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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 Invited to Take the World Water Monitoring Challenge on National Public Lands Day, Get a FREE Water Test Kit.

 

For the fifth consecutive year, World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC) is partnering with National Public Lands Day (NPLD) to encourage water monitoring on U.S. public lands.  WWMC has reserved 100 basic water quality test kits for FREE distribution to groups that participate in both WWMC and NPLD in 2013 (one kit per group).

 

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Families, friends, and community members gathered on Sunday, June 9, to celebrate GSNI’s Young Women of Distinction! Over 160 people were present as ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, along with nine scholarship recipients, were honored for their achievements. Attendees could view displays of the girls’ Gold Award Projects and watch videos of the girls discussing their projects and the positive impact Girl Scouting has had on their lives. 
 

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Has your girl ever wondered what it would be like to be a Girl Scout? This is her chance to learn all about being a Girl Scout at the Girl Scout Experience, hosted by Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. She’ll spend a fun and exciting day exploring new activities, participating in camp games, and making new friends! This event is open to all girls in kindergarten through fifth grade.
 
The Girl Scout Experience is June 26, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Parents may drop off girls from 8:45–9:15 a.m. at Wheeler Park, 822 N. First Street, in Geneva. Advance registration is available for only $5, if received by June 19, 2013. Registration is $7 the day of the event. Girls should bring a sack lunch and water bottle. To ensure safety during activities, girls should not wear open-toe shoes. For more information or to register, contact Christina Kirsch at 630-897-1565, Ext. 7182, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

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Congratulations to Sarah P. for winning GSNI’s Camp Top Ten Contest! Below you can read her Top Ten Favorite Things about Camp:

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Jean Henn
Program Assistant & Campsite Coordinator
Elgin Service Center

 

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Below is a statement from, GSNI CEO, Vicki Wright regarding the 2014-2015 Cookie Program:

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will honor ten local Girl Scouts who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, at the organization’s annual Young Women of Distinction event. The girls will be recognized for their leadership and development of Take Action projects throughout their communities on Sunday, June 9, at Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., in Aurora. Registration and social hour begin at 12:30 P.M. with a luncheon program following at 1 P.M. Girls selected to receive Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Scholarships will also be honored.

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Pam Schnecke
Program Specialist – STEM, Leadership Awards
Elgin Service Center
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My position focuses on specific parts of Girl Scout program delivery – The Girl Scout Leadership Awards (Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities. While working on Girl Scout Leadership Awards, I assist the volunteer Gold Award Committee and provide support to girls and volunteers as they work toward the highest awards in Girl Scouting. When my focus shifts to STEM, I work with volunteers and community partners to bring STEM programming to girls.

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What does a girl’s self-portrait say about her? What can her own art teach her about how she looks at herself? GSNI invites all local girls in grades 4–5 to participate in Express Yourself at the Freeport Art Museum, 121 N. Harlem, on Saturday, June 22, from 3–5 p.m. Studying famous self-portraits as a guide, girls will create their own self-portraits by using expressive color with oil pastels and words that describe each girl’s unique personality. This program is designed for girls interested in building self-esteem and learning about art.

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With camp season right around the corner, let us introduce you to Mary George, Camp Director at Camp Dean.

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On Saturday, April 27, 2013, the Annual Meeting of GSNI was held. New Board members were inducted, Volunteers were recognized for their hard work, and businesses in the community were honored for their support of our organization. Thank you to Bartlett Nature Center, Elgin United School District U-46 – English Language Learners, O’Mara Moving and Storage, Rockford School District, The United Way of Rock River Valley, and Woodward, Inc.

At GSNI's 2013 Annual Meeting, new board members were inducted and we took time to recognize volunteers who went above and beyond to make a difference. The Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge II, and President's Award were given out.

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Melissa Lock    
Customer Service and Retail Sales Representative
Elgin Service Center
847-741-5521, Ext. 7141

 

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As a Customer Service and Retail Sales Representative, I do a bit of everything! I am one of the first staff members people see when arriving at the Elgin Service Center. I help people with whatever they need when they walk through the door, from making a purchase in the Council Store to meeting with members of the Program team about an upcoming event. I'm a people person, so I love working with our volunteers and girls!

 

I love what Girl Scouts stands for.  I tell people I took this job because I needed a job.  I stay because I need THIS job!

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GSNI is partnering with several Buffalo Wild Wings locations for an Eat Wings-Raise Funds Program! The restaurant will donate 10% of all food purchases to GSNI on Sunday, April 28, from 11 a.m. until closing. To ensure Girl Scouts receive the funds, customers must present a flier to their server. This flier is available online. Participating restaurants include:

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Be a part of the change, and take a stand against bullying! Join GSNI as we premiere I Am the Music: A Rock Operetta, an anti-bullying film starring Girl Scouts from 23 cities in GSNI’s jurisdiction. Take part in hands-on activities like making a peacemaker box, showing love on the heart wall, and receive self-defense instruction from trainer Kevin Engstrom. Activities from aMUSE and aMAZE! Journeys will be featured for girls. Adult breakout sessions with local community experts will also be held to discuss cyberbullying and how to identify if a child is a bully. The workshop is open to all girls (registered Girl Scouts and non-registered girls) in grades 4–8.

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We received an email asking Girl Scouts to help some students in Middletown, New York with a project. Please read the letter to leaders below and help out if you can!

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GSNI was contacted by Girl Scouts in New York to help spread the word about their Flat Juliettes project.

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GSNI has successfully trained over 40 people in USA Archery Training! These people are now certified in Level 1 Archery Facilitating, so they can facilitate archery training in any location. If you are interested in participating in our next Archery Training visit our website. The next training date is May 5 at Camp Far Horizons.

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In our ever-changing global economy and world, financial skills are leadership skills. As the premier leadership organization for girls, Girls Scouts helps girls build financial experience, confidence, and independence by providing them with resources focused on everything from saving money, developing strong credit, and minimizing debt, to philanthropic giving and financing their dreams.