Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Samantha Vaphiades Earns Gold Award by Assisting Senior Citizens


Samantha Vaphiades, a 2014 graduate of John Carroll Catholic High School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Vaphiades earned her Gold Award for her project A Pathway to Beauty. Her project focused on enriching the lives of the senior citizens at St. Martins in the Pines by creating wheelchair accessible activities. Vaphiades organized the building of a stone pathway to the raised gardens so that residents in wheelchairs have access to the planters. Ingram planted vegetables that the residents will take care of, and she says they are relearning the skills of gardening and setting daily goals for themselves.  

“Working on this project has brought me closer to the senior citizens in the community and has helped me to see how disabilities impact so many,” Vaphiades said. “Working with the senior citizens in the gardens has given them a purpose to their day as they take care of their own plants. The pathway and gardens have inspired other Girl Scout troops to participate in planting with seniors.”

“By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” said Debbie McDowell-Tate, senior director of membership, volunteers and program with the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, “Samantha has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.”

The girl who goes for the Gold embraces challenges, achieves excellence, and works diligently to make the world a better place, in her own unique way. Her leadership, vision, and boundless energy are an inspiration to all Girl Scouts. Each girl earning her Gold Award demonstrates excellence through a leadership project totaling more than 65 hours. Girls who earn their Gold Award are also recognized by the President of the United States, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Armed Services, state legislatures, colleges and universities for admission and scholarship opportunities, and the American Legion. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

About the Girl Scout Gold Award
The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to go gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world. For more information about the Gold Award, visit girlscoutsnca.org/gogold.

About Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama
Girl Scouting gives every girl access to life-changing experiences that inspire her to do something BIG! Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a United Way community partner and serves over 15,000 girl members grades K-12 and 5,000 volunteers in programs across 36 counties. For more information, call 800-734-4541 or visit girlscoutsnca.org.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Girl Leadership Awards & Workshops


Workshop
Date
Location
Grade Level
Registration Deadline

Nov 8
Birmingham
C
Oct 25

Nov 15
Birmingham
J, AV
Nov 1

Nov 15
Birmingham
C, AV
Nov 1

Nov 15
Birmingham
S, A, AV
Nov 1

Program Updates November/December 2014


PROGRAM
PROGRAM
DATE
GRADE
LEVEL
LOCATION
REGISTRATION
DEADLINE
UPDATED
Oct 30 – Nov 2
All, Family and Friends
BJCC Arena
Oct 24

Nov 1
All
Camp Coleman
Oct 23
UPDATED
Nov 6
B
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Oct 23

Nov 8
D, B
Camp Trico
Oct 23

Nov 8
3rd grade Brownies, J
UAB
Oct 23

Nov 8
All
Florence
Oct 23

Nov 8
D, B
Camp Trico
Oct 23

Nov 8
All
Vulcan Park and Museum- Birmingham
Oct 23

Nov 8
B, J, C, S, A
Studio 114, Lowe Mills Arts and Entertainment- Huntsville
Oct 23

Nov 8-9
B, J
Birmingham Zoo
Oct 23

Nov 8
J, C, S, A
Huntsville International Airport
Oct 23

Nov 8
B
Kanawahala Program Center
Oct 23

Nov 9
C
Kanawahala Program Center
Oct 23

Nov 13
C, S, A
Uptown Art- Tuscaloosa
Oct 30

Nov 14-15
J, C, S, A
Sci-Quest, Huntsville
Oct 30

Nov 15
J, C, S, A
Magnolia Grove- Greensboro
Oct 30

Nov 15
B, J
Burritt on the Mountain- Huntsville
Oct 30

Nov 15
B, J
Burritt on the Mountain- Huntsville
Oct 30

Nov 15
B, J
Kanawahala Program Center
Oct 30
NEW
Nov 15
C
Irondale Public Library
Oct 30

Nov 15
C, S, A
UNA Planetarium- Florence
Oct 30
UPDATED
Nov 15
D, B, J, C
Huntsville Museum of Art
Nov 7
NEW
Nov 16
All
Kappa Delta House- Birmingham-Southern College
Nov 6

Nov 18
D, B, J
Alabama Museum of Natural History- Tuscaloosa
Oct 30
UPDATED
Nov 21-Nov 23
All, Family & Friends
Von Braun Center
Nov 12
UPDATED
Nov 21
All
Tuscaloosa
Nov 6

Nov 22
C, S, A
Pie Lab- Greensboro
Nov 6
UPDATED
Dec 4
B
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Nov 6
UPDATED
Dec 6
All, Family & Friends
Historic Huntsville Depot & Alabama Constitution Village- Huntsville
Nov 20

Dec 6
All
Kanawahala Program Center
Nov 20

Dec 7
B, J, C
Tennessee Valley Museum of Art- Tuscumbia
Nov 20

Dec 12
D, B
Huntsville
Nov 20

Dec 13
B, J
Sci-Quest- Huntsville
Nov 27

Dec 13
All
Birmingham, Huntsville
Nov 20

Dec 19
D, B
Birmingham
Nov 20

Dec 20
All
Tuscaloosa
Nov 20
NEW
Jan 24
B
Irondale Public Library
Jan 8
NEW
Jan 30-Jan 31
All
Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, TN
Dec 11
NEW
Feb 7
J, C
Irondale Public Library
Jan 22
UPDATED
March 14
B
Aldridge Gardens- Hoover
Feb 26
NEW
Thursdays: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. May 7
(6 sessions)
D
Huntsville Botanical Garden
March 12