Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Kim Vrooman Joins Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois as Director of Development and Communications


Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is pleased to announce that Kim Vrooman has been hired as Director of Development and Communications. Vrooman comes to GSSI with over 15 years of experience in development, communications/marketing and civic engagement. She has worked in the non-profit sector where she established and directed an Illinois non-profit with the mission to empower children and families through green and community partnerships. She currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Meridian Society: a women’s philanthropy organization; as a board member of Southwestern Illinois College’s Herstory Month Committee; and as a proud member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion. Women and youth leadership building has always been a favorite service focus of Vrooman’s.

“My parents taught that service to others is the primary purpose of human existence and what better way to serve than by immersing myself in the mission of the Girl Scouts. Plus, I am a Girl Scout! Coming from a military family allowed me to serve as a scout in both Kentucky and Florida. I feel joining GSSI continues my scouting journey and my deep desire to serve.”


Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is a high-capacity Girl Scout council serving approximately 12,400 girls and engaging 5,000 adult volunteers in 40 ½ counties in Southern Illinois.   GSSI Mission: Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.   The Girl Scouts organization is the world's largest leadership development organization for girls.  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 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. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Doubleknot Program Registration System Launching July 17!


As part of our Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI), GSSI will launch Doubleknot, a new program registration system, on Monday, July 17!

Program registration through eBiz will be down starting Thursday, July 13 and will be available July 17 using the new Doubleknot system.  

Membership registrations will still be able to be processed through eBiz at this time. 

Doubleknot Preview

If you have already registered for a program in eBiz that will moved to Doubleknot, you don’t have to register again. However, you can always contact Customer Care at 800.345.6858 or e-mail customercare@gsofsi.org to confirm your registration or receive a receipt.


You do not have to create a username and password to log in to Doubleknot. However, it will be beneficial if you do. After the first time reserving a program, you can save the names of the girls in your troop under your profile.

COMING SOON!

Camp property reservations will also be moving to Doubleknot within the next few weeks - more information coming soon!




Monday, July 10, 2017

Support Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois While You Shop on Amazon!


Did you know you can support Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois while shopping at amazon.com?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support GSSI every time you shop - at no cost to you.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. 

On your first visit to www.smile.amazon.com select Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois as your charitable organization. For each eligible purchase, GSSI will receive .5% of your purchase price!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Gabriella Holmes from Millstadt Has Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award


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

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Softball Pitching Fun and Exercise, Gabriella said she wanted to take her love for the game of softball and share it with youth to get them to exercise more and eat healthier. According to Gabriella one of the root causes her project was child obesity and her Gold Award project gave kids a fun way to exercise and taught them healthy eating habits. During her Softball Pitching Camp for youth, she taught exercise and fitness and gave the children healthy eating tips and provided them with a snack each day.

Gabriella said she learned how to work with and teach younger children. “Through this project, I have learned that I enjoy helping younger people and that I can be a leader,” she said.

Gabriella is the daughter of Rick and Tracy Holmes. She is a junior at Belleville West High School and has been a Girl Scout for 12 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.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Girl Scout Day Camp Photos Available Now!


Each summer, amazing Girl Scout volunteers make it possible for GSSI to hold Day Camps throughout our council. Girls get to learn new skills, build confidence trying new things, meet friends and most of all - have fun in the great outdoors!  At Girl Scout Camp, girls make memories that last a lifetime!   Check out our 2017 Day Camp photo albums to get a glimpse of the good times yourself: 
2017 Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Day Camps: 

Camp Wassatoga - A Decade of Fun!

Hosted by SU 511 - Effingham County
June 4-10 at Camp Wassatoga in Effingham

Muggles, Magic & Mayhem (twilight camp)
Hosted by SU 110 - Highland
June 5-9, 2017 at Silver Lake Park in Highland

Project Funway
Hosted by SU 07 - Bond County
June 5-8, 2017 at First Christian Church in Greenville

Reconnecting With Nature (twilight camp)
Hosted by SU 107 - South Macoupin County
June 5-9, 2017 at Camp Chan Ya Ta in Worden

Let's Travel with the Movies
Hosted by SU 72 - UPAC
June 12-16, 2017 at Cobden Park

Ocean Adventures
Hosted by SU 207 - Belleville/Swansea
June 12-16, 2017 at Amerian Legion Post 58; Freedom Farms in Freeburg

Adventures of Science
Hosted by SU 31 - Jefferson County
June 15-17, 2017 at Girl Scout Little House in Mt. Vernon

