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  • Highland Girl Scout earns highest award


    Congratulations to Abigail Schumer of Highland who was one of 22 recipients of Girl Scout’s highest honor – The Gold Award. Awards were presented at GSSEM’s annual Honor Reception on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The Gold Award is presented to Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts who display exemplary service to their communities and beyond.

    For her project titled, “Shredding Paper, A Way to Recycle and Help Animals” Abigail helped out her school’s staff by shredding papers and collecting the shredding to donate to a local pet store to be used in animal cages. She involved special education students at her school as a way to help them develop work skills while providing a service to the school and community.

    “The school office staff does not have enough time to do the shredding so it is boxed up and stored in a file room,” Abigail explained.  “The school must pay a company to pick it up and shred it.  If the students do the shredding, they learn job skills and it helps the school by saving money.  By delivering the shredded paper to a pet store to use in animal cages, the project reuses paper before it goes to the landfill.”

    Abigail graduated from Huron Valley District High School. She is a member of troop 22085.

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  • Clinton Township Girl Scout earns highest award


    Congratulations to Katelyn Wilson of Cllinton Township, who was one of 22 recipients of Girl Scout’s highest honor – The Gold Award. Awards were presented at GSSEM’s annual Honor Reception on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The Gold Award is presented to Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts who display exemplary service to their communities and beyond.

    For her project titled, “Look out for the Book,” Kateylyn designed a book of nursery rhymes that will be distributed to new mothers at McLaren Hospital of Macomb. The books are designed to encourage new parents to read to their babies early on. “I have elementary-age cousins on both sides of my family and I’ve noticed that use of technology has increased dramatically over the years,” she explained. “It only takes 20 minutes of reading to make a difference in a child’s life. I want more kids to experience the joys of reading that I did when I was growing up.”

    Katelyn obtained donations to have 1,000 books printed and distributed at the hospital. She also distributed books at a local Mom to Mom sale and King Academy in Mt. Clemens.

     “All of our Gold Award recipients are examples of the positive impact Girl Scouts makes on our communities and in the world,” said Denise Dalrymple, GSSEM Chief Executive Officer. “Their projects focus on environmental health, better cultural understandin...



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  • Detroit Girl Scout earns highest award


    Congratulations to Anaya Johnson of Detroit, who was one of 22 recipients of Girl Scout’s highest honor – The Gold Award. Awards were presented at GSSEM’s annual Honor Reception on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The Gold Award is presented to Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts who display exemplary service to their communities and beyond.

    For her project titled, “A Metro Multi-Cultural Community Day,” Anaya planned and hosted a day-long workshop introducing tools like Power Posing and the 5 C’s of Awareness. Participants participated in discussions and exercises designed to promote tolerance and understanding. “I wanted to create a space that was safe, open-minded and without judgment,” she said. “We were able to explore ourselves and learn to relate to others beyond what’s visible to the eye, in efforts to improve conflicts within our community.”

    Anaya said she plans to host more workshops in Detroit, and continue her efforts when she goes away to college in Missouri. Also, the Global Youth Leadership Institute at Detroit Country Day, where Johnson graduated high school, will continue hosting workshops at least once a semester.

     “All of our Gold Award recipients are examples of the positive impact Girl Scouts makes on our communities and in the world,” said Denise Dalrymple, GSSEM Chief Executive Officer. “Their projects focus...



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  • Beverly Hills Girl Scouts earn highest awards


    Congratulations to Sarah Marshall and Brianna Williams, both of Beverly Hills, who were recipients of Girl Scout’s highest honor – The Gold Award. Awards were presented at GSSEM’s annual Honor Reception on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The Gold Award is presented to Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts who display exemplary service to their communities and beyond.

    For her project titled, “The Monarch Butterfly Effect,” Sarah addressed the impending official endangerment of Monarch butterflies. Monarchs, as well as many other insects are affected by a plethora of factors, those of which include insecticides/pesticides, weed killers, global warming and the illegal logging in Mexico. She took action with her high school Green Club and another local high school to create butterfly gardens, raise awareness, and promote the butterfly population by providing food and a place to lay eggs. “Many people were surprised by the decline in the Monarch population, and especially the factors that negatively impact these butterflies survival,” said Marshall. “I was really encouraged that so many students and teachers were willing to learn and help.”

    Brianna worked to raise awareness about Teenage Dating Violence (TDV). She developed a video for teachers to show in healt...



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  • White Lake Scout honored with Highest Award


    Congratulations to Katey Spring of White Lake who was one of 22 recipients of Girl Scout’s highest honor – The Gold Award. Awards were presented at GSSEM’s annual Honor Reception on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The Gold Award is presented to Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts who display exemplary service to their communities and beyond.

    For her Gold Award project entitled, “Respite Care Program at Woodside Bible Church White Lake,” Katey created a respite care for individuals with disabilities. She saw that the government has cut respite hours for these individuals and started a free program once a month for three hours to give parents a much needed break from the challenges of caring for their special needs child. She also put together a core group of people at Woodside who will continue the program she started.

    “The most successful aspect of this project was seeing how happy the program makes the people with special needs when they are participating in the activities and developing their friendships,” said Katey.  “Another successful aspect is seeing how thankful the parents are for this program. Not a week goes by that they don’t thank all of the volunteers multiple times.”

    She is graduating from Lakeland High School in White Lake. She is a member of Troop 22085.

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  • Waterford Scouts honored with Highest Award


    Congratulations to Melanie Frasca and Erica Wolfe, both of Waterford, were two of 22 recipients of Girl Scout’s highest honor – The Gold Award. Awards were presented at GSSEM’s annual Honor Reception on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The Gold Award is presented to Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts who display exemplary service to their communities and beyond.

    Melanie brought in ASL interpreters for Walled Lake Northern’s musical for her Gold Award project entitled, “Opening Doors to the Deaf.”  She realized that while college performances and professional concerts had ASL interpreters, high schools did not. Frasca worked with school administrators to secure fundraising then worked with deaf advocacy groups to secure ASL interpreters.

    “I have learned through the Gold Award process that I can achieve whatever I set my mind to,” said Melanie. Her project will be sustained for years to come through the school’s National Honor Society.  She is graduating from Walled Lake Northern High School and was a member of Troop 43634

    For her Gold Award project, “Life Skills 101,” Erica addressed the perception that students (particularly those right out of high school) lack some of general life skills needed to compete in the world. She worked with Wayne State C2 Pipeline program at Waterford High School and created a website and...



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  • Trenton Scout honored with Highest Award


    Congratulations to Madison Sieloff of Trenton who was one of 22 recipients of Girl Scout’s highest honor – The Gold Award. Awards were presented at GSSEM’s annual Honor Reception on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The Gold Award is presented to Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts who display exemplary service to their communities and beyond.

    Madison's Gold Award project was entitled, “Making the Most of Your Technology: Bringing Teenagers and Senior Citizens Together.” She worked to educate senior citizens in her community about technology safety and the basics of how to use communication devices.

    “I think the most successful aspect of my project was that I became a leader while encouraging others to also increase self-esteem and become leaders,” said Madison, whose project will be continued through Trenton High School National Honor Society.  “Additionally, I made significant progress with self-discovery and hope that my program participants also achieved improved self-esteem and self-discovery.”

    Madison is graduating from Trenton High School and is a member of Troop 40224.

     “All of our Gold Award recipients are examples of the positive impact Girl Scouts make on our communities and in the world,” said Denise Dalrymple, GSSEM Chief Executive Officer. “Their projects focus on environmental health, better...



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  • Southfield Scout honored with Highest Award


    Congratulations to Alexis Conner of Southfield who was one of 22 recipients of Girl Scout’s highest honor – The Gold Award. Awards were presented at GSSEM’s annual Honor Reception on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The Gold Award is presented to Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts who display exemplary service to their communities and beyond.

    For her Gold Award project entitled, “The Chosen,” Conner worked with Easter Seals MI and Orchard Children’s Services to create a teen support group in Oakland County. She recognized that some of her school peers were in need of support and that youth support groups did not exist locally for foster care and adopted tweens and teens. The result of her work is a LiveBinder Conner created that is available to local and international organizations for the purpose of modeling her peer group sessions and increasing the esteem and life skills of local and international youth that have been adopted or are in foster care.

    “I think the most successful aspect of my project was that I became a leader while encouraging others to also increase self-esteem and become leaders,” said Conner.  “Additionally, I made significant progress with self-discovery and hope that my program participants also achieved improved self-esteem and self-discovery.”

    Conner is an Ambassador Girl Scout and graduating from Southfiel...



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  • Rochester Scouts honored with Highest Award


    Congratulations to Amelia Buckmaster of Rochester and Alexa Fenchak of Rochester Hills who were two of 22 recipients of Girl Scout’s highest honor – The Gold Award. Awards were presented at GSSEM’s annual Honor Reception on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The Gold Award is presented to Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts who display exemplary service to their communities and beyond.

    For her Gold Award project entitled, “Riparian Buffer at the Higgins Lake South State Park,” Buckmaster fought against beach erosion and water quality degradation, issues that have haunted the area for generations and will only become worse. She assembled a team of environmentalists and helpful members of the community, found funding through the Higgins Lake Foundation, then ordered 648 plants to be put in a buffer at the park. “I planted plants that thrive and are native to Michigan and will be sustained for many years to come. Since planted correctly, they should grow and naturalize, yielding a more effective Riparian buffer each year as they grow.”

    Buckmaster is graduating from Rochester Adams High School and is a member of Troop 40002.

    For her Gold Project, Fenchak took action to clean up her community, and provide a safe and clean environment for...



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  • Novi Scouts honored with Highest Award


    Cate Conroy

    Congratulations to Cate Conroy and Elin Stone, both of Novi, who were two of 22 recipients of Girl Scout’s highest honor – The Gold Award. Awards were presented at GSSEM’s annual Honor Reception on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The Gold Award is presented to Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts who display exemplary service to their communities and beyond.

    For her Gold Award project entitled, “SunSafe Spirit Day at Novi High School,” Conroy created an annual educational Spirit Day at Novi High School centered on the prevention of malignant melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. She worked with the Novi Red Cross Cub and the Student Council to create and promote educational materials for the school’s Spirit Day and beyond.

    “Having more than 2,000 peers take time out of their day to learn something new—even if it just makes them think twice about bringing a hat to the beach—is monumental,” said Conroy. “Every student at school knows that protecting their skin is important; whether they choose to act on that information is up to them.” Conroy graduated from Novi High School in Novi, in 2016 and was a member of Troop 40306.

    For her Gold Award project, Stone created a set of curricula called, “6...



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  • Milford Scout honored with Highest Award


    Congratulations to Melissa Brei of Milford who was one of 22 recipients of Girl Scout’s highest honor – The Gold Award. Awards were presented at GSSEM’s annual Honor Reception on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The Gold Award is presented to Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts who display exemplary service to their communities and beyond.

    For her Gold Award project entitled, “Milford’s Taste of the World,” Melissa took action and started an annual culture fair in her community. She recognized that the issue of cultural misunderstanding in her community stemmed from a lack of exposure to other cultures. She worked with restaurants, entertainers, and organizations like the YMCA and Rotary Club to host the fair that offered families cultural food, crafts, and a performance.

    “The most successful aspect of this event was kids showing me their cool crafts and telling me about the new foods they tried. Seeing their excitement and curiosity about other cultures make all my hard work worth it,” said Melissa. She is graduating from International Academy West in White Lake and is a member of Girl Scout Troop 22085 in Community 0502.

    “All of our Gold Award recipients are shining examples of the great impact Girl Scouts make on our communities and in the world,” said Denise Dalrymple, GSSEM Chief Executive Officer. “They have met the ch...



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  • Congratulations to GSSEM’s 2017 Young Woman of Distinction: Madeline Burgin


    Congratulations to Madeline Burgin, a 2017 Gold Awardee and the 2017 GSSEM Young Woman of Distinction! The Young Woman of Distinction Award is a special honor bestowed upon a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient whose final project demonstrates extraordinary leadership and addresses a global issue with measureable and sustainable impact.

    For her Gold Award project, Maddie took action to help young girls learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in a fun way. Because women are still underrepresented in the STEM workforce, Maddie believes it is important that girls learn about STEM and its applications from a young age. She implemented an after-school program at Green Acres Elementary School to give fourth and fifth grade girls an opportunity to have fun while learning about STEM. The program, which consisted of four STEM-themed workshops, will be continued in subsequent years by the Green Acres media center and the media specialist, Mrs. Jean Wenner. The workshops resulted in many girls having the opportunity to grow their passions for STEM and gaining the resources to learn more about STEM at home.

    Completing her Gold Award project has helped Maddie discover new skills and further develop her leadership skills. She found that helping others and pursuing her passions for STEM could make a real difference in the lives of so many amazing girls. Maddie attends Wa...



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  • Congratulations to the 2017 Honor Awards Recipients!


    Over the coming weeks, we will individually feature the exceptional young women who earned Gold Awards at our annual Honor Reception on Sunday, May 7 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting and it represents the pinnacle of the Girl Scout experience and leadership development. The recipients of Girl Scout’s highest honor are Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts who display exemplary service to their communities and beyond.

    GSSEM honored 22 girls with the coveted Gold Award that night along with 158 Silver Award recipients, the 2017 GSSEM Woman of Distinction, recipients for the Medal of Honor, Tammie Murray and Jennifer Barnum Spirit Awards, and a finalist for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

    Congratulations to all of our award recipients! We hope you enjoy our 2017 Gold Awardee stories.

     

  • 2017 National Volunteer Awards: Congratulations, GSSEM Volunteers!


