Archive for February, 2013

February 27, 2013

Join Us for Volunteer Connect!

Volunteer ConnectVolunteering for Girl Scouts can be an exciting and rewarding experience! Join us for Volunteer Connect on Wednesday, March 13, 2013,  from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., then reopening from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Come and find out how you can . . .

  • Work with girls as a Troop Leader
  • Work with adults on a council committee
  • Work with girls in a special-interest series (6 to 8 weeks)
  • Help with Girl Scout Cookie Booths
  • Be a Camp CEO
  • Train in First-Aid/CPR
  • Work for a day on camp grounds

. . . and so much more!

Join us at Volunteer Connect!

What: An event to connect potential volunteers to upcoming (spring and summer) volunteer opportunities

When: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Where: Tumilowicz Center for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts,  2820 McFarland Road, Rockford IL 61107

Times: Open House from 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., then reopening from  4–6 p.m.

February 25, 2013

Rockford Service Center to Host Blood Drive

Blood DriveThe Rockford Service Center will be hosting a Blood Drive on Monday, March 4th, from 9am – 1 pm for the Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC). The RRVBC is the sole supplier of blood and blood products for 9 area hospitals, which include, Rockford, Rochelle, Beloit, Harvard, Belvidere and Edgerton.

Your donation can be used to save 3 lives; someone is in need of blood EVERY 2 SECONDS!

If you are in Rockford or may be in the area that day and want to donate, please contact Jennifer Kingsbury at jkingsbury@girlscoutsni.org, and she will provide you with a time slot.

*Youth can donate starting at age 17 without parent permission. If they are 16, they can still donate but will need to bring a signed consent form which can be found on the RRVBC website.

*New donors need to bring a photo ID.

February 22, 2013

Cookie Delivery Safety Tips

While delivering Girl Scout Cookies this week, don’t forget about these helpful tips:

  • Girls wear a membership pin, uniform, or Girl Scout clothing (e.g., Girl Scout T‐shirt) to clearly identify themselves as Girl Scouts.
  • Girls and accompanying adults are familiar with the areas and neighborhoods where product sales take place.
  • Girls participate in door‐to‐door sales only during daylight hours.
  • Use safe pedestrian practices, especially when crossing at busy intersections. Do not enter the home of a stranger.
  • Do not carry large amounts of money. Provision for safeguarding the money is made in advance.

Also, we wanted to mention if you missed the Booth Buzz meetings held at GSNI Service Centers earlier this month, you can get some great ideas by watching the How to Host a Successful Cookie Booth training videos from Mari Kaye Rath’s presentation. A list of videos can be found here.

February 20, 2013

World Thinking Day is February 22!

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According to the GSUSA Website, World Thinking Day was created in 1926 as day for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world to think of each other and be thankful for their “sister” Girl Scouts. This year, Girl Scouts will be focusing on thinking of the Girl Guides in Jordan, Malawi, Pakistan, Republic of Ireland, and Venezuela.

GSNI Girl Scouts can participate in various activities and earn the 2013 World Thinking Day Award. Here are links to the qualifications for each level of Girl Scouting:

What are you doing to celebrate World Thinking Day? Connect with us via Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn and let us know!

February 13, 2013

National Girl Scout Cookie Day Was A Success!

Last Friday, February 8, 2013, was the first ever National Girl Scout Cookie Day! GSNI celebrated at all four Service Centers by inviting everyone in for a FREE Girl Scout Cookie Tasting. Visitors had an opportunity to learn more about the five skills Girl Scouts learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program and order Girl Scout Cookies. Here are a few photos from that day.

Girl Scout Cookies dressed up in their finest for National Girl Scout cookie Day!

Girl Scout Cookies dressed up in their finest for National Girl Scout cookie Day!

Lexi R. describes the different flavors of Girl Scout Cookies to visitors of our Elgin Service Center.

Lexi R. describes the different flavors of Girl Scout Cookies to visitors of our Elgin Service Center.

