Club Meeting - December 21, 2017
Everyone was in the holiday spirit this morning as we gathered for our pre-Christmas meeting and breakfast. We sang our Twelve Days of Christmas…with our own lyrics. By the time it was over, we were really glad it wasn’t the Twenty Days of Christmas! Our Song Master, Gary Blume also led us in a rousing rendition of Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls. Byron Newman entertained us with a funny Joke of the Week and Membership Chair John Crawford had the honor of presenting our new member Marianne Lindsay her permanent badge. Marianne has attended an interclub and board meeting and successfully named 10 members and gave their occupation. Marianne is a welcome addition to our organization and we are glad she has decided to join us!
President George Butterstein read a thank you note we received from Kaiser Hospital Pediatric Oncology Department, thanking us for our help with their Christmas party for their patients and families. We funded their face painter, donated toys and helped set up the party venue. We are proud to support this worthwhile cause throughout the year. We are all looking forward to our own Holiday Party this evening at Dave and Carolyn Erlanson's home. We are fortunate to belong to such a fun, interesting and supportive group of friends!
Our KOD was Dan Yauger. He solicited Happy/Sad Dollars where we heard a sad tale of a troublesome Christmas tree. There were also happy stories of Christmas decorations finally up, a fun bus tour to Hearst Castle and the new PhD. in Byron Newman’s family! Dan quizzed us on women who were Girl Scouts before they became famous. The list includes Lucille Ball, Grace Kelly, Queen Elizabeth, Lynda Carter, Carrie Fisher, Hillary Clinton and Sandra Day O’Connor! Dan chose this topic in anticipation of hearing from our guest speakers, Alé Delgado and Alexandra Cisneros from Girl Scouts San Diego.
Alé gave us an overview of Girl Scouts San Diego. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. It all began when Troop 1 was founded in Coronado in January 1917. Ever since then, Girl Scouts San Diego has been helping girls to develop valuable life and leadership skills and a strong sense of self. Throughout 2017, they’ll celebrate the proud legacy of Girl Scouting in San Diego with their girls, their families, volunteers and friends, and the community.
Alexandra spoke about Girl Scout Outreach (GSO). GSO started here in San Diego in 1980 to target underserved girls in school and community group settings, empowering them with the ability and confidence to make positive decisions about their health, education and future. These comprehensive educational programs for elementary and middle school girls include material about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), health, community service, financial literacy, relationship and communication skills, arts and the humanities, as well as life skills such as online safety and anti-bullying. Today GSO serves more than 3,800 girls per year throughout San Diego County schools!
Alé and Alexandra reminded some of our members of their Girl Scouting days. We amazed them when we told them that when we sold Girl Scout cookies, they were only $ .40 a box!
Marianne Lindsay receives her new membership badge from John Crawford
We congratulate Alé and Alexandra as they celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts in San Diego County!
Dan Yauger with Alexandra Cisneros (l.) and Alé Delgado