NORTH STAR SERVICE UNIT #451

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                                                                                                        March 2010

                                                                                                                   Inside this issue:
Council has a great offer for the registered girls of North Star! We have 50 tickets to see an ad-
vanced screening of the move, “How to Train Your Dragon” at Springdale Cinemas on March                      Train Your Dragon          1
23rd .
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The screening starts at 7:00pm, and doors open at 6:00pm. Seating is first-come, first-serve and is          Recognitions
not guaranteed so please stress to the girls and troops to arrive as early as possible (suggested
arrival at least by 5:30 or earlier?). You will be waiting in line to get into the theater. Arriving early   Cookie Update              3
gives you a better chance of sitting as a group.                                                                                        3
                                                                                                             2009 Camp Shirts
In celebration of the Girl Scouts of America’s 98th birthday and DreamWorks release of HOW TO                DVT Health Note            4
TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, the studio has created a special HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON badge                                                      5
                                                                                                             Camp, Camp, Camp
for the girls to earn and then receive at a special advance screening of the film (up to 50 girls).
                                                                                                             Inventure Training         5
Here’s the fun activities the troops can do to obtain a badge. The troops would complete these
activities at home and then come to the screening to pick up their badges and watch the film.                Cookie Share               6

                                                                                                             Spirit Socks               6
1. Be able to name and identify at least three of the dragons featured in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR
DRAGON. (The profiles of the dragons can be printed off of the film website)                                 Coco Keys                  7

2. Using any art materials you can find, create your own dragon. Remember that your dragon                   Alzheimer's Exhibit        8
must be able to fly, have some fun characteristics, and a really cool name!
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3. Write down at least five steps of how you would train your dragon. Your dragon has never                  Wanted)
had any human contact before so it might be tricky!
                                                                                                             Thinking Day               8
4. Use the internet or your local library to do some research on a real life dragon…the Komodo
Dragon! What does this real life dragon like to eat? Where does he live? Can he breathe fire?                RASKALS                    9

                                                                                                             Upcoming Events            9
It is up to the troop leader to decide who earns a badge (a patch for any age level). The girls do
not have to bring their projects to the screening to get the badge, but if they want to bring them           SU / ST Meeting            10
and show the audience, that might be arranged. We are discussing that with the movie promot-
ers. Let me know if you want to present your creations.

* Email Patti McDonald at telling her the number of tickets you are requesting
along with your name, troop number and phone number.

*We will only have 50 tickets for registered girls and adults. Please only bring the adults needed so
more girls will have the opportunity to attend. Please do not bring siblings unless they are regis-
tered Girl Scouts.

*We will try to have the tickets at the March 8 SU meeting, but if not, we will let you know where
to pick up your tickets.
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                     Service unit recognitions
Green Star…
         Candidate must exemplify the spirit of Girl Scouting. Friendly, caring, and supportive are just a few adjec-
tives to describe such a candidate. This award is available for Senior Scouts also.

Bronze Star…
       Candidate must have been registered 2 years or more as an adult Girl Scout and must have shown out-
standing service, either beyond or at the troop level.

Silver Star…
       Candidate must have been registered as an adult Girl Scout for 5 years or more and should have shown
leadership, integrity, and an interest in Girl Scouting beyond the troop level.

Gold Star…
       Candidate must have been registered as an Adult Girl Scout for 10 years or more and have shown out-
standing service to the Girl Scout community, either at the council, area, service unit, troop, or community level.

Please fill out the North Star Recognition Form with your nominations by the April Service Unit Meeting:

                        North Star Service Unit Recognition Award Form
                                                Due: April Service Meeting

Nomination for Green Star, Bronze Star, Silver Star, and Gold Star (Please circle one)

Nominee’s Name: ____________________________________
Address: ____________________________________________

Number of years as adult Girl Scout___________________

Accomplishments in Girl Scouting (troop, service unit, council, community, etc.)

