Many of us know the story about the start of Girl Scouts: Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low made that famous phone call and gathered 18 girls in Savannah, on March 12, 1912, for the first Girl Scout meeting. But the story we want to share here is that of our council, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.
To tell the story of GSMH, we could tell you facts about the merger 4 years ago, how many counties we serve, or how many members are a part of our organization; however, the most important stories of GSMH, the stories we want you to know, are the stories of our girls and volunteers.
We want you to know the story of Girl Scout Troop 10250 who wanted to do something to help families recovering from the devastation of the 2011 Joplin tornado, so they worked with “Extreme Home Makeover” and used rubble and scrap materials from Joplin to make a mosaic for Cunningham Park near the former site of St John’s Hospital.
We want you to know the story of Girl Scout Cadette, Hannah, who was one of only 14 girls nationwide accepted to participate in the Wyoming’s Wildlife Wonders National Destination in the summer of 2012.
We want you to know the story of the Robogirlz, members of the First Lego League. Girls who built a robot, competed in Lego League competitions, gave presentations before a panel of judges about the design of their robot, team values and about what they could do to improve the quality of food safety through the use of robotics.
We want you to know the story of Savannah, who stayed with the same troop and leader from elementary through high school. As a girl, she attended the 2008 Girl Scout National Convention. Then in 2011, she attended the National Convention again as an adult delegate representing Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.
We want you to know the story of Girl Scout Volunteer Kim, who recognized a need in one of her girls and met that need by providing a reading mentoring service for her, above and beyond Girl Scout time. Her desire to help the girl extended to the mother who is now working to complete her GED so she can continue her own education.
We want you to know the story of 33 girls from central and southern Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma who in 2012 earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
The story of GSMH will continue with our daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and neighbors. The story of GSMH is your story, and we want to share it here on this blog. We can only imagine what an amazing story it will be!