Issue #38 - October, 2014
Note From the Founder
Community service has always been a large part of Frontier Girls and I am pleased to see so many girls and troops taking this to heart and getting involved in their communities. This month I am highlighting several members who all chose different ways to give back to others. Read their stories. Be inspired. Whether you are old or young you can find ways to help better the lives of those around you. This month, lets all send cards to support Noelle Harris of Troop #114. Read her story below and help us make her laugh!
Funny Pictures and Get Well Cards for Fellow Frontier Girl Needed!
Frontier Girls Troop #114 had a traumatic event in their troop recently. One of their members, Noelle Harris, was involved in a hit and run accident 6 weeks ago. She is about to be released from a 6-week stay at the hospital burn/trauma unit. She was visiting her grandmother in GA over the summer and riding her bike when she was thrown into a garbage truck and dragged 15 feet. Thankfully, she survived, but with extensive damage to her abdominal area and has had to have a lot of grafting done from her back to help heal the damaged area on the front of her body. She is about to return home this week after more than 10 surgeries and tremendous work rebuilding her abdomen and back. We are so blessed to be getting her back soon. She's really a super-trooper!
We are trying to get all Frontier Girls to send her a funny picture of themselves (preferably in uniform) to make her laugh. She also loves anything pink as well as anything to do with American Girl. Send all cards, jokes, and pictures no later than Oct. 31, 2014 to:
15332 Yarmouth Road
Mint Hill, NC. 28227
Locks of Love
Shannon Saitta of Troop #144 donated her hair to Locks of Love last month. For those who are interested in joining her, the mission of Locks of Love is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need. There are also other hair donations organizations you may choose such as Beautiful Lengths by Pantene who provide free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer.
Red Bird Mission
by Sarah Luhmer
Community Service Opportunity
submitted by Jeri Collins
CARDS FOR OPERATION QUIET COMFORT
Cards are needed to send to our military personnel in hospitals in Afghanistan. Everyone is invited to send their greetings...make it a town wide activity.
The guidelines for the holiday cards are:
Deadline: Oct 25 - this leaves a few days to package up and mail out.
Make your own or store bought...no glitter - cards with glitter CAN NOT be sent in the care package. No puffy paint. No envelopes
Although cards are sent with religious and Christmas images, cards with winter scenes or a Happy Holidays message are really the better choice as we do not know the religion of the recipient.
If you want your card to end up in a holiday stocking, it must be approximately 4 x 5.5. Bigger cards will not fit and will be packaged up and the medical staffs will hand out.
Many cards are needed - thousands. Please ask your friends, family, etc. to sign some too.
119 Brentfield Loop
Morrisville, NC 27560
Outdoors Skills Clinic
by Katie Lundquist, Leader Troop #159
Tips and Treasures - Craft Clean Up Day
Tip for the day - hold a craft clean up day for your troop. Do you have 6 leftover toilet paper tubes, a stack of straws, a pile of loose ribbon and a variety of other leftover craft items cluttering your storage space? Lovely treasures that you just can't seem to throw away, yet don't have enough of to do a whole troop project? Hold a craft clean up day where girls can come and use left over craft supplies to create whatever they wish. Girls are welcome to bring extra supplies from home to work on a craft of their choice or come empty handed and see what they can create from what is available. Have fun!
Increasing Your Numbers
by Karen Britton, Leader of Troop #144
One of the many questions that I hear from new leaders is, “where do we get new girls?” While every area and troop is different, Miss Kerry asked me to explain some of the things that I have done with our troop. We began our Frontier Girls troop with 15 girls from our GS troop in 2011. Our initial registrations were all dolphins. By year two, we had 18 girls ( otters & dolphins and one butterfly), year three our troop had grown to 24 girls (otters, dolphins and three butterflies) and this year we have an even larger troop of 35 girls ( 12 otters, 13 dolphins & 10 butterflies). Additionally, we have 10 adults helping each week.
There are many things that we do over the course of the year to help keep our numbers strong. One of the things we decided from the start was that if we were going to put the time into starting a troop, we wanted to do it right. We wanted to pay close attention to details. We plan ahead so things run smoothly and are organized.
We make sure whenever we go into the community, the girls are all in their uniforms. We designed our own red troop T-shirts to wear on some field trips. Appearance is important. It does put an impression in the eyes of potential parents, and when we go out in public, others notice that we look like a cohesive group.
To promote our troop, we do many things. We send flyers to the two local elementary schools. Our flyers don’t just say, “join our troop”, we ask girls who may be interested in our troop to join us for a recruitment night so they can experience what our troop is all about. We have both a fall recruitment and a spring recruitment event each year. In the fall, many parents are looking for an activity to put their girls in right away. In the spring, it gives them the time to learn about the troop so when meetings start again in the fall, they are registered and ready to go. Spring recruitment is ideal because if you only wait until fall to spread the word about the troop, many girls who might be interested are already registered for other activities.
We have hosted many different themed recruitment events over the past few years. We advertise for each of these through our local schools. We have held a Giant Twister Night, Teddy Bear Tea Party, Carnival, and Christmas Ornament Night to name a few.
Another way to get your name out to the community is by doing community service. Any time you can put your name, emblem, picture etc. in the public eye, it is free advertising. Sending pictures of your troop and activities to your local newspaper helps to spread the word about your troop as well. Here are a few community service projects that we have taken on over the past few years.
Animal Shelter collection - we team up with our parent/teacher organization to flyer schools
Christmas Bingo with Seniors - We supply snacks, prizes and craft for Seniors
Thanksgiving Dinner shopping - We team up with a womens’ group for donations, shop, and then deliver dinners to our local food shelter.
Lastly, don’t forget to participate in your community’s events - we have marched in parades, ran a “water station” at a half marathon, ran a carnival stand for our sponsor, baked Christmas cookies for Mrs Claus to hand out during our Hometown Christmas, etc. If you have local community bazaars and fundraisers you can use these not only to raise funds but also as a tool to display your banner, posters and hand out troop info.
Making your program the best it can be is still the number one way to grow your troop. The best recruitment tool is word of mouth. I don’t know how many times people that joined have said they have heard a lot of good things about us. If the girls in your troop are having fun, they will tell their friends, and it doesn’t take long for their friends’ parents to see the benefits of having their daughter involved in your Frontier Girls Troop as well.
Recruitment Night Teddy Bear Tea Party
by Karen Britton, Leader Troop #144
Frontier Girls Troop #144 just held our recruitment night. We have this during our regular meeting so our girls can have fun with the event too. My adult helpers work with the girls while I talk to any new parents and give them info on our troop. We start with a flag ceremony and a brief explanation of what FG do. We then divide the girls into 3 groups. Each group goes to one of our 3 stations. Our stations are run by our butterflies but overlooked by adults just to make sure. ...Our stations include songs (such as Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear etc). Another station is games (which include relays using the teddy bears) And the last station is the craft station where we somehow decorate a teddy bear. This year we are taking a plastic easter egg and making a tea cup for the bear. We then switch stations until all 3 groups do all 3 stations. When the stations are done we conclude the evening with our tea party of finger food and drinks and hopefully some new Frontier Girls.