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Congratulations Julia Bache!!!

June 19, 2014
Julia Bache Girl Scout of the USA Young Woman of Distinction

Julia Bache
Girl Scout of the USA Young Woman of Distinction

I am honored to announce that we have learned that one of our own Girl Scouts, Julia Bache, has been selected by Girl Scouts of the USA as a National Young Woman on Distinction to be recognized at the 2014 convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Julia is an impressive young woman whose Gold Award project was to nominate the Buck Creek Rosenwald School to the National Register of Historic Places. As part of her project, Julia created an exciting traveling museum exhibit about Rosenwald Schools that tours throughout Kentucky and also included interviews from former Rosenwald students. Her tenacity and passion for the cause is astounding and she became the youngest person ever to nominate a site in Kentucky.

Julia’s leadership and commitment to her project led her to speaking engagements throughout Kentucky and to Washington, DC and ultimately approval for Buck Creek to be added to the National Register.
We are so proud of you Julia and all of our incredible Gold Award Girls that follow their passion and make a difference in the world!!! Way to go, Julia! #GirlScoutsRock

June 18, 2014

I am honored to announce that we have learned that one of our own Girl Scouts, Julia Bache, has been selected by Girl Scouts of the USA as a National Young Woman on Distinction to be recognized at the 2014 convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Julia is an impressive young woman whose Gold Award project was to nominate the Buck Creek Rosenwald School to the National Register of Historic Places. As part of her project, Julia created an exciting traveling museum exhibit about Rosenwald Schools that tours throughout Kentucky and also included interviews from former Rosenwald students. Her tenacity and passion for the cause is astounding and she became the youngest person ever to nominate a site in Kentucky.
Julia’s leadership and commitment to her project led her to speaking engagements throughout Kentucky and to Washington, DC and ultimately approval for Buck Creek to be added to the National Register.
We are so proud of you Julia, and we are so proud of all of our Gold Award girls that follow their passion and make a difference in the world!!

Way to go, Julia!
#GirlScoutsRock

THANK YOU TO OUR INCREDIBLE VOLUNTEERS!!

May 1, 2014

Thank You_Volunteers Heart graphicWe asked and you answered. In celebration of volunteer month we sent out a call for “shout outs” of stories and experiences celebrating Girl Scout volunteers and to put it mildly, we were over the moon with the responses! We received feedback thanking troop leaders and other volunteers who over the years have impacted the lives of girls more than they can imagine. We received stories from all over the GSK service area.
Because of the work of volunteers we are able to provide programming such as STEM and Girl Scout Journeys. Programs such as these are a crucial part in fulfilling our mission of creating girls of courage, confidence and character. The volunteer leadership provided by thousands of volunteers each year allows girls the opportunity to discover, connect, and take action in their daily lives and opens their eyes to brighter possibilities for tomorrow.
The thousands upon thousands of volunteer hours graciously given by GSK volunteers helps run the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana’s piece of the largest girl-led business in the world—cookie sales! Not only behind every cookie sale is a girl learning about financial literacy but, a volunteer nurturing an inquisitive mind and a future leader.
Although we recognize volunteers with awards and accolades we know the real reason behind their work and dedication—it’s their love of the mission and the power of helping a girl develop into a strong and confident leader.
For this, I say thank you.

I myself was a struggling middle school child who literally found herself through the power of Girl Scouting. I had incredible leaders that inspired me to try new experiences in the very safe space of my Girl Scout Troop and my summer camp. I found my voice with the help of my SHERO’s!! I would not be the woman and the leader I am today if it were not for incredible volunteers. I celebrate you! Thank you so very much for all that you do for our girls!!!

P.S. If you have not had a chance to see the volunteer stories, check them out on our Facebook page

We gain stren…

August 8, 2013

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Thanks a Million Girl Scout Volunteers…Wait, Let’s Make That 5 Million!

April 19, 2013

We say it all the time. “Hey, thanks a million!”

Someone does us a favor, or helps us with a challenging task. Or, maybe they step up to go above and beyond the usual course of what’s expected in their jobs. Whatever the situation may be, a “Thank you” seems in order.

But what could you possibly say to thank someone who devotes  nearly 5 million hours a year to something they choose to do purely from their goodness of their hearts? These are people who don’t get paid, at least not in dollars.

troop funThey are Girl Scout volunteers.

