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An Easy Way to Help a Troop Give Service

A message from KS0167 in Leavenworth, KS:

Good morning!

Each year a local business in Leavenworth, Kansas, the Candle Queen’s Candles, hosts a 5K run. The proceeds of that run are donated to a local charity/charitable cause. This year, our troop’s H.U.G.S. Duffel Bags program was nominated by members of our community for the award. There are four local charities in the competition. The business decided this year that rather than giving the entire pot to the winning charity they would divide it amongst the four groups based on which organization garnered the most “Likes” on their Facebook page. Our troop has the chance to win $4,000 that would be used solely for our H.U.G.S. program. This year, we are in the process of filling 300 bags for the Leavenworth community. Raising the $1,800 needed for the bags has been our biggest challenge.

Would you help us with a “Like” the on Facebook? That is all it takes. The group with the most “Likes” receives $4,000. The group with the second most “Likes” receives $3,000. The third and fourth place finishers receive $1,500. Any one of these prizes would be an absolute blessing to our troop. With an organization the size of the American Heritage Girls, we could gather a lot of “Likes!”

All anyone has to do is go to;FTESelxxpO0IoBh2~_2JZgdpLfCU~;lDo3VxrjeFy57vQ~;s.bps.a.440533612767546.1073741851.117120175108893/440533796100861/?type=1&theater and “Like” our photo.

It’s that simple. There is no cost to us. There is no endorsement. There is a chance to win some much needed revenue to help us meet a lofty goal.

What say you? Is it possible to spread the word as far and wide as possible?

Thank you!


If you’re not familiar with it, HUGS (Heritage Girls United Giving Service) is the service arm of the American Heritage Girls Program. Service is an important piece of character development and the AHG mission that all Troops include in their yearly calendars. AHG’s prayer is that through our service we may make a difference in the lives of many. Remember the words of Matthew 5:16, which says, “…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Become a Shawnee Town 1929 Volunteer and “Experience History!”

Volunteer opportunities abound at Shawnee Town 1929! We need help with everything from living history program participants to people assisting with special events set-up. Volunteers not only help us fulfill our educational mission at the museum, but while doing so–gain a deep sense of satisfaction and self-fulfillment in the process.

——Programs and Projects——

1920s Living History Program: Shawnee Town is looking for qualified volunteers who can share their knowledge and passion for history with visitors of all ages! Volunteers are needed for living history programs (Time Traveler Saturdays), school programs, and general guided tours. Our volunteers are the key points of contact with museum visitors, and are responsible for educating our general public on what life was like in the 1920s. This position is responsible for telling the story of the people who lived and worked in 1920s Shawnee, its connection to the Midwest farm economy, and its relationship to Kansas City. The reconstructed town and farm at Shawnee Town are currently being developed, and interpretive programs are being built which bring these places to life. Interpreters can be involved with historic farming and domestic programs, working in a recreated “downtown” business, working with grades K – 8 school programs, and special event programs. The program will grow constantly during the next 5 – 10 years.

Historic Collections Assistants: Volunteers are needed to clean and treat historic artifacts in preparation for use in the living history program or exhibits, as well as enter data into our computerized artifact management system.  We also need help with conducting research on artifacts, local historical people, families and businesses from the 1920’s.

Artifact/Graphic Design work: We are currently replicating labels and creating new ones for our reproduced artifacts. Some of these artifacts number in the hundreds, as in the case of our grocery store and dry goods store. Graphic designers are needed to help us with each label replication and construction.

Stitch-in-Time Sewing Circle: Can you sew well and do you have an interest in historic clothing? Volunteers help sew early 20th century period clothing for museum’s historical interpreters who recreate Shawnee farm and town life.

Speaker Series Host: The Speaker Series is the second Tuesday of the month, April through October; 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is perfect for friendly, organized volunteers interested in history and education. Hosts help with setting up, welcoming guests, and clean-up during historical speaker series evenings when experts talk on historical subjects.

If you would like more information, or to set up a meeting with our Volunteer Coordinator, Heather Gilpin, please call us at 913-248-2360 or email Heather directly at

TX2928 Wins Archbishop’s Trophy to AHG Troop TX2928 from Houston, TX for being presented the 2012 Archbishop’s Trophy and awarded the highest honor from the Galveston-Houston Archdiocesan Committee on Girl Scouting this spring.

TX2928 is the first AHG Troop sponsored by a Catholic parish in the archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and is the first AHG Troop to earn this coveted award.

Each year on Girl Scout Recognition Sunday, the Trophy is presented to one parish whose scouting troop made outstanding contributions of service to the church, community, and home while making continued progress in their own spiritual development. The girls in TX2928 excelled in these requirements, according to parish leaders and the committee, by participating in numerous service projects totaling more than 610 hours to the community.

Nature’s Notebook Observation Program

It took a bit to decide how to describe this site, because it has several interesting features.

Nature’s Notebook is collecting data on when and where plants and animals are observed throughout the country. You can see where sightings have been made, map where species are found, correlate climate data, and explore the timeline of a species’ presence in your area.

Best of all, you can help!

Useful Pages:

There are so many ways you could incorporate this into your Troop programming. Use the visualization tool as part of the Plant Science or Zoology badges. Turn a campout or hike into an observation day (Women Scientists?). Organizing a larger observation effort might make for a good Harriet Tubman, Dolley Madison, or Stars and Stripes project. What other ideas do you have?



The President’s Volunteer Service Award

Did you know that AHG is a certifying organization for The President’s Volunteer Service Award, which means that we are approved to review and verify a volunteer’s hours, and nominate and distribute the President’s Volunteer Service Awards (PVSA).

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States through presidential recognition to live a life of service. Your recognition inspires others to take positive action to change the world.

There are a variety of award levels and age groups that participate; awards may be earned on an annual basis and as a lifetime achievement.

For more information on AHG’s participation in this program, visit the AHG website.

Topeka Troop Food Drive and Bargain Coupon Books, Nov. 17

Our American Heritage Girls Troop is hosting a food drive at the Topeka Hy-Vee (29th and Wanamaker) on Saturday, November 17th from 8am until 3pm. Be sure to stop by and donate a non-perishable food item. I also have Hy-Vee coupon books that expire at the end of December that we will sell for $3.00 each. Each coupon book has a $5.00 off when you spend $50.00 coupon. It’s a money maker for you and will help with holiday grocery shopping. Let me know if you want a coupon book. Coupon books are good at the Topeka and Lawrence stores.