    Congratulations to the many GSSEM volunteers who were nominated for a 2017 GSUSA National Volunteer Award! “I am so excited to have honored more than 100 of our dedicated volunteers this year,” said Denise Dalrymple, CEO of GSSEM. “Without our volunteers’ commitment of their time and talents, we would not be able to help nearly as many girls discover new interests, abilities, and passions that help to build girls’ leadership skills and prepare them to positively impact their communities. Volunteers really are the life’s blood of a girl’s Scouting experience,” Dalrymple concluded.  

    Volunteer of Excellence Award

    The Volunteer of Excellence award recognizes those Volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through use of the National Program Portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the Council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members.

    Rana Alaouie

    Portia Anderson

    Shannon Arment

    Christine Ayers

    Cascene Barks

    Mary Lou Behrendt

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  • GSSEM receives $40,000 grant from DTE Energy Foundation to support LEGO League Teams!


    GSSEM announced it received a $40,000.00 grant from DTE Energy Foundation to support its STEM-based FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr.) Teams for the 2017-18 program year.  

    “DTE Energy Foundation has been a dedicated supporter of Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan for years and we truly value their continued support of programs that bring the world of STEM to our girls. We are thankful for this grant and all that it will do to empower girls,” said Denise Dalyrmple, GSSEM Chief Executive Officer.

    The grant will help GSSEM to recruit and form teams, outfit them with supplies and provide admission to the 2018 GSSEM First Robotics Expo. “We are pleased to support Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan at this time and extend our best wished for continued success,” said Tiffany Washington, Manager of Foundation & Corporate Involvement for DTE Energy Foundation.  

    GSSEM partners with FIRST of Michigan, an organization dedicated to advancing the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to students in Michigan.  Focused on building an interest in science and engineering in children, FIRST teams are a hands-on program series designed to capture children’s curiosity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them. GSSEM FLL Jr. Teams are for girls in grades K-3, and the FLL Teams are for girls in grades 4-5.

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  • 2017 GSSEM Fun Patch is here!


    Congratulations to Annabelle S., this year’s GSSEM Fun Patch winner! Annabelle is a 7-year-old Brownie from Shelby Twp. who submitted her great drawing for this year’s patch during the GSSEM Fun Patch contest on Facebook.

    “I wrote down some ideas I wanted this to be about,” said Annabelle, who was also presented with a certificate and a finished patch in a frame. “I ended up drawing a picture of a Girl Scout leader holding a troop: a Junior, a Brownie and a Daisy holding hands because they’re all friends. I wrote words around them and I drew a heart around them to show friendship.”

    When Annabelle grows up she wants to be a Girl Scout Troop Leader. She’s well on her way to being a GREAT Troop Leader! Good work, Annabelle!

    You’re going to want to buy this patch!
    The 2017 Fun Patches are on sale in the Council Shops starting today for $2 each.

  • GSSEM CEO presented St. Anne Medal at annual Scout Recognition Mass


    Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) announced that CEO Denise Dalrymple received the St. Anne Medal during the annual Scout Recognition Mass on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.  The Mass was conducted by Fr. Larry Zurawski, Archdiocese of Detroit Girl Scout Chaplain at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit.  Fr. Zurawski presented the medal along with Deanna Goralcryk, Chairman of the Catholic Committee on Scouting for Girls.

    The St. Anne Medal is the highest national recognition for adults working with Catholic members of national organizations serving girls.

    The St. Anne Medal honors the outstanding service of adults contributing to the spiritual development of Catholic members of organizations for girls, and to further Catholic adult leadership in youth ministry through those organizations.

    “I am so honored to accept this award,” said Dalrymple. “This is another sign of the strong relationship that exists between Girl Scout of Southeastern Michigan and the Archdiocese of Detroit.  We are proud of our work with the Catholic Church and other faith partners to help create girls strong in mind, body and spirit.”

    The Mass was celebrated by Fr. David Burgard, Boy Scout Chaplain and Fr. Larry Zurawski, Girl Scout Chaplain.

    GSSEM’s Religious Relationships Committee offers a program for Girl Scouts of all age levels to earn the Girl Scouts of the USA My Promise, My Faith b...



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  • Brownies found & created beauty in nature last weekend


    Some lucky Brownies had fun while learning at last weekend’s Outdoor Art Creator Badge workshop, presented in partnership with the Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC) at the FREC Mercado Center. The 17 GSSEM Brownies from five schools in Southwest Detroit constructed a botanical sun catcher, inspected leaves under magnifying glasses, and brainstormed different cultural contributions they could make to their communities. 

    The girls’ ideas included creating murals and learning how to design their own gardens at home.

    “This was a fun opportunity for the Brownies to have safe and creative fun outdoors while being inspired to take action to beautify their own communities,” said Theresa Ramierez, GSSEM Hispanic Initiative Specialist.

    The Outdoor Art Creator Badge that the girls earned is part of Girls’ Choice Outdoor Badge program. Part of the badge requirements is for girls to recognize that art can be found anywhere—especially in nature! Last month, Girl Scouts took part in a ‘Bee Green’ program at the FREC and were introduced to proper recycling methods and learned ways to protect Earth’s resources.  Made possible by grants from Ford Motor Company Fund, the FREC brings together non-profit partners to serve the surrounding community.

  • A Message from our CEO: GSUSA Membership Dues Increase for 2017


    Dear Girl Scout families:

    Girl Scouts is the first and largest girl-led, girl-centered organization of its kind. It’s not possible to place a value on the courage, confidence and character girls build through Girl Scouting, or on the impact their efforts to make the world a better place has on society. Today, we compete with hundreds of other youth serving organizations for girls’ and their parents’ attention. Our movement can only keep pace by providing innovative, unique, and fun programs for girls and ongoing technology improvements that make it easier for busy people to volunteer. In response, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has decided to increase the annual membership fee to $25.00, for the program year starting October 1, 2017, for both girls and adult members. This dues increase will help GSUSA provide local councils and volunteers with great resources to deliver great programs in STEM, the Outdoors, Life Skills, and innovative Entrepreneurship/Business skills. More online enhancements will provide time-saving resources for volunteers, including fully building-out Volunteer Toolkit. Finally, a comprehensive Digital Cookie system, owned by Girl Scouts, will be built to reduce our dependence on outside vendors. Compared to other youth organizations, Girl Scouts still is the most economical and life-changing option for girls and their families seeking a place where girls discover a sense of self and belonging. Girl Scouts offers a lastin...



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  • Game of Life: Girl Scouts got to be adults for a day!


    Nearly 90 Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors “got to be adults for a day” this past weekend during the Game of Life event held at Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan. They attended a hands-on simulations experience that put them in fictitious life scenarios to better understand what lies ahead. Teenagers don’t often think about paying a water bill, buying health insurance or saving for retirement but during Game of Life, they did!

    The girls were each assigned a marital status, number of children, education background, employment, and income. With this information, they were then tasked with using banking services to pay for things like housing, transportation, utilities, groceries, healthcare, education, and even contributing to charities.

    More than 30 adults also registered for the experience, as well. “I just want to say what a fabulous workshop this was,” said Denise Raich, GSSEM volunteer. “It really helped open the girls’ eyes! Thank you for setting this up.”

    Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan has run this program through its Finance Park since 2007. This is the first time GSSEM has offered this experience.  The morning was set up with themed sections including: Income, Saving, Investing, and Risk Management, Debit and Credit, Budget, and The Simulation.

    Check out more great upcoming events at gssem.org/calendar.

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  • Going for your Gold, Silver or Bronze? Join High Award Chats on Feb. 27 & March 27!


    Are you ready to go Gold, Silver or Bronze Award? Not sure where to begin or where to turn to get your questions answered? GSSEM is proud to introduce High Award Chats on Feb. 27 and March 27. One of our knowledgeable volunteers from the Gold Award Committee will be on a LIVE conference call to answer your questions on those two dates. The questions can be from girls, parents, leaders, or anyone who wants to know more about Going for the Gold or other High Awards in Girl Scouting. No registration is necessary—just call!

    Feb. 27 and March 27
    7-8 pm
    Call: 866-951-1151
    Enter Room Number: 1448852

    Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards represent the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn! Millions of Girl Scouts have earned their High Awards during the past 100 years and have positively impacted their communities and the world with creative, impactful, and sustainable Take Action projects. It’s not only Girl Scouts who understand the value of the Gold Award. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. armed forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements. 

    We hope you join us! Contact Caroline Feathers at cfeathers@gssem.org if you have any questions.  Can’t join us?...



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  • Last Moxie Talks was ‘the best yet’


    The two dynamic speakers the Feb. 5 Moxie Talks pretty much set the bar higher for GSSEM’s quarterly series! The quarterly event was held at Providence Hospital in Novi and focused on Time Management. The 26 girls and 10 mentors in attendance had the opportunity to hear from two very dynamic women: Lori Kitchen, Director of Development for Wayne County SAFE and Debra Hogue, Sole Proprietress for The Traveling Pants Company, LLC.

    “Both women were great! Lori was especially inspiring with her personal stories,” said Caroline Feathers, GSSEM Programs Specialist. “In fact, a few mentioned that this was the best one yet!”

    Moxie Talks offers chances for girls in grades 9-12 to learn from professional women in an inspirational TED TALKS format and from one-on-one mentoring.  The Talks are the perfect opportunity for girls to get help narrowing their Gold Award topics with some pretty great feedback from women who’ve been there.

    Moxie events like this one (Camp Moxie is coming June 23-26) are sponsored by GSSEM, Michigan Women's Foundation and Women Officials Network Foundation. Remember: ATTEND 3 MOXIE TALKS EVENTS & GET $75 TOWARD YOUR GOLD AWARD PROJECT!

    Check out all the Moxie leadership programs at gssem.org/moxie!

  • GSSEM Girl Scout competed LIVE on the Today show!


    Add automotive engineering to Brownie Damaris Z.’s list of interests: soccer, basketball, and visiting waterparks. Nine-year-old Damaris of Detroit, is one of four Girl Scouts from across the country who were randomly selected by Ford to race their derby cars live on NBC’s Today Show in New York City today! The Girl Scouts raced the cars they engineered for the 2016 Girls’ Fast Track Races, Powered by Ford. They even got a chance to meet NASCAR driver Danica Patrick on the set while they raced their engineering masterpieces!

    CLICK HERE to check out the video!

    Damaris was one of more than 200 GSSEM Brownies and Juniors who went through weeks of hands-on lessons in aerodynamics, friction, weight distribution and design from female Ford engineers.  The Girl Scouts competed at the Girls’ Fast Track Races, powered by Ford at Oakland University last October.

    It was hard to miss Damaris’ lightning fast car on Friday: Her car was sparkly purple with bright pink stripes and triple exhaust pipes in the back! Damaris, and all of the girls, also received $5,000 scholarships from Ford to pursue their STEAM (aka science, technology, engineering, arts and math) educations!

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  • 900 people from GSSEM had a Kaleidoscope of Science Fun this weekend!


    Nearly 900 Girl Scouts and their families had the chance to have fun while learning at the annual Kaleidescope of Science Fun at Cranbrook Institute of Science on Feb. 4.  The afternoon featured many interactive activities sponsored by Cranbrook and the American Chemical Society.

    The Girl Scouts aren’t the only ones who look forward to Kaleidsoscope of Science Fun each year. “I enjoy this event, I love to watch kids excited about science.  Our staff looks forward to this event each year,” said Ruth Smigielski, Scout Coordinator and Museum Educator at Cranbrook.

    “I heard from many people that Kaleidoscope is their favorite Girl Scout event because of all the great activities,” said Sara Sanders, GSSEM Program Specialist. “There’s always so much amazement on the girls’ faces throughout the afternoon.  It’s such a great opportunity for girls and their families!”

    Check out gssem.org/calendar for all the great GSSEM events and programming!

     

     

     

  • Thank you, Joyce Hetrick!


    Joyce Hetrick is a long-time volunteer and dedicated advocate of Girl Scouting! She began as a volunteer with her daughter’s troop through Girl Scouts of Macomb County – Otsikita Council.

    Joyce continues to be dedicated to the movement through supporting volunteers in her area as Leader Support Coordinator and inspiring girls to make the world a better place as a High Award training facilitator.

    Joyce is a Juliette Low aficionado and knows anything and everything about Juliette. She has presented entire workshops on the subject! Joyce has attended National Conventions, visited the Juliette Low birthplace in Savannah, and is a Girl Scout through and through! She truly bleeds green!

    Thank you for all you do for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, Joyce!

     

     

  • The next Moxie Talks will focus on Time Management


    Going for your Gold Award one day? Then, don’t miss our next Moxie Talks on Feb. 5! It’s going to be another great opportunity for girls in grades 9-12 to learn from professional women for an inspirational talk and one-on-one mentoring. The theme of this talk will be: Time Management. Who couldn’t use a few pointers there? This is the perfect opportunity to get help narrowing your topic and receive great feedback from our next featured speakers:

    Deidra Hogue, Sole Proprietress, The Traveling Pants Company, LLC
    Deidra is a Senior Financial Analyst for Visteon and the founder and CEO of The Traveling Pants Company. The Traveling Pants Company is a mobile boutique servicing the Metropolitan Detroit Area and surrounding suburbs. What’s a mobile boutique? Think: a food truck, only they sell trendy fashion-forward clothing, unique accessories, and wearable art (complete with a dressing room and full length mirror)! Ms. Hogue was the third place winner of the 2016 Michigan Women’s Foundation Dolphin Tank Business Plan and Pitch competition. She not only juggles her job at Visteon, and the start up and running of her new business, but also her young family.

    Lori Kitchen, Director of Development, Wayne County SAFE Ms. Kitchen’s career is a testament to her passions of social justice through philanthropy, women’s leadership, human safety and security and nonprofit management. As the director of development at Wayne County SAFE (Sexual Ass...



