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  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer

    Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is proud to announce that Barbara Hill has joined the staff as Chief Operating Officer (COO) on September 1, 2015.

    As the council’s interim COO for the past six months, Barbara has provided organizational leadership and direction to the council’s staff; aligning resources and new business systems and processes, to engage more volunteers and reach more members, achieve organizational growth, and advance the Girl Scout mission.

    “Barbara’s, high energy, collaborative leadership style and enthusiasm for the Girl Scout Mission , will undoubtedly help guide GSNEO as we continually evolve to meet the needs of today’s girl,” said Jane Christyson.

    As COO, Barbara will be responsible for the leading the mission delivery for the organization, specifically in the areas of recruiting girls and volunteers and providing engaging programming for those members, business services, customer care, brand awareness, and for the effective execution of GSNEO’s strategic initiatives.

    As a member of the council executive team, she will work in partnership with Chief Executive Officer Jane Christyson, other team members, and the board to set strategic direction.

    Most recently Barbara comes to GSNEO from Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scouts Overseas as Country Executive/Chief Executive Officer for Japan and South Korea.

  • Girl Scout volunteer inspires girls with trailblazing adventures

    Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) and Jackie Adams, a member of the board of directors, have teamed up to produce a unique social media campaign.  Jackie is hiking through some of our country's national parks, and she's taking us with her- well, almost! We are following her trailblazing adventures on GSNEO social media sites and experiencing the national parks through Jackie’s lens. Along with some beautiful pictures, she will also be teaching us about the parks, how to pack smart and hike long distances, and how to participate in the Girl Scout Ranger Program.

    Girl Scouts of the USA teamed up with the National Park Service to create a program for girls and their troops to explore the great outdoors and learn about the history and conservation of our national parks. Girl Scouts are invited to participate in a variety of existing, organized educational activities or service projects at park sites. Along with their new found knowledge (and love) of their national parks, girls may earn a certificate or patch for completing a set number of hours in the program.

    You can follow Jackie's journey and read more about her at http...

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  • Girl Scouts unveil 2015 Women of Distinction honorees

    New scholarship award honors high school Girl Scouts who show promise of becoming the “Leaders of Tomorrow”

    Macedonia, OH - Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) will recognize 15 local women and one company at the Women of Distinction & Advancing Women Awards luncheon on September 25, 2015, at The Union Club of Cleveland. 

    GSNEO will also present the Leaders of Tomorrow scholarship award to three Girl Scouts.  (More information about the finalists is available upon request.)

    The 15 Women of Distinction finalists include:

    Hilary Sparks-Roberts, Olmsted Falls

    Dr. Rachel Talton, Akron

    Candace Benson, Streetsboro

    Ashley Basile Oeken, Olmsted Township

    Renee Whittenberger, Akron

    Dr. Lolita McDavid, Shaker Heights

    Linda Foy, North Ridgeville

    Julie Brandle, Kent

    Heidi Cressman, North Canton

    Barbara Marlowe, Concord

    Dr. Annemarie M. Grassi, Cleveland Heights

    Stacey Litam, Lakewood

    Dr. Suzanne Allen, Fairlawn

    Pamela Hubbard, Cleveland

    Jamie Sullivan, Cleveland Heights

    These women will be honored for their remarkable achievements as business, community, academic and civic leaders dedicated to supporting opportunities for women and girls.

    The 15 nominees were selected from the 28 completed application...

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  • Girl Scouts Selects Chair of 2015 Women of Distinction Awards

    New Award Honors 3 Girl Scouts Who Show Promise as the Leaders of Tomorrow

    Macedonia, OH - Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) has selected Jackie Adams to serve as chair of this year’s Women of Distinction and Advancing Women Awards.

    Jackie Adams served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania from 2003 - 2005 at which time she became fluent in Swahili and familiar with the culture in Eastern Africa.  She founded and became President of Tareto Maa USA in order to raise badly needed funds to shelter girls escaping female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and forced child marriage in Kenya.  She advocates for the rights of girls by writing articles for her hometown’s newspaper and giving awareness presentations at collegjes/universities. She was the 2014 recipient of the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio “Women of Distinction” Award and a 2014 recipient of the “Top 25 Under 35 Movers & Shakers” by the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club.  She studied Computer Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, but is in the process of taking a one year sabbatical from her engineering career in order to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail and visit the major national parks in the U.S.

    “When I was selected as a recipient of the Women of Distinction Award, I was honored – but I was also moved to get more involved,” said Jackie Adams.  “The Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and charact...

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  • Nominate Northeast Ohio’s Most Remarkable Women and Organizations

    Women of Distinction award nominations open through July 10

    Macedonia, OH – Northeast Ohio abounds with remarkable women, girls, and organizations committed to making a difference in the communities they live. It’s time to recognize them for their achievements by nominating them for the 2015 Women of Distinction, Leaders of Tomorrow and Advancing Women awards.

    Past recipients of the award, Ann Brennan, Senator Capri S. Cafaro, First Lady of Cleveland Edwina Jackson, and Senator Shirley Smith, showcase the high-caliber women honored at the annual luncheon. The women honored are selected for their positive influence as business, community, and civic leaders dedicated to supporting opportunities for women and girls.

    The honorees are true examples that women and girls can impact the communities around them. It is their selfless commitment to make Northeast Ohio a better place that sets them apart.

    The Girl Scouts of North East Ohio established the Women of Distinction award to honor 15 women who go above and beyond to make our communities better places to live, work, and raise a family. A special recognition and scholarship will be given to three high school Girl Scouts who show promise of being the “Leaders of Tomorrow.”

    The Advancing Women Award recognizes a company or organization that demonstrates a proven commitment to advancing women in the workplace.

    Affiliation with Girl Scouts is not r...

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  • Local Girl Scout Selected for National Advisory Committee

    MACEDONIA, OH—When girls realize they can … they do!  Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is proud to announce that one of our very own Girl Scouts has been selected by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) to serve on a national Girl Engagement Committee.  Nicole Fiorelli, a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient from Euclid, was one of 10 girls selected to become a Girl Engagement Innovator.

    Girl Engagement Innovators began meeting virtually in May and will meet face-to-face in July to continue their work with GSUSA.  Their goal is to discover what a Girl Advisory Board will look like at the national level. The ten girls are taking part in open and honest communications related to Girl Scout program offerings, while representing all Girl Scouts on a local and national level.

    “We are currently naming the board, planning the schedule, deciding how the girls will stay in contact with each other, and designing how the board will run,” said Nicole Fiorelli who participated in the first video conference in May. “We are getting feedback from our local Girl Scouts and hearing the voices of the girls in our nation.”

    Girl Advisory Boards allow girls to develop creative ideas as a team to ensure that Girl Scout programs are reflective of what today’s girls want and need.  Girl Advisory Boards discuss topics that are important to each member, decide what events and programs should be offered or improved, come up with ideas to increase awareness a...

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  • Girl Scouts Awarded $40,000 Grant from GAR Foundation to Recruit New Members in Summit County

    MACEDONIA, OH—Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is recruiting new members in Summit County, with an emphasis on forming troops in under-served communities.  GAR Foundation awarded a capacity-building grant for $40,000 to give 150 girls and 24 adult volunteers in Barberton, North Hill, and Kenmore an opportunity to participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE).

    “We connect girls to a world of possibilities in a positive and inclusive, girl-led environment,” said GSNEO Chief Executive Officer Jane Christyson.  “In Girl Scouts, girls are inspired to discover their passions and empowered to reach their full potential through a proven leadership development program.”

    The GSLE provides a framework and consistency so all girls have the opportunity to engage in the best leadership experience available.  The Girl Scout Journeys, age-appropriate resources developed by Girl Scouts of the USA, strengthen a girl’s ability to discover herself and her values, connect with others locally and globally, and to take action to make the world a better place. 

    Once troops are formed, a part-time Girl Scout employee will help the new leaders and girls complete the “It’s Your Planet – Love It! Journeys series, an interactive lesson in environmental awareness that highlights the many ways girls can make the world more “green.”

    “Our capacity building model was implemented and perfected last year in Barberton, thanks to the sup...

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  • Girl Scouts Receives $7,500 Grant to Engage Girls in Leadership Activities in Akron Public Schools

    MACEDONIA, OH—Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) has received a $7,500 grant from Akron Community Foundation to support the Girl Scout Journeys program.  The curriculum developed by Girl Scouts of the USA, is delivered during school or over the summer months to elementary school-aged girls by part-time Girl Scout employees, school staff, and community volunteers.

    The grant from the Helen S. Robertson Fund of Akron Community Foundation will help to deliver the Journeys to 100 under-served girls in grades K-5 in Akron Public Schools.

    “What girls need is a safe, inclusive environment, where they can partner with positive role models,” said GSNEO Chief Executive Officer Jane Christyson.  “We’ve partnered with Akron Public Schools for many years, offering a proven leadership development program that is having a positive impact on the future of young girls.”

