Ink Spots – eNewsletter October 2008

Council Happenings

Juniors Participate in Domestic Violence Awareness

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and many Girl Scouts did their part to help with an annual candlelight service. Junior Girl Scout Troop 333 and other Girl Scouts made purple ribbons to earn their Leadership Pin that were passed out at a vigil the 20th of this month at Fort Decatur to commemorate victims of domestic violence as well as rejoice the lives of survivors. The girls also painted river rocks purple with words of encouragement on them for victims to hold in their hands while testifying in court.

Girl Scouts and GEMS

Girls from Troops 28, 278, and Service Unit 638 worked four hours to help with National Public Land Day. This annual event is one that involved the girls going to the Talledega National Forest’s Oakmulgee division to help with the Bibb County cleanup. This event educated the girls on how to improve public land for outdoor recreation and protect the natural heritage of our land.


Leadership Survey Shows Girls Want To Change The World

More than half of American girls say they don’t aspire to be conventional leaders, turned off by the stereotypical conception of leadership as command and control, according to a study by Girl Scouts of the USA. The data indicated that while girls find the command-and-control style of leadership unappealing, they instead aspire to a different kind of leadership focused on personal principles, ethical behavior and the ability to affect social change.

Some 68 percent of survey respondents said they would want to be leaders who stand up “for their beliefs and values,” and 59 percent said that they would like to be a leader “who tries to change the world for the better.”

“It’s clear from the research that girls today don’t embrace the conventional style of leadership,” said Judy Schoenberg, Director of Research and Outreach at the Girl Scout Research Institute. “It’s simply not how they want to lead. Girls today appear to be redefining leadership for themselves in terms of being more inclusive and serving a larger purpose.”

Locally, girls embrace their own style of leadership by going on journeys which engage them in discovering themselves, connecting with others and taking action to make the world a better place.

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!


Claire Lewallyn (Vestavia)

Vestavia Hills High School/Auburn University

With the help of volunteers that she coordinated, Claire transformed the outside area at the Eastside Mental Health Facility. The most important thing that Claire learned was flexibility. “Just as I started my project, the worst drought in 100 years hit Birmingham and we were put under water restrictions,” said Claire. “I had to read just my timeline.”

Shannon O’Sheal (Vestavia)

Vestavia Hills High School

Shannon made several fleece blankets for the Greater Birmingham Ministries. Shannon feels that she learned a great deal about herself. “I learned to motivate myself to get things done!” Shannon also now understands the importance of giving back to her own community, and hopes to continue community service in college.

Heather Shelton (Huntsville)

Grissom High School/University of Alabama at Huntsville

Heather researched, organized and put together an art booklet, and did presentations for boys and girls, ages 5-12, about Maria Howard Weeden, a painter during the Civil War era in Huntsville. Heather learned valuable presentation skills, and not to sell herself short…she can be good at something she originally thought she wouldn’t.

Vernice La’Trish Walker (Harvest)

Sparkman High School/Stillman College
Vernice organized a seminar to teach people about autism. By using expert speakers, handouts, professional resources, and activity books for children, she made her community aware of specific interventions and teaching strategies. Through her the planning and execution of this project, Vernice learned the importance of starting early and the importance of securing your own resources.


Kelsey Bailey (Decatur) – Kelsey worked with the Mental Health Association to educate people about autism and other mental illnesses.

Sarah Panlett (Madison) – Sarah created a handbook on camping safety.

Kayla Holmes, Lauren Holmes, Jamie Maize and Elizabeth Topping (Cullman) and Callie Westmoreland (Kinmord) – The girls planned and organized a Friendship Festival for all girls in Cullman County.

Brittany Ponder, Megan Rose and Jessica Lewis (Hartselle) – The girls volunteered for the Arrowhead District Cub Scout Day Camp for the Tot-Lot.

Sarah Wiliams and Morgan Foshee (Huntsville); Sarah Bailey, Caroline Erwin, Katie Nahay, Julia Alton Tubbs and Hannah Stanfield (Harvest) and Whitney Smith (Madison) – The girls remodeled the teen room at the Hope Place.


Troop 231 (Mountain Brook) – Jessica Azrin, Megan Bemowski, Lauren Brown, Riva Cullinan, Rebecca Fleisig, Lauren King, Anita Klasing, and Michelle Wu. The girls held a Bicycle Safety day for the community of Mountain Brook at the Mountain Brook Presbyterian Church.

Troop 291 (Owens Crossroads) – Shelby Anderson, Raine Aslan, Amanda Clark, Sarah Darrow, Katherine Fancher, Tara Harville, Jenna Marshall, Blair Mathis, Krystal Medley, Bethany Simmons, and MaRhea Wood. The girls held a toiletry drive for the CARE Center.

Troop 333 (Hartselle/Deactur) – Hannah Farley, Nikki Kirby, McKenzie Burnett, Deanna Helms, Rena Walker, Madeline Zanda, Elizabeth Beach, Mallarie Anderson and Deanna Morris. The girls worked with Meals on Wheels to ensure an extra meal for 70 people would be available in case of an emergency, and delivered meals.

Sarah Taylor and Grace Seltzer (Huntsville) – The two girls chose to clean up behind the Scout Hut where the troop meets on Redstone Arsenal.

Troop 539 (Hazel Green) – Ivey Grace Appel, Emily Benefield, Lauren Brasher, Kailey Clements, Kirsten Giles, Jessica Goodwin, Samantha Hatcher, Caitlyn James, Savannah Moore, Emily Shelton, Hanna Smith, Heather Stubbs and Ashlyn Upton. The girls held created activity books for the pediatrics unit at Huntsville Hospital.

Troop 685 (Madison) – Charissa Simpson, Kathleen Bedingfield, Elisabeth Mwiza, Megan Ponder, Rebecca Sloan and Savannah Ortiz. The girls held a field day for Brownies and Daisies where they taught games and first-aid activities.

Troop 1189 (Guntersville) – Jessica Bors and Marissa Schultz. The girls planted a flower garden at the Barfield Nursing Home for the residents to enjoy.

Troop 1360 (Ardmore) – Christine Evans, Jacque Gerhold and Elizabeth Davis. The girls held a food drive for the local food bank, Christians Helping Others.

Want to Hear from Your Senior Staff?

Now you can! Once a month, the Senior Staff of GSNCA will host a conference call from 10-10:30 AM and again from 6-6:30 PM where you can call in and ask us questions! To participate, you will call 800-264-8432 and put in the following access code: 114184#. We look forward to hearing from you! Calls will take place on the following dates:

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