Annual Meeting 2017 Recap

By Marketing Specialist – Asia Hebert

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We are so thankful to all of the volunteers, girls, board members and staff that were able to attend our Annual Meeting this year! It was so exciting to finally get to share G.I.R.L. with you and we hope that you take away as much inspiration as we did. To those of you who were unable to attend, we hope this recap blog will give you a taste of the event and entice you to attend next year!

 

Girls from Troop 184 from Pineville got our annual meeting started off with our traditional flag ceremony. The girls were poised and respectful during this Girl Scout tradition… but we also caught them having some fun hanging out before!

 

Next up on the agenda was the business of the credentials report, report of the board, financials, operations and board development committee. These reports are serious business but our staff and board members made sure to lighten the mood while still talking business.

 

Before lunch we had one last Girl Scout tradition, the Investiture and Rededication Ceremony! This ceremony allowed new Girl Scout members, staff and board to come up and receive their Girl Scout pin. With the staff reorganization of CEI, we had many new staff members to officially initiate into the Girl Scout family.

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After lunch, we officially kicked off G.I.R.L. with our girl led presentation. We had four girls from various troops and regions of the council represent what it means to be a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and leader. Beaux Fisher (IRM) was our go-getter, Lilly Yarbrough of Troop 225 was our innovator, Danika Kleven of Troop 85 was our risk-taker and Cynthia Romero of Troop 398 was our leader. Each of these girls created a speech and a corresponding video or PowerPoint to explain what it means to be a G.I.R.L. champion.

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Next, on our inspirational journey were our Gold Award recipients. These dedicated girls each had a chance to speak about their Gold Award projects. This year three of the four award recipients were able to attend, Destiny Kennerson, Brandy Solice, and Rebekah Gauthier. Destiny assisted with the elderly in her community, Brandy helped underprivileged children celebrate their birthday, and Rebekah saved a historic landmark in her town.

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The final section of our annual meeting was all about honoring our volunteers! Our COO, Keesha Buteau, honored out Volunteer Partners for their participation and dedication for the 2016-2017 year. Manager of Adult Development, Megan Ponder, presented our council level recognitions. Lastly our council’s Savannah 2017 Quest Fest Team talked about their upcoming adventure!

We hope all who attended had as much fun as we did! For those that were unable to attend, we hope to see you next year. As always, we thank our volunteers and girls for the dedication they give to Girl Scouts. We hope to make this next year even better!

Wanna see all the photos from the Annual Meeting? Check out our Flickr album!

Sweet Success: 3 Troops Take the Cookie Season by Storm!

By Troop Support Specialist – Marsha Miller

Everyone has seen an adorable smiling Girl Scout outside at a local business during cookie season. It’s hard to resist their cuteness but then you realize they are also selling your favorite Girl Scout cookies! You give in to the adorable Girl Scouts and buy a few boxes of cookies, but did you know that you’re buying more than a box of cookies? You are giving these girls the opportunities to learn valuable skills, make memories and plan exciting activities with their troop.

Read about 3 troops in the Shreveport area and how they took cookie season by storm:

Troop 147 – This new Daisy troop started out as shy young Girl Scouts but learned how to overcome their shyness in order to have a more successful cookie season. The girls learned to emphasize their strengths and used their adorableness to sell more cookies. These young entrepreneurs learned about money management and business skills during booth sales. If you encountered their booth sale you would hear them say “5 boxes for only $20!”

Troop 249 – The girls of Troop 249 know what it means to have fun and get the job done. With only 9 girls in their troop, they sold over $14,000 in cookie sales! Their leader, Wendy says, “don’t underestimate her girls. These girls learn important skills, life lessons and have a ton of fun doing it”. This troop demonstrates to everyone that it doesn’t matter the size of your troop, you can still achieve high success in your cookie season.

Troop 444 – Selling cookies with troop of 35 girls with varying ages levels can be difficult. Troop 444 found a way to make cookie sales a success for all girls no matter the age. Older girls do not look as sweet as the young Daisies or Brownies, but they have the business skills, drive and determination to get the mission accomplished. Despite the size and age levels of the troop they sold almost $95,000, which is unbelievable! With their money from cookie sales, they have chosen to help two charities that benefit the homeless and have also trip planned to Walt Disney World in 2018.

These girls have demonstrated that cookie season is more than just selling cookies. All three of these troops not only are cookie bosses but have learned skills that will benefit them for a lifetime. What kind of success has your Girl Scout or troop accomplished this year? We want to hear about it!

