by Amanda Leang

What do you get when you have a room full of committed girl guides and a supportive community at supper time?  Success!

This past Saturday night, the Oxford Mills Girl Guides (OMGG) held a spaghetti supper fundraiser at the United Church hall in Bishops Mills.   The price was right for this all you could eat event because it was by goodwill donation.  We wanted to make sure everyone could come and pay what they could afford.  At one point, there was standing room only because only 72  could be seated at once.  Except for last year, this was OMGG’s 13th annual spaghetti supper fundraiser.

The money raised by these donations goes towards our trip to Toronto this coming June.  We will be going to Casa Loma and the Toronto Zoo where we get to sleep in the zoo overnight.  On this trip, we will earn our endangered species, travelling and history badges.

In February, we hosted a Valentine’s Day tea also for a goodwill donation where there was lots of yummy treats to eat while watching a short play that we put on to show the history of guiding.  Guides were in costumes showing off 100 years of Girl Guides.

We made full use of the church hall besides using it for the supper and had a weekend sleepover there where we earned our recycling badge.  We learned a lot about recycling and the environment and even learned how to repurpose by using the tea cups we got second hand to use for our Valentine’s tea, and made planters for spring daffodils.

Guider (leader) Sarah Robinson said “I am very proud of all of the girls for their hard work working together to make this event a huge success”.

Our fundraising efforts for this trip continue by selling Girl Guide cookies.  Contact any Oxford Mills Girl Guide or email [email protected] to get your cookies to enjoy.  We are also having a cookie blitz at Kemptville Walmart on March 26 (9-3) and Johnson Independent April 2 (9-3) where you can drop by to get your cookies.  Also, if you would like to make a donation to help with the trip, contact Guider Sarah Robinson at [email protected].

Our next big project for the Oxford Mills Sisterhood of Guiding is hosting our 2nd annual Spring Fair at Oxford Mills Public School Saturday, April 9.  Admission is FREE and there is fun for everyone.  This event will  include vendors, bake table, face painting, kids games, BBQ and more…..watch for more details to come!  Contact Guider Cathy at [email protected]

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