Call mrs. Winkler if you have monies for Pennies for Peace.....Its due now.

Keep looking here for camp updates
Dec 9, 2010

Grocery Bag Recycling Continues.


To the World you may be one little Brownie Troop 
but to a Sea Turtle you are the World ~

Dec 4, 2010

Thinking Day Postcard Exchanges 2011

We must accept the fact that transport and communications will bring the world in close relations and the youth of the world should have standards and ideals in common. Juliette G. Low

Our Membership has been accepted to participate in the 2011 Thinking Day Postcard exchange

February 22, 2011 is  World Thinking Day, girls participate in activities, games, and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. World Thinking Day is part of the WAGGGS Global Action Theme (GAT) based on the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to improve the lives of the world's poorest people. The theme for World Thinking Day 2011 is girls worldwide say "Empowering girls will change our world."
World Thinking Day not only gives girls a chance to celebrate international friendships, but is also a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community—one of nearly 150 countries with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.  WAGGGS selected five countries of focus for World Thinking Day 2011 to represent the five WAGGGS regions:  Bolivia (Western Hemisphere), Cyprus(Europe), Democratic Republic of Congo (Africa), Nepal (Asia/Pacific),Yemen(Arab Region). 
Our Brownies have the opportunity to exchange postcards with girl scouts just like themselves around the world! This activity will complete our making connections patch of our Journeys series.

During the Holiday break I will be contacting the girls to get an idea of what countries as well as states they would like to exchange with.

Please feel free to contact me via email with this information as well.

Dec 1, 2010



January 5th    : Recycled T-shirts Due to Wendy
January 9th  : Cookie sales begin
January 18th: 1st meeting of 2011~  Molly (Snack)

  • Making t-shirt scarf, 
  • Discuss cookie sales.                                                                    
January 27th: cookie sales end

Meeting Updates….November 30th

 Meeting Updates….

What a wonderful meeting.  Ms. B was our special guest and she discussed what SHE did as a Brownie and even brought her old uniforms. It brought a smile to my face to hear the girls eager to explain what they do to her and compare badges. As a leader I was seeing any one of our Brownies talking 20 years in the future to special Brownies they know about what they did and showing off their uniforms and badges.  

This is what I will think about as I plan meetings.  Will this make for a memorable learning moment when it is all said and done? The only memory I still don’t foresee our girls having is TENT camping as a Brownie… least I am not going to be sleeping in the tent~J  

Ms. B also stayed with us to complete another part of our Journeys Badge….Connections to other Brownies.  We made photo cubes using photos from our lasts events.  I am sure your Brownie has shown you hers by now.  I will bring the photos to the next meeting as well and the girls may take home any they would like. 

Our second project was a little foreshadowing of things to come.  I prepared a sample of t-shirt rings to have each girl participate in making a scarf for Ms. B as a thank you for joining us.  Each girl joined 3 rings by tying them together.  She then worked with the other Brownies at her table to connect all of their rings.  Once that was done they joined the rings strands from each table together making one long scarf. The results were fantastic. I know the girls are now really excited to make their own scarf’s in January!

Please read the following note to your Brownie:

Mrs. Winkler,

Thank you so very much for allowing me to come in and share!  I had a fantastic time and absolutely love the scarf.  I wore it to school today to keep me warm with this December weather that is fast approaching, and even got a chance to get a picture with all of the Ames girls with myself wearing the scarf (a much better picture than just me).

These brownies have a special place in my heart always and it was definitely a memorable experience!

Thank you again,
Miss B.


