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Today GSNI CEO, Fiona Cummings, writes about the value of our volunteers to kick off Volunteer Appreciation Month.

 

People often ask me what the difference is between working for a for-profit and a non-profit organization. Apart from the level of monetary rewards, certain accounting processes and our ability to expand our markets, the largest difference of all is that for-profits mostly deliver their mission with paid staff and non-profits rely heavily on volunteers to deliver their mission.

 

We are at the time of the year when we recognize and thank our volunteers, without whom, GSNI and, indeed Girl Scouts as an organization, would not exist. In total, we have 2,303 active volunteers, of which 2,271 are women and 32 are men. Our volunteers run troops, help organize the Girl Scout Cookie Program, manage Service Units, lead programs, organize and help at events, organize alumnae, help raise funds, are active board and committee members, train and mentor other adults and hold many other roles.

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Are you planning on helping at GSNI’s Camp Service Days at Camp McCormick or Camp Dean? Planning on volunteering at Camp even though you have already finished your requirements for Program Aide Award? Make those hours work for you!


Did you know that Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors all have an award called the Service to Girl Scouting bar? They sure do. To earn it, just spend 20 hours volunteering for Girl Scouts. That isn’t so hard, and it is actually a lot of fun. Consider volunteering with a younger troop, helping out at camp, or coming to a service day. Those don’t work for you? Check in with us now and then to see where we could use a helping hand.

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By: Guy Schmale, Camp Dean Ranger
 
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As we head into spring, you may notice evidence of fire across large natural areas in some of our camps. These fires were prescribed to help restore native prairie, savanna, and forest habitats. 
Fire is a natural part of these landscapes and before the arrival of European settlers, they burned more frequently. Fires were started by lightning strikes and meteor impacts. Native Americans also used fire to drive game, to clear land, and as a weapon. Back then, the landscape was not divided by highways, big agriculture, or other development. Because of this, fires would burn a long time and cover great distances.
 
Over the last century, the attitude in the U.S. was to put out all fires as quickly as we could to protect people and property. Only in recent decades have ecologists come to understand how removing fire is actually harming the balance of native ecosystems. When fire burns through an area, only plants that can resist or evade the flames are able to survive. They may have adaptations such as thicker bark or deeper roots. Potential competitors that are not suited to fire are set back or killed—leaving more resources like water and light to reach those that remain. 
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Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois delighted local girls with the announcement that the highest level reward in the 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Program would be a trip for two to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida! Announced at the beginning of cookie season, the first-time-ever reward is for girls who set their goals high and sell 2,500 boxes of cookies or more. Several girls are close to this reward level while many others are on their way to earning enough to finance a summer camp session, a community service project, or a troop trip.

 

One example is Girl Scout Marissa D. of Streamwood who has sold over 2,500 boxes of cookies to earn the Disney trip. She was very close to the Disney reward level and shared this news with a customer. The customer offered to purchase enough cookies—a value of $100—to help her reach her goal. Now, Marissa is going to Disney!

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The following message was sent out to Service Units and Troops via eBudde earlier today, but we wanted to share it with everyone:

 

Good afternoon,
We wanted to update you on the status of extending booth sales for one week. There will not be an official extension. There are a couple reasons we've decided NOT to extend booth sales through March 29.

 

1) We only heard back from a very small percentage of troops indicating they would like to hold a "My Sales" booth for an additional weekend. Most of those that were in favor would only be in favor if we could guarantee availability of all varieties.

2) Due to the national shortage and our regularly scheduled sale dates, the baker and therefore; the council, cannot guarantee to have all cookie varieties in our cupboards to cover the additional weekend.

 

If however, you were one of the troops that said yes and can arrange a "My Sales" location for the extended weekend (March 27-29) we would approve the site but only with the knowledge that the cupboards would not be open and the money would still need to be deposited first thing Monday, March 30 because the final bank sweep would not be delayed.

 

Thank you,
Your Product Program Team