Are You Courageous Enough to be a Girl Scout?
Hosted by SU 201 - O'Fallon/Shiloh
June 19-23, 2017 at Horner Park in Lebanon

Hungry Games - Cookie Edition (twilight camp)
Hosted by SU 102 - Granite City/Madison/Venice
June 19-23, 2017 at Camp Torqua in Edwardsville
Hosted by SU 209 - Columbia/Dupo/Millstadt/Smithton
June 23-25, 2017 at Camp Butterfly in Farmington, MO

The Great Outdoors (twilight camp)
Hosted by SU 15 - Clinton County
June 26-30, 2017 at Fish Hatchery Park in Carlyle

Nature Girl
Hosted by SU 108 - Edwardsville/Glen Carbon
June 26-30, 2017 at Camp Torqua in Edwardsville

Hosted by GSSI
July 6-7, 2017 at Camp Torqua in Edwardsville

Girl ScOUT of this World Fun
Hosted by SU 111 - Collinsville
July 10-14, 2017 at Camp Torqua in Edwardsville


Coming Soon:

pARTy OUTDOORS
Hosted by SU 211 - Waterloo
July 10-14, 2017 at Camp Vandeventer in Waterloo

STEM Camp 5: Destined for Infinity
Hosted by GSSI
July 17-21, 2017 at Camp Torqua in Edwardsville

Nature Detectives
Hosted by SU 09 - Centralia
July 24-28, 2017 in Centralia

Monday, June 26, 2017

Hannah Grotecke from Granite City Has Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award




Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Hannah Groetecke from Granite City has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. 

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Old Six Mile Museum, Gabriella said she wanted to help make improvements to the Old Six Mile Museum and save part of the history of Granite City. The museum roof was damaged and needed to be replaced. Through her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Hannah was able to mobilize volunteers to help and to donate supplies needed. After the roof was repaired, Hannah helped to promote the great things the museum offered including the free library, tours, home-made honey, unique history books and its new produce stand.

"I not only learned about my hometown," said Hannah, "but also learned that there are many helpful citizens that can be brought together to get things done." 

Hannah is the daughter of Heather Groetecke and Donny Groetecke. She completed her Girl Scout Gold Award Project during her senior year of high schoo and currently is a student at Southwestern Illinois College. She was 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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

2016-17 Girl Scout Bronze Award Recipients



The Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout in grades 4-5 can earn, was created by a troop of Girl Scout Juniors from an individual council and introduced in 2001. It requires a Girl Scout Junior to learn the leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project that makes a positive impact on her community. Working towards this award demonstrates her commitment to helping others, improving her community and the world, and becoming the best she can be. Girls typically spend a minimum of 20 hours working on their projects, after the completion of a Girl Scout Journey and project approval.

Congratulations to the following girls from Southern Illinois who earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award during the 2016-17 school year.


A
Kaylie Adams
Lauren Amlung
Aliayah Anderson
Hope Angle
Morgan Angle
Isabella Armoussou
Mackenna Ashby
Josephine Athy
Chelsea August

B
Elizabeth Back
Ava Baldwin
Keara Barlow
Chelsea Beck
Emma Berg
Jaci Bethel
Franki Boente

Katelynn Bone
Callysta Borders
Tess Brummer
Brianna Brunner
Elise Burk 
Loralei Burress

C
Ella Burton 
Lylah Calhoun
Leah Cartright

D
Alyssa Crossin
Mackenzey Dalla
Kylie Davis
Monica Davis
Paige Dickhaut
Ellie Doolittle
Jada Dougherty 
Savannah Downey

E
Hannah Eade
Reagan Easter
Leah Edwards
Caitlin Eggemeyer
Courtney Ellis
Emma Ellis
Karleigh Ellis
Melissa Ellis

F
Brooke Ferguson

G

Samantha Gibbs
Lia Goedken
Leah Goins
Nevaeh Greer

H
Mia Hardimon
Norah Hardin
Mia Harness
Delaney Harrison
Kaitlyn Hart
Monique Hart
Madeline Healey 
Olivia Heine
Olivia Hemmerle
Adaline Hendricks 
Kyia Henrichsmeyer
Leanna Henson
Makenzie Hillard
Halle Hites
Jayci Hopkins
Madison Hopkins
Kailee Hubbard

J
Alayna Jarvis
Adrienne Jines
Madison Jockisch
Maggie Johnson
Sanaa Johnson
Lily Jurgena

