to try something new. There was also a technology word wall to teach all the students different words associated with technology.


Silver Awards Tori Meeks , Troop 181, created a “Locks of Love” event at the Eleanor W. Lewis Service Center. Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Through her efforts, 28 ponytails were collected and donated to the organization. The impact of her project will continue as girls from her troop are interested in planning the event again this year. Courtney Metzger, Jasmine Penton, and Elizabeth Watkins, Troop 441, worked as a team on the Sims Middle School Beautification Project (Santa Rosa County School District). Their Take Action Project restored the beauty of a memorial garden first planted over 10 years ago at the middle school. The garden is in memory of Brittany Morel, a young woman that loved everything about the Girl Scouts, and Eric Thomas, a young man that always smiled and loved the outdoors.

The Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, may be an individual or group project which impacts the community outside of Girl Scouts. The requirements for the Silver Award involve the completion of a leadership Journey book and executing a Take Action Project.

Tori Ellis, Katy Goulart, Kalee Hinson, Emily Peebles, and Katelyn Stegall, Troop 8400, created the Little Green Thumbs project designed to educate elementary kids on the wonders of gardening. It was their goal to have the children learn about gardening, and try new fruits and vegetables. The fruit and vegetable beds designed were accessible to allow all students the opportunity to participate. Katrin Woods, Troop 2111, addressed the issue of inadequate owl nests in her area. Through research, she found that the Jackson Guard Natural Resources Branch, Eglin Air Force Base, was interested in having additional Owl Boxes on their reservation. Six new nesting boxes were constructed prior to the nesting season, and are being checked and cleaned regularly to provide a safe place for the owls to nest. Cameron Grant, Troop 450, secured donations of items and created a gift basket that was auctioned at the Tallahassee Women of Distinction Awards Gala. The proceeds will be used by the Council to provide Girl Scouting to girls who would not otherwise be able to afford joining Girl Scouts. Sarah Fields and Alleah Porter, Troop 212, joined together to support “The City of Tallahassee Planting for Seniors Day” addressing the issue of safety through environmental design at the Tallahassee Senior Center. Through their efforts, they removed several plants and replaced them with plants that are more conducive for the seniors to work around. Gabby Case and Angela Cauley, Troop 212, combined efforts to complete the “Goose Creek Sanctuary Project” located in Tallahassee. Through their efforts, an uneven side yard at Goose Creek Sanctuary was recreated into a beautiful, safe place for animals that are waiting to be returned to the wild.

Sea Star Fun Fact:

Most Sea Stars can be between 1” and 14” long.

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2013 Top Girl Scout Cookie Entrepreneurs The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the world, generating $790 million in annual sales. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls learn skills essential to success in life and develop five financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills - goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. 2000 or more boxes sold Khalia Boyd –Escambia Zoe Dormer-Bay Jade Watkins-Bay

2013 Board of Directors Peggy Geil Jane Floyd Bullen Chris Keena Marty O’Neill Saundra Drumming Beverly Barrington Gretchen Erickson Susan Foreman Susan Granberg Vera Harper Sue Jacobsen Jennifer Jones Beverly Nash Kelly O’Keefre Norma Parrish Maria Pouncey Gretchen Rauch Catherine Tarrant

President 1st Vice President 2nd Vice President Secretary Treasurer Member at Large Member at Large Member at Large Member at Large Member at Large Member at Large Member at Large Member at Large Member at Large Member at Large Member at Large Member at Large Member at Large Board Robin Harrell Development Board Josephine Newton Development Board Lusharon Wiley Development Chief Executive Raslean Allen Officer

1000 or more boxes sold Clarke Banks-Leon Angela Cauley-Leon Katie Cauley-leon Olivia Curtis-Bay Sarah Fields-Leon Jillian Flowers-Escambia Veronica Hudson-Okaloosa Tori Meeks-Bay Kaia Newell-Bay Kendyl Nummy-Bay Brittany Oman-Okaloosa Graybill Partington-Escambia Allie Pate-Wakulla Erin Peters-Santa Rosa Tyra Potter-Washington Artice Shepherd-Leon Syndey Spooner-Washington Skyler Stokes-Bay  

750 or more boxes sold Summer Allen-Okaloosa Markia Angore-Washington Mary Belay-Leon Rebecca Bozeman-Escambia Jillian Buchko-Escambia Natalyn Dixon-Escambia McKenzee Donaldson-Wakulla Emily Hawk-Santa Rosa Erika Herman-Okaloosa Autumn Larson-Escambia Danielle Livergood-Jackson Amelia MacMonigal-Bay Chrissa Martin-Santa Rosa Cheno Milam-Bay Brittany Nobles-Walton Grace Paulson-Santa Rosa Hailey Roberts-Santa Rosa Savannah Sebring-Leon Ava Schneider-Santa rosa Elizabeth Singleton-Leon Alyssa Smith-Okaloosa Presley Steverson-Leon Hanna Stewart-Calhoun Rosie Vogel-Santa Rosa Roxie Vogel-Santa Rosa Pyper Waldrep-Bay Sarah Wesser-Leon Summer Woolley-Escambia Elena Zapata-Leon

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