Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Turns Five!

I would like to invite all our members to join me in celebrating our five year anniversary! Just five short years ago our two legacy councils merged to form the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois.  Five years in the lifetime of a dynamic, 112 year old movement like the Girl Scouts does not sound like much - but what an extraordinary five years it has been!

Thanks to our amazing members, we are now one seamless, united council serving 14,000 girls and 4,500 adult volunteers. Thanks to our volunteers, we can provide challenging programs that meet the needs of all our girls - from Robotics and other STEM programs to leadership opportunities that challenge our girls to push boundaries and excel - while still having fun.

It is always gratifying to look back and reflect on what we have achieved, and so exciting to look forward to what is yet to come. Over the next year, together with our dedicated volunteers, we will expand our Outdoor Experiences programs with a goal of putting "outing" back into Girl Scouting!

Our council's commitment to you - we will continue to listen to what our girls and volunteers want and strive to be responsive and relevant, strive to be a resource and a support, strive to be the best we can be, so TOGETHER, we can build girls of courage, confidence and character!

On behalf of our staff and Board, I would like to thank you for a wonderful five years and we look forward to celebrating more milestones with you!

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Receives $4,000 Grant From the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) has received a $4,000 grant from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis to fund STEM programs and financial assistance for girls in East St. Louis.  Girl Scouts’ goal is to send 50 East St. Louis girls to STEM Camp next summer where they will not only experience science and technology, but be able to explore nature and the outdoors as well. 

STEM and robotics are a key component of GSSI’s commitment to giving girls opportunities and guidance in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  By participating in three different robotics leagues at three different age levels, GSSI aims to engage more girls across southern Illinois in STEM, so that they can explore valuable career options, build critical thinking and technical skills and sustain a lifelong interest in topics that many girls drift away from by middle school.

“Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is very grateful to receive this grant from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis to provide girls in East St. Louis with STEM opportunities,” said Emily Stanley, GSSI STEM Manager.  “Engaging girls in STEM in fun, creative ways helps keep their interest in these valuable career fields, as well as develop their confidence, teamwork and problem solving abilities.”   Stanley added that through valuable partnerships with Boeing and other generous funders, GSSI’s STEM program  serves more than 1,800 girls.

GSSI’s STEM program continues to be a progressive and forward-thinking initiative that has grown exponentially in recent years.  In 2009, GSSI had just one robotics team.  In 2014, GSSI hosted 24 teams.  GSSI has dedicated staff and volunteers who develop the STEM program through research, collaborator cultivation, training and hands-on experience.

GSSI strives to offer diverse and high-quality STEM programming, such as simple circuit wiring, programming robots, exploring forensics and more.  To ensure that all girls have the chance to take advantage of these future-building opportunities, GSSI has integrated STEM activities into its outreach programs – which bring Girl Scouting to girls in underserved populations, such as low income neighborhoods, housing projects, rural communities and even detention centers. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Remember to Have Online Membership Renwals Complete By 11:59 PM ET

Please be remember that the current Girl Scout Membership year ends in Personify on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 at 12 a.m. ET.  This means that online membership registrations for Troop Leaders renewing 2015 proformas through troop management should be completed before Monday, Sept. 29 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • Troop Leaders will not have access to their troop(s) in eBiz for the full day on Tuesday.  
  • On Tuesday, when Troop Leaders click on the ‘My Troops’ tab in eBiz, a specialized maintenance page will appear that only affects troop management.
  • Active 2015 Troop Leaders will be able to access their troop(s) on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 and will see all active 2015 troop members.
  • Family Managers will be unaffected and will continue to see their family members.