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  • Local Home Baker Wins a Top Prize in Taste of Home’s 2016 Girl Scout Cookie Contest


    Macedonia, Ohio,— Inside her Canton kitchen, Janet Gill whipped up a Do-Si-Do of a winner. Her Peanut Caramel Thumbprint No Bake Cookies earned top place in the Taste of Home's 2016 National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest cookies, brownies and bars category.

    A home baker with more than a few prized culinary creations to her name, Gill says she was shocked when she received the news of her winning recipe. After all, she entered last year’s contest and knew she faced stiff competition. As Gill does with all of her recipes, she tweaked the truffles she submitted in 2015, turned them into thumbprints and ta-da.

    A combination of crushed Do-Si-Dos, salted peanuts, creamy peanut butter, caramel, chocolate chips and a few other ingredients, Gill’s treats blend sweet and salty flavors.

    “They have a nice contrast, which I like,” says Gill, a part-time staff nurse at Mercy Medical Center.

    Before she entered the contest, Gill took a batch of her cookies to work for her co-workers to sample. They passed the taste test with rave reviews. “I heard a lot of positive comments,” she says.

    Gill says she usually has a hunch for good recipes, but they don’t come without trial and error. Gill altered her Taste of Home recipe at least a half-dozen times before she “got it right,” she says.

    “One idea leads to another. If I keep at it, I will find something t...



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  • Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation grant delivers care on wheels to area Girl Scouts


    Macedonia, OH — A $9,000 Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation (NOGCF) grant to Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) enabled the council to purchase a golf cart to serve Girl Scouts at its 350-acre Camp Ledgewood near Akron.

    Purchased last spring, the golf cart was used more than 200 times throughout this summer to deliver first aid and medications to Girl Scout campers at Ledgewood’s 18 cabins and numerous trails scattered throughout the Cuyahoga Valley National Park site.

    “The cart is critical to safety and operations at Camp Ledgewood and is primarily used by our staff nurse,” explains Emily Fein, director of programs at GSNEO.

    Able to careen along rugged and remote hiking trails inaccessible to cars and other larger vehicles, the cart, Fein says, is a necessity for Girl Scouts at Camp Ledgewood. Here, girls were treated for twisted ankles, insect bites, headaches and even diabetes this past summer, thanks to nursing and camper transportation provided by the cart.

    The GSNEO last purchased a golf cart for Camp Ledgewood nearly 20 years ago.

    “We’re hopeful that this new cart will last another 20,” says Fein. “Girl Scouts is so grateful to NOGCF for providing us with a golf cart to ensure that the girls who attend our camp stay safe and healthy.”

  • Cleveland Foundation awards $121,000 grant to Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, directly benefits volunteers


    Macedonia, OH – A $121,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation to Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is improving the way the council‘s volunteers deliver programming to Girl Scouts. Specifically, the grant supports a new Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI), which uses cloud technology to give volunteers access to a toolkit filled with offerings.

    GSNEO is one of the first Girl Scout councils in the nation to launch the initiative, positioning the regional organization as a mentor to other councils implementing the new system.  

    The CEI aligns processes and provides customer-related services that bring the council into the 21st century, including the initial troop formation, displaying girl and volunteer opportunities in an online catalog, member engagement specialists to assist new and renewing members completing their online membership, and providing volunteers with fingertip access to resources that enrich the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

    The GSNEO’s 12,000 volunteers whose troops span 18 counties from Northeast Ohio to Northwest Ohio, each spend an average of 200 hours a year volunteering their services, compared to non-Girl Scout volunteers who average 80 hours annually. The new initiative now lightens volunteers’ workloads. It simplifies steps volunteers take to register with the council and access training, freeing their time to focus on engaging their Girl Scouts with the fun, leadership- and confidence-building...



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  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio kicks off 2016 Cookie Presidential Election


    It's that time of year again! Election season is upon us and everyone is gearing up for the presidential election. This year, GSNEO decided to take a different spin on the election: cookies are running for president! Our six most popular cookies will be competing for the highest office in the land. Each candidate has her own platform and is a member of the Sweet Party or the Tasty Party.

    Danielle the Do-Si-Do: Member of the Sweet Party, easy-going, trustworthy, platform: community service

    Sammy the Samoa: Member of the Tasty Party, brainy, complex, mysterious, platform: education/STEM

    Sandy the Savannah Smile: Member of the Sweet Party, charming, fun-loving, platform: environmental awareness

    Tag the Tagalong: Member of the Tasty Party, artistic, creative, platform: sustainable change

    Tia the Thin Mint: Member of the Tasty Party, popular, strong, confident, platform: leadership skills

    Tracy the Trefoil: Member of the Sweet Party, loyal, honest, platform: financial literacy

    The Cookie Presidential Campaign begins on September 1. GSNEO will hold cookie debates and cookie national conventions in September and October. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to meet each candidate and vote for your favorite cookie! 

