By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
Muenster Girl Scouts went gold at the Girl Scout Gold Gala held in Fort Worth recently. Girl Scouts earning the Gold Award were honored for their achievements in leadership, community service, career planning and personal development.
The Gold Award is the highest award in girl scouting and incorporates all the planning and resources learned by girls with the goal of making the world a better place beginning in their own communities through their dedication, perseverance and leadership.
Of the 62 girls that qualified for the gold award this year in Texas, four of the girls are from Muenster.
They are Bailey Walterscheid, Adrien Rohmer, Lauren Rohmer and Christina Rohmer.
In carrying out their individual Gold Award projects, the girls chose a community issue and took action to address that issue with an eye toward long term impact and sustainability. In identifying their community need, each girl created their Gold Award project to address that need.
Adrien Rohmer created several picnic tables that were placed on concrete slabs she constructed. Families will now be able to enjoy a place to sit and relax at the lake area.
Bailey Walterscheid led a team of 30 volunteers to plant 26 different types of native wild flowers in the park. Her project will not only beautify the area but will enhance the environment.
With the assistance of her parents and school art teacher, Christina Rohmer painted a mural on Muenster’s local feed mill featuring various farm animals. She also repainted street curbs and planted weed filled flower beds in the downtown area.
Lauren Rohmer identified a need for park benches along the two-mile trail at Muenster Lake and constructed multiple weather and insect resistant benches along the trail. Her project will be sustained by the Muenster Junior High Student Council during their annual lake cleanup day.
All of the girls were adamant that being a Girl Scout was more than achieving individual glory.
“As we planned and developed our projects, we realized how gratifying it is to give back to others and our community,” Bailey Walterscheid said, “I am a better person for the experience and I learned life long lessons that will help me down the road.”
Currently Bailey is a senior at Sacred Heart High School, Lauren Rohmer attends Texas A&M majoring in accounting, Christina Rohmer is attending Texas Woman’s University working on a degree in biology and Adrien Rohmer is a senior at Muenster High School.
Gold Award recipients from across the state were also honored at the Texas Gold Award Ceremony on Saturday, June 15 at the State Capitol Building in Austin.
Over 23,823 girls and 8,793 adult volunteers in 81 counties from Fort Worth to the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles are part of the Texas Oklahoma Plains council which includes the Cooke County area. The council has area offices in Abilene, Amarillo, Fort Worth, Lubbock and Wichita Falls.
The Girl Scouts of America was founded in 1912 and works to build courage, confidence and character in girls with the mission to make the world a better place.