Year of being thankful

Published 1:42 pm Thursday, December 5, 2019

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Girl Scouts gift county commissioners gifts of thanks

COLUMBUS—Polk County Girl Scout Troop 1819 out of Columbus has decided instead of picking one organization for a service project, they will spend the year being thankful. 

The Polk County Board of Commissioners met Monday night with Girl Scout Troop 1819 leading the county in the Pledge of Allegiance. The troop also later gave the board gift bags and told of them being thankful for commissioners. 

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Troop leader Jennifer Pittman said the troop meets at the Columbus Methodist Church and loves to have fun. She said the troop goes camping, goes glamping, goes to museums, builds things, and learn skills, including with knives. 

“Every girl scout wants to serve their community and make it fun,” Pittman said. 

She said this year the girls decided instead of picking one organization and doing one thing for them, they decided to have a year of being thankful. 

Rep. Jake Johnson, a former Polk County Commissioner, came to speak to the troop and spoke about commissioners and the role of state and federal government, Pittman said.
“What he didn’t realize he was teaching our girls is that no matter how young they are, their commissioners care about them,” Pittman said. “So, they know they are cared about by their government. Thank y’all very much for making a difference for our girls.” 

The troop handed out gift bags to commissioners and county staff. 

“Thank you girl scout leaders for getting them involved,” county chairman Myron Yoder said to Pittman and leader Lori Nichols, who brought the troop to the meeting.