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  • GSNI Donors Make A Difference!

    Elgin Service Center12N124 Coombs RoadElgin, IL 60124847-741-5521

    Freeport Service Center5040 Bus. Rt. 20 WestFreeport, IL 61032 815-235-8777 or 800-925-3327

    Girl Scout Express 200 Applebee StreetBarrington, IL 60010847-620-5043

    Rock Falls Service Center229 First Avenue, Suite 1Rock Falls, IL 61071815-997-5100

    Rockford Service Center2820 McFarland Road Rockford, IL 61107815-962-5591 or 800-242-5591

    Sugar Grove Service Center 200 New Bond StreetSugar Grove, IL 60554630-897-1565

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    PAIDElgin, IL

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    2nd Edition, Summer 2014

    Camping MemoriesWarm summer nights always bring back heartfelt memories of times around the campfire, dont they? The crickets singing, the glow of the fireflies, and the faint smell of burnt marshmallows equal the essence of summer. Most importantly, that time around the campfire allowed for quiet reflection. Did you overcome your shyness and meet a new friend? Were you able to conquer that fear of the water and dive in? How will these new skills impact your future?

    This summer, almost 800 girls will have the opportunity to have that campfire experience when they participate in one of GSNIs resident camps. They will make new friends, gain confidence, and learn to make healthy decisionsall because you have chosen a donation that will impact girls in our community.

    When you are sitting around your campfire this summer, take a moment to listen to those crickets and reflect about your memories of camping as a child. Then, embrace the fact that there are Girl Scouts from throughout our Council doing the same thing at Camp McCormick and Camp Dean at the very same momentdreaming new dreams and getting ready to change the worldand know you made that happen!

    Whats New at GSNI GSNI welcomes new board members Starla Copeland,

    Carole Dickerson, Tiffany Garcea, and Bill Reilly.

    The first annual Camp CEO will take place at the end of July. This camp is designed to help high school girls begin their career exploration by spending time with female leaders in the community.

    Building has progressed and the grand opening of the United for Youth Program Center will be announced soon! This collaborative effort in Rockford will encourage more programming for both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

    GSNIs blog has now taken the place of weekly e-newsletter. Visit to register and stay up-to-date with council news. Visit the News Section, below About Us, and look for this graphic.

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    Girl Scouts ForeverA big Thank You! to everyone who attended Girl Scouts Forever events in Elgin and Rockford this past May! Guests were able to participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and learn about the impact Girl Scouts has in developing leadership skills for girls. Thanks to your overwhelming generosity, GSNI raised $57,000 through the two events. This funding allows us to provide more girls with exciting, hands-on programs like those represented at the Girl Scouts Forever activity tables!

    The next Girl Scouts Forever event will be on July 31, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at The Brandywine in Dixon, Illinois. Please contact Lynn Momberger at 815-997-5100 or 815-962-5591, Ext. 7111 or if you would like to register. We hope to see you there!

    Guests participating in activities at the Girl Scouts Forever event in Elgin.

  • Your Organizations Make an Impact!You may have left college long ago, but are you still a member of a fraternal organization? Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions, Eagles, Moose, Elks, and other fraternal clubs are a vital source of support for GSNI each year. In fact, annual funding from these clubs totals about $10,000 that goes directly to helping girls participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some clubs fund outreach programs in their communities; some sponsor Girl Scout Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award projects, and others give critical financial assistance for girls and families who cannot afford to join Girl Scouts.

    Most importantly, these funds come to GSNI through donors like you. For example, Peggy McWethy-Sutton is a member of the Rotary Club of Oswego. She believes in the Girl Scout Mission and wants to support girls in the Oswego area. She reached out to GSNI last year and asked if we would be interested in submitting a proposal for funding from the Rotary Club. As a result, GSNI received $500 that helped at least 10 girls in Oswego receive financial assistance and all the materials needed to become Girl Scouts. This year, GSNI worked with the Rotary Club to support a troops Bronze Award project of installing a clock in downtown Oswego.

