Re: Eagle in the News
Vicki Palmer (c532694@SHOWME.MISSOURI.EDU)
Thu, 1 Jun 1995 00:03:19 -0500
On Tue, 30 May 1995, Claudia Carroll wrote:
> The Orange County Register had a story about how much good attaining Eagle
> does one's resume. Then the author went on to lament and quoted several
> people, saying what a shame that there isn't a similar award for Girls. NOW
> BEFORE a war breaks out, we have already discussed on this list how the Gold
> Award is comparable to the Eagle. I would really like to see all GSUSA
> leaders everywhere get on their SU Community Relations person and get
> articles about outstanding Gold Award recipients. I have already called our
> Council since the article ran up here in Sacramento also.
I don't want a war started either, but I had to put my $0.02 worth in. I
was not a member of this list when it was last discussed so... I get so
frustrated when I hear of things like this. I will freely admit, though,
that it is as much the Girl Scouts' fault as it is the media's. It is
because the Eagle has always been called the Eagle and the Gold Award has
changed names several times over the years. If I remember correctly, at
the last Girl Scout National Meeting, a proposal was passed to permentaly
name the highest award the Gold Award. At least they recognized the fact
that people need to know what to call it. This way, in the future,
people will know that the Gold Award is comparable to the Eagle and is
just as noteworthy.
I hope that someone will set the Orange County Register straight. You
were absolutely right in saying that each area's community relations
person should make a good effort to get each Gold Award recipient into
the local news. Unfortunately, not all (as is the case in my town)
newspapers are helpful or willing to run such "non-essential" news.
As someone who has EARNED (not WON as is most often reported) her Gold
Award, I am constantly trying to let people know what it is. Most of the
time I have to say it is comparable to the Eagle and people know what I'm
talking about. Some day, I won't have to do that.
Thanks for listening, I guess it turned out to be more like $0.25-$0.30
worth of purely MY opinion. No flames or wars intended.
Heart of MO GS Council - Columbia
Gold Award 1989
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City