Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Honoring Women Who Take Action — Join us at our 20th Annual Breakfast Badge!


For the past 100 years, approximately one million Girl Scouts have earned the highest award in Girl Scouting, the Girl Scout Gold Award. While we have been celebrating the Gold Award Centennial throughout this year, I remain in awe of all of the amazing and inspiring things our girls do—like taking action and making sustainable, positive change.

Taking Action is the theme for our 20th Annual Breakfast Badge Award this Friday. At the event, we will honor Elizabeth Alquist, Christine Andrews, and Yvette MelĂ©ndez for being true Go-Getters and taking positive and sustainable action in their communities and professional fields. These three women are exemplary role models for young girls in Connecticut, and I can’t wait to hear their stories this week. We are also excited to have four Girl Scouts join us at the event and share their individual journeys in earning the highest awards in Girl Scouting: the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. Guests will hear firsthand all of the work that is put into earning these awards, and the incredible things our girls do to make our world a better place!

Come join us for a morning of networking, early holiday cheer, and most importantly in celebrating incredible and successful women and amazing Girl Scouts at the Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. We still have tickets available. Take a look and learn more about our honorees!  We hope to see you there.

Yours in Girl Scouting,



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Suddenly, it’s much cooler outside and we are seeing signs of the Holidays all over.  Like many of you, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  Besides the fact that I love to cook and enjoy a delicious meal with my family, it is especially meaningful to me because it allows me to reflect on all the blessings in my life. There are so many!

I am so grateful to work for an organization whose staff and volunteers put girls at the center of all we do. Here in Connecticut, we are blessed to serve nearly 32,000 girls and experience the joy of seeing them blossom and grow into amazing young women.  We get to see our 15,000 adult members- many of them devoted “hands on” volunteers—support the work of our Mission with passion and enthusiasm.  We see the impact of our girls on the communities where they live and give back so much.

Speaking of building a better world-- here’s something new and exciting that will make this Thanksgiving even more special!  Make sure that you tune in tomorrow morning and watch this year’s first-ever Girl Scout-themed float, “Building a Better World,” at the 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, from 9:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m. on NBC-TV! 

You can learn more information and see a behind-the-scenes video of our float on the Girl Scout Blog. Check it out and see all of the incredible things Girl Scouts does for girls not just here in Connecticut, but all over the world!

I wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving this year!


Yours in Girl Scouting, 


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Cast your vote and buy Girl Scout Cookies!

Happy Election Day! 


Today is Election Day, which means registered voters across the country will be voting for the next President of the United States! No matter which candidate you support, having the opportunity to vote is a great privilege, and we should all be out there making sure our voices are heard.

It’s incredible to think that the first Girl Scout troop started in 1912—years before women were even given the right to vote! Our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, had a vision and a dream to create a place for girls to thrive—to get outdoors and explore the world around them, like studying foreign languages, riding horses, camping, and telling time by the stars. Thanks to Juliette’s vision and persistence, girls have made incredible strides because of their Girl Scout experience!

Since 1912 and the inception of our highest award in 1916, young women have been standing up for what they believe in and taking action in the communities in which you live!
While you’re out at the polls, make sure to look for our Girl Scouts selling Girl Scout Cookies! Yes—you read that right—Girl Scout Cookies! From November 5-13, Girl Scouts will be selling Girl Scout Cookies at a number of polling and other community locations across Connecticut. Go to gsofct.org and click on the “Looking for Cookies” button to find a booth in your town!

Remember: When you buy a box (or two!) of Girl Scout Cookies, you are doing more than just purchasing a delicious treat –you are supporting girls in your community who will use those funds for incredible things! From service projects to camping trips, Girl Scouts in Connecticut are becoming great citizens and making strides to make our world a better place!

Happy Election Day!


Yours in Girl Scouting, 


Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy birthday, Juliette!


Today is a big day in Girl Scouting—not because it’s Halloween, but because it is Founder’s Day! Founder’s Day is such an exciting day for Girl Scouts for we celebrate the birthday of a revolutionary—a woman who had a dream for girls and women to succeed, and made her dream a reality, Juliette Gordon Low! 


In 1912, at a time when women in the United States couldn’t even vote yet, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, at 51 years old, gathered 18 girls in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia, to start a new outdoor and educational program for girls –the Girl Scout Movement was born.
The girls played basketball, hiked, swam, camped –they learned how to explore the world around them, like studying foreign languages and telling time by the stars. Together, they believed they could do anything they set their minds to.

Juliette started with a dream and did whatever she could to make this world a better place for girls. Did you know that Juliette sold her precious pearls in order to start the first Girl Scout troop? That’s why we wear pearls every October 31 to commemorate her sacrifice to change the lives of girls and women for over 105 years.

