Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Rebecca Hillman, left, accepts a special gift on behalf of her daughter, Maddison. Because Maddision was born on March 12, 2012 – the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts – local leader Sonya Ellis and her troop prepared a special birthday present for her.
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Wow! That Maddison Zimmer is a real go-getter! Only a few days old and she is already a Girl Scout, with her first Fun Patch and her first pin! She won’t be able to go to meetings until she enters kindergarten, but she is already a member of a special Girl Scout Troop.
          Maddison arrived at Jones Memorial Hospital on March 12, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts. She is the daughter of Rebecca Hillman and Jason Zimmer of Rushford and sister to 17-month-old Olivia. As a former Girl Scout herself, Rebecca was delighted with the recognition her new daughter received.  
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the very first Girl Scout meeting, all girls born on March 12, 2012 are eligible members of the 100th Anniversary Troop. According to Girl Scout Leader Sonya Ellis, who manages four troops of 56 girls in the Bolivar-Rushford area, all girls may to join the Girl Scouts when they are five years old. Members must learn the GS Promise and follow GS law.
The gift package that Sonya’s troop put together for Maddison includes a Fun Patch, a special centennial pin and a handmade blanket with ladybugs and butterflies. “That is in honor of our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, who loved the outdoors and was very athletic,” Sonya said, noting that there are also a couple of boxes of Girl Scout cookies in the gift bag.
          Like all Girl Scout troops, Sonya’s are dedicated to community service and helping others. In honor of the centennial, their activities have a “100” theme. For example, they sent 100 boxes to Christmas for Children, sent 100 Christmas Cards to Walter Reed Hospital and collected 100 items for Joyful Rescues in Cuba. As Daisy Scouts, Brownies, Girl Scouts and Cadets, the girls range in age from to 15.

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