Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Karlene Hoefener of O'Fallon Named September Pearl of the Month



 
Karlene Hoefener of O’Fallon is the September 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.

Even though her own daughters are grown, Karlene continues to mentor Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts and has helped numerous girls earn their Gold Award. She has also coordinated Product Sale Programs for her Service Unit for many years and provides great communication for volunteers and girls to make sure the program is a success. More recently, she has also moved into the Day Camp Director position and secured volunteers for programs, crafts, and every detail while continuing to recruit future volunteers. Karlene is always willing to help and she demonstrated that quality earlier this year when she agreed to help with an outreach program at Fulton Junior High and volunteered to help process registrations at the council office during an employee’s unexpected medical leave. Like many other volunteers, she devotes much of her personal life to 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.
 

New Outdoor Experiences Coming to GSSI Starting Jan. 2014


 
 
 
GSSI is pleased to share that our Program Department has developed many camp and outdoor experience programs for our girls and volunteers. You like to camp? You like extreme adventures? You like archery, swimming, canoeing and rock climbing? Well if you do, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois has an outdoor experience for you!!! Below is a list of a few that will be featured in the 2015 Girl Scout Program Book which will be on-line in December. Prices are reasonable...starting at $7.
 
Camping and having an outdoor experience is an important part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. GSSI is committed to providing girls and volunteers a first-rate camp and outdoor experience where they can attend camp, learn leadership skills and build friendships that will last a lifetime. GSSI Staff, BODs, and volunteers want more girls to go camping, more girls to love to camp and more girls to have a fun and rewarding outdoor experience.
 
For more information, contact Outdoor Program Manager Anne Townsend at 800.345.6858, ext. 2114 or e-mail atownsend@gsofsi.org

 
Coming Soon!
Watch for Updates on Dates, Times & Locations!
 
 
Winter Survival Campout for Juniors and Cadettes
Brownie Ready, Set, Go Camping!: overnight camping experience for Brownie Troops
Spring Equinox Campout: overnight camping experience for Cadettes- Ambassadors
Daisies Discover Camp (multiple sessions at our camps)
Scouting for Wildlife (with Crab Orchard): weekend campout for Cadettes– Ambassadors
OWL Weekend (with Volunteer Services) for adults
Archery, swimming, Canoeing, and Rock Climbing sessions at various camps
Zombie Apocalypse Training: survival skills program at Camp Cedar Point for Juniors/Cadettes
Bike Southern Illinois for Juniors
Junior Forest Ranger Program for Daisies
Wilderness Challenge: overnight camping program for Cadettes- Ambassadors
Brownies, Fairies, and Godmothers: overnight camping experience for Brownies
Hunger Games: day program for Juniors/Cadettes
Extreme Adventures: overnight campout for Seniors and Ambassadors
Paddle Thru the Stars: evening canoe program for Juniors and Cadettes
Ozark River Expedition: overnight campout for Cadettes – Ambassadors
Paddle Wars: canoe fun for Juniors
Fall Fest: annual event for all levels at CCP
Trailblazer: weekend campout for Cadettes - Ambassadors
 

 





 
 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Girl Scouts Participate in "Summer of Service" Project

Troop #130


GSSI had 61 girls from 13 troops participate in this summer’s Council-Wide Community Service Project, "Summer of Service." Girls gave back to their communities with projects such as planting a garden, supporting the military, visiting a nursing home, volunteering at a local clothing pantry, helping out at church with Vacation Bible School, making a bench for Camp Chan Ya Ta and various kinds of cleanup.  For completing their community service, girls earned a special patch.
 
Thank you to  the following troops for their generous hard work and dedication this summer! They did an awesome job!
Troop #17 and Leader Kathy Arend; Troop #130 & Leader Jennifer Melton, Troop #235 and Leader Jennfier Morgan; Troop #451 and Kathy Arend; Troop #529 and Leader Cindy Wallace; Troop #726 and Leader Crystal Westmoreland; Troop #2161 and Leader Jenni Passig; Troop #2243 and Leader Lynne Wolfe; Troop #8043 and Leader Heather Barclay; Troop #8324 and Leader Tina Witherby; Troop #8548 and Leader Betsy Back; Troop #8552 & Troop #8553 and Leader Jaime Watkins.
 



Troop #8552


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Representatives Discuss Leadership Programming with Congressman Shimkus



Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois representatives met with Congressman John Shimkus Tuesday morning at his Maryville Office to provide an update on Girl Scouting and seek his support of the Child Protect Act.

During the meeting, the Girl Scouts also shared with the Congressman various girl programs that are helping to build leaders for America. These girl programs included, Be A Friend First (anti-bullying), healthy living, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math).

