Presidential Medal of Freedom to be Awarded to the Founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low

The White House announced today that President Obama is posthumously awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low. The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, recognizes individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”.

“Juliette Gordon Low was a visionary, whose legacy lives on in the 59 million American women who have been part of Girl Scouting at some point in their lives,” said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. “She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and spiritually, and in founding the Girl Scouts in 1912, she made an indelible and enduring contribution to the lives of girls and to our nation. It is so fitting that on our 100th anniversary, she should be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

From the beginning, the Girl Scouts has insisted on being a voice for all girls. Juliette Gordon Low’s first 18 Girl Scouts included girls from influential Savannah families, as well as girls from the Female Orphan Asylum and Congregation Mickve Israel. As early as 1917 the first African-American troops were established, as well as troops for disabled girls. One of the earliest Latina troops was formed in 1922; Girl Scout troops supported Japanese-American girls in internment camps in the 1940s, and by the 1950s, Girl Scouts was leading the charge to fully integrate all of its troops. In 1956, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called Girl Scouts “a force for desegregation.”

Low’s exemplary life, work, and legacy have received many forms of recognition in the past. In 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed a bill authorizing a stamp in honor of Low. On October 28, 1979, Low was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and on December 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill naming a new federal building in Savannah in honor of her. It was the second federal building in history to be named after a woman. A bust of Low is displayed in the State Capitol of Georgia.

In receiving The Presidential Medal of Freedom, Low joins the ranks of Frances Hesselbein, who in 1998 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work with the Girl Scouts of the USA. Hesselbein served as the CEO for the Girl Scouts of the USA, and is credited with increasing minority membership and establishing the Daisy Scout program for the youngest girls accepted into Girl Scouts.

(from the GSUSA blog)

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Mark your calendars for Girl Scouting celebration on the Martha Stewart Show!

The Martha Stewart Show is featuring Girl Scouts in an episode that will air at 10 a.m. on May 7 on the Hallmark Channel. The entire show is devoted to Girl Scouting and a celebration of our 100 years.

The show, which was taped on March 21, begins with a conversation about Girl Scouting between GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chávez and Martha Stewart, who was a Girl Scout while growing up in New Jersey. The program also features Girl Scouts engaging with Martha Stewart in various cooking and craft segments, and there’s even a segment on Girl Scout uniforms through the decades.

The show will air again on May 7 at 2 p.m. and on May 8 at 1 p.m., and you’ll be able to watch clips from the show at www.marthastewart.com beginning on May 8.

We hope you’ll tune in for a wonderful celebration of Girl Scouting.

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GSMH Council CEO position posting

CEO

Job Location: MO – Springfield
Employment Type: Full-Time (Regular)

Job Summary

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is the product of the joining of resources and ambitions of five
legacy councils. The council is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic executive to continue to unify
and lead the council by embracing its vision as the premier leadership development experience for
girls in central and southern Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma. Girl Scouting helps
girls discover their own sense of self, connect with others in an increasingly diverse world, and take
action to make the world a better place.

The new CEO, in partnership with the board, will be charged with expanding opportunities for girls in
the communities served. While honoring the traditions of Girl Scouting, the CEO will provide highly
visible and dynamic leadership to advance a vibrant and challenging environment for girl and adult
members and volunteers from all the communities it serves.

Reporting to the council’s board of directors, the CEO will bring leadership, strategic direction, and
vision to the council, capitalizing on the strengths of its 4,900-plus volunteers and 62 staff to meet the
needs of 17,400-plus girls. The CEO promotes Girl Scout visibility and is an ambassador of Girl
Scouting in the council’s jurisdiction, the “go-to” person on girls’ issues in central and southern Missouri.
Key objectives include increasing membership in all communities, building a foundation of fiscal strength
based on diversification of income, and taking the council to a new level of operations in a digital and
media-savvy environment. Essential is the ability to engender support in the various communities
encompassed by the council: small cities, suburbs, and rural areas. In addition to a normal office
schedule, this position requires evening and weekend meetings and event participation as well as
travel for professional conferences and leadership and management development opportunities.

The CEO will have significant functional responsibility for fundraising and development initiatives,
management of senior leadership staff, and the achievement of established diversity goals for council
operations. Additional responsibilities include financial accountability for the $4.7 million annual
budget and substantial property accountability for its headquarters, a satellite office, four service
centers, and 11 camp properties. The successful CEO will inspire staff to work to their fullest potential
and make maximum use of the strong volunteer base of the council. EOE

Job Qualifications

The CEO will possess solid C-level business skills as well as demonstrated dedication and support for
the advancement of young people. A minimum of 10 years senior level experience is desired, with five
or more years of executive experience leading organizations through transformational change. In
addition, we seek excellence across a broad range of executive and managerial functions, including
financial management, fund development, business development, planning, board relations,
staff/volunteer relations, and the use of social media for business communications. It is expected that
candidates will possess a minimum of an undergraduate degree or equivalent mix of education,
training, and experience with advanced education and training in fields relating to nonprofit leadership
preferred.

Personal attributes of the CEO will include a girl-centered attitude, dedication to the mission of Girl
Scouting at all times, and the drive to be the voice for girls throughout the communities served. The
CEO will be a person of strong ideals, integrity, and vision who has strategic and operational planning
abilities and who can serve as a role model of best management practices and solid decision making.
The new CEO will possess a style of leadership that embraces partnerships, that is collaborative, and
that empowers stakeholders to achieve their highest potential, all the while meeting mutually agreed
upon accountability measures.

