Mountain View Mirror - Online
October 1999
Special Juliette Gordon Low Edition

Welcome to the October 1999 Online Edition of the Mountain View Mirror...the monthly newsletter of the Mountain View Girl Scout Neighborhood 2-4. Here are the topics you can find more information about in this document:
Dates to Remember Neighborhood News Program Ideas
Council Quotes Troop Talk Mirror Contributors
Service Team Archived 1998-99 Editions September 1999 edition
Juliette Gordon Low Section "Kewl" Internet Site

Neighborhood News

Contest – Millennium Dreamers

McDonald's and The Walt Disney Company—in association with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)—are presenting a program called Millennium Dreamers. This program encourages 8 to 15 year-olds to share their contributions to their community. (There are two age levels: 8-11 and 12-15.) Recipients of the Millennium Dreamers Awards will receive a trip to Orlando, Florida, for a global celebration and international children's summit in May 2000. Official nomination forms from the United States must be postmarked by November 30, 1999 and mailed to: Millennium Dreamers, P.O. Box 466132, Laurenceville, GA 30042-6132. Candidates must be nominated by an adult not related to the child or living in the same household. Each nominated Millennium Dreamer must describe his/her contribution in 150 words or less. Further information can be downloaded from the or Web sites.

Salvation Army Collects Coats This Month For Needy Children
~~Service Project~~

The Salvation Army's 15th annual Coats for Kids drive is under way throughout October.

Residents of the Portland and Vancouver, Washington areas are encouraged to donate coats that are still wearable to dry cleaners that display a red "happy heart" coat in their window. The cleaners collect the coats, clean them, and deliver them to the Salvation Army. The coats will be distributed in mid-November to needy children in the area.

There are more than 45 dry cleaners that will accept the donated coats. For a list of participating cleaners, call 503-239-1226. To find out how to receive a donated coat, call a Salvation Army service office. In Vancouver call 360-892-9050.

There are nine locations in our area participating in this project, I have listed them below for your reference.

  1. Humphrey's Cleaners (914 Daniels / 695-8802)
  2. Custom Care (6319 E Mill Plain Blvd / 695-8761)
  3. Andresen's Cleaners (NE 63rd & Andresen / 882-9059)
  4. Milton's Dry Cleaners (6721 E Fourth Plain Blvd / 694-3666)
  5. Larson's Hazel Dell Cleaners (501 NE 78th / 574-3838)
  6. Delux Dry Cleaners (16111 SE McGillivray Blvd / 253-9877) and (212 NE 164th Avenue / 944-8926)
  7. Mountain View Cleaners (14415 SE Mill Plain Blvd / 892-7534)
  8. Premier Dry Cleaning (9901 NE 7th Avenue / 574-3750) and (800 NE Tenny Road, Suite 113 / 574-4774)
  9. Supreme Dry Cleaners (14313 NE 20th Avenue / 546-2467) and (5000 E Fourth Plain Blvd / 735-7928) and (10501 NE Highway 99 / 574-3023)

After looking up the addresses of these cleaners, some have multiple locations so it would be best to call to verify which location is participating.

Cookie Training Set

The Neighborhood cookie training for this year has been set for December 13 from 7-7:30 p.m. at Hearthwood. Each troop should have a “Cookie Manager” chosen by then and she/he needs to attend the meeting. No troops will be allowed to sell cookies without this vital training. Supplies for the Cookie sales will be distributed at this meeting.

1 dead, 20 injured in Missouri hayride wreck October 16, 1999
Web posted at: 3:49 a.m. EDT (0749 GMT)

EUREKA, Missouri (AP) -- A wagon carrying members of a Girl Scout troop on a hayride careened down a hill and overturned Friday night, killing a 12-year-old passenger and injuring at least 20 others.

The injured girls were among 24 thrown from the wagon at the Rocking J Ranch, about 10 miles north of Eureka. The rig crashed into some trees after it came loose.

According to the sheriff's department, something went wrong with the tractor pulling the wagon. The driver told investigators it went out of gear while he was driving it, but authorities were checking other potential causes, including whether the brakes were faulty.

The wagon was the last of three carrying 72 scouts from the St. Raphael School in St. Louis. They were members of Brownie, Daisy and Junior troops at the school.

Witnesses said the trees and hilly terrain prevented helicopters from landing close to the accident scene. The victims had to be carried on stretchers to helicopters and other vehicles.