Write one paragraph why this nominee should be recognized for the award selected. Please use the back of this page or
extra paper if necessary.

Nominator’s Name: _________________________________        Phone: _____________________________________________
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                     2010 Cookie Sale update
                         Here are some important cookie sale reminders:

                         March 6 – Leap-About , 10:00 – 4:00. Direct sales in your neighbor-

                         March 8 – Cookie swap. Bring any varieties you would like to swap
                         with another troop.

                      March 20 – Last day for cookie cupboards. At the GS Center location
                      only, mixed cases of different varieties may be obtained, but must be
in totals of 12 boxes per case for accounting purposes.

March 21 – Cookie booth sales end.

March 26 – DEADLINE for $$ deposits

March 26 – DEADLINE to submit final report envelope. These reports can be delivered to
either of the 2 drop-off locations listed in the reminder emails sent to the cookie managers.
Please be sure to include all of the forms listed on the Troop Final Report Envelope (Past
Due Parent Payment forms only where applicable).

March 26 – DEADLINE to enter prize order on SNAP.

Feel free to contact Sue Koeninger at or 858-6979 with any ques-

      Remembering Day camp 2009 Shirts
Troop 49262 would like to offer a chance to remember the loudest, wettest, and maybe even the scariest night
of Day Camp in the history of Camp Timberhill. We have designed a t-shirt that you can wear with pride
knowing that you survived.

Order your t-shirt now so you will be ready for the first day of "Day Camp 2010" This is your chance to let
everyone know that you SURVIVED Day Camp 2009!! " Orders MUST Be ordered by the March 8th’s
Service Unit Meeting.

Dawn Joseph’s Email: / Phone: 829-2944
Lisa Perry’s Email: / Phone: 863-6722
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                                         DV T H e a lt h n o t e
I was recently in the hospital for a DVT. I'm fine now, getting better everyday. Thanks for all of your
prayers. Everyone has asked me how I knew to go to my doctor, so I thought this article might help
someone else identify the symptoms of a DVT and seek medical help. Patti

What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Blood clots occur when
blood thickens and clumps together. Most deep vein blood clots occur in the lower leg or thigh. They also can
occur in other parts of the body. A blood clot in a deep vein can break off and travel through the bloodstream.
The loose clot is called an embolus. When the clot travels to the lungs and blocks blood flow, the condition is
called pulmonary embolism or PE. PE is a very serious condition. It can damage the lungs and other organs in
the body and cause death. Blood clots in the thigh are more likely to break off and cause PE than blood clots
in the lower leg or other parts of the body. Blood clots also can form in veins closer to the skin's surface.
However, these clots won't break off and cause PE. Only 40 to 50 percent of people with DVT have obvious
signs and symptoms of DVT, and the condition often goes unrecognized. When they do occur, signs and
symptoms vary depending on the severity of the condition. DVT may cause pain and swelling in one or both
legs, or less commonly, in an arm.
Signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis include:
   Pain in the leg
   Tenderness in the calf (this is one of the most important signs) (Patti had this one)
   Leg tenderness
   Swelling of the leg (and this one)
   Increased warmth of the leg (and this one)
   Redness in the leg (and this one)
   Bluish skin discoloration
   Discomfort when the foot is pulled upward (and this one)

Pulmonary Embolism
Some people don't know they have DVT until they have signs or symptoms of PE. Signs and symptoms of PE
   Unexplained shortness of breath
   Pain with deep breathing
   Coughing up blood
   Rapid breathing and a fast heart rate also may be signs of PE.
See your doctor right away if you have signs or symptoms of either condition. Both DVT and PE can
cause serious, possibly life-threatening complications if not treated.

Go to for more informa-
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                             Camp, Camp, camp!!!