K
Alaina Kao
Allison Kessel
Emma Kilpatrick
Chloe Kious
Morgan Korves
Faith Kossina
Kendra Krause

L
Marissa Lager
Kylie Lee
Haley Linafelter
Sarah Linafelter
Sophie Lingle

M
Kerringtyn Malley
Maggie McGuire
Julia Melosci
Sarah Mensing 
Ashtyn Mewes
Kyra Miller
Cheyenne Missey
Livia Montgomery
Lily-Marie Moss

N
Katie Mueth
Raistlin Noll

O
Melia Oestreich
Abigayle Owen
Emma Owens

P
Emma Patrick
Gabriela Patterson
Margaret Paty
Kiersten Pedigo

R
Ava Rahman
Claire Rantanen
Helen Rickard
Vivienne Runnalls
Ireland Rushing
Isabella Russell
Savannah Russell

S
Rhylee Sauerbrunn
Riley Scheibel
Marlo Schiber
Rachel Schiber
Allie Schrumpf
Emily Schrumpf
Olivia Schulz
Jansen Scrivner
Jaelynn Sebring
Eleanor Sedabres
Mallary Shipley
Catherine Shortal
Abigail Showmaker
Kensall Sigafoos
Annsley Silvia
Melinda Smith
Mikayla Straight
Alexandria Summers
Hannah Summers 
Cheyene Sumner

T
Grace Taylor 
Audrey Thompson
Corrinna Tutterow

V
Julia Venus
Peyton Vest
Deseray VonBurg

W
Morgan Waller
Alayna Walton
Katie Weaver
Hannah Webb
Autumn Whelan

Y
Sophia Yankey

Z
Laine Ziegler

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Introducing GSSI Customer Care


You may have noticed there's a new team at GSSI responding to your e-mails and phone calls: Customer Care. 

What is Customer Care?  
It's a new department of GSSI staff that is equipped with the tools and information necessary to help answer most questions and resolve most issues on your first contact with the council office.   

Need help navigating the registration system or have a question about an upcoming program?  Customer Care is there for you.  Looking to place an order with the shop or reserve a camp?  Customer Care can help.  Customer Care can even walk you through opening and closing a troop checking account, renting a van or taking out non-member insurance. 

Parents - Customer Care has your needs covered too!  They can help renew your daughter's registration, transfer to a new troop, or answer questions about her product program or an upcoming program she's attending. 

In the rare case that Customer Care is not able to assist you, then you will be quickly forwarded to the staff person who is an expert in that area. 

You can reach Customer Care at 800.345.6858 or customercare@gsofsi.org.      





More Improvements Coming Soon!
Revitalized customer service is just one way GSSI is striving to make your experience with Girl Scouts even better.  See more about the CEI (Customer Engagement Initative) and the positive changes it will introduce:

Three key technology tools support the initiative – Volunteer Systems fueled by Salesforce, the Volunteer Toolkit, and a new Web Platform.


Volunteer Systems
A best-in-class membership and customer care database that is fueled by Salesforce, which also includes the Salesforce Marketing Cloud, a digital marketing tool to help communicate with volunteers and parents. Volunteer Systems will roll out in August 2017.


Web Platform
Launched in April 2017, GSSI's new Web Platform offers upgraded functions and improved data security.  You can still find our website at www.gsofsi.org, but with some updates and new features. You will notice that our new website looks very similar to other Girl Scout websites across the nation, for a uniform brand experience.  It is also the gateway for the NEW Volunteer Toolkit, which is coming soon


Girl Scouts' Volunteer Toolkit (or VTK): helps volunteers access the information and resources they need through their personal computers or mobile devices, and stay better connected to troop leaders and parents. It makes forming and maintaining a troop easier than ever before, which means more time spent on girls and less on administrative tasks. Volunteers can plan out a whole year of impactful activities to ensure their girls receive the best Girl Scout experience possible. 

The Volunteer Toolkit will offer sample K-5 badge-based year plans, K-5 journey-based year plans and help making meeting plans. It focuses on the pillars of our program where we know girls benefit most, especially in a girl-only environment: the outdoors; STEM; life skills and entrepreneurship.  While VTK attends to the needs of K-5 troop leaders, parents and girls to start, Girl Scouts plans to expand the reach to girls and adults participating in delivery models beyond the troop, and to middle and high school girls.

The Volunteer Toolkit will be available through our website, www.gsofsi.org, after the Volunteer Systems and new Web Platform are in place. 


