Issue #20 – April, 2013
A Note From the Founder – March 4th Interview
The Pioneer group called “Frontier Girls of Fremont County” sent me a list of interview questions as part of earning their March 4th badge. I thought the rest of the membership might be interested in the answers:
New Badges Just Released
Girl of the Month – Jane Greaver, Otter, Troop #137
Jane Greaver (8) took to the Frontier Girls club immediately. As an otter, she enjoys being together with the other girls, developing friendships, and being a part of a club that allows her to follow her interests, wherever they may take her. She’s just completed writing the weaving badge. She became interested in weaving after receiving a potholder loom for Christmas. Her other interests are baking, drawing, robotics, knitting, telling jokes & writing letters to her pen pal. It is fun to watch all of the girls in the club have a chance to delve more deeply into the areas of life they find interesting. What makes it even more fun to watch in Jane is knowing her past struggle with autism. When she was 3, she was diagnosed with classic autism. The doctors didn’t know if she would ever learn to speak or interact with others. Today, however, most people (even those in our club) do not know that this was her history. She is a vibrant, happy girl with ample interests and abilities. Frontier Girls gives her the opportunity to follow those interests while being a part of a group of girls that she’s happy to call friends.
Written By: Chassidy Greaver
Izzy’s Craft Corner
This month Izzy has posted instructions for making simple coasters. Check out her page at:
Life Lessons From Elizabeth – Million Misfit Sock March
(Elizabeth Vicoryosmanson, a Dolphin Pioneer, has autism and a unique view of the world around her. I encourage everyone to read her articles regarding how to use the character skills you learn in Frontier Girls in the real world.)
Hello! My name is Beth, and I am ten years old. I have autism. That makes me different from other people. I bet there is something different about you, too. Maybe you have red hair, or you are the only boy in your family who likes to bake, or you’re the only girl who ever wanted to play street hockey in your neighborhood. Everybody has something that makes them different. But what makes you different is what makes you beautiful. But sometimes, people think that what makes you different is a good reason to be mean to you. Have you ever been targeted by a bully because you were different? I have been, several times. It hurts your feelings, and it makes you sad.
I was recently selected to be a Lead Ambassador for the Million Misfit Sock March. This is an event held in October to celebrate our differences and take a stand against bullying. We are hoping to get as many people involved as possible. That is why I am writing this letter. It is being sent to lots of people that my mom and I know…that means that I am connected to you in some way. You may not recognize who I am, but there is a connection. I might go to your church, be a sister scout, or be a relative of one of your friends. My parents may have gone to your school, or your church or your club. Whatever it is, we have a connection. And so I am inviting you, no, CHALLENGING you to join me in the Million Misfit Sock March and take a stand against bullying. You can learn more about the March at our website:
Are you brave enough to stand up with me? I am challenging you to create a local Misfit Sock Brigade, and host a March on the weekend of October 26, 2013. Your Brigade can come up with other ideas to help support the program. If you are a church, maybe all the parishioners can wear misfit socks to church on Sunday. Or your whole school can participate on that Friday. You could ask everyone in your office or business to join in. Maybe you can get your city government to issue a proclamation that day declaring it Million Misfit Sock Day. If you need more ideas, you can ask me. I have lots of them!
Let’s celebrate our differences and take a stand against bullying! Please join with me.
Lead Ambasssador, Million Misfit Sock March
April- Month of the Military Child – 3rd Annual “Purple Up!” Monday, April 15th
The UNH Cooperative Extension Military Youth and Family Program invites everyone across the United States to wear purple on Monday, April 15th.Purple symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green; Marine red; and Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force blue. Purple Up! acts as a visible way to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices.
