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  • Girl Scouts Awarded Community Connectors Grant

    Macedonia, OH –Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) received $32,150 from the Ohio Department of Education’s Community Connectors Program.  The Community Connectors Program gives Ohio students access to role models who can help motivate and inspire them and help them develop skills that lead to success in school and the workplace.  Girls who attend middle school in either South Central Local Schools in Greenwich, Ohio or East Liverpool City Schools in East Liverpool, Ohio may participate in the free program offered by GSNEO this fall and spring 2018.

    Girls who participate in this program will become Girl Scout members and embrace their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader), ™ while planning for their future.   The G.I.R.L. Leadership Program connects girls in grades 6-8 with women in their community who will mentor them on self-esteem, community engagement, college, and careers.  Girls will also have the opportunity to take field trips and participate in after-school activities, including a day of teambuilding at Girl Scout Camp.

     “When it comes to a girl’s future, anything is possible,” said Kim Klima, Director of Volunteer Support and Services, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio.  “That said, being told she can do or be anything she chooses will only take her so far – she’ll need strong leadership skills, mentors who inspire possibility thinking, and hands-on life experiences to take on the...

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  • Local Girl Scouts help children affected by hurricane damage

    Macedonia, OH - When Hurricane Harvey swept through the Houston, Texas area and left many with questions about how they would rebuild, more than 1,200 miles away in North Ridgeville, Ohio, Troop Leader Amy Eldridge and members of Troops 50206 and 50903 knew just what to do.

    Give back.

    That’s exactly what her troops did, taking to social media and finding how they could help. “I came across a teacher organization that was looking for other schools/classrooms to sponsor Houston-area classrooms that were affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Eldridge. “I talked it over with the girls and we thought this would be a great opportunity [and] we were later assigned third grade teacher Sandra Riojas at West Oso Elementary in Corpus, Christie, TX.”

    That’s when the magic started.  

    With little time to spare, troop members sprang into action by arranging a special Ice Cream social at the Dairy Queen in North Ridgeville for the troops with a goal of collecting 20 items per Girl Scout. To get the word out on such short notice, the girls got creative. “Everyone did their own promotions, some moms posted on social media, some Girl Scouts called family members and others knocked on doors in their neighbors,” said Eldridge. “We only had a week to gather supplies, as I knew the supplies were needed as soon as possible.”

    What followed was a gracious offering and support not only from the troops themselves, but the surrounding area. “While the ice c...

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  • JOANN stores offer craft space, discounts for all Girl Scouts

    Macedonia, Ohio - Girl Scouts is where you'll find some of the most inspired innovators and creative visionaries anywhere, so we're excited to announce that Girl Scouts of the USA has partnered with JOANN Stores to ignite the creative spark in all girls – all while promoting our mission.

    As part of a brand new Girl Scout Rewards program, JOANN, the nation’s leading craft and fabric retailer, is offering 15 percent off all eligible purchases every day for Girl Scouts! The discount is available in stores and online. JOANN guarantees that a minimum of $1.5 million from the Girl Scout Rewards program will go back to GSUSA over the next three years, demonstrating its deep commitment to girls’ leadership development. These funds will support the Girl Scout mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

    But wait, there’s more! JOANN is also offering in-kind education, in-store events and access to classroom spaces for troop meetings and other Girl Scout events. Plus, troops will be welcome to host cookie booths in front of JOANN stores across the country.

    To celebrate this new collaboration, JOANN stores are hosting Girl Scout Day on Saturday, September 23 for all Girl Scout members. Attendees can enjoy making their own sit-upon, as well as connect with their local JOANN representative. Members of the public can speak with Girl Scouts of North East Ohio volunteers t...

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  • League of Women Voters and Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Team up for the Voter Girl Project

    Twinsburg, OH - The League of Women Voters of Kent is partnering with the Girls Scouts of North East Ohio to provide workshops so scouts from Brownie up to Ambassador can earn citizenship badges.  

    Called The VOTER Girl Project, League members will be providing instruction about citizenship, voting and leadership on Oct. 21, 2017 at the Kent State University Twinsburg Regional Academic Center to up to 340 scouts from across Northeast Ohio.

