Tempe seniors carry on Girl Scout PromisePosted: Updated:
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Every Wednesday a Girl Scout meeting takes place in the recreation center at Friendship Village in Tempe. The women were members of Girl Scout troops all over the country years ago, some of them as early as the 1940s. These days they gather to share stories and repair old uniforms to help preserve the organization's 100-year history.
This troop was organized by Joyce Maeinschein when she moved to the senior living community back in 2009. At the time, she knew she wanted to get involved with the Girl Scouts Organization but in a very limited way.
She called the activities director at Friendship Village to ask if she knew of other women who had been in the Girl Scouts. An announcement was made and it wasn't long before several women showed up to help to the very first meeting.
Since then, these living legacies have helped to repair and restore vintage Girl Scout uniforms that date back as early as the mid-1920s. They're featured in fashion shows by young ladies who are currently making the pledge and learning about the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
Both are shared by every member of Girl Scouting.
The Girl Scout Promise is the way each troop agrees to act every day toward one another and other people. The Girl Scout Law outlines a way to act towards one another and the world.
In addition to the uniform work, the veteran scouts, who gather weekly in Tempe, also incorporated a Girl Scouts statewide recycling initiative around Friendship Village.
They target plastic sacks from stores that get discarded and wind up as litter. Every week, they collect up to 4,000 sacks and so far they’ve recycled and prevented close to 7 million of them, keeping them from filling up area landfills.
If you have a vintage Girl Scout uniform to donate please contact Friendship Village in Tempe at 480-831-5000
Friendship Village Tempe
2645 E. Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282