    Girl Scout Journeys are fun and challenging experiences grouped around a theme and spread over a series of sessions. Journeys touch on topics such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), community engagement, healthy living, the arts, financial literacy, outdoor experiences, and environmental awareness.  Girl Scouts learn key leadership skills as they earn badges and end each Journey with a take action project that impacts their community.

    Last year, GSNEO offered the Journeys program to four Akron elementary schools.  The program had a profound impact...

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  • Soap Box Derby

    Congratulations Girl Scout racers!

    Congratulations to Troops 70255 (Jackie Wohleber, Troop Leader ), 90469 (Mickie Getz, Troop Leader) and Troop 71364 (Tina Landrum, Troop Leader) who built cars and raced in the American Soap Box Derby. What a thrill it was to watch these girls show their teamwork, engineering smarts, and their Girl Scout Pride as they raced with more than 130 entries from across the U.S. Their cookie-inspired car names made everyone take notice that Girl Scouts were in the house.  It was so much fun to talk to the leaders and volunteers – many of whom were Dads stepping up to help out – as they gushed about how they felt about this great Girl Scout opportunity. Even though it was their first time ever racing, they took on the challenge of the high stakes Super Stock Division. The Trefoilers advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before they were eliminated. I could not be more proud of all the girls who took on the challenge. All of them want to try again next year! You too, can be part of this project.

  • 2015 Athena Awards

    Congratulations to Board Member Judy Matsko


    Board member Judy Matsko was honored as a finalist in the 2015 Cleveland/Akron Athena Awards. These awards are given for supporting, developing, and honoring woman leaders; inspiring women to achieve their full potential; and creating a balance in leadership world-wide. More than 300 people attended this prestigious award ceremony that recognized Judy for her board support of non-profit organizations in Northeast Ohio including her service to GSNEO on our Board and as chair of the Fund Development Committee. It’s good to see the whole community recognize one of our own with accolades so richly deserved.

  • Medical Mutual Senior Awards

    Girl Scouts of North East Ohio’s very own Dorothy “Dot” MacIntyre was recognized in May as an honorable mention winner in the very competitive state-wide Medical Mutual Outstanding Senior Volunteer Awards Program.  Dot has been a tireless worker for Girl Scout for more than 44 years, serving in roles that have included troop leader, trainer, and Gold Award advisor, among others over the years. She also serves as the chair of the GSNEO West History and Archives Committee. In January 2015, she became a “Girl Scout History Hero” by literally saving the historical collection at Camp Timberlane when a pipe burst in the Edgewater Program Center and soaked thousands of items in storage there. She rounded up many other Girl Scout Alumnae in the area to help with the project, and as a result, most of the historical treasures stored at Camp Timberlane were saved. Thank you for your dedication, Dot!

  • We want to hear from YOU!

    Tell us about your experience with Girl Scouts this year!

    This spring, Girl Scouts of the USA is introducing a new survey called “Girl Scout Voices Count” and our council will be participating.

    There will be versions for girls, parents, and volunteers—so we can get an idea of what the year was like for everyone.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    Girls: Your chance to tell us about your experience starts May 11. To participate, you need to sign up for the Girl Scout Voices survey panel. If you are 13 or older, you can sign yourself up here:! If you are 12 or younger, ask your parents to sign you up.

    Parents: Look for an email that tells you how to sign your daughter up for the Girl Scout Voices survey panel. We also want to hear from you and will be inviting you to participate in a parent/guardian survey starting June 1.

    Volunteers: Your opportunity to give feedback will begin June 1. In a few weeks, we’ll be sending you an invitation to participate via email, but you can also keep an eye on our social media feeds for information on when to participate.

    We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

    Got questions? Can’t find the email with the survey invitation? Feel free to get in touch with us at

  • Be a Girl Scout Ranger

    Girl Scouts is excited to announce a partnership with the National Park Service to launch the “Girl Scout Ranger Program,” a joint venture connecting girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites.

    Through the program, girls can participate in a variety of organized educational or outdoor service projects. Additionally, Girl Scouts may design their own project that aligns with their Girl Scout Journey experience, various badge activities, or a Take Action (“highest award”) project. Girls who successfully complete projects will be awarded certificates from the National Park Service and Girl Scout patches.

    “Providing girls with access to the outdoors is one of the cornerstones of the Girl Scout mission,” said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of GSUSA. “Through terrific partnerships and programs like the Girl Scout Ranger Program, we offer girls a chance to engage in outdoor activities that encourage a healthy, active lifestyle and a respect for the environment. We are proud to be teaming up with the National Park Service to help more Girl Scouts in more places experience everything the outdoors has to offer.”

    Girls and troops who wish to participate in the Girl Scout Ranger Program can visit the National Park Service website to locate a park (“Find Your Park”) near their home. There, they can also explore the history of the park and learn about its natural and cultural resources. Troop leader...

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  • 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Season is a Success

    Cookie sales boosted by Digital Cookie technology

    April 28, 2015

    Macedonia, OH – Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) exceeded its goal for the 2015 Girl Scout Cookie season, thanks to the support of many loyal (and hungry) cookie customers!  Nearly 20,000 girls in 18-counties participated in the nation’s largest girl-run business, selling 2,733,652 packages of Girl Scout Cookies from January through March through direct sales, cookie booths, and online using the new Digital Cookie platform, which accounted for 21,412 boxes of the grand total – in Northeast Ohio alone!

    It comes as no surprise … the number one seller: Thin Mints (28%).  Celebrating her 40th year, Samoas finished second (19%), and the chocolate-peanut butter Tagalongs finished third (18%).  The gluten-free Toffee-tastic cookie (6%) had a one percent edge on the new oatmeal Rah-rah Raisins variety (5%).  Sales of Do-si-dos, Savannah Smiles, Trefoils made up the remaining percentages.

    “Cookie season may be over, but the lessons that girls learn remain,” said GSNEO Chief Executive Officer Jane Christyson.  “The Girl Scout Cookie program teaches girls five essential skills: Decision making, goal setting, money management, people skills, and business ethics.  When troops earn money, it empowers Girl Scouts to plan and budget for their troop activities and community service projects...

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  • Girl Scouts Celebrate Successful Volunteer Development Initiative

    MACEDONIA, OH—While Girl Scouts has been faced Movement-wide with difficult challenges regarding volunteer and girl member recruitment, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is proud to report that we are experiencing a membership incline in the French Creek community (Sheffield Lake, Sheffield Village, and Sheffield Township), thanks to the work of volunteers, girls and a $21,518 grant awarded by the Nord Family Foundation.  Sandra Willis, a Volunteer Service Unit Director, led the initiative at the grass roots level, inspiring a shared vision, communicating the value of Girl Scouting, and exceeding goals set for the initiative.

    The goal of Volunteer Development Initiative was to educate and empower volunteers to lead girls through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE).  The GSLE -- the framework for defining what girls do in Girl Scouting, how they do it, and who will benefit that was borne out of years of research and development—engages girls in three key activities: discovering who they are and what they value; connecting with others; and taking action to make the world a better place.

    “Our council continues to work to connect Girl Scouts to the fast-paced modern world, ensuring we deliver a unique leadership experience that is consistent with the needs of today’s girls while teaching the values and ideals our Movement has always upheld,” said GSNEO Chief Executive Officer Jane Christyson....

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  • Girl Scouts Host Camp Sugarbush Open House

    Unveiling of new low ropes course and astronomy building

    Macedonia, OH – We’re the Girl Scouts, where every day is a different kind of exciting!  In everything we do, we encourage girls to follow the fun, do what they love, and never back down from a big adventure. Coming up on Sunday, April 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Camp Sugarbush will be open to the public for its annual Open House.  We can’t wait to show you what’s new this year!

    The event kicks off with a traditional Girl Scout flag ceremony at 2:00 p.m. sharp, and is followed by the opening of a time capsule that was buried 20 years ago by the Legacy Council, Lake to River.  We are excited to have current GSNEO Board Chair Brenda Heidinger present for this special occasion because her family donated the stone that marks the burial site.  Throughout the day, volunteers and program staff will lead visitors in nature activities, crafts and tours of the camp.  One of the exciting new additions to Camp Sugarbush is the astronomy building, where Girl Scout troops will be able to explore outer space using a high-powered telescope.  There will also be a demonstration of the new low ropes course, which was funded in part by a $10,000 grant from the Youngstown Foundation.

    The Camp Sugarbush Open House is a great opportunity for girls and their families to see what camp – and Girl Scouts – is all about!

    Recruitment staff will be on site to assist girls an...

