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Mora County Notebook: Girl Scout troop continues to grow

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By Ruth Fort

Girl Scout Troop #10338 was organized by Lillian Mestas more than a year ago with just a few members has grown to 17 members. The girls are ages five through 11.The troop meet every week. But each section meets every other week also. They have three small groups including Daisies, Brownies and Juniors.

Some of the activities the girls have done include: community service by collecting Toys for Tots, winter sports, art work such as Art to Wear and other activities to earn their badges. They just participated in the Magnet Girl Scout Sale. Currently, they are working on badges at the different levels of Financial Literacy. They have had a fun evening  learning about saving and received bank to start with the help of St. Gertrude’s Credit Union. They will be learning the benefit of saving money and doing so on their own as they earn badges. The girls pick out what badges they want to work on from a badge book. It is girl initiated as they work on what interests them but they have to follow the book to earn their badge.

Last week they had their quarterly ceremony to receive their badges.

They were given the 100 year commemoration pin. Each troop plans its own ceremony and Lillian chooses to do it quarterly and during the evening they share a meal

The Girl Scouts is a national organization,  started on March 12, 1912, by Juliette “Daisy”  Gordon Low. She gathered 18 girls in Savannah, Ga., for the first local scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and spiritually. She had the goal of bringing the girls out of isolation of the home environment and into community service and into the open air.

The Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars and studied first aid.

Within a few years Daisy’s dream for a girl-centered organization had been realized. At present, Girl Scouts of USA has more than 3.2 million girls and adults. That is a significant growth from the modest start of only 18 girls almost one hundred years ago. In fact, about 50 million women in the USA today are Girl Scouts.

This history of Girl Scouts came from material on line under Girl Scouts of America to share with the community.

We will be looking forward to finding out more about our troop here in Mora as they grow under the leadership of Lillian and the very cooperative parents. They are a part of the New Mexico Trails Girl Scouts Council. They will be participating in the plans for the Centennial celebration and take part in it.

As the 100th birthday draws near, we will be seeing more of the Girl Scouts and don’t forget the annual cookie sale on their anniversary.

VFW waiting for inspectors
The addition to the VFW  building is at a stand still at the present time. Volunteers are standing by to finish the interior of the addition.

They will proceed as soon as the architect and the building inspector get together to pass the part of the structure that is completed to this date. There was hope of having the building ready to occupy by New Years but that is not possible until the inspector and architect get together. They are hoping that it will be soon.

Christmas in Mora
The Christmas season in Mora started out with early plans and celebrations. The bikers club started to collect Toys for Tots.

Then there was the Winter Fest that was well attended with people buying gifts for their friends and family. Santa made an appearance to give toys to the many children in attendance.

The Bank of Mora held their annual Christmas tree lighting with refreshments, a happy gathering. Snow fell during the tree lighting making a real Christmas themed scene.

Different homes decorated with beautiful lights and Christmas scenes for everyone to enjoy.

Churches had special programs to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The Baptist Church in Cleveland had a pageant and fellowship afterwards.

The Catholic Church had midnight mass and they also had a pageant.

The Confirmation Class decorated the church yard with luminaries for Christmas Eve.  The Cleveland St Anthony Church had Las Posadas with the potluck in the CHET Fire Hall after the journey.

There were parties at the VFW Hall all Christmas weekend. This included a family, an 80th birthday party and the Mountain Mamas had their annual pot luck Christmas dinner for the members who are alone and did not have family to spend the day with.

On Christmas morning the citizens of Buena Vista have the traditional hay ride. They started out about 8:30 a.m. and went to the homes and sang carols where they are given treats and gifts for the children. They finished about noon. It is in place of the old tradition of “Mees Christmas.” The present tradition was started by Tomas Sanchez and Michael Serna 12 years ago and has taken place each Christmas morning since it was started. They hitch the wagon to the tractor since they do not have horses to do the job now and everyone rides in the wagon on bales of hay and blankets to keep warm as they go all over Buena Vista bringing Christmas cheer to all.

There were so many wonderful things going on in Mora for the Christmas season. Now we can look forward to the New Year to see what great things are before us.

Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may  be reached at (575) 387-6523 or ruthfortchacon@yahoo.com.