    To say Leaguers are excited is like giving them Thin Mints for a year, agreed members Sherry Rose of Kent and Amie Cajka of Munroe Falls, who are leading the committee's work. The mission of the League of Women Voters of the United States is to encourage an informed citizenry that actively participates in government. The League is a leader in providing non partisan voter registration and creating opportunities for communities to engage with candidates and hear about issues that affect community life.

    Committee members are happy to bring their expertise about voting, public policy and advocacy to work with scouts on badges that explore voting, how government works, civic responsibility, finding common ground and civic dialogue.  

    The workshops are free to scouts. For information about how to sign up a troop or individual scout, go to

    The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encoura...

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  • Longtime Girl Scout Leader Builds Legacy One Girl Scout at a Time

    Macedonia, Ohio - Girl Scouts is a network of 60 million girls and women redefining leadership and showing the world their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™. Guided by supportive adults, Girl Scouts practice leadership with grit like a go-getter, problem solve like an innovator, embrace new challenges like a risk-taker, and show empathy like a leader.  Troop 70578 of Strongsville has turned out alumnae who embody the leadership experience Girl Scout nurtures in its members, including an attorney, an occupational therapist, a corporate trainer for Chase Bank, a couple of teachers and even a tall ship sailor.  These outcomes are of little surprise to the troop’s longtime leader Nancy Kachmarik, a financial analyst in the treasury department at PolyOne Corp in Avon Lake.

     “As 9- and 10-year olds, they were getting in front of people talking and holding their own,” says Kachmarik, referring to her Girl Scouts’ countless service projects and programs over which they took the reins with Kachmarik’s support from the sidelines.  “I pushed them out of their comfort zones enough that they tried things I don’t know they would have tried on their own.”

    This spring, Girl Scout Troop 70578’s four final members graduated from Strongsville High School. The celebratory event came with bitter sweetness, leaving Girl Scout Troop 70578 with a long and rich history, but now without members. Its tireless 17-year leader will glad...

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  • Girl Scouts Recognized for Going for Gold

    Macedonia, OH – Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) presented 60 Girl Scouts with the Gold Award on Saturday, June 17 at 2 p.m. at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador may earn.  With each individual Gold Award project, a Girl Scout aspires to transform an idea or vision for change into an actionable plan with measurable, sustainable, and far-reaching results.  This year’s projects included a music mentorship program, STEM programs for underprivileged youth, a published book about Sensory Processing Issues, and more.

    Nationwide, only five percent of eligible Girl Scouts go for the gold.  This year, 60 local Girl Scouts joined the ranks of generations of young women who are recognized for making a difference, both locally and globally.

    “Through the Gold Award, girls get passionate about a cause, collaborate with community members, and take on a challenge,” said Chief Executive Officer Jane Christyson.  “Earning the Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement that exemplifies the qualities of a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™.”

    The advantages of the Gold Award go far beyond a recipient’s teen years.  According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI) report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership an...

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  • Girl Scouts to Talk with Astronauts on International Space Station

    Macedonia, Ohio – Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) collaborating with NASA Glenn Research Center’s Space Communications and Navigation Office presents an out-of-this-world experience offered exclusively to Girl Scouts and their families. The event is set for June 23, 2017 at Camp Timberlane in Wakeman, Ohio. The event will take place 8:30am-2:30pm with the International Space Station Contact taking place at 10:25am.   Girl Scouts have submitted questions in advance for the astronauts and will speak in real time with astronauts aboard the International Space Station using Ham Radio technology.

    Only a limited number of organizations get approved for an ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) contact. The unique program, which promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills, will be the main attraction for this activity-packed family event.  Guests will hear from NASA employees as well as Professor B. Curious from the Great Lakes Science Center.  Activities will be set up throughout camp and include a virtual reality tour of the International Space Station and the vacuum chamber, take-away stations like energy bead bracelets and straw rockets, and an exclusive Girl Scout ARISS contact patch.



    What is ARISS?

    ARISS is a joint venture by NASA, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), and the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) to facilitat...

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  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio has a record setting 2017 Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon

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    2017 Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon

    Macedonia, OH –Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) held its annual Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon on May 19, 2017 at The Union Club of Cleveland. The event was established to raise funds for Girl Scout scholarships and financial aid, while honoring women who go above and beyond to make our communities better places to live, work, and raise a family. This year’s event set new records both for attendance, with 240 guests, and in the amount raised, at $41,000.