High Ridge Fire Chief Steve Davis said one of the injured girls was in critical condition Friday night and two were in serious condition. An adult, 30, was also among the injured. Authorities said Rocking J Ranch has offered hayrides for at least six years.

Copyright 1999 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Editor’s Note – Hayrides are a popular activity this time of year. Please, PLEASE, follow Safety-Wise guidelines when planning ANY activity or outing! Hayrides are explicitly covered on Pages 85 and 86. Each troop NEEDS a copy of Safety-Wise. If you do not have one, please let the Leader Support Team know.

Girl Scout Calendar Sales are Here!

Here is your chance to make some money for your troop in a proven way. The special year 2000 Girl Scout calendar nets quick profits for troops and features Girl Scouts. If you are interested in more information or plan on ordering some calendars for your troop to sell, contact Roxanne G.

OK, I signed up to be a Leader, NOW WHAT?

There are DOZENS of ways to do almost anything in scouting. Each can be as "right" as the others. So, relax and use your common sense!

  • Don't let anyone persuade you that Scouting must be a mysterious club with many rules.
  • Use your common sense about: how to call a new group together; getting acquainted with the girls' parents; when and how to gather membership registration information and money; how much extra adult help you need, and who might help.

    If you don't know how to do something (or even if you do) ask the girls how they would do it - and if there is no clear danger to life, limb or other folks' property - let them.

  • The worst 'wrong' thing you could do is shut the girls out of the decision making. Share the load. It's their group; you are there to help them. For a while, they will not believe you are for real, but stick with it.
  • Examples of things they can decide: Ways to find out what the girls can do and would like to do (choosing badges); what supplies are needed for a project; how to welcome and invest new members; dues; ways to start and end meetings.

    Polish up your sense of humor. Have fun!

  • The skies will not fall if now and then a meeting sounds and looks like the fun house at an amusement park. Sometimes the girls need to blow off steam.

    Speaking of mothers - If you are one, shift gears, love the girls and worry about them sometimes, of course, but you are not their parent, you are their friend.

  • Think about a person you loved to visit because such wonderful things happened. Think about what this person was like and in what ways they were different from your mother and father. Get the 'Lets look in the book' habit.
  • The Handbooks, the Leader's Yearbook, Badge books, Safety-Wise, and other Girl Scout guides and pamphlets are like an encyclopedia; they are not meant to be read like novels. When a question arises, you say 'Let's look it up."
  • Some examples of things you and the girls can find in books: how to honor the flag with a ceremony, how your troop government should work, the reasons for having badges, signs, challenges, games and activities.

    Doing is a great way to learn and grow, and learning and growing are what Girl Scouting is all about.

  • That goes for both you and the girls. They can try anything, and learn from what does not work almost more than from what does.

    That is a great gift to any young person -- a place to learn from mistakes without the penalty of being marked a failure. Use learning events and watch other leaders; to experiment, practice and learn by doing.

  • You can make it the place to explore and experiment with ideas and skills that the girls may not be able to help you with.
  • Most of all, learn with the girls, laugh with them, and Love Them!

    Experienced Leaders Tips and Tricks
    Compiled by: Daniela Werner…a WAGGGS-L member

    ~ First here are my own personal,


    * Heres others that were shared


    1. Well organized parent meeting with agenda. Parent "buy in" of the program. Explain "how" you are going to give each girl the opportunity for leadership and to develop responsibility within the troop framework. A copy of Famous Girl Scouts. See what parents will present...or what Ideas they have for fun field trips and or celebrations....ask each parent with an idea to adopt the idea and go for it.
    2. Girl planning meeting with large calendar. Have girls decide on the sign they want to work on (Jr.s) Ipps (Cad) Have girls brainstorm ideas for field trips and service that would fit into the sign somewhere. Now have each girl pick the 5 badges she MOST wants to work on. See how many similarities there are. Try to form patrols by interest and let the girls go for it.
    3. If some girls are bridging, have a Bridging parent/assist. Have these girls work on bridging and report back to troop?


    We use post-its to plan our year. The first 1-2 meetings are for planning. Start with giving each girl several post-it notes. Tell them to write down everything that they think they would like to do in GS's this year. Take them up and tally them--DO NOT ELIMINATE ANY IDEAS. After the tally is made, hand out 1 or more copies of Safety Wise and let the GIRLS look up each activity to find out what rules there are about them. They will find out if any are a no-no and that way you are not the bad guy for saying NO. They go through council/service unit events already scheduled and put on monthly calendars (I print out from computer program), then have the girls pick an activity and put it on the calendars--thus the year is planned. You can always leave out something or alter the schedule as needed later on. This way you can gear badges towards activities they want to do and fill in with other requirements in the month(s) that the activities are in.


