I will be taking on an enormous task but I believe it will be fun and very rewarding. I was asked a while back by U.S. State Senator Lugar, after visiting with him on Capitol Hill, that we didn’t have a monument of the founder of the Girl Scouts of The USA. I was told I should spearhead this movement & get her monument on the grounds in Washington D.C.”
~Excerpt From Faith’s Email 7/18/2014
A lot was said in the first part of that email, and Faith had an idea of the enormity of her task in having a statue created of the founder of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., Juliette Gordon Low. The picture became even more clear when it came to getting designs and an approximate cost for the monument.
Faith was working with two companies: Tippecanoe Memorial Gardens and Fisher Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services. When all was said and done Faith went with Fisher. The following are the ideas presented to Faith that made the biggest impression on her.
The first idea was for a bronze statue:
The cost: around $25,00 and $30,00 and an artist would do the bronze casting.
The second idea:
The cost: around $10,00 to $15,000.
Fisher Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services offered more ideas in order to give Faith more to work with. Now she had her goal in mind…she wanted the bronze statue.
Faith was able to get the interest of three organizations to help in raising money through cookouts: The Knights Of Columbus, The American Legion & The Fraternal Order Of Eagles. But that wasn’t the end to her thoughts about raising the money.
She had an idea that would involve the Daisies and the Brownies, she called it the “The Mother, Daughter & Grandma Tea”. But not just a community effort but one involving the national community of the Girl Scouts. But Faith’s ideas didn’t stop there. She wanted to work with the “Build-A Bear Workshop”, A tea at the home of the Indiana Lieutenant Governor’s Home, and A Girl Scout Tea with the Mayor of Lafayette, Indiana, to name just a few.
The fundraising will begin in about two weeks starting August 14th, 2014 and ending May 21st, 2015. Faith also asks that if anyone has any more ideas to please contact her at the following phone numbers:
As the project progresses more information will be available on this site as well as Faith’s Facebook page “Operation Teddy Bear (Bear Hugs for the Troops). If you are new to this site please check out Faith’s Foundations under the “Other Programs” tab under the page banner.
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