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  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio is Recipient of $4,000 GE Lighting Award

    Only three Impact Awards given to teams of GE Volunteers globally

    Macedonia, OH – A check for $4,000 was presented to Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) by Cleveland’s GE Lighting employees, who selected the premier leadership development organization for girls as its “charity of choice” and beneficiary of the General Electric Impact Award funds.

    The GE Impact Award recognizes exemplary projects and events delivered by a team of GE employees who volunteered in the previous year. There were three Impact Awards given across all of GE globally, including the one awarded to a GE Lighting team for its 2013 Women in STEM Conference. The award included $4,000 for the team to donate to a worthy cause, and they chose Girl Scouts!

    GSNEO connects girls to a world of possibilities in a positive and inclusive, girl-led environment. Girls are inspired to discover their passions and empowered to reach their full potential in a proven leadership development program. One of GSNEO’s program focus areas is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

    The 2013 GE Women in STEM Conference, “Define your Future, Redefine the World,” brought together 130 girls within the Cleveland area, with the help of GE Volunteers, to educate and excite them in the fields of STEM. The project aimed to instill leadership values in the students and build enthusiasm around how STEM-related fields positively impact our world. The event was financially supported a...

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  • Girl Scouts Recognized By Fast Company As One Of The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies

    Girl Scouts of the USA received honors from Fast Company in its annual ranking of the world's 50 Most Innovative Companies issue. Earning recognition as one of the World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Not-For-Profit, the publication called out GSUSA for "showing girls technology is about more than texting" by creating Digital Cookie, a fun and educational digital sales program "run entirely by girls."

  • Cadette Summit - Volunteers Needed!

    Camp Ledgewood needs your help! The 2015 Cadette Summit is right around the corner and we need YOU! Volunteers are an essential part of this event, and are needed to help run programs (we provide the supplies, while you provide the fun!), hang out in units as House Moms, help in the kitchen, and be all around amazing.

    The Cadette Summit is an action-packed weekend where over 150 Cadettes choose their own adventure from a variety of programs, create their own schedules, and tailor their camp experience to reflect their interests. 

    The Cadette Summit will be from May 15-17. It takes an army of volunteers to ensure our girls have a fun, safe, and successful time. If you are interested in helping, click here to let us know!  For more information or questions, contact Jillian Wilczewski.


  • Membership Meeting and Delegate Elections: Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull Counties - Rescheduled!

    Due to inclement weather, the Membership Meeting and Delegate Elections have been rescheduled for February 23, 6:30-8:30pm.

    Please note that if an RSVP of a quorum of 20 voting members from the East Governance Service Area (registered members ages 14+) is not received by 8am on Thursday, February 19, this meeting may be canceled. Please RSVP!

    >>To register

  • Membership Delegate Elections and Vacancies

    Thank  you to all who participated in the elections.

    We appreciate the support and participation of all who attended the recent membership delegate elections. Vacancies that remain after the elections will be filled by the Board of Directors. Thanks to all who ran for the membership delegate positions and to those who are interested in filling vacancies.

    We have vacancies in the following counties:

    • Ashtabula
    • Carroll
    • Columbiana
    • Erie
    • Geauga
    • Huron
    • Lorain
    • Mahoning
    • Medina
    • Portage
    • Seneca
    • Stark
    • Summit
    • Trumbull
    • Tuscarawas

    Registered members ages 14+ are eligible to serve as Membership Delegates. This is a wonderful leadership development opportunity for girls 14+.  Interested candidates should complete pages 5-10 of the 2015 Membership Delegate Packet, and submit it by February 20 to Please direct questions to or call 330.983.0363.


  • Code of Regulations Review

    Feedback and suggestions needed!

    A Code of Regulations Review Committee has been appointed and has reviewed our current Code of Regulations. At the Annual Meeting, and at the Membership Delegate Elections/Membership Meetings, the committee shared its recommendations.

    Please review the proposed document, and explanation of recommendations on our website. The Committee is looking for member feedback.

    If you have suggestions or comments, please email Chair Brenda Heidinger by February 28.


  • 2014 Magazine & Snack Program

    Girls can celebrate huge success!

    Way to go girls!

    As a result of our Magazine Care to Share Program, GSNEO was able to donate 151 magazine vouchers to 16 different hospitals within our Council area. Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital received 10 vouchers.

    The two local Ronald McDonald Houses each received 12 vouchers and the remaining 117 vouchers were distributed among 13 different hospitals throughout our 18 countries. This was an increase of 31 vouchers over last year.

    Great job to everyone who participated! Let's see if we can do this again in 2015!


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