Archive for November, 2011

November 30, 2011

GSNI Girl Scout Cookie Kick-Off with the Rockford IceHogs!

GSNI invites all our Girl Scouts and their families to join us for a Girl Scout Cookie Kick-Off with the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday, December 17!

For $15 per person, participants will receive entrance to a Girl Scout Cookie Rally, an IceHogs T-shirt (in Girl Scout green) and a ticket to the IceHogs game following the rally! Registered Girl Scouts will also take part in activities to earn the 2012 Cookie Activity Pin, while family members can watch a cool cartoon on the jumbotron and snack at local vendors before the big game!

Cookie-learning activities for girls will be from 2–4:45 p.m. with the cookie rally from 5–5:45 p.m. Doors to the IceHogs game will open to the public at 6 p.m., and the game will start at 7 p.m.

Registration deadline is this Friday, December 2! Please contact Ryan Woodrow at 815-847-6383 or download and fax this flier to 815-380-6432 to register. Tickets will be mailed or held at the door. For more information, please contact Meghan at 800-925-3327, Ext. 7148.

Hope to see you there!

November 15, 2011

Girl Blogger Post!

The Wall Street Journal reports two teens who encouraged Girl Scouts of the USA to eliminate palm oil from Girl Scouts Cookies or to use sustainably grown palm oil are starting to see some results. Girl Scouts of the USA will soon be using its famous Girl Scout Cookie boxes to raise awareness about the global need to develop stronger sustainability practices within the palm oil industry. Beginning with the 2012-13 cookie season, each cookie box will include a GreenPalm logo as a symbol of Girl Scouts’ commitment to address concerns about the deforestation of sensitive lands currently caused by the production of palm oil.

“Madison and Rhiannon have done exactly what Girl Scouts teaches girls: find a cause you care about, connect with others and take action to change the world,” Amanda Hamaker, the Girl Scouts’ manager of product sales, said in a statement. “They are shining examples of leadership in persuading a 99-year-old American icon to take on a serious global issue.” The story has been covered by MSNBC, Jezebel, The Nonprofit Quarterly, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and many more.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is proud to welcome Meghan G. as one of our girl bloggers! Meghan is 9 years old and a Girl Scout Junior. We asked Meghan what she thought about these two girls and their efforts. Here’s her answer:

Meghan is 9 years old and a Girl Scout Junior.

I recently read the article where two Girl Scouts succeeded in raising awareness of the need to get rid of palm oil in our Girl Scout Cookies. That is amazing! It’s great for them and their troop.

I think what they did is awesome for the environment and for all of us. I think that because I know harvesting palm oil is very bad for rainforests. Rainforests, remember, are part of our environment—a very big part of our world, if you really think about it. Most of our “clean” oxygen comes from the rain forests.

I also care about the animals that live in the rain forests. If we just randomly start to cut trees down for palm oil, we won’t have any more monkeys or other tree animals. We are destroying our own homes as well as theirs!

Thanks, Meghan!