Imua, Girl Scouts

Dear Editor,

Thank you for publishing the article in the Windward Islander on my Maryknoll High senior project on Girl Scouting. I believe your article helped us with the results of our recruitment Sept. 28 at Windward Mall.

During those four hours, we had 47 girls interested. Scouts from Troop 1018 (Ambassadors) and Troop 10 (Brownies) talked about the program, shared experiences and worked together making crafts. Of the 47, we had 31 girls from grades K-5 who were interested in joining, another six pre-kindergarten girls (can sign up next year) and seven parents willing to become co-leaders or parent volunteers. We had a successful recruitment, and I never dreamed of having this many girls and parents sign up. I am so happy to see there is still an interest on the Windward side for Girl Scouting.

My senior project is focused on the declining interest in Girl Scouting and leaders on the Windward side. One of the major problems in forming new troops is finding leaders. During this recruitment, my leaders spoke with the interested parents. Many of them are new to Girl Scouts and didn’t want to become leaders, but would like to help as co-leaders or parent volunteers. My leaders (Ailyn Lum, Roxane Kozuma and my mom, Lisa Dau) decided to “take it to the next level” and form a new troop with multi-levels (Daisies, Brownies, Juniors) to give these girls an opportunity to participate and to work with the new volunteers to become leaders.

Before this recruitment, Kaneohe had four troops of about 29 Scouts, and for 2013-14 we will have five troops of 60 Scouts. This is a great start in growing the Girl Scout program in Kaneohe.

Once again, thank you for your great article, it really helped to get the word out to our community.

YIGS (Yours in Girl Scouting),

Kristen Dau

Dear Editor,

Thank you to MidWeek for the articles about our orchestra and our concerts in the Sept. 18 West Oahu and Windward Islander

publications. We had excellent turnout for both concerts, and no doubt the articles helped in that and in bringing us, in general, to the attention of your readers, so that they might look for us in the future. Thanks once again.

Peggy McInnis
Oahu Civic Orchestra publicity committee