  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Reaches GuideStar Exchange's Gold Participation Level


    Macedonia, OH  -- Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) has received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level from GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information.  This level demonstrates GSNEO’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

    "Donors need to make choices on which organizations to support, and we’re thrilled our GuideStar profile offers a third-party platform to validate how we’re advancing the Girl Scout mission," said Jane Christyson, Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts of North East Ohio.

    The GuideStar profile shares a wealth of up-to-date information about the council to supporters, grant makers, individual donors, and the media. In order to be awarded the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level, GSNEO had to provide detailed information about revenue and expenses, staff, the board of directors, program initiatives, goals, strategies, indicators, and progress, helping us more effectively share our story with the world.

    Check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and tell us what you think: http://www.guidestar.org/profile/34-0726094

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    About the GuideStar Exchange  The GuideStar Exchange is an initiative designed to connect nonprofits with current and potential supporters. With millions of people coming to GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations,...



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  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio will honor Girl Scout Gold Award recipients


    Macedonia, OH – Girl Scouts has reached an important milestone in its mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  The Girl Scout Gold Award, now in its 100th year, is the highest award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador may earn.  Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) will honor 36 Gold Award recipients at a centennial celebration on Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m. at the John S. Knight Center in Akron.

     “For over a century, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients have demonstrated extraordinary leadership through projects that positively impact society,” said Chief Executive Officer Jane Christyson.  “I am extremely proud of our Gold Awardees and look forward to all that they will accomplish in life.  We know that Gold Award recipients are among an elite group of young women who see themselves as leaders, provide service to others through volunteerism, and have positive attitudes about themselves and the lives they lead.”

    Nationwide, only five percent of eligible Girl Scouts go for the gold.  This year, 36 Gold Award recipients from Northeast Ohio will join the ranks of generations of young women who are recognized for making a difference, both locally and globally. It’s not only Girl Scouts who understand the value of the Gold Award. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. armed forces auto...



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  • ORGANIZATIONS THAT EMPOWER Smart Women 2016


    Girl Scouts wants girls to have the courage, confidence and character to choose their path in life whether their goal is to become a CEO or a stay-at-home mom. The largest, most active female voluntary service organization in the region is Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, which serves 35,000 girls in 18 counties with the help of 14,000 adult members and volunteers.

    Led by CEO Jane Christyson, GSNEO works hard to provide a safe, inclusive environment where girls can partner with positive role models in a range of activities not limited by gender stereotypes. The goal is that every girl has the opportunity to explore her world and discover her passions.

    Programs and badges focus on areas such as environmental awareness; science, technology, engineering and math; community engagement; healthy living; financial literacy; the arts; and outdoor experiences. Knowledge in these areas helps girls to see the world around them more clearly and empowers them to create solutions to problems in their community.

    Girl Scouts focuses on the leadership skills of girls because women continue to be at a disadvantage in our society. Although more women are enrolling in college, they continue to earn less than their male counterparts. Men also continue to hold higher positions in fields like math and science while women are subconsciously pushed towards humanitarian roles.

    A recent alumnae survey found that women who were a Girl Scout for three or more years had more...



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  • Warren Girl Scout Receives Lifesaving Award


    Anna Cristo, a 16-year-old from Warren, Ohio, received the Medal of Honor Lifesaving Award at the Heimlich Heroes event on Saturday, April 16, in recognition of saving her mother’s life.

    The Medal of Honor Lifesaving Award is a national Girl Scout award presented to an individual who saved a life or attempted to save a life without risk to her own life.

    “This award means that I can affect people’s lives in a positive way,” said Anna Cristo.

    On May 17th, 2015, Anna and her mother were eating at the Sunrise Inn when Anna noticed her mother's wide eyes and lack of response. Realizing her mother was choking, Anna performed the Heimlich maneuver.

    “I think everyone should know how to do the Heimlich [maneuver]. You never know when it could save someone,” said Anna.

    At the Heimlich Heroes event, Troop 80154 taught Girls Scouts of all ages how to perform the Heimlich maneuver.

    “I want to give back to the other girls in my [Service] Unit. I want them to know no matter how old they are, they can save a life,” said Anna.

    Anna has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten. She learned the Heimlich maneuver when she was only seven years old at a Girl Scout meeting.