    You might have a fun get together type activity especially if you have new girls so the girls can get to know each other. Maybe a sleep over, pizza party, kidnap breakfast, cookout, etc.


    The one thing I preach is "MAKE SURE TO DO ANY ACTIVITY YOURSELF PRIOR TO A MEETING." This will make sure that it works (such as the invisible ink in the Daisy Handbook that didn't for me) as well as figure out how long it actually takes to do.

    Founder's Day

    Juliette Gordon Low, the Founder of Girl Scouts in the United States, was born on October 31, 1860. Therefore, Halloween Day is known as Founder's Day here in the U.S. Founder's Day ceremonies often include information about Juliette Low and her life or about early Girl Scouting. Contributions are often made to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund (a fund used to spread Girl Scouting throughout the world as well as to help fund international travel for girls) as part of a Founder's Day ceremony.

    December Neighborhood Meeting Set for the 13th.

    Mark your calendars for the December Neighborhood Meeting on the 13th. It will be immediately following the Cookie Training. WE know that December is an especially busy month, but we will still be looking forward to seeing each and every one of you! Times are 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

    Are You Remembering “Leader Bucks”?

    If you are wearing your uniform and/or pin tonight you already know that you earned some Leader Bucks. If your troop news is listed here, that’s some more “Leader Bucks”. Have you signed up for working on an event? Yep, “Leader Bucks” again! Ask a Service Team member how you, too, can start earning these important and fun “Leader Bucks”.

    Program Ideas

    Investiture and Rededication Ceremonies

    Investiture and rededication ceremonies can be done in various ways, and the two can be easily combined for established troops wishing to welcome new members. Here are a few reminders and ideas:

    1. Investiture takes place the first time a girl or adult joins Girl Scouting.
        The person being invested:
      • Says the Girl Scout Promise
      • receives the appropriate Girl Scout pin; and
      • is welcomed into Girl Scouting.

      Saying the Girl Scout Promise can be done individually or as a group, depending on the age of the person(s) being invested. Investiture should be a special time, not a scary one.

      At this time, Daisies may also receive their beginning certificate.

      The girl should understand (as much as possible for her age level) that when she is invested, she is agreeing to subscribe to the values and principals of the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

    2. Rededication takes place each year a girl or adult rejoins Girl Scouting (it does not matter if they are consecutive years or if there has been a break in the years). As part of the ceremony, those rededicating themselves say the Girl Scout Promise.

      If you have girls/adults rededicating and investing at the same ceremony, do the rededicating first - then those girls and adults can assist with investiture.

    3. Be sure that everyone receives and wears only the appropriate Girl Scout Pin:
      • Daisy Girl Scout Pin worn only by Daisy Girl Scouts (age 5/6 or Kindergarten)
      • Brownie Girl Scout Pin worn only by Brownie Girl Scouts (1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade)
      • Girl Scout Pin - traditional (eagle) - contemporary (three faces) worn by Junior, Cadette, Senior and Adult Girl Scouts

    Troop Crest Ceremony

    In the early days of Girl Scouting, troop crests were used to identify a troop. The rapid growth of the movement soon made numbering necessary, but crests were kept as a symbol of a troop's goal or main interest.

    Troop ____ did not have a crest, so we started by looking carefully about the crest we should choose. We looked at the meaning behind each symbol used, and we encouraged the girls to select one that would have a special meaning to them, one they can pass along to new members each year.

    The troop crest symbol can be used on a troop flag or to mark troop equipment. Every member from here on out should know what our crest is and what it means. A new crest will not be chosen ever again for Troop ____ - our crest will now be used for the life of a troop. When new girls enter our troop, they will take on the crest of our troop. So, as you can see, tonight is very special, as we all take on our new troop crest.

    We gather today as Girl Scouts, sisters to all Girl Scouts around the world. Our Troop is only one of many around the world, but we share the same goals, as stated in the Girl Scout Promise.

    Like many troops before us, we are unique as each of our girls are individuals. Each girl is important to the Troop and is a vital part of our Troop spirit. This spirit is what ties us together - to each other and to Girl Scouts around the world. We share the same values, as spoken in the Girl Scout Law. We, Troop # ____, have chosen the ________ as our Troop Crest.

