Celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Week

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This week marks Volunteer Appreciation week! ​GSSEM volunteers are the heartbeat and the core of our organization. Girl Scouting would not exist without their dedication and talents. We couldn’t serve the girls without you, and the untold hours of time that you give define our excellence as a council.

GSSEM honored volunteers at a special recognition ceremony and luncheon on Saturday April 13, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church of Troy.  Award recipients were nominated by their peers to receive prestigious board approved Girl Scout awards and recognitions. 

The Martha Stewart Show to feature Girl Scouts in an episode

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​Grab your best girl friends and tune in to The Martha Stewart Show on May 7 at 10 a.m. on the Hallmark Channel. The entire show is devoted to Girl Scouting and a celebration of our 100 years.

The show, which was taped on March 21, begins with a conversation about Girl Scouting between GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chávez and Martha Stewart, who was a Girl Scout while growing up in New Jersey. The program also features Girl Scouts engaging with Martha Stewart in various cooking and craft segments, and there’s even a segment on Girl Scout uniforms through the decades.

April 2013 Board Chair Corner

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Our April 10 board meeting started with a challenge –torrential rains and wind inactivated the phone system and Internet at the Flint Service Center. In typical Girl Scout fashion we improvised, using my cell phone to conference remote board members into the meeting.  Our Mission Moment presenter, Rachel Karyakose, accessed her presentation via cell phone to make her remarks.

Cookie Gala returns with new location, restaurants, and recipes

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Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan announces its annual Cookie Gala, a celebration of one of America’s most beloved sweet treats—Girl Scouts Cookies. The event is on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 6p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at a new location, DTE Energy Headquarters, One Energy Plaza in Detroit. Tickets are $100.00 each or $170.00 for a pair until March 21. After March 23, tickets are $120.00 each or $190.00 per pair. Order tickets online at www.gssem.org. 

Girl Scout Commemorative Coin Now On Sale!

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The Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, signed into law in 2009, authorized the minting of up to 350,000 silver dollar coins in commemoration of the yearlong celebration of our 100th anniversary. On September 22, 2012, Girl Scouts of the USA unveiled the design of the coin at the Gala 100th Anniversary Experience Exhibition Preview and Dinner Under the Stars, hosted by Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, with Connie L. Lindsey, our National President, and Anna Maria Chávez, our CEO. 

February 2013 Board Chair Corner

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Board Chair Corner – February, 2013
The February 12 board meeting started with Girl Advisory Board Member and Ambassador Kandis Johnson sharing her journey of Girl Scouting though pictures and a Power Point presentation.  Kandis used the Girl Scout promise and law as a theme to show how her 12 years in Girl Scouting has made her the confident young woman she is today.  The board was moved and inspired by Kandis’ stories of leadership, courage and service. 

GSSEM to debut Cookie Van at Motown Winter Blast

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GSSEM will debut its Cookie Van at Detroit’s Motown Winter Blast on February 8, 2013, which is also National Girl Scout Cookie Day. GSUSA declared February 8, 2013 National Girl Scout Cookie Day. Its purpose is not just to promote the cookies, but increase public awareness of how buying Girl Scout cookies supports girls developing leadership skills. During Winter Blast, festival attendees will have chances to win cookies for one year and other fun prizes.

January 2013 Board Chair Corner

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Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.  It was exciting to begin the holidays watching 100 Girl Scouts march down Woodward Avenue with the 100th Anniversary cake float in America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Congratulations girls for winning the WDIV online contest for favorite float-choreographed team! 

Shop, Swipe and Earn

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Giving back just got easier! Through the Kroger Community Rewards program you can help GSSEM earn cash just by shopping at your local Kroger store!

Watch Girl Scouts on The Today Show!

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​Tune in tomorrow, March 12, to watch Girl Scouts on Today! The segment will air sometime between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Talk about a great way to kick off the 101st anniversary of Girl Scouts! 

Featured will be an interview with Anna Maria Chávez, coverage of the recent leadership breakfast in Washington, and girls from Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey learning about robotics. Today anchor Natalie Morales, who is reporting the story, was a Girl Scout overseas (her father was in the U.S. Air Force) and in Dover, Delaware. Check your local listings!



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