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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.

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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.

2015-01-17 09.29.56A 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.

Bling Your Booth!

Why be plain when you could be fabulous? “Bling Your Booth” for a chance to win $500! It’s easy to participate. Just create an awesome, out of this world cookie booth, take a picture of you and your Girl Scout friends at the blinged booth, and submit your entry!

In addition to the $500 prize, our Council is giving out $50 troop rewards cards to three selected GSNWGL troops that enter the national contest! You can find all the details right here on Volunteer Connect.

No Shortage of Girl Scout Cookies!

Several national news outlets reported that there is a shortage of the popular Thin Mint cookies. ABC Bakers are  the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes cookie supplier. They have no inventory supply issues and will easily fulfill all cookie orders.

Little Brownie Bakery (not the bakery with whom GSNWGL does business) may experience some minor delays after initial orders are fulfilled as reported by GSUSA. This will NOT affect our Council or our customers.

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.

A Great First Week for the Girl Scout Cookie Program

20150111_141545Hooray! The first week of the Girl Scout Cookie Program is in the books and everyone is excited. We’ve had great media coverage throughout the Council and considering that our Girl Scouts live in Northern Wisconsin and Michigan the winter weather could be worse! Girls throughout our Council have been hard at work practicing their sales pitches, knocking on doors, making videos, and using the Five Skills as they work toward their goals and truly become their own cookie bosses.  Looking for more inspiration on cookies? Be sure to check our GSNWGL Pinterest Boards for sales tips, inspiration, recipes, activities and more. And don’t forget our door-to-door cookie order taking continues through March 27 so connect with a Girl Scout today!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In 1956, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. described Girl Scouts as “a force for desegregation.” In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day all GSWNGL offices and shops will be closed.

This day has traditionally been a day of community service for individuals, businesses, and Girl Scouts. There are many community events Girl Scouts can be involved in, here are just a few:

Fox Cities Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the Lawrence Chapel on January 19.

Brown County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College on January 17.

Martin Luther King Day of Service Event hosted by the ECLIPSE Program of UW Eau Claire on January 19.

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hosted by the Marathon County Library in Wausau on January 17.

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!

Adult Awards Deadline Approaching

honors-Vol_of_ExcellenceGirl Scout volunteers make it all possible! Can you think of an adult volunteer who gives 110% to fulfill the Girl Scout mission? Show your appreciation by nominating her/him for an adult award!
There are a number of awards that are appropriate for Girl Scout volunteers of every kind. But hurry, because nominations are due to us by February 1! Learn more on our Recognitions page, and send any questions you may have to our Adult Development Department at 888.747.6945 or

Digital Cookie Has Gone Viral!

Digital CookieEveryone’s talking about Digital Cookie, and we can’t wait to get all of our volunteers acquainted with the new online Girl Scout cookie selling platform and for girls to try it out themselves. Digital Cookie is an addition to the existing Cookie Program components: door-to-door sales, walkabouts, and cookie booths. This online program teaches girls about digital money management using dashboards to track their sales and goals.

Get all the facts about Digital Cookie by reading through this handy FAQ and attending upcoming meetings prior to the start of the Cookie Program on January 23! If you have any unanswered questions, please contact our Product Program Department at

Making Charitable Gifts on #GivingTuesday

Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. Around the holidays, many of us are focused on finding the perfect gifts to put under the tree. But on #GivingTuesday, we encourage our friends in the community to focus on charitable gifts of donations or service to organizations they care about.

A global network of 3.2 million girls and adults, we believe that with courage, confidence, and character, Girl Scouts can change the world. For over a century we have empowered girls to discover their passions and take on real-world challenges in a supportive all-girl environment.

Did you know that 80% of female business owners, 69% of women U.S. Senators, 67% of female members of the House of Representatives, and virtually every astronaut who has flown in space was a Girl Scout?

Whether your gift to Girl Scouts is one of funding or time (or both!), your support makes a difference for girls, which makes a difference in the community. Today and beyond, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and share all the great things we do for girls and why you’re proud to give to Girl Scouts. And, if you choose, make a gift to Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes right now, so every girl can have the truly remarkable experiences Girl Scouting brings—at camp, around the world, and right in her backyard.

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