Generations of Girl Scouts

by Troop Support Specialist – Kim Lee Harris & Troop 593 Leader – Jamie Frost

Thank you to Jamie Frost, volunteer & troop leader of Troop 593 of West Monroe for writing and sharing her story of generations of Girls Scouts in her family!

As long as I can remember, my family has been involved with Girl Scouts. The tradition started with my great grandmother, Helen Houghton, who was a troop leader in the 1930 and 1940s. My mother was both a Girl Scout and leader for about 15 years. My father is an honorary life time Girl Scout and made many contributions to our troop growing up. My two sisters and I grew up as Girl Scouts in my mother’s troop. Now the tradition continues with me leading my daughter in Troop 593.

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Growing Up as a Girl Scout 

Growing up in a house full of Girl Scouts and Girl Scout activities was very fulfilling. I have many fond memories of visiting the Silver Waters council with my mom. We were a very active troop and my parents took an initiative to help in numerous ways. It seems like just yesterday that I was sitting at Pinewood singing Girl Scout songs or participating in flag ceremonies. My father helped build many things at Pinewood and I can remember seeing my grandfather’s name on a plaque at Pinewood for his contributions. My father helped build the educational nature center as well as making all the nature learning tools at Pinewood. While I don’t remember a whole lot about our regular troop meetings I do recall going through great lengths to plan and prepare for meetings, investiture ceremonies, and bridging. I remember the incredible friendships, adventures, and leadership skills that we took away from Girl Scouts. As I got older I was able to participate in two great programs – Pathfinders and a Wider-Op to Michigan. I believe these opportunities helped shape me into the strong woman I am today.

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Leading the Next Generation

In 2007 I had my little girl Kaylee and hoped that she would participate in Girl Scouts. When Kaylee started Kindergarten, she brought home the girl scout flyer and I was over the moon. I was still in school but wanted her to be involved with a troop. I wanted my daughter to have the same experiences that I had as a child. I knew that if I wanted her to have the true Girl Scout experience I needed to start my own troop. I finished school, found an incredible co-leader, and decided this year to start my own troop. I can’t say it’s always been easy but it has given me so many rewards that I never imagined. I learn new things every week from these incredible, strong, sweet girls.

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I hope that I am instilling a long tradition of Girl Scout leaders not only with my daughter but others as well. I want them to know they can do anything if they put their mind to it!

Girl Scout Week 2017!

by Marketing Specialist – Asia Hebert

Girl Scout Week is almost here and this year we are celebrating 105 years of the Girl Scout organization! The celebration starts on Sunday, March 12 and ends Saturday, March 18. Girl Scout Week is an honored tradition that we celebrate every year. This year the week actually begins on the Girl Scout Birthday, March 12. Our organization’s birthday commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. Among celebrating Girl Scout’s birthday, Girl Scout Week also includes Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath which give girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout.

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This year we want to incorporate G.I.R.L. into Girl Scout week! Take this week to really get out there and show off your go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and leadership skills. Here are some ideas on what you and your troop can do to celebrate:

Sunday, March 12 – Girl Scout Sunday: Attend a religious service and wear your Girl Scout uniform proudly.  After you’ve attended service, get together with your troop and have a Girl Scout Birthday party!

Monday, March 13: Channel your inner go-getter. Take the initiate to start a project, express interest in a club or student government, or move forward with task you’ve been holding back on doing.

Tuesday, March 14: Be an innovator and think of a new way of doing things. Come up with a more efficient way doing your school work, use your creative side and design something, or create a plan of action to get a project done.

Wednesday, March 15: Do something you’ve never done before and be a risk-taker. Audition for the school play, learn a new outdoor skill, or introduce yourself to a new friend.

Thursday, March 16: Step up as a leader. Lead the way in a group project, speak out against bullying, or show the ropes to a new person at school.

Friday, March 17: Plan a Take Action project that focuses on something that would improve your community. Research and observe what the needs are of your community and design a project that will solve that issue.

Saturday, March 18 – Girl Scout Sabbath: Work on the My Promise, My Faith pin with your troop! My Promise, My Faith allows girls to experience a faith journey through exploration of the Girl Scout Law and teachings from their faith.

What does your troop have planned for Girl Scout Week? Let us know by emailing info@gslpg.org with your photos and stories!