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April 1, 2013

GSNI’s 2013 Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Event

Information for this year’s annual meeting has been sent out. The event will be held on April 27, at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center on the campus of Northern Illinois University. For more information CLICK HERE to download the Call to Meeting booklet. (Note: the Call to Meeting Booklet has been revised since it was originally posted and mailed. Please download for the latest version. Thank you.)

Online registration is also available by clicking HERE.

We hope to see you there!

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March 26, 2013

Wine Tasting to Benefit GSNI Alumnae Association

IMG_5287Artalé Wine Co. will host an adults-only wine tasting for the public on Friday, April 5, from 5:30–8:30 p.m. at 6876 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, IL to benefit girl members of Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. The event will include 30 wine varieties, along with hors d’oeuvres and dessert bites from Josef-Barbados Restaurant & Oyster Bar. Cost is $15 per person, cash, at the door. $10 of each cover fee will be donated to GSNI. GSNI’s Alumnae Association will use proceeds from the event to help girls register as Girl Scouts, attend camp, and travel.

Each month, Artalé choses one non-profit organization in the Rockford area and showcases them at a wine tasting. Artalé’s wine tasting events are well-known throughout Rockford and continue to draw a crowd of loyal supporters. For more information, please contact the Artalé Wine Co. at 815-877-9463.

March 11, 2013

Unique Opportunities Available at Volunteer Connect!

Typically, when you think of a Girl Scout Volunteer, you think of a Troop Leader. But, there are many other volunteer opportunities available with GSNI! Some include working with girls, and others include connecting a volunteer’s special talents with our areas of need! Also, some available positions do not require a year-long commitment. Take a look at a few of our current volunteer opportunities:

  • Coordinating Council Wide Events – Do you have expertise in event planning or interested in learning more about it? We are looking for people to help with annual events held by GSNI. These events include Thin Mint Sprint, Girl Scouts Forever, and more.
  • GSNI Speaker’s Bureau – Do you enjoy public speaking? Did you gain valuable skills through Girl Scouting, or watch your Girl Scout learn about leadership first hand? Are you a proud Girl Scout alumnae, parent, troop leader or community partner? If you believe in the Girl Scout Movement and the benefits it provides for girls, consider joining GSNI’s Speakers Bureau!
  • STEM Volunteers – Do you like science technology, engineering, and/or math? GSNI is looking for people to share their STEM passion with Girl Scouts. Why not volunteer to help girls become interested in these exciting fields!
  • Plumbing/Carpentry Help – Do you have a skill in plumbing or carpentry? GSNI has facilities throughout the council that could definitely use your help!
  • Service Unit Communications Professional – Do you like promoting events, sharing stories with people, and working with people in your service unit? GSNI’s Communications team is looking for someone to act as their liaison at Service Unit meetings and work with Girl Scout Emissaries in their area to help promote and share the stories of GSNI.

This Wednesday, March 13, 2013, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is hosting Volunteer Connect! at our Rockford Service Center. We invite you to come and see the opportunities are available. As you know, volunteering is a great way to add to your resume, can help when applying to graduate school, and benefits the community at the same time. We look forward to seeing you this Wednesday!

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 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!

January 31, 2013

National Girl Scout Cookie Day Patch

National Girl Scout Cookie Day PatchGirl Scouts of Northern Illinois is looking forward to celebrating National Girl Scout Cookie Day next Friday, February 8. If you have not heard how we are planning to celebrate, you can read this post with all of the details.

Best of all, people who attend the event can purchase the first-ever, commemorative National Girl Scout Cookie Patch from the Council Store! This trendy collector’s item is a fun way for girls and adults to show their support of the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

You can also promote National Girl Scout Cookie Day on Twitter! Just use the hashtag, #onemorebox to share your support and be entered in a national contest.

We hope you join us for all of the fun on National Girl Scout Cookie Day!

January 28, 2013

National Girl Scout Cookie Day

National Girl Scout Cookie DayGirl Scouts of the USA has declared Friday, February 8, as the first-ever National Girl Scout Cookie Day! National Girl Scout Cookie Day highlights the 5 Skills Girl Scouts learn through the World’s Largest Girl-led Business – The Girl Scout Cookie Program. These skills include: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics.

“Everyone knows how tasty Girl Scout Cookies are, but many customers don’t realize that they’re also helping girls build money management and people skills,” said Girl Scouts of the USA Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chavez. “The girl who sells you Thin Mints today may be running a business, reversing the deficit, and improving your community within a matter of years. Just ask our 59 million Girl Scout alumnae, including 70 percent of the women now serving as U.S. senators.”

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is celebrating by offering a FREE Girl Scout Cookie tasting to the public from 4–6 p.m. at each of our four Service Centers.

Elgin Service Center
12N124 Coombs Road
Elgin, IL 60124
Freeport Service Center
5040 Business Rt. 20 W
Freeport, IL 61032
Rockford Service Center
2820 McFarland Road
Rockford, IL 61107
Sugar Grove Service Center
200 New Bond
Sugar Grove, IL 60554

People can taste free samples of their favorite Girl Scout Cookies or try new flavors! Local Girl Scouts will be on-hand to talk about how the Girl Scout Cookie Program provides them with savvy business skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills. Community members will also have the opportunity to order cookies locally and support girls in their own neighborhoods!

Cookie lovers and social media fans can also support National Girl Scout Cookie Day by tweeting their favorite Girl Scout Cookie using the hashtag, #onemorebox and be entered in a nationwide contest!

Local girls will join Girl Scouts across the nation as they ask over 50 million cookie fans to buy or order more boxes in honor of their success in running the largest girl-led business enterprise in the world! Find cookies and visit Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois online at http://www.girlscoutsni.org/cookie.html.

Come celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Day with GSNI! See you Friday, February, 8!