Monday, May 4, 2015

GSSI Council Shop Update: May 2015

Check out what’s new! 
GSSI has a multitude of new merchandise for girls and adult volunteers. Stop by a retail shop soon or browse our virtual catalog.

GSSI Council Shops Saturday and Extended Hours 
GSSI Council Shops will be open from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on May 2, 2015

GSSI Council Shops will be open until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays from May 5 to May 19 There will be no extended hours or Saturday hours during June, July & August. Check back later for the extended & Saturday hours starting in September. Both Council Shops will be closed August 5-6 for inventory

Mobile Shops 
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 618.692.0692, ext. 1129 or e-mail: or one of the Council Shop contacts below.

GSSI Council Shop Contact Information: 
Corporate Service Center: Stacey Port: 618.692.0692, ext. 1101 or e-mail: Regional Service Center: Brittany Galloway: 618.242.5079, ext. 2103 or e-mail:

Go to GSSI’s Online Shop 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Kila Lindstrom of O'Fallon and Dena Davis of Highland Names Pearls of the Month

GSSI is pleased to announce that Kila Lindstrom of O’Fallon and Dena Davis of Highland are the April Pearls of the Month. The Pearl of the Month Award recognizes Girl Scout volunteers who have delivered service beyond expectations and helped to ensure that 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. 

Kila Lindstrom has taken the leadership skills she built as a girl member and put them to use, first as a co-leader and now a leader of a Brownie troop. She keeps girls’ interests in mind when planning fun and educational outings. She is also serving as a Service Unit Delegate and has trained volunteers in CPR/FA/AED through her job at the YMCA. In fact, while at work, she saved the life of a local volunteer’s husband and he has since made a full recovery. Kila continues to demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and is a great mentor to girls.

Dena Davis is in her first year as Service Unit Manager, a role she was voted into by her fellow volunteers. In this time, she has made a huge impact by building camaraderie among the leaders. She encourages all leaders through training, mentorship and supporting other Service Unit positions. She also makes sure all leaders have their required training and camp training completed. Dena also organizes the annual outdoor swim event as a bring-a-friend recruiting opportunity. 

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

Friday, May 1, 2015

Soldiers Send Thank You for Gift of Caring Cookies

We are so grateful for the men and women in our U.S. military for their courage, honor and service to our great nation.
This happy moment was made possible through the generous support of our "Gift of Caring" program during this year's Girl Scout Cookie Program. Special thanks to southern Illinois nonprofit Mission of Moms for helping us share our appreciation for these American military heroes.

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