Don't miss Games Galore Day Camp at Timber Hill

Please reserve June 14-18, 2010 for our day camp to be held at Timber Hill in Hamilton. We are distribut-
ing information only flyers to the troops at the March 8 SU meeting. The forms will be online. Families
will need to print the forms from and mail them to Gale Good-
man on April 6. We will make printed forms available for those families without internet access. Pick up
day camp flyers before or after the SU meeting. Please do not interrupt by trying to get flyers during
the meeting. If a leader of your troop cannot attend the March SU meeting, please send a representative to
pick up your day camp flyers. Extra flyers can also be picked up from Patti McDonald at 5965 Embassy Dr.
If you need directions contact her at 829-4615. If you live in the township, extra flyers can be picked up from
Lynne Mangold, 3961 Ashview Pl. If you need directions, contact her at 887-7495.

Day Camp is an individual activity. Troop members do not attend as a group.
The children of adult volunteers are given priority during registration so make
plans to join us at camp if your schedule allows. It takes many adults to staff day
camp. If you know of someone, who is not already an approved leader, plan-
ning to volunteer at day camp, encourage them to start the adult volunteer
approval process soon. Any questions call Patti McDonald, Site Director, at
829-4615 or email

 ALL REGISTRATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED APRIL 6th. Any registrations postmarked before
April 6th will be placed at the bottom of the list. Don't forget that you can use cookie dough to pay for day
camp and financial assistance is available.

    I N V I T I N G A L L C A D E T T E S , S E N I O R S A N D A M BA S S A D O R S
Come to an evening of games at the Fairfield Intermediate School gym, Wednesday, May 5,
from 6:30-8:30pm. You will learn how to play Inventure Games and then be qualified to
teach them to others. What are Inventure Games, you ask? They are fun games played by
a group that help build cooperation and teamwork. The players just might also learn
something about each other while playing "the game".

Why come? After this training, you will be able to teach these games to other Girl Scouts
at their troop meetings or on outings. You can use those teaching hours for leadership
and/or service hours. This training will count as the games half of the Songs & Games
Specialty for Program Aides. We will be playing Inventure Games at day camp in June and
would like as many Program Aides as possible to be able to teach them to the younger Girl
Scouts. So please come and play even if you already have completed the S&G specialty.
You do not have to be a trained Program Aide to take this training. Another reason to
come: It's FUN! Please RSVP to so we will know what supplies we need.
If you have questions, email me. Patti McDonald, day camp director.
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                                        Cookie share
For the past few years my troop has donated their cookie share boxes to a non profit or-
ganization called The Thank You Foundation! They support active U.S. military troops,
veterans and military families. I have recently spoken with the founder of the foundation
and he said that he would cover any overseas shipping costs for any boxes we donate.

This is always an easy sell for my daughter, especially when she has customers who are
on diets. They are more than willing to send their boxes to the troops.

Your troops will be able to drop off their Cookie Share boxes at the March service unit
meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Please email me and let me know how many boxes you
will be bringing to the service unit meeting so I can make arrangements to fit all of the
boxes in my vehicle. Below is The Thank You foundations website if you would like any
more information about them.

Thanks for supporting our troops!
Emily Mullen, Troop 45908

                        Fa i r f i e l d I n d i a n s p i r i t s o c k s

Troop 45907 is selling Fairfield Indian spirit socks to raise money for gold
award projects and a senior trip. The girls designed the socks and with the
help of a sock manufacturer had them made. The socks are made to keep
your feet from sweating.
They fit girls size 3 to ladies size 12 and boys size 1 to a men's size10 or 11.
They are $8 each or 2 for $15.
You can order yours through your troop leader. Just print and fill out the
form below. Take it along with payment to your leader before March 8 and
she will pick them up for you.
Thank you for your order and enjoy your socks!!!

Name:________________________________________ - troop number__________________________
no. of socks wanted ________________ at $8
No. of socks wanted _________________________ at 2 for $15
Total _____________________________
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                Se rvic e un it po s it io n s availa b le
We are looking for some good people who would like to step up and take an even more active role with their Service
Unit. We are in need of the following positions for next years Service Unit.