About CEI
Through implementation of CEI, including significant process improvements, staffing alignment and training, and technology tools, Girl Scouts is improving volunteers’, parents’ and girls’ experiences, making it easier and less time consuming for volunteers to effectively complete tasks. For the first time, Girl Scouts is investing in shared tools and technology that will empower us to dramatically improve the Volunteer and Girl Experience. From joining and getting oriented, to managing a troop and renewing membership – being a volunteer will be easier, more manageable and more enjoyable. This results in an enhanced Girl Experience.

The ultimate goal of CEI is to provide girls with exciting, meaningful and impactful experiences and to ensure every girl who wants to participate in Girl Scouting, can do so, with a caring adult to support her.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Girls' Choice Troop Camping Badges Available for Digital Download




Girls have spoken! The winning Girls’ Choice badge topic for 2017 is Troop Camping.  And, without further ado, we’re pleased to announce . . .

The 2017 Girls' Choice badge requirements are now available for digital download. What a great way to kick off the summer and build go-get-‘em problem-solvers, encourage challenge-seeking, and expose girls to new experiences as they grow their skills, confidence, and character.

Daisies will get a first taste of the camping fun and excitement in their first-ever Girls’ Choice badge, and then the Brownie Ambassador badges will build on that foundation.

So head on over to the Girl Scout Shop today for your digital downloads; badges and printed requirements will be in council shops by August.  They’re chock full of opportunities for her to take the lead like a Girl Scout and unleash her inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. And we can’t forget all the adventure, fun, and excitement great Girl Scout memories are made of! 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jordyn Thompson from O'Fallon Has Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award


Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Jordyn Thompson from O’Fallon has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. 

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Jordyn held a LaVerna Evans Elementary School Fall Fun Fair and Fall Book Fair in O’Fallon. She worked with her local school officials to revive the Fall Fair and design new games and activities for parents and students who attended the event. Her Girl Scout Gold Award project included planning and creating new games, organizing the event and getting volunteers to assist during the Fall Fair. Her overall goal was to bring the parents and students out to the school and engage them in activities so they could learn about La Verna Evans Elementary School and its various programs.

“In completing my project, I learned how to be a leader, and I learned organization skills and that when directing people to have good communications skills to be effective. Also I learned, to allow others to offer advice, to be flexible and have a Plan B,” Jordyn added.

Jordyn is the daughter of Curtis Thompson and JoAnn Williams-Thompson. She will graduate from O’Fallon Township High School in 2018 and has been a Girl Scout for 12 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.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Girl Scout Troop #333 Holds Hygiene Drive



Recently, Girl Scout Troop #333 planned and completed a hygiene drive for the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Community.  On one Saturday (April 22), Girl Scouts from Service Unit #108 distributed information to many households across several neighborhoods about hygiene items needed.  

On the next Saturday (April 29), we collected items and brought them to our service unit office to be sorted by category.  These items included shampoo, soap, detergent, toothpaste/toothbrushes, and deodorant.  We spent three hours collecting and sorting, and then dropped off these items at the Glen-Ed Food Pantry.  The Glen-Ed Pantry weighed all the items, and our total was 1,019 pounds of donations!  The troop was so excited to see how much was donated, and the Pantry was very grateful for the needed items.  

In the future, we hope to expand our range of collection to local elementary schools and businesses in the community.


Submitted by Kyra Miller, 11 years old, Troop #333

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Caroline Stewart from Belleville Has Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award



Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Caroline Stewart 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 Washington Park Good Samaritan Center Playground, Caroline constructed an urban playground at the Good Samaritan Center in Washington Park. In the past, she assisted with Vacation Bible School and her and other volunteers noticed that the existing playground was unsafe. Through her efforts, a new playground was built from recycled materials that included a swing, a slide, a seesaw and a climbing structure. In addition, a basketball court was installed from grant money that had been received.

“I learned time management, better interpersonal communications skills, and how to ask for help when I needed it,” Caroline said of what she learned by completing her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

Caroline is the daughter of Doug and Christine Stewart. She graduated from Governor French Academy in 2017 and has been a Girl Scout for 12 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.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Give Your G.I.R.L. More Opportunities to Shine: Renew Her Girl Scout Membership Today!





In Girl Scouts, the next chance to stand up, speak up, and take the lead is never far away. We believe in the power of G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)™ is in every girl and strive to give her opportunities to shine.
Another year of adventures is waiting!
Renew her membership today!


BONUS:  Every girl whose membership is renewed by June 15 will receive a free t-shirt.  ORDER HERE

(Please note - adults can also order #LikeAGirlScout t-shirts for $8 each.  Please contact our Customer Care Department at 800.345.6858 or customercare@gsofsi.org to purchase.)


