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NO. R-323.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Girl Scout Council of Vermont’s 2007 Gold and Silver Award winners.


Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Barnard of Richmond, Audette of S. Burlington, Brennan of Colchester, Cheney of Norwich, Condon of Colchester, Corcoran of Bennington, Dostis of Waterbury, Head of S. Burlington, Koch of Barre Town, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Masland of Thetford, McFaun of Barre Town, Minter of Waterbury, Mook of Bennington, Morley of Barton, Pugh of S. Burlington, Rodgers of Glover, Spengler of Colchester, Valliere of Barre City and Zenie of Colchester

Whereas, the Girl Scout Silver Award, for girl scouts ages 11–14, and the Girl Scout Gold Award, for Girl Scouts ages 14–17, are the organization’s highest forms of recognition for individual scouts, and

Whereas, the Girl Scout Silver Award recipient must demonstrate skill development, building of values, career exploration, and a commitment to the betterment of her community, and

Whereas, the requirements for Girl Scout Silver Award aspirants include earning the Girl Scout Silver Leadership and Silver Career awards and completing the Girl Scout Silver 4 B’s Challenge consisting of the principles of become (setting goals for self-improvement); belong (completing the Studio 2b focus book entitled Looking In, Reaching Out); believe (identifying an issue in your school or community that you care about); and build (coming up with a solution to that issue), and

Whereas, the final requirement is for the Girl Scout to complete her Silver Award project, which must include a minimum of 40 hours of community service, and

Whereas, the industrious and creative 2007 Vermont Girl Scout Silver Award winners and their community service projects include:  Rebecca Pickering of Jonesville (Vermont Childcare Provider’s Association web page); Stephanie Garland of East Barre (Humane Society Dog Houses); Victoria Pelky and Tabitha Blais of Waterbury (Hurricane Katrina relief); Kim Morrill and Kristen Hardgrove of West Glover and Ellyn Fournier and Tara Bradley of Barton (nutrition and fitness program); Famina Zaman, Ditra Backup, Victoria Hadley, Kelsey Jenson, and Katie Davies of Williston and Carolyn Anderson of Colchester (arts, books, and creativity program), Ella Flett of East Thetford (work with a Sunday school program) and Gabriella Pacht of East Thetford (peace pole project at her high school), and

Whereas, the Girl Scout Gold Award recipients must demonstrate excellence in leadership service and self-development, earn the Girl Scout Gold Leadership and Career awards, and complete the Girl Scout Gold 4B’s Challenge, consisting of become (assessment of skill set and achieving two goals related to self improvement); belong (create a community profile to find out more about the community needs and assets); believe (create a vision for change by focusing on community needs); and build (focus on developing a specific network of people who might help with the vision), and

Whereas, the final requirement is for the Girl Scout to complete her Gold Award project, which must include a minimum of 65 hours of community service that the scout must design and complete, and

Whereas, the energetic and innovative 2007 Vermont Girl Scout Gold Award winners and their community service projects include:  Ellen Kujawa of South Burlington (developed an exhibit on recycling which is housed in the Hub at Shelburne Farms), Cory Fusco, Hillary Estes and Amanda Greenslet of Bennington and Renee Noel of North Bennington (developed and implemented a nine-month leadership development program, Jumping Across Vermont, for teens across Vermont); Amanda Conolly of Duxbury and Elizabeth Gardner, Martha Evans-Mongeon, and Linnea Shepeluk of Waterbury Center and Whitney Commo and Megan Quenneville of Waterbury (provided 18 two-hour meetings for the five-year-olds in their communities); and

Whereas, only six percent of Girl Scouts earn the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award, now therefore be it 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Girl Scout Council of Vermont’s 2007 Silver and Gold Award winners, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each Silver and Gold Award recipient and to the Girl Scout Council of Vermont in Essex Junction.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont