I want to share a story about a Girl Scout Alumna, Emma Malin.
Three generations of Girl Scout Alumnae: Emma Malin (center), her mother Anne Malin (left) and grandmother Virginia Johnson (right).
Emma grew up in an active Girl Scout family - her mother and grandmother were both dedicated Girl Scout volunteers.
When she was old enough, Emma spent her summers working as a Counselor at Camp Oakledge. After graduating, Emma became a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts and she's now studying biology at Iowa State University.
Girl Scouts instilled a sense of service in Emma. Even though she is away at college, she hasn't lost that desire to give back. Emma continues to do things like organize food drives, and even went on a service trip to Costa Rica.
But I think that Emma's most impressive volunteer role is ... the leader of a Brownie Troop in her college town of Ames, Iowa!
You are growing the next generation of Girl Scouts
Stories about girls like Emma confirm what we already know-- Girl Scouting works. And the research is clear : Girl Scout Alumnae are more likely to graduate from college, earn more money, vote, and be an active volunteer.
But we can't build girls of courage, confidence, and character without support from people like you.
That's why I'm so excited about Daisy's Circle, a new monthly giving program that grew from our strategic learning initiative to grow philanthropic support for Girl Scouts from 10 - 30%.
In 1912, Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low -- nicknamed Daisy -- believed that all girls should have the opportunity to develop life and leadership skills. Now, members of Daisy's Circle will "bring her promise to life" by helping us build girls of courage, confidence, and character.
Bringing her promise to life
GSKSMO supporter Joan Wagnon (center), with GSKSMO Staff Kristen Thayer (left) and Mary Pat Beals (right). Joan recently became another Founding Member of Daisy's Circle.
Girl Scouts supporters like you are already joining and becoming Founding Members of Daisy's Circle.
One of the first people to join was Emma's grandmother, Virginia Johnson. Read more about her story here.
Virginia tells us, "I know that when I donate, the girls will 'pay it forward' through their service projects that focus on helping others... Daisy's Circle makes it easier for me to make a bigger impact.
I'm able to make a larger gift because I can break it down into smaller manageable bits. And I don't have to remember to send a check!"
You can help us "bring her promise to life." Visit DaisysCircle.org to learn more.
Thank you for all you do to support Girl Scouts,