| ||Volunteer at the Girls' World Forum|
Help Make the Girls' World Forum a Successful Event!
On July 11-17, girls from across the globe will converge on Chicago to address goals of eradicating poverty, gender equity, and environmental sustainability. We need your help to make this global event as successful as possible!
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is teaming up with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, as well as Girl Scouts of the USA, to host the international Girls' World Forum. Volunteer your services to teams for recruitment, hospitality, customer support, registration and many others.
Numerous volunteers are needed to ensure a vibrant, successful forum. These opportunities include direct interaction with forum participants and behind the scenes support. Training will be provided for all!
Please join us to bring this exciting international forum to life! Click here
to check out all the ways you can help!
| ||Adult Recognition|
Celebrate! Our Promise: Then, Now and Forever
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana continues to honor past traditions while creating new ones. We are proud of the vast accomplishments of all our volunteers, and we would like to celebrate your successes. This spring, a dedicated group of volunteers and staff are planning four Adult Recognition events. Come celebrate with us at the location of your choice.
We will honor our GSUSA award recipients of the Thanks Badge, Honor Pin, Appreciation Pin, and President's Award. We will install the inaugural class of the GCNWI Hall of Fame, as well as recognize the first recipients of the Dynamic and Incredible Staff of the Year award, the D.A.I.S.Y. We will also celebrate the five-year milestones of our adult members with 5 - 50 years of volunteer service.
Check out these four wonderful events! The cost is $27.
April 14, Georgios Banquets
8800 West 159th Street, Orland Park, IL
Doors Open: 11 a.m.
Dinner/Program: 12 - 3 p.m.
April 19, Teibel's Restaurant
1775 U.S. 41 Schererville, IN
Doors Open: 5:45 p.m.
Dinner/Program: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
April 21, White Eagle Banquets
6839 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles, IL
Doors Open: 11 a.m.
Lunch/Program: 12 - 3 p.m.
April 25, Wyndham Lisle-Chicago Hotel
3000 Warrenville Road, Lisle, Il
Doors Open: 5:45 p.m.
Dinner/Program: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Although the registration deadline is April 2, online registration may still be available beyond that, depending on the venue.
| ||100th Anniversary News|
100 Years of Service...And Counting!
The 100th Anniversary Service Patch is still available in our GS shops!
In order to earn this patch, girls must participate in four service projects, one of which must be a GSUSA Forever Green
Girls have all of 2012 to develop and execute/participate in the remaining service projects to complete the requirements of the Service Patch.
About 10,000 girls have earned at least ¼ of this patch through their participation in Treasure for Trees. As part of a council-wide service project, girls participated in planting and caring for a Fat Albert Colorado Bruce, their special 100th Anniversary Service Unit evergreen.
Congratulations to the following 105 Service Units who participated:
102, 106, 107, 262, 267, 270, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 279, 284, 285, 288, 289, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 297, 309, 313, 318, 322, 323, 325, 401, 402, 404, 406, 407, 409, 411, 412, 413, 414, 462, 502, 505, 506, 507, 509, 510, 511, 513, 514, 515, 517, 518, 519, 520, 521, 522, 523, 524, 526, 528, 529, 530, 531, 532, 533, 534, 541, 542, 543, 545, 548, 551, 552, 601, 605, 612, 613, 614, 615, 616, 617, 625, 631, 634, 635, 638, 640, 641, 642, 702, 705, 706, 709, 714, 715, 716, 718, 719, 723, 724, 733, 736, 741, 742, 744, and 749
for monthly service project ideas and keep working toward that 100th Anniversary Service Patch!
Thousands Turn Out for Promise Circles
Our council-wide celebrations on March 12 were extremely successful and fun! Here's some video from a big Promise Circle at the Chicago Ridge Mall!
|Girl Scouts Pledge and Dance|
Let Your Voices Be Heard!
Reminder! Let Your Voices Be Heard! Sign up for Girl Scout Voices!
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) have partnered to provide opportunities for girls to share their thoughts and feelings about their experiences in Girl Scouting.
Completing this initial registration survey will help our council and GSUSA send relevant, age-appropriate surveys in the future. Information provided on these surveys is important to help us understand how to create the best possible programs for all the Girl Scouts. If you or your Girl Scout is under 13, parental consent is required.
