Troop 357 dedicates Silver Award Project

Brianna Williams, left, Madison Heim, Brenna Hildenbrand, Kella Lichlyter, Karleigh LeMond, Taryn Schmitt, Karis Wigand, Cheyenne Scherle, Rachel Hollinden surround their Silver Award Project during Sunday's dedication.

IRELAND — The Ireland Girl Scout Troop 357 Silver Award Project team dedicated their completed project to the community of Ireland on Sept. 30.

Nine Cadette Girl Scouts — Brenna Hildenbrand, Brianna Williams, Cheyenne Scherle, Karis Wigand, Karleigh LeMond, Kella Lichlyter, Madison Heim, Rachel Hollinden and Taryn Schmitt — were approved by the Girl Scouts of Southwestern Indiana Girl Scout Council to proceed with the Girl Scout Silver Award Project of replacing the Keith Gettelfinger Park sign near Ireland Elementary School.

The Ireland Lions Club was approved as the project sponsor and was the organization that installed the original park sign. The Girl Scouts were supported by local area businesses and organizations throughout their project, including Dubois County Block and Brick, 2 Sign Guys, Brescher Landscaping, Ireland Youth Sports and the Ireland Lions Club. The Scouts visited each of these businesses to learn about the products and services they manufacture and provide. Each Girl Scout has committed 25 hours to the Silver Award Project to date.

The new sign and landscaped area will welcome visitors to the Keith Gettelfinger Park and Ireland Youth Sports Complex for generations to come. The park is named in memory of and dedicated to the legacy of Keith Gettelfinger, a lifelong educator, coach and friend to the youth of Ireland and youth throughout Indiana.
Gettelfinger served as the principal of Ireland High School from 1965 until the Great Jasper Consolidated School was formed and high school closed. He then became principal of Ireland Junior High until his passing in 1977.

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