    We have chosen this because: (insert your own wording focused around the meaning of that particular crest and the "spirit" of your girls/troop.)

    I now will present each girl with a troop crest to be proudly worn on her uniform. I hope it will remind each scout of our Troop spirit.

    Cadette & Senior Rededication Ceremony
    This ceremony is for older girls, who have been in scouting for a while and may be beginning to take their Girl Scout Promise and the Law for granted.

    Girls begin this ceremony more as observers.
    Setting: The room is dark, except for 13 lit candles.
    Leader says, "We know our Promise and our Law. We have recited it many times over the years. We may have questioned its importance in our life or have forgotten its value."

    "But what would the world be like if we each stopped serving God and our country?" (Leader blows out one candle)

    "What would the world be like if we each stopped helping people in need?" (Leader blows out more one candle)

    "What would the world be like if we each stopped living by the Girl Scout Law?" (Leader blows out one more candle)

    "What would the world be like if we choose to be dishonest and self-serving" (Leaders blows out one more candle)

    Follow this pattern through the Law, until all candles are blown out and the room is dark. Pause

    "If we choose this path, our world becomes very dark." Pause

    "But I, _______ make a commitment today to serve God and my country" (Re-light first candle)

    "Who else wants to renew their commitment to the Girl Scout Promise and Law?"

    Allow the girls to re-light each candle while they say their part of the Promise and Law: "I _____ make a commitment to ________(be honest and fair etc.)

    Close with a favorite Girl Scout ceremony song: On My Honor, Change the World, Girl Scouts Together, Whene’re You Make a Promise, or Just One Girl

    "May our lights shine and may we brighten our world."

    Ten Ribbon Ceremony for New Law

    Use 3 white candles for each part of the Promise. Use 10 white candles tied with specified color ribbon for each Law. Each person reads line and then lights candle.

    On my honor I will try
    To serve God and my country (light 1st candle)
    To help people at all times (light second candle)
    And to live by the Girl Scout Law (light third candle)

    Sing "Whene'er You Make A Promise"

    I will do my best to be (said all together)

    Honest and fair - The purple ribbon on this candle represents a Girl Scout's sense of honesty and fairness. A Girl Scout works honestly and keeps her promises. She is fair in all she does and with those she meets.

    Friendly and helpful - The blue ribbon on this candle represents a Girl Scout's sense of friendship and thoughtfulness. A Girl Scout is amiable and loyal to her friends. She helps others wherever and whenever she can.

    Considerate and caring - The orange ribbon on this candle represents a Girl Scout's sense of kindness and warmth. A Girl Scout works well with others and looks out for the well-being of others.

    Courageous and strong - The red ribbon on this candle represents a Girl Scout's sense of adventure and independence. A Girl Scout attempts new tasks and braves new endeavors. She is confident and self-assured in her actions.

    Responsible for what I say and do - The gold ribbon on this candle represents a Girl Scout's sense of ownership and pride in her work. She readily admits her strengths and weaknesses and is aware of the consequences of her actions. A Girl Scout is up front with her intentions.

    And to (say together)

    Respect myself and others - The white ribbon on this candle represents a Girl Scout's sense of integrity. A Girl Scout directs her thoughts and deeds to encompass her own beliefs and to be sensitive to, and respectful of the beliefs of those around her.

    Respect authority - The yellow ribbon on this candle represents a Girl Scout's sense of regard for another's position. A Girl Scout understands the importance of having a leader of a group to make final decisions. She works with that leader to make the best decisions for the good of the group.

    Use resources wisely - The green ribbon on this candle represents a Girl Scout's sense of being careful with resources. She uses her materials, money, time, and energy wisely. A Girl Scout does not waste the Earth's resources.

    Make the world a better place - The brown ribbon on this candle represents a Girl Scout's sense of improvement. A Girl Scout strives to be clean, conserve, and enrich the world around her. She believes it is important to leave a better place than when she found it.

    Be a sister to every Girl Scout - The silver ribbon on this candle represents a Girl Scout's loyalty to sisters all over the world. A Girl Scout is always ready to accept more friends into her ever-widening circle. She treats all of her sisters with kindness, acceptance, and warmth.

    Sing "Make New Friends"

    Sharron L Peet

    Troop Talk

    Daisy Doings

    This section is for you, the Daisy Troop Leader, to report what your troop has been doing the past month. Please let us know what you have been up to!

    Brownie Bits

    This section is for you, the Brownie Troop Leader, to report what your troop has been doing the past month. Please let us know what you have been up to!