    In attendance were this year’s honorees including:

    2017 Women of Distinction Honorees

    Stephanie Brown-Houston, NASA Glenn Research Center

    Debra Green, Medical Mutual

    Victoria Kress, Ph.D., Youngstown State University

    Ann Manby, AAA Akron Board of Trustees

    Carole Mount, Ph.D., Walsh University

    Ilene Shapiro, County of Summit

    LaToya Smith, Fifth Third Bank

    Cheryl Stawicki, Health Design Plus

    Mary Verdi-Fletcher, Dancing Wheels

    Leila Vespoli, FirstEnergy

    These women were 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 Theresa Car...

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  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Elects New Board Members, Board Development Committee Members, and National Delegates

    Macedonia, OH -- Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) recently announced the election of its new Board of Directors, representing communities throughout the 18 counties the Council serves.  Continuing board officers are Laura Watson, Chair; Judith E. Matsko, Vice Chair; Matthew Inks, Treasurer; and Kathy Moock, Secretary.

    Among the new board members who will serve two year terms (2017-2019) are Lakewood resident Jospeh Gutkoski, Esq., an attorney with Collins & Scanlon, LLP, in Cleveland; Ravenna resident Shay Little, Ph.D., who serves as the executive officer and provides overall leadership to the Division of Student Affairs at Kent State University; Canal Fulton resident Sandra Rapp, the Vice President, Chief Information Officer for The Timken Company; and Akron resident Dana Stahl, the Chief Compliance Officer at Third Federal Savings Bank.

    “We are pleased to welcome our new board members to the team, as well as those who will be serving a second term to continue our council’s mission,” said Board Chair Laura Watson. “Their expertise in their respective fields will help us achieve the strategic growth objectives and goals we have established for our council for the upcoming year.”

    Among those re-elected to continue in their roles as board members are Members-at-Large Diana Bilimoria, Ph.D., KeyBank Professor and Chair and Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University;...

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  • Girl Scouts is grateful for support during the centennial cookie sale

    Macedonia, OH – Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) experienced a 6% increase in sales for the 2017 cookie season, thanks to cookie customers throughout the 18-county council.  The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country, a century in the making, and supported by customers who believe in the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

    In Northeast Ohio, Thin Mints proved once again to have the most loyal following, accounting for 26.4% of all sales, while Samoas with their chewy caramel and coconut topping came in second at 18%.  Overall, there was an increase in sales by 166,380 packages, up from the 2.6 million sold in 2016. The Digital Cookie™ platform also experienced a spike in sales, up an amazing 80% from last year – accounting for a total of 115,452 sales.

    To celebrate 100 years of girls selling Girl Scout Cookies, a new S’mores cookie was introduced in limited quantities. The S’mores cookies were a big hit this year and we look forward to selling them again next year.

    Perhaps the most incredible increase of the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie sale was the number of cookies generously purchased from Girl Scouts participating in Operation: Sweet Appreciation.  This year, 55,920 packages will be delivered to members of the military – the most ever donated by Northeast Ohio cookie customers.

    “Participating in the...

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  • 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 directors 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 2017 Adult Recognition Ceremony, which was held at the Holiday Inn Cleveland-South in Independence on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

    “Volunteers are the backbone of our organization,” said Chief Executive Officer Jane Christyson. “Girl Scouting would not exist without the dedication and talents of our volunteers –  Girl Scouts throughout Northeast Ohio benefit from our volunteer program, strong mentor relationships, and leadership examples.”

    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 35,000 girls throughout GSNEO’s 18 county region.

    A total of 87 adult volunteers receive...

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  • Girl Scout dues increasing for 2017-2018 Membership Year

    Macedonia, OH- Girl Scouts is the first and largest girl-led organization in the world, and for more than a century has been preparing girls in grades K-12 for every day leadership by providing rich experiences for them to explore new interests, face challenges, form new friendships, and make lasting community contributions.

    Now in our second century, as we continue the Girl Scout mission, it is important that we keep pace with an ever-changing world.  To ensure we have the resources to support our mission, Girl Scouts of the USA’s National Board has decided to increase the annual membership dues to $25, starting October 1, 2017, for both girl and adult members.

