Girl Scouts get grant on Zonta Club efforts

HANAPEPE — Girl Scouts are no strangers to the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i as hands shot skyward when MaBel Fujiuchi asked how many members had been Girl Scouts, Saturday.

Zonta Club of Kaua‘i members and volunteers who turned out to help the Zontians were on a break from helping the Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity ReStore get a general cleaning, organizing and sprucing under the “Hands on Service Project” to help make Kaua‘i a better place.

In exchange for the labor and effort put forth by the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i, the Friends of Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Project came up with $10,000 to be offered to an organization of the Zonta Club’s choosing.

This year’s recipient is the Girl Scouts of Hawai‘i-Kaua‘i Division, represented by Tricia Yamashita who made her appearance to accept the check, Saturday.

Funds from the grant will be earmarked to the Girl Scouts Leadership Program, Yamashita said.

“The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts in America and the official announcement will be made, shortly,” Yamashita said. “This will help tremendously during that centennial celebration and our Kaua‘i Girl Scouts.”

The Girl Scouts has been, from the beginning, about developing girls’ leadership, states the Girl Scouts website.

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience engages girls in discovering self, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place.

All Girl Scout experiences are intentionally designed to tie to one or more of the 15 national leadership outcomes or benefits, categorized under three keys to leadership.

These are “discover,” or girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world; “connect,” when girls care about, inspire and team with others locally and globally; and “take action” where girls act to make the world a better place.

In Girl Scouting, it’s not just “what girls do (activities),” but “how (processes)” they do the activities. These processes are Girl-Led, Learning by Doing, and Cooperative Learning, the website states.

Yamashita concluded by naming several well-known women who had their beginnings in the Girl Scout program.

The Zonta Club of Kaua‘i is part of Zonta International, a worldwide service organization of executives in businesses and professions who volunteer their time, talents, skills and energy to local and international service projects designed to improve the status of women.

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