  • Troop # 224 ( Sue F / Gail B / Laurie H) -- These girls started out the year with a meeting to celebrate Sue's birthday and finish up the Movers Try-It they had started last spring. The girls made wind socks from a vinyl tablecloth they had used during previous painting projects. Strips of tablecloth and colored ribbons were added to create the tails. The girls started October with a two-fold service project. The girls planted pansies at the entrance of the new park on SE Bella Vista Road. After the dirty work was done, the girls were asked to use their expertise to test the new playground equipment. The equipment passed with flying colors. The girls are now looking forward to their upcoming tour of Franz Bakery and celebrating Juliette Low's birthday.

  • Troop 854 (Sandi H) - Troop #854 was busy this summer at two park dedications. We volunteered to water trees at Bella Vista Park this summer and we gave the Mayor a certificate for a tree to be planted at the new Wildwood Park when it is ready. We had a campout this summer and completed our Outdoor Fun and Girl Scout Ways Try-Its. We made S'mores and sang Girl Scout songs and made sit-upons. This year we have been working on the Food Fun Try-It where we made baked apples, a special drink and built food pyramids. We will be doing a service project collecting pop can tabs for Ronald McDonald House. We will be taking a field trip to visit the Ronald McDonald House on October 20th to find out more about what they do for families of sick children.

  • Troop #1292 (Lesli V) - What a busy time we've had getting started this year! We had our first meeting in August, registered a few new girls into the troop and have been running ever since. To get started this year, we held a bake sale at the church that we meet in. It was a huge success. We decided to buy bulbs and plant them at the church for our first service project. We can't wait for spring. We have completed our "Safety" Try-it and enjoyed a visit from a fireman to teach us basic first-aid, fire-safety and home safety. We took a trip to the Kings Farm and had a blast learning how to care for horses and got a chance to ride. This definitely was the highlight of our activities so far. We are very excited to attend the Juliette on Tour event and want to say "thank you" to Gail Branum for making the arrangements for this opportunity. We are also looking forward to the Girl Scout Hoedown at Oaks Park next month as we are starting our "Dancersize" Try-it and will get to learn to square dance. Hope to see y'all there. Here's to another fun filled year and good luck selling those calendars and pocket planners. Bye for now.

    Junior Journal

    This section is for you, the Junior Troop Leader, to report what your troop has been doing the past month. Please let us know what you have been up to!

  • Troop 721 (Lynne K / Patricia C) - We spent our first meeting making greeting cards for our fellow Girl Scout Kristina who is battling cancer in Texas. We really got into it and it never takes only 15 minutes… We broke into patrols and are ready to start learning more about running our troop by this style of government. At our next meeting we will create ghosts (squares of light sew-in fabric liner, gathered at the neck with a ball of fluff for the head and punched hole eyes) and bats (Fun Foam) to hang from a Halloween tree (bare branches anchored in a clay pot), which will be presented to our favorite folks at the Hampton Alzheimer’s Center. We will begin planning a service project which will get us closer to earning the Sign of the World. We have found that this is hard work!!

  • Troop 797 (LeAnn C / Sue K) – Our Junior troop will have their first meeting on Thursday, October 14. During the course of this year, we are planning to earn the Sign of the Rainbow, Junior Aide Badge, Leadership Pin, and work on a variety of community service.

    Cadette & Senior Sentinel

    This section is for you, the Cadette or Senior Troop Leader or Cadette or Senior Girl, to report what your troop has been doing the past month. Please let us know what you have been up to!

  • Troop 72 (Roxanne G / Natalie L) – – We finally have a new meeting location, thanks to Pacific Middle School Home Ec. Room we have plenty of space to hold troop meetings and have some fun too! The weekend of October 15-17 the troop will be having lots of fun camping out at Camp Arrowhead. We are staying at “Celilo” which is out in the “boonies”, so far from the main lodge they can’t even hear us!! There are some great trails and “Beaver Lake” nearby the old lodge for us to explore. We will be hauling our own water from a tank and using the “Biffs” plus cooking on our camp stoves or over the fire. WE plan on just having a great time at our first fall camp out!!!

    On October 12 Troop 72 will have 3 girls doing their L.I.T. training and 5 girls doing the Silver Award training at the “Hangin’ With Ms. Low” event. Our troop will also be presenting a workshop for Junior G.S. at the event, on the exciting world of the Cadette and Senior Girl Scout Program. We are putting together a display of the many exciting trips, camping adventures, wider opportunities, international travel experiences we have done as a troop. Our girls should have a fun time telling the Juniors of all that awaits them as they move up to the Cadette and Senior program.