Pictured: (from left) Linda Manley, GSSI Board of Director vice chair; Congressman John Shimkus, 15th District of Illinois; Villie M. Appoo, GSSI Chief Executive Officer; and Emily Stanley, GSSI STEM Manager

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois' "Project Thank You" Shows Support to U.S. Military

 
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois' Nut, Candy & Magazine (NCM) Program helps troops raise funds for special activities, trips and community service projects.  It also allows girls to get hands-on experience in valuable skills such as goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.
 
GSSI's NCM Program runs from Sept. 20-Oct. 11.  Along with raising funds and developing lifelong skills and confidence, GSSI Girl Scouts are also reaching out to military members though the program.  Through “Project Thank You” Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois will deliver donated Girl Scout honey roasted peanuts to thank service members who serve our country. 
 
Girl Scouts are encouraged to participate in this program by asking each of their customers if they would like to donate $5 (Honey Roasted Peanuts cost) to our “Project Thank you” program.  If a customer would like to donate a can of nuts, girls will collect the payment and mark their order card with the donation.   GSSI will then ensure that the gifts are received by U.S. service members as a token of appreciation from their friends and neighbors in southern Illinois.
 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GSSI's 2015 Annual Meeting & All That Glitters Scheduled





Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois' 2015 Annual Meeting and All That Glitters Award Ceremony will be March 28 at Rend Lake Resort in Whittington, IL.

Special rate hotel rooms are available now!  Hotel has singles, two queens and king bed options.  All rooms are available for $75 a night.  When booking a room, reference Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois or Group Block #4169.

Rend Lake Resort: 11712 East Windy Lane, Whittington, IL 62897
Phone: 618.629.2111

More information will be announced as available.

Cookie College Helps Girl Scouts Study Success



GSSI's Cookie College Program is a hands-on workshop that allows Girl Scouts to learn professional and personal skills from area businesswomen.  Topics covered include customer relations, marketing, financial literacy, business management and more!   Knowledge and experienced gained at Cookie College helps prepare girls for a Girl Scout Cookie Program and to implement the five skills that Girl Scout Product Programs help develop: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

The program is Saturday, Nov. 15 at Kaskaskia College in Centralia.  A session for Daisies and Brownies will run from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Daisies will earn their Talk It Up badge and Brownies will learn their Give Back Cookie Badge.   A session for Juniors-Ambassadors will run 1-4 p.m.  Juniors will earn their Marketing badge, Cadettes will earn their Cookie CEO badge, Seniors will earn their My Portfolio badge and Ambassadors will earn their Research & Development badge.

The registration deadline for all attendees is Oct. 15.  The cost is $10 per girl, including badge and $1 per adult.

To learn more, contact Product Program Assistant Katie Grayling at 800.345.6858, ext. 2107 or e-mail kgrayling@gsofsi.org

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Girl Scouts Invited to Catholic Renewal Day in Belleville on Nov. 8


Did you know the local Girl Scout Catholic Committee annually hosts a renewal for each age level of Girl Scouts. During the renewal day the Brownies complete some of the requirements for their “Family of God” religious recognitions while the Juniors work on their “I Live My Faith” and Cadettes “Mary, The First Disciple” formerly the Marian Medal. All of the requirements for any one of these recognitions cannot be completely finished in this one day. Additional work outside of this renewal day will be necessary.
 
 
 
While a Girl Scout does not have to be Catholic to attend this day of religious reflection, most discussions and the prayer service include a Catholic perspective and a Catholic theme. In fact sometimes a reconciliation service and Mass are a part of the day’s activities.
 
This year the renewal date is Saturday, November 8th and it will be held at St Peter’s Cathedral Grade School, Belleville. Enter the school at the middle doors off the parking lot.

Brownie renewal costs $6 per girl; $8 if registering after October 27. Leaders are free. Your registration fee includes hall rental, snack and program supplies. Each girl is required to purchase a book which costs extra. Consult the registration form for book prices.

The older girls’ (Junior, Cadette, and Senior) program costs $15 per girl/adult; $20 if registering after October 2. One adult is free for every registering troop. Your registration fee includes hall rental, a light lunch, am and pm snacks, and program supplies. The program concludes after Mass and clean up Saturday (about 6 p.m.) Each girl is required to purchase a book and they do cost extra. Consult the registration form for book prices.

Please complete the appropriate form for your age level. Registration deadline is October 27, 2014.

If you would like more information or have questions about the event or other Catholic religious recognitions for girls or adults, please contact Chris Lay at 618.345.3937, Rita Schaefer at 618.979.5270 or Gary Landoll, at the Office of Youth Ministry, 618.235.9601.
 
Girl Scouts of all Councils and all Dioceses are welcome to attend this event.