Attached you will find a 2012 Purple Up! event summary. Take a look at some of the creative things that happened last year, and please consider helping us spread the word about our effort this year. Purple Up! for Military Kids started in NH and now it is celebrated all over the United States, and more. Last year Cooperative Extension in 48 states and 2 territories participated – plus MANY groups in NH! http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource002054_Rep3049.pdf
We hope everyone will take this opportunity to celebrate these young heroes! Be creative….the goal is for military youth to actually see the support in their schools and communities! Need some ideas to get you started? Check out the attached promotional flyer, and distribute it widely! The flyer is on our web page and you can link to it as well. The Navy Federal Credit Union partnered with us to design a great new logo this year! http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource002539_Rep3764.pdf
Let us know if you plan any special events, or if you get others involved. We are glad to help if you need it! Can we count on NH Cooperative Extension and all of our partner offices Purpling Up! in April? If you do, take a picture and send it to us! We will be putting pictures and stories on our webpage! Our web link has all info http://extension.unh.edu/4H/4H_OMK/4H_OMK.htm
Thanks … Charlotte
Charlotte W. Cross, Extension Professor/Specialist
Youth and Family, UNH Cooperative Extension
UNHCE Military Youth and Family Programs
55 College Road, Pettee Hall-G05C
Durham NH 03824-3597
Youtube/Godtube Contest! – May 31 Deadline!!!!
Help us promote Frontier Girls by creating a short video about what Frontier Girls means to you or your toop and posting it on Youtube, Godtube, or any other public video Internet outlet of your choice. There will be two prizes, $100 for the best video featuring a Frontier Girls troop, and $50 for the best video featuring an individual Frontier Girl. Complete rules are as follows:
ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open to all registered members of Frontier Girls and their immediate family. The following individuals are not eligible, members of Kerry Cordy’s immediate family and members of Frontier Girls Troop #101.
(a.) Create video about what Frontier Girls means to you or your troop and post it on Youtube, Godtube, or any other public video Internet outlet of your choice. Email a link to your video to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name, and troop # if it is a troop entry, and your complete mailing address. Entries must be received no later than May 31, 2013. You may enter as many times as you wish.
(b.) Submissions may include materials which are in the public domain or for which you have obtained the prior written permission or clearance of the owner. Submissions must not incorporate or include anything that violates any law or the copyright, trademark, publicity right, privacy right or any other right of any third party.
(c.) The words, “Frontier Girls” must appear in the title of the video.
(d.) Any video that uses profane language (including in music lyrics attached), or in any other way disparages the name of Frontier Girls, will be required to be removed from the Internet immediately and the entry will be disqualified.
(e.) Each video may only be entered one time. If more than one person in a troop submits the same video, the first person to submit the video will be considered the official entrant. Any disputes regarding troop video submissions will be taken up with the registered Frontier Girls troop leader of that troop.
(f.) ANY ENTRY THAT DOES NOT SATISFY ALL REQUIREMENTS OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES WILL BE DISQUALIIFIED.
SELECTION OF WINNING ENTRIES:
Judging of the submitted entries will take place between June 1 and June 15, 2013. The currently registered members of Troop #101 along with their parents will act as the judges. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
(a.) How well the video conveys what Frontier Girls is all about.
(c.) Quality of the production
There will be one winner of $100 for the chosen video submitted featuring a Frontier Girls troop, and one individual winner of $50 for the chosen video featuring an individual member. Winners will be announced in the July 2013 Frontier Girls Newsletter. Links to all submitted videos will be posted on the Frontier Girls website.
April Find the Eagle Contest
Our American Eagle has yet again hidden himself somewhere in our website. Everyone who finds the correct page that the eagle is located on will be put into a drawing to win $5 for their level. Help us improve our search engine ratings by clicking on as many pages as possible until you find the eagle seen below. Then email email@example.com with your name, level, and mailing address along with which page you found the eagle on to be entered in the drawing. Very few girls are currently entering this contest, so you odds of winning are quite good!
Winners from the March Find the Eagle Contest:
Penguin: No entry
Otter: Ellie Roeth
Dolphin: Anna McDonald
Butterfly: Abigail Kopfhamer
Eagle: No entry
Adult: Jody Tardy