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  • NEW! Game of Life teaches the importance of budgeting for life


    Teenagers don’t often think about paying a water bill, buying health insurance or saving for retirement but during this upcoming experience they will!  Game of Life is a hands-on simulation experience conducted by Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan, Inc. to give girls a new perspective on important things they need to know. Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors are offered the chance to play the Game of Life from 9 am – 12 pm on Feb. 25 at JA in Detroit.

    Girls will be asked to manage a fictitious life scenario: They will be assigned a marital status, number of children, education background, employment, and income. With this information, the girls are then tasked with using banking services to pay for things like housing, transportation, utilities, groceries, healthcare, education, and even contribute to charities.

    In the end, the girls will work (and have fun) creating and balancing a personal family budget.

    Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan has run this program through its Finance Park since 2007. “We have observed many interesting comments and lightbulb stories from teachers, students, parents, chaperones and volunteers over the past decade,” said Chiquita Lawler, Manager of JA’s Finance Park. “Most of the students have been amazed to understand how a budget works! They learn that their parents are indeed important in their lives a...



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  • Sign her up for a Kaleidoscope of FUN today!


    Registration deadline is January 29th!

    Don’t miss the chance to have FUN WHILE LEARNING at this year’s Kaleidoscope of FUN at Cranbrook Institute of Science on Feb 4. The afternoon of exploration begins at 4 and runs until 8 pm.  Girl Scouts will enjoy tons of activities about things like the food pyramid, optical illusions, DNA, and Dinos and Other Fossils. And, what Kaleidoscope of Fun would be complete without some slime demos* and maggot art*?

    Girl Scouts and their families will enjoy exploring the Cranbrook Museum, too. The Girl Scout-only activities and workshops are for ages 5-12 but EVERYONE can enjoy the auditorium program and museum exhibits.

    Check out just some of the awesome things Girl Scouts will be learning about this year:

    • Rock Cycle
    • Solar Bracelets*
    • Harmonicas*
    • Osmo/Hex Bugs
    • Bugs
    • Diffraction Sun Catchers*
    • Past Creations
    • Jenga
    • Towers/Arches
    • Heart/Lung Dissection
    • Astronomy Gallery

    *These have cool take-aways!!

    We know you can’t wait to go! Registration deadline to sign her up for Kaleidescope of FUN is Jan. 29. Check out gssem.org/calendar to register TODAY! We are looking for Program Aides...



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  • A Message from our CEO - Girl Scouts and the Inaugural Parade


    As you may have already heard, the Girl Scout Council in Washington DC, Nation's Capital, has decided to participate in the Presidential Inaugural Parade on Friday. I want to thank all of the leaders, parents, and volunteers who have reached out to me and our staff to share your heartfelt views about their decision to participate.

    The Inaugural Parade is a non-partisan civic event that celebrates a hallmark of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another. For over 100 years, Girl Scouts have participated in the presidential inauguration in some very visible manner, for popular or unpopular presidents, for Democrats or Republicans, in times of economic prosperity or distress, and in times of peace or war. The great strength of the Girl Scout movement is our inclusivity and our diverse membership.

    It is important for our girls to see that while adults may not always agree on every viewpoint and stance, it is our right to freedom of expression that binds us as a nation. Whether or not you agree with the Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capital, I ask you to join me in respecting the rights of our sister council and those individual girls and parents who made the very personal decision to participate.

    Yours in Girl Scouting,

    Denise Dalrymple
    Chief Executive Officer
    Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan

  • GAB girls enjoy holiday gathering, start planning for 2017 Mall Frenzy


    GSSEM’s Girl Advisory Board (GAB) met this month to celebrate the holidays and discuss the next Moxie Talks and started brainstorming themes for the 2017 Mall Frenzy!  (Remember last year’s awesome ZOMBIE PARTY theme?)

    GAB was created to provide an opportunity for older girls to further develop their leadership skills and represent the girls of GSSEM.  GAB members are encouraged to share their creative ideas, passion for Girl Scouts, and ensure that GSSEM programs are what today’s girls want and need. They typically meet four times a year.

    The special holiday-themed meeting last week started with fun ice-breaker games and the girls shared their holiday traditions. They even took part in a Mannequin Challenge while they constructed holiday centerpieces.

    The theme for the 2017 Mall Frenzy is not being announced yet, although the girls had some great ideas and discussion. (Keep checking out gssem.org for what cool theme they chose!) And all of the girls are looking forward to the Moxie Talks on Feb. 5.

    Interested in finding out more about GAB? Contact Caroline Feathers at cfeathers@gssem.org.

     

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  • Thank you, Sonya Gietek!


    Sonya Gietek is an exceptional GSSEM volunteer who takes on several roles. She has been volunteering with GSSEM since 2013 and is currently the troop leader of Daisy troop 76413 and Brownie troop 71413 at Black Elementary School in the Warren Consolidated School District.  

    In addition to leading the two troops, she also holds the position of Cookie Cupboard Manager for the Warren area.  During the 2016 cookie season, Sonya’s cookie cupboard had the most transactions of all volunteer-hosted cookie cupboards!  Sonya handled all of the transactions with excellent, friendly service, making it easier for hundreds of troops to have a successful cookie program.  

    “Sonya is vocal proponent of Girl Scouts and she takes pride in bringing her experiences to prospective new volunteers,” said Joy Diete-Spiff, GSSEM Recruitment Specialist. “She actively assists with Get to Know Girl Scout events as well as Parent/Volunteer Information meetings. She is an open resource for new and prospective volunteers. I have had the opportunity to work with Sonya in her capacity as a Troop Organizer and she is very engaging with volunteers and girls alike.”

    Sonya also serves on the council’s Product Program Committee, assisting with product deliveries, and answering volunteer questions for the Fall Sale and Cookie programs. She strongly bel...



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  • Watch Girl Scouts dance down Woodward Ave. in America’s Thanksgiving Parade!


    Tune in to watch 100 of our Girl Scouts marching and dancing down Woodward Avenue at this year’s America’s Thanksgiving Parade! You won’t be able to miss them—they’ll be the ones dressed in matching green vests, red scarfs and gloves, and green and red sequined Santa hats! For the fifth consecutive year, Girl Scouts will participate in beloved annual holiday tradition.  This year, the girls will entertain the crowds lining Woodward Avenue with choreographed moves to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” courtesy of Tina Marie School of Dance. Have a GREAT time girls! We look forward to seeing your smiling faces on Thanksgiving Day!  America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be broadcast on WDIV-TV Local 4 Detroit, starting at 9 am on Thursday, Nov. 24.

  • Walk with God event exposes Girls Scout and Boy Scouts to different faiths


    More than 300 Scouts from GSSEM and Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and their families walked side by side at the 2016 Walk with God.  The third biennial event was held at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn last month.  It is presented in partnership by GSSEM’s Religious Relationships and the BSA Religious Activities Committees. Attendees hiked to nearby sacred placed to learn about different faiths and common values between them.

    Presentations were given by local leaders of various faiths, including Islamic, Jewish and Christian traditions. Speakers included Imam Kazrooni of Islamic Center of America, Pastor David Sheridan of Warrendale Community Church, Dr. Al Tarlo of the Archdiocese of Detroit, GSSEM leader Nora Mullin of Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, and Imam Yaseen of the Islamic Center of America.  GSSEM Troop Leader Fatima Dahoui, and BSA Troop Leader brother Mohamad Awada, were the community troop hostess and host.

    "Unity of understanding helps break barriers caused by ignorance.  Ignorance creates fear.  Fear harbors hatred.  Hatred brings disunity.  Our faith traditions share a common core of values that bring us together.  Walk With God was a great opportunity to promote unity,” said GSSEM Religious Relationships Committee Chair Suzanne Bante.

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  • Enter the 2016 Council Fun Patch Design Contest!


    Here’s your chance to design GSSEM’s 2017 Council Fun Patch!

    Girls: We want to see your funny, creative, kooky, quirky, or seriously artistic side! Let it shine and you could be the winner of GSSEM’s Council Fun Patch design contest! Your design will be the official 2017 GSSEM Council Fun Patch available for purchase in all GSSEM Council Shops!

    Set your imagination free and show your GSSEM pride!

    Your design should answer one of the following questions:
    1) What does Girl Scouting in southeast Michigan mean to you?
    2) What makes GSSEM the best council in Michigan?

    To enter:
    Create a patch design on the template of your choice (triangle, square or circle). Designs must fit within the template space provided.

    Downlaod a Fun Patch Template (PDF): All | Triangle | Square | Circl...



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  • GSSEM, Boys Scouts join forces on Scouting for Food service project to benefit Gleaners


    This year's Goal: Collect more than 250,000 Pounds of Food!

    Click here to participate!

    GSSEM and Boy Scouts of America, Michigan Crossroads Council are partnering for the second consecutive year on Scouting for Food, a region-wide service project Boy Scouts of America have spearheaded locally since 1988. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will collect food donations during the week of Nov. 5-12. Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (Gleaners) is the collaborative partner to distribute the food to hungry neighbors in our communities.

    “Scouting for Food has been a tradition of Boy Scouts of America nationally for over 30 years,” said Vic Pooler, CEO of Great Lakes Field Service Council, Boy Scouts of America. “This long standing commitment to community service is what Scouting is all about, and partnering with Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan is a wonderful way for more Scouts to canvass areas in our region to provide more food for the less fortunate before the holidays arrive and the need is so much greater.”...



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  • Girls learned how to build their team at successful 2nd Moxie Talks!


    GSSEM's second Moxie Talks held this past weekend brought girls (grades 9 - 12) together with successful women in the professional world for a great talk AND great discussions after. Moxie Talks are quarterly leadership events inspired by the revolutionary TED Talks! that feature successful women who share valuable information and inspiration in 18 minutes or less.

    One of the biggest take-aways for girls at Moxie Talks is to learn strategies that will help them pursue their Gold Awards and narrow their topics and get valuable feedback.

    "Both speakers for this Moxie Talks were outstanding! Lisa Johanon and Jenny Suidan both focused on our topic of the importance of building your team," said Barb Sosin, GSSEM's Director of Council Programs."

    Johanon is the co-founder and executive director of Central Detroit Christian (CDC), a faith-based non-profit organization. She has served in that capacity for 21 years and has been a Detroiter for 31 years. At CDC she supervises a staff of 25 who are empowered to develop and coordinate programs in three areas: education, employment, and economic development.

    "Lisa Johanon really talked about building the right team for running an organization. She was very engaging with the girls. Her biggest message was to make sure when you build a team, you LISTEN to your team. That allows you to empower them, as well," said Sosin.

    Suidan currently works as an ass...



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  • Girl Scouts put their engineering creations to the test at Fast Track Races!


    More than 200 Brownies and Juniors saw weeks of hands-on lessons in aerodynamics, friction, weight distribution and design come to an exciting conclusion at last weekend’s Girls’ Fast Track Races, Powered by Ford at Oakland University. The cars were lightning fast (and looked AWESOME) and the girls’ excitement was pretty fierce during the day, that also featured hands-on STEAM (aka science, technology, engineering, arts and math) activities for everyone.

    Alyssa B.Alyssa, a Brownie from Troop 71619 in Farmington Hills, had a blast engineering her car in preparation for the Fast Track races. She ended up designing hers with a crimson red tulip and black racing stripes. The best part is she glued a photograph of herself on top, in the driver’s seat! “She had so much fun and I love the fact that her car was all done by her, except the cutting,” said her mom, Honey Best, who said she also had a great time at the event. Alyssa came in first and second in two of her heats.

    Congratulations to the following girls who also had awesome performances (and cars!):

     Juniors Finals:

      1st Place (Trophy Winner): Meredith R.  (12.5870) 2nd Place: Haley H. (12.6050) 3rd Place: Laura S. (12.6630) 4th Place: Ashlyn A. (12.6930)...


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  • Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2016 Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon!


    Beautiful autumn weather prevailed for 88 Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan charity team participants of the 2016 Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon over the weekend!  For the second consecutive year, our council had both kids and adults participating in the events including American Home Fitness 5K, Meijer Kids Fun Run, Marathon and Marathon Relay (over the Ambassador bridge or through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel), and the Priority Health International Half-Marathon.  Congratulations and SPECIAL THANKS to everyone who came out to have healthy fun and support Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan!

  • Some lucky Girl Scouts got a first taste of the new S’mores™ cookie at the cider mill this weekend!


    There may be nothing better on crisp fall day than a trip to the cider mill and a tasty campfire treat like S’mores! Girl Scouts attending Community 4’s 7th Annual Moonlight Hayride & Bonfire at Blake’s Orchard in Armada this weekend got to enjoy BOTH autumn treats—with a twist! GSSEM was fortunate enough to work with our baker, Little Brownie Bakers, and surprised everyone attending the Moonlight Hayride & Bonfire with samples of the new Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie!

    “I loved it!” said Charlie W., a Brownie from Clawson, who was among the first lucky people to try the new cookie.  The S’mores™ cookie is a crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallow filling. It contains no artificial flavors or colors, high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. “It was delicious and I love the picture on it!”

    Through a mouthful of cookie, Brownie Angelina R. from St. Clair Shores, said Tagalongs® had always been her favorite but, “This one is better!”

    Not everyone was willing to change their favorite Girl Scout cookie, although everyone agreed the new S’mores™ cookie was DELICIOUS. Elena A. is a Brownie from Shelby Township whose allegiance is still with Thin Mints®.  And Emma A., a Junior from Shelby Twp., gave the new cookie two thumbs up but really couldn’t decide if she likes S’mores™ or Thin Mints® cookies best.

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  • Girl Scouts Roared on the River at the 2016 International River Crossing!


    Save the date: Sept. 30, 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the River Crossing

    One of GSSEM’s biggest events once again drew a huge crowd of Girl Scouts for the 49th straight year!  Nearly 1,150 girls and their families came out to enjoy the International River Crossing along St. Clair River in Nautical Mile Park.

    “This year’s International River Crossing committee did a great job recruiting various organizations and people to provide hands-on activities for the girls in the area of STEM, said Barb Sosin, GSSEM Director of Council Programs. “This was probably the best River Crossing in recent times thanks to our committee and more than 100 volunteers! We are excited to already be planning our 50th Anniversary International River Crossing event on Sept. 30, 2017!”

    The International River Crossing event was created to celebrate the sisterhood and friendship between the U.S. Girl Scouts and Canadian Girl Guides.  This year’s participants earned and received the new Precious Medal P.I. patch, explored STEM activities like NASA Sunscopes and robotics, launched stomp rockets and a Detroit Grand Prix car was on display. The girls talked to real race car driver and even got to have their photos taken while sitting in the car! It’s no wonder that this year’s River Crossing theme was Roar on the River!

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  • Back to Troop sale: At a Council Shop or at a MOBILE Shop near you!


    The annual Back to Troop sale is a great time to get all the things girls need to kick off their scouting year! It’s the perfect time to get Starter Kits, which include the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, corresponding uniform item (sash or vest, or Daisy Tunic) American Flag Patch, Official Girl Scout Daisy Membership Pin, WAGGGS Official Pin, and Insignia Tab.

    Special Back to Troop promotion!
    Spend $75.00 through Oct. 15, and you’ll get $10.00 off a purchase of $25.00 or more between Nov. 1 and Nov. 18. Plus the Back to Troop sale features 50% off clearance items and 10% off clothing and accessories (excluding starter kit items).

    GSSEM Mobile Shop Days for Uniforms and Starter Kits!

    We’re bringing the shop to a location near you on select dates starting Oct. 17!

    Click here to choose your preferred location.  You will then receive an email with a link to place your order. Items available for order for the fall mobile shops include starter kits and basic uniform items.  Orders will be filled and available for pick up at your selected location. Some additional Girl Scout merchandise in limited quantities and varieties will also be available for purchase at the mobile shops, but it is strongly suggested that you pre-order to ensure the items and sizes you need are available. 

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  • Warren Troop created, unveiled a large mural in Eastern Market!


    Congratulations to members of Troop 30007 of Warren who hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony last week to debut the troop’s six and a half foot mural in Eastern Market. The painting is located on Antietam in Lafayette Park.  The girls are Girl Scout Cadettes in grades 7-8 and worked for several months designing the mural, and 15 girls took a total of three days to complete actual painting of the mural.                                                                                      

    “We really tried to show how our phones and computers and tablets really are such a big part of our world, especially in girls lives,” said Sophia A., 13, a member of the troop. “We wanted the mural to encourage people to not be trapped on your phone, and to get out and do something productive,” she said.

    The idea for the mural was sparked by the girls’ work on their Girl Scout MEdia Journey, which helps girls to understand and acknowledge the role that media and technology has in their lives, and society. It encourages them to explore the mu...



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  • Thank you, Gerald McCarty, II!


    Gerald McCarty, II is an integral, committed member of the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan. He was first inspired to help Girl Scouts when he witnessed the wonderful impact the organization, Leaders, and sister Scouts had on his five daughters.

    Since that time, he has been instrumental in raising funds for the Girl Scouts—particularly with the annual Golf Classic "Fore! the Girls" fundraiser. He even serves as the current chairman of the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan Golf Committee.

    “Gerald has been a fearless leader in driving this golf event forward, in an effort to raise funds for the Girl Scouts! Gerald’s passion and commitment to the Girl Scouts continues to flourish year after year," said Karen Murphy, GSSEM's Chief Development Officer.  

    When he's not helping Scouts, Gerald works at Baker College of Flint, where he is Vice President for Student Services.

    Congratulations, Gerald and thank you for all that you do for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan!

     

  • Without Girl Scouts, I would not be the person I am today


    Girl Scouts teaches many principles that help girls develop courage, confidence and character. In my 12 years as a Scout I have discovered the courage to make a change in my community, learned how my confidence can calm my shaky nerves before a speech, and how I can use my character to set a positive example for younger girls. These principles that I have learned in Girl Scouts are the foundation of who I am today.

    Perseverance is another thing I learned in Girl Scouts. Perseverance is to try when it seems like a road you are headed down is a dead end, or something is too difficult to accomplish. For example, this past spring I had an opportunity to run for an officer position in the National Honor Society at my high school. National Honor Society is an academic and service group for upper-classmen. Every year there are five new seniors elected to be officers of the group, and I knew that I wanted to run. I immediately put my name in and started to work on my presentation.

    However, while I was putting together my presentation I found out that someone else was running for the same position I had a gut feeling that if I had to run against that person, I would lose just because of who they were. I had worked tirelessly on my presentation and finding out who my competition was seemed to make all my hard work worthless. For a moment I wanted to give up because I...



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  • Help sister Girl Scouts impacted by the flooding in Louisiana


    Girl Scouts Louisiana East (GSLE) reports receiving an outpouring of messages this week from Girl Scouts in California, Oregon, Connecticut, Florida, Alabama, New Jersey, and other states, to let them know that thoughts and prayers are with Girl Scout sisters in south Louisiana, and to ask, how they can help.

    GSLE has set up a page on their website and through Constant Contact for anyone who wants to help our Girl Scout troops who have lost uniforms, books, meeting or camping supplies, etc.  

    Anyone can help by purchasing gift certificates to GSLE’s shops, which will go to troops/girls affected. GSLE is requesting that Girl Scout uniforms be purchased through their shops and not sent from other areas of the country, as the Council shops in Baton Rouge and New Orleans did not sustain damage and have full inventories, ready for the rush of fall recruitment. This will also allow the girls to shop locally, where they will be better able to select the correct size, books, etc.  

    Notes of encouragement to affected Girl Scout troops in Louisiana can be mailed to: Girl Scouts Louisiana East, Regional Service Center, 545 Colonial Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. These notes/drawings may be scanned and s...



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  • Area golf enthusiasts raised thousands for Girl Scouting in southeast Michigan!


    The 16th annual Golf Classic Fore! the Girls successfully raised approximately $30,000 in support of GSSEM programs and activities! It was a great day for a golf outing on Aug. 15 at Elks Club #222 in Grand Blanc, MI--once home of the Buick Open and the AJGA Buick Open!

    “The FORE! the Girls Golf Classic has a history of raising funds for Girl Scouts for the past 16 years. It’s a great way to have fun and support the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan at the same time,” said Gerald McCarty II, chairman of the GSSEM Golf Committee.  Karen Murphy, GSSEM Chief Devlopment Officer added, “Gerald has been a fearless leader in driving this golf event forward, in an effort to raise funds for the Girl Scouts. Gerald’s passion and commitment to the Girl Scouts continues to flourish year after year! We are also grateful to all of our sponsors who make this event possible!  Their support truly helps us to further the mission of Girl Scouts, which is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.”

    Event sponsors included: McLaren Health Care, Peter and Danialle Karmanos, TCF Commercial Banking, Landaal Packaging Systems, Francine Parker, Hurley Hospital Foundation, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Genesee Foundation of Flint, Plaza One Financial Center, Arbor...



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  • Clarkston troop enjoyed a well-earned trip to Belize this summer!


    Congratulations to GSSEM Troop 1359 of Clarkston on their recent, well-earned trip to Belize in Central America this summer! The troop raised funds over a period of three years to afford the amazing adventure that included exploring rain forests, Mayan Temples, barrier reeds, and providing community service at local schools.

    “When Girl Scout troops get to this level and have these types of incredible experiences, it’s because of the strong adult leaders supporting the girls in their journey,” said Barb Sosin, GSSEM Director of Council Programs. “Congratulations to the girls and to their dedicated leader, Wendy Need!”

    In addition to the hard work, the girls had a chance to meet new people and make friends from around the world.  “I had the opportunity to watch eight amazing young women learn, grow, and give something back to each of the three Belizean areas we visited,” said Need.

    The world traveling girls will speak to the GSSEM Board of Directors about their exciting adventures at their regular meeting on Sept. 14.Check out the newspaper article in Clarkston News that highlights their trip: http://clarkstonnews.com/?p=75197

  • Thank you, Maureen Stapleton!


    GSSEM Volunteer Maureen Stapleton is an extremely valuable asset to our organization! She currently serves on the GSSEM Board of Directors and is an active member of the Board Fund Development Committee.

    “Maureen has been a tremendous asset to the GSSEM, devoting her time, talent, energy and passion to raising funds for the mission! Girl Scouts is a priority to Maureen and so are the futures of young women,” stated Karen Murphy, GSSEM Chief Development Officer.

    Maureen is a natural-born networker who continues to share the importance of Girl Scouts wherever she goes! The biggest impact she has made for GSSEM has been through her impressive connections and partnerships. She is currently the president of The Links Incorporated—Great Lakes Chapter, and is a past member of the House of Representatives, an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Lambda Pi Omega, and the Founder of Community Enterprises, LLC.  She has worked for 17 years as an advisor with the Co-Ette Club Inc., a leadership development program for high school girls, and is a past board member of the Horizon House, a day shelter for the homeless in Indianapolis. She is on the Board of Directors of Karmanos Cancer Center, the Belle Isle Women’s Committee.

    Congratulations, Maureen and THANK YOU for all that you do for GSSEM!

     

     

  • Announcing our new Girl Scouts S'mores Cookie!


    Just in time for National S’mores Day, GSUSA announced today that all the ooey gooey goodness of S’mores is coming to Girl Scout cookies! Makes total sense seeing that we invented them! The first known recorded version of a S’mores can be found in an official Girl Scouts publication from 1927!

    The Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie is a crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallow filling. It contains no artificial flavors or colors, high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. This newly introduced cookie is the first of its kind for Girl Scouts and like other similar consumer products the cookie could be priced higher than other Girl Scout Cookies, reflecting the cost of production.

    Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies will be available for purchase along with favorites like Thin Mints, Trefoils and Samoas. GSSEM’s order taking portion of the sale starts Dec. 19, 2016.

    “We cannot wait to introduce our customers to the new Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie! S’mores have a strong ties to our organization’s history, and this cookie brings a new and delicious way for consumers to support girls and the fun adventures that grow their everyday leadership skills through Girl Scouts,” said Amanda Thomas, GSSEM Director of Product Programs & Retail Operations. 

    To learn more about the new S’mores cookie, visit ...



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  • Camp Moxie packed motivation, skill building into one weekend!


    Camp Moxie 2016 was a success in a brand new way. GSSEM’s annual motivational leadership camp was held over one intensive WEEKEND—July 29-31! More than 60 Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 attended this year at Camp Hawthorn Hollow.

    The weekend featured skill building, personal brand coaching, guest speakers, and traditional camp fun like campfires and s’mores! The agenda was all about Self Discovery. It featured interactive skill-building sessions titled, Team Building Strategies, Importance of Communication, Overcoming Fears, and Decision Making. Of course, the Overcoming Fears session took place at the camp’s high ropes course and climbing wall!  The girls learned that making decisions and taking calculated risks are important traits of being a leader.

    The girls also got a little inspiration from two successful women: Cindy Miller and Julie Bartholomew, MD were this year’s guest speakers. Miller is a skilled Facilitator, Instructor and Project Manager and consults in the areas of leadership, team development, employee relations and communication, change and conflict management. She is the President of Miller & Associates, Inc. and is also a mother of two teenagers.

    Dr. Bartholomew is an accomplished social entrepreneur, award-winning inventor, international speaker, international best-selling author, and a medical doctor. She is currently participa...



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  • More than 100 Girl Scouts are at Rainbow Forest Day Camp this week!


    More than 100 Girl Scouts have been beating the heat at the 4-day Rainbow Forest Day Camp in Flushing this week! 

    The girls have been exploring 20 acres of nature, making new friends, singing songs, preparing outdoor meals, and learning outdoor skills.  

    GSSEM Volunteer Shirley Sanborn is the Day Camp Registrar for Rainbow Forest Day Camp this week and the organizer for S'Mores Day Camp next week. She has been involved with Rainbow Forest since 1987. Fellow volunteer Jennifer Sexton is this year's Day Camp Organizer for Rainbow Forest and has the huge task of being the food shopper for both of the camp weeks! She has one child attending the camp and has been a Girl Scout for 15 years as as an adult and 5 years as a child.  Sexton's maiden name is Crisp and she's a Girl Scout Cookie mom in her district, so it's pretty easy to see why her camp nickname is Cookie Crisp.  “It’s awesome to be at Home Depot and have girls come up to me and yell, Cookie Crisp!" said Sexton.  

    Rainbow Forest Day Camp is the mainstay summer experience for girls in the Flushing area and is open for Girl Scouts at any level and from any location. 

    Sanborn, better known around the campground by nickname, “Dusty Rose,” said a few of the 35 volunteers attended that camp when they were babies. 

    "I’m especially proud of the high school volunteers who have come full circle and now volunteer," sh...



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  • 3 GSSEM Troops experience the leadership, beauty of Mackinac Island Honor Guard this summer


    Three GSSEM troops are serving on the prestigious Mackinac Island Honor Guard (MIHG) for a week at a time this summer.  The MIHG program began in 1929 when the State Park Commission invited eight Boy Scouts to serve as honor guards for the Michigan governor, and expanded to include Girl Scouts in 1974. Troops from Grosse Pointe and Royal Oak have already completed their service on the island, and third group from Port Huron is ready to go the third week of August.

    “Joining this troop has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and it is such a great opportunity for service, fun, and leadership,” said Julia R. from MIHG Grosse Pointe Troop #327.  The Troop Leader, Cathy Leverenz, said the girls had a wonderful week on the island.  The Honor Guard is made up of individual girls from around the state—56 Scouts in grades 7-12 were there each week. 

    The troop's typical day started and ended with conducting a flag ceremony and based on what patrols the girls had, there was cooking and cleaning in the barracks, service projects, and guide or patrol duties on the island. Free time was spent hiking, exploring and the occasional trip to get a milkshake from the For Mackinac Tea Room. “I’ve created too many memories to count, and it is truly an honor to serve on the Mackinac Island Governor’s Honor Guard,” Julia continu...



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  • Thank you, Peggy Yost!


    GSSEM Volunteer Peggy Yost strives to serve as a partner and role model to girls of all ages. She started as a Girl Scout co-leader, and her roles have grown as her dedication to the Girl Scout Movement has grown!  Peggy currently serves in many operational roles including as a Troop Organizer for four Gibaltar elementary schools. She arranges the best possible locations to hold recruitment events for all schools and coordinates all of the details.

    “Peggy has been an asset to the Recruitment Department as a Troop Organizer who has gone above and beyond the duties of her position,” said Chastity Benson, GSSEM Recruitment Specialist. “She makes sure that she is present at every recruitment event to answer volunteer questions, and offers to mentor them so that they do not feel overwhelmed as new Leaders.  I am very appreciative of Peggy; she is a sure pleasure to work with.”

    Peggy consistently makes it a priority that each girl and parent have the best Girl Scout experience possible through the Recruitment process... and beyond!

  • Cookies for Camp: Juliette uses Cookie Sales to attend summer camp!


    When Stephanie H. sold Girl Scout Cookies this past winter, she not only sold an amazing 1,717 boxes, but she also made sure she secured her spot at camp this summer. The 15-year-old Juliette Girl Scout from Fostoria, MI sold enough cookies to pay for a week-long, star-studded adventure at Camp Hawthorn Hollow where she’ll learn about astronomy.

    The themed camp called, “Galaxy Investigation with NASA,” is one of many GSSEM offerings for summer 2016. Stephanie and other campers will learn the basics of astronomy, have a star party, and stay up late to observe the night sky through a telescope. Stephanie plans to study aerospace engineering in college.

    Stephanie has been a Girl Scout for nine years, and has earned cookie credits for past adventures! She has attended other camps, Girl Scout functions, and badges and gear.  She also went to Girl Scout Ranch Camp, and is part of the Mackinac Island Honor Guard.

    The Girl Scout cookie program is a great way for girls to learn skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Stephanie’s favorite things about Girl Scout camp so far? Horseback riding, high ropes, crafts, and of course, “making a lot of new friends!”

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  • 16th Annual GSSEM Golf Classic is FORE! the GIRLS


    GSSEM is hosting the 16th annual Golf Classic Fore! the Girls, presented by McLaren Health Care, on Monday, August 15, 2016 at Elks Club #222 in Grand Blanc, Michigan.

    “Your day of golf positively impacts 24,000 girls and 7,500 adult volunteers right here in Southeastern Michigan,” said Gerald McCarty II, chairman of the GSSEM Golf Committee. McCarty, who is Vice President for Student Services at Baker College of Flint continued, “Being the father of five daughters who were Girl Scouts, I saw firsthand the tremendously positive experience my daughters had with the leader and members of their troop.”

    The outing will feature lunch, an 18-hole scramble, silent auction and dinner banquet. Prizes and awards for longest drive, closest to the pin and more will also be presented at the banquet.

    “The FORE! the Girls Golf Classic is a great way to support the mission of the Girl Scouts, and at the same time play on a course that once hosted the Buick Open and the AJGA Buick Open,” said Karen Murphy, Chief Development Officer of GSSEM.

    The cost is:
    $120 per person
    $450 foursome team
    $35 for a dinner only ticket
    $65 for a pair of dinner only tickets

    All registrations include carts and green fees. Check in begins at 11:00 am, with a shotgun start at 12:30 pm. GSSEM also invites guests to join us for the dinner banquet following the golf outing, featuri...



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  • Chief Operating Officer and Chief Development Officer join leadership team!


    DETROIT—Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) announced the appointment of a new Chief Operating Officer, Roxanne Brinkerhoff. GSSEM also has appointed Karen Murphy as Chief Development Officer.

    Brinkerhoff comes to GSSEM from The Guidance Center where she was Senior Director in the downriver area. Brinkerhoff has more than 15 years of administrative and organizational leadership experience. In her previous role she was responsible for oversight of operations for The Guidance Center’s childhood development and advocacy, program innovation and adult and family services programs and locations, servicing 21 communities. Prior to becoming Senior Director, Brinkerhoff held multiple positions with the organization.

    "Roxanne’s vast experience managing and leading youth and family serving programs will prove quite valuable in ensuring that our day to day operations meet our members’ needs, from membership recruitment and retention to the customer service aspects of supporting troop and Council administration volunteers," said Denise Dalrymple, CEO of GSSEM.  "More than 30,000 girls and adults from various communities in our region participate in Girl Scouting. Roxanne’s experience serving diverse youth and adults will be a great asset."

    Chief Development Officer Karen Murphy comes to GSSEM from McLaren Oakland Hospital Foundation where she was Chief Development and Planned Giving Officer.

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  • The Richard King Mellon Foundation has committed $40,000 to expose more Girl Scouts to the outdoors!


    [DETROIT]—In the spirit of National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 11, today Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) is pleased to announce the Richard King Mellon Foundation’s $40,000.00 pledge and commitment to getting more girls in southeastern Michigan outdoors in unique and exciting ways. Over the next two years, the funding will help launch a pilot outdoor internship program at GSSEM, and create a summer Girl Scout Destinations trip to a national park.

    GSSEM is proud to collaborate with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) toward meeting these goals. SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. Regular exposure to the outdoors provides significant benefit to Girl Scouts and is a key driver of leadership, according to the Girl Scout Research Institute's More Than S’mores: Successes and Surprises in Girl Scouts’ Outdoor Experiences. Nonetheless, nearly 60 percent of girls are not getting frequent contact with the outdoors in Girl Scouts.

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  • GSSEM Scout appointed to key GSUSA position


    Congratulations to Nicole L. of White Lake! She has some great Girl Scout experiences to look forward to this summer!

    Nicole was recently selected as one of only 20 girls across the country to serve as a member of the Girl Planning Team for the 2017 Girl Scout National Council Session and Convention in Columbus, Ohio. She's going to learn the ins and outs of planning and executing a large-scale event!

    The Girl Planning Team will provide input and feedback for the convention's activities, panel presentations, discussion sessions, special events, marketing and more. Nicole and the other girls will interact with various professionals and guest speakers during the convention. She will take all-expenses-paid trips to two planning retreats—including a trip to New York City! Her first trip is to Columbus, OH in July. She is a member of Troop 20146 and attends Lakeland High School.

    Great job and congratulations!

  • Still making summer plans? GSSEM Day Camps are a great way for girls to spend the long, hot days!


    When school is out, the great outdoors are ready for Girl Scouts to explore! GSSEM offers so many ways for girls to head out and have their best summer ever.  From day camps to badge workshops, gssem.org/calendar is full of fun opportunities.

    Day Camps

    Day camps run for one-four days, and last five to seven hours depending on the day camp. The camps are typically held at local parks or outdoor recreations centers all over southeast Michigan. Here are a few of the day camps still available and more are being planned all the time, thanks to our partnerships with local businesses, organizations, and horse stables:

    June 28 - July 1: Valley View Day Camp
    Imlay City

    This is a four-day Day Camp in a rustic setting that is all about Exploring Science, in addition to traditional camp activities like building fire pits for cooking, archery and more. It runs 9 am – 4 pm daily.  Register NOW!

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  • 1,200 Girls meet at the Detroit Zoo for wild life fun, adventure


    More than 1,200 people—including 70 Girl Scout and Detroit Zoo volunteers—attended GSSEM’s annual fun-filled Meet Me at the Zoo event on June 4.

    “Thank you to all the volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without you,” said Caroline Feathers, GSSEM Programs Specialist.  “The Girl Scout and Zoo volunteers worked together and produced another successful event! You put a smile on the face of all the attendees!”

    The popular annual event featured passports for every girl to fill out as she made her way through the exhibits and activity stations.  The scavenger hunt was specific to each Scouting level and girls earned awards from the, “It’s Your Planet-Love it!” Journey. Daisies earned the Firefly Award, Brownies earned the LOVE Water Award, Juniors earned the Energize Award, and Cadettes earned the Aware Award.

    “Meet Me at the Zoo is fun for the volunteers, too!” said GSSEM volunteer Mary Basile, who volunteered alongside her daughter, Kat. “This is our second time volunteering and our second great experience. We loved it!”

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  • Cadettes create PSA to show that Girls Can Do Anything!


    Congratulations to GSSEM Cadette Troop 75919 of Sterling Heights! They recently created a PSA entitled, “Girls Can Do Anything!” for their MEdia Journey. Troop Leader Nicole Neveau said the goal of the PSA was to inform young girls that they can do anything they want to do. They plan to show off their PSA to a Daisy Troop that they had worked with earlier this year.  Girl Scout’s MEdia Leadership Journey, “It’s Your Story—Tell It!” encourages Cadettes to explore the media they love (like movies, TV, and music) and reshape negative media messages into positive ones.

    Great job showing off your new media skills, girls!

  • Girls DO rock I.T.


    The Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT) and employees at Ford Motor Company recently sponsored a day of interactive fun and learning for Girl Scouts. Their goals? To breaking stereotypes and excite girls about interesting opportunities in Information Technology!

    Nearly 75 GSSEM Scouts registered for the event held at the Harper Woods campus of Wayne County Community College. Brownies earned the Computer Expert badge, Juniors earned the Entertainment Technology badge, and Cadettes earned Netiquette badges. Each group also earned a patch from MCWT.

    GSSEM offers this event twice during the membership year and it allows girls to transform into I.T. divas who can change the world through their computer and technological prowess. Girls learned the essentials like web design basics, social media, and online safety. They also got to do hands-on experiments led by some of the leading computer and information technology experts in our community!

  • Hailey Totten: YOFO (You're Only a Freshman Once)


    Hailey worked with her principal to create a hands-on learning experience for freshman orientation.

    Since many freshman never felt like they belonged, she wanted to give them an experience to welcome them to high school. To support and continue the new orientation format she also started a Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter to be responsible for putting on the event every year. The result was a well-put-together event where the incoming freshman can learn about high school through a scavenger hunt, meet students and teachers, and see what the school has to offer with displays of clubs and groups.

    The newly-formed SADD chapter immediately gained the respect of the school and community, and has provided many new innovative activities for all students.

    Hailey said her Gold Award has furthered her leadership skills and helped her overcome the anxiety of speaking in public. She learned how to stand up for what she believes in, and ask people to work with her to be successful in putting a plan into action.

    Hailey is a 2016 graduate from Croswell-Lexington High School and a member of Troop 70598.

    Well done, Hailey!

     

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  • Congratulations, 2016 GSSEM Special Award Recipients!


    GSSEM honored exceptional young women who earned awards at our annual Honor Reception on Sunday, May 1 at the San Marino Club in Troy.  Eighteen girls received their Gold Award, 87 received their Silver Award, and there were recipients for the Medal of Honor, Tammie Murray and Jennifer Barnum Spirit Awards, and a finalist for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

    Congratulations to all of you!

    The GSSEM Precious Medal Award

    Congratulations to the 2016 recipients of Precious Medal Gold Ribbons:

    Emileigh Bechtolt
    Sara Elizabeth Byks
    Julia Keahey
    Sarah Christine McIntosh
    Katie McMaster
    Katie Sesi
    Lauren Setterlun
    Kelly Smith
    Carly Steen
    Erin Stiefel
    Hailey Totten
    Jenna Varcak

    This award recognizes Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who have achieved all three of the Highest Awards a Girl Scout can earn; the Bronze, Silver and Gold. This award highlights the culmination of many years of taking action to make our community and world a better place. This award is provided though the generous donation of Dave and Jan Robertjohn.

     

    25th Anniversary of the Tammie Murray and Jennifer Barnum Spirit Awards

    These awards are presented in memory of two exceptional Girl Scouts who led by example and were committed to the values that embody the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Recipients of these...



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  • Erin Stiefel: Senior Citizen Update


    For her Gold Award Project, Erin created a program to help educate senior citizens about modern technologies.

    Taking inspiration from the common depiction of senior citizens being easily confused by technology, and her personal view of how this can sometimes be the case, Erin led a series of informative sessions. These sessions helped to break down the many aspects of various devices and applications, ranging from Kindles to social media outlets.

    Through hands on experiences, Erin’s project helped the elderly in the community to better grasp technologies and feel more comfortable exploring the new equipment and applications on their own. Throughout this project Erin has gained more confidence and an increased awareness of the needs of the aging. She is proud to have helped a group that she sees as often being overlooked in terms of modern concepts like new technologies.

    Erin was a part of Almont Troop 11704 and is currently attending Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids in pursuit of a degree in mechanical engineering.

    Well done, Erin!

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  • Bailee McAfee: JST DRV-Distracted Driving Campaign


    For her Gold Award project, Bailee educated her class and community about the dangers of distracted driving.

    Growing up in a house with a father as a police officer, Bailee heard many stories about senseless accidents due to distracted driving. Bailee took action after the loss of two students in her community to this same situation. She saw a need to educate her classmates on what distracted driving entails, how to prevent it, and what the consequences of distracted driving do to families.

    Bailee worked with the local police chief, EMS director and insurance agencies to help educate her peers. She also reached out to all the area high schools in her county to inform them of what she was doing and how she went about it. As a result, Bailee has had classmates come up and inform her that they will take steps to stay safe while driving.

    Bailee says completing her Gold Award helped her to feel more comfortable in taking a stand on issues that are important to her. Bailee also learned that not everything runs as smoothly as you plan and you have to be creative to overcome and change things. Bailee learned that by working with others things will come together and you can create a difference.

