Thursday, October 29, 2009

October 31, 2009


October 31st…Halloween.

October 31st…birthday of Juliette Gordon Low…Founder of Girl Scouting.

Question: If Juliette Low were alive today, why would she be considered remarkable?

(No, the answer is NOT because she would be 149 years old!!!)

If Juliette Low were alive today, she would be considered remarkable because she would still be regarded as a pioneer who created something that no one else did, or has, since that time – that time in 1912.

Juliette “Daisy” Low was born 18-months before the start of the American Civil War. She came from a well-to-do family, one of six children. A bright youngster, Daisy was creative and talented as a child, who early-on had a love for the arts. As a child, she wrote poetry, sketched, and wrote and acted in plays. In adulthood she was a skilled painter and sculptor.

After meeting and working in England with Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, Daisy became interested in the new youth movement. Upon her return home to Savannah, Georgia she called a cousin, saying, “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!” That was March 9th.

Three days later, on March 12, 1912 in Savannah, eighteen girls met in two patrols, named Carnation and White Rose.

Girl Scouting was created.

Two years later there were 1,000 registered Girl Scouts. One year after that, 1915, there were 5,000 members. By 1918 membership was at 9,714!!!

If you’ve been following my other blogs, you know I am fascinated by communication technology and the rate at which new tools are becoming available to us on an almost daily basis. See where I’m going here?

Juliette Low created something unique, marketed it, promoted it, organized it and made it into something never before created, or since replicated. And she did it with no internet, no facebook, no twitter, no blogging, no cell phone. She did have a telephone, but it did not even have numbers, a rotary or buttons on it. When she picked up the receiver (the piece you talk into J) she was connected with an operator – a real live person who would then connect her to someone else who was fortunate enough to have a telephone…and if there was no one at the other end, she could not leave a message…because there were no answering machines.

If Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low were able to be here today, she might think that we are pretty amazing because of all that we have available to us today. But I would go up to her and tell her how truly remarkable I thought SHE was – creating something that spread like wildfire, and became a part of our nation’s history!

And she did it in the dark ages of communication.

Happy Halloween everyone…and Happy Birthday, Daisy!

Mary Connell, CEO

Monday, October 26, 2009

From Ambassador to Adult: How to Transition Girl Scouting into College and Beyond

Just a few short months ago, you marched in to Pomp and Circumstance, listened to some bittersweet graduation speeches, and held that permanent symbol of your past four years of hard work in your hand - you graduated from high school.

Now it's September, and you're probably starting on a new chapter in your life - whether you're working for a couple years, pursuing a career in the arts, working in the armed forces, or pursuing a higher degree of education, you've changed - you're an adult now.  And as we've all learned courtesy of Spiderman, "with great power comes great responsibility."  Perhaps you've been swamped with registering for classes and shopping for college or been overwhelmed with the demands of daily life, but have you taken a moment to think, "How can I continue with Girl Scouts?"

Consider some of these suggestions to give back to the community that gave you so much:

DISCOVER:
Contact your local Girl Scout council - whether it's GSCSNJ or a new council, find out how you can volunteer.  To find a council in your new locale, check out http://girlscouts.org/councilfinder/ and plug in your new zip code.

Serve on a community committee - did you earn your Gold Award?  See if there are any openings available as a member of the council's Gold Award committee!

See what community service opportunities are available in your area - see if you can help a local Girl Scout troop by assisting them in volunteering in your new community.

CONNECT:
Find a club or group at your school for your particular interest
- Love ballroom dancing? Enjoy writing newspaper articles?  Check out the club fair and join a club at your new school of your own passion to see if you can work with the members to plan an event for local Girl Scouts.

Join a group that serves women's interest related to your profession - Engineer?  Look for a chapter of Society of Women Engineers.  Interested in business?  See if there's a Women in Business Club.  Look on your college's website at the club directory to find the group that best matches your professional interests.  I'll be joining USWIB (Undergraduate Stern Women in Business) at NYU - I talked to their officers at the club fair and found out they are working on collaborations with local Girl Scouts!

Work with Greek Life - Greek life big at your college?  Interested in rushing this fall?  Most sororities serve the community as part of their activities - see which ones would want to work with Girl Scouts!

TAKE ACTION:
Develop an outreach department
- create or assist in developing an outreach department in a club, and have your club develop programming linked to Girl Scouts.

Run badge workshops or journey programming - collaborate with leaders and create your own pathway for helping Girl Scouts discover, connect, and take action.

Chair a Thinking Day event - chair a Thinking Day event and see which cultural clubs on campus would be willing to volunteer to help your cause.

Create a chapter of Campus Girl Scouts - if your school does not have a chapter, find five friends and petition to your college or university to start a chapter of Campus Girl Scouts.  For more information, check out http://www.girlscouts.org/join/campus/ .

To all the soon-to-be alumnae (after all, we're still technically ambassadors until October 30th!), consider these options as your transition into your new life as an adult and as an Adult Girl Scout.  If none of these seems right for you, develop your own adult pathway!

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Kat Corson

Thursday, October 1, 2009

From One Girl Scout to Another - Your Right to Vote

Hey girls my name is Kathlyn and I have been a Girl Scouts for 10 years. I wouldn't change it for the world. I encourage all girls to do there Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. It is a lot of work but it makes you have a good feeling about yourself after you’re done. Enough about me let's get to the topic at hand, it is almost one month from the Girl Scout of Central & Southern NJ Annual Meeting. I hope you have all registered for the meeting. If not, everyone still has time.

 Any registered Girl Scout 14 and older can vote. Last year we voted on getting a proxy vote. You can read all about that on our website www.gscsnj.org/delegates.php. Last year's speaker spoke about the Journey's. There were booths about each level Journey's, so you could walk around and get information about them. This year, the guest speaker is Kathy Cloninger, CEO of the Girl Scout of the USA. She is the leader of the Girl Scouts in the whole country.

You can meet girls from all over our Council's area. Last year I meet two girls that I still talk to at least once a month. Last year everything was supposed to end at 3:30PM, but we had to wait so we could get enough people to vote. This year, because of proxy voting, you can vote by proxy if you can’t make it. Last year it was on the same day as the PSAT's. This year it's the week after it. You can still make it if you have a game or practice after 3:30 PM. So, what are you waiting for? Vote or register today!



Yours in Girl Scouting,
Kathlyn
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