Monday, March 2, 2015

Norma Dyer from Mt. Vernon Named February Pearl of the Month

GSSI is pleased to announce that Norma Dyer of Mt. Vernon is the February 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 the approximately 14,000 Girl Scouts in southern Illinois benefi t 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.

 Norma is a very seasoned Girl Scout volunteer who currently leads three troops and has recently taken the responsibility of Service Unit Treasurer. She also volunteers to clean the Girl Scout “Little House” that many troops use for meetings.

In addition to her Girl Scout roles, Norma serves her community through many programs and exhibits all aspects of the Girl Scout Law on a daily basis. To her peers, Norma is known as a Girl Scout phenomenon and is always the first volunteer to come to help and the last to leave.

For more information about GSSI’s Pearl of the Month Award, please contact Volunteer Services Manager Amanda Kaemmerer at 800.345.6858, ext. 1142 or e-mail

Dr. Sandra Magnus to Speak at GSSI Annual Meeting on March 28, 2015

Dr. Sandra H. “Sandy” Magnus is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession, with more than 35,000 individual members in 79 countries.

 Born and raised in Belleville, Ill., Dr. Magnus attended the Missouri University of Science and Technology, graduating in 1986 with a degree in physics and in 1990 with a master’s degree in electrical engineering. She also holds a Ph.D. from the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech (1996).

Selected to the NASA Astronaut Corps in April, 1996, Dr. Magnus flew in space on the STS-112 shuttle mission in 2002, and on the final shuttle flight, STS-135, in 2011. In addition, she fl ew to the International Space Station on STS-126 in

November 2008, served as flight engineer and science offi cer on Expedition 18, and returned home on STS-119 after four and a half months on board. Following her assignment on Station, she served at NASA Headquarters in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Her last duty at NASA, after STS-135, was as the deputy chief of the Astronaut Office.

As a girl, she was a Girl Scout in Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois’ legacy council River Bluffs. In 2009, Astronaut Magnus talked with local Girl Scouts from the International Space Station via a satellite downlink provided by The Boeing Company. Not only did the girls get to ask Dr. Magnus questions, but they got to see her working on the ISS and see a Girl Scout flag floating behind her. During the long-distant call, Dr. Magnus told the girls, “I want you to believe in yourself. I want you to find out what your dream is and pursue it. You can be whatever you put your mind to!

While at NASA, Dr. Magnus worked extensively with the international community, including the European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA), as well as with Brazil on facility-type payloads. She also spent time in Russia developing and integrating operational products and procedures for the International Space Station. Before joining NASA, Dr. Magnus worked for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company from 1986 to 1991, as a stealth engineer. While at McDonnell Douglas, she worked on internal research and development and on the Navy’s A-12 Attack Aircraft program, studying the effectiveness of radar signature reduction techniques.

Dr. Magnus has received numerous awards, including the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and the 40 at 40 Award (given to former collegiate women athletes to recognize the impact of Title IX).

Sunday, March 1, 2015

GSSI Council Shop Update: March 2015

New Winter Items

Check out our new merchandise for winter and cookie time! GSSI has a multitude of new merchandise for girls and adult volunteers. Stop by a retail shop soon or browse our catalogs.

GSSI Council Shops Extended Hours:
GSSI Council Shops will be open from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. on the following Saturdays:

March 7, 2015
April 11, 2015
May 2, 2015

Mobile Council Shop

GSSI’s Mobile Shop will be at Rend Lake Resort on March 28 for Annual Meeting & All That Glitters Awards Ceremony. Contact Stacey Port by March 24 with any specific requests for merchandise

Several areas are running Mobile Shops at their events. You can too! If interested in a running a Mobile Shop at your local service unit or regional event, please contact the Beth Ross, Business Services Manager at 800.345.6858, ext. 1129 or e-mail: or one of the Council Shop managers listed below.

GSSI Council Shop Contact Information:
Corporate Service Center: Stacey Port: 618-692-0692, ext. 1101 • e-mail:
Regional Service Center: Brittany Galloway: 618.242.5079, ext. 2103 • e-mail:

Go to GSSI’s Online Shop