Dear Girl Scout alumnae and friends, - Girl Scouts of Central Illinois

Dear Girl Scout alumnae and friends, - Girl Scouts of Central Illinois

Dear Girl Scout alumnae and friends,We are thrilled to bring you the inauguralissue of Connections, the newsletter forGirl Scouts of Central Illinois alumnae andfriends. The GSCI Alumnae Associationwas launched in the fall of 2009 as a wayto facilitate connections between formerGirl Scout members and today’s Girl Scoutprogram here in central Illinois. We areexcited about the many opportunities wehave for you to connect with other Girl Scout alumnae, seewhat local Girl Scouts are up to, and help us keep Girl Scoutingstrong for future generations.In the pages of this newsletter you will learn aboutupcoming alumnae events, where you will have theopportunity to mix and mingle, share your favorite Girl Scoutmemories, and network with Girl Scout alumnae fromaround the state. You’ll also learn about what Girl Scouts incentral Illinois are doing and accomplishing and ways youcan contribute your unique talents to today’s Girl Scout program.We welcome your input as the new GSCI AlumnaeAssociation continues to take shape; after all, more thananything we want this to be your association – the place whereyou can go to connect with others who have had the kinds ofexperiences that only Girl Scouting can provide. Please joinus at one of our upcoming alumnae mixers and let us knowyour thoughts about how the GSCI Alumnae Association canfoster connections between yesterday’s Girl Scouts and theGirl Scouts of today.Sincerely,Pam Kovacevich, CEOGirl Scouts of Central Illinois

3Join the Alumnae Advisory CommitteeWould you like to help plan future alumnae events? Join the Alumnae Advisory Committee!Meetings are held every three months and offer a great way to get involved and meet new people.To join the Alumnae Advisory Committee contact Carla Rudicil at 2010 Girl Scout Cookie ActivityIndividual sales for the 2010 Girl Scout Cookie Activity took place fromJanuary 15 – 31. If you missed out on purchasing cookies from a local GirlScout, watch for GSCI cookie booths in March and April. Use the cookiebooth locator on our website at to find a cookiebooth in your area or call any GSCI service center.Operation Cookie Share. . .Support Our Troops OverseasThis year’s Girl Scout Cookie Activityfeatures an added element offar-reaching community service.When purchasing cookies,customers will also have theopportunity to show their supportfor soldiers serving overseas bypurchasing cookies for themthrough Operation Cookie Share.Operation Cookie Share is held in partnership with theAdopt-a-Soldier program sponsored by State Farm’s MilitaryAffinity Group (MAG), an employee resource group thatsupports the military and their families. Operation Cookie Sharewill run through the cookie booth season. Help Girl Scoutsgive soldiers a little taste of home by purchasing cookies forOperation Cookie Share at a cookie booth in your area orvisiting any GSCI service center.

What Are Girl Scouts Doing These Days?Through a wide range of program offerings,girls have the opportunity to pursue theirknown passions as well as expand theirhorizons by traversing outside their comfortzones. We are thrilled to see so many of ourmembers taking advantage of these opportunities.Last year over 11,000 girls attended councilsponsoredactivities throughout the school year,an increase of 47% over the previous year.Did you know.....• Last year, 890 Girl Scouts gave back to their communities through council-sponsored communityservice projects.• In 2009, thirteen Girl Scouts between the ages of 14–18 and eight Girl Scout adults traveled to England,France, and Switzerland, staying at two of the four World Girl Scout Centers .• A grant from GSUSA enables GSCI to offer the uniquely ME! Dove Self-Esteem program to 10,000 girls ingrades 4–12 so that they can make healthy choices and live healthy lives.• Camp Exec, a professional development program, allowed fifty-two girlsages 11 – 17 to visit universities, explore college majors, and job shadowprofessional women across a broad spectrum of careers, including artmuseum director, basketball referee, horticulturist, life coach, and more.A grant from State Farm helped us to continue and expand thisleadership development program for girls.• Over 2,500 GSCI Girl Scouts and their families enjoyed Girl Scout Day atthe Capitol with activities that included a parade, a Girl Scout rally,meeting policy makers, and touring the House of Representatives.• There are now six flexible ways in which a girl can join Girl Scouts. Thesix Girl Scout Pathways include: traditional troops, camp, series of relatedactivities, special events, travel, and virtual.Girl Scouts is Going Green!If you’d like to receive Connections via email,please send your request and contact informationto

Girl Scout Alumna ProfileJeanne BuyseeWhat is your current profession?I am an insurance agent and own an American Family agencyin Peoria.What is your history with the Girl Scout organization?I was in a troop for a short time as a girl. As an adult volunteerI was a Cadette and Senior troop leader and day camp directorfor many years. In 1976 I was hired by Kickapoo Council as aField Director and eventually became the Camping Services/Property management director and resident camp director atCamp Tapawingo for several years.What is your favorite Girl Scout memory?As an adult volunteer it was the many troop campingexperiences. Serving as resident camp director as a Girl Scoutemployee was the best time of my Girl Scout experience.Are there qualities you developed as a Girl Scout (either as a girl or as an adult member) which havepositively influenced your career?I consider myself to be enthusiastic, friendly, considerate, ethical, and helpful. The experience of beingan adult volunteer enhanced these qualities, helped me in my career as a professional Girl Scout, and hasmade me a successful businesswoman. In my personal life those same qualities have helped me to be apositive leader and have led to many wonderful experiences helping people.What do you think is the greatest benefit of the Girl Scout program for girls and for adult volunteers?Learning and living by the Girl Scout Promise and Law is the greatest benefit of the program. Those wholive by it will reap the many rewards of a good life. Girl Scouting is fun, develops life-long friendships,and prepares girls (and adults) for the “real” world.If you could teach girls one lesson, what would it be?If I could I would teach every girl how to become a confident woman.We Want to Hear from You!To share your favorite Girl Scout stories, join the GSCI Alumnae Advisory Committee, help recruit newalumnae, or let us know your thoughts about the future of the GSCI Alumnae Association, please contactCarla Rudicil, Alumnae Relations:3 Westport CourtBloomington, IL 61704crudicil@girlscouts-gsci.org800-777-1912 ext. 11035

3 Westport CourtBloomington, IL 61704www.girlscouts-gsci.orgNon-Profit OrgU.S. PostagePAIDBloomington, ILPermit #101Upcoming Alumnae EventsPlease join us at a GSCI Alumnae Association event to learn more about the association and meet your fellowalums. GSCI alumnae events are great opportunities to enjoy drinks and light snacks while socializing andnetworking with other Girl Scout alums. Stay tuned for more alumnae events coming up. We’d also loveyour input about what kinds of alumnae events you’d like to see in the future.Thursday, February 18Cookies & Champagne Alumnae Reception & VIP Shopping Night, SpringfieldThe Wardrobe5:00 – 6:30 p.m.Thursday, February 25Cookies & Champagne Alumnae Reception, QuincyThe Great Debate Bookstore 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.Monday, March 1Cookies & Champagne Reception & VIP Shopping Night, BloomingtonA. Renee Wine Café 5:00 – 6:30 p.mThursday, March 11Cookies & Champagne Alumnae Reception & VIP Shopping Night, DecaturThe Fox’s Den5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

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