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Articles by Janine Rojas

Emily Burghart and Lauren Mello of Lakeside, Rancho San Diego’s Stephanie Fox, and La Mesa residents Miranda Ng and TaylorAnn Quick have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award — the organization’s highest honor — for creating meaningful, sustainable change in the world around them. Just five percent of Girl Scouts nationwide achieve this level of recognition.

To mark the centennial birthday of Girl Scouts San Diego, Girl Scouts from East County and throughout San Diego have been out in full force, doing good. As part of a challenge called “100 Days of Girl Scouts,” troops and individual members took action in their communities to make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts Karen Jean Dumitru of La Mesa, and Christina Bailey and Jessica Bailey — Santee residents who are sisters, were honored as top cookie sellers by Girl Scouts San Diego during the 15th annual Operation Thin Mint® Sendoff celebration aboard the USS Midway Museum.

 Sponsored by Wells Fargo, with key support from Cox Communications, RSJ Law and SDG&E, the sendoff is the culmination of Girl Scouts San Diego’s Operation Thin Mint®

During a recent celebration at Parsonage Museum Plaza, Lemon Grove Mayor Mary T. Sessom, a proud Girl Scout alumna, presented a proclamation declaring Savannah Smiles the city’s official Girl Scout cookie. Back by popular demand, the zesty lemon powdered sugar-dusted treat was last sold in San Diego in 2014.

East County volunteers garnered eight honors at a recent Girl Scout recognitions program. Girl Scouts San Diego presented awards to Lynn Edmondson, Myrna Hinton, Ilene Korhummel, Sherry McElroy, Valerie Milbourne, Jessica Salla and Melissa Wehr during its Volunteer Conference and Celebration. In addition, the Rancho Foothills Service Unit—a volunteer-led support resource group for members in the Rancho San Diego, Jamul and El Cajon areas, won an award for being the most spirited team in attendance.

More than 2,000 revelers recently gathered aboard the USS Midway Museum for Girl Scouts San Diego’s 14th annual Operation Thin Mint® (OTM) Sendoff. Highlights included live music, helicopter action, a rifle drill team, and an all-woman color guard representing the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy.