Council receives generous grant from the Walmart Foundation.

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland receives $10,000 from the Walmart Foundation in recognition of Walmart associate volunteerism

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland received a $10,000 contribution from the Walmart Foundation in recognition of volunteer hours contributed by associates from Walmart/Sam’s Club facilities throughout its 68-county jurisdiction.  The grant will support Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. It was awarded as the result of a Walmart Foundation initiative designed to encourage volunteerism during President Barack Obama’s “United We Serve” summer of service campaign.

At the end of the six-week challenge, Walmart associates had logged nearly 16,000 volunteer hours nationwide, and the company matched those hours with $200,000 in monetary donations to the 10 non-profit organizations that received the highest number of volunteer hours.

“At times like these, volunteerism becomes more critical and we are proud of the Walmart associates who donate their time and talents to deserving organizations across the country,” said Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation.  “Our associates stepped up during the ‘United We Serve’ campaign, but their service won’t end there. In fact, we anticipate that our U.S. associates will log 1.5 million volunteer hours this fiscal year.”

In Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, the Walmart volunteers took on short-term activity leadership roles, led troops and volunteered at day camps, allowing girls across Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma to have more leadership development opportunities this summer. “We are proud to be one of the organizations to which Walmart associates wanted to donate their time and talents,” states Jennifer M. Orban, CEO for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.  “Grants such as these allow us to maintain our program properties, supplement the supply costs of our girl programs, recruit and support adult volunteers, and offer financial assistance to families in need.”

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Girl Scout Commemorative Coin Act signed into law!

President Obama Signs Girl Scouts Commemorative Coin Act! Girl Scouts Join President In Oval Office As He Signs Bill Into Law.

I am delighted to announce that President Barack Obama signed the Girl Scouts of USA Commemorative Coin Act today, October 29, 2009 at a ceremony held at the White House in the Oval Office.  The ceremony included Connie L. Lindsey, GSUSA’s National President; Laurie Westley, Senior Vice President, and girls from the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. Congress authorizes the minting of only two commemorative coins each year, so it is quite an honor for Girl Scouting and the millions of women who have been touched by our Movement. What a wonderful gift with which to honor Juliette Gordon Low just two days before her birthday!

I want to express my gratitude to the tens of thousands of supporters from all over the nation who sent more than 40,000 messages in support of the bill to their members of Congress. It clearly made a difference. The bill received very strong support in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. When the House took up the bill, a number of the members recognized how great the bipartisan effort had been.See, Madam Speaker, only the Girl Scouts could bring such bipartisan fellowship here so quickly in a bill,” said Congressman Jack Kingston, who sponsored the legislation. And, U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee also acknowledged the fellowship and collaboration, saying:This is the true spirit of bipartisanship, and I am delighted that we are rising today to support this very fine bill to honor the Girl Scouts with this coin.” Senator Susan Collins, who was once a Girl Scout and is a co-leader of the Honorary Congressional Girl Scout Troop in Congress, introduced the Senate bill in February. “The Girl Scouts have a tremendous history which should be celebrated and remembered, “ said Senator Collins. “The character, volunteerism, and leadership skills that Girl Scouts build contribute greatly to our society. “

The Girl Scouts Centennial Commemorative Coin will be minted in 2013, marking the end of the celebration of our first 100 years, and the beginning of our second century of leadership. That the signing of the bill comes almost exactly on Daisy Low’s birthday is so special, and I can’t imagine a more fitting use of the proceeds from the sale of the coin than for much-needed restoration and improvements to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah.

Our Movement has thrived since Daisy Low gathered together those first Girl Scouts in 1912.  She would be proud indeed of all that our Movement has accomplished since then. Once again, congratulations to everyone in Girl Scouting for making the Girl Scouts Centennial Commemorative Coin possible.

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Girl Scouts and JUSTINE Magazine partner for R.E.A.L Girl contest

justineGirl Scouts everywhere are encouraged to tell the world how they are Remarkable, Energetic, Aspirational Leaders by entering the Justine R.E.A.L. Girl contest where the prize is a feature in the national teen/tween lifestyle magazine, Justine.

This R.E.A.L. Girl Contest is open only to Girl Scouts between the ages of 13-19, who are working to make the world a better place in their local communities and beyond.  The winner will be featured in an article telling all about her activities as the R.E.A.L. Girl, and she will win a trip to the Justine offices in Memphis, Tennessee, for a professional photo shoot, as well as other fun prizes and Justine subscriptions for her troop and her school library.

“As the publisher of Justine (and a former Girl Scout), I am thrilled that we are partnering with Girl Scouts of the USA to showcase amazing Girl Scouts through our R.E.A.L Girl Contest. Justine is proud to feature these girls and their many accomplishments in their schools and communities,” said Jana Kerr Pettey, Publisher/Editorial Director, Justine magazine.

Submissions will be accepted until mid-January 2010, and the finalists and winner will be selected in February. For more information and contest rules, check out: justinemagazine.com.

