Girl Scout to be honored at city council meeting

By William Duffield Staff writer

December 11, 2013

XENIA — The Xenia City Council will assist in the honoring of a local Girl Scout for her lifesaving efforts during Thursday night’s meeting.

Makayla Poplin, a member of Girl Scout Troop 30039, was nominated for the Girl Scout’s Bronze Cross award by her leader, Paula Crow, for her lifesaving efforts during a cheerleading competition in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Following the competition, several of the girls and their parents were relaxing by the hotel pool. One of Poplin’s teammates had drifted into the deep end of the pool. When it was discovered the girl was having trouble swimming to safety, Poplin, who was a Junior Girl Scout at the time, and another teammate swam to the girl and pulled her to the side where parents were able to safely pull her from the pool.

The Girl Scout Bronze Cross award for extraordinary heroism is the highest lifesaving award bestowed to Girl Scouts.

The Girl Scouts program has awarded the efforts of Scouts for heroism and saving lives since the Girl Scout Movement began in the U. S. some 100 years ago. According the the Girl Scouts, “the award is for those who have saved a human life or attempted too save a life under circumstances that indicate heroism or risk to their own lives and who have performed heroic acts beyond the degree of maturity and training to be expected at their age.”

After Poplin was nominated by her leader, the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and Girl Scouts of the USA approved the nomination. In 2012, just 13 girls nationwide received the Bronze Cross award.

Poplin, now a Girl Scout Cadette, will receive the Bronze Cross from Roni Luckenbill, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, and a proclamation from the City of Xenia presented by Mayor Marsha J. Bayless.

Among other items on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting include:

• An emergency resolution to accept BWC grant funds and the purchase of four Power Load Systems for EMS cots;

• An emergency resolution for the city manager to give consent and to cooperate with the Director of Transportation for the State of Ohio to plane and resurface portions of U. S. 42 and U. S. 68 within the City of Xenia;

• A request from the finance director’s office to amend the Income Tax Rules and Regulations to remove the current requirement for non-resident individuals who provide services for the City of Xenia but not within the City of Xenia to file an annual return.

The agenda also calls for council to hear an update on proposed recreation venues and a report on the feasibility of a vacant building ordinance for the city.

Contact William Duffield at bduffield@civitasmedia.com or 372-4444 ext. 133.