Northwest NEWS

April 15, 2002

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Local church receives top Girl Scout honors

Holy Innocents Catholic Church of Duvall was recently bestowed with the honor of Girl Scouts' prestigious Token of Appreciation Award for their hard work, dedication and commitment to helping young girls grow courageous and strong. The Token of Appreciation is awarded to an individual community member or organization for exemplary service to Girl Scouts - Totem Council.
   Positive adult role models, who are willing to give their time to mentor young children, are heroes in their own right. Girl Scouts - Totem Council is fortunate to have over 8,000 adults who donate their talents to the organization each year. Nominated by Girl Scout volunteers, these awardees are recognized for providing an accepting and nurturing environment for all young girls to develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, such as strong values, social consciousness and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.
   Over the last four years, Holy Innocents has donated meeting space to the local Girl Scouts in their area. The meeting hall, classrooms and space for Cookie Sale training has been made accessible, as well as room for three troop meetings each week. The local volunteers attribute the convenience and comfort of the facility to increased attendance at the monthly volunteer meetings.
   "The rooms are always clean and heated and the staff, especially Gail and Lynn, is always gracious and generous," said local volunteer Rachel Baker. "They are true builders of community."
   Girls Scouts is the world's preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls and serves over 3.5 million members nationwide. Through the many enriching experiences provided by Girl Scouts, girls grow courageous and strong, while building character and skills for success in the real world. Locally, Girl Scouts serves over 18,000 girls ages 5-17 in Northwest Washington, who have already discovered the fun, friendship and power of girls together.
   For more information, call (800) 767-6845 or log onto www.girlscoutstotem.org.