Issue #33 - May 2014
Note from the Founder - Visiting Colorado and Texas Troops
by Kerry Cordy
I am very proud to announce that we have had several girls earn their Diamond Gem Award and Eagle Level Wow! Awards this year. I am honored to be able to travel to Colorado Springs to make a presentation to Megan Lundquist, the first girl to earn the Eagle Level Wow! Award, then on to Texas to present to Charlotte Duke, the first girl to earn the Eagle Diamond Award and then finally back to California to present to Abby Olson, the first girl to earn both the Wow! and Diamond Award. I will also be stopping in Dallas to present the Eagle Diamond Award to Kayla Anne Rodenberg.
I am hoping to meet as many troops as possible during my travels. Katie Lundquist, leader of troop #159, is coordinating a day hike in Colorado Springs on May 17. If your troop is nearby and you would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will have Katie contact you. In Texas, I will be in Dallas on May 20. We are working on finding a central location such as a park where we can all meet and picnic together. If you are interested in meeting up in Dallas please email me as soon as possible so that we can pick a location as central to many troops as possible.
I am very excited about meeting so many of my Frontier Girls!
New Frontier Girls Blog
We have a new Frontier Girls blog at blog.frontiergirlsclubs.com. You can also reach it from our website in the top menu under "Blog". You can follow this blog by either subscribing and having it sent directly to your email, or by following us on Facebook where all blog posts will be copied. Articles are on anything and everything related to Frontier Girls. Sometimes I post girl or troop highlights so that you can be inspired by what others are doing, other times I may post some great badge resources I found online, or even ceremony ideas or crafts. The sky is the limit.
I am also looking for guest writers for both the newsletter and blog. If you have some great tips to share, a meeting plan that the girls loved, or a special girl who has done something amazing, please submit your articles to email@example.com
I will be gradually re-posting the articles from our old blog onto the new one to make things easier to find, so please bear with me if you have seen some of these before.
New Badge Released - Puppetry
Frontier Girl of the Month - May: Makyala Russel, Dolphin Troop #159
Makayla has earned the special "Take the Lead" troop patch. This patch is given to girls who step up in specific situations and go above and beyond. Last year, we had a big fundraiser planned just when I was due to have a baby. The mom in charge of the silent auction & potato bar needed unexpected surgery which put her out of commission only a few weeks before the event. Makayla (and her mom!) went around to local restaurants and stores asking for donations, scoring (among other things) 100 baking potatoes! Thanks to their hard work, the event went on as planned and we received over $1200 for our troop.
More recently, we were putting together hygiene kits for a local homeless mission. On the suggestion of her grandmother, Makayla contacted her dentist and because of her excitement about the project we had dozens of toothbrushes donated.
Makayla has completed 56 badges, given over 70 hours of service and earned her Liberty Award. I'm so proud of her and all she has learned and accomplished.
- Katie Lundquist, Troop 159 Leader
Beautiful Make a Difference
Beth Henderson, an auxiliary Butterfly member of Troop #109 living in Wales, recently did her Make a Difference Award by coordinating the decor for a formal dinner for a Church function. She designed, drew and coloured the place mats, coasters, name plates and serviette/napkin rings. She lead 4 other people by having them laminate the mats and coasters; arrange for matching tablecloths of specific sizes; set up the tables; set up the silverware and china, and select matching serviettes (napkins). The result is stunning, as shown in the photographs!
It never ceases to amaze me the creative ways that girls can find to give service to their communities. Adding some beauty to a church dinner, makes it so much more special for those attending. Without volunteers to step up and take charge, much would not get done in our communities. Many times, girls think of traditional service projects like park clean ups or food drives, but don’t forget that bringing beauty and joy into peoples lives is also a worthwhile service.
What I Learned When Writing My First Badge
By Charlotte R. Duke
I wrote my first badge, Playwright, when I was a Butterfly. It took me quite a while because, although I love reading and watching plays, and had written a “little-kid play” a year or so before, I didn’t know much about the theater. Merely knowing that people like William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde had existed wasn’t enough to make 10 requirements out of; I had to learn more.
Fortunately I have a very wonderful mother, Sylvia, who not only teaches and encourages, but also has shelves upon shelves of books. I raided these – and picked her brain! – for any and all pieces of information I could find, learning in the process about things like Mummers plays, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and the history of the theater itself.
I don’t know how many, if any, people have earned my Playwright badge yet, but I hope that anyone who did has had as much enjoyment out of it as I did writing and earning it. In fact, I’m still coming up with extra requirements for it!
Since then, I have written quite a few badges on various subjects (Laundry; Elastic; and Nursing History, for example), and still have some in the works which I am hoping to get finished very soon. Next, I am considering a Words badge and an Advanced Geography badge.
Let us know what YOUR troop is up to!
Troops #172 and #144 Meet at the Liberty Bell
Troops #144 from PA and #172 from MD decided to work on their Liberty Awards this year. As a result they met and decided to visit the Liberty Bell together. They had a meeting of 40 girls, which is the largest meeting of 2 troops to date. They also did our first in person SWAPS each other.
Troop #210 helped the local community stuff Easter eggs for the town's Easter egg hunt... They helped stuff over 1800 eggs!
Planter Box Service Project for Earth Day
This is troop 210 we had these flower boxes made by a parent. Then the girls stained them and planted flowers in them today for earth day at our sponsers the Florence VFW post 8006.