GSNI recently spoke with volunteer Angela Juneau about the Fall Product Program. Angela is a Cadette troop leader, Cookie Coordinator, and Service Unit Event Coordinator in Trefoil Service Unit. Angela’s daughter Katie is a Girl Scout Cadette in sixth grade. Angela was a Girl Scout as a girl and has been an adult volunteer for over seven years. Katie has been a Girl Scout since she was in kindergarten. Both of them are very passionate about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience!
Fiona Thomas Cummings, M.A., PMP, LEED Green Associate, has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI). She is a native of Surrey, a county in the South East of England, but has lived in the United States for the past 13 years. Her corporate experience includes over 28 years working for British Petroleum (BP), as a Global Head of Trading Floor Premises (Strategy and Construction) for BP North America, Commercial Manager, BP Pipelines Business Unit for BP North America, Operating Unit Manager and Member of the Board for BP Switzerland, and Systems Implementation Manager for BP Germany. While working for BP, Fiona resided in France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, as well as the UK and the USA.
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Emissary, Chloe shares her favorite Girl Scout memory with all of our readers.
Being a Girl Scout is one of the greatest things to do. Now that I am a Junior, I have lots of Girl Scout memories...but one that I remember the most is this snowy day. My Girl Scout leaders planned a snow day with Cadettes when I was a Daisy. That's when I found out that all Girl Scouts grow up to be great people, who are kind and nice. The Cadettes helped my Daisy troop go up and down the big snowy hill at Randall Oaks in Dundee. All of the Cadettes looked tired and exhausted but they kept taking us up and down the hill and acted like it was no problem at all. It seemed like the coldest day on earth and they really showed the true meaning of Girl Scouts. They showed us how to be leaders. I still admire them because they are probably in high school now and I bet they are even nicer. I am hoping that one day girls in Daisies will look up to me and want to keep doing Girl Scouts so they can help other people.
In Girl Scouts we help others, earn badges and meet new friends along the way. This year in Girl Scouts I cannot wait to earn the "Drawing" and "Simple Meals" badges. I am excited about these badges because they sound fun and earning badges shows that you have done many things in Girl Scouts. I am also looking forward to earning the Bronze Award and doing a service project to help other people.
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Emissary, Lexi shares a proud Girl Scout memory with all of our readers.
When I was a first grade Daisy scout, we planned a visit to the Senior Center near Christmas time. This was one of the first events our troop did together. We were all very excited about it and could hardly stop talking once we got there! Visiting the Senior Center was an important event to me in Girl Scouts because we got to sing carols, and all the people came out to watch us. We played board games with them and made them each a Christmas pin. All of the girls got to play games with the residents. I was glad that I got to help make them happy for Christmas. We have done a lot of other events, but this was one of my favorites, and I'll never forget our first Girl Scout troop event!
This year in Girl Scouts, I can't wait to save up money so we can take a trip to White Pines Horse camp! Our troop wants to save up money we earn selling cookies and fall product, so that we can go to camp! I really enjoy camping in the "wilderness". We have camped as a troop a few times, and have had so much fun. We can't wait for our next trip!
First Lady Michelle Obama discusses the important role played by Girl Scout volunteers in a new video released today by Girl Scouts of the USA, for which she serves as Honorary National President. Every First Lady of the United States has served in this post since 1917, when First Lady Edith B. Wilson became the first Honorary National President. Mrs. Obama's video coincides with the launch of the organization's new national campaign to increase recruitment of girl members and adult volunteers while highlighting the fun, excitement, and anticipation that are part of the Girl Scout experience.
The campaign captures the fun of Girl Scouting with the theme "I can't wait to..." and girl-friendly grassroots promotions that will reach every community nationwide. With 3.2 million Girl Scouts and 112 Girl Scout councils across the country, parents, caregivers, and volunteers are vital to the organization's success.
"Girl Scout volunteers can be moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or anyone else looking to help girls in their community fulfill their boundless promise," said First Lady Michelle Obama. "As a Girl Scout volunteer, you can show girls that anything is possible, and you can inspire them to dream bigger and go further than they ever even imagined."