    “I never expected to actually have to use the Heimlich [maneuver], but I am happy I learned it because it saved my mom’s life,” said Anna.

  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Honors Volunteers at Adult Recognition Ceremony


    Macedonia, OH – Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) along with its board of celebrated the commitment and achievements of several adult volunteers who dedicate their time to help develop girls of courage, confidence, and character in the Girl Scout Program at the 2016 Adult Recognition Ceremony, which was held at the Holiday Inn Cleveland-South in Independence on Saturday, April 23 2016.

    “Volunteers are the heartbeat and the core of our organization,” said Chief Executive Officer Jane Christyson. “Girl Scouting would not exist without the dedication and talents of our volunteers – girls throughout Northeast Ohio are benefiting from the Girl Scout program, strong mentor relationships, and leadership experiences.”

    GSNEO currently has over 8,000 active volunteers that play an important role in Girl Scouting. Volunteers help girls discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place. As role models for the girls they lead, volunteers introduce girls to new experiences and create lasting memories.

    There are numerous ways to volunteer with GSNEO that fit varying schedules, skills and interests. Opportunities include troop leader, program facilitator, service unit director, event chairperson or committee member, Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) Coach, and board member. All opportunities play an important role in serving 30,000 girls throughout GSNEO’s 18 county region.

    A total of 112 adult voluntee...



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  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Names New Board Members


    Macedonia, OH - Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) named four Officers, seven (adult) Directors at Large for two-year terms, and two Girl Board Members for one-year terms at its Annual Meeting on April 9. The seven members of the critical Board Development Committee, whose charge is to vet and seat Board Members, were also named.

    “These individuals have committed to the important governance duties for Girl Scouts of North East Ohio,” said Chief Executive Officer Jane Christyson. “They make it possible for the 30,000 girl members to be inspired to reach their full potential through a proven leadership program, supported by our wonderful adult volunteers.”

    The Board of Directors consists of a diverse group of volunteers who are community leaders and professionals. They ensure that the Girl Scout mission is carried out in the 18 counties GSNEO serves. Board members are selected for their commitment to improving the lives of girls as well as their leadership, volunteer and nonprofit experience, ability to make financial contributions to Girl Scouts, professional and educational background, and knowledge of the community. They are chosen by the Board Development Committee and elected by the voting members of the Council.  The role of the Board of Directors is one of governance. Their responsibilities include strategic planning, fund development, appointment of the Executive Director, financial oversight, and interaction with the community. Question...



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  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Reveals the 2016 Women of Distinction, Advancing Women, and Leaders of Tomorrow Honorees


    Macedonia, OH -- Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is pleased to announce this year’s Women of Distinction honorees, who will be celebrated at a luncheon on Friday, May 20, 2016 at The Union Club of Cleveland.

    Anne Armao, SummaCare

    Dr. Diana Bilimoria, Case Western Reserve University

    Theresa Carter, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation

    Krista Dobronos, Westfield Bank

    Stephanie Dorsey, Forest City Enterprises

    Nancy Hall, NASA Glenn Research Center

    Tonya McKay, Canton City Schools

    Claire Rosacco, Cuyahoga Community College

    Karen Washington, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

    Pam Wright, BCG & Company

    These women will be recognized for their remarkable achievements as business, community, academic and civic leaders dedicated to supporting opportunities for women and girls.  The 10 nominees were selected by a committee of community members led by Women of Distinction Event Chair Julie Brandle. Brandle, a 2015 Women of Distinction Award recipient, is President and Founder of Metis Construction, a female owned commercial construction company in Kent, Ohio. She is a Girl Scout volunteer and a 2015 Women of Distinction honoree.

    The Advancing Women Award will be presented to Oswald Companies, headquartered in Cleveland, for its proven commitment to advancing women in the workplace through its women’s career...



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  • Local Girl Scout reaches 10,000-plus in cookie sales


    Macedonia, Ohio- Mikayla Adams, an 11-year-old Girl Scout from Cuyahoga Heights, graces her neckline with a strand of pearls she reserves for special occasions. She wore them last summer, for instance, to Savannah, Ga., the birthplace of Girl Scout Founder Juliette Gordon Low. After Mikayla received her first pearl at age 5, when she became a Girl Scout, she earned five more pearls by selling thousands of Girl Scout Cookies. By the end of this week — when Girl Scout Cookie season closes — Mikayla will have earned her seventh pearl.

    Each of Mikayla’s pearls represents her sales of 1,000 or more boxes of Girl Scout Cookies in one season. Mikayla received three of her pearls for selling more than 2,000 cookie packages in three separate years. In all, Mikayla has sold more than 10,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies during the past six years.

