November 2019

Our Investment in Girls is Worth Every Penny

Girls deserve our very best and Girl Scouts wants to deliver. “The value of the all-girl, girl-led environment offered by Girl Scouts cannot be overstated, and is so important to the social-emotional and personal development of girls,” said Dr. Andrea Bastiani-Archibald, Chief Girl Expert at Girl Scouts of the USA. “Girl Scouts is a place where girls are free to be girls; to try new things, experiment, and have fun learning from and leading one another. There is no other leadership development program in the world that offers girls this inclusive, safe space, without the distractions and pressures of school and other social settings.”

At Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, we want to make sure our facilities are those safe spaces where girls try new things and experiment. That’s why I was so pleased that we were able to open the Chickadee Program Center at Camp Ledgewood. This 9,843 square foot building features a large-scale program space, a discovery kitchen for cooking and science, and a 1,000 square foot space called the Nest for messy experiments and activities. The Daley Family Foundation donated a FabCab with special equipment like laser and vinyl cutters, computers, and others tech gear for our girls to try rapid prototyping and experimentation. We know our girls need places like these to build STEM confidence and put them on the path to consider training or education for jobs in the fastest growing and highest paying segment of today’s economy. Your investment in girls is worth every penny and pays big dividends. Join us and support the next generation of Go- Getters, Innovators,Risk Takers and Leaders. 

Cider & Donuts with Sylvia

More than 350 people had the opportunity to hear Sylvia Acevedo, the CEO of GSUSA tell her personal story of how Girl Scouts inspired her to reach beyond her humble beginnings to the stars. She has been a rocket scientist, author, and entrepreneur, and now I am proud to call her our leader. The girls in attendance listened attentively and had fabulous questions. Sylvia wouldn’t leave until everyone had their pictures taken and books signed. Thanks to all for representing GSNEO so well.

New Fun for you at Camp Ledgewood

In addition to the beautiful new Chickadee Program Center at Camp Ledgewood you will see many other improvements including the Chickadee Diner, a special area where birds are getting accustomed to eating from an outstretched hand. If you visit you will see a feeder that features a likeness of Sylvia Acevedo patiently holding some seed. Soon we hope the birds will eat from the outstretched arms of visiting campers. Brownies can earn their Senses badges while having fun on an outdoor trail. Five stations and their exhibits are all you need to complete all five requirements! 

Donor Spotlight: GAR Foundation

Did your troop sign up for one of the Junior Culinary Scientist programs this fall? You’ll get to be one of the first to use our new discovery kitchen in the Chickadee Program Center at Camp Ledgewood! Dubbed “The Feeder,” this unique space was made possible through a capital grant from the GAR Foundation. We’re so thankful for their investment in our girls!

Show Your Sash: Gina Vernaci – Around the Campfire Newsletter preview

Girl Scout Alum Gina Vernaci with her sash and books. Pictured with the Elsa costume from the live Broadway musical, Frozen

Gina Vernaci is the President and CEO of Playhouse Square in Cleveland. Under her purview, Playhouse Square utilizes the arts to engage individuals and attract more than 1.2 million guests per year to 1,000 annual events. Her leadership has enabled so many more residents of Northeast Ohio to have the joy of experiencing professional live theater in a beautiful setting. Gina is proud that such an amazing partnership has grown between the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio and Playhouse Square over the years. In addition to the shows, Girl Scout members and troops have access to exclusive patches, meet and greets with cast members, and behind the scenes tours.  

A portion of every Girl Scout ticket that is purchased is donated back to the council to support girls who might otherwise not be able to experience the best leadership program for girls. Through the arts, Gina strives to make the community a better, more enriching, and more accessible place be. She truly embodies the Girl Scout qualities of Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk Taker, and Leader. She is a role model to Girl Scouts and all women and girls across Northeast Ohio. 

What did being a Girl Scout teach you?
As a Brownie, Junior and Cadette, I looked forward to my troop meeting every week. Earning badges was so motivating and rewarding for me. I learned at a young age what it was to earn something. It set a high bar to live up to, made me appreciate my achievements, and helped me to mold a sense of self. 

How did Girl Scouts prepare you for your career?
Effective leaders need to know what it means to be on the team. It helped me identify good role models and engage with a group of good women. Girl Scouts helps you understand yourself, who you are, and emphasizes the importance of honor and integrity.

Women of Distinction Nominations & Volunteer Recognition Nominations

I always look forward to the Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon and meeting the new class of Awardees and Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship recipients. If you know someone who you feel has made their community a better place to live and work nominate them! Nomination forms will be open until December 31 at 5 p.m. Fill out the forms here.

Save the date for the 2020 Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 12 at the InterContinental Hotel Cleveland! 
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Volunteer Recognition

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about which volunteers you know who deserve a little extra appreciation this year. Consider nominating them for formal Council and National awards at gsneo.org/recognitions. The deadline to submit nominations and endorsements is February 1!

Mark your calendars for Girl Scouts of North East Ohio’s Annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration, which will be held on April 25.

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