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  • GSSEM, BSA collect record amount of food for 2017 Scouting for Food!


    GSSEM and Boy Scouts of America, Michigan Crossroads Council successfully partnered once again on the service project, Scouting for Food—collecting 201,598 pounds of food for our hungry neighbors. That’s 196,631 more pounds than last year!

    Boy Scouts of America began the community food drive in 1988 and GSSEM began collecting with them two years ago. Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (Gleaners) is the collaborative partner to distribute the food to hungry neighbors in our communities. Last year, Gleaners distributed more than 34 million pounds of food to soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in southeast Michigan. The Scouting for Food collections will help support Gleaners’ food supply this winter, allowing a larger distribution to people in need through the holiday season and beyond.

    “We had more than 4,000 Girl Scouts representing more than 300 troops canvassing neighborhoods throughout our council’s jurisdiction with 110,000 Scouting for Food bags,” said Barb Sosin, GSSEM Director of Council Programs. The girls were then responsible for sorting the food for Gleaners at the five GSSEM drop-off sites. “Scouting for Food creates awareness that we do have neighbors in our community who don’t have enough food for their families. The girls learned that individually they can make a difference, and collaboratively, they can create an even bigger impact for our hungry neighbors.”

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  • Upcoming High Award Trainings!


    Going for your High Awards and don’t know where to begin? We can help! Check out the upcoming GSSEM Gold/Silver Award Trainings found on gssem.og/calendar to register:

    Gold Award Trainings

    Nov. 18
    1-3 pm
    GSSEM Port Huron Service Center

    Nov. 20
    6:30-8:30 pm
    GSSEM Flint Service Center

    Nov.  30
    6:30-8:30 pm
    GSSEM Clinton Twp. Service Center

    Silver Award Trainings

    Nov. 18
    10 am - Noon
    GSSEM Port Huron Service Center

    Nov. 20
    6:30-8:30 pm
    GSSEM Flint Service Center

    High Awards Chat 

    Here's a great opportunity to ask questions about any of our High Awards: Bronze, Silver, or Gold—from the comfort of your home!

    Nov. 27
    7-8 pm
    No registration necessary. Just call in:
    Phone Number: 866-951-1151
    Room Number:
    1448852

    If you have any questions, contact Caroline Feathers at cfeathers@gssem.org.

     

  • Girls of Faith helped 'Make the World a Better Place' at Interfaith Service this weekend


    More than 350 Girl Scouts and their families attended the 4th Biennial Interfaith Service held at National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica this weekend.  Attendees and special guests celebrated the theme, “Girls of Faith…Make the World a Better Place,” with speeches from religious leaders, song, food, and a charity project completed by the Scouts.

    “Girl Scouts and their families are really making the world a better place,” said Suzanne Bante, GSSEM Religious Relationship Chair. “It was great to see the Girl Scout Law in action!”

    The religious service portion was moderated by a Cadette Girl Scout and featured motivational presentations from other Scouts, and leaders from Methodist, Catholic, Islamic, Jewish and Baptist communities. Each offered spiritual reflections on how to make the world a better place.

    After the service, Girl Scouts created “Snack Pax” as part of completing their requirements for the Girl Scout My Promise, My Faith pin.  The girls decorated more than 500 bags and stuffed them with snacks (and lots of love!).  The Snack Pax are being donated to the Care’avan Outreach program at Song and Spirit Institute for Peace in Berkley, where they will be distributed to schools for kids in need.

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  • 2017 Girls’ Fast Track Races delight future engineers!


    The GSSEM council was once again one of a few councils (this year, there were eight!) around the country selected by Ford Motor Company to take part in Girls’ Fast Track Races! This year’s engineering competition took place at First United Methodist Church in Troy on Oct. 28. There were 100 Girl Scouts participating this year (50 Brownies, 50 Juniors) and all them prepared for weeks ahead of time.

    The girls were taught concepts in engineering and design, aerodynamics, weight distribution and most importantly, picking the coolest color combinations ever for the cars!

    “The Fast Track Races are a fun, hands-on opportunity for girls and this program has been developed to introduce girls of every age to science, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) to help them see how they can improve the world,” said Barb Sosin, GSSEM Director of Council Programs. “We were thrilled to find out that Ford Motor Company wanted to partner with GSSEM for the second year!”

    Congratulations to the 2017 Winners at Girls’ Fast Track:

    Fastest Car

    Brownies: Rachel B.

    Juniors: Amelia R.

    Best Design

    Brownies: Marin R.

    Juniors: Makenna B.

    Ford will also conduct the races with Girl Scouts councils in Colorado, Miami, Atlanta, New Jersey, Chicago, Dallas and San Gorgonio.

    Congratulations to all the participants!

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  • 17th Annual Golf Outing raised $30,000 FORE the girls!


    GSSEM recently raised more than $30,000.00 at the 17th Annual FORE! the Girls Golf Classic at Elks Club #222 in Grand Blanc on Aug. 21.  Golfers had a perfect vantage point for the 2017 solar eclipse during the event:  The 68 golfers could be seen around the course, wearing solar eclipse lenses on the greens.

    The event also welcomed 90 guests at the dinner which featured a silent auction—the top raffle prize brought in $505.00.  More than $1,500 was raised during the event in support of GSSEM’s Girl Engagement Initiative (GEI).