    We also have 3 of the Seniors in the Evergreen High School musical production of “Anything Goes”. This show will be performed on November 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20 at Evergreen High School. They would LOVE to have your troops come and see them in this production. This is a good link for the “Puppets, Dolls and Plays” Try-it or the “Theater” and “Arts-Dabbler” badges.

    Dates to Remember

    October 18 ………………………………Neighborhood Meeting
    October 23 ……………………………...#Hangin’ With Ms. Low
    October 29 ………………………….…….#Wider Ops Deadline
    October 31 ………………………...…… Juliette Low’s Birthday
    ……………………………#Photo Seek & Search Ends
    November 3 ……………………………..Service Team Meeting
    November 6 ………...…#Service Team Training in Vancouver
    ………………...………#Cookie Program Mgr. Training
    November 10 ……………...… Juliette On Tour in Vancouver
    November 11 ……………………………….……..Veteran’s Day
    December 13 ……………………………Neighborhood Meeting
    ……………………………………...…….Cookie Training
    January 3 ……….................……..Nbhd. Meeting
    January 15 …………..……………#Cookie Order Taking starts
    January 25 ……………..………….#Cookie Order Taking ends

    # = Council Event - not all events listed. Please check your G.R.E.A.T. Guide for more information.

    Service Team

    1999-2000 Service Team

    Neighborhood Co-Chairs……Deb W / Roxanne G / Judy C
    Membership Team …………..Carol J / Lynn K / Virginia S / Suzanne B
    Leader Support Team …(Brownie) Natalie L / (Daisy) Nichole J / (Brownie) Sue F / (Cadette) Roxanne G
    Communications Team ……...Carol H / Gail B
    Finance/Cookie Team………...Linda S / Jan A / Deb W
    Awards & Recognition Team…..LeAnn C / Helen S / Diane K
    Events Team …………………..Zina Y / Diana A
    Community Resource Team…......Lisa P / Mary Beth J / Carol H

    Mirror Contributors

    Editor………………………..…………….….Gail B
    Neighborhood News………………………………..Carol H
    Juliette Low Information ……........…Gail B and the “WWW”
    Service Project ……………………………………….….Gail B
    Program Ideas……………………………………....Gail B
    Council Quotes…………………….Delivery Team Dispatch
    GSUSA News…………………………………..GSUSA Website
    Troop News……………………………………………Our Troops

    Special Juliette Gordon Low Section

    More than 85 years ago... a woman with a vision and daring announced that she had something special to offer the girls of this nation

    That woman was Juliette Low, and the gift she brought to America from a sojourn abroad was Girl Scouting.

    From one small group of girls in Savannah, Georgia, the Girl Scout movement has grown to become the largest organization for girls annually serving well over 3.5 million girls ages 5 - 17.

    Juliette Low's vision for Girl Scouts is as relevant today as it was in 1912:

    But just who was this lady? ………….

    Juliette Gordon Low

    Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon Low was the founder of Girl Scouting in the U.S.A.. She was born on October 31, 1860 in Savannah, Georgia to a very prominent family -just a few months before the Civil War began. She was named for her grandmother, but was given the nickname "Daisy" soon after she was born. As a child she was very fond of animals, she loved drawing, and other artistic subjects, but she had trouble with mathematics and spelling.

    On December 21, 1886, when she was 26 years old, Daisy Gordon married Willy Low. He was charming and handsome and from a very prominent family. At the time, she had already lost some of her hearing in one ear, and as she was leaving the ceremony, a grain of rice landed in her good ear and the doctor who removed it punctured her eardrum. Eventually, she became almost totally deaf. After a few months, she went to live in England with her husband. Her British life was very much a continuation of the one she had in America, except that her friends and companions now had names famous in English history, and for the most part lived in castles, or manor houses or, in some instances, palaces. Their happiness together did not last and Daisy and Willy had agreed to divorce. Before proceedings were finalized, Willy became very ill and died in 1905.

    Daisy met General Sir Robert Baden-Powell in 1910. He had founded the Boy Scouts and was a British military hero. They had a lot in common (a mutual interest in sculpting, among other things) and enjoyed each others company. Daisy looked to Sir Robert as an inspiration. She decided to help with the Girl Guides that his sister Miss Agnes Baden-Powell was forming of the nearly 6 thousand girls who registered when Sir Robert formed the Boy Scouts.