    Bailee is graduating from Croswell-Lexington High school.

    She is a member of Troop 50260.

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  • Annie Trotta: The First Tee Girls Golf Clinic


    For her Gold Award project, Annie identified the need to get more girls involved in golf.

    She worked with two organizations, The First Tee and the Seaholm Girls Golf Team. She developed and posted flyers for a girls’ golf clinic, targeting girls aged 7 to 12. On the day of the clinic, she led the volunteers and trained them in the activities. She then taught each clinic. After her initial involvement, she started a junior golf equipment drive to benefit The First Tee.

    Upon completing her Gold Award, Annie felt accomplished through her hard work and seeing the joy in the participants’ faces from introducing them to a new sport. Additionally, it created a spark it in her teammates to volunteer and continue the effort.

    Annie is graduating from Seaholm High School in Birmingham, MI.

    She is a member of Troop 43751.

    Well done, Annie!

    GSSEM honored 18 girls with the coveted Gold Award at the annual Honor Reception on May 1, along with honoring 87 Silver Award recipients, recipients for the Medal of Honor, Tammie Murray and Jennifer Barnum Spirit Awards, and a finalist for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Over the coming weeks, we will individually feature each of the Gold Award recipients.

     

  • Emily Unger: Hands Off Humans


    For her Gold Award Project, Emily took action to spread awareness about human trafficking.

    She started the campaign Hands Off Humans where people from all over the world could talk about and discuss human trafficking. She used social media to spread the word about its existence in the community. Emily also ran two events where speakers talked about human trafficking and ways people could stop it from continuing. At the events, she passed out flyers with information on how to contact local groups to get help with trafficking situations.

    Emily continues to manage her social media accounts, spreading the word about human trafficking to anyone possible. She hopes that, by spreading the word, people will be able to unite as a community—and as a global entity—to stop human trafficking once and for all.

    Emily believes that completing her Gold Award has given her many skills including time management and self-confidence. She encourages others to step up as well and to make even the smallest difference in anything they feel is important. She now believes that anyone and everyone can make a change in the world.

    Emily graduated from Annapolis High School in Dearborn Heights, MI and is currently attending the University of Detroit Mercy.

    She has been a Girl Scout for 11 years and is a member of Troop 41667.

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  • 2016 Top Cookie Sellers!


    GSSEM is proud to announce that Elizabeth Popovich, 13, of Macomb Township, MI as the Top Cookie Seller for the 2016 Cookie Sale—for the fourth consecutive year. Popovich sold 8,660 boxes of cookies during the sale. Popovich and nine other top sellers were all honored at recent Cookie Celebrations that were held around southeastern Michigan.  GSSEM’s total sales reached 2,920,666 boxes!

    Elizabeth PopovichPopovich (pictured left) sold most of her cookies through the Gift of Caring Program (Troops to Troops) which sends Girl Scout Cookies to soldiers overseas, giving them a little taste of home.  “Every year I just try to find new ways to let people know, and I have increased the donations every year.  Over the six years I have collected $70,140, or 17,535 boxes of cookies for our soldiers!  I think that is great!”

    More than 7,500 of Elizabeth’s boxes were sold through the Troops to Troops this year, and according to Little Brownie Bakers—GSSEM’s chosen manufacturer of Girl Scout cookies—Elizabeth was the #2 seller in the COUNTRY! One of her strategies besides booth sales? “I make up an informative flyer that explains the Troops 2 Troops program, and go around to businesses asking them to make a donation.” She even found that businesses would purchase a case or more at a time and donate them to the&...



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  • Jenna Varcak: Freshman Connect


    For her Gold Award project, Jenna helped incoming freshmen at Chippewa Valley High School feel more welcomed and integrated with upperclassmen.

    To make freshmen students feel less isolated as they entered a new school, she created a website that provided students with information on the club and events available at Chippewa. In addition to supplying valuable information, Jenna held the first Cookies and Cram event to provide freshman with study tips and advice from upperclassmen. She also created a mentor program to connect freshman and junior class councils, and she'll be continuing her project by improving freshman orientation for the next school year.

    Jenna says that completing her Gold Award achieved a goal that she set for herself many years ago. Through her project, Jenna improved her communication and leadership skills, which she utilized in several leadership positions during her senior year of high school.

    Jenna is graduating from Chippewa Valley High School in Clinton Township, MI. She plans to study Actuarial Science.­­­­­­­­­­­­­


    Well done, Jenna!

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  • 5,000+ enjoy win, parade, fun at Girl Scout Day at Comerica Park!


    More than 5,000 Girl Scouts and their families lined the outfield at Comerica Park last weekend to celebrate Girl Scout Day at Comerica Park. The annual event is a fun opportunity for troops to show their Girl Scout pride with banners, waves and cheers! This year’s Gold Award recipients were honored during the pre-game ceremony and the 2016 Young Woman of Distinction, Katie Sesi, threw out the first pitch! As a bonus, the weather was beautiful and the Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-4.

  • Carly Steen: Growing our Music Family


    Carly saw an opportunity to develop a program that had the potential to impact more than just her community.

    After going through multiple changes of band directors in her high school and seeing a reduction in the number of incoming high school musicians, Carly communicated with her peers and director to make a change. She organized events for the middle school students to participate in the high school band experience, allowing them to perform in class and outside of class with high school musicians. Additionally, she and her peers visited the middle school on multiple occasions to talk with the students about what they have to look forward to in their high school music career. The middle school students were also able to view multiple slide shows and video clips of the high school band to educate them about the high school band family.

    Throughout this process, Carly developed her leadership skills, and learned other new abilities. She learned that through dedication to her own community, she can make a difference.

    Carly graduated from Stoney Creek High School in Rochester, Michigan. She is a member of Troop 43892.

    Well done, Carly!

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  • Kelly Smith: Golden Opportunities—Providing Free Books and Educational Materials to Needy Children in Oakland County


    For her Gold Award project, Kelly took action against perpetual poverty in her local community. In order to break the vicious cycle of poverty, children must be educated in order to enhance their financial status and be able to provide for themselves in the future. To target this issue, Kelly worked with Open Door Outreach Center in Waterford, MI—a charitable organization—to provide books and materials to children and families in need. She built two large bookcases and filled them with more than 2,000 books that she collected. Kelly also created her own CD with audio books and music to help with brain stimulation in infants and young children and worksheet packets to help children with subjects at home. Kelly says that her Gold Award project helped her develop her leadership and communication skills and allowed her to make a difference in the world. Through her project, Kelly learned about the benefits of education and solidified her passion to become an elementary school teacher. Kelly is graduating from Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce, MI. She is a member of Troop 43392.

    Well done, Kelly!

     

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  • Lauren Setterlun: Aberdeen Community Garden


    For her Gold Award, Lauren created and implemented a community garden and gardening program at Aberdeen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She wanted to provide the residents with a sense of importance, which encouraged them to go outside and do an activity they did when they were living on their own.

    She established a gardening club at Aberdeen, which allowed the residents to plant, weed, care for, and harvest the vegetables they grew in the community garden. The program donated the extra produce grown to a local food bank that was distributed to families in the community.

    This garden not only benefited the residents, but also the staff, the families, and the community. The staff and families have commented on how this community garden has given the residents a reason to get up in the morning and has overall improved their disposition.

    Completing her Gold Award allowed Lauren to become more connected and aware of the problems in her community. She learned that she has the ability to make a difference in the world.

    This project has helped Lauren to develop a strong sense of leadership and communication skills. Lauren discovered that with hard work and determination, she can bring her community together, educate and encourage others to make a difference in their communities, and improve t...



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  • Katie McMaster: Tollgate Farm Awareness


    Katie’s project addressed increasing awareness of Michigan State University’s Tollgate Farm. Although the farm is in a well-traveled area, many in the community still do not know much about it and have never visited. Her goal was to inform, educate and bring more visitors, both local and international, to the farm.

    The farm has 160 acres and includes buildings from the mid 1800’s, meeting facilities, classrooms, barns, gardens, and walking trails. Katie focused on six of the most popular gardens (Pond, Enabling Gardens, Demonstration Gardens, Rose, Tollgate Children’s Garden, and Xeriscape) and created videos and recorded informational interviews which have been added to Tollgate Farm’s website.

    She also created QR (Quick Response) codes, designed signs and installed display stands at the farm so people can scan the codes from their phones or tablets and be linked to the videos and to other information on the website.

    To further increase awareness, Katie posted informational fliers throughout the community and on social media. Visitors to the farm, and the farm’s website, will be able to learn about gardening, sustainability and caring for the environment from the videos.

    Katie is a junior at Novi High School and a member of Troop 41441.

    Well done, Katie!

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  • First Moxie Talks inspired girls and adult mentors


    Our first Moxie Talks was a great success! More than 30 people attended the event that was modeled after the famous Ted Talks—with a whole lot of Moxie!  The event brought together girls in the 9th-12th grades with two successful women who shared their life stories.

    “The girls were very engaged by our two speakers, Melissa Allen and Carlotta Tutt Holloway. Both shared great messages around finding your passion and learning about your purpose in life. They touched on important lessons such as the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people—who will support you, your dreams and your passion in life,” said Barb Sosin, GSSEM’s Director of Council Programs.  “When the speakers opened it up for girls to ask questions, the hands flew up and girls had great questions!”

    Allen is the founder and CEO of The Mini Maker in Okemos, MI: A kid-focused makerspace that’s all about helping kids imagine, develop, and build. Her company was formed in 2014 with a mission of engaging kids and families in a hands-on creative experience. She has a special interest in empowering young girls to build businesses, enter STEM fields, and utilize their talents and abilities. She follows the mantra of “Let’s focus and encourage what they can be now instead of waiting until they grow up.”

    Carlotta Tutt Holloway is a progressive marketer with more than 16 years of experience in the fields of marketing, media, and advertising.  She has de...



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  • Sarah Christine Mcintosh: Get Active Through Art


    Sarah McIntosh decided to help The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan. Sarah combined her love of art and sports to create a unique program that added to the club’s current Triple Play dynamic wellness program. Sarah’s project allowed her to help children to better understand the importance of physical activity and how it affects them mentally, physically and emotionally. She used art with the children to express themselves and leveraged their creativity to encourage participation in physical activity. Through creative activities and discussion, children visualized and expressed their ideas about fitness and made a commitment to try new ways to be active. They gained skills, and knowledge in how sports can help in other parts of their lives. While working on the Gold Award, Sarah learned to take her passions and mold them into a project that allowed her to discover herself and her abilities to positively impact others. She developed leadership skills, learned how to better manage her time and most importantly connect with her community and help children be more physically active. Sarah is currently a junior at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Oakland County and is a member of Troop 45755.

    Well done, Sarah!

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  • Clare Kinna: The Dangers of E-Cigarettes


    Clare Kinna’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project was to raise awareness of the dangers of e-cigarettes among Marian students and her community leaders. She worked with Marian Health Teacher Mrs. Mary Cicerone, who was her project advisor, to provide information about e-cigarettes to students in Mrs. Cicerone’s health education classes. Clare delivered a presentation to the students at the April S.A.D.D. meeting and with the help of Marian teacher Ms. Julie Satori, obtained more than 140 student signatures on a petition asking Bloomfield Township to amend their code of ordinances to include language outlawing the sale of e-cigarettes to minors in the township. She presented her case at the Bloomfield Township board meeting in May. As a result, the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees agreed to review the state law and add the language to their code of ordinances. Clare is graduating from Marian High School. She is a member of Troop 44044.

    Well done, Clare!

    GSSEM honored 18 girls with the coveted Gold Award at the annual Honor Reception on May 1, along with honoring 87 Silver Award recipients, recipients for the Medal of Honor, Tammie Murray and Jennifer Barnum Spirit Awards, and a finalist for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Over the coming weeks, we will individually feature each o...



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  • Julia Keahey: Be-you-tiful Online Magazine


    For her Gold Award project, Julia took action by creating an online magazine dedicated to positive body image and empowerment among young women.

    Struggling with body image is something most everyone has dealt with, including Julia and those surrounding her. It hurt her to see others’ negative self-perceptions weigh them down, so she took action. Julia recruited friends to write and contribute to a by-teens, for-teens magazine while working closely with professionals in a number of industries such as fashion, health, and writing.

    Be-you-tiful Online Magazine has been shared globally, getting readership in nearly every state and upwards of ten countries. Julia says that completing her Gold Award project helped her connect with people, new and old, on a new, more personal level. Julia also gained more technical skills. Earning her Gold Award has always been a dream of Julia’s, and though it tested her determination and commitment, she found that with a supportive team anything is possible.

    Julia graduated from Oakland Early College in Farmington Hills, MI with an Associate’s Degree and high honors. She is now attending Ithaca College in New York majoring in Documentary Studies.

    Julia was a member of Troop 40842.

    Well done, Julia!

     

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  • Zoe Garden: Adams High School Eco Club


    For Zoe’s Gold Award Project, she recognized that her school did not have a club that revolved around the environment and the need to protect it. She took action by organizing a group of people to start making changes in school and the community. She worked to unite her peers to start an Eco Club. Through the Eco Club she expanded the recycling program at her school to include other areas such as the cafeteria, gym and athletic halls. The results showed that changes have been made and more will happen within the next school year. Zoe says that completing her Gold Award helped her learn more about herself and improve on some of her skills. She realized that she is capable of completing her goals and is able to make a difference. Zoe is in the 11th grade and attending Rochester Adams High School in Rochester Hills, MI. She is member of Troop 40495.

    Well done, Zoe!

    GSSEM honored 18 girls with the coveted Gold Award at the annual Honor Reception on May 1, along with honoring 87 Silver Award recipients, recipients for the Medal of Honor, Tammie Murray and Jennifer Barnum Spirit Awards, and a finalist for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Over the coming weeks, we will individually feature each of the Gold Award recipients.

