Ink Spots – eNewsletter April 2009

Council Happenings
Girl Scouts Celebrate World Thinking Day
On February 22, ten local troops celebrated Girl Scout World Thinking Day in Chelsea, AL with the Golden Chain of Friendship, a symbol of connection between girls throughout the world. As each girl adds a link to the chain, she thinks about sister scouts in other countries and how they might be different from her local troop. Girls also sampled food from over 10 different countries. In addition, this gathering served as a health awareness event to “Make The World A Better Place”. The girls contributed caps & hats for Children’s Hospital cancer patients and participated in workshops on asthma and anti-smoking.
Sports Day
Eleven troops from GSNCA attended Sports Day at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The event was sponsored by the Women’s Athletic Department. During the event the University of Alabama’s women’s rowing team, volleyball team and soccer team ran clinics for the girls to learn more about their respective sports.
2009 Camp Season is Here!
Visit to see the 2009 Camp Brochure and see what exciting camps are offered this summer.
Interim Leadership
Lesley Searcy has resigned from the CEO position of GSNCA.  In the transition period, we are pleased to welcome Phyllis Davis as interim CEO, and Yancey Trucks as interim COO.  We appreciate their willingness to make sure our leadership transition flows as smoothly as possible. They may be reached at 205-980-4750 x103.
Girl Awards
The following girls have earned their Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards recently. These girls put in many hours of planning, researching and hard work to earn these awards.  Congratulations on your accomplishment!
Jenell Nicole Lymon of Hunstville and Jasmine Jones of Harvest earned their Gold Awards by working together to organize a fine arts program called “Expression Through the Arts” for youth in the area. The project was designed to encourage youth to participate in the arts.  Jenell and Jasmine helped launch a community awareness campaign with marketing materials including flyers and signs posted throughout the community. Their goal was to encourage the program to continue in some form through the support of local organizations. The girls say they have learned many lessons from their Gold Award project including proper planning, listening, how to set deadlines to complete tasks, and that by working together much can be accomplished.

Aundrea Keimig of Athens also earned her Gold Award for her project entitled “Blankets for Babies.” Aundrea planned to make 100 blankets for the babies in the neonatal unit at the Huntsville Hospital. Aundrea is currently studying nursing at Freed-Hardeman University and hopes to become a neonatologist. Her love of helping babies inspired her to do something to help those who help the babies in the NICU at Huntsville Hospital. Each blanket was made to be a lasting memorial of the ones who helped the babies and their families long after they left the hospital. Aundrea also created a Facebook group to get her friends involved in the project and enlisted them to help make the blankets. Together they created 100 blankets and Aundrea was able to spread the word about the neonatal unit and the people who work there.


Claire Olivia Sharp and Jana West of Huntsville earned their Silver Awards for their work with the Veterans’ Home Library.

Megan Foshee of Huntsville earned her award for her project “Building Hope for the Future.” She helped remodel the teen room at the Hope Place.

Paige Bartlett and Amanda Whitlock of Decatur earned their award for their work with the Mental Health Association. Their project was aimed at educating people about autism and other mental illnesses.

Maura Bailey of Huntsville earned her award for organizing a Friendship Festival for all the girls in Cullman County.

Ashley Archer of Decatur earned her award for hosting an after-school club for boys and girls.
Mary Butgereit, Gabrielle Coleman, Hanna McMillian, Mia Oswald, Victoria Stapp and Madelyn Wong of Madison earned their award for making improvements at Camp Trico.
Tiffany Lopez of Hazel Green earned her award for hosting a Christmas party for the residents at the Agape Retirement Village.
Melissa Giles, Alyssa Hicks, Shawnell McAleer, Christina Neal, Jacaqueline Neal, Mary Grace Paladino, Emma Scalf, Rachel Scalf and Sarah Williams of Hazel Green earned their awards for their project, Hawaiian Luau Craft Day, which they hosted for Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts.
Janie Wells of Huntsville earned her award by hosting a day of International Imagination where she hosted a picnic and fixed bikes so international students at UAH would have a form of transportation.
Makenzie Hale of Toney earned her award for her work with Locks of Love.
Lacey Beth Black, Lauren Church, Beka Fontanez, Kate Fortenberry, Anna Meyers, Holly Persell, Emma Ulrich, and Kara Ward of Athens earned their award for hosting a Parent’s Night Out at Athens Bible School.


Women of Distinction

The West Alabama Women of Distinction took place on April 23 at Hotel Capstone

This year’s Women of Distinction honorees were:

  • Career Accomplishments: Tera Wyatt of Northport, Director of TDOT, City of Tuscaloosa
  • Community Contributions: Zelpha Storey Wells of Tuscaloosa, Director of Zelpha’s Cultural Development Corporation
  • Outstanding Educator: Susan Pace Hamill of Tuscaloosa, Professor at the University of Alabama School of Law
  • Lifetime Achievement: Elois Zeanah of Tuscaloosa, civic volunteer

Nominees included: Pam Askew, civic volunteer; Drew Baker, civic volunteer; Martha Regina Crowther-King of Bessemer, Director of Clinical Psychology at the University of Alabama;  Katharine Ross Merrell of Tuscaloosa, Owner, Grand National Equine Sports Massage Therapy; and Betty Northington of Tuscaloosa, accountant, Bama Exterminating; Five Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts were honored at the luncheon for earning their Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Leanne Davis, Tracy Hardy, Camden Nolen, Kelsey Nolen, Laina McDonald, all of Fayette, Alabama were recognized for their leadership and service projects. This event was chaired by Nancy Lambert-Brown.

The Huntsville Women of Distinction luncheon will take place on May 8 at the Huntsville Country Club at 11:30 AM.  This year’s Women of Distinction nominees are:

Wanda Ashby, Assistant Director, Christmas Charities Year Round; Jane Bise, Interior Designer; Willie Clark Corlew, Assistant Principal, Blanche School; Anna Lee Dunn, Principal/Teacher at Whitesburg Christian Academy; Bettye English, Community Volunteer; Amy Epps, Computer Engineer, NASA; Paige Stephenson Hanks, Senior Systems Engineer, NASA; Liz Hurley, News Anchor, WAFF-TV; Carole Jurenko Jones, Community Volunteer; Shelia Nash-Stevenson, Ph.D., Aerospace Engineer, NASA; Judy Ryals, CEO, Huntsville/Madison Convention Center; Belinda Savage-Edwards, Neurologist, Rehabilitation & Neurological Services; Frances Schwemmer, Piano Teacher; Josephine Scruggs, Interim Administrator, First Missionary Baptist Church; Yvonne L. Simms, Systems Engineer, The Boeing Company; Dana Stone, Mary Kay Consultant; Jean Wessel Templeton, CEO, Wesfam Restaurants, Inc.; Cynthia Thompson, Teacher/Gifted Specialist, Monrovia Elementary; Lady Shivers Tucker, Retired Educator, Classical Recitalist; Nancy Wilkinson Van Valkenburgh, Owner, Van Valkenburg & Wilkinson Real Estate; Lisa Washington, News Anchor and Reporter, WHNT-TV; Jacqueline Purnell Wyse, Principal, Butler High School; and Stacie Yarbrough, Interpreter Coordinator, AIDB.  This event is being chaired by Kay Eastin and Dawn Stanley. Committee members include Sally Barnett, Joyce Griffin, Chana Johnson, Janet Kincherlow-Martin, Mabry Miller, Norma Oberlies and Margaret Vann.