Thursday, December 17, 2015

Happy Holidays!

As we say goodbye to 2015 and welcome a new year of endless possibilities, I would like to say thank you to our 17,000 dedicated adult members and volunteers who have worked tirelessly and generously to help make Girl Scouts of Connecticut achieve its mission every day, in every zip code of the state. With your help, we can continue to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who are making their communities, towns, and our world a better place.

With the help of our resilient volunteer force, we are continuing to provide girls a safe, encouraging environment to help them to thrive, reach their goals and fulfill their dreams. Girls want to lead, but often do not feel they have the opportunity or support. We can change this by standing with them and providing girls with guidance as they discover the world around them, connect with others, and take positive action in their own lives and the lives they touch. 

I also want to acknowledge the living legacy of our Girl Scout Alumnae. Throughout the last century, our alumnae have positively affected their communities through their Take Action Projects and other forms of giving back.  They remind us of the rich traditions and impact that Girl Scouts offers today and has offered girls and women for decades.

And speaking of decades, in 2016, I hope all of you will join us in “Celebrating 100 Years of Changing the World” –the Gold Award’s Centennial. We have many wonderful activities planned to commemorate ten decades of gold, but they will only come alive with your participation and engagement.  So stay tuned!

As the New Year begins so will the launch of our Cookie Program! Starting on January 2, you will have the opportunity to order your favorite Girl Scout Cookies from our girls in person, or now, even on line!. Keep an eye out in your community for a local Girl Scout, and ask her to tell you more about our iconic cookie program. 

The story behind each box of cookies is worth sharing! To find cookies near you, you can click on the Looking for Cookies button that will be on our website's sidebar starting in January. By selling Girl Scout Cookies, our girls learn lifelong skills including how to run a business, how to market a product, and financial literacy. 

Our Cookie Program is just one of the amazing things girls participate in as a Girl Scout. But we can’t do anything without our dedicated adult volunteers and supporters! To join or learn more about volunteering, visit Happy Holidays!

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Monday, December 7, 2015

Girl Scouts of Connecticut Honors Three Women in STEM at Breakfast Badge Event

Congratulations to this year's honorees!  

This past Friday morning, at our 19th annual Breakfast Badge event in Hartford, we honored three extraordinary women who have made major strides in the STEM field. Joanne Berger-Sweeney, president of Trinity College; Manon Cox, President and CEO of Protein Sciences; and Kathy Kountze-Tatum, Senior Vice President and CIO of Eversource Energy were awarded unique badges, and shared their inspirational stories with over 250 business women and men, as well as friends of Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

From left to right: GSOFCT CEO Mary Barneby, President of Trinity College
 Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Sr. Vice President and CIO of Eversource Energy
Kathy Kountze-Tatum, President and CEO of Protein Sciences Manon Cox,
and GSOFCT President of Board of Directors Caroline Sloat.
In addition to hearing from these iconic STEM women leaders, we also heard from Natalie Gallo, an Ambassador Girl Scout from Farmington, CT, whose Gold Award Project focused on building STEM awareness and interest among younger girls in her community. Also on hand to introduce our honorees were Girl Scout Allyanna from New Fairfield, Girl Scout Megan from Marlborough, and Girl Scout Christiana from Rocky Hill, all amazing young women.

While we all left inspired and motivated, the real work must continue to help girls to succeed in building interest and confidence in choosing STEM career paths. Past and current statistics are not in their favor, and that is why they need our unwavering encouragement and support. The good news is that recent research conducted by the Girl Scouts Research Institute confirmed that girls like STEM and want to achieve in STEM fields.

While being inspired by our honorees, it was quite moving to see all of the generous support we received from those in attendance. Because of our donors, we are able to serve 35,000 girls across the state, and inspire our next generation of women leaders.  And this “sell out” crowd helped us to raise more money to support our programs than any previous Breakfast Badge event.

At Girl Scouts of Connecticut, we offer programming in robotics, rocketry, coding, financial literacy, and more. We make experiential learning in STEM fun. We strive to help girls achieve their dreams and help them know there is nothing that will hold them back. Women like Joanne, Manon, and Kathy prove just that.

Congratulations to our three honorees, and may we continue to work together and strive to inspire girls to aim high with skill and confidence.

Yours in Girl Scouting,