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My oldest is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award (their equivalent of the Eagle Scout award), and her service project is a massive undertaking.

To meet the requirements for her award (and to also meet the requirements of a multi-year project in her school) she has planned and organized a greyhound/sight hound awareness, education and adoption event. Given our 'usual' weather around here she planned months ago for the event to be held inside the horse riding arena at a local farm. Little did we know we were going to have a late summer! To offset the costs of this she has opened it up to vendors, a food truck, and other groups to spread the cost around, received a bunch of silent auction and raffle prize donations, and accepted donations from other parties.

She is still a little worried about recouping all of the costs associated with the building rental, porta-potty rentals, advertising costs, etc. that she had to borrow from the Bank of Dad, so I told her I would put together a bunch of small pieces for sale as well. Since a vendor will be selling something a little similar, I will be having that vendor consign these items so that they won't compete too much with her sales.

All of the material used was either free from craigslist (the red oak was old store displays), pallets, low grade pine that was laying around, or scrap Corian from an old school laboratory counter-top. As much as I love working with Corian, I really hate Corian....

I have a few more pieces to finish by Saturday, and I have to put the final finish coats on these signs by then as well. So far, the quality control experts seemed to approve. My antique little drum sander has been a Godsend when painting these signs.

The circular piece is one of two created from her logo (she designed a patch for the event) and will be either trivets, cheese boards, or something similar. It was my first real design project using Aspire to convert graphics into vectors.

My daughter also built a frame to fit in my truck bed to display her banner when we park it along the local dog walk trail. It is also great advertising as I drive around town, and keeps my lead foot in check.

I am hoping that this event is a success for her sake, and for the sake of the volunteers and vendors. I am insanely proud of the planning and effort that a 16 year hold has put in to taking on a project of this size, so win, lose, or draw it is already a success.

I have served on several Eagle Scout Boards of review, and can honestly say that this is one of the largest scout undertakings that I have seen in a long time. She has definitely learned a lot.


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Your sharing makes me proud of her. Have you contacted local radio station? They love doing interviews on stuff like this maybe get her some free air time. BTW nice work by you, cute signs Great logo
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Your sharing makes me proud of her. Have you contacted local radio station? They love doing interviews on stuff like this maybe get her some free air time. BTW nice work by you, cute signs Great logo
The local radio stations are running her ad as part of their community calendar.

The hard part with the signs is figuring out what to put on them. Fortunately I have a good staff of writers.

The logo translated down pretty nicely to a 2" patch. Obviously the year would have been too small to fit on there, so she left it off.

Thanks for the kind words!
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Gee Doug your certainly one heck of a dad , and I hope this goes great for her
If you can PM me with some info , I would certainly be willing to make a donation myself , as every bit helps .
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You've got a fine young lady there, Doug! You and your wife should be very proud of yourselves for the job you did raising her. I hope the event is a success beyond her wildest dreams!
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The logo translated down pretty nicely to a 2" patch. Obviously the year would have been too small to fit on there, so she left it off.
I have seen some patches with the year divided. That is, the first two numbers on the left side, and the second two on the right side. And seen others with a 'tab' on the top, or bottom, of the patch, with the year.

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Great effort from a sixteen year old. Shows plenty of commitment.
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Ross,
This week is a rough one for her, she is stressing a bit. She has some good mentors and a lot of volunteers helping her out, so I know she'll make it. I wasn't able to do stuff like this at her age.
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Doug,
That is a great accomplishment and seeing the depth of her project humbles me for what little I do. I'm with Rick on this one, is there any way this part of your "family" can contribute? It would have to be a cash gift this late, but a little more lead time for her next event, I could be challenged to build a box (nothing like Malcolm's...but it would be made of wood!!)

Let me know if we can help out.

By the way, I'm impressed with the web site. Well organized, good flow, and excellent grammar--that's a dying art in the age of texting!!

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Earl,

You and Rick are far too kind. It wasn't the intent of the post to fund raise, but if you send me a PM we can talk about it.

Glad to be apart of this 'family'!
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