Cookie Sales time again~ 
Some key facts about 2011 sales
·        Orders officially Begin January 9th
·        No new cookies this year / Same favorites as last year~
·        Still just $4 a box
·        Cookie Mom: Therese Kourim~ we love Therese. For those of you who don’t know Therese, she is Wendy’s neighbor and has no children in the troop but loves being involved with the Girl Scouts and our Troop.  She must because she will be going on her 3rd year in a row as Cookie Mom~
·        Prize structure is back to being cumulative so the prizes on the order sheet are the prizes our girls get. IE: if our Brownies sells 200 boxes she gets , certificate, patch, pen, journal, stuffed toy, storage box, fashion portfolio and beanie cap~
PLUS: if as a troop we average: 100+ boxes per girl
·        Gloves (match the beanie)
If we average 125+boxes per girl
·        ILEAD tshirt

We already know we are a “Super Troop” but we have the opportunity this year to earn the cookie “Super Troop” as well.
·        Girls must participate in 2 site sale  Check: Mrs. Kawiecki has offered to organize this and as soon as sites are announced in the council we will let you know our dates and times.
·        Girls must sign up for online Cookie Club: We will take care of this from the Cookie Moms end and get you the details.
·        Girls must donate cookies to with the military or local charity.   Check: boxes will be donated to the Riverside Food Pantry and/or the British Home.

I will be updating this Frequently so look for the POST: COOKIE SALES 2011

Recycled T-Shirt Fashion Scarf

The best part about this cute scarf is that the
 only supplies you need to make it are a few
 old tshirts and a pair of scissors.

Start by cutting off the hem.
We’ll be using it later!

Then cut the shirts into strips about 3/4 wide.
I cut 8 strips from each shirt for a total of 32

 Give the loops a nice big stretch.

 And wrap them around your hand.
You should wrap about 7 -8 times

…31 more times.

 Now take those hems and cut them
into strips about 5 long.
Use those to tie all your loops together…

Into one long chain.

Try different colors and patterns
 for a unique look.

Photos and instructions from

Nov 30, 2010

Food Drive goal continues......

Even though we don’t have a meeting in December …Please feel free to call me to pick up no –perishable items for the food pantry!  We still have a ways to go for our goal~
Nov 28, 2010

November 30th Meeting: Surprise Girl Scout Guest

Snack: Briyana
Secretary : Alessia
Recycler: Zosia
Clean Up: Quincy and Tess
Am. Flag: Claire
Am. Flag CG:Lulu
GS Flag: Emily
GS Flag CG: Mia
Caller: Mollie

Focus -The Connect Key  To earn this award, each Girl Scout Brownie will connect as a member of a Brownie Team, with her family on a healthy-living activity, and, as a group
with their community to increase healthy-living opportunities

3:15- 3:20  Flag Ceremony

3:20-3:45  Brownie Circle/ Ring

·         Secretary Minute: Gather any materials not already given to her.
·        Hand  out Swaps from Horseback riding event
·                Troop Business

·        Introduce our Mystery surprise Girl Scout.
·        Food drive: Our year long drive continues so keep up the good work
·         Plastic bag recycle: New Goal: Gather bags from 2 neighbors and   1family member
*   Introduce Trefoil and Buttercup : Virtual Troop Mascots
·        Veterans day assembly: Congratulations
·        No longer used T shirts needed Drop off to mrs. Winkler by January 5th
3:45- 4:00  Activity AS A TROOP: Brief intro to January T shirt project
4:10- 4:25 Activity/Snack
                  Family and Friend Photo Cubes.
4:25- 4:30 Clean up

4:30  Brownie Bridge/Closing

Nov 24, 2010

Operation: Fill a Stocking

I know this is short notice , but if you can help, it would be greatly appreciated.

Kuratko Nosek Funeral Home, North Riverside, has adopted a whole platoon for the holidays and is asking our assistance in filling one  stocking with items  for a soldier serving in our Military.

Now how can we pass up that.  We will need donation of the following items.  If each of our families donates one item, I am sure we will have a very happy soldier.

