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  • Girl Scouts Celebrate Successful Volunteer Development Initiative

    16 Apr 2015

    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

    15 Apr 2015
    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

    18 Feb 2015

    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

    10 Feb 2015

    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!

    09 Feb 2015

    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 Delegate Elections and Vacancies

    09 Feb 2015

    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

    09 Feb 2015

    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

    09 Feb 2015

    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!

     

  • It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!

    19 Dec 2014

    Macedonia, OH - Beginning January 5, 2015 Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is continuing the nearly 100-year tradition of the Girl Scout Cookie sale. The 2015 lineup includes Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, Trefoils, and Savannah Smiles. New this year is the Rah-Rah Raisin cookie. The cookie program activity is the nation’s largest girl led business and the leading financial literacy program for girls. Designed for girls in grades K-12, it is a key element of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

    For the first time, the Girl Scout Cookie sale is going online!  With Digital Cookie, customers will be able to buy Girl Scout Cookies through a digital platform.  In true Girl Scout fashion, Digital Cookie is girl-led, which means the girls initiative the sale.  Girls will market their online cookie business by inviting customers via email to visit their personalized cookie websites.  There, customers may order cookies from the comfort of their living room.  The platform can only be accessed if a customer has a direct link to the girl’s page, as provided by the girl.  For the safety of our girls and customers alike, it is not available via search engine.  Digital Cookie offers a girl-led, immersive online experience that teaches girls about money management and using dashboards to track their sales and goals.  Overall, the new platform teaches modern skills while aligning with the interests of today’s girls....



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  • Girl Scouts among “20 Under Twenty” awardees

    03 Dec 2014

    Macedonia, OH - This year, five Girl Scouts were among the recipients honored at the second annual Trumbull County “20 Under Twenty” awards dinner, which celebrates the extensive and altruistic volunteerism of 20 local youths.  The event was hosted by the Tribune Chronicle and Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley on December 2, 2014.

     

    The goal of the award program is to grow leaders of tomorrow from a young age.  From the 60 nominations, 20 young leaders were selected by school guidance counselors, principals and youth group leaders.  Those selected had to excel in community service, extracurricular activities and academics. 

     

    Sounds like a Girl Scout, doesn’t it?

     

    Then it probably does not surprise you that five of the 20 chosen were Girl Scouts, including Marisa Pipino, Meredith Brugler, Anna McCue, Maura Dixon and Elizabeth Kellar of Troop 80117.  Five finalists were selected, and again, Girl Scouts Meredith and Anna were in that top group.  And the big moment of the evening – when the top honoree was announced – it was a Girl Scout who was chosen as the overall winner.  Meredith received a $500 check to use for a volunteer project or to donate to a nonprofit of her choice.  

    "I might cry in a second," Meredith said after receiving the check. "This is going to go to my project and to my cooking class."

    Meredith created a program for...



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  • Girl Scout Named National Young Woman of Distinction

    21 Oct 2014

    Macedonia, OH – Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is proud to announce that Catherine Riordan of Solon, Ohio was awarded the 2014 Young Women of Distinction Award by Girl Scouts of the USA, the highest honor in Girl Scouting.  Catherine is among 10 finalists who earned their Gold Award, an honor bestowed on only 5 percent of Girl Scouts nationwide, and she was among 200 applicants nominated for their dedicated efforts to better their communities and activate change in the world by creating and facilitating “Take Action” projects.

    A Girl Scout for 12 years, Catherine also served as a GSNEO National Delegate whose term ended in April 2014.  For her Gold Award project, Catherine worked with Hattie Larlham, a non-profit organization that provides long term disability care. She received two provisional patents for building wheelchair-accessible picnic tables, sensory boards for wheelchair trays, and custom benches that allow differently-abled people to enjoy the outdoors and feel like a part of the community. Catherine also held a picnic for the residents using the items that she designed and built.

    Catherine, a senior at Solon High School, is trained as a Girl Scout Program Aide, she loves camping, and she was presented with the Girl Scout Marian Medal by Bishop Lennon. In addition to Girl Scouting, she lettered on the Varsity Bowling team and is an active member in her church’s teen program.

    “We are so proud of Catherine,” said...



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