Several local Girl Scouts of Troop 526 had a chance to visit Cutler Bay Town Hall in July, including the council chambers, to earn their government merit badge and learn more about the town’s public officials and staff.
The Scouts regularly meet at Whigham Elementary School and are led by Troop Leader Gina Oubrar, who also participated in the tour of Town Hall with Seat 3 Councilmember Peggy Bell as their guide.
“Each staff member took the time to explain their position and how their job related to the girls’ everyday life in Cutler Bay,” Bell said. “The young ladies politely listened and took turns speaking at the podium and sitting on the dais.The troop leader, Gina Oubrar, has indicated she will be bringing more Scouts in for a tour of Town Hall. We really enjoyed meeting them and appreciate their interest in their town. Our future leaders.”
The tour also involved having a photo taken of them as “future council members.” Oubrar said that the Scouts appreciated the opportunity.
“It meant a lot to the girls for Councilwoman Bell to talk to us and give us a tour,” Oubrar said. “The girls enjoyed meeting everyone and finding out how they contribute to our city.”
On a related note, Bell said that the town will have the first meeting of its new Youth Council on Sept. 10 in the Town Hall chambers.
“These appointed members are between the ages of 13 and 18, but meetings are, of course, open to all,” Bell said. “Those too young to be official members, such as Leila Oubrar, plan to attend as observers until they’re old enough to serve.”