The 2015 Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting
The annual GSNWGL Leadership Conference at the Tundra Lodge in Green Bay, Wisconsin was a huge success. Last weekend over 200 Girl Scout volunteers and older girls attended sessions on everything from troop management and Silver and Gold Awards to African dance and computer programming. The conference’s keynote speaker Alison Gates, an art professor at UW Green Bay, spoke about her personal history in Girl Scouting and how the Girl Scout badges and uniforms in each era of Girl Scouting reflected the what idea of the model American girl was.
Like last year, the GSNWGL Annual Meeting was hosted at the Leadership Conference. This meeting is a place for the GSNWGL Board of Directors to share with our membership everything that has been happening on both the financial and stewardship sides of our Council, elected new Board Members and Regional Delegates, as well as present Adult Awards.
Girl Scout Advocacy Day in Wisconsin
In true Girl Scout spirit, Chief Executive Officers and staff from the four Wisconsin Girl Scout Councils visited the capital in Madison on March 19. The group, known as the Wisconsin Girl Scout Alliance presented a briefing of the 2015 Girl Scout legislative agenda and invited newly elected female members of the Senate and Assembly, as well as current female members to participate in a (re) investiture ceremony for Wisconsin’s honorary Girl Scout Troop 1912.
Marci Henderson, CEO Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland started off the session with a speech featured a heartwarming thank you note she had recently received from a local fourth grade girl expressing the pure joy and excitement in receiving her Girl Scout membership information.
Many prominent Wisconsin women spoke about their experiences as women in leadership including Senate Minority Leader, Senator Jennifer Shilling, Representative Dianne Hesselbein, and Representative Amy Loundenbeck. Girl Scout Advocacy Day is an important way for Girl Scouts to share information on the impact of Girl Scouts as well as issues facing girls and young women. Christy Brown, CEO Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast shared information from the Girl Scout Research Institute on the lasting impact of Girl Scouting. Denise Schemenauer, CEO Girl Scouts of Manitou presented the 2015 legislative agenda which includes a commitment to STEM opportunities and awareness of relational aggression. To end the day GSNWGL’s very own CEO, Gail McNutt led the investiture ceremony for the new legislators.
A highlight of the morning was Girl Scout Ambassador, Ananya Murali (Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast) who shared her experiences advocating for the girl voice in a conference at the United Nations this winter. Ananya was selected as one of the 4 girls from Wisconsin to make sure that girls voices were a part of the discussion. You can read all about Ananya time at the United Nations on GSUSA’s blog.
About the Wisconsin Girl Scout Alliance:
The Alliance represents girls’ interests before state legislators and Members of Congress, as well as with state departments and agencies. Through advocacy, we inform and educate about issues important to the well-being of girls and young women.
Sharing News with Local Media
Have you shared the amazing things your troop does with your hometown media? If not, it’s time to start! Is your troop about to complete a community service project, earn an award like the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards, or host an event for other Girl Scouts? These are great newsworthy things to share with your local media.
Submitting a story to local media is as easy as writing a press release. Haven’t written a press release before? Don’t worry we have a press release guide that walks you through all the steps, as well as a style guide to make writing easy.
2015 Camp Planner
Check your mailbox between January 12 and 23 to find the 2015 Camp Planner. Inside you’ll discover all the exciting adventures we have planned. Camp registration begins on January 14, 2015. Remember, girls can use the Cookie Dough they earn through the Cookie Program to fund fun at Girl Scout Camp. Want to start planning your summer now? Check out the sneak peek of our 2015 Camp Planner!