   Fall Product Sale Chair
   Junior Recruiter
   Junior Program Consultant
   Outdoor Chair
   Service Unit Manager (Must be on Service Team already)

If you are interested in the positions or would like more information please contact Patti McDonald or Sharon Stacy at
the following email addresses.

Patti McDonald =                      Sharon Stacy =

                                   World thinking day 2010
                            North Star Service Unit is holding our own Thinking Day Event
                            on April 16. Gale Goodman is our chair and can answer any
                            questions you might have about participating in our event at
                   Registrations are finalized for this event.
                            There are approximately 155 girls participating. Please make
                            200-225 swap-its to cover any late comers. Thanks!
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RASKALS (Random acts of kindness affecting local seniors)

The next Random Acts of Simple Kindness Affecting Local Seniors
(RASKALS) event will take place May 1st from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

RASKALS is a twice-a-year event: the first Saturday in May for spring cleanup and the first Saturday in
November for fall cleanup.

RASKALS volunteers have included families, youth organizations, government classes, church groups,
older adults and just good neighbors.

The purpose of the RASKALS project is to help our older adults through random acts of kindness.

Chores include:
Raking leaves, Picking up twigs and sticks, Spreading mulch, Washing first floor windows ,Sweeping
sidewalks, Trimming bushes and shrubs, and Planting flowers.

Volunteer to help out senior citizens right here in the City of Fairfield. Download the registration form

For questions, contact Karen Wittmer at 896-8411 or

             North star upcoming events
March 12 and April14 (new dates) - Try-it Workshop (1st grade daisy and brownies) - flier
        on North Star website and at SU meeting

April 16 - Thinking Day event

April 24 or May 1 (to be decided) - Mother/Daughter Tea - flier coming

May 5 - Inventure Training

May 21 - Road Rally (Cadette and up) - flier coming

May 22 - Try-it Workshop (1st grade daisy or brownies) earn Math Fun and Senses and
        Junior Badge event - earn Creative Solutions - flier coming

   - Troop 40559 is raising money for their gold award project by offering to come to your
    meeting and do a try-it or badge for you, any level - flier attached
   - Troop 45907 has designed and is selling Fairfield Indian no-show crew socks. They
    are $8 for 1 or $15 for 2. See them and get yours at the Feb. SU meeting
   - another troop has designed a color your own I survived day camp shirt - more info to
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 Service Unit Meeting Cancelation
      Policy Due to Weather
                                                                                     We’re on the web!
Since questions have been raised on
what our policy is about canceling ser-
vice unit meetings we wanted to make                                                          http://
sure you were aware of the following pol-                             

We will cancel the Service Unit meeting if
the Fairfield School District cancels
school on the day of our meeting or if                                          The Girl Scout Law
they cancel only evening activities.
                                                                                I will do my best to be:

Either way we would not have access to                                          Honest and fair
the Intermediate School and not be able                                         Friendly and helpful
to hold our meeting.                                                            Considerate and caring
                                                                                Courageous and strong and
                           The Girl Scout Promise
                                                                                Responsible for what I say and do
                           On my honor, I will try:
                                                                                And to respect myself and others,
                           To serve God and my country,
                                                                                Respect authority, use resources wisely,
                           To help people at all times,
                                                                                Make the world a better place,
                           And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
                                                                                and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

                              S e rv i c e T e a m / u n i t m e e t i n g s
 Service Unit meets at Fairfield Intermediate School
 Service Team meets at Fairfield Church of Christ

 Date                                                            Time                                        Whom

 March 8, 2010                                            7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.                              Service Unit

 March 22, 2010                                           7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.                              Service Team

 April 12, 2010                                           7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.                              Service Unit

 April 26, 2010                                           7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.                              Service Team

 May 10, 2010                                             7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.                      Service Unit / Recognition

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