FALL 2011 - Girl Scouts of Rhode Island

FALL 2011 - Girl Scouts of Rhode Island

FALL 2011 - Girl Scouts of Rhode Island


Create successful ePaper yourself

Turn your PDF publications into a flip-book with our unique Google optimized e-Paper software.

A warm welcome to

Jean-Ann McGrane,

GSRI's new CEO

See inside for her story!

FALL 2011

Girl Scouts of Rhode Island , Inc.

Including Attleboro, Bellingham, Blackstone, Fall River, Millville,

North Attleborough, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Somerset,

Swansea, Westport, and Wrentham, MA and Pawcatuck, CT

Multi-generational campers...

TROOP #359's

Journey Story

Submitted by Troop Leader Maribeth Maher

Foster Junior Troop #359

completed their first Journey,

Agents of Change, this spring by

partnering with Adoption RI.

The girls brainstormed about

their individual interests and

how they could be helpful in the

community. They discovered their

common interest to help children

without families of their own.

The troop contacted Adoption RI

and formed an action plan. Troop

members collected stuffed

animals for children in the

adoption program, and learned

about the adoption process and

the needs of children in our area.

During the troop's visit to Adoption

RI, each girl made a "Life Book," a

personal journal in which adoptees

record events in their lives. It is a

special keepsake that a child takes

with them wherever they go. After

visiting Adoption RI, Troop #359

decided to purchase scrapbooking

supplies to donate to the program

for the creation of Life Books. The

agency was designated as the

beneficiary of our 2011 Cookie

Share project.

It was a great experience for all.

We thank those involved who

were kind enough to share their

time with us!

Camp Hoffman

Celebrates 90 Years

Past met present on Saturday, July 9, 2011 when 200 campers,

counselors and directors from Camp Hoffman’s past visited

Camp Hoffman to help celebrate its 90th anniversary.

Attendees came from all over New England and as far away

as Alaska and the United Kingdom! F. “Harriet” Dever of

Providence, a leader who took her troop to Camp Hoffman in the early to mid-

Harriet tD Dever (L),

1945, Camp Hoffman,

New Old House.

1940’s, was also in attendance. Said Harriet, “I’ve been a Girl Scout for 75 years. I

bet nobody here can beat that record!”

The morning started with a procession of

current campers – at Camp Hoffman for a

Great Escape weekend -- who marched in

from the four corners of the camp singing


the Camp Hoffman song. Five directors of

Camp Hoffman – past and present -- were

introduced. While the




attendees ees took

ok it easy




renewing old friendships, taking a stroll down

memory lane, and exploring some

of the camp’s latest additions, including ing the incredible ible


challenge course.

For those who needed ed a little help getting ting

around, Dan

Webster e and




were happy to offer tractor-led hayride tours!

Old memories were relived, but


memories were

also created. Just



(Loughnane) Acciardo from Cranston. For

years she’d been trying to track down

a copy of a GSRI summer camp

catalog alog

from the 1950’s that t featured ed



on the cover so that t she could show her grandchildren. ren.

With the

help of Joan


museum committee te

e member, mber

she found it at the

museum’s um

special exhibit it at Camp

Hoffman. fman


to Sheila, “After two minutes of leafing through folders,

tears came pouring out

of my

eyes. In my hands was

the brochure re I had

remembered embe

red so clearly ly but



looking for for so many years. I was

beside myself and


Joan a big


The 1955 GSRI summer camp catalog, featuring a photo

of Sheila (Loughnane) Acciardo as a girl.

Girl Scouts of Rhode Island Welcomes New CEO

On August 22, 2011, GSRI welcomes Jean-Ann

McGrane as our new CEO. Building on the

foundation laid by Jan Feyler, she will focus on

bringing us into the next 100 years.

She comes to us after 10 years as President

of J. A. McGrane & Associates, a consulting

organization in Gardiner, New York, specializing in

solutions to complex conservation and economic

development issues. Before that, she was

City Manager of Newburgh, New York; Regional

Director of the New York State Department of

Environmental Conservation; and Assistant

Vice President of the New York City Health and

Hospitals Corporation.

McGrane is originally a Rhode Islander, and

is excited about the opportunity to lead the

organization that did so much to shape the person

she has become. “My passion for preserving and

protecting the environment and my commitment

to initiatives that support strong communities

stem directly from my years at Camp Hoffman,

where I was a camper starting at 7 years old,”

she says. “I’m thrilled to help enable the next

generation of girls to become leaders who will

ensure the long-term health of our planet.”

“My first priority is getting to know the Girl Scout

team – the staff, board, volunteers and girls,”

says McGrane. “You are the heart and soul of

the organization – the reason it exists and keeps

going.” She will focus on membership growth

and the organization’s fiscal stability. “Girl

Scouts can enhance what other organizations

are doing, and vice versa,” she says. “There’s a

tremendous opportunity for synergy in projects

like go-green and women’s leadership.”

