- On Wednesday night, we had a girl scout
troop leader meeting to discuss future business and collect cookie money,
among other things.
- Much to my surprise, we were introduced
to a head of the N.Y. state National Guard who informed the ladies that
the Guard was interested in getting ready to deploy, and in the interest
of learning how to deal with the "community" it intended to
become more involved in community service.
- So, to that end, he introduced the idea
of making ID cards for each girl in all of the troops in our unit: hundreds
of girls. The date selected to employ this deployment training effort
was "FAMILY DAY." A day of family oriented events replete with
barbecue, activities, game booths, etc.
- The idea presented was that not only
girl scouts, but sibs, would be finger printed and an ID card issued with
information identifying parents, address information, date of birth.
- My first reaction to my co-leader, and
the words that came out of my mouth was "Y2K." She's a liberal,
but even she was wide-eyed.
- I asked the army leader: "Who is
going to have this information, what is the purpose of it, where will it
- He assured me that the computer data
would be emptied from the computer once the ID cards were issued to the
parents, and that there was no interest on anyone's part in keeping this
info, that it is strictly a community service!
- I was the only woman of 20 others to
question motives and purposes. The others blankly stared or looked at me
- Sorry for the vanity, but family encouraged
me to let you know...