Girl Scouts and family members gathered at St. Ann Parish Center May 17 to celebrate the 2011-12 accomplishments of the six Miller Girl Scout troops.Participation patches, yearly membership stars, Brownie try-it badges and Girl Scout badges were awarded during the end of the year Court of Awards.
During the short program Sheila Coss, Connie Aymar, Tamie Grogan, Tania Ruhnke, Shawn Fernholz and Connie Schroeder were recognized for donating their time as leaders, and the Girl Scout Daisies sang the Daisy song.
Tania Ruhnke reported on the 2012 cookie sale. Thirty-four Miller Scouts, grades two through 12 participated in the cookie sale. Top sellers were Allison Grogan (359 boxes), Alvena Batin (311 boxes), Celeste Moser (260 boxes), Kadye Fernholz (216 boxes), and Brielee Conkey (209 boxes). Incentive prizes were given to all girls for their individual sales levels. A total of 3,585 boxes of cookies were sold by Miller Scouts this year.
Jessica Aalbers, Ashley Aymar, Cassie Coss and Brooke Fawcett were recognized for earning the Silver Award, the second highest award in Girl Scouting. After completing the prerequisite Journey requirement, these four girls identified an area of need and interest in their community, designed a project plan, chose an advisor, and completed a project that totaled about 50 hours in work time.For their Silver project, Ashley Aymar and Brooke Fawcett combined efforts to make needed repairs at the Lake Louise State Park.They cleaned and stained the cabins, and repaired and painted the bird houses along the hiking trails. In addition they painted the checker board and checker box.They topped off their project by cleaning the bathrooms and picking up trash.Jessica Aalbers and Cassie Coss chose to paint a farm-themed mural to decorate the walls in the nursery school room at Hand in Hand Day Care as their project.
At the conclusion of the program girls were encouraged to continue the Wellness 100 activity goal of increasing fruit and vegetable servings. This month the girls tasted servings of fruits and vegetables colored blue or purple:blueberries, blackberries, purple grapes, raisins, prunes and figs. Girls chose familiar favorites grapes and blueberries as their choice of the month.Kael Ruhnke was recognized for meeting the goal of 100 servings of fruits and vegetables.Everyone was reminded to register for the 2012-13 Girl Scout year, and informed that Day Camp for ages kindergarten through fourth grade would be held in August.