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Come to the Watch Party! Int’l Day of the Girl Screening of Raising Ms. President

October 7, 2014

DOTG_RMPCelebrate International Day of the Girl with us! Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana will host a screening of Raising Ms. President on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at 2 p.m. All girls and Girl Scouts are welcome, Girl Scout Alumnae and professional women are encouraged to attend too.

To register for this free event, sign up on our website at gskentuckiana.org.

This free screening is a great opportunity to encourage dialogue on the importance of female leaders in our local, state, and federal governments. Day of the Girl 2014

A documentary by Louisvillian, Kiley Lane Parker, Raising Ms. President is about raising the next generation of female political leaders. Studies show that when more women are at the political decision making table, their presence does make a difference, the problem is, women just don’t want to run. This documentary explores some of the reasons women don’t run for office and uncovers where political ambition begins. If we don’t have more young women envisioning themselves at the top, then asking them to run for office when they are older won’t matter. We must change the political landscape across the board, for the betterment of all people and our country. (text courtesy of Raising Ms. President website)

When: Saturday, October 11, 2014, 2 p.m.

Where: Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana- 2115 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206

Meet Margaret Skene, Interim CEO of Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana

October 6, 2014

Margaret Skene

Welcome Margaret Skene as our Interim CEO.  October 1, 2014 was the official start date for Margaret.  We are so excited to have her here!  You will enjoy meeting and working with Margaret.  She brings a wealth of CEO experience from councils in Orlando, FL and Savannah, GA.   

 

The board’s expectation of Margaret will be the guiding point of leadership for our council, with the full authority of the CEO position.  Most importantly, she will depend on your personal leadership and dedication to our priorities, and to delivering on our mission.   Thank you for your commitment and partnership!

CEO Transition Update by Vivian Hairston Blade, Board Chair, GSK

September 24, 2014

Dear Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Family and Friends,

What an exciting membership season!  Thank you to our returning and new volunteers for your dedication to our mission in the many roles you play!  And, thank you to our parents for engaging your daughters, granddaughters, nieces and neighbors in Girl Scouting.  Your dedication as troop leaders, chaperones, and simply supportive parents in their development will make a huge difference in their lives. Without our volunteers, parents and staff working together, girls would not have available to them the life-changing experiences that Girl Scouts has to offer.

Thank you for your positive spirit and enthusiasm as we try new approaches and build new tools to engage girls and support our volunteers.  Whatever your role in our council, it takes everyone working together to bring about success.  We appreciate your tireless contributions and commitment to our mission.

Regarding the CEO transition update, our search firm, Evergreen, is continuing to accept resumes and inquiries through September 30th.  Evergreen is screening resumes and holding initial screening phone interviews so that they can provide the search committee with solid candidates for consideration.  Evergreen is encouraged by the applicants they are seeing for the position.  So, I am hopeful that we’ll have a strong pool of candidates from which to consider.

We likely will begin the interview process in mid-October after the National Council meeting.  We will bring in the final candidates for meetings with staff, volunteers, girls and parents.  It’s still early to tell, but I hope that we will have a new CEO in place by the first of the year.

Our Interim CEO, Margaret Skene, will arrive in Louisville on September 30th.   Margaret will be making her way around the council to meet everyone.  Please give her a warm welcome and help her get oriented to GSK.  She’ll quickly realize why Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana is one of the exemplary councils across the country.

I also ask for your support in working with Margaret while she is serving us in the Interim CEO role.  The board’s expectation of Margaret is that she will be the guiding point of leadership for our council, with the full authority of the CEO position.  Most importantly, she will depend on your personal leadership and dedication to our priorities, and to delivering on our mission.   Thank you for your commitment and partnership!

I will update you again on our progress and next steps in the coming weeks.

Thank you for all you do!!

Sincerely,

Vivian

Thank You, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana

September 17, 2014

As you may have heard, my last day at Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana is Tuesday, September 30th. I have accepted a position with Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) in New York City.

This was truly a tough decision. Coming to terms with leaving an organization that I love and a great team who have become like family, has not been easy. However, in life you don’t get many opportunities at chances such as this, working with an organization that has already given me so much joy.

My new role at GSUSA will involve supporting the 112 Girl Scout CEO, their Boards, and leadership teams to build the capacity to strategically strengthen their Councils’ in the following areas:

  • Leadership talent and culture,
  • Financial sustainability,
  • Governance and board relations,
  • Strategic goal setting

During my four years at GSK , I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet and talk to so many amazing girls and committed volunteers.

After my departure, GSUSA will appoint an interim CEO to step in until a new, permanent CEO arrives. The team at GSK will continue to use this blog to update you on the transition to a new CEO.

Thank you for allowing me to be a small part of your Girl Scout journey and the opportunity to be CEO of Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana. It has been such an honor and a privilege to serve you.

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It’s cookie time. Have you found your Girl Scout?

September 5, 2014
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We love this awesome post from GSK volunteer Ashlee! #GirlScoutsRock #ItsNeverTooLateToBeAGirlScout #FlashbackFriday

Originally posted on Ashlee Eats:

I was never a Girl Scout. I blame my brother, who quit Cub Scouts after my mom had bought all the swag. The wasted money sullied any kind of scouting for me.

That absence in my childhood fed my admiration for the Girl Scouts. I’m all for the empowerment of girls — and accessories that display your talents and achievements.

Old-school Girl Scouts. (Flickr Creative Commons)

Old-school Girl Scouts. (Flickr Creative Commons)

Late last year, I became a volunteer for Troop 628 of the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, thanks to my friend Christine. Now, I get to see how powerful it is to teach girls they can do anything. I get to watch girls who are eager to learn new things and not ashamed of that hunger for knowledge.

I also have a good line on where to get some Girl Scout cookies.

Sweet, glorious Girl Scout cookies. (Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar, Flickr Creative Commons)

Sweet, glorious Girl Scout cookies. (Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar, Flickr Creative Commons)

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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

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