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Local Girl Scouts to Receive Gold Awards May 21

May 18, 2006

Courtney received the prestigious “Junior Business Woman of the Year” award at the 6th Annual Women in Business Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, sponsored by California x State Senatorial District 21, State Assembly District 43 and State Assembly District 44. Courtney was presented the award by state Senator Jack Scott, Assemblymember Carol Liu and Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer. Between running The Beaded Bookworm and maintaining her good grades, she is actively involved in a number of charity/civic endeavors, including National Charity League, and YMCA PILOT and Youth in Government programs. Courtney has been part of NCL for five years, donating approximately 100 hours per year of her time. She assists the elderly at Twelve Oaks Lodge, organizes and supports the Special Olympics and Tri-Valley Olympics, which are sporting events for the mentally / physically disadvantaged, participates in YWCA New Horizons, providing assistance to underprivileged children, and the YWCA Battered Women and Children program. Courtney has worked with the Salvation Army, boxing non-perishable food items, knitting hats and scarves for the underprivileged, and has assembled care packages for the Red Cross. Through these services, Courtney has earned NCL’s Ticktocker Service Award, Mission Bell Award, Hourglass Award, Yellow Rosebud Award and Heart of Gold Award.

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“Thanks to my mother and to my Girl Scout Leader, Julie Shaull,” says Courtney.

Melissa Shimizu

For her Gold Award Project Melissa sewed almost forty walker bags for the children at California Children Services’s College View School. The students at College View usually need pediatric walkers due to neurological disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, and are unable to carry their belongings. In addition, she received donations and recycled to raise money to buy books, stuffed animals, and various toys to include in the walker bags.

Melissa has been an active member of Girl Scout troop 599. She has enjoyed spending time with her fellow troop members for the past eleven years. Girl Scouts has provided her with many great opportunities such as attending and being a counselor for various camps, traveling to San Francisco, and receiving her Silver Award.

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