McGrane is an avid hiker, cyclist and swimmer,

a choral singer and artist who looks forward to

creating landscapes of Rhode Island.

New Robotics


GSRI’s new Robotics

Program will begin this

fall, with the first meeting

scheduled for September 22, 2011.

Girls in 4th-8th grades will compete

with other teams around the state, and

possibly the nation! Stacey Pride and

Roberta Dowding, team leaders, get

excited when they hear the girls talking

about building the robot they will need to

complete the challenge.

The team will meet throughout the

fall and winter to prepare for the

competition in 2012, which includes

fundraising for the equipment and

entrance fees. If you are interested

in joining the team, helping out (no

experience necessary), or helping the

team reach their financial goal please

contact Amber Fearn at afearn@gsri.org.

The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting!


GSUSA is in the process of introducing new and revised

program resources. The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting,

the new badge and handbook series, will be available

for purchase beginning fall 2011. The Girl’s Guide to Girl

Scouting—one developed for each grade level—will include

a variety of badge offerings, handbook sections covering

traditions and history, Cookie badges, an awards log, and much more.

All other Girl Scout books and resources will gradually be retired. GSUSA will retire

some current Try-It's, Junior badges, and interest project patches, and will update

others. We highly recommend purchasing your awards early to ensure availability.

Badges are here to stay. Remember, badges give girls topic- specific skill-building

activities. Journey awards give girls opportunities to explore the three keys to

leadership! A line of new badges will be introduced and a selection of out-dated

badges will be retired. The new badges will combine contemporary topics of

interest to girls and long-time favorite activities.

Workshops on the new materials will be held at Service Unit meetings in the fall.

Once the GSRI shops are fully stocked, we will begin to hold hands-on workshops

throughout the council. Check with your SUM or PC to see when one is scheduled

in your service area.

Girl Scouts Rock the Mall:

100th Anniversary Sing-Along on the

National Mall in Washington, DC

It’s official. Bring your troop, your

daughters and friends and join

your Girl Scout sisters from around

the world on the National Mall on

Saturday, June 9, 2012. The Girl

Scout Council of the Nation's Capital (GSCNC) and its co-host, the Girl

Scouts of the USA, plan to celebrate our 100th Anniversary in true Girl

Scout fashion: with songs.

Since the Girl Scout movement was founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon

Low, we have used songs to celebrate friendship and express our

commitment to girls' leadership. The Girl Scouts have a long tradition

of holding a Sing-Along on the National Mall. We gathered for the 85th,

90th and 95th anniversary.

Online registration, which includes a commemorative

T-shirt and patch, will begin in January 2012. We invite you

to visit www.gsri.org for updates to this fun event and other

local events celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting, including

the requirements for our own 100th Anniversary Patch.

Bobbi Lee Chamberlin

& Crystal Godin

are awarded

Appreciation Pins

Urban Outreach Leaders, Crystal Godin and Bobbi Lee Chamberlin

were awarded Girl Scout Appreciation Pins for their exemplary service

to girls in urban neighborhoods.

Crystal has been a troop leader in Central Falls for 8 years and is always

looking for ways for more girls to participate. She is also an outstanding

Urban Outreach leader in Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls

-- serving 100+ girls each year. This spring, her Central Falls troop

planned a father/daughter dance and invited all the Pawtucket troops

to attend. Crystal’s determination that all girls feel included and valued

as Girl Scouts is much appreciated by the girls and their families.

Bobbi shared her wisdom, compassion and enthusiasm for life with

260 girls in 2011 alone! While Bobbi loves to have fun, she is not afraid

to take on the tough issues. In 2010, she piloted a No Bully Zone

program with her after-school troops, and then compiled a leader

guide and trained the Urban Outreach staff to run the program. Last

spring, her girls wrote essays on “What It Means to be a Girl Scout”.

Jamila wrote “…..I know I will achieve and succeed from being in the Girl

Scouts. Also I would always look up to my inspiration Mrs. Bobbi.”