    “Girls so committed to Girl Scouting who sell 1,000 packages of cookies or more are indeed a group of rare pearls who are following Juliette Gordon Low's lead and investing in the future of Girl Scouting,” says Jane Christyson, GSNEO Chief Executive Officer.

    As cookie season draws to an end, Mikayla tallies her cookie sales. She expects to exceed her 2,000-box goal for this year. Mikayla and her fellow Girl Scout Troop 70196 members have been at Giant Eagle, Discount Drug Mart and Heinen’s stores after school and on weekends selling scores of Savannah Smiles, Do-si-dos, Thin Mints and other Girl Scout Cookie favori...



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  • McDonald Girl Scouts Earn Prestigious Service Award


    Macedonia, Ohio- Girl Scout Troop 80344 received The Gold Level President's Volunteer Service Award for outstanding community service. A ceremony was held at Woodland Park in McDonald on March 15, 2016.

    Troop Leader Candice Ward and Assistant Troop Leader Lori Gillespie presented the awards which consisted of the Gold Level Service Pin, a letter signed by President Barak Obama, Official Service Recognition Certificate, and a certificate stating the activities each girl participated in to earn the award.

    In 2015, Girl Scout Troop 80344 of McDonald served 2,705 hours and is already working hard toward next year's award.  Two scouts, Megan Ward and Rachel Ward individually contributed in excess of 100 hours each toward the troop's total.  Scouts contributing 51 to 99 hours include: Delia Mitchell, Maley Worrell, Gabrielle Mitchell, Abigail Sampson and Rachel Mathews.  Scouts contributing 25 to 50 hours include: Abriella Gillespie, Nevaeha Carkido, Hannah Alcantar, Caroline Alcantar and Kayleigh Rasey.  All 12 troop members attend the McDonald school system. Troop Leaders Candice Ward, Lori Gillespie and Patricia Vilk-Worrell all received the award. The following dedicated parent members who volunteer on a regular basis and/or for special events also met the eligibility requirements for the award were also honored: Greg Ward, Shay Mitchell, Tammy Sampson, Hud Gillespie, and Christine Mathews.

    These Girl Scouts routinely go above...



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  • Wadsworth Girl Scouts Plan to “Give Kids the World”


    Macedonia, Ohio-The Give Kids the World Village in Florida, where Wadsworth Girl Scout Troop 90087 members will spend a day volunteering their services, is closer to home than the girls thought. It wasn’t until the Girl Scouts settled on plans to go on the service mission that they learned one of their own “sisters,” a cancer survivor, stayed at the village when she was a youngster.

    “What goes around comes around. This time we have a chance to give back in a very personal way.  We didn’t know she had gone on a Make-a-Wish trip there,” says troop leader Chantelle Eggleton, who wept when she described the girls’ collective reaction of astonishment when they discovered the news. “It goes to show we live in a small world.”

    The nine Girl Scout Ambassadors are putting aside profits from their Girl Scout cookie sales and funds they generated at money-raising activities and from their after-school jobs to finance the whirlwind trip next January.

    “We’re doing what we need to get there and make a difference in others’ lives,” says Eggleton, who leads the troop with fellow leader Lisa Bressler.

    At the village, which provides lodging and other vacation accommodations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, the girls will divide and conquer. They’ll deliver meals, escort families at the nearby amusement parks and assist children with crafts and tasks.

    As with all of their activities, the girls — most of who have bee...



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  • It’s time for Girl Scout Cookies’ own holiday!


    The Cookies are here!  With each purchase of delicious Girl Scout Cookies, customers make an investment in their local communities and our future leaders.  It takes courage for a Girl Scout to ask for the sale, and by participating in the largest girl-led business in the world,  she’s learning goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—aspects essential to leadership, success, and life. With approximately 24,500 cookie entrepreneurs right here in Northeast Ohio – National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is a holiday worth sharing!

    Girl Scouts of the USA has declared February 26-28, 2016 “National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.”  Girl Scout Cookies are an icon of American culture. For nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts, with the enthusiastic support of their families, have helped ensure the success of the annual sale. From its earliest beginnings to its current popularity, selling Girl Scout Cookies has helped girls have fun, develop valuable life skills, and make their communities a better place.

    Be it coffee, tea, or milk everyone has their favorite way to dunk their Girl Scout Cookies. Join Girl Scouts of North East Ohio in the fun on National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend by tweeting @GSNEO how you dunk your Girl Scout Cookies, with the hashtag #howdoyoudunk to show your support.  Find us on Facebook @Girl Scouts of North East Ohio.