Friday, June 2, 2017

Staunton Girl Scouts Earn Presidential Volunteer Service Awards


Every girl in Troop #106 from Staunton earned a Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her community service this year! 

The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

GSSI Graduating Girl Scouts - Class of 2017!


Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Class of 2017!


Troop #63 Deja Adams, Fairview Heights

Troop #63 Danielle Gaston, Fairview Heights
Troop #63 Karribian Scott,  Fairview Heights 

Troop #75 Julie Baker, Dorsey
Troop #75 Helena Frisbie Firsching, Dorsey
Troop #75 Hannah Pocuca, Edwardsville 

Troop #180 Emily Baima, Collinsville
Troop #180 Autumn Baumgartner, Collinsville
Troop #180 Elizabeth Burr, Collinsville
Troop #180 Lauren Carter, Collinsville
Troop #180 Lauryn Mosby, Collinsville
Troop #180 Shawnee Shaver, Collinsville
Troop #180 Samantha Thomlinson, Collinsville 

Troop #200 Monet Penson, Shiloh 

Troop #243 Katja Doebelin, New Baden
Troop #243 Ally Friend, New Baden
Troop #243 Emily Woods, New Baden 

Troop #248 Sarah Eversman, Belleville
Troop #255 Amy Bertelsman, Belleville
Troop #255 Jackie Davis, Belleville
Troop #255 Gabrielle Sullivan, Fairview Heights 

Troop00345 Sarozjani Hunter, Belleville
Troop00345 Kennedy Sims, O'Fallon
Troop00345 Caroline Stewart, Belleville 

Troop #362 Emma Boone, Edwardsville
Troop #362 Lilyanne Grieve, Edwardsville
Troop #362 Riley Kloostra, Edwardsville
Troop #362 Kathleen McCracken, Edwardsville
Troop #362 Emma Taylor, Edwardsville 

Troop #371 Brandy Biggs, Granite City 

Troop #403 Savanah Tyler, Granite City 

Troop #440 Kaitlin Koenig, Granite City
Troop #440 Kirsten Koenig, Granite City
Troop #440 Dakota Smallie, Granite City 

Troop #451 Johannah Comish, Highland
Troop #451 Samantha Hawkes, Highland
Troop #451 Katherine McGlasson, Highland
Troop #451 Elisabeth Meadows, Pierron
Troop #451 Shannon Miller, Highland
Troop #451 Noah Veitel, Highland 

Troop #471 Danielle Demay, Troy
Troop #471 Peyton Fandrey, Troy
Troop #471 Elaine Fitzgerald, Troy
Troop #471 Hannah Johnson, Troy
Troop #471 Marlaina Snow, Troy
Troop #471 Sidney Snyder, Troy 

Troop #521 Hannah Groetecke, Granite City
 
Troop #577 Martha Woelfel, Bethalto 

Troop #782 Susan Mcdowell, Belleville
Troop #785 Morgan Fleshren, Belleville
Troop #785 Rachael Hickey, Belleville 

Troop #785 Caitlyn Peters, Belleville
Troop #785 Chloe Terry, Belleville
Troop #787 Aly Tuhely, Smithton
Troop #797 Kimberly Behrends, Brighton
Troop #797 Madelynn Clevenger, Piasa 

Troop #830 Sarah Goldacker, Glen Carbon
Troop #830 Amber Sommer, Glen Carbon 

Troop #841 Breanna Ahrens, Edwardsville
Troop #841 Riley Coad, Glen Carbon
Troop #841 Andrea Gross, Glen Carbon
Troop #841 Caroline Kaminsk,y Glen Carbon
Troop #841 Kathleen Pennington, Edwardsville
Troop #841 Julia Sylvies, Edwardsville 

Troop #864 Morgan Hutchinson, Columbia
Troop #864 Peyton Schmidt, Columbia
Troop #864 Kelsey Weatherford, Columbia 

Troop #884 Samantha Hartkop, O'Fallon
Troop #884 Kelsey Lentz, O'Fallon
Troop #884 Rachel Sabella, O'Fallon  
Troop #884 Olivia Weidenbenner Belleville 

Troop #889 Candria Campbell, Belleville
Troop #889 Katherine Gemmingen, Belleville
Troop #889 Amelia Schmitz, Belleville 