2010/11 Adult Recognitions


Janet A. Feyler



Lois Dexter

North Kingstown*

Kerrie Foley

North Kingstown*

Judy Lonardo

East Greenwich*

Colleen McBride


Christine Roy



Bobbi Chamberlin East Providence

Linda Fallin


Kevin Gareau


Crystal Godin

Central Falls

Donna Lewis


Ruth Maille



Karie Hebert


Carla Pereira

Wrentham, MA

Loren (Trish) Ybarrondo Middletown


Susan Jalette

West Kingston


Candis Boucher


Christina Craig


Linda Finn


Danielle Engel


Dawn Prewitt



Martine Descoteaux Bellingham

John Hughes

East Greenwich


Dorothy Crum Wichita, KS 60 years

Freda Lehrer Cranston 55 years*

Ruth Sleicher North Kingstown 55 years*

Winifred Weeden Chariho 55 years

Carol Forgette Ocala, Fl 45 years

Kathryn L. Gann North Providence 45 years

Susan E. Anderson Tiverton 40 years

Maureen Van Herpe Chepachet 40 years

Patti Hall East Providence 35 years

Gert Shea Warwick 35 years

Madalyn “Pat” Smith Pawtucket 30 years

Diane Pelrine Wrentham, MA 30 years

Cynthia Anderson Wakefield 25 years

Karen Benvenuto Middletown 25 years

Louise Moore Slatersville 25 years

Kate Pickle New York 20 years

Jennifer Gervais West Greenwich 10 years


Margaret Richmond Providence 40 years*

Jeanine Gawthrope Wrentham, MA 25 years

Colleen McBride Rehoboth, MA 15 years*

Lynn Wainwright Bristol 10 years

Laura Pelrine Wrentham, MA 5 years


Carolyn Cava

East Greenwich

June Fischer

East Greenwich

*Presented at the Annual Meeting

Girl Scouts turns boring days into days

you'll remeber all your life.

Do you know of a girl that is interested in

becoming a Girl Scout? Now is the time to join!

Girl Scouts of Rhode Island will be holding registration events throughout

our jurisdiction on Saturday, September 10, 2011. Now more than ever

girls have a chance to choose their Pathway into Girl Scouts by joining a

troop, signing up for a one time event, attending a series of events that

are of special interest, going camping, traveling – or all of the above! The

possibilities are endless! Please visit our website at www.gsri.org to get

specific information on registration events in your area!

Do you have a special talent that you want to share?

There are more ways than ever to volunteer. Think it's a

full-year commitment? Think again.

Today’s Girl Scouts offers all kinds of flexible ways to participate. It’s not just

about being a troop leader any more – spend a day coaching a sports clinic

or an afternoon running a career mentoring workshop. The opportunities

are endless and the time commitment is totally up to you. Please visit

www.gsri.org today!

Investing in Today

The Girl Scouts of Rhode Island will once again offer two fall product sale

programs: the QSP Be a Reader magazine sale and the Ashdon Farms

candy and nut sale. Girls from Daisies to Ambassadors, in all Pathways,

can earn incentives and participate in activities throughout the sale that

can help them to make decisions, exercise their

people skills, and manage money so that they can

reach their goals. Troops can earn proceeds for

troop activities and at the same time build selfconfidence,

learn strong values and how to work

as a team when they participate in these

programs. The sale of these products to

family and friends also benefits the many

services, programs, and events that are

offered by the council each year. For more

information about the fall sale, visit www.gsri.org.

Success for Tomorrow!


September 12-October 28 Girls take

orders for magazine subscriptions/renewals

and candy/nuts

October 30 Orders are due to the troop

leader or Product Sales Coordinator

November 16-18 Candy and nuts are

delivered to participating service units. Girls

then begin to deliver the product



U.S. Postage


Providence, RI

Permit No. 220

Shop News

Just in time for a new troop year! You can now shop online at

www.gsri.org for Girl Scout uniforms, equipment, badges, books,

gift items, and 100 Years of Girl Scouting memorabilia – all from the

comfort of your home. Leaders, families and friends are all

welcome. We regularly stock the merchandise found in the Girl

Scout catalog in addition to extras and exclusive merchandise with

our council name. We accept VISA, MasterCard and American

Express. Our shipping rates are very reasonable and most orders

will arrive in just a day or two. If there are items you’d like to see

offered by the online store, just email us at shop@gsri.org and

we’d be happy to consider your suggestion! And, remember, the

proceeds from our Girl Scout shops and our online shop benefit

the girls right here in our own council. A special thanks to Allison

Rich, Shop Manager at Girl Scouts of Central & Western MA for so

patiently answering our many questions!

In response to GSUSA’s plan to retire some Try-Its, Badges and

Interest Project Awards, the GSRI Shops will not be able to offer

exchanges/returns of these items after September 30, 2011. We

encourage you to check on the availability of any of these items

before planning events. Please shop early for awards to make sure

you are able to get sufficient quantities.







Pen Set





125 Charles Street

Providence, RI 02904-2274


FALL 2011


125 Charles Street, Providence, RI

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5:30pm

Saturday, 10am-2pm

Major credit cards accepted. Free parking at both locations.

(401) 331-4500 or (800) 331-0149 ext. 1201

We would like to thank our sponsors:

EW Burman


Camp Hoffman, W. Kingston, RI

Hours: Wednesday & Saturday,


Centreville Bank, Citizens Bank

Hinckley, Allen & Synder LLP

New England Pest Control

Roofing Concepts, Inc.

Falcone Communications & Design

Hooray! Your file is uploaded and ready to be published.

Saved successfully!

Ooh no, something went wrong!