Thursday, August 27, 2015

Heather Grotecke from Granite City is GSSI's August Pearl of the Month

GSSI is pleased to announce Heather Groetecke of Granite City is the August Pearl of the Month. The Pearl of the Month Award recognizes a Girl Scout volunteer who has delivered service beyond expectations and helped to ensure that approximately 14,000 Girl Scouts in southern Illinois benefit from a premier Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Nominees must meet several criteria, including completion of all required training for his or her volunteer position as well as providing outstanding service to his or her Service Unit or the Council.

Heather leads a troop of Junior girls as well as a Senior/Ambassador group. She has involved them both in the Challenge and Change project which is a Girl Scout grant program funded through the USDA. The girls put the garden plot together and meet weekly to weed, water, mow, and tend to their portion of the garden as needed. Heather has even brought chickens out so that the girls can learn about animals. She utilizes the different age levels of her troops to allow the older girls the opportunity to teach and supervise the younger girls. It is a great learning experience for all involved.

To nominate a volunteer from your area for a Pearl of the Month award, please fill out the form on the following page and e-mail it to

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Dancing With Our Stars Raises $21,000 for Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois

2015 Dancing With Our Stars Winner The Bollywood Twisters
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois raised more than $21,000 during its 7th Annual Dancing With Our Stars (DWOS) fundraiser at Krieger’s Convention Center at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon on Saturday, Aug. 22. Dance team The Bollywood Twisters, sponsored by Kaushal Pediatrics, took home the Mirror Ball Trophy for first place. Carolyn and Dean Montague, sponsored by Paulette and Ron Schneider, won the Judges Choice award.  See Photo Album

 Also participating were the dance teams of: Centre Stage Dancers, sponsored by Centre Stage Studios; Devin Riley and Kara Bachelor, sponsored by Poppy’s; Mt. Vernon High School Drama Club, sponsored by Candy and Fred Isberner; Lesa Woods, sponsored by Larry and Bobbie Drury; Sister Suffragettes, sponsored by Centre Stage Studios; The Hocketts, sponsored by Higgins Custom & Collision; Drama Mamas, sponsored by Diane and Rick Siemer; and The New Evolution, sponsored by National Railway Equipment Co.

This is the second time the Bollywood Twisters participated in Dancing With Our Stars. Gauri is a freshman at University of Missouri Kansas City in a 6-year medical program. Younger sister Priyanka is a Mt. Vernon High School freshman. Their parents own Kaushal Pediatrics Services LTD in Mt. Vernon.

 “What a wonderful night during our 7th Annual Dancing With Our Stars,” said Villie M. Appoo, GSSI Chief Executive Officer. “We are so grateful to everyone who participated in and supported this year’s DWOS fundraiser,” said Appoo. “Everyone from our DWOS committee, to our dancers and the generous Mt. Vernon community helped make this fundraiser very successful.” According to Appoo, funds raised during DWOS will help Girl Scouts continue to develop leadership programs for girls, maintain and improve its camps and help outreach to at-risk girls.
Co-hosts for the event were Brandon Bullard with RARE and Bria Ashby with Community First Bank. Celebrity judges were Mike Beard from The Insurance Store, Joe Gliosci with Peoples National Bank, Finny Mathew of Crossroads Community Hospital and Mary Beth Mezo with Smokin’ T’s Competition BBQ.
2015 Dancing With Our Stars Judges

Teams competed to win DWOS’ Mirror Ball Trophy by earning the top spot in a two part scoring system. The judges’ scores provided the first element to the dancers’ scores. The second element added a dash of audience participation and even more excitement, as dancers accrued points with donations from their supporters and attendees at the event.

Other DWOS sponsors included: Trophy Sponsor: Crossroads Community Hospital; Vote Tabulation Sponsor: Community First Bank; Silent Auction Sponsor: First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, Premier Radio Sponsor, WDML; Fred and Tammy Klapetzky, DJ; and Krieger’s Convention Center at Holiday Inn.
Judges Choice Award Winners Carolyn & Dean Montague
All proceeds from DWOS will be used to provide financial assistance to at-risk girls, to maintain and improve GSSI camps and to develop Girl Scout leadership programs for nearly 14,000 girls throughout southern Illinois.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Fall 2015 GSSI Council Shop Promo: Get a $10 Coupon With a Purchase of $75 or More

Don't miss this upcoming GSSI Council Shop promotion!  If you make a purchase of $75 or more between Sept. 1 - Oct. 15, you'll get a $10 coupon that is valid November 1-25!  In-shop purchases will be valid for an in-shop coupon only. 

Customers can get a $10 coupon to use online by making a $75 purchase on Girl Scouts' online shop.  Online coupons will be valid from November 1-20.

Check out these new arrivals!
Girl Scout Mia Doll
Girl Scout Dolls (several styles)

Baseball Style T-Shirt

Fleece Vest

Fleece Vest (also in black)