Special Instructions

We encourage expressions of interest as early as possible to accommodate the council’s urgent need
to fill this important position.

How to Apply

For consideration, please email your cover letter and resume (preferably MS Word attachments) along
with salary requirements to:

Bob Perodeau, Principal
800-221-6663
evergreen.source@att.net
Evergreen Executive Source, LLC
P.O. Box 412
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Fax #: 800-451-1451

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Volunteer Feedback Sessions Regarding the Property Plan

Update: locations updated 20 June 2012

The council Property Committee has been working very hard for several months to develop a long-range property plan for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. The recommendations from that plan will be shared with the Board of Directors at their June meeting. In July, we will hold 11 volunteer feedback sessions across the council to give our membership the opportunity to provide feedback on the recommendations. The final recommendations will go to the Board of Directors for approval at their September meeting.

Dates and locations of the feedback sessions are listed below. Council Property Committee members, Board members and staff members will be at the sessions to listen to comments and answer questions. All sessions are from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Exact locations will be shared as soon as they are confirmed. We will post those locations in May. We want to share the dates and towns now so that people can put them on their calendars.

  • Monday, July 9 — Joplin
  • Tuesday, July 10 — Springfield
  • Thursday, July 12 — Columbus, KS
  • Monday, July 16 — Sedalia
  • Tuesday, July 17 – Jefferson City
  • Wednesday, July 18 — Columbia
  • Thursday, July 19 — Rolla
  • Monday, July 23 – Mountain View
  • Tuesday, July 24 — Dexter
  • Wednesday, July 25 — Cape Girardeau
  • Thursday, July 26 — Poplar Bluff

For previous property info news and announcements, see our properties info page.

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And the Winner of the Girls Expo Cake-Off is….

We had six incredible participants to the 2012 “Believe in Girls” Expo Cake-Off presenting simply fantastic works celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts. Unfortunately, only one could be chosen as the winner — and what an unbelievable work of art it was!

Winning the Cake-Off with the beautiful (and tasty!) work pictured here: Sugar Loft Cake Shoppe of Osage Beach, MO!

(Click to enlarge; you'll want to see this in full size!)

Thanks so much to the other participants who worked so hard on their entries, and provided the Expo with a delicious afternoon. And thanks to all the attendees! You all helped make this event an amazing success!

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Take me out to the ballgame – to Girl Scout Day at the Springfield Cardinals

This annual event is fun for the entire family! Join hundreds of your sister Girl Scouts as you take part in a special pre-game parade around the baseball diamond and watch one lucky Girl Scout throw out the ceremonial first pitch! Come show your Girl Scout spirit and cheer on the Springfield Cardinals as they take on the Tulsa Drillers.

When: Saturday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Hammons Field, Springfield

Who: Girl Scouts, their friends and family

Tickets are only $8 per person. All seats have chair backs and are in the Field Boxes. To get your tickets fill out a Program/Event registration form and send with payment to your local service center by May 7th.  Girls can use program credit and cookie credit to pay for their tickets.  Tickets will be mailed out prior to the game.  If you have questions contact Stefanie McCall at 1-877-312-4764 x1137 or smccall@girlscoutsmoheartland.org

 

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Fashion Show at Silver Dollar City Girl Scout Weekend

This year in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts we will have a Fashion Show at Silver Dollar City Girl Scout Weekend. The fashion show will be in the Riverfront Playhouse from 12:15pm -12:45pm on Saturday, May 5, 2012. We need 10-15 models to wear historical Girl Scout Uniforms and they will need to be available starting at 11:30. These historical uniforms do run a little small and are best suited for Daisy, Brownie or Junior Girl Scouts. We also have a few adult uniforms that older girls could wear. If you are planning to attend Girl Scout Weekend at Silver Dollar City and have girls who would be interested in being in the fashion show please contact Lori Enyart at 877-312-4764 X 1111 by April 13, 2012.

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CEO Search/Selection Task Group establishes timeline

The CEO Search/Selection Task Group met March 16 to review the CEO Selection Criteria Survey results and establish a timeline for the search process. The council is using Girl Scouts of the USA’s Executive Search Services to conduct the national search for a CEO.

After the job announcement is posted for 60 days, Evergreen Executive Source, LLC, which partners with Girl Scouts of the USA on executive searches, will screen the applicant pool, conduct preliminary interviews, and recommend finalists for the Search/Selection Task Group to interview in July or August. The task group anticipates hiring a CEO by September.

Members of the Search/Selection Task Group are Vicki Myers, Board member and task group chair, Jefferson City; Parker McKenna, Springfield Public Schools; Brigitte Marrs, Board member, Springfield; Dr. Julie Middleton, Board member, Columbia; Valerie Richardson, Board Development Committee chair, Springfield; Ginger Schneider, operational volunteer, Rolla; Terri Tomlin, Board member, Jackson; Kristen Westerman, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce; and Mike Wolfe, Board treasurer, Springfield.

The task group appreciates your feedback regarding the competencies our next CEO should demonstrate in order to be successful.  Thank you for all you do every day to provide and support leadership experiences that prepare our girls for a lifetime of limitless opportunities.

Tina Stillwell
Board Chair

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