By conservative estimates, our 6,500+ leaders and other volunteers across the Kentuckiana Council put in an average of 5 million hours a year to serve our girls. From leading troop meetings, planning community service projects, organizing travels and tours, overseeing cookie sales, helping to steer our governance and operations, and so much more, volunteers are the lifeblood that make Girl Scouting possible.

From our earliest days, and throughout a full century of service to girls of all ages, Girl Scouts has been a volunteer-driven organization. As we change and grow to continue serving our girls the best way possible over the next hundred years, I expect this is one thing we’ll see unchanged!

annual mtg2013 (81)Ask any Girl Scout volunteer why anyone would dedicate so much time and energy to working with girls and expect to hear something along the line of, “Making a difference in a girl’s life is rewarding and important work.” Then, don’t be surprised to hear, “It’s also a whole lot of fun!”

National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, 2013—and national Girl Scout Leaders Day on April 22nd—is the perfect time to say “Thank you” to these selfless individuals. It is truly awe-inspiring, and humbling, to see firsthand the incredible level of dedication our volunteers give to the important work of building girls.

IMG_0024Beyond the traditional troop experience, the flexibility of Girl Scouting’s Pathways model offers volunteers great options to be part of Girl Scouting in a way that works for them. Our six Pathways—Troops, Series, Events, Camp, Travel, and Virtual—empower volunteers to design and deliver programs that reflect their specific skills and expertise. From business owners to chefs, or even research scientists, doctors, news reporters, airline pilots and beyond…there is practically no limit to candidates who would make a great Girl Scout volunteer.

So, if you’ve ever dreamed of being part of something bigger than yourself, come join us. Be part of helping today’s girls become tomorrow’s leaders.

The value of what our volunteers do is truly beyond measure. Even if it were possible to put a dollar figure on what our volunteers do, no amount of money could come close to the worth of what these selfless individuals do purely from a sense of commitment and purpose. So, we’ll just have to say, “Thanks five million!” and hope you know how much we genuinely thank you for your extraordinary service.

Girl Scout Week 2013: The Future Is Now

March 9, 2013

The week of March 10, 2013 is a special time for Girl Scouts everywhere. This is Girl Scout Week. During this special time, on March 12th, we will recognize our 101st birthday. As with all birthdays, this is a milestone …a mark in time to stop for a moment and think about things such as far we’ve come, and what our future holds.

Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana has come far during our rich and storied history. We have so many wonderful successes and victories to celebrate. Our girls are doing incredible work in their communities. We are fortunate to have a dedicated corps of volunteers, and an awesome staff who understand the commitment it takes to carry out the important mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

I want to take this opportunity, on the occasion of Girl Scout Week to wish everyone who supports our work and makes it possible a wonderful and meaningful Girl Scout Week.

For 100 years, Girl Scouts has provided girls with more ways to learn and lead than any other organization. As we enter our next century of service to girls, our focus on girl leadership is more important than ever.

Marian Wright Edelman, noted founder of the Children’s Defense Organization, once said, “You can’t be what you can’t see.” Thank you for being part of helping today’s girls see what that have the potential to be. Thank you for helping today’s girls become tomorrow’s leaders.

On behalf of the 22,000 girl members and 7,000 adult members and volunteers who form the backbone of our council, in honor of Girl Scout Week 2013 I am issuing this call to action. Help us build strong girls ready to become tomorrow’s leaders. Volunteer. Make a donation. Encourage girls you know to join Girl Scouting.

When it comes to investing in girls, the future is now. There is no better time to make sure girls have the skills, experience and knowledge they need to succeed. There is noone better prepared than Girl Scouts to make this happen.

Building Tomorrow’s Leaders, One Girl Scout Cookie at a Time

February 20, 2013

Anyone who’s every spent any time around me has likely heard me say many times, “I love my job.” I love helping empower today’s girls to become tomorrow’s leaders. I love working with an awesome team of dedicated staff and incredible volunteers. I love working with community partners to spread the word about the benefits of Girl Scouting. We had a terrific opportunity recently to work with The Courier-Journal on a Community Challenge op-ed piece entitled “Help Build Leaders of Tomorrow.” I encourage you to check out this piece. With Girl Scout Cookie booths set to run February 22-March 22, it’s a timely look at the real return on investment seen from every $3.50 investment in girls made one box of cookies at a time.

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