    Every dollar of membership dues is sent to Girl Scouts of the USA to cover the cost of fundamental services supporting the Girl Scout Movement.  This includes, but is not limited to, accident insurance for members participating in approved Girl Scout activities, program development, research, resources, training, technology, services to councils, and protection of the Girl Scout brand.  Membership dues also help fund the implementation of new technologies to improve the Girl Scout experience for girls, volunteers, and parents.

    For questions please email

    Girl Scouts of North East Ohio connects girls to a world of possibilities in a positive ad inclusive, girl-led environment.  Girls are i...

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  • McDonald High School Students Earn Prestigious Service Award

    McDonald, OH- Five McDonald High School (MHS) students who are members of Girl Scout Troop 80344 received The Gold Level President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) for outstanding community service. A recognition ceremony was held at McDonald High School on March 20, 2017, and included special guests Ohio State Representative Glenn Holmes, McDonald Village Administrator Thomas Domitrovich, Woodland Park United Methodist Church Pastor Darlene Smiley-Masetta and MHS Principal Gary Carkido.  

    Troop Leaders Candice Ward and Lori Gillespie presented the PVSA awards, which consisted of the Gold Level Service Pin, a letter signed by Former President Barak Obama, and an Official Service Recognition Certificate. The students were also recognized by the Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio Senate and the US House of Representatives as they were presented certificates from Representative Holmes, Gary Carkido, on behalf of Ohio Senator O’Brien, and Thomas Domitrovitch, on behalf of US Representative Tim Ryan.

    In 2016, student and adult members of Girl Scout Troop 80344 served 2,284 hours. MHS students earning the award include: Junior Rachel Ward, Sophomore Rachel Mathews, and Freshmen Abriella Gillespie, Abigail Sampson and Megan Ward. Two scouts, Rachel Ward and Megan Ward, individually contributed in excess of 250 hours each toward the troop's total.  

    These students routinely go above and beyond just completing projects to help others...

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  • National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Recognizes the Largest Girl-Led Business in the Country

    MACEDONIA, OHIO – A century ago, a group of innovative girls started what would become a national tradition: Girl Scout Cookies. This year commemorates the first known sale of Girl Scout Cookies in 1917 as well as the largest girl-led business it is today here in Northeast Ohio and throughout the country.  

    The 45,000 girl and adult members of Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) will join all Girl Scouts, past and present, in recognizing National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, February 24-26, 2017, by celebrating all the fun, learning, and excitement Girl Scouts have experienced selling cookies for 100 years. The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches five essential skills for leadership, success, and life: decision making, goal setting, people skills, money management, and business ethics.

    National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend gives girls the opportunity to talk about their goals and showcase their cookie selling skills. From January through April 2, 2017, Girl Scouts across Northeast Ohio are selling cookies at booths, door to door, and through Digital Cookie, the first national digital platform that enables girls to learn 21st-century skills while selling cookies through their own personalized cookie websites, or face-to-face using a mobile transaction app.

    “From camping, to travel, to community service projects and Girl Scout programming – all of the amazing experiences girls have in Girl Scouting are powered by the cookie program,” said Jane Christyso...

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  • Girl Scouts Celebrates 100th Anniversary of the largest girl-led business in the world!

    Macedonia, Ohio –Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is commemorating an exciting year for the organization - the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies, with pre-sales beginning in January.

    In 1917, five years after Juliette Gordon Low founded the organization, Girl Scouts first sold cookies as a means to finance troop activities. This initial sale evolved into the largest entrepreneurial program in the world, teaching millions of girls essential skills needed to become effective leaders. These leadership skills include goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

    “The Girl Scout Cookie Program is essentially a business built by girls,” said GSNEO’s CEO Jane Christyson.  “Girls who participate set goals and decide how their profits will be used to support their activities, which often include giving back through service projects.  Because it’s girl-led, they’re learning to be effective leaders, manage finances, and gain self-sufficiency and confidence in handling money.”

    The 2017 cookie season marks the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts. In recognition of the centennial, this year’s cookie sale will feature a new cookie – the Girl Scout S’mores cookie. The commemorative treat, as well as the traditional favorites, will be available through pre-orders starting January 2, 2017 with booth sales beginning in March. Proceeds from the cookie sale benefit Girl...

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