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In Memoriam: Jackie Waskiewicz


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In Memoriam: Jackie Waskiewicz

It is with great sorrow GSNI marks the passing of longtime Girl Scout volunteer Jackie Waskiewicz.

Over the years, Jackie was a dedicated member of the Service Team in Rockford’s Northwest Neighborhood with Rock River Valley Council, a GSNI legacy council. She also served for several years as the Neighborhood Chairman which was the top position in that geographic area. She was active on the Board of Directors and later elected as President of Rock River Valley Council for 2 terms.

She believed in what Girl Scouts could do and proved it by leading several troops. She faithfully served on many legacy council committees and task forces, since her experience and wisdom were always in demand.

Jackie was a member of GSNI’s Board-appointed Audit Committee since GSNI began. This key role ensured the integrity of accounting and reporting and compliance with all laws. More significantly, and definitely more time consuming, was her role as the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee for United for Youth (UFY) since its inception in 2006 and Treasurer on the Board of UFY.

United for Youth is a Rockford-based partnership between GSNI and the Blackhawk Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. Each organization nominated community volunteers to the Board and Finance Committee, who were familiar with Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts with the direction to remain neutral through all decision making. Jackie always provided wise perspective and gentle persuasion to ensure the group reached appropriate outcomes to benefit both organizations, during the phases of fund raising, building construction of the Rockford Program Center, and operations.

In 2016, Jackie resigned from all her roles due to significant health issues. Even between hospital stays and surgeries, Jackie did her utmost to attend and lead meetings and provide her input into the ongoing matters.

With deep appreciation, GSNI presented Jackie with the Hall of Fame Award in 2016. This award recognizes a lifetime commitment to the Girl Scout Movement within Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. Jackie embodied what it meant to give a lifetime of service, and GSNI is truly grateful for all she did for generations of girls, women, families, and other volunteers.

From Ruth Little, Former CEO of Rock River Valley (Retired):

It isn't just what positions and how many years that made Jackie special. It's what she helped Girl Scouts accomplish. Always a strong voice for inclusion, Jackie worked hard to be sure Girl Scouting was available to ALL girls. She cared deeply for the quality of experience girls have in their troops and council activities.

Jackie brought a strong background in finance and organization management gained through her employment and her volunteer work. She always did what she committed to do. She brought a warm, calm, optimistic approach to all she did. She was practical and reasonable. People liked to work with her because they knew she would listen carefully to their thoughts and could be counted on to seek results that reflected everyone's thinking.