    Peggy, and many others like her throughout our council, are maximizing their impact by getting their local fraternal clubs involved. Do you belong to the Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Cosmopolitan Club, or other

    fraternal organization in your area? Would they be interested in supporting girls on their journey toward leadership?

    Let us know!

    Please contact Emily Keilback at 815-962-5591, Ext. 7216, or if you would like to discuss the possibilities. We are happy to work with you, make presentations to your club, or submit written proposals to have the greatest impact on your community!

    Juliette Low SocietyLyn Allisons involvement with Girl Scouts dates back to the 1940s when she was a young Girl Scout. She remembers

    participating in service projects that included collecting grease and nearly used

    bars of soap, both of which were repurposed for the war effort at the time. Lyn also has fond memories of attending Camp McCormick.

    Lyns mother was a dedicated Girl Scout supporter and served as a Council President in the 1950s. Lyn even remembers her mothers excitement at taking a train trip out west to attend a Girl Scout National Convention. Following her mothers example, Lyn also served as a Girl Scout leader for Junior troops in Stockton, Illinois. Some of her granddaughters were also Girl Scouts. Later, Lyn served on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Rock River Valley and is currently a member of the Finance Committee for GSNI.

    With Girl Scouts being such a big part of her own family history, Lyn decided to include Girl Scouts in her estate plans by joining the Juliette Low Society. Members of the Juliette Low Society are an exceptional group of individuals who share a common goal for all girls to reach their full potential, along with a passion to ensure the long-term financial stability of GSNI.

    Like Lyn and the nearly 50 other members of the GSNI Juliette Low Society, you can choose to support GSNIs future through your estate plan. There are a number of ways to accomplish this, and you dont have to be a wealthy person to do so. Providing a lasting gift to Girl Scouts in your estate plans can be as simple as naming Girl Scouts as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, retirement plan or will, along with other options.

    Members of the Juliette Low Society are recognized locally by GSNI and nationally by Girl Scouts of the USA. If you have already named GSNI in a planned gift, please let us know. We want to invite you to join Lyn and all of our Juliette Low Society members at our next recognition reception! If you are interested in discussing planned gift opportunities and becoming a member of the Juliette Low Society, please contact Emily Keilback at 815-962-5591, Ext. 7216 or

    An Interview with AnneMarie, 2014 Gold Award RecipientGSNI: How and why did you get involved in Girl Scouts?

    AnneMarie: I was in Girl Scouts in first grade when I lived in Virginia. When I moved here, I continued with it, and during middle school, I realized how much I loved it! I made so many friends in Girl Scouts, and I learned so many valuable lessons.

    GSNI: I understand your Gold Award project, Sound True for Teens, includes videos on YouTube from skits you wrote. Can you tell us more about them?

    AnneMarie: Yes, the three skits I wrote addressed important teen issues including negative body image, peer pressure and family relations. Within our performances for the teens I discussed what to do in different situations and how to recognize issues in their lives.

    GSNI: What was the most important thing you learned about yourself from this project?

    AnneMarie: Throughout the project, I learned that I am definitely a perseverant leader. I have an outspoken personality, and I am able to adjust to problems and concerns. I learned that when I have a goal will achieve it no matter what.

    GSNI: How do you think the Gold Award will help you in the future?

    AnneMarie: This project has made me an all-around stronger person. In college I have been active with groups that prevent and address these issues. My Gold Award made me aware of the resources all around me and taught me with a little bit of help I can overcome any mountainous problem. I may be small but my goal is to change the world.

    I want to give special thanks to my GS leader Terry Lynch-Knox who stuck by me and helped me achieve success, my dedicated actors/actresses and those who gave me $3,000 in scholarships: Best Buy, The Woodstock Lions Club and The Crystal Lake Rotary Foundation. All three said I highly impressed them with my project.

    Girl Scouts has helped me become a better woman, friend, sister, and citizen. It abetted me to become a self-giving, persistent woman who is able to conquer any obstacle.

    To see the videos created by AnneMarie please visit:

    10 Years and Still Running! For a decade, runners and walkers from all over northern Ill