Items that are needed:

  • Candy Canes
  • hard candy, jolly ranchers
  • beef jerky
  • chewing gum and mints
  • M & M's
  • multivitamins, vitamin tablets or drops
  • moisturizer
  • lip balm
  • shampoo
  • eye drops
  • hot chocolate packages, coffee, and tea
  • batteries AA and AAA
  • Small sewing kits
  • Magazines
  • tooth brushes, tooth pates  and dental floss
  • tooth picks, q tips
  • Decks of playing cards
  • crossword Puzzles
  • Domino
  • CD's and DVD's
  • Please don't mix food items with non food items
  • Please put any liquids in Ziplock bags
  • Beanie Babies are great fun for the troops to give as gifts to children
Stockings need to be returned to the Funeral Home by November 30th for shipping.

Please contact Wendy to arrange for pick up or delivery of these items.

Thank you 
Yours in Scouting,

Our Sister Troop has invited us to attend the following events

Transportation/Supervision is to be provided by the parent. One parent may carpool several children.

Saturday, November 27th 2010   1p m
Tree decorating in centennial park, Riverside,
( where water tower is located)     
A local company has sponsored a tree for us
Metal Mites tree  Please read tree labels.
Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

Tuesday December 14th  3:30 
Caroling at the British Home
Girls may join our sister troop if they would like to sing songs
Please be on time 

If you have any questions about these please contact Lisa Hennelly or Wendy for her number.

Christmas Ornaments made by the Daisies

I wish I could claim to have come up with this brilliant idea but it wasn't mine.  

plastic spoons
pipe cleaners
colored permanent markers
colored foam , cut in the shape of tunic
Foam flower shape using scrap booking punch
Hot glue gun / more durable than glue dots

Nov 23, 2010

Meet our Troop Turtles…

Meet our Troop Turtles…

Butternut and Trefoil , named after the 2 camps that we have attended.

Click with you mouse in the water or on land to feed them and watch them eat.  Click and hold with your mouse and you can stop them from swimming away.

Visit them daily and Enjoy,

Mrs. Winkler

We need your Help

Dear Parents,

This December our local leaders Christmas party is also an Investiture / Rededication.  As Leaders we will rededicate ourselves to our girls and the Girl Scout Ideals. Throughout our area we also have many dedicated leaders, co leaders and support personal that help train, provide last minute answers and dedicate countless hours to our troop who will do the same.

If possible, we would like volunteers to contribute to the potluck by providing a Main dish, Side dish, Salad, drink or dessert.

Please contact Wendy if you are able to help out.

Yours in Scouting,
Wendy Winkler

Nov 15, 2010

Horseback Riding and Water park Recap~

Wow! Wow! Wow! What a great time, for both Moms and Girls!  Even though the rain put a kibosh to our Bon fire, I don’t think it was missed! I loved every aspect of this weekend~

Thank you to all our adventurous moms for making the trip and riding, I know your Brownies loved having you there. Not even the horse “apples” could put a damper on our experience or stop the girls from getting up close and personal to brush the horses. It was neat to hear all about proper care of the horses and how much work it was just to own a horse.  I know several moms were happy to hear that, it put a damper on the phrase “ I want a horse”

I bet if we asked the girls the name of “their” horse in a month from now they will not only tell you it but describe exactly what he or she looked like. “I want to do that again” seemed to be the phrase that I kept hearing after each girl got off their horse. 

I think having the water park was the bonus to this trip. Couldn’t even drag them away for a Craft class!  All I have to say is our girls have Stamina…… no 8 -9 pm bedtime for our girls  UGH~

Thank you to all the moms who cooked and cleaned and made this trip so memorable!   Please click on the horse photos at the right to see the whole photo album. 

Yours in Scouting,
Mrs. Winkler
Nov 12, 2010

Mom/Dads Please read this to your Brownies

Wendy, Joan and Anne,

Thanks again for your participation in the Veteran's Day program.
The girls performed beautifully and their contribution added something very special to the program.
I would so like to invite them back next year!!
And, of course, the decorations on the stage were terrific!!

