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Columbia County Observer

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Girl Scouts: Build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place

Girl Scout graphicOn April 22, 2013, Girl Scouts will honor their volunteers on Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day during National Volunteer Week. Our dedicated leaders give of their time on a weekly basis to plan and lead fun, educational Girl Scout troop meetings and field trips. Girl Scout leaders teach the girls about health and wellness. They take them on a caving expeditions or to the stables to learn to ride. They go to international fairs to experience different cultures and teach them to create a space rocket out of paper, a film canister and Alka-Seltzer. Girl Scout leaders have creative minds and caring hearts to share with the girls. They dedicate themselves year-round to helping girls grow into confident, resourceful young women.

As a Girl Scout staff, we have seen first-hand the positive effect of volunteerism in several cities and how Girl Scouts and their leaders make a difference in our community every day.

For those of you who have a daughter in Girl Scouting, take a moment to think about her leader. Think about how at every meeting the leader is there to help your daughter experience new challenges and gain new skills for the future. Think about the amount of time the leader devotes to preparing for the meetings while balancing family, work, and other time constraints.

Remember your Girl Scout leader with a note of thanks or a personal phone call or greeting.

We would like to recognize and thank all of the leaders from the following Service Units: Alapaha (Hamilton & Suwannee Counties), Bradford/Union, Chua (Alachua, High Springs & Newberry), Sawamish (Dixie, Gilchrist & Levy Counties), Oke-We-No (Hawthorne, Keystone & Melrose), Columbia, Putnam, Gator Tracks & Meadowlark (Gainesville) and Lake Kanapaha (Gainesville, Jonesville, Archer and Micanopy).

You truly make a difference in the lives of girls. I encourage more people to follow in your footsteps by volunteering with the Girl Scouts.

If you are interested in joining the ranks of these incredible leaders, please contact us at 352-376-3004. We are Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, where we build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Sandra Caslow, Kiah Coleman, Peggy Marlatt, Lynda Schladant, Destani Shadrick

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