Happy birthday, Juliette!


Yours in Girl Scouting, 


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

5 Ways to Have Fun this Fall


Happy fall! Now that the weather is cooler and the leaves are changing, it’s time for me to change my flip flops to sturdy walking shoes and get outdoors!

Our national research has found that Girl Scouts who have monthly outdoor experiences really benefit. They are stronger problem solvers, better challenge seekers, and are more likely to recommend Girl Scouts to their friends. So, Troop Leaders and volunteers: get off that couch and get yourself and the girls outdoors!

Here are five things I personally enjoy doing during the fall:
  1. Going for a walk/hike: There’s really nothing better than going for a walk in the crisp air and hearing those leaves crunch underneath your feet. I love going for walks with my dogs in the evening and smelling campfires and fireplaces around my neighborhood—especially if they’re roasting s’mores!

  2. Pumpkin picking: I have such fond memories of going to my local pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins with my son. Now that he’s older, I still enjoy watching the reaction of young children and their parents as they converge on the local pumpkin patch and enjoy participating in such a heartwarming family activity.
  3. Thanksgiving: Another reason I love fall is because I am able to whip out my comfort food recipes—and what better way to cook than with your family during Thanksgiving!
  4. Raking leaves: To some, this may be a boring task, but raking leaves to me is a fun outdoor activity—plus, you get a little exercise, too!
  5. Gardening:  As a summer girl, it’s always somewhat bittersweet to see the mums and other fall flowers bloom (When it comes to fall--I always say ‘mum’s the word’). Despite saying so long to my summer flowers, I do enjoy getting my garden ready for the next season. It’s always very refreshing to cut back my perennials and to turn over soil and prepare for a new season, new beginnings! 


Whatever your own fall pleasures may be, make sure you get outside and enjoy the bounty of outdoor opportunities that abound.

What are your favorite fall activities to do with your family or troop? 

Share in the comment section below!

Yours in Girl Scouting,  


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Shop at Whole Foods Market today to benefit Girl Scouts of Connecticut!

Today, do your grocery shopping or grab some lunch at Whole Foods Market at Blue Back Square in West Hartford! Today, Whole Foods Markets at Blue Back Square in West Hartford Center is hosting a 5 percent Community Giving Day to benefit Girl Scouts of Connecticut. The store will donate 5 percent of that day’s sales to the local non-profit.
Since 1912, Girl Scouts of Connecticut has fulfilled its mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  Girl Scouts offers programs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), healthy living, positive relationships, self esteem, and the outdoors, and gives girls the opportunity to gain confidence and entrepreneurial skills through its iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program. 
Through Girl Scouting, girls understand the importance of civil service, and works with their troop to take action in their communities to make lasting change. Please help support our organization and help provide girls a safe place to take healthy risks, learn from failure, and gain skills they will carry with them throughout the rest of their lives.
To learn more about Girl Scouts of Connecticut visit gsofct.org. 


Yours in Girl Scouting, 






Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Join us at Kick Off: Make 2017 your best Girl Scout year ever!


It’s time to get ready for back to school…and for another action-packed Girl Scout year! Through Girl Scouts, girls are able to try new things, explore the outdoors, make lifelong friends, and challenge themselves in a safe, supportive environment, all while having fun! We invite all girls K-12 to join and create memories to last a lifetime.

We can’t forget that none of this would be possible without our volunteers. Our volunteers are truly the backbone to our mission, and with their help, girls are able to build courage, confidence, and character, and use the skills they learn to make the world a better place for all.

Volunteers also reap benefits from Girl Scouting; a 2016 data report from the Girl Scout Research Institute finds that volunteers stay in Girl Scouting because they enjoy helping girls grow and reach their full potential. Volunteers help make a difference in their community; they build leadership skills and form lifelong friendships with other volunteers. It’s truly a remarkable experience for all.

We heard you!  We’re excited to return to our live Kick Off events this year—and one is today! Come join us this evening at West Side Middle School in Waterbury from 6:00-8:00 p.m. or this Saturday, August 27, at South Congregational Church in East Hartford from 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. For more information visit gsofct.org.

There are many good reasons to take time from your busy schedule to attend Kick Off:

1.    Get your own copy of the brand new Program Resource Guide filled with special events and activities for you and your girls this year.  This will give you the chance to work with your girls to plan a fun-filled Girl Scout year.
2.    Meet the staff and other volunteers to find out more specific information about how to access all the great events and activities available.
3.    Find out what is new this year! There are lots of surprises and wonderful new ways to deliver the best Girl Scout experience to our girls.
4.    Express your ideas and questions directly to our staff…make your voice heard!

We hope to see you there, and have a fabulous Girl Scout year!


Yours in Girl Scouting,