Ten Girl Scouts Honored as 2009 National Young Women of Distinction

Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to announce its 2009 National Young Women of Distinction honorees. Each of the ten young women has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award—the highest award in Girl Scouting—and has been selected as a National Young Woman of Distinction for demonstrating extraordinary leadership in the completion of her community action project. The Girl Scout Gold Award is earned by fewer than six percent of all Girl Scouts.

Each honoree spent one to two years on a community action project that has had far-reaching effects in her community and beyond. Among the honorees this year are authors, advocates, and environmentalists with projects based in a wide range of locations—from India, Africa, and China to neighborhoods in Louisiana and California.

The young women will be honored at a special awards ceremony on February 27 during the Girl Scout National Corporate Leadership Meeting in St. Louis.

“Earning the Young Women of Distinction designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms,” said Kathy Cloninger, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA. “They saw a need in their communities and around the world and took action. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership, is making the world a better place.”

To learn more about these girls and their great accomplishments, read the official Girl Scouts of the USA release.

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Girl Scout Cookie Program Kicks Off: Girls Learn Skills and Give Back

From now through mid-March, community members are invited to indulge their sweet tooth – and to support local Girl Scouts as they participate in the United States’ leading entrepreneurial program for girls. During the past several months, girls have been learning about goal-setting, budgeting, and customer service. They have set individual goals, and will earn recognition items such as Girl Scout Cookie Credit, which they can use to help pay for Girl Scout summer camp, program events, uniform pieces, and more. Each Girl Scout troop also sets goals, and earns proceeds for learning activities, field trips, and service projects.

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GSRI Study Draws Coverage Throughout the Country

The Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) released its latest study, Good Intentions:The Beliefs and Values of Teens and Tweens Today, on December 2 and the findings have appeared in more than 200 publications—from newspapers and magazines to Web sites and blogs. Some of the placements include Forbes.com and Yahoo News, as well as newspapers such as the Asbury (N.J.) Park Press (www.app.com) and WREX-TV (wrex.com) in Rockford, Illinois. Anna Maria Chávez, Chief Executive Office of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, used her blog on the San Antonio Express-News Web site to discuss the study. You can find the blog post here (voices.mysanantonio.com.)

Some of the good news the GSRI study determined about teen behavior?

  • Youth today intend to make responsible choices and refrain from risky behaviors.
  • Youth today value diversity and acceptance.
  • Young people today appear to have a stronger sense of civic engagement.

Help these girls of proven courage, confidence, and character take action and encourage them to become positive leaders in their communities, families, future careers, and in their lives — support the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Council whether it’s with your time, effort, or donations. You can help ensure these beliefs and values are life-long!

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Videos: More reasons to volunteer

More choices, more reasons to volunteer!

More choices, more reasons to volunteer!

Come to our Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Facebook page! There are new things all the time…

including two new videos that show how you too can volunteer!

Volunteering with the Girl Scouts doesn’t have to be a full-time commitment. There are countless ways you can share your experience and expertise with girls in your area.

Come check out how you can make a difference!

For more information about volunteering, visit our official Council Web site: www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org , or call 1-877-312-4764.

More choices, more reasons to volunteer!

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Call for Delegates, 2010 Young Women’s World Forum

GSUSA is seeking applications from young women interested in representing GSUSA at the 2010 Young Women’s World Forum. The Forum, organized by Girlguiding UK in collaboration with WAGGGS, is the first of three events for girls and young women taking place throughout the centenary celebrations. The Young Women’s World Forum takes place between October 19 – 24, 2010 in London, England and is open to two young women ages 18-25 (at the time of the event) from each Membership Organization. An application can be found here:

http://www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/docs/GSUSA_Nomination_Form_YWWF_2010_10_09.doc

Email” “globalgirlscouting [a t] girlscouts [d o t] org” if you have any questions.

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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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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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