Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cecelia Cowell from Red Bud Has Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award




Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Cecelia Cowell from Red Bud has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. 

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Got Safety?, Cecelia addressed the issue of safety in her community, but more importantly increased community members’ knowledge of what to do in emergency situations. As part of her project, she helped implement information on the Yellow Dot Program for Red Bud. Cecelia helped to educate citizens and make them more aware of safety responses by speaking to various groups and distributing safety information at various community events. “Even if one person is saved by my Girl Scout Gold Award project, then I know I have made a major difference,” Cecelia said.

Cecelia is the daughter of Sandra Cowell and the late Harold Cowell. She is a 2016 graduate of Red Bud High School and has been a Girl Scout for 13 years.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, recognizes a Girl Scout's commitment to excellence as she develops skills and values to meet present and future challenges in her life. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador must design and carry out a project that fulfills a need within a girl’s community, creates change, and is sustainable. The project must be completed with a suggested minimum of 80 hours of work. Only about 5 percent of eligible girls earn the prestigious Gold Award.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

GSSI 2017 National Convention Delegates




2017 Convention & 54th National Council Session

Every three years, Girl Scouts from all over the country gather at the Girl Scout Convention & National Council Session to reinvigorate our Movement, celebrate our accomplishments, and chart our future. The 54th Convention will take place Wednesday, October 4 – Sunday October 8, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to conducting the business of the Movement, we will engage in important strategic conversations about the future and provide exciting educational opportunities for girls and adults. Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is pleased to announce the following girls and adults will represent GSSI as National Convention Delegates and National Convention Alternate Delegates. 

GSSI’s National Convention Delegates

Amber Grace Carroll - Fairview Heights, IL (girl member)
Girl Scout member for 8 years
Council Delegate
Participated in beta testing for Virtual Girl Scouts

Rowan Dothager - Staunton, IL (girl member) Girl Scout member for 10 years
GSSI Board of Directors Ex-Officio Girl Member
Earned Girl Scout Silver and Bronze Awards and Program Aid
 

Sarah Drury-Dothager - Staunton, IL
Girl Scout Lifetime Member; member for 10 years
Troop leader, FLL Coach and Mentor, Service Unit Manager, Council Delegate and Day Camp Director

Karlene Hoefener - O’Fallon, IL
Girl Scout member for 23 years
Troop leader, Council Delegate, Gold Award Advisor, Camp Friends Committee, Day Camp PAT Trainer, Property Planning Assessment Committee and Troop Product Sales & Treasurer, and Day Camp volunteer

Sheila Jolly-Scrivner - Bluford, IL
Girl Scout member for 11 years
Troop leader, Council Delegate, Service Unit Manager, Registrar and Day Camp volunteer

Susanna Mills - McLeansboro, IL
Girl Scout Lifetime Member, member for 29 years
Troop leader, Council Delegate, Service Unit Manager, Facilitator, Juliette Gordon Low Society member

Cheralee Vohlken - Greenville, IL
Girl Scout member for 9 years
Troop leader and Council Delegate

Jennifer Whitehead - Carbondale, IL
Girl Scout member for 8 years
Troop leader and Council Delegate

GSSI’s National Convention Alternate Delegates

Penny Pejka - O'Fallon, IL
Girl Scout member for 29 years and Juliette Gordon Low Society Member
Service Unit Treasurer and Registrar, Council Delegate, Assistant Troop Leader, Camp Friends Committee and Day Camp volunteer
Connie Schott - Godfrey, IL
Girl Scout member for 16 years
Troop Leader, Council Delegate and Day Camp volunteer



Monday, March 13, 2017

2017 Girl Scout Golf Classic Players and Sponsors Needed


  Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) will hold its 28th Annual Girl Scout Golf Classic at Sunset Hills Country Club on May 15. This year’s Girl Scout golf classic features for the first time the Million Dollar Shoot-Out where four lucky golfers will have the chance to make a golf shot for $1,000,000.

    “We are excited to be hosting our golf classic at Sunset Hills Country Club and very excited about the Million Dollar Shoot-Out,” said Tricia Higgins, GSSI Communications and Development Manager.  “We encourage you to come out and support our Girl Scout Golf Classic,” Higgins said, adding, “We are still looking for more golf players and teams and have many wonderful corporate sponsorships still available.”

    During the past 27 years, the Girl Scout golf classic has raised more than $825,000 to support girl program development, girl financial assistance and to maintain and improve Girl Scout camps.  GSSI provides a premier Girl Scout Leadership Experience for over 12,400 girls and nearly 5,000 adult volunteers in southern Illinois. 

     For 27 years, the Girl Scout golf classic has played an important role in funding girl programs and providing opportunities and financial assistance so all girls can participate in Girl Scouting.  We hope you will help Girl Scouts build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place by becoming a Girl Scout player or sponsor!

      2017 Girl Scout Golf Classic presenting sponsors include (it’s not too late be a presenting, contact us if you would like to be a sponsor too):

o    The Korte Company

o    Siemer Milling Company

o    Strano & Associates Real Estate, Angie Zahn Managing Broker


      Additional golf classic sponsorships include:

o    Gold Sponsor ($5,000)

o    Silver Sponsor ($2,500)

o    Bronze Sponsor ($1,500)

o    Daisy Sponsor ($1,000)

o    Dinner Sponsor ($1,000)

o    Million Dollar Shoot-Out Sponsor ($1,000)

o    Tee Sponsor with team ($850)

o    Lunch Sponsor ($750)

o    Team (Foursome) $700

o    Beverage Cart Sponsor ($500)

o    Bucket Raffle Sponsor ($500)

o    Cart Sponsor ($500)

o    Longest Drive Sponsor ($500)

o    Tee Sponsor ($200)

Note:  All sponsorships include opportunity to provide a goody bag item.