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My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Sherrilyn Askew!
Sherrilyn Askew (Sherri, #1350) has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an Expert Level Recycling Merit Badge!
“I am continuing to recycle and am slowly converting moms in my daughter’s Girl Scout troop to recycle too. Since cardboard has a monetary value, I was able to get all the boxes from the cookie sales collected, baled, and sold, giving the proceeds to our troop. Any other cardboard brought in to me is also baled and sold, with the proceeds going to the troop. It is steadily catching on.
Since my brother and I got a baler, we have been baling our cardboard and selling it, rather than filling up the landfill with it. Getting others to do the same is a challenge, but money does seem to make a difference, especially when someone else does the work. Using recycling as a fundraiser seems to encourage more people to practice it.”
The adorable, always humorous MBA Jane is my way of honoring our Sisterhood Merit Badge program, now with 5,091 dues-paying members who have earned an amazing number of merit badges so far—6,887 total! Take it away, MBA Jane!!! MJ
Wondering who I am? I’m Merit Badge Awardee Jane (MBA Jane for short). In my former life …
Well, I was about to find out just how good my short story was. The next part of the Stitching and Crafting/Ink Slinger Merit Badge (Sheesh! Was selling my soul next? This novel writing really wrings the drama and emotion out of a girl!) was to give it to a friend to correct for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. I shoved it into Midge’s waiting hands, knowing she corrected her triplets’ use of the English language approximately 12387.23487 times per day. Before breakfast.
Midge left with my baby in her eager paws, and I swear I heard a maniacal laugh out of my BFF as she did. Maybe it was the after-effects of too much iced tea and coffee, though.
Midge would be gentle … wouldn’t she?
I must have voiced that worry out loud because Brittany, the youngest triplet, started giggling hysterically.
“Um, sure, Auntie Jane … sure, she will.” She patted my head in a reassuring fashion, but she was still chortling.
I could barely sleep that night. Midge assured me she couldn’t get to my story until the kids were in bed that night, so I had to wait. I tossed and turned fretfully. Would she see the parallels between good and evil? Would she appreciate the gentle humor? The life lessons? The sweet coming of age story line? The particularly nice cursive?