March 20, 2014 – Meeting Roundup
Several members of our club were Girl Scouts, and some of them remain quite active in scouting. Among those who are very active are Berniece Collis, Joanne Wadsworth, and Layne Diehl, who was recently recognized for her endeavors at the meeting in Washington, DC.
Girl Scouting in the United States of America began on March 12, 1912 when Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop meeting of 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia. It has since grown to 3.7 million members. Low, who had met Baden-Powell in London while she was living in the United Kingdom, dreamed of giving the United States and the world “something for all the girls”. She envisioned an organization that would bring girls out of their homes to serve their communities, experience the out-of-doors, and have the opportunity to develop “self-reliance and resourcefulness”. From its inception, the Girl Scouts has been organized and run exclusively by women, for girls and women.
In late 1912, Low proposed that the Camp Fire Girls merge with the Girl Guides, but was rejected in January 1913 as Camp Fire was then the larger group. Next, Low attempted to merge her organization with the Girl Scouts of America which was founded in Des Moines, Iowa by Clara Lisetor-Lane. She thought their similarities would make this easier but Lisetor-Lane felt Daisy copycatted her organization and threatened to sue. Lisetor-Lane later claimed Low’s organization was luring members away but the GSA’s growth was limited by a lack of financial resources which led to its eventual demise.
The Girl Guides of America in 1913 changed its name to the Girl Scouts of the United States and moved its headquarters to Washington, DC. The organization was incorporated in 1915. The National Headquarters was moved to New York City in the 1915. The name was finally changed to the Girl Scouts of the United States of America in 1947. The organization was given a congressional charter on March 16, 1950.
The GSUSA started with 18 members. Within months, members were hiking through the woods in knee-length blue uniforms, playing basketball on a curtained-off court, and going on camping trips. In 1916, Low established an aviation badge—even before women could vote. By 1920, there were nearly 70,000 members. By 1923 the organization had branches in every state in the union, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico and a total membership of 125,738. In 1930 it had over 200,000. In 2013 there were over 3.2 million Girl Scouts: 2.3 million girl members and 890,000 adult members in the United States. More than 50 million American women have participated in the Girl Scouts.
Be sure to come this week. Who knows, maybe you’ll score some Girl Scout cookies.
BE-Hive features an interactive “town” complete with a Bank where people make deposits in relationships; a Candy Store brimming with sweet inspirations, a Bakery serving cupcakes frosted with character, a BE-stro with “humble pie” And a market that offers lots of BE-Honey!
They offer four events per week, so there’s something for everyone.
Answer to last week’s question:
A district conference is a meeting held annually in each district to further the program of Rotary through fellowship, inspirational addresses and the discussion of matters relating to affair of clubs in the district.
This week’s question:
When and where is this year’s conference for District 7360?
Mike Custer from the Kearney Dawd club in Kearney, Nebraska, was our lone visiting Rotarian.
Matthew Coffey, sales manager for Sunfire Energy Solutions, was a guest of Kevin Knowles. Bill Yearout had two guests—Nick Casey, a CPA and lawyer who is running for the 2nd Congressional District seat; and Derek Scarbro, a consultant with Levit, Glasser, Casey, & Rollins. Joyce Barnes, a professional business consultant specializing in small to medium businesses, was a guest of Layne Diehl. Layne also brought her husband, Nic, a former member of the club. Travis Barbee, owner of Atlantic Site Services and also a former member, came as a guest of Mike Hite.
We presented Larry Schultz, president of the board of Cummunity Alternatives to Violence, a check for $1,500 from our proceeds from the Taste of the Panhandle.
Chazz Printz reported that for the first time in 51 years the World Affairs Seminar had to be cancelled. It turns out that there have been so many snow days this year that the principals did not feel that they could let the seniors attend.
The 29th annual Community Wellness Screening will be April 12th from 6am to 10am at the Dorothy McCormack Center. The cost is a bargain at $40 and the men can get an optional PSA test for $35. Call 304-264-1232 for questions or to register. Last year we only had 40 participants. In years past, all the slots were filled and we had to turn away people. Tell everyone you know about this terrific test.
April is Bring a Guest for Free month. If you know any good prospects for joining our club, invite them to a meeting.
Congratulations to Roy Young on his recognition by the Boy Scouts.
Rich McCune won 50/50, but only the privilege of selling tickets this week.