    Girl Scout Cookies will start arriving by the truckload February...



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  • Rittman Brownie Troop Leader Brian Williams Brings Personal Uniqueness to His Role


    Ready to watch monster trucks whirl into wheelies and donut spins, the Brownies in Rittman Troop 91205 might be the only area Girl Scouts headed to Monster Jam 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena. What may seem like an unlikely outing for a group of 8- and 9-year-old girls is as typical as any other for a troop with Brian Williams at the helm. A U.S. Marine veteran, Williams is unfazed that he’s a rarity: a male troop leader in an organization centered on girls and women. He is just another volunteer, he says. And Williams is putting his own spin on that role.

    A communications technician with CenturyLink, Williams says he volunteered to assist leading his daughter Sydney’s Girl Scout troop when his predecessor needed to step down with the coming birth of her baby. After serving as his son’s Cub Scout pack leader in years past and watching mothers step in as den leaders, Williams thought nothing of signing up for the troop leader position.

    “There was a need,” says Williams, who spends about eight hours a week serving the troop with fellow troop leader Lisa Maimone. Together, they have led the troop on outings ranging from Hersheypark in Pennsylvania to horseback riding near Mohican State Park. They also recently donated proceeds from their Girl Scout Cookie sales to the Wooster Hope Center.

    “We have a no girl left behind policy,” says Williams, referring to the troop’s financial support to girls to fund outings their families would otherwise be unable to afford...



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  • Girl Scout volunteers needed to support a growing membership in Portage County


    Girl Scouts of North East Ohio to host volunteer recruitment events

    Thanks to a grant from United Way of Portage County, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is better positioned to recruit adult volunteers to work with girls or with adults who support the council in communities such as Aurora, Garrettsville, Windham Township, Streetsboro, and Mantua – just to name a few.

    All adults, 18 years or older, are invited to discover the flexible and exciting volunteer opportunities available through Girl Scouts: Work with girls in a troop or program setting – or work with adults in a training or council support role.

    The Service Unit Director oversees other volunteers within a geographic area; a Service Unit Recruiter serves as a brand advocate promoting Girl Scouting within a specific school district; a Service Unit Registrar handles membership reports, rosters, and encourages membership renewals; and the Service Unit Organizer serves as a mentor to brand new troops. 

    Come and learn more about these volunteer opportunities and more by visiting these upcoming events throughout the county:

    Wednesday, January 20
    6:30 p.m.
    Kent United Church of Christ (1400 E. Main St., Kent)

    Tuesday, January 26
    6:30 p.m.
    Hilltop Christian Church (4572 W Prospect St, Mantua)

    Thursday, January 28
    6:30 p.m.
    Atwater Town Hall (1219 Ohio 183, Atwater)

    Men and women, including college students and retiree...



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  • 100-Plus Girl Scouts Gather to Make Care Items for Local Needy Families


    Scoops of lentils, peas, barley and other ingredients come together to create packages of ready-to-make soup. Snipped and sewn strips of fleece fabric become cozy caps and scarves. Baggies filled with toothbrushes and paste, deodorant, lip balm and other toiletries make life just a little more comfortable for local families in need. These are the ideas that brought together 126 Brecksville and Broadview Heights Girl Scouts on January 9.

    Organized at work stations at the Brecksville United Church of Christ, girls ranging from Daisies to Cadettes from Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) Service Unit 732 gathered for the third year in a row to create care items for The Centers for Families and Children.

    In all, the Girl Scouts worked a combined 190 hours to make 208 toiletry kits, 202 soup mix packages, 27 children’s hats and 116 scarves. They plan to deliver the items to The Centers for Families and Children’s Brookside Food Center on Pearl Road in Cleveland.

    In the spirit of collaboration, Troop 70082 hosted the overall event, toiletries station and snacks. Meanwhile, Troop 71901 coordinated the soup and craft stations while Troop 70573 managed the hat and scarf station.

    “You may think these look like small donations, but these items can have a big impact on someone's life.  Sometimes just having shampoo and other toiletries can help someone get a job,” says Sue Seager-Maier, Girl Scout Troop 70082 volunteer. Seager-Maier adds that the Gi...



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  • It's Girl Scout Cookie Time!


    Success, friendship, and learning – it’s all part of the Girl Scout
    Cookie program, and it’s all worth sharing! Let us connect you to
    a Girl Scout in your community who has an awesome story to tell.

