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24 receive Gold Award

Girl Scouts recognized for more than 3,000 hours of service.

May 24, 2011|By Carolyn Neuhausen, Special to the Valley Sun
  • Twenty-four local Girl Scouts, including Lara Rogene Adamiak, received the 2011 Gold Award during ceremony at Lanterman Auditorium in La Canada Flintridge on Sunday, May 22, 2011. The La Canada Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, Central Region sponsored the Award Ceremony for Gold, Silver and Bronze recipients. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
Twenty-four local Girl Scouts, including Lara Rogene…

Christie Frandsen teared up in the Lanterman Auditorium on Sunday afternoon as she commenced the 2011 La Cañada Girl Scout awards ceremony. “This ceremony is a bit emotional for me because my baby is here receiving her Gold Award,” Frandsen said.

Frandsen’s daughter Eva was one of 24 young women receiving the Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve and one that recognizes a Scout’s commitment of 65 or more hours to a volunteer service project.

Gold Award recipients Kathryn Battaglia and Samantha Smith of Troop 5611 collaborated on a project to replace and restock a dilapidated library at the Can-Do Kids Club, an after-school program for at-risk youth in Pasadena. Raising more than $7,000, they purchased a new structure and with help from family and volunteers, they installed carpet, lighting, bookcases, benches and hardware in the new building. The teens collected and purchased 3,000 new books, which they catalogued and organized in the new library.

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In addition to those receiving the Gold Award, 175 other Girl Scouts in elementary and middle school earned bronze and silver awards for their volunteer efforts.

Several younger Girl Scout troops planted hundreds of trees in their efforts to replant sections of the Angeles Crest Forest that was devastated in the 2009 Station fire.

“I took a class to be a supervisor for the replanting effort and my girls planted close to 100 trees,” said Doreen Aitelli, leader of Troop 7361.

Although many troops and Gold Award recipients chose to focus on local charities and organizations, other Girl Scouts pursued more global topics.

Inspired by her visit to Tanzania and her interest in the African continent, Kelly Gregg, 18, co-founded a discussion forum called DREAMS (Discussing Rights for women, Education, AIDS, Malaria and Safe water) for the Africa Club at La Cañada High School.

“Initially I was focused on water issues, but there are so many interconnected issues…if the girls [in African countries] don’t have clean water and the average girl in Sub Saharan Africa walks five kilometers to get water, they don’t spend that time in school,” Gregg said.

Gregg hosted a day in Memorial Park in March to raise awareness about local and global water issues. The Africa Club has purchased clean-water materials and made donations to several non-profit water organizations.

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