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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

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.

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