    It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time! Girl Scout Cookies have been an American favorite for 99 years

    Macedonia, OH – Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is happy to announce Girl Scout Cookie season begins January 4, 2016. The 2016 lineup includes Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Savannah Smiles, and Rah-Rah Raisins. Cookies cost $4 per package and 100 percent of the net revenue raised through the Girl Scout Cookie program stays with our local council. When you purchase Girl Scout Cookies you're not only getting a delicious treat—you're also making an important investment in your community. How awesome is that? The Girl Scout Cookie program is the largest, most successful girl-led business in the world, and one that is a key element of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. It teaches girls five important life skills that will set them up for success, including decision making, business ethics, goal setting, people skills, and money management. Last year, Northeast Ohio cookie customers who donated their purchase to the Council’s Gift of Caring project, Operation: Sweet Appreciation, sent 40,316 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to members of the military serving overseas. The sale begins with girls...



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  • Girl Scout Receives Children in Philanthropy Award


    Ava Kress, a 12-year-old Girl Scout Cadette, received the Children in Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeast Ohio Chapter on November 13, 2015 in honor of her Snack Sack program that provides food for children living in poverty at H. Barbara Booker Elementary School.

    Over the course of the 2014-2015 school year, Ava collected food donations from local businesses, friends, neighbors and fellow Girl Scout sisters, filling approximately 14,000 sacks with healthy snacks.

    “It wasn’t hard to do,” said Ava. “It was actually really fun and rewarding.”

    After watching a documentary about child poverty in the United States, Ava realized how easy it was for her to have a snack anytime, while other children did not have the same privilege. Following what she learned through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Ava took action.

    She wanted to make an impact against child poverty, so she started with those in greatest need. Students at H. Barbara Booker Elementary School are faced with a 100 percent poverty rate. A very different circumstance faced by Ava and her fellow classmates at North Royalton Middle School.

    “I didn’t realize how different things were only 20 minutes away,” said Ava.

    Working to fight child hunger, Ava made one to three trips a month to drop off snacks at the elementary school. Ava discovered through research that children in poverty are more likely to eat unhealthy processed foods, so...



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  • California Dreamin'


    During July of 2015, our group of 8 girls and 4 adults took a 10-day trip to Pleasanton, California for the California Dreamin’2 International Girl Scout Camporee. There were girls from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ohio, Oregon, Idaho, and, of course, California. We prepared for the Camporee for a year and a half through fundraising, practice campouts, and monthly meetings. Our group consisted of 8th-11th grade girls and adults from all over the Northeast Ohio council.

    To get to Pleasanton, we decided to take a train across the country. For us, though, it was really two trains. On July 24, we boarded a train to Chicago at 5:00 in the morning after a three hour delay. While in Chicago, we visited the Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana council building and ate some deep-dish pizza before boarding our second train from Chicago to Emeryville, California. This train trip lasted 56 hours. We all slept in our coach seats and spent most of our time in the Observation Car, which had windows from the floor to the ceiling. However, most of our time spent here was spent playing cards or talking to friends that we had met along the way. Each person had $20.00 to spend each day on food in the café car or the dining car. All of us, especially the girls, befriended the café car worker at some point during the trip because of how often we would get a snack or meal. The train had fantastic views throughout most of the trip, and at one p...



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  • Kareemah Rose Recognized for Service to Cuyahoga County Youth


    Kareemah Rose, Grants Program Coordinator for Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) received the Caring Adult MyCom Youth Voice Award on Thursday, November 19, 2015 in honor of her dedication and service to girls living in public housing managed by the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA).

    Through a partnership between GSNEO and CMHA, Kareemah provides girls with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, including after school activities, take action projects, and camping. More than 300 Girl Scouts have been impacted through the partnership and Kareemah’s efforts.

    “Kareemah is very deserving of this award,” said GSNEO Chief Executive Officer Jane Christyson.  “To these girls, she is more than a Girl Scout representative - she is their role model. The passion she brings to her work to empower girls to reach their full potential is an inspiration to us all.”

    Working with youth comes naturally to Kareemah.  Her caring, supportive, and kind demeanor enables her to build strong bonds with the girls that keep them coming back.

    “The girls have a choice to be a part of my program – and they do. I’m honored the girls allow me to come in,” said Kareemah.

    The Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) is a program that gives girls the opportunity to discover, connect, and take action (Girls discover their inner strength, gain practical life skills and seek challenges; develop healthy relationships, advance diversity, and connect with o...



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  • Recall of Girl Scout-branded Honey Mustard Pretzel Mix


    Recall of Girl Scout-branded Honey Mustard Pretzel Mix

    Package mislabeled; people with milk allergies should not consume this product.  

    Macedonia, OH (November 17, 2015) – A product sold by Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) during the Magazine and Snack Program (MSP) this fall has a labeling issue.  While Whey is listed in the “ingredient” statement, milk is not declared in the “contains” statement.  People who are allergic to milk should not consume this product.

