Submitted By Clio Nicolakis
The Amity Girl Scouts invite one and all to join them for their celebration of World Thinking Day on Sunday, March 8 at 2:30 pm at Holy Infant Church gymnasium in Orange. This year’s tri-town event, sponsored by Orange Cadette Troop 60145 and Junior Troop 60858, will feature international food, displays, a silent auction, and a variety of performances including a special Girl Scout Chorus led by Suzanne Vick of RVP Studios. Admission is $2 per person.
The celebration of World Thinking Day Girl reminds Girl Scouts to think about Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world. On this annual day of friendship, advocacy and fundraising for girls around the world (traditionally celebrated February 22 each year), the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (“WAGGGS”) asks Girl Scouts around the world to focus their Thinking Day themes on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Last year’s event, organized by Junior Troop 60145 of Orange and Cadette Troop 61099 of Woodbridge, promoted MDG2 (universal primary education), with the theme “education opens doors for all girls and boys”. As part of the Girl Scout commitment to the UN Development Goals, participants brought used book donations to promote education and literacy in the local community. More than 300 books were collected and donated to the Literacy Center of Milford to be used for the “Books for Birthday” program.
Over 200 girls, friends, families and even two special surprise guests, Girl Scout lifetime members, Marilyn Welch & Elaine Capecelatro, (both of Orange) enjoyed the festive and memorable afternoon. This year’s event promises to be just as memorable and more. The 2015 Thinking Day theme is “We Can Create Peace through Partnerships” and in doing so, attendees are asked to bring gently used shoes to benefit Rerun Shoes, a not-for-profit organization that promotes sustainable development by helping the micro-entrepreneurs in poor African nations and by keeping good reusable shoes out of landfills. If you cannot join the Girl Scouts at their Thinking Day celebration, please consider saving your shoes for their collection (shoes, sneakers, sport sandals, women’s flats, or cleats).
Just in case you were wondering—it is now Girl Scout cookie time! Be on the lookout for your neighborhood Girl Scout learning business basics and taking orders for those delicious Girl Scout cookies, including the Samoa, celebrating 40 years and the new flavor, Rah Raisin! Cookie Booths will be featured in the Amity area beginning in March. Go to www.gsofct.org for the Girl Scout cookie locator or download the app for your smart phone!
Girl Scouts of Connecticut is the largest organization of women and girls in Connecticut, serving over 43,000 girls. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For more information about joining or volunteering with Girl Scouts in the Amity area, contact GSCTAmitySU@gmail.com or contact Anita Silvestro, Membership & Marketing Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured are Marilyn Welch & Elaine Capecelatro, Girl Scout Lifetime Members from Orange, with Cadettes from Troop 61099 of Woodbridge.