Troop #907 Brianna Yenne Wood River 

Troop #915 Victoria Birchem, O'Fallon 

Troop #1078 Rose Eller, Alton
Troop #2025 Michelle Clinton, Newton
Troop #2025 Miranda Clinton, Newton
Troop #2025 Lydia Druin, Mattoon
Troop #2025 Abigail Shamdin, Mattoon
Troop #2029 Rachel Due, Greenup 

Troop #2073 Mackenzie Chasteen, Effingham
Troop #2073 Nicole Homann, Effingham
Troop #2073 Andrea Sills, Effingham
Troop #2335 Ashley Dryden, Toledo
Troop #2335 Heather Kistner, Neoga
Troop #2335 Kayli Worthey, Neoga 

Troop #4042 Cheyenne G, Edwardsville
Troop #8038 Rachel Dahl, Benton
Troop #8038 Hailley Purdie, Benton
Troop #8038 Bethany Zinzilieta, Benton 

Troop #8070 Faith Simpson, Johnston City
Troop #8093 Abbigail Stowers, Herrin 

Troop #8099 Gillian Besson, Hurst
Troop #8099 Kayla Cantrell, Herrin
Troop #8099 Charlotte Harrison, Hurst
Troop #8099 Makayla Horn, West Frankfort
Troop #8099 Savannah May, Hurst
Troop #8099 Alyssa Perry, Herrin 

Troop08132 Elizabeth Ryterski, Pinckneyville 

Troop #8239 Autumn Rowold Chester 

Troop #8303 Tessa Miller Red Bud
Troop #8303 Megan Thompson Red Bud 

Troop #8474 Kathryn Krouse, Albion 

Troop #8518 Taylor Brashear, Olney
Troop #8518 Hannah Stanley, Olney 

Troop #8603 Sara Gregory, Mount Vernon
Troop #8603 Emily Hocking, Mount Vernon
Troop #8603 Cheyanne McGrath, Mount Vernon
Troop #8603 Danielle Patton, Mount Vernon 

Troop #8643 Brenna Collins, Bluford 

Troop #8649 Jessica Cook Cypress 

Troop#8659 Gabrielle Gwodzik Goreville 

Troop #8663 Alexandria Hirsch Vienna
Troop #8705 Jasmine Compton Lawrenceville
Troop #8754 Jamilyn Martin Hoyleton
Troop #8911 Kanami Omura Metropolis 


Individual Girl Scouts:
Bethany Carrillon. Carlyle
Josefina Pimentel, Carbondale
 Karly Hankins, Metropolis
Tarynn Mays, Du Quoin
Jill Buettner, Belleville
Autumn Olson, Aviston

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program Top Sellers


Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) recently wrapped up a successful Girl Scout Cookie Program, with more than 7,800 girls selling more than 1,038,000 boxes of delicious Girl Scout Cookies. 


“This year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program was a huge success! I’d like to thank all of our girls, their parents and the fantastic volunteers who contributed to the success of the cookie program,” said Kelly Jansen, Director of Product Program for GSSI. “The dedication and commitment of all those involved allow us to provide girls throughout southern Illinois with a great Girl Scout Leadership Experience.”



The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls gain five valuable skills – goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics – that will benefit them throughout life. In addition, proceeds from the cookie program help Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois recruit and train adult volunteers, provide financial assistance so Girl Scouting is available to all girls, improve and maintain camp properties, and develop and deliver extensive program activities for girls.


Congratulations to the following Girl Scouts who were top sellers for their Service Units. Please note that girls are associated with Service Units based on where her troop is located, rather than her hometown. 


Top 3 Overall Sellers:

Claire Meininger from Shipman - 2,115 boxes
Eden McQuay from Medora - 2,100 boxes
Elisa Thomlinson from Collinsville - 1,503 boxes



