Archive for May, 2012

May 25, 2012

Emissary Network Summer Casting Calls!

Does your Girl Scout love the spotlight? If so, consider attending a casting call in your area with your girl to learn about the Girl Scout Emissary Network!

The Emissary Network consists of Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors who are trained in public speaking and are on call for Girl Scout media and networking opportunities. All registered Girl Scouts who attend a casting call and complete an application are accepted and can attend workshops where they learn about public speaking, personal presentation and poise.

Members of the Emissary Network are photographed for council publications, online publicity, newspapers or interviewed for television or radio opportunities. Girls also help at local events by interacting with community members. All girls are encouraged to participate in photo sessions and large scale community events!

Summer casting calls will be Saturday, August 11, 1-3 p.m., at the Elgin Service Center, 12N124 Coombs Road, in Elgin, and Saturday, August 18, 1-3 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 3555 McFarland Road, in Rockford.

Registration deadline is August 6 (Elgin) and August 13 (Rockford). Girls who attend casting calls will participate in a photo shoot and be interviewed and videotaped for future Girl Scout promotions! For more information, or to register via phone or e-mail, contact Ann-Marie Soderstrom, Emissary Network Coordinator, at 815-962-5591, Ext. 7172, or e-mail

May 9, 2012

Young Women of Distinction Ticket Lottery

Young Women of Distinction (YWD), the council-wide event to honor Girl Scouts who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award and Girl Scout Scholarships, will be held Sunday, June 10, at Giovanni’s restaurant in Rockford.
The 2012 YWD speaker is Anjali Forber-Pratt. Anjali was born in Calcutta, India, where she lived in an orphanage for two and a half months before being adopted by her loving family from Massachusetts. As an infant, she contracted an illness which left her paralyzed from the waist down. What some people might view as a tragedy, Anjali would come to view as a positive life-altering event.
Introduced to the world of disabled sports at the age of 5, Anjali became an elite wheelchair racer and Paralympic ambassador. She is a World Champion in the 200mm and holds two Bronze Medals from the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. She is currently preparing for the Paralympic Games in London 2012 while pursuing her doctorate at the University of Illinois.
Her message is truly inspirational as she shares how through adversity she developed an innate drive and determination which she has used in every facet of her life.
GSNI is working with select sponsors to help as many girls attend this event as possible! Girl members interested in attending will have the opportunity to enter a lottery for free attendance at YWD. While all age levels are encouraged to enter the lottery, Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors will be given first priority. Please note that all girls attending must be accompanied by a paying adult. Girl Scout Gold Award recipients and scholarship recipients do not need to enter the lottery.
Please indicate your interest via e-mail by May 11, 2012, to with “YWD Lottery” in the subject line. Within the body of the e-mail, include the troop number (or indicate if an individually registered member) and Girl Scouts’ names including grade level and accompanying adult names.