“Making the world a better place is a priority among Girl Scouts, and it is an exciting opportunity to have one of our girls featured in Justine, showcasing her extraordinary service,” said Laurel Richie, Chief Marketing Officer, GSUSA. “We hope that our girls enter the R.E.A.L. Girl contest and tell the world about the great things Girl Scouts are accomplishing through their leadership.
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World Thinking Day 2010: February 22

World Thinking Day 2010: February 22

Each year on February 22, girls participate in activities, games and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries.

The theme for World Thinking Day 2010 is girls worldwide say “together we can end extreme poverty and hunger.”

World Thinking Day is part of the WAGGGS Global Action Theme (GAT) based on the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people.

Girls voted and selected Germany, Kuwait, Peru, the Philippines, and South Africa to represent the five regions of World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)—Europe, the Arab region, Western Hemisphere, Asia/Pacific and Africa. World Thinking Day not only gives girls a chance to celebrate international friendships, but it is also a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community—one of nearly 150 countries with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

2010 World Thinking Day Resource (PDF)

To order the World Thinking Day patch, visit the Girl Scout Shop.

Read about the history of World Thinking Day.

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Computing Award Opportunity for High-School Girls

forever green Encourage the girls in your council with computing-related achievements and interests to apply for the National Center for Women & Information Technology’s NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, sponsored by Bank of America. Awardees will be selected for demonstrated aptitude and interest in information technology/computing; leadership ability; academic history; and plans for post-secondary education. Complete information is available at http://www.ncwit.org/award including Spanish language versions of promotional materials.

Each qualified national awardee will receive:

  • $500 in cash
  • a laptop computer
  • an engraved award for the student and the student’s school, and
  • a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony, March 27, 2010, in Charlotte, North Carolina

Application deadline is November 15, 2009

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Update on “Girl Scouts USA Commemorative Coin Act”

The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have passed the Girl Scouts USA Commemorative Coin Act.  The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature, and will possibly become law by the end of October. This victory would not have been possible without the efforts of thousands of Girl Scout supporters—girls, alumnae, volunteers, parents, staff, board members, and friends who wrote, e-mailed, and called their members of Congress.  In fact, more than 40,000 messages were sent from Girl Scouts all over the nation. What an amazing tribute to the impact Girl Scouting has had on its 50 million past and current members. Please wait for additional information from GSUSA before engaging media and external audiences.

The Girl Scouts Centennial Commemorative Coin will be minted in 2013, marking the end of the celebration of our first 100 years and the beginning of our second century of leadership. Proceeds from the sale of the coin will be used for critically needed restoration and improvements to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace. This investment will protect this national treasure and ensure it continues to inspire and benefit current and future Girl Scouts for years to come. Attached please find a “Frequently Asked Questions” factsheet about the Girl Scouts Centennial Commemorative Coin Act.

Once the legislation is signed by President Obama, we will launch a broader media outreach effort that will build public awareness and support for Girl Scouts, begin marketing the coin, and lay the groundwork for our centennial celebration. We will share additional resources, press releases, and talking points in the coming weeks.

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Michelle Obama Becomes National Honorary President of Girl Scouts of the USA

Michelle Obama as National Honorary President

First Lady Michelle Obama accepting her role as Girl Scouts Honorary National President, with President Barack Obama, Connie L. Lindsey, National President, Girl Scouts of the USA, Kathy Cloninger, CEO, and Girl Scout members from the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital.

NEW YORK, NY—Girl Scouts of the USA is pleased to announce that First Lady
Michelle Obama has agreed to serve as its Honorary National President.
“It is my great pleasure to serve as Honorary National President of Girl Scouts,” said
Mrs. Obama. “With their innovative new programming, ground-breaking research, and
emphasis on service and leadership, Girl Scouts is preparing the women of tomorrow to
be a positive force for change – in their own lives, their communities, and across the
globe.”

In accepting the position, Mrs. Obama takes her place in a tradition stretching back to
1929, when Lou Henry Hoover became the first Honorary National President of the Girl
Scouting movement. Since then, each successive First Lady has served in this post.
Girl Scouts plan to work with the First Lady on areas of mutual concern, such as healthy
living, public service and leadership.

“From bullying to obesity to concern over the economy, our nation’s girls are facing
significant challenges,” said Kathy Cloninger, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of the
USA. “Girl Scouts is excited to work with the First Lady’s office to ensure that all girls can
overcome the challenges they face, and that they have the skills, resources and
opportunities they need to become strong, independent young leaders.”

“Girl Scouts can help girls from every background develop their self-confidence and
leadership ability, and encourage them to make a difference in the world,” said Connie L.
Lindsey, Girl Scouts of the USA National Board Chair. “The First Lady is a passionate,
brilliant and inspirational woman – a fantastic role model for girls across the country. We
look forward to an active and mutually rewarding partnership on issues important to girls’
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