    Daisy was 51 years old when she moved back to the U.S. to start Girl Scouts. Her niece, who was also named Daisy Gordon, was the first Girl Scout in the United States. She found a joy and a purpose in life in the organization of Girl Scouts and worked relentlessly for many years establishing a solid foundation for the movement. She personally donated, secured, and financed much of the Girl Scouting program needs in the United States for the first few years and her generosity was also felt overseas. She spent time at camps and knew many of the girls well. Although she never had any children of her own, she was loved by many all over the world.

    She found it useful to exaggerate her deafness when she pretended not to hear friends who tried to beg off commitments to work for the Scouts. Her lifelong eccentricity and love of "stunts" were enlisted in the cause. She would trim her hat with carrots and parsley and go to a fashionable luncheon. "Oh, is my trimming sad?" she would ask as the vegetables drooped. "I can't afford to have this hat done over -- I have to save all my money for my Girl Scouts. You know about the Scouts, don't you?" Soon all America did, thanks to the woman they lovingly called the founder of Girl Scouting.

    Daisy Low died on January 18, 1927 at home in Savannah after a long illness with cancer. She was buried in her Girl Scout uniform beside her parents in Laurel Grove Cemetery. In the breast pocket of her uniform was a folded telegram she received while she was ill that read "You are not only the first Girl Scout, you are the best Girl Scout of them all." All the Girl Scouts in Savannah lined the steps of Christ Church where the funeral service was conducted to bid farewell to a great woman who inspired them to be great women.

    Juliette Low Facts

    The Story of Juliette Low
    This is a story with sound effects. When you read the following phrases, the girls say:

    Girls: "But Mom"
    Juliette Low: Curtsey and say "Join my troop"
    Georgia: "Howdy, y'all"
    Lord Baden-Powell: Bow, "How do you do"
    London: sing "London Bridge is Falling Down"
    Boy Scouts: Salute and say "Be prepared"
    Girl Scouts: "Where's the campout?"

    Reader: We would like to tell you about the founder of Girl Scouts. Once upon a time there was a girl named Juliette Low, who lived in Georgia. Juliette Low was a very active little girl who loved to organize her friends into clubs. After she grew up, she went to London and there she met Lord Baden-Powell, who was looking for ways to train boys to be self-sufficient and so he founded the Boy Scouts.

    Juliette Low was fascinated by the work that Lord Baden-Powell was doing and thought to herself "girls need to learn how to be self-sufficient too, what about Girl Scouts?" So, Juliette Low stayed in London for awhile to study with Lord Baden-Powell. Then she went back to her home in Georgia and asked her many girl friends if they would like to be Girl Scouts. And they loved it so much that the idea spread and now there are Girl Scout and Girl Guide troops all over the world.

    (read this part faster) Aren't we glad that a girl named Juliette Low from Georgia went to London and met Lord Baden-Powell founder of the Boy Scouts, and came home to start the wonderful world of Girl Scouts?

    Juliette Low World Friendship Fund Story
    Story can be used at a birthday celebration for Juliette Low (October 31), on Thinking Day (February 22) or at any time contributions to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund are collected.

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    Once upon a time there was a lady whose name was Juliette Low. She became interested in Scouting through her friends, Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, when she visited them in England. They started Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting there.

    Juliette Low thought Scouting was a wonderful idea. When she returned to America, she decided to start a Scout troop. So on March 12,1912, in her home town, Savannah, Georgia, Juliette Low started the first Girl Scout troop in her part of the world. After that she traveled all over our country, helping to start more Girl Scout troops. Juliette Low believed Girl Scouting was such a fine thing that she wanted to see Girl Scout troops all over the world. She knew that Girl Scouting would help girls to become friends and would help toward world peace and good will. After Juliette Low died in 1927, her friends decided that the greatest tribute that could be paid to such a charming lady would be to continue working towards the realization of her dream of world friendship. A memorial fund was started. It was called the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund. Each year all Girl Scouts in the United States are given the opportunity to bring money for this fund which helps Girl Scouting all over the world.

    When you Girl Scouts drop your money into your Juliette Low World Friendship Fund box, you can imagine the far places of the world to which this money will travel and the ways it will help Girl Scouts. Maybe your money will help buy a Girl Scout uniform for a girl in Belgium who can’t afford one. Maybe your money will help send some older Girl Scouts from our country to Our Chalet, an International Camp in Switzerland, where Girl Scouts from all over the world get together to learn more about each other. Or maybe your money will be helping to start new Girl Scout troops in other countries.