     

  • Sara Elizabeth Byks: Reach out, challenge the known – R.O.C.K. Your Socks


    Sara advocated for the homeless by bringing attention to the mission of the Macomb County Warming Center and the importance of socks for the homeless. She created a network of partner churches and made presentations with her team, sharing her message. Sara enlisted the support of the Macomb Cable Network, where she is employed as a student producer, to film a PSA for her project which was included in the station’s programming, and reached 150,000 households. She utilized social media, creating a Facebook page www.facebook.com/RockingSox. As part of her project, Sara collected more than 1,800 pairs of socks which were distributed to the homeless by the host churches of the program. Kathy Goodrich, executive director of the Macomb County Warming Center and one of Sara’s project advisors, said the research Sara completed for her project will assist the Warming Center in its grant-writing process. Sara learned that “Being organized and utilizing your resources is the key to success in any project.” Sara is a senior at Mount Clemens High School. She will attend Central Michigan University to study Broadcasting and Communication Arts. She is a member of Troop 30358.

    Well done, Sara!

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  • Emileigh Bechtolt: Sensory Garden at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham


    For her Gold Award project, Emileigh created an educational sensory garden to be used by an early learning center, Hand in Hand, to teach children about simple weather sciences and their five senses. She included herbs and berries for taste, flowers for sight and smell, and a variety of ornamental grasses and moss for touch. For sound, she used wind chimes made out of recycled materials. For the educational aspect she partnered with Hand in Hand to add the garden into the curriculum along with clouds, wind, rain, and temperature. The teachers of the Hand in Hand program have agreed to help upkeep the garden which they can do while teaching the children responsibility by having them help. Completing her Gold Award gave Emileigh leadership skills she can continue to use throughout her adult life. The obstacles she faced gave her valuable perseverance and problem solving skills needed to achieve her goals. Emileigh is graduating from Wylie E. Groves High School in Birmingham, MI and will be attending the Ohio State University in the fall. She is a member of Troop 43751.

    Well done, Emilieigh!

    GSSEM honored 18 girls with the coveted Gold Award at the annual Honor Reception on May 1, along with honoring 87 Silver Award recipients, recipients for the Medal of Honor, Tammie Murray and Jennifer...



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  • Gabrielle Barney: Helping Spanish-speaking children learn English at Centro De San Jose


    For her Gold Award project, Gabrielle took action to develop a program to help Spanish-speaking children learn English in the community of Southwest Detroit. Gabrielle worked closely with Sister Marie Benzing at Centro de San Jose to create a reading program that will help numerous children and adults learn English. While working on this program for the children, Gabrielle has obtained the commitment from Sister Marie and the tutors at the center to incorporate her program into their regular schedule. Gabrielle was also able to inspire an adult program that will begin this fall and already has 14 adults interested in starting! Gabrielle admits that she never thought she could complete her Gold Award, but has learned that with perseverance, determination and hard work, anything is possible. She learned new skills and loves making children happy. Gabrielle is finishing her freshman year at Macomb Community College while she actively runs a cake and mural business. She is studying pastry arts and plans to open a bakery. Gabrielle is registered as an individual Ambassador Girl Scout.

    Well done, Gabrielle!

    GSSEM honored 18 girls with the coveted Gold Award at the annual Honor Reception on May 1, along with honoring 87 Silver Award recipients, recipients for the Medal of Honor, Tammie Murray and Jennifer Barnum Spirit Awards, a...



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  • Brownie Troop presents half of Cookie Proceeds to Humane Society


    The Brownies of the Farmington Hills Troop 71300 talked a lot about how they were going to spend the money they earned from this year’s Cookie Sales. Of course, they discussed fun summer activities, including horseback riding, and paying for next year’s registration.  But, the 15 2nd graders really wanted to make sure that half of their proceeds went to a non-profit of their choice. After deliberation about which non-profit would be the recipient, the troop presented their hard-earned $729.60 to the Humane Society of Huron Valley and also enjoyed the animals, and got an exclusive tour of the facility.

    “Before we started cookies sales, we had two stations related to how to sell cookies and the third station was to for them to talk about what the girls would do with their profits,” said Troop 7130 Leader Emily DeMeester. “All of the girls agreed that they would like to use half of their profits to help make a difference in the world and us the other half for the troop. We were very proud of them when they came to the unanimous decision to give away half of what they earned from cookie sales.”

    “All of us at the Humane Society of Huron Valley are honored and touched that these young women chose to donate their hard-earned monies to the homeless animals in our community,” said Wendy Welch, Director of Marketing at HSHV.  “They’re proof that compassion and generosity can come in small packages, and these girls’ huge hearts inspire...



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  • Congratulations to GSSEM’s 2016 Young Woman of Distinction: Katie Sesi


    Congratulations to Katie Sesi, the 2016 GSSEM Young Woman of Distinction! The Young Woman of Distinction Award is a special honor bestowed upon a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient whose final project demonstrate extraordinary leadership and addresses a global issue with measureable and sustainable impact.

    As someone who has been playing the violin since the age of three, Katie combined her passion for teaching and music to complete her Gold Award project.

    She started the Young Musicians Mentors Alliance, a group of experienced and knowledgeable high school orchestra students who mentor budding orchestra students after school at three of the five middle schools in Ann Arbor.

    Concerned that 50% of students learning to play an instrument quit within two years, usually in middle school, Katie wanted her fellow orchestra members to “pay it forward” by encouraging young musicians to persevere and reap the many benefits of playing an instrument. She established a “Mentor of the Year” award to encourage high school student participation and received a $1,060.00 grant from the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation to fund her project.

    She will be a speaker at the TEDxYouth@AnnArbor, discussing the tremendous response to her program with 112 middle school students and their parents participating and 22 high school studen...



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  • In honor of this year’s Gold Awardees…


    Over the coming weeks, we will individually feature each of the exceptional young women who earned Gold Awards at our annual Honor Reception on Sunday, May 1 at the San Marino Club in Troy. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award—the highest award in Girl Scouting. It has changed names throughout the years, but it has always represented the pinnacle of the Girl Scout experience and leadership development. The recipients of Girl Scout’s highest honor are Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts who display exemplary service to their communities and beyond.

    GSSEM honored 18 girls with the coveted Gold Award that night along with 87 Silver Award recipients, recipients for the Medal of Honor, Tammie Murray and Jennifer Barnum Spirit Awards, and a finalist for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

    The 2016 GSSEM Young Woman of Distinction Award announced at the reception and the award is a special honor bestowed upon a Gold Award recipient whose final project demonstrates extraordinary leadership and addresses a global issue with measurable and sustainable impact.

    Congratulations to all of our recipients!  We hope you enjoy their stories.

  • GSSEM Girl Scouts got to be farmers, chefs for a day!


    The American Heart Association and Henry Ford Hospital came together, offering healthy, engaging fun for Girl Scouts last week. More than 90 people attended the Heart Smart event at Henry Ford West Bloomfield. The girls to be farmers and chefs for a day. Brownies earned their Snacks badge and Juniors earned their Staying Fit and Gardener badges.

    “Henry Ford did a really nice job with the girls,” said Barb Sosin, GSSEM Director of Council Programs and Parterships. “It was a hands-on, fun way for girls to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle.”

    The girls also learned CPR, yoga, how to make trail mix in Henry Ford’s test kitchen, and taste-tested smoothies and kale chips. They even got an informative tour of Henry Ford’s gardens and learned about how to grow and sustain food.

    What a fun way for our girls to learn how about healthy snacks and staying active to be “Heart Smart!”

     

  • Tips For Parents: Helping a Girl Build Lasting Friendships


    GSUSA’s Chief Girl and Parent Expert, Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald, put together these tips for how to advise a daughter on developing meaningful friendships with other girls and to help her when she hits a friendship speed bump.

      Encourage face-to-face over virtual communication. Avoiding miscommunication is critical in any long-lasting relationship, so advise your daughter to speak honestly and directly with others. And while for many girls texting has replaced phone calls as a primary way of chatting—a whopping 72 percent of teens are “texters,” sending and receiving approximately 50 texts each day, according to the Pew Research Center—speaking in person remains preferable whenever possible, because it limits possible miscommunication and adds nonverbal cues that help girls communicate and respond appropriately to others. Texting is great for a quick check-in or a last-minute plan, but it doesn’t lend itself to deepening friendships. Manage her schedule wisely.  We all get wrapped up in requests for our time and responsibilities, but it’s important to make time for those people you care about so that your calendar actually reflects your priorities rather than just the bids on your time. This is true in friendship, in school, and (later in life) at work. If your daughter is feeling conflicted about not having enough time with friends due to other activities, talk with her about her interests and priorities and s...


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  • Gold & Silver Awardees shine on the court at Pistons game!


    One of GSSEM’s 2016 Gold Awardees, along with two recent Silver Awardees got the awesome opportunity to not only catch a Pistons game but stand on the court to be recognized for their hard work!  Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards represent the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn. These awards celebrate girls who have taken on the challenge to change the world, or at least their corner of it. Emily Unger is a 2016 Gold Awardee and she took action to spread awareness about Human Trafficking with her “Hands Off Humans” campaign. Carissa Nelson is a 2016 Silver Awardee who brought the national P.R.A.Y. (Programs of Religions Activities with Youth) program to her community. Grace Pelzer earned her Silver Award in 2015 with her project to increase awareness of juvenile diabetes.  2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award and GSSEM will celebrate Gold and Silver Awardees, graduating seniors, and special award honorees at the 2016 Honor Reception on May 1.

  • Thank you, Aliciajewell Bayi!


    Aliciajewell Bayi serves as a liaison to the Islamic community, promoting Girl Scouts and interfaith activities. She became part of GSSEM’s Religious Relationships Committee in 2014 and was co-chair of My Promise, My Faith Day in June 2015 and will be co-chair again this year (June 5 at Camp Hawthorn Hollow). She’s also the proud mom of a Girl Scout!  

    “Aliciajewell has a strong presence in her district and community, and she includes others in events and activities that expand their cultural awareness,” said Nafeesah Williams, GSSEM Troop Support Specialist. GSSEM Volunteer Experience Specialist Beth Bailey agrees: “AJ is always enthusiastic and innovative. I have always been impressed with her willingness to try new ideas, and share what she learns with everyone around her.”

    In the fall of 2015, Bayi organized and delivered the Islamic presentation for GSSEM’s Biennial Interfaith Service.  She also gives valuable information about the Religious Relationships Committee by providing feedback on social and religious issues content on the GSSEM website.

    "There is a joy to the way that AJ approaches life and her efforts within the Girl Scouting Community!&nb...



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  • Congratulations to the winners of Cookie Gala & 'One Tough Cookie, Man Enough to be a Girl Scout' recipients!


    Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan’s (GSSEM) annual Cookie Gala was held March 30 at the DTE Energy Headquarters. More than 300 people attended GSSEM’s signature fundraiser which raised more than $76,000.00 for Girl Scouting in southeastern Michigan. Local chefs competed for several awards at the event by creating culinary dishes using Girl Scout cookies.

    The 2016 Chef Award winners are:

    • Ford Motor Company Presenting Sponsor Award & Girl’s ChoiceTreat Dreams (Brownies with a Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache and Do-si-dos throughout; and Raspberry Ice Cream with Savanna Smiles cookies)
    • CEO’s ChoiceFifty-One O One, Henry Ford Community College (Detroit Layered Lunch Box using Tagalong Cookies)
    • People’s ChoiceCrispelli’s Bakery & Pizzeria  (Tasty culinary delight using Trefoils)
    • Judge’s ChoiceHoliday Market (Samoa Caramel Delight)
    • Cookie Diva’s Choice (Glenda Lewis) – Aramark Corporation (Braised Short Rib & Thin Mint Mojito Molo)

    GSSEM also presented its annual "One Tough Cookie" recognitions. The ceremony was held prior to the Cookie Gala and recognized women and men from the Detroit Area for exceptional leadership skills and community service. The “Nancy L. Philippart Recognition for Leadership” award went to Anne Doyle.  The “Maggie Allesee Recognition for Communit...



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  • Let Your Voice Be Heard!


    At Girl Scouts, we care about your experience, good or bad, and we want to hear from you!

    In early April, Girl Scouts of the USA will be emailing invitations to take part in a national survey called Girl Scout Voices Count. The purpose of this survey is to find out what’s working, and what’s not, in Girl Scouts. We will use your feedback to improve our services and programs.

    Please keep an eye on your email inbox for more information on how to participate. We can’t wait to hear from you!

    Got questions? For more information, email GSVoicesCount@girlscouts.org.

  • Bruce Wayne goes to Girl Scout Camp!


    If you were one of the millions of people who saw "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" this past weekend, you may have noticed that Bruce Wayne (Batman) was living in a Mies van der Rohe inspired modern glass home on a beautiful wooded lake front setting. Well, it just so happens that those scenes were filmed on GSSEM's idled Camp Metamora property in Lapeer Township!

    GSSEM was approached more than three years ago by location scouts for the movie about the possibility of using our property. After we said “Yes!” the film's crew proceeded to build Mr. Wayne's home right on the lake.

    Click below for a time-lapsed video showing the house's construction:

    GSSEM was able to take four Girl Scouts to visit several of the movie's sites including the glass house, the abandoned Wayne Manor, and the Wayne family crypt (which were built at Orion Oaks County Park)!  It was at the crypt where the girls actually got to see a scene being filmed and met with the director, Zack Snyder.

    "We had no idea when the opportunity to visit the set was going to happen," said Michael Baird, GSSEM's Chief Marketing & Communications Off...



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  • Thank you, Jan Robertjohn!