    "We were so fortunate to have had a great turn out this year,” said Marc Berke, GSSEM Chief Development Officer. “The money raised will help further our efforts throughout Southeastern Michigan. Our golfers had a great day out on the course with a bonus of seeing the solar eclipse first-hand!"

    GEI has recruited almost 3,000 girls to join Girl Scouts since its formation in 2015. The GEI program is for girls in K-8 grades to get a full Girl Scouting experience during regular school hours and receive the resources needed to participate in awesome adventures like camping.  With GEI, Girl Scouts are in communities that have few traditional troops and where there may be significant barriers to joining a troop.

    This year was the first year that GSSEM invited representati...



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  • Make friends, be a Maker at the 50th Anniversary of International River Crossing


    It’s almost time to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of GSSEM’s International River Crossing! The annual event is THE event of the year and thousands are expected to celebrate the international friendship between Girl Scouts and Girl Guides! This year’s celebration is Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 am – 4 pm in Marine City and feature a special twist: a Maker-Inventor Faire!

    Attendees are going to love all the activities in store that day! Don’t miss the parade heading down Water Street (for the first time) at 1 pm! The parade will include a police car, a fire engine, two floats, clowns, and animals. Participants can also decorate push me-pull me’s (wagons and strollers) or just walk in the parade with their banners.       

    Dance with the DJ runs from 1:30-3:30 pm.  And the fun continues with Stomp Rockets, craft stations, World Centers learning station, Mackinac Honor Guard, and shopping at the on-site Council Shop for t-shirts and trinkets. 

    NEW THIS YEAR: Maker Inventor Faire! Show off an innovative project full of imagination and creativity! Troops/groups or individuals get a one-hour timeslot to show and tell about their project, as well as special recognition as a participating Maker at the Maker-Inventor Faire! See flyer for details.  The first 200 girls to sign up will receive a special Maker Inventor Faire...



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  • Girls Scouts lined the field at 2017 Girl Scout Day at Comerica Park!


    More than 2,500 Girl Scouts and their family members came to cheer on the Detroit Tigers as they played the Minnesota Twins at the 2017 Girl Scout Day at Comerica Park on Aug. 13! The girls lined the back field at the start of the game and paraded around the ball field, displaying their Girl Scout pride!  The 2017 Young Woman of Distinction, Madeline Burgin, was on the mound, throwing out the first pitch!

     

  • 30 Girl Scouts and Girl Guides attend alumnae trip


    Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan hosted the alumnae trip, "A Taste of Girl Scouting in Michigan." Thirty Girl Scouts and Girl Guides traveled from all over the U.S. and France to participate in the program. Highlights included the famous chicken dinner at Zender's in Frankenmuth, observing the Governor's GS Honor Guards' service to the State, and enjoying afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island (the location of the movie Somewhere in Time).

    While touring Dearborn--the home of the Ford Motor Companyttthe group spent time in a cross-cultural experience with leaders of GSSEM's Muslim Troop 48050. The day culminated with an authentic Ramadan Iftar dinner at the largest Mosque outside the Middle East.   
     
    The group spent the final day watching assembly of Ford's F-150 pick-up, viewing nostalgia at the Henry Ford Museum, and enjoyed a farewell banquet where happy memories were shared by all!

  • Metamora Girl Scout earns highest award


    Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan announced Natalie Shawl of Metamora was among 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, “Diamonds and Dugouts,” Shawl developed softball skills camps for girls in 5th grade and up. She focused on specific skills and techniques that build on the basics.

    “The camps were held during the softball season, and some of my participants had not won a game prior to attending the skills camp,” Shawl explained. “After my camp, they won their next game using the skills that they learned!”  Shawl plans to continue holding the camps over the next several years.

    “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 understanding, improved education and societal concerns, and we can all benefit from their hard work and dedication to earning these awards and making a real difference.”

    Well done, Natalie!

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  • Memphis, MI Girl Scout earns highest award


    Congratuations to Sylvia Koveck of Memphis, MI who was among 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, “Bring Back the Spirit,” Sylvia worked to recover school spirit and the community’s support of the school’s athletic programs. She saw that the lack of spirit and community support adversely affected the athletes, the student body, and the staff.  “Visiting teams would have bigger fan sections than the home teams,” she explained. “I worked with several organizations to recover 114 league, district, and regional titles that I arranged on to banners to hang in the school’s gym.”  Sylvia was able to recover 65 years of school athletic history and unite past and current athletes, the student body and community in supporting the high school.

    “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 understanding, improved education and societal concerns, and we can all benefit from their hard wor...



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  • Linden Girl Scouts earn highest awards


    Congratulations to Abigail Cohen and Mika Mitton, both of Linden, 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, “Tweens with Self Esteem and Faith,” Abigail took action to inspire the middle school girls in her community to gain confidence through a deepening of their faith. “I wanted to help the tweens in my community realize their true worth in God and feel confident enough to transfer into high school with ease and self-assurance,” Cohen said. She designed a bible study for seventh and eigth grade girls and held a book drive to create a youth library at her church. Cohen also designed pamphlets and posted YouTube videos about her project.

     

    Mika’s “For the Love of Reading” project focused on getting high school students to read. She started a book club at her high school, and hosted a read and eat event. “Students were encouraged to come before school, get breakfast, read books and discuss them with others,” Mika explained. She also hosted a readi...



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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

    Holly Bennetts...



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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.

    The teams are given a large t...



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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.

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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