Visitors happy with their National Girl Scout Cookie Day treats at our Freeport Service Center

Visitors happy with their National Girl Scout Cookie Day treats at our Freeport Service Center

Girl Scouts at the ready at our Freeport Service Center!

Girl Scouts stopped by to celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Day at our Freeport Service Center.

A Sugar Grove Police Officer who is also GSNI Alumnae stopped by the Sugar Grove Service Center and bought some Girl Scout Cookies while talking with Annabelle L. and Emily T.

A Sugar Grove Police Officer who is also GSNI Alumnae stopped by the Sugar Grove Service Center and bought some Girl Scout Cookies while talking with Annabelle L. and Emily T.

Emily W., Isabella M., Emily T., and Annabelle L. [left to right] helped visitors at our Sugar Grove Service Center.

Emily W., Isabella M., Emily T., and Annabelle L. [left to right] helped visitors at our Sugar Grove Service Center.

Angelica K. greets visitors at the Rockford Service Center.

Angelica K. greets visitors at the Rockford Service Center.

Angelica K. and Dakota K.are ready to help the crowds at our Rockford Service Center.

Angelica K. and Dakota K.are ready to help the crowds at our Rockford Service Center.

Visitors to National Girl Scout Cookie Day could purchase the official patch to celebrate the day!

Visitors to National Girl Scout Cookie Day could purchase the official patch to celebrate the day!

Thank you to all of the community members who stopped by to celebrate the Girl Scout Cookie Program on National Girl Scout Cookie Day. Also, a special thanks to all GSNI Emissaries, volunteers and staff who helped to make this day successful!

Just because National Girl Scout Cookie Day is over doesn’t mean GSNI is done with cookies! Cookie delivery begins February, 19 and Cookie Booth Sales begin March 1. Keep your eye on girlscoutsni.org/cookie.html for the latest news throughout Girl Scout Cookie Season. Also, for more updates, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn!

February 11, 2013

New Hours for Rockford Store

Beginning today, February 11, 2013, GSNI’s Rockford Store, located inside the Rockford Service Center at 2820 McFarland Rd., will have new hours! See below for Rockford’s new store hours:

Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday (starting March 1, 2013) 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

GSNI’s council stores are the best place to pick up Girl Scout supplies. Stop by and visit!

February 4, 2013

What Girls Learn though the Girl Scout Cookie Program

Every year, more than 50 million boxes Girl Scout Cookies are sold and enjoyed by people across the country. However, Girl Scout Cookies are more than just delicious. They are the product of the world’s largest girl-led business. We wanted to take some time to highlight five skills that girls learn while participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

GSUSA Cookie BoxWhat Girls Learn and Why It Matters

Goal Setting: Girl Scouts set cookie goals and develop a plan to reach those goals. When the time comes, she’ll be ready to create a well-thought-out plan for researching colleges and applying for scholarships.

Decision Making: Girl Scouts decide with their team how they will spend their cookie proceeds. As she grows up, she’ll know when and how to give back to her community.

Money ManagementGirl Scouts take cookie orders and handle customers’ money. She can handle a checking account, help with the grocery shopping and even stay on top of her cell phone bill!

People SkillsGirl Scouts learn how to talk and listen to all types of people while selling cookies. She can work well with others on school projects or as part of a sports team.

Business EthicsGirl Scouts are honest and responsible in  every step of Girl Scout Cookie Program. She will develop excellent references for when she looks for her first job or applies for college.

When you purchase Girl Scout Cookies, your box of cookies is your reward for enriching this learning experience for Girl Scouts. Having exposure to the Girl Scout Cookie Program gives girls the skills they need to make the world a better place.

Join us in celebrating the Girl Scout Cookie Program during National Girl Scout Cookie Day on Friday, February 8, at all GSNI Service Centers. You can taste FREE Cookies from 4-6 p.m.! Also, this will be your first opportunity to purchase the National Girl Scout Cookie Day Commemorative Patch. Click here for full details on our events.