Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Nicole Laflen from Belleville Has Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award


Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Nicole L. Laflen from Belleville has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. 

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Strides for Strays – Racing to Rescue – Service for Smiles, Nicole wanted to bring awareness that shelter animals could serve as service animals. She wanted to bring more awareness to service animals, so she held a 5K and informational fair. Nicole’s 5K had approximately 225 registered participants who were encouraged to bring their favorite dog to join them on the walk/run. She had approximately 18 vendors at her informational fair to help bring educational awareness and answer questions regarding her cause. In addition, Nicole made PVC beds and fleece blankets to donate to the animals.

Through her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Nicole gained valuable leadership skills that she’ll be able to use throughout her life. “My Girl Scout Gold Award project taught me that no matter what roadblocks I faced, I knew I could overcome them,” said Nicole.

Nicole is the daughter of Steve and Lisa Laflen. She is currently a sophomore at Belleville West High School. Nicole has been a Girl Scout for 9 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, August 30, 2016

GSSI Council Shop Update: September 2016


New Items
Check out our new merchandise! GSSI has lots of new merchandise for girls and adult volunteers. Stop by a retail shop soon or browse our virtual catalog at http://bit.ly/2bvRtSB 

GSSI Council Shop Hours
GSSI Council Shops are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Shop Closed Early
The shops will be closing at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2016

Saturday Hours:
The shops will be open on the following Saturdays from 9 a.m. to Noon:
September 10, 2016
October 8, 2016
November 12, 2016
December 10, 2016

Back to Troop Special:
Spend $75 in either of our shops in one transaction from now until Oct. 15, 2016 and receive a $10 coupon to use on a $25 purchase from Nov. 1-18, 2016

Online Shop
You can always shop for your Girl Scout merchandise 24/7 online!

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 Beth Ross, Business Services Manager at: 800.345.6858, ext. 1129 or e-mail: bross@gsofsi.org 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: sport@gsofsi.org
Regional Service Center: Linda Quinn: 618.242.5079, ext. 2115 or e-mail: lquinn@gsofsi.org 

Go to GSSI’s Online Shop

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sarah Pavlisin Has Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award



Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Sarah Pavlisin from Lebanon has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. 



For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called The Joy of Reading, Sarah teamed up with a special education teacher in St. Louis who was looking to construct a library with books that met the needs of her students. Not only did Sarah want to create the library where these students could read, but she also wanted to make it a safe haven from the stresses of school work and life. Sarah created sensory bags filled with trinkets and balloons filled with flour. She also, with the help of a handyman, built two bookshelves to hold all of the books, toys and games for the library. In addition, Sarah supplied the library with beanbag chairs, a fish tank and fun mood lighting to make the space more appealing and kid friendly.

Sarah’s Girl Scout Gold Award project was a very rewarding experience. “I learned that even though the road to completing this project was difficult, the final product was definitely worth all of the time and effort. The children’s bright smiles and bubbling excitement at the library’s grand opening ceremony made me realize that my project meant so much to them,” said Sarah.

Sarah is the daughter of James and Pennie Pavlisin. She is currently a senior at O’Fallon Township High School. Sarah 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.