Please convey my thanks to the young ladies!
Jane Lauritsen =)

Nov 9, 2010

November 9th meeting

Snack: Cami
Secretary : Zosia
Recycler: Tess
Clean Up: Mollie and Quincy
Am. Flag: Cami
Am. Flag CG:emily
GS Flag: Claire
GS Flag CG: Lulu
Caller: Mia

Focus: Our part as a citizen of the US  / Flags

3:15- 3:20  Flag Ceremony
3:20- 3:30 Snack
3:30-3:45  Brownie Circle/ Ring
·                Secretary Minute: Gather any materials not already given to her.
·                Troop Business
§         Food drive
§         Plastic bag recycle
§         Discuss Badges that we will hand out at the end
§         Discuss Friday with Sister scouts-ornament painting
§         Veterans day assembly: Uniform /practice
§         Discuss Saturday: time, place, what is needed.
§         No longer used T shirts needed Drop off to mrs. Winkler by nov 22
3:45- 4:00 Activity AS A TROOP:
1.     Read meaning of Pledge of Allegiance
2.     go over Flag ceremony proper form
3.     Flag etiquette
4:10- 4:25 Activity- Separate  Ames Blythe
          Ames : With Mrs. Winkler: GO over step by step flag ceremony for Veterans day celebration
          Blythe: Go with Mrs. Kanatas to so flag folding and meaning of the 13 folds      
4:25- 4:30 Clean up
4:30  Brownie Bridge/Closing
·         Secretary to hand out badges

Meaning of the Pledge- Red Skelton

I found this on line and since we have been taking the time to honor Veterans and learn more about our flag.  Please play this for your Brownie

In honor of veterans day ........

What are the odds that two of our Dads take out the same shirt 1 day of the year?

The girls tried to carry the flags all the way through........

Nov 8, 2010


Girls will present colors and must be in full dress uniform. Includes,
Khaki pants or skirt, white socks, white or blue shirt, brownie vest and dress shoes.
Please no gym shoes.

Art smock needed.  Please go to the art room after final bell.

Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of light rain. Colder. Highs in the mid 40s.

Due to the weather forecast, we are going to cancel the bonfire for Saturday.  Girls can swim right up to 4:30

Room 232 will be available for anyone who wishes to drop off their things or change afterwards.

Hat, Gloves, not mittens, warm jacket, sturdy shoes and a rain poncho.

Duffle bag, Swim bag for wet clothing, swim suit, extra change of clothing including shoes, swim shoes or flip flops, hair dryer, brush

Nov 6, 2010

Meeting November 9th: 3:15 -4:30

Meeting November 9th: 3:15 -4:30

·        We will be practicing for the flag ceremony at Ames November 11th.
·        Our Blythe girls will be learning proper flag folding etiquette.
·        Girl should bring a water bottle for snack (Cami ) and a non-perishable for the food drive for Riverside Food Pantry .Your goal this week is to talk to a family member about what you are doing in scouts and ask them to contribute to the food pantry.
·        Plastic bag recycle / continues…..Bring in your plastic grocery bags for our troop recycler Tess to take to Riverside foods for recycling and a non perishable. 
·        TSHIRTS..  Bring in your used t shirts that you no longer need. Can be dropped off any time at the Winkler home. By November 22nd
·        Clean up Girls Quincy and Mollie will stay 5 min after the meeting for clean up.
·        Girls have earned their first Journey patch as well as completing the last step ( food collection)  to earn the letter T for their be fit block patch. Parents who need help deciding where ALL their patches and badges go please don’t hesitate to call. 
·        Friday November 12th: We will be working with our Sister Brownie troop to make ornaments for the Riverside tree.  Please bring a Large paint smock as we will be working with acrylics. Girls will meet in the Art room right after school and will be picked up in front of the school at 4 p.m.
·        Saturday November 13th: Please arrive at Dan patch stables no later than 11:30
We will post a list of items to bring as we get closer and are more confident in the weather.
·        Remember the journey necklace is now part of your uniform.

Next meeting November 30th  3:15 -4:30