    Ashdon Farms, a company licensed by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) to produce Girl Scout-branded nuts and chocolates, is alerting consumers that the Honey Mustard Pretzel Mix sold by scouts under the GSUSA brand is being recalled.   

    Below is the press release distributed by Ashdon Farms:

    For Immediate Release

    Ashdon Farms Issues Allergy Alert on Honey Mustard Pretzel Mix and Honey Mustard Mix

    Ashdon Farms, Waukesha, WI 53188 is alerting consumers that Honey Mustard Pretzel Mix sold under the Girl Scouts of the USA brand and Honey Mustard Mix sold under the Ashdon Farms brand distributed to consumers on or before November 15, 2015 are being recalled because milk is not declared in the “contains” statement on the label. People with an allergy to milk should not consume these products. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consu...



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  • Girl Scout Troop 50443 Delivers Holiday Cheer Year-Round to Fremont


    Joining Girl Scout troops throughout the county, the girls will deliver cookies to fire, police, EMS and state highway patrol crews for the holiday celebration. They’ll also put out a spread of sweet treats and hot chocolate for community members to enjoy as they watch the annual lighting of Fremont’s holiday tree. Decked with wooden ornaments shaped like candy canes, snowmen and stars freshly painted by Troop 50443 scouts — the tree will illuminate in its trademark purple splendor. Holiday music will fill the air as the scouts join the Fremont Ross High School choir to serenade the crowd with carols.

    In keeping with its four-year tradition, the troop also plans to prepare a full-course feast for Fremont’s firefighters during the holiday festivities. Spaghetti tacos, salad and a surprise dessert highlight this year’s menu.

    “The family-style dinner is the girls’ way of thanking our hometown heroes,” says Troop 50443 Leader Brenda Widman.

    The scouts’ goodwill extends far beyond the holidays, however. The 26-member troop is out in full force year-round, making positive changes in Fremont and pursing the Girl Scouts’ mission to change the world one community at a time.

    Earlier this year, the scouts and their volunteer leaders spent months sewing 100 hygiene kits. The girls delivered the pocketed washcloths filled with toiletries —donated by Church & Dwight, Hampton Inn and Comfort Inn — to the Liberty Center of Sandusky County emergency shelter...



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  • Girl Scout Troop 90502 Gets Hands Dirty to Keep Brunswick Beautiful


    Macedonia, Ohio— Walk around the Brunswick Lake grounds or drive past the city’s welcome signs and you’re likely to find some unsightly objects missing: trash and weeds. The 20 pairs of little hands that belong to Girl Scout Troop 90502 members stay busy – and dirty – year-round to keep Brunswick beautiful.

    “We definitely get our hands dirty,” says troop leader Larissa Kosar, who points to two jumbo-size trash bags the girls filled last week during their most recent Brunswick Lake cleanup crusade.

    Small, but mighty, the Girl Scouts, who range from ages 6 to 8, are packing up their garden gloves and hand trowels in preparation for their next service mission. The girls will plant a memorial garden at The Avenue in Medina in honor Ng See Wong, an extended Troop 90502 family member who passed away in August 2014. They expect their batch of tulip bulbs to bloom in red — Wong’s favorite color — each spring as a tribute to her.

    Later this year and amid the grounds surrounding the memorial pillars at Brunswick Lake, the Girl Scouts also will pay homage to Brunswick teenagers Blake Bartchak, Jeff Chaya, Kevin Fox and Lexi Poerner, who died in a 2012 car crash.  The girls are assembling pictures, sentiments and songs for booklets for community members who will gather in remembrance of the teens at a December memorial service at the site.

    As the girls work toward earning Girl Scout badges, they’re gaining much more than patches, according to Ko...



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  • Manchester Girl Scout Helps Empower Local Middle Schoolers


    Macedonia, Ohio, — With classes in full swing at Manchester Middle School, you may see a few more girls raising their hands in class. They might join a club in which they never before envisioned themselves. Maybe they’ll try out for a sports team for the first time. These are the ideas Manchester High School junior Hunter Wells and her fellow Girl Scout Troop 90991 members had in mind when they presented a Free Being Me workshop at Manchester Middle School last year.

    This new school year, Wells anticipates that the 20 girls who participated in the workshop will present themselves – their real selves —wholeheartedly in school and social activities.

    “I just loved seeing the empowerment of this program take hold of the girls,” says Wells, who will be honored with a Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship by Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) at its Women of Distinction & Advancing Women Awards luncheon on Sept. 25 at The Union Club of Cleveland. 