    Jan Robertjohn is a lifetime Girl Scout and a long-time volunteer who started a Girl Scout troop even before she had her own children.

    “Jan is a very knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate volunteer who supports developing leadership in girls and adults with great enthusiasm,” said Karen Gaabo, GSSEM Community Specialist. “We are lucky to have such a dedicated volunteer!”

    She has held various volunteer roles through the years, including Council Delegate, Trainer, Community Events Coordinator, Chair of International River Crossing, member of the Gold Award Task force, Gold Award Mentor, Mackinac Island Honor Guard volunteer, GAF facilitator, Take Action and Forever Green Champion and many other positions!

    Jan brings vast knowledge and experience to the Gold Award Task Force as it examines how to spread the word on this prestigious award and inspire more girls to Go Gold.  She has made a considerable impact through council-wide learning opportunities she provides, including hosting workshops and trainings for volunteers and girls.  She also works closely with the volunteers in her Community to organize and support events and workshops.

    Jan is strongly supported by her family and she shares her love of Girl Scouting by visiting her granddaughter’s Girl Scout troop and presenting activities. Jan has impacted many girls in this area and...



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  • 1,900 ‘Zombies’ filled Mall Frenzy, learned valuable skills


    Nearly 1,900 Girl Scouts, many dressed as zombies, filled the corridors of Lakeside Mall last week for GSSEM’s Mall Frenzy.  The annual event is a delight for Scouts in grades 4-12—and their accompanying adults—as they spend the entire night (into the morning!) locked in a mall full of friends, music, shopping, food, and activities. This year’s Mall Frenzy theme was “Zombie Party!” and all who attended had a great time and got a chance to earn their first aid badge—skills they might need to survive a zombie attack!

    The zombie shoppers worked with nurses and medical students to learn how to splint broken bones, what do if they suspect a head or neck injury, and what items go into a first aid kit and how to use them. The medical professionals also coached the girls about career selections and the girls learned how to make a duct tape wallet into a first aid kit. They even spoke to a police officer about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.

    And what Zombie costume is complete without the appropriate accessories? Girls made zombie lip gloss, fragrances to repel zombies, and pretend wounds, of course! The evening included a zombie toilet paper fashion show and a digital scavenger hunt.

    Zombies collected 632 pounds of food for Gleaners!

    The zombies at Mall Frenzy donated 632 pounds of assorted food for Gleaners Community Food Bank! That much food will provide 527 meals to hungry neighbors in southeast Michigan!  Stephanie Melnick,...



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  • Thank you, Laura Flanagan!


    GSSEM Volunteer Laura Flanagan keeps Girl Scouts growing in Deckerville.

    “Laura is the heart and soul of Girls Scouts in Deckerville,” said Liz Bogner, GSSEM Troop Support Specialist. “A large percentage of Deckerville Schools’ girls participate in Girl Scouting and it’s all because of Laura’s efforts. She has been a great mentor not only to the girls in her troop, but also to the other troop leaders and that district as a whole.”

    Flanagan has been an active volunteer with GSSEM since 2010, and has served as Leader Support Coordinator, as well as a Delegate for District 0202. She is also currently the District Product Sales Coordinator for her district.  She is a mother of THREE Girl Scouts—two of whom have served in Mackinac Island Governor’s Honor Guard Troop 50001.

    Flanagan works to ensure that all volunteers acquire the knowledge and skills they need to support girls, and that every girl has the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouting.

     

  • Girl Scouts ‘Moved and Grooved’ with the Pistons Dance Team!


    GSSEM and the Detroit Pistons partnered up this month to offer nearly 300 girls a chance to “Move and Groove” with the Pistons Dance team.

    “This was the first year we hosted the Pistons Dance Clinic for Girl Scouts. The event went well and we believe we will make this an annual event,” said Rachel Maki of Palace Sports and Entertainment.

    The girls were taught a routine from the Pistons Dance Team and even got a chance to perform what they learned on court before tip-off at the Pistons-Trailblazers game.

    The girls got to stay and watch the game after dancing. What a FUN opportunity for our girls!

  • GSSEM CEO presented St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award for Catholic Girl Scouting


    Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) announced that CEO Denise Dalrymple received the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award during the annual Scout Recognition Mass on Sunday, March 6, 2016. The mass, conducted by Bishop Arturo Cepeda, was held at Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. During the mass, Catholic religious education awards were presented to Girl and Boy Scouts who earned them in the previous year. The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award is presented to adults who have contributed to Catholic education via Scouting activities. 

    CLICK HERE to read story from "The Michigan Catholic".

    "Denise is a visionary leader who understands the importance of faith in the Girl Scout program," said John Savage, Spiritual Scouting Coordinator for the Catholic Youth Organization of the Archdiocese of Detroit. "As a result of her efforts, relations between Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan and the Archdiocese of Detroit have greatly improved, program changes have been made at the national level, and the council has a Religious Relationships Committee dedicated to encouraging girls to participate in the religious medals program." 

    Dalrymple has been CEO of GSSEM since 2009. She took the helm as four southeast Michigan councils merged to become one serv...



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  • 1,400 people had a Kaleidoscope of Science FUN at GSSEM FIRST Robotics Expo


    GSSEM Junior FIRST LEGO League (JFLL) and FIRST LEGO League Teams (FLL) got a chance to present trash in a whole new way this weekend at the Cranbrook Institute of Science’s Kaleidoscope of Science Fun and GSSEM FIRST Robotics Expo! The teams showed everyone what throwing something in the trash really means with this year’s challenge called, Waste Wise

    More than 1,400 people including 33 JFLL and 10 FLL Teams enjoyed the afternoon of featured programs, interactive activities, science workshops for Grades K-5, and of course, the FIRST Robotics Expo. “The Expo went really well!” said Sara Sanders, GSSEM Program Specialist. GSSEM FIRST Robotic Expo is the largest FIRST expo in the state! “It’s about teamwork and showing off things that they’ve learned in the process.” The teams have been working on their answer to this year’s Waste Wise challenge since August and had to present their model, posters, and each girl had to present information.  The teams were assisted by nearly 100 volunteers this weekend.

    One of the activities at the Expo included MAGGOTS. That’s right, the girls engaged in Maggot Painting and carefully dipped them in paint and watched them crawl across paper to create “art.” If that wasn’t extreme enough, the girls also learned how to make slime, and the bat exhibit at the museum was a big hit. At the end of the d...



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  • GSSEM opening first-ever “pop-up” cookie shops


    Pop-up shops & mall kiosks give cookie lovers more ways to get cookies

    Girl Scout cookie lovers can get their favorite varieties more often, and at more places!  GSSEM is opening its first-ever Girl Scout cookie “pop-up shop” today! The pop-up shop, located inside the Detroit Experience Factory Welcome Center at 123 Monroe Street, is one of two pop-ups that GSSEM Girl Scouts will operate during the sale.  

    “The Girl Scout cookie sale is nearly 100 years old, and since the first one in 1917, Girl Scouts have continued to innovate in the way we help girls have an entrepreneurial experience,” said Amanda Kremer, GSSEM director of product sales and retail operations. “Having actual retail locations is just another step in helping the girls to get the most of their experience as young entrepreneurs, and keeps it fun for them, and the customers!” 

    The Detroit Experience Factory and Build Institute both donated space for the pop-up shops. GSSEM Scouts will sell cookies at Detroit Experience Factory Monday through Friday, 11 am – 2 pm until March 18.

    “We're so excited to be able to partner with the Girl Scouts by hosting the pop-up shop in our Welcome Center," says Jeanette Pierce, Executive Director of the Detroit Experience Factory. "Givin...



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  • Gold Award alum’s project still going strong more than a decade later!


    GSSEM Gold Award alumnae to commemorate 100 years of ‘going gold’ at May 1 reception

    When Jennifer Wakenell submitted her Gold Award project in 2005, she knew it would need to be sustainable and last for many years to come. As of 2016, her project entitled The Turner Town Project continues to impact people and communities throughout the country.

    Wakenell’s project is named for a condition called Turner Syndrome (TS). Wakenell was diagnosed with TS before entering high school. It is a chromosomal disorder that affects only girls, and impacts growth and causes life-long medical problems and some degree of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD).

    Wakenell created Turner Town as a traveling exhibit to build awareness of TS by utilizing a unique collection of full-size dollhouses and accompanying storyboards. The exhibit spotlights a character, Joy, a girl with TS and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities. Exhibit-viewers learn about the medical and academic challenges that come with having TS through Joy’s experiences.  But Wakenell’s Turner Town doesn’t focus only on the negative, but the fun, too! People see Joy’s strengths, and learn that the stigmas towards people with disabilities or differences can be removed by focusing on positives and being supportive through challenges.

    Turner Town has been dis...



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  • Congratulations to a valued Girl Scout Volunteer!


    Esther Washburn turns 100 on Feb. 7 and has spent much of her remarkable life as a Girl Scout Volunteer in southeastern Michigan!  Ms. Washburn provided valuable leadership to so many girls at the Girl Scouts Fairwinds Council: She was a Leader, historian, instructor, and local representative at national Girl Scout conventions.  She was an active member of Super Troopers (leaders) and was awarded the Thanks a Badge for her lifetime service. Congratulations to Ms. Washburn and all of her friends and family!

  • 2016 National Volunteer Awards: Congratulations, GSSEM Volunteers!


    Congratulations to the many GSSEM volunteers who were nominated for a 2016 GSUSA National Volunteer Award!

    Volunteer of Excellence

    Jennifer Baker

    Mary-Suzanne Bante

    Aliciajewell Bayi

    Janet Benson

    Kristie Block

    Kari Brook

    Joyce Caramanoff

    Paula Carson

    Elizabeth A. Cook

    Sharon Cross

    Natalie Cruz

    Shaunee Cruz

    Fatima Dahoui

    Jennie Davis

    Julie Dawson

    Melody Day

    Mark Elias

    Kathryn Farney

    Deanna Goralczyk

    Holly Grzyb

    Michelle Hibbard

    Mary Hocking

    Laura Hozak

    JoAnn Johnson

    Lauren Johnson

    Karen Llewellyn

    Carol Machuga

    Amal Mazeh

    Angela Miller

    Rev. Robyn Moore

    Jennifer Muxlow

    Wendy Need

    Amy Nelson

    Kaity Nicastri

    Chris Nicholson

    Linda O'Leary

    Reesa Parker

    Lisa Pasharikovski

    Lorrie Pia

    Philomena Pittoli

    Jennifer Prahler

    Robbiezell Price-Marshall

    Deborah Reed

    Virginia Regish

    Marge Ricker

    Lisa Rinkel

    Elizabeth Roe-Beckett

    Shirley Sanborn

    Brandy Schwanitz

    Jennifer Sexton

    Helene Shaheen

    Kathleen Smith

    Josephine Starceski

    Faith Strickland

    Alan Tarlo

    Valdez Tilton

    Roxann Tischle...



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  • Mall Frenzy 2016: Get your ZOMBIE on and take over the LAKESIDE MALL!


    What’s a Girl Scout to do when she’s locked inside a mall overnight with friends? Earn a first aid badge while learning how to survive a Zombie attack, of course! Scouts in grades 4-12, and their accompanying adults are invited to attend Mall Frenzy! Mall Frenzy is a fun, fantastic, whirlwind lock-in at Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights. This year’s event is on Saturday, March 19 starting at 10 pm. Girls will enjoy hanging out while shopping and participating in various hands-on activities and entertainment. This year's theme is "Zombie Party!"

    Don’t know quite how to dress like a zombie for this? Don’t worry, girls can have their makeup done by professionals at the mall! And prepare to dance the night away with a great DJ! Did we mention shopping? Yes, the MALL IS OPEN!

    Hurry! Registration deadline is Feb. 29 or when event reaches capacity. More information about the event is online at gssem.org/calendar. AND VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR THIS FUN EVENT!! Contact Caroline Feathers at cfeathers@gssem.org to register and to volunteer.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Cookies at the Buzzer! Enter for the chance to sell Girl Scout Cookies at a Detroit Pistons game!


    How about trying out your Cookie Selling skills at a Detroit Pistons game? Boost your sales by bringing Girl Scout cookies to thousands of hungry b-ball fans!  The Detroit Pistons have partnered with GSSEM to give some lucky troops the awesome experience of selling Cookies at the Buzzer during one of two upcoming Detroit Pistons home games at the Palace of Auburn Hills!

    • Sunday, Feb. 21 vs. New Orleans at 3:30 pm
    • Saturday, March 26 vs. Atlanta at 7:30 pm

    Each order of 10 or more tickets purchased one week before either game will enter your troop for a chance to sell cookies during the 4th quarter of the game. Two troops will sell during each game.

    Register Now! More information is online at gssem.org.

     

  • Save the date for Kaleidoscope of Science Fun, GSSEM FIRST Robotics Expo


    Get ready for an afternoon of science FUN on Feb. 27 as Girl Scouts and their families are invited to Cranbrook Institute of Science’s Kaleidoscope of Science Fun and GSSEM FIRST Robotics Expo. The event runs from 4 pm -8 pm and will feature special science workshops for grades K-5, interactive activities, auditorium programs and of course, our FIRST Robotics Expo!

    Check out how our Junior FIRST LEGO League (JFLL) teams have been working hard since August to show off their LEGO project. The teams have all been challenged to learn what throwing something in the trash really means. This year’s challenge is called Waste Wise!

    GSSEM partnered with FIRST of Michigan, an organization dedicated to advancing the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to students in Michigan. Focused on building an interest in science and engineering in children FIRST teams are a hands-on program series designed to capture children’s curiosity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them.

    Purchase tickets to Kaleidoscope of Science Fun through GSSEM and stay if you choose until the museum closes at 8:30 pm.

    Adult volunteers are needed during the afternoon. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Caroline Feathers at...



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