Service Unit Top Sellers


Alton/Godfrey/Wood River/Roxana: Alyssa Herbst  - Troop #47, Alton

Belleville/Swansea:
Kalayna Beskorovany - Troop #93,  Belleville


Bethalto:
 Hope Rosales - Troop #577, Bethalto


Bond County:
Dalani White - Troop #8800, Greenville 


Centralia:
Madaline Ruez - Troop #8338, Centralia


Clark/Cumberland Counties
: Anastasia Turner - Troop #2170, Marshall


Clay County:
Elizabeth Lagle - Troop #8829, Rinard


ClinClair:
Lynn Shirley - Troop #734, Summerfield


Clinton County:
Kaleigh Voegeli - Troop #8834, Carlyle


Collinsville:
Elise Thomlinson - Troop #302,  Collinsville


Crawford/Jasper Counties:
Kaylynn Paddick - Troop #2484, Willow Hill


East Marion County:
Vanessa Dodson - Troop #8572, Salem


East St Louis/Cahokia/Centreville:
Carre Webster - Troop #874, Granite City


East Williamson County:
 Jaycee Hill - Troop #8073, Marion


Eastern Coles County:
Ariana Sluder - Troop #2643, Ashmore


Edgar County:
Kadrianne Henry - Troop #2080, Paris


Edwardsville/Glen Carbon:
 Jayden Henschen - Troop #954, Hamel


Effingham County:
 Jeavenlee Lira - Troop #2300, Effingham


Fairview Heights/Caseyville:
 Mackenzie Watson - Troop #43, Fairview Hgts


Fayette County:
Delaynee Ward - Troop #8383, Vandalia


Granite City/Madison/Venice:
 Hannah Groetecke - Troop #521, Granite City


Highland:
Emmah Reppond - Troop #496, Highland


Jackson County:
Abigail Fields - Troop #8158, Carbondale


Jefferson County:
Sydney Fenton - Troop #8653, Mt. Vernon


Jersey/Calhoun Counties:
Claire Meininger - Troop #235, Shipman


Johnson/Pope Counties:
Sadie Hinkle - Troop # 8649, Cypress


Lawrence County:
Zoe Booth - Troop #8704, Bridgeport


Massac County:
Addyson Johnson  - Troop #8695, Metropolis


Millstadt/Columbia/Dupo/Smithton:
Alexandria Kampmeinert - Troop 3303, Columbia


New Athens/Marissa/St Libory/Freeburg:
Chelsea Sinn - Troop #356, Freeburg


North Franklin County:
Paige Jennings - Troop #8924, Benton


North Randolph County:
Alaina Smith - Troop #8081, Ruma


O'Fallon/Shiloh:
Erin Hanny - Troop #595, O'Fallon


Perry County:
Ellyette Ralston - Troop #8124, Du Quoin


Richland County:
Alexandra Lomas - Troop #8345, Olney


Shawnee:
Elizabeth Marshall - Troop #8287, Shawneetown


South Macoupin County:
Kayleigh Trimm - Troop #628, Bunker Hill


South Randolph County:
Addison Gottschammer - Troop #8791, Ellis Grove


Troy/St. Jacob:
Leah Connelly - Troop #258, Troy


Union/Pulaski/Alexander Counties:
Karleigh Ellis - Troop #8528, Alto Pass


Wabash/Edwards Counties:
Presley White - Troop #8505, Mt Carmel


Washington County:
Susan Kressin - Troop #8736, Okawville


Waterloo:
Addison Koppeis - Troop #745, Valmeyer


Wayne/Hamilton/White Counties:
Kayli Kohn, Troop #8779, Fairfield


West Frankfort:
Katie Arview - Troop #8017, West Frankfort


West Williamson County:
Laney Baltzell - Troop #8062, Carterville


Western Coles County:
Madison Parks - Troop #2462, Mattoon

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Kelsey Weatherford from Columbia Has Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award




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

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Blooming Butterflies, Kelsey planted five butterfly gardens in Columbia. These butterfly gardens are a place where migrating butterflies can rest and eat and nest on their trip to Mexico. Kelsey said her Girl Scout Gold Award project was important because Monarch butterflies play a key role in our environment as pollinators. “Without pollinators like the Monarch butterfly, we wouldn’t have the vast variety of crops that we have today,” Kelsey shared.

“Through my Gold Award project, I learned the importance of being environmentally conscious, so that all creatures can continue to enjoy its wonders for many years to come,” Kelsey added.

Kelsey is the daughter of Gregory and Andrea Weatherford. She graduated from Columbia High School in 2017 and 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.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

GSSI STEM Camp Still Has Spots Available


Come out to Girl Scout STEM Camp for an experience that's out of this world!  To celebrate the coming total solar eclipse, this year's camp theme is SPACE!   There are two camp options - one for younger girls entering K-3 in the fall, and another for older girls entering 4th-12th grades.  Both camps offer tons of science, technology, engineering and math fun and a cool t-shirt!  Sign up by June 7 and get ready to have a BLAST (yes, we'll be launching rockets)! 

Mini STEM Camp
July 6-7, 2017
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Camp Torqua - Edwardsville, IL
Ages:  K-3rd Grade (Fall 2017) 


Join us for our fourth Mini STEM camp, just for Daisies and Brownies! Let's explode rockets, build a Mars Rover, glow in the dark and a whole lot more! Cost includes lunch both days, two snacks and a t-shirt. 