    The Free Being Me workshop was one of several projects — and Wells’ favorite — that led to her GSNEO recognition.

    As the girls moved from station to station at the workshop, which was held at the Manchester Middle School cafeteria, they dispelled beauty myths and realized that physical appearance should never impose barriers. They discovered that images of picture-perfect young women on fashion magazine covers aren’t often true to life.

    “They learned that what is on the front of ads or ma...



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  • From Girl Scout to Army soldier to scholar, Youngstown woman pays it forward


    Macedonia, Ohio— Former Girl Scout turned Army sergeant turned scholar Susan Lopez of Cornersburg has come a long way in her 24 years. She says she owes it to Girl Scouts. Now, Lopez is inspiring local Girl Scouts to realize their potentials through scouting.

    Lopez, a Cleveland Clinic medical photographer, credits her achievements to the independence and leadership she gained as a Girl Scout. She has returned to her former Girl Scout Troop 80598 in Warren, as an adult volunteer, to pay it forward.

    Already, Lopez has taught the local Girl Scouts basic outdoor survival skills, such as building a campfire, using a compass, whittling with a knife and even how to make monkey bread in a Dutch oven over coals.  She also plans to pursue recertification or certification in small watercraft navigation and safety, archery and other skills so she can pass these on to current Girl Scouts. Lopez also hopes to lead a photography class for the troop.

    “If I can have an influence on their lives, that would be amazing,” she says.

    As a high school senior, Lopez (then Lee-Maher) received a Gold Award, Girl Scouts’ highest honor, for restoring the Mineral Ridge High School victory bell (captured by the Youngstown Vindicator in 2009 http://www.vindy.com/videos/2009/may/19/785/). The award enabled Lopez to advance, right out of high school, to the rank of private first class in the Army Natio...



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  • Howland Girl Scout “Draws” Community Awareness of Children’s Rehabilitation Center of Warren


    Macedonia, Ohio, -A red-roofed, Dr. Seuss-style toy house decorated with a soft, bright-green rug on one wall; rough, blue sandpaper on another; and a metal panel dotted with alphabet magnets on yet another, gets plenty of attention at the Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC) of Warren. That’s the outcome Howland resident Monica Kotyuk envisioned for the functional art piece, designed to help children through occupational therapy activities. The fun, colorful and practical piece is Kotyuk’s lasting gift to the CRC. It represents Kotyuk’s legacy of compassion and leadership, nurtured during her 12 years as a Girl Scout.

    “I have always had a great affection toward both children and the power of art,” says Kotyuk, who led the creation of the occupational art structure as part of an ambitious program to bring community awareness to the CRC and its good works.

    Complete with a community art show — where drawings and paintings made by children at the center and from Howland Glen Elementary School were displayed last year—Kotyuk’s Creating Connections with CRC program helped her to earn Girl Scouts’ highest honor, a Gold Award. Kotyuk, who was valedictorian of her Howland High School’s class of 2015, will be honored with a Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship by Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) at its Women of Distinction & Advancing Women Awards luncheon on Sept. 25 at The Union Club of Cleveland. 

    Kotyuk spent nine months developing and lau...



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    Discover all the exciting things happening at GSNEO!  See why the future is WOW!

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    >>The Future is WOW

  • 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: www.GirlScoutVoices.org! 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 GSVoicesCount@girlscouts.org.

  • 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 governance@gsneo.org. Please direct questions to governance@gsneo.org 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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  • Girl Scout creates inter-generational cooking program

    Macedonia, OH – Elizabeth Holup, a Girl Scout Cadette from Bay Village, earned her Silver Award-one of the highest Girl Scout achievement awards- by starting a cooking program at West Park Evangelical Friends Church. In researching what to do for her Silver Award project, Elizabeth decided to start something that had never been done at her church before, a cooking club. Eventually called West Park Chefs, Elizabeth was able to start the club with close to 30 members who would meet once a month where they split into intergenerational groups to make a meal and eat together, while making new friends. After the success of the first meeting, she was able to continue the program for three months making meatball subs, chicken noodle soup and hand pies.

    Elizabeth learned many valuable skills as a result creating this program for her Silver Award including public speaking, creating and following a budget, pitching her idea to donors, and working with others. Elizabeth said “Doing my Silver Award was a wonderful way to connect with my community and my church, and I am very thankful for West Park Evangelical Friends for giving me the opportunity to have a great time cooking with the West Park Chefs.”

    The Silver Award is given to Girl Scouts who have created a service project within their community that creates change and becomes ongoing while also portraying the girl’s organizational, leadership, and networking skills.