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Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments, and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid. One hundred and one years later, Girl Scouts are still doing that and much more!

Typically, when you think of a Girl Scout Volunteer, you think of a Troop Leader. But, there are many other volunteer opportunities available with GSNI! Some include working with girls, and others include connecting a volunteer’s special talents with our areas of need! Also, some available positions do not require a year-long commitment.

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International Women's DayInternational Women’s Day has been celebrated since the early 1900s. The theme has changed along the years to reflect different issues facing women in the world. However, the main focus has remained on the leadership women have in economic, political, and other social achievements.

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iPad MiniGSNI and Girl Scouts of the USA Research Institute (GSRI) are partnering to provide opportunities for girls and adults to share their thoughts and feelings about their Girl Scout experiences through a unique website at

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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.

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Blood DriveThe Rockford Service Center will be hosting a Blood Drive on Monday, March 4th, from 9am – 1 pm for the Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC). The RRVBC is the sole supplier of blood and blood products for 9 area hospitals, which include, Rockford, Rochelle, Beloit, Harvard, Belvidere and Edgerton.

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While delivering Girl Scout Cookies this week, don't forget about these helpful tips:

  • Girls wear a membership pin, uniform, or Girl Scout clothing (e.g., Girl Scout T‐shirt) to clearly identify themselves as Girl Scouts.

  • Girls and accompanying adults are familiar with the areas and neighborhoods where product sales take place.

  • Girls participate in door‐to‐door sales only during daylight hours.

  • Use safe pedestrian practices, especially when crossing at busy intersections. Do not enter the home of a stranger.

  • Do not carry large amounts of money. Provision for safeguarding the money is made in advance.

Also, we wanted to mention if you missed the Booth Buzz meetings held at GSNI Service Centers earlier this month, you can get some great ideas by watching the How to Host a Successful Cookie Booth training videos from Mari Kaye Rath's presentation.

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According to the GSUSA Website, World Thinking Day was created in 1926 as day for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world to think of each other and be thankful for their “sister” Girl Scouts. This year, Girl Scouts will be focusing on thinking of the Girl Guides in Jordan, Malawi, Pakistan, Republic of Ireland, and Venezuela.

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Last Friday, February 8, 2013, was the first ever National Girl Scout Cookie Day! GSNI celebrated at all four Service Centers by inviting everyone in for a FREE Girl Scout Cookie Tasting. Visitors had an opportunity to learn more about the five skills Girl Scouts learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program and order Girl Scout Cookies.

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Every year, more than 50 million boxes Girl Scout Cookies are sold and enjoyed by people across the country. However, Girl Scout Cookies are more than just delicious. They are the product of the world’s largest girl-led business. We wanted to take some time to highlight five skills that girls learn while participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

GSUSA Cookie BoxWhat Girls Learn and Why It Matters

Goal Setting: Girl Scouts set cookie goals and develop a plan to reach those goals. When the time comes, she’ll be ready to create a well-thought-out plan for researching colleges and applying for scholarships.

Decision Making: Girl Scouts decide with their team how they will spend their cookie proceeds. As she grows up, she’ll know when and how to give back to her community.

Money ManagementGirl Scouts take cookie orders and handle customers' money. She can handle a checking account, help with the grocery shopping and even stay on top of her cell phone bill!

People SkillsGirl Scouts learn how to talk and listen to all types of people while selling cookies. She can work well with others on school projects or as part of a sports team.

Business EthicsGirl Scouts are honest and responsible in  every step of Girl Scout Cookie Program. She will develop excellent references for when she looks for her first job or applies for college.

When you purchase Girl Scout Cookies, your box of cookies is your reward for enriching this learning experience for Girl Scouts. Having exposure to the Girl Scout Cookie Program gives girls the skills they need to make the world a better place.

Join us in celebrating the Girl Scout Cookie Program during National Girl Scout Cookie Day on Friday, February 8, at all GSNI Service Centers. You can taste FREE Cookies from 4-6 p.m.! Also, this will be your first opportunity to purchase the National Girl Scout Cookie Day Commemorative Patch. Click here for full details on our events.

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National Girl Scout Cookie Day PatchGirl Scouts of Northern Illinois is looking forward to celebrating National Girl Scout Cookie Day next Friday, February 8. If you have not heard how we are planning to celebrate, you can read this post with all of the details.

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National Girl Scout Cookie DayGirl Scouts of the USA has declared Friday, February 8, as the first-ever National Girl Scout Cookie Day! National Girl Scout Cookie Day highlights the 5 Skills Girl Scouts learn through the World’s Largest Girl-led Business – The Girl Scout Cookie Program. These skills include: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics.

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This past Monday, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) National President, Connie L. Lindsay and GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chávez attended the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. This was the first time in 30 years members of GSUSA have been officially invited to this historic event. We wanted to share with you, Anna Maria Chávez’s reflections on what she witnessed that day.