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2013 Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 5th Annual Diamonds Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, July 19-20. It was a jam-packed weekend of fun,networking, learning and a time to give thanks to those who make Girl Scouting possible in communities throughout the Diamonds Council.

The Cookie-sale-a-bration, hosted by Little Brownie Bakers, kicked off the excitement Friday evening. Volunteers relived childhood as they painted their nails in different colors, and posed for the photo booth. A sneak peek of the girl rewards for the 2014 Cookie Program were on display and everyone had the opportunity to vote for their favorite. A crowd favorite was the Family Feud -Girl Scout Style game show ! The evening came to an end with internet safety and pinterest training sessions along with off site bowling.

Saturday was a time of thanks as volunteers, donors, and community partners were recognized for their contributions to the Girl Scout Movement. Lena Moore, Deputy Executive Director of the Clinton Foundation (top right),accepted the Strategic Partnership of Excellence Award, recognizing the valuable partnership between the Diamonds Council and the Clinton Foundation. Later in the ceremony, Faith Mullins was honored as the recipient of the first Spirit of Giving Award for her commitment to Girl Scouting.

The Diamonds Scholarship Basket Auction was a huge success this year all thanks to everyone who donated a basket and/or bid on a basket! Eighty one baskets were donated to be auctioned off to fund the Diamonds Scholarship Fund. More than $6,700 was raised to help deserving Girl Scout Ambassadors attend college.

We’re proud to announce the winners of this year’s Basket Auction categories.

The Diamonds Basket Award: Awarded to the basket that raised the most money.
Springdale Service Unit - with their laptop and printer combo.Money raised: $320 

Talk It Up! Community Partnership Award: Awarded to the basket with the most community support (based on number of businesses who donate items with completed sponsorship/ donation forms).
Monticello Ridge Service Unit with their “Diamonds of the Delta” basket, which included donations from University of Arkansas at Monticello, Pepsi, Monticello Branch Library, Signs, Shirts, and Decals, B & S Creations, Blingtique in McGehee,Daughters of Charity Services of Arkansas in Dumas, and the Chambers of Commerce in Monticello/Drew County, Dumas, and McGehee.

Think Outside the Basket: Awarded to the most unique basket theme, contents, and display.
Hickory Service Unit, with their “Let’s Bar-be-cue” basket! This basket included a bbq grill, rolling cooler, and matching picnic tote and tablecloth (the color coordination swayed our hearts!).

A very special thank you goes out to the Juliette Low Service Unit, who organized and donated 9 baskets from troops in their service unit.