Additionally, Juniors and Cadettes who register before April 6 will have the chance to win one of 20 VISA gift cards worth $100 from the GSRI. (Winners will be announced by May 15th. Odds of winning depend on the number of Juniors and Cadettes from participating councils who sign up.) Please register today!
GSGCNWI Proudly Recognizes One of Our Own
We always love honoring our volunteers, and this time our spotlight shines on Theresa O'Shea. Theresa volunteers a lot of her time to Girl Scouting and is most proud of her work as a
council trainer. She facilitates far more trainings than expected, and when other trainers are unavailable, Theresa steps in to take over classes so they don't get canceled. At a time when there was a shortage of First Aid/CPR trainers in the south region, she became a certified Red Cross trainer, stepping up and helping increase the number of classes available.
Upcoming Activities and Events
Fun Activities are Just the Beginning
Girl Scouting provides girls with exciting opportunities to learn about financial literacy and future careers in STEM with our hands-on programs at fun, interactive locations like Journey World. Our financial literacy programs equip girls with the tools they need to become responsible and independent. Empower your Girl Scout today by helping her learn the many ways she can pursue her passions and interests as she focuses on STEM related careers. Register now for exciting events such as:
Three Cheers for Farm Animals
April 1 and 21, Caledonia, IL
MEdia and Me for Girl Scout Cadettes
April 3, Chicago, IL
Fire Safety Days
April 3 and 4, Chicago, IL
April 14, University Park, IL
Girl Scout Day at the Chicago White Sox
April 14, Chicago, IL
April 15, Evanston, IL
From Badge To Business
April 16, Chicago, IL
It's Your Garden--Build It!
April 18, Country Club Hills, IL
April 24, Chicago, IL
Power Lunch: Finance and Banking Industry
April 21, Skokie, IL
Be a Money Savvy Girl
April 24, Skokie, IL
Painting With a Purpose
April 25, Merrillville, IN
Financing 4 the Future
April 26, Naperville, IL
April 28, Country Club Hills, IL
To view the details of these awesome events and to register, check out our online calendar!
Council Shop Updates
Go Green This Spring!
Earth Day is April 22, and our council shops are stocked with merchandise that will show off your troop's green side! We've got some new "Go Green" patches, along with a variety of patches for all your spring community service projects. Patches range from $1 to $1.50, and are a wonderful way to remember how you've helped our planet.
Keep celebrating with our 100th Anniversary Tote bag. It's perfect for grocery trips, errands, and for carrying supplies to troop meetings. They are now value priced at $7.95, making them a great gift for troop leaders and volunteers.
Spring is the perfect time to start one of the "It's Your Planet - Love It!" journey books. Through these books, Daisies through Ambassadors learn about our planet and ways to make it a better place. Leader sets for each journey are $15, and individual girl books are $7. Information from these books can even tie in to your community service projects. Don't forget to pick up the $4 badge packs that go along with your journey!
Savannah Shuffle Registration Continues
Join us for a virtual walk to Savannah, Georgia!
Girl Scout Brownies and up will track walking mileage along a route from where they live to the birth place of Juliette Gordon Low, earn patches and their Presidential Active Lifestyle Awards, learn to properly use a pedometer, discover the health benefits of walking and learn how to fuel their bodies with healthy snacks through four-six activity sessions. Groups will receive Girl Scout water bottles and pedometer, daily step tracking logs and journals, group tracking poster, leader materials, Savannah Shuffle patches.
Register now and start walkin'!
Free American Cancer Society Kits Available
The American Cancer Society's FREE Key of Life program (grades 6-12) teaches girls about breast cancer prevention, and gives them a chance to participate in a service project to promote breast cancer awareness in their communities. The American Cancer Society's FREE Live Tobacco Free program (grades 2-5) teaches girls about the dangers of tobacco use. For more information on these programs, check out our website.
Cookie Classic 5K Registration Opens
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana invites you and yours to come celebrate Girl Scouting in Grant Park on September 8.
Help us celebrate the Girl Scout movement by participating in the inaugural timed 5K Race, Walk and Celebration! We're so glad that you've been there during the last 100 years of Girl Scouting, and the Cookie Classic 5K is our way of moving into the next 100 years.
It's a wonderful way to get the whole family invovled in healthy habits and supporting Girl Scouts! Run, walk and enjoy yourself! Registering online is easy!
| ||About Us |
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
20 S. Clark, Suite 200
Chicago, Illinois 60603
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