Monday, September 11, 2017

• Gold Award Project at Marna O'Brien Park

Thanks to the efforts of Girl Scout Marissa Hill, there is a new drinking fountain at Marna O'Brien park. 

For those that aren't familiar with what a Gold Award is, it's the Girl Scout equivalent to an Eagle Scout Project.
Marissa Hill readies the oversized scissors as she gets ready to cut the
ribbon that symbolizes the dedication of her project for community use.
It's not just your average water fountain. It accommodates people in wheelchairs, has a specially designed basin for dogs, plus a way to fill up water bottles too.
Thanks to Murdock Manufacturing for partnering with Marissa on this project.
Below is one of the first canine customers getting a taste of water from this new fountain.
I know that Marissa has been working on this project for many, MANY months. I wrote a blog about one of her fundraisers that occurred back in January. 
 
  She has put more than 80 hours into this project and more than 40 volunteers along the way. Which included family, friends and various community members.

She first started thinking about project ideas for her Girl Scout Gold Award last September, and it was approved by the Southwest Gold Committee on October 5th, 2016. She began fundraising in December 2016. She had a table at the yearly Breakfast With Santa event that is held at the fire station.
Marissa and her father Jose manning the craft table. 
I asked Marissa for some thoughts about the project.

I would of course like to thank my mom and dad for all there support. 

As well as Murdock Mfg., Bridgette Moore, VFW, Elks Lodge, PVM Maintenance, DeJong's Dairy, Wildomar Rotary Club, the City of Wildomar, Brad Evans, George Cambero, Joseph Morabito, and especially my Girl Scout troop 1122. This is honestly a small list, so many people have been so helpful, and I appreciate all their support!

Completing a Gold Award feels amazing because I know that I was able to help my community.
Marissa along with her grandparents.
This has been such an amazing experience. People have been so kind, and I have learned so much. Thank you!
I then asked if she had any words of encouragement to other scouts that are contemplating such a project of their own.

My advice to anyone who is thinking about tackling a Gold Award or Eagle Scout [project] would be to pick something you are passionate about. You will have some ups and downs, but if you love your project it will motivate you to keep going. Once the project is done it's great to know that you were able to make a positive impact on your community, and that is the best reward. You got this!

Thank you to Marissa Hill for working so hard for our community, and thank you to her parents for raising such a thoughtful young woman.
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Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.
– Theodore Issac Rubin

We here at Wildomar Rap always demand the best. Whether a person glows afterward or not, is strictly up to the individual.

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