Friday, November 29, 2013

GSSI Robotics Teams Competing in FIRST Lego League Qualifiers

Some of the girls on GSSI's Robotics Teams pose with Angie Suhre,
GSSI's Director of Program  (top right) and Villie M. Appoo, Chief Executive Officer (bottom right)

Good luck to all of GSSI’s FIRST Lego League (FLL) robotics teams at their upcoming FLL Qualifier competitions on Dec. 7 at Carriel Jr. High in O’Fallon, IL and Dec. 14 at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL.   We are so proud of the girls' hard work and grateful for the dedication of the coaches, mentors and parents who have been working with the girls for the past few months. 

Saturday, Dec. 7 -- Carriel Jr. High in O'Fallon, IL 
The Lego Divas from Effingham
The Unknowns from Belleville
The Twisters from Troy/Marine
The Robotic Gems from Washington Park

 Table rounds start around 10:30 and will conclude with awards at 4 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14 -- McKendree University in Lebanon, IL
G4S4 from Ozark
The Tornado Twisters from Albers
Tornado Tech Girls from Pinckneyville
TBot 907 from Roxana
Robo Fury from Godfrey
GIR! Girls Investigating Robots from Staunton
Catastrophic Cadettes from Staunton
The Fireworks from Glen Carbon
The Purple Robot Penguins from O’Fallon 
The Shiloh Robo Bears from Shiloh
Lightning Storm from Belleville

This tournament begins around 9 a.m. and will conclude around 4 p.m.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Amber Funaro from Stonefort Named November Pearl of the Month

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Amber Funaro from Stonefort has been named the November 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 benefit 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.
Amber is the co-Service Unit Director representing the SU 66 – Shawnee, which serves Saline, Gallatin and Hardin Counties.  She has gone above and beyond what is expected to recruit new leaders in the community, filling every open position in the Service Unit.  Also, Amber made sure that every new leader had a co-leader to help them.  Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Girl Scout organization, so Amber’s role in recruiting new leaders and readily assisting current volunteers fills a vital need.
The mission of Girl Scouting states:  Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.   Girl Scouts is the world's pre-eminent organization dedicated solely to girls - all girls - where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world.  In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives - like strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.
Today’s Girl Scouts not only enjoy camping and crafts, but they also explore math and science and learn about diversity, good citizenship, leadership and teamwork.  Girl Scouting is the place where girls experience the fun, friendship and power of girls together. Girl Scouting has inspired more than 50 million girls and women since its founding in 1912. 
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is a not-for-profit organization supported by various United Ways throughout the region.  Girl Scouts is a Proud Partner of United Way.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Winter Camping at GSSI Camp Properties!

GSSI Camp Properties offer camping opportunities all year at the following winterized units.  Click on the camp name to see more information about that property.

Camp Cedar Point -- Makanda, IL: Sahara Lodge and Bruce Lodge both offer heat, fireplace, bathrooms, mattresses and kitchen (refrigerator/stove/microwave).  Each has a capacity of 20 campers.   

Camp Chan Ya Ta -- Worden, IL: The Lodge offers heat, fireplace, bathroom/shower, fire pit, water, tables and chairs, mattresses and kitchen (refrigerator/stove/microwave).  It is an accessible unit and has a capacity of 30 campers.  The Bunkhouse has two sections that sleep 12 people each.  There is shelter, lights, access to the showerhouse, fire pit, water and refrigerator.  Indoor cooking is not permitted.  This unit is accessible.

Camp Torqua -- Edwardsville, IL: Pumpkin Patch Unit A has a capacity of 36 campers in three heated cabins with bunkbeds and 1/2 the heated program center with heat.  Pumpkin Patch Unit B has a capacity of 24 campers in two heated cabins with bunkbeds and 1/2 the heated program center with heat.  Both Pumpkin Patch units have access to the showerhouse (two toilets and two showers), an accessible Pullman kitchen, microwave, tables and chairs, shelter with lights and fire pit. Both Tuckaway and Lisetta Units have a capacity of 30 campers and has a heated troop house, kitchen (refrigerator/stove/microwave), fireplace, tables and chairs, mattresses, shelter with lights and fire pit.  Tuckaway also has an indoor accessible bathroom.