 

 Registration Form

September Girl Scout Registration Nights



Flora Girl Scout Registration Night
September 18 & September 19
Community of Christ Church
Girls K-8
For more info, contact
Paula Burrow at 618.662.9556


Crawford & Jasper Counties Girl Scout Registration Night
Sept. 20 from 1-4 p.m.
Willow Hill Park
Old Fashion Carnival
For more info, contact:           
Debbie Parker/618.544.2584
Mdparker3@frontier.com 



Jefferson County Girl Scout Registration Night
Sept. 16, from 6-7:30
Girl Scout Little House, Mt. Vernon
For more info, contact:
Julia at 618.315.5276




Many towns had previous registration nights - see the list below to find contact information for yoru area or call 800.345.6858 to find a troop near you.


Alton Area Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:
Darcy Rowland
kdrowlandnm@sbcglobal.net


Anna-Jonesboro Girl Scout Registration
For more information contact:
David & Melissa Waun/618.614.0451
davemojo@frontier.com


Bartelso Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:
Rose Detmer /618.660.9894


Belleville Girl Scout Registration
For more information contact:
Michelle Glascock/772.8085


Breese Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact
Rose Detmer/618.660.9894


Brighton Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:
Trisha Clevenger
trishacmc@hotmail.com


Carbondale Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Elisha Zlotnicki /924.3117
lishannzgscouts@gmail.com


Carlyle Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:
Rose Detmer /618.660.9894


Carrier Mills Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:           
Jennie Smith/618.387.2345
Redeyefrogs3@gmail.com


Carterville Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Debra Horn/618.727.0002


Casey Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Becky Smith/217.932.5571


Charleston Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Miranda/217.246.0848
charlestongirlscouts@yahoo.com

Chester Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:              
Lesa Woods /618.242.5079
lwoods@gsofsi.org


Clay City Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:
Beth Reed 618-676-1866


Collinsville Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:
Mary Lucas        
Mljordan23@yahoo.com /618.531.2359

Allyson Burr
Mamaburr84@yahoo.com/618.344.7854


Columbia Girl Scout Registration
For more information, contact:
Shayne Elie/618.795.0651
elie1031@charter.net


Crab Orchard Girl Scout Registration
For more information, contact:
Jessica Sowers/618.242.5079
jsowers@gsofsi.org



Crawford & Jasper Counties Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:           
Debbie Parker/618.544.2584
Mdparker3@frontier.com 

 
Creal Springs Girl Scout Registration
For more information, contact:
Jessica Sowers/618.242.5079
jsowers@gsofsi.org

 
Cypress and Buncombe Girl Scout Registration
For more information, contact:        
Heidi Stapleton/618.771.3998


Du Quoin Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:
April Stanley/618.318.3374
 

Edgar County Girl Scout Registration
For more information, contact: 
Amanda/217.712.0160
cadk2005@gmail.com



Edwards County Girl Scout Registration
For more information, contact:
Tammy Krouse                
618.445.2859



Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Girl Scout Registration
For more information, contact:
Arti Clemons/800.345.6858
aclemons@gsofsi.org


Franklin County (North) Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Alicia Dixon /439.6030


Germantown Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Rose Detmer /618.660.9894
rdetmer@sbcgobal.net

 
Goreville Girl Scout Registration
For more information, contact:
Angie Benard/618.889.1437
Heidi Stapleton/618.771.3998

Grafton Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:
Diana Herman
ngneer98@yahoo.com


Granite City Girl Scout Recruitment
For more info, contact:
Arti Clemon
aclemon@gsofsi.org


Grayville Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Janice Clevenger/618.383.1899
Jamie Short/618.383.4840


Greenville Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Allison Smith /618.979.6059
Amanda Doll/618.531.8202


Hamilton County Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact    
Christina Parr/618.895.4697


Harrisburg Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Jennie Smith/618.387.2345
Redeyefrogs3@gmail.com



Herrin Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Debra Horn/618.727.0002


Highland Girl Scout Registration
For more information, contact:
Dawna Miller    
dawnamb@yahoo.com /618.531.2359
Kathy Arend
karend84@charter.net/618.344.7854


Jasper & Crawford Counties Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:           
Debbie Parker/618.544.2584
Mdparker3@frontier.com 


Jefferson County Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:
Julia at 618.315.5276


Jerseyville Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:
Jennifer Kallal
Jenniferkallal@yahoo.com


Johnston City Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Jessica Sowers/618.242.5079
jsowers@gsofsi.org


Lawrence County Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:                
Tammy Brunson /928.4344


Marion Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Jessica Sowers/618.242.5079
jsowers@gsofsi.org


Marshall Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Jonni Turner/217.251.6738
Anastasia7102@yahoo.com


Mattoon Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Katina/217.235.6268
Su521gs@gmail.com


Medora Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact
Tasha McQuay/618.729.9155


Mulberry Grove Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Allison Smith /618.979.6059
Amanda Doll/618.531.8202


