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We are so thankful for our nearly 2,500 volunteers who act as troop leaders, Girl Scout Cookie Chairs, and in a variety of other time-consuming and effort-demanding positions that enable local girls to fully participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. These exceptional people generously donate their time and talent free of charge to prepare the country's next generation of female leaders!


We are currently seeking award nominations for worthy Girl Scout volunteers. If you've had a positive experience with a Girl Scout troop leader or any Girl Scout volunteer, visit to nominate them for an award. Awards include Volunteer of Excellence, Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge, Thanks Badge II, President's Award, and Hall of Fame Award. New this year, all nominations—with the exception of Hall of Fame—can be submitted via an easy, online form.


Award recipient Angela Juneau shared her recognition story with us recently. Check it out below!

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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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Recently Robin Witt sat down with GSNI to talk about her experience as a Girl Scout volunteer. Robin graciously shared the many lessons she’s learned through working with girls and volunteers to achieve the Girl Scout Mission.


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."

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Spend the day with volunteers from across the council to share your experiences in Girl Scouting and learn about all that’s available to girls. Complete an official training like GSLE: Getting From Here to There, 3 Processes: One Powerful Program, or Take Action Projects 101. Options also include enrichment sessions featuring website and social media, and travel opportunities.


Network with other volunteers, share your experiences, discover new resources, and energize yourself for the new Girl Scout membership year!

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Do you live in the Geneva or Bartlett areas and  looking for a way to make an impact in your community? GSNI is looking for adult volunteers to lead a six-week Girl Scout troop opportunity for girls in grades K–5.

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Volunteer ConnectVolunteering for Girl Scouts can be an exciting and rewarding experience! Join us for Volunteer Connect on Wednesday, March 13, 2013,  from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., then reopening from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.