    No one knows to what parts of the world this money may travel. No one knows the ways in which it will one day come back to us in new friends. But we all know that as we give our money to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund, we are helping to spread Girl Scouting around the world.

    “KEWL” Internet Site of the Month
    A new or fun place each month with ideas that can be used with troops…especially for those leaders connected online!
    November General Crafts for Girl Scouts

    Council Quotes

    The 11th annual Breakfast for the Homeless is starting to take shape. If your Girl Scout troop is looking for ways to help out without necessarily being at the Breakfast, consult the . Let girls and adults in your Girl Scout troop know they are welcome to join us at the breakfast with their families (it does not have to be a troop event). The days before the breakfast are very busy as well, and lots of help is always needed and appreciated.

    More committee members are definitely needed. Join us in the behind-the-scenes planning of the Breakfast for the Homeless. If you or your Girl Scout troop would like to help plan, contact Heather Law at the Girl Scout Office (598-6517 or 1-800-338-5248 ext. 6517).

    Wider Opportunity Applications must be postmarked or delivered to the Girl Scout Service Center by 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 29, 1999.

     New Moon Magazine will profile 25 girls in the May/June 2000 issue. They are looking for girls who pursue their dreams, have high ambitions and are not afraid to fight injustice; girls who are strong in mind, body and spirit; girls who encourage others to have confidence in their voices. This sounds like all Girl Scouts! To nominate a girl between the ages of 8 and 14, send a 300-word essay to: or Beautiful Girls, Now Moon Publishing, P.O. Box 3620, Duluth, MN 55803-3620. Deadline is November 1.

    Join new and experienced Neighborhood Service Team members for training on Saturday, November 6 at the International Air Academy in Vancouver. Program Consultants will learn tools and techniques to provide support for new and experienced Girl Scout troop leaders. Neighborhood Cookie Program Managers will focus on planning and administering a successful cookie sale and Neighborhood Chairs will gain skill in facilitating effective leader meetings and delegating.

    Added to the schedule is a Newsletter Editor workshop. Participants will identify ways to determine purpose and content, design a creative layout and sort through the practical matters of distribution. This workshop, which is not listed in the G.R.E.A.T. Guide, is from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    National Magazine for Girl Scout Adults Gets a New Look

    The fall issue of Leader, now in the hands of its over 800,000 readers across the country, has a dynamic new design and lively features that speak to today’s Girl Scout Adult. Looking like a trendy, upscale publication, the magazine displays bold colors and vibrant pictures of girls having fun, relating, learning, growing strong. The 76-year-old magazine, which up until last issue was called Girl Scout Leader, today sports short, snappy headlines and contemporary articles, which highlight the latest in uniform components, tackle the tough issue of AIDS, and probe the depths of "Teen Power!"

    According to a Leader news item announcing the makeover, the magazine was changed "in response to readers’ calls for a more spirited, nuts-and-bolts communications tool" and in an effort to be "in keeping with the commitment to enhance the image of Girl Scouts." The new format, the item reports, emphasizes that the world’s leading organization for girls and women is Girl Scouts. Where Girls Grow Strong.

    Girl Scouts Partnering with Golden Books to Promote Literacy

    Girl Scouts has joined Golden Books as an educational partner in a nationwide literacy awareness initiative—the Big Little Golden Books Read In. Girl Scouts and Golden books share a commitment to promoting literacy, and this initiative offers an opportunity to demonstrate that commitment. On September 25, 1999, Girl Scout troop/group members will attend the more than 6,000 Read Ins to be conducted at local community centers, libraries, and retailers nationwide. Free to the public, the Read Ins will have a story hour format and may include local personalities and performers reading to, and entertaining, the children—underscoring that reading is fun. The event is especially targeted to youngsters in the Daisy to Brownie Girl Scout age range.

    Read In spokesperson TV journalist Deborah Norville is on the board at Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, and the council will have a strong presence at the main event in New York City, which will feature interactive exhibits, celebrity readers, and a musical show. The council plans to set up a Girl Scout booth, with older girls leading arts and crafts activities and handing out literature. Greater New York expects thousands of its members to attend the Read In as part of its year-long thrust in literacy and its annual Fall Fest program kickoff and is developing a participation patch for the event.

    For more information about this initiative, tune in to the Golden Books Web site at

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