Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Happy Birthday Juliette! October CEO Blog

While most people think only of Halloween as October approaches, for us October is chock full of important celebrations.  In addition to being the official beginning of a new Girl Scout year, October brings the birthday of our founder, Juliette Gordon Lowe, and National “Make a Difference Day”, a day when the spirit and impact of community service is amplified all across the country.  It’s time for us to do a little bragging, and make sure everyone knows what a difference Girl Scouts makes!
I hope by now you’ve heard that the $10 bill is getting a makeover and that we’re actively trying to convince the U.S. Department of the Treasury to choose Juliette to appear on the new bill.  Can you imagine how awesome that would be??  And while the redesigned $10 note isn’t scheduled to roll out until 2020, the time for us to act is NOW.
While there are hundreds of trailblazing women throughout American history who would make great choices for the bill, here’s why I believe the Treasury should choose our founder.
Juliette built the world’s largest leadership organization for girls, and there is no other organization in our society which has had as great a lasting impact on the advancement of women than Girl Scouts.  59 million American women are alumnae, and they bring the values and life lessons they learned through Girl Scouts to their families, workplaces and communities each day.  The impact of Juliette’s work has transformed and will continue to transform lives.  
In addition, the Girl Scout Movement’s proud tradition of inclusion has left its mark on American history. From our earliest years, all girls were welcomed at Girl Scouts. Girl Scout troops were desegregated before many other institutions in American society, building bridges across racial divides in our nation.   Juliette made sure early Girl Scout troops welcomed girls of all faiths, girls with disabilities, and girls from across the social and economic spectrum.   She envisioned a world where a girl who came from an orphanage in Savannah could belong to the same sisterhood and have the same opportunity as a girl from one of the city’s most prominent families.  
Juliette was known for shattering stereotypes, and she helped to reframe the lens through which our country saw the role of women and girls.  She was a role model, and against the conventions of her time, traveled the world alone, visiting India and Egypt.  She also encouraged girls to study topics like aviation, electrical systems, and other subjects considered “taboo” for girls.  She believed that all girls matter, and that being part of Girl Scouts would help them find their and accomplish their potential.  And, she made it happen!
Now it’s up to us, to make this happen – and ensure that generations to come will know and celebrate Juliette with us!  Share your support for putting Juliette on the new $10 bill through your social media by posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #TheNew10 today.  If we start a wave, the Treasury can’t help but pay attention!

Lastly, if you know of some special Girl Scout activity connected to “Make a Difference Day”, please let us know because we’d love to share your story.  We know that Girl Scouts make a difference through their dedication and service every day, and this is an opportunity for us to ride the public relations wave around Make a Difference Day and share that community impact.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Back to Girl Scouts - September CEO Blog

If the busy-ness of back to school time wasn’t a sign that Fall is here, for sure the crispness in the air today is a sign that summer is behind us and we’re swiftly approaching a new Girl Scout year.  2016 will be an exciting year for the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey as we embark upon a focused strategic journey and look to enhance and grow the GS experience for both girls and volunteers!

An underlying theme of our new Strategic Plan is partnership, as we envision deepening and expanding partnerships in order to serve more girls.  I looked up the definition of the word partnership and Webster’s defines it as “the agreement to cooperate to advance mutual interest”.  Clearly, the mutual interest we seek to foster is the Girl Scout mission, and in that, to find individuals and organizations who have passion for girls and their success.  As we go forward, identifying and building relationships of all kinds will be key.

Among our most obvious natural partners are the other three NJ Councils, and I am so excited that we have a historic moment upon us.  On September 29, the four Councils of New Jersey are hosting our national CEO, Anna Maria Chavez, at our first Statewide Membership Forum.   It will be a wonderful evening for members to meet and hear from Anna, as she gives insight into her views on leadership and the future of the Girl Scout Movement.  When I first met Anna ~ almost two years ago at a Regional CEO meeting ~ I was impressed by her passion for girls, touched by her deep sense of commitment and responsibility to the traditions and legacy of Girl Scouting, and energized by her unwavering resolve to do whatever it takes to ensure that our movement is around for another 100 years.  I believe that Anna is our modern day Frances Hesselbein, and that she is the leader who will guide us to our next pinnacle of success.  Please join usin Edison on the 29th.

I am also so pleased that one of our corporate partners, TD Bank has helped to make this event possible.  TD not only helps us by offering low cost financial products to our troops and Council operation, but they also have a deep commitment to youth and women’s leadership development, and we are actively discussing all sorts of creative opportunities for their staff to volunteer and become more deeply involved in our Council.  Corporate partners like TD bring an incredible resource of time, talent and treasure to us, and over the coming years we hope to identify and engage many more businesses in our success.  We know that they are out there, just waiting to be invited to come learn more about us.  If you know of a business or business leader who we should be talking with, please let us know so that we can reach out.

In any Girl Scout Council, our most important and valued partners are our volunteers, and as you know recruitment season is upon us!  GSCSNJ Service Unit Leadership is actively working to set up troops and identify needs in their areas, and we are spreading the message far and wide that it’s a great time to join Girl Scouting.  Recently I had the opportunity to do a TV promotional piece for Comcast Newsmakers (below) – to get the word out.  Please help us spread the word and share this link with people you may know who may be interested in volunteering.

 I can’t wait for the new Girl Scout year to begin!  It’s upon us, and filled with new opportunities to learn, grow and share our mission with even more families and girls.  Hope to see you on September 29!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Girl Awards Ceremonies

Save the Date

Girl Awards Ceremonies

Seneca High School
110 Carranza Rd, Tabernacle, NJ

Silver Award and Girl Recognition Ceremony
Sunday June 14, 2015

Gold Award Ceremony
Sunday June 14, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Renew Your Membership

Keep the adventure going! At Girl Scouts, new experiences are around every corner. You’ll
have lots of fun as you discover and accomplish big things together. Just imagine what you’ll do next! Register by June 15, to get the 2016 Early Bird Patch!

Re-register for Girl Scouts prior to August 31 to enjoy these exciting events for only $25 per person. Space is LIMITED! Families are welcome to attend with their Girl Scout. Girls are encouraged to BRING A FRIEND!

Saturday, October 3
Morey’s Pier, Wildwood 
12-10 p.m. 
Unlimited Rides & Lunch Buffet

Friday, October 16
Sahara Sam’s, Berlin
6-10 p.m. 
Waterpark & Pizza Buffet 
* This is an exclusive GSCSNJ event; no outside participants.

Saturday, October 24
iPLAY America, Freehold
12-4 p.m.
Unlimited Rides & Pizza Lunch

Event Registration will close on August 31, 2015 or sooner if events are FULL.

Claim your spot today! Got a question? We’re here to help! Just email us at ebizhelp@gscsnj.org or give us a call at 800-582-7692.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Buy 5 Cookie Contest Winners

There were over 8100 entries in the Buy 5 Cookie Contest!

The following 5 people won 5 cases (60 boxes) of cookies:

1) Nicole Z. bought from Troop 80768 in the Sayreville/South Amboy Service Unit.
2) Lewis C. bought from Troop 27500 in the Maple Shade Service Unit.
3) Dorothea H. bought from Troop 30447 in the Timbercreek Service Unit.
4) Alexa W. bought from Troop 30184 in the Twin Pikes Service Unit.
5) Lynne S. bought from Troop 21266 in the Medford Service Unit.

Congratulations and thank you for your support!