Girl Scout Fee: $40
Non-Girl Scout Fee: an additional $15 per girl

Adult volunteers are needed to make this camp a success. Full time volunteers who work both days will receive a camp shirt and be reimbursed $20 for one camper at the close of camp. If interested in volunteering, a volunteer application and health history form should be mailed in with your payment and daughter's registration form. 

Deadline to Register: 06/07/17


STEM Camp: Destined for Infinity

July 17-21, 2017
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Camp Torqua - Edwardsville, IL
Ages: 4th-12th grade (Fall 2017)

How do you organize a space themed camp?? You PLANet! It only gets better at this year's space themed STEM camp. Let's shoot rockets, defy physics and get our inventor brains warmed up with more littleBits. If that doesn't sound like fun, how about an Escape the Room: Space Station module? We will also do a field trip to Boeing's Prolouge room to get a feel for aerospace and history. 

Girl Scout Fee: $74
Non-Girl Scout Fee: an additional $15



Adult volunteer are needed to make this camp a success. Full time volunteers who work five days will receive a camp shirt and be reimbursed $35 for one camper at the close of camp. If interested in volunteering, a volunteer application and health history form should be mailed in with your payment and girl's registration form.

Deadline to Register: 06/07/17

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bond County Paratrooper Sends Thank You for Girl Scout Cookies




Army Paratrooper Chandler Mosley from Mulberry Grove sent Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois a very special thank you for the Girl Scout Cookies he received in a recent care package from the  Bond County Chapter of Military Mama Network. 

Through the generosity of our supporters, 19,432 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies were donated to American military personnel and veterans during the Girl Scout Cookie Program this year. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois 28th Annual Girl Scout Golf Classic Raises $27,500



Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) held its 28th Annual Girl Scout Golf Classic at Sunset Hills Country Club on May 15. This year’s Golf Classic raised $27,500.  See photos...

“Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois greatly appreciates everyone who helped make this year’s Girl Scout Golf Classic a success,” said Tricia Higgins, GSSI Communications and Development Manager. “On behalf of our over 12,400 girl members and nearly 5,000 adult volunteers I would like to thank our corporate sponsors, donors, supporters and players for another successful golf classic,” Higgins added. 

During the past 28 years, the Girl Scout golf classic has raised more than $850,000 to support girl program development, girl financial assistance and to maintain and improve Girl Scout camps. 





2017 Girl Scout Golf Classic sponsors include: 


Silver Sponsor:  
The Korte Company
Bronze Sponsors:
Siemer Milling Company
JF Electric

Dinner Sponsor:
Angie Zahn, Broker, Strano & Associates

Lunch Sponsors:

The PaintSmiths of St. Louis
Mathis Marifian & Richter LTD Attorneys at Law

Beverage Sponsor:
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Bucket Raffle Sponsor:
David & Kay Werner

Golf Cart Sponsors:
Cassens Transport
Anderson Hospital
Plocher Construction
Palmer & Cay
Terra Properties
Tee Sponsors:
The Korte Company
Siemer Milling Company
J.F Electric
Louer Facility Planning
SunCoke Energy
Dr. David Hyten
Jim's Formal Wear
Hurford Architects
ADR Auto Repair & Towing
Coldwell Banker Brown Realtors
Hill Law Offices
Spencer Homes
Bloomsdale Excavating Company
Gori, Julian & Associates
Jarrett Industries
CompuType IT Solutions
Vee-Jay Cement
Basler Electric Company
Highland Rural King
GRP Mechanical Company
Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli
Bull & Bear Grill & Bar
Providence Bank
Cecil Management Group

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Josefina Pimentel from Carbondale Has Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award


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

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Creative Writing: Express Your Dreams, Josefina held several creative writing clinics for 55 children at Unity Point School, the Carbondale Library and the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale. Josefina said she wanted to pass on her love of writing to other youth living in the Carbondale area. 

“Through my Girl Scout Gold Award Project, I had the opportunity to work with children from many different circumstances: wealthy and low income, international and local, boys and girls, etc. Working with them and getting to see their faces light up when they were proud of their writing was an amazing experience. I also learned better time management skills and how to be a leader and role model for children,” Josefina said.

Josefina is the daughter of Susan Walch-Pimentel and Ed Pimentel. She will graduate from Carbondale Community High School in 2017 and has been a Girl Scout for 11 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.