Issue #18 - February, 2013
A Note From the Founder - Badge Updates
I just wanted to take this opportunity to say a big Thank You to Sylvia Duke and Francine Geissler who have been working so diligently to update our badges to include the Penguin requirements. I have not yet had time to upload most of the work they have done, but am hoping to update the website by the end of the month. If it were not for the hard work of these ladies, it would take me years to redo all the old badges and the work they have put in is truly remarkable.
I also want to thank everyone who has been submitting new badges and their requirements. It is thanks to all of you (both adults and girls) that we are able to offer so many new badges each month. I am so proud to be a part of such a wonderful and giving group of people. You all never cease to amaze me with the support that you give me as well as the support you offer to each other. I am honored that you have chosen to be Frontier Girls.
Tips and Treasures
If you have a tip or treasure to share, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name and troop # to be included in the newsletter.
Setting up a Shutterfly “Share Site”
~by Diana Havir, Troop #179
As any Frontier Girls leader knows, one of the most vital components of running a successful troop is good communication. It is extremely important to be able to share ideas and information with other leaders as well as with troop families, which is why I’d like to share a wonderful resource I recently stumbled across.
I had always known of Shutterfly.com as a photo-sharing site, but now it offers so much more. By creating a Shutterfly “Share Site” you can manage just about any aspect of troop business imaginable. From troop scrapbooks and calendars to sign up sheets and forms, everything can be kept in one place that is accessible to all your troop members.
This month Izzy has provided instructions for creating an All About Me port hole project. She has also included ideas on how to use this project for various other badges such as Titanic, Collage, Character badges, and Recycling.
Make a Difference Story
by Elizabeth Vicoryosmanson
Hi, it's me, Elizabeth Vicoryosmanson! I am embarking on a big new community service project right now. We're in the development stages right now, but I have defined this very large and time consuming project as my Make a Difference Award project. I am planning a big scrap metal drive for Horses With H.E.A.R.T., the local equestrian therapy riding facility where I had therapy from the ages of three years to seven years of age, and now go to ride with my Equestrian Special Olympics team, so they can purchase trees for the ranch.
They are required to have at least 100 trees on the property by this spring, so a few of the volunteer staff have been saving scrap metal and redeeming it for cash to purchase the trees. When I heard about this, I jumped on it, because we had recently given a bunch of metal gallon cans to our friend for his motorbike fund, and I recognized the concept. I don't regret giving him that metal, because that was a perfect Christmas gift for him but will be collecting it all for the riding facility now!
I have helped design posters and flyers using the computer, accomplishing a skill from the Life Skills Award, and wrote a letter to a local copy shop requesting one hundred copies to be donated to the project. The manager smiled at me and said, "Sure, we can do that!" and put her staff to work on them right away!
I am planning several collection days. I put a lot of thought into it and lots of discussion with Mommy and Nana over the first three days. As soon as we have a better idea of our schedule for the next few months, I will be able to set up collection days. I wrote a letter to the local home improvement store requesting donations of materials for making a sign, and collection bins, and am waiting to hear back from them.
I am really excited, we actually already took our first loads over the last few weeks. A friend of ours had an entire bin of scrap metal that she had forgotten about in her storage area. She was cleaning out the room and came across it and was going to ask me to help her carry it out to the trash, but when I started telling her about the project, she decided to put it to better use. So she gave it to us for the ranch.
I have a bunch of plans, like asking our cousin who has a truck business if they want to clean up the work yard and donate all that "junk" to the ranch! I have contacted the school cafeterias about saving the gallon cans from lunches, and the kitchen managers are all on board, too, at every school except one! I am planning to call the Senior Center kitchen and have asked to contact everyone we know locally.
My mom and Nana have been going to the schools every Tuesday and Thursday to pick up the cans, because they have to be picked up before I get out of school. They have gone eight times so far, and we have over 325 cans so far! One of the schools has been including the lids of the cans, too, which is great extra metal!
My bus driver knows a man who is trying to clean up an abandoned property. She is trying to convince him to bring all the scrap metal to our riding facility, where he can drop it off for free to be recycled. Another man, who does welding and all sorts of handyman work in his retirement, has a bin full of scrap bits that he will be bringing over to donate.
I am going to promote it as a "great opportunity to clean out your garages and yards and contribute to a great cause at the same time!" At home, we are constantly finding old screws and nails all across our yard, so we have a big green bean can from the school cafeteria to hold all those odd bits of metal! We are writing up a notice for the newspaper and are considering contacting the local television station, even though it is really small. That sums up what we have planned so far. I am very excited about this!
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Penguin: No entry
Otter: Marisa Feeley
Dolphin: Gabrielle Cayouette
Butterfly: Abigail Kopfhamer
Eagle: no entry
Adult: Heather Cherasaro