Camp Wassatoga -- Effingham, IL: Ridimakahe Lodge has a capacity of 25 campers and offers heat, full kitchen, fireplace and bathroom with showers and mattresses. 

Camp Whispering Oaks -- Salem, IL:  Lazaretti Lodge has upper and lower levels that each have a capacity of 15.  Both have heat, fireplace, accessible bathrooms with showers, mattresses, fire pit, tv/dvd, tables & chairs and kitchen (refrigerator/stove/microwave). 

Camp Butterfly -- Farmington, MO: No winterized units are available at Camp Butterfly.  This camp is open April 1 to Oct. 31.

There open dates available for your group now!  Call Carol Ann Hering at 800.345.6858, ext. 1131. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

GSSI's Nut, Candy & Magazine (NCM) Program is a Huge Success

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois’ 2013 Nut, Candy & Magazine (NCM) Program was a tremendous success as approximately 4, 200 girls sold over $550,000 of the delicious nuts, candies and magazines.  Girls who participated in the program benefit from “learning by earning” and developed five valuable life skills – goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.  Proceeds for the NCM Program help GSSI develop leadership programs for girls, recruit and train adult volunteers, improve and maintain camp properties and provide financial assistance so Girl Scouting is available to all girls.  

“What a wonderful job our girls did during this year’s Nut, Candy & Magazine Program,” said Villie M. Appoo, GSSI Chief Executive Officer.  “The success of NCM program is due largely to the commitment from our girls, their parents, our fantastic volunteers and of course everyone who supported the girls by purchasing an item,” said Appoo. “Proceeds from Girl Scout Product Programs provide numerous opportunities for girls to help them grow into leaders for America and teaches them many valuable skills like goal setting, decision making and working together as a team.” 

See Top Sellers By Area:

Service Unit
Top Seller
Amount Sold
Alexander County
Cheyenne Lattimore
Alton/Wood River
Kaylee Melton
Wood River
Amelia Wagner
Bond County
Sydnee Godier
Cheyenne Quartermouse
Cottage Hills
Alexis Nelson
Clark/Cumberland Counties
Anastasia Turner
Clay County
Leah Cartright
Clay City
Clinton County
Avery Pingsterhaus
Jovie Mersinger
Alexa Glover
Crawford/Jasper Counties
Paige Sanders
East Marion
Nevaeh Bryant
East St. Louis
Carrie Webster
Granite City
East Williamson County
Ali Stephens
Eastern Coles County
Ryellie Roberts
Coles County
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon
Josephine Rutledge
Glen Carbon
Brooke Evans
Fairview Heights/Caseyville
Ahmani Tillman
Fairview Heights
Fayette County
Olivia Rubin
Granite City/Madison/Venice
Emily Jones
Granite City
Dalanee Balint
Jackson County
Lily Williams
Jackson County
Jefferson County
Grace Seidel
Jersey/Calhoun Counties
Katlyn Springer
Johnson/Pope Counties
Aydrianna Simmons
Lawrence County
Lyndsey Brunson
Massac County
Jala Williams
New Athens/Marissa/Freeburg
Zion Waddell
North Franklin County
Alexis Talbert
North Randolph County
Jacelyn Boston
Alexandra Sumida
Perry County
Bianca Bell
Richland County
Kloe Elder
Scott Air Force Base
Madison Sanker
Brooke Mabrey
South Randolph County
Kaylie Jo Springston
South Macoupin County
Madison Rimar
Mt. Olive
Lynn Shirley
Troy/St. Jacob
Adelaide Mumper
Union/Pulaski Counties
Erin Stout
Wabash/Edwards Counties
Jayla Edgin
Washington County
Elizabeth Bierman
Alayna Walton
Hannah Fickas
West Frankfort
Ella Hardwick
West Williamson
Maureen Corbell
Western Coles County
Chloe Stoneburner