Norris City Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:   
Jennie Smith/618.387.2345
Redeyefrogs3@gmail.com


O’Fallon Shiloh Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
gsserviceunit201@aim.com



Pinckneyville Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:           
Mary Lou Portell /618.318.0392
maryloucma@hotmail.com



Pocahontas Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Allison Smith /618.979.6059
Amanda Doll/618.531.8202


Prairie Du Rocher Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Lesa Woods /618.242.5079
lwoods@gsofsi.org


Randolph County Girl Scout Recruitment
For more information, contact: 
Lesa Woods /618.242.5079
lwoods@gsofsi.org 


Red Bud Girl Scout Registration
For more information, contact:
Lesa Woods /618.242.5079

lwoods@gsofsi.org


Richland County Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Mary Lou Spieth /204.6528


Salem Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Cyndi Addison /618.267.9638
emariongs@gmail.com



Shiloh Registration
For more info, contact:
Susan Heide-Wexell
Gs.susan.heidewexell@gmail.com
618.855.4501 or 618.622.9542


Sorento Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Allison Smith /618.979.6059
Amanda Doll/618.531.8202


Sparta Girl Scout Registration
For more information, please contact:
Lesa Woods /618.242.5079
lwoods@gsofsi.org


Staunton/Livingston Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:
Toni Goodwin/618.692.0692
tgoodwin@gsofsi.org


Tunnel Hill Girl Scout Registration
Heidi Stapleton/618.771.3998
Desiree Choate/618.926.2112 


Wabash County Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:
Tracey Cheesman           
618.240.4741



Waltonville Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:                
Vanessa Worthington/618.242.5079


White County Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact: 
Joyce Given /618.384.8723
Jeff Given/618.384.8722


Wood River/East Alton/Roxana Girl Scout Registration
For more info, contact:
Darcy Rowland
kdrowlandnm@sbcglobal.net

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pinckneyville Troop #8842 Adopts Area Soldier

 
 
Pinckneyville Troop #8842 has a tradition of "adopting" area military members who are serving overseas.  Most recently, they have connected to soldier David Phoenix.  The troop was able to take David out to dinner before he was deployed to Afghanistan, where they sent him letters and care packages.  During the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they even sent 53 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies he was able to share with his company.  The girls, along with their leaders Patti Bardle and Amber Skinner, enjoy being able to show their support for our American Troops - sometimes communicating with up to three soldiers at a time. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Earn Your Girl Scout Gold Award During Its 100 Year Celebration!


 
 
In 2016, Girl Scouts everywhere will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award! How awesome would it be to be awarded your Gold Award on its centennial?!
 
Completing the Girl Scout Gold Award can take up to two years, so now is the time to start the process. To get started, first work on Senior or Ambassador Journeys.   Girls who did not earn their Girl Scout Silver Award need to complete two Journeys at these levels.  Girl Scout Silver Awardees need to complete just one.  The next step is to attend a Girl Scout Gold Award Training. There are trainings held throughout the council, see the schedule of remaining dates below or visit our website, www.gsofsi.org to check for updates.
 
For more information, contact Program Manager Julie Schloss at 800.345.6858, ext. 1119 or e-mail jschloss@gsofsi.org.
 

 
2014-15 Girl Scout Gold Award Training Dates
 
 
Cost: $5 for girls (no charge for adults) Min/Max: 10/25  Submit Program Registration form and payment to: #4 Ginger Creek Parkway, Glen Carbon, IL, 62034
 
Training Dates:
Corporate Service Center, Glen Carbon:
Thursday Sept. 25, 2014 6:30-8:30 p.m. Deadline: Sept. 3, 2014
Tuesday Oct. 28, 2014 6:30-8:30 p.m. Deadline: Oct. 6, 2014
Morrison-Talbott Library, Waterloo:
Monday Nov. 17, 2014 6-8 p.m. Deadline: Oct. 27, 2014
 
Camp Wassatoga, Effingham:
Monday Oct. 27, 2014 6-8 p.m. Deadline: Oct. 6, 2014
Herrin Library, Herrin:
Thursday Nov. 20, 2014 6-8 p.m. Deadline: Oct. 30, 2014
 

Intent and Final Interviews

Girls wishing to present their initial proposal or final project must submit the appropriate paperwork at least two weeks before the intended meeting date/time.

Intent Interviews will be held (assigned times begin at 6:30 p.m.):


Oct. 1, 2014 (submission deadline 9/17)
Dec. 3, 2014 (submission deadline 11/19)



Final Report Interviews will be held (assigned times begin at 9 a.m.):

 November 1, 2014 (submission deadline 10/16)
February 28, 2015 (submission deadline 2/14/15)

Locations: Corporate Service Center, Glen Carbon; Camp Wassatoga, Effingham; Camp Cedar Point, Makanda