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Women of Distinction Update



Three Women of Distinction events have already been held this spring, honoring women role models in Delaware and the Eastern Shore.

timmonsBrigadier General Carol Timmons was honored March 12 as the Northern Woman of Distinction. Brigadier General Timmons is the first woman to head the Delaware Air National Guard and gave a dynamic
and motivational talk about her experiences.

(Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden
with Brigadier General Carol Timmons.)



lower-shore women of distinctionPaula T. Morris was honored April 12 as the 2013 Lower-Shore Woman of Distinction. Her passions revolve around youth, leadership and education. As
a Professor of the Practice in Marketing at Salisbury University’s Perdue School of Business, she brings real-world learning experiences to her students.

(Pictured left to right: Girl Scout Ambassador
Elizabeth Patterson, Paula Morris and Girl Scout
Ambassador Mikaela Perry.)


2013 mid-shore wodKathleen Deoudes was honored as the 2013 Mid-Shore Woman of Distinction. Deoudes currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Hospice of Queen Anne’s and heads the organizations development.

(Pictured left to right: GSCB Board Chair Lynne Shand, Girl Scout Ambassador Kelsi Ronning, Kathleen Deoudes and GSCB CEO Anne T. Hogan.)



setoA new addition to the Women of Distinction program is the Sussex County Women of Distinction luncheon on Thursday, May 9, at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club, honoring Michiko Seto (Pictured to the left.) Michiko is a graduate of the University of Delaware and owner of Blooming Boutique. Her commitment to offer unique, fun and useful products for women at exceptional prices, coupled with excellent customer service, fulfills her passion and purpose at Blooming Boutique. She supports Girl Scouts by opening her stores for girls to earn their Women and Business Badges, helping with a Girl Scout Silver Award project and supporting local fundraising activities.


2013 Annual Meeting


laura d'antonioThe 2013 GSCB Annual Meeting showcased highlights of 2012 as well as setting out the mission for the future – of expanding girls’ leadership opportunities. With a theme of ”Girl Scouts Go High Tech,” the opening flag ceremony was done via computer avatars using a design program called Scratch, used to teach girls about computer programming. Girl Scouts also shared highlights of the year via video. The Annual Meeting is also a time to discuss the state of the council as well as financials which are published annually in our 2012 Annual Report.This year’s cover photos was taken by Laura D’Antonio, PR Representative for Service Unit 25 of Girl Scout Junior Troop 1101 (pictured here with GSCB CEO Anne T. Hogan).

joan przywaraVolunteer awards included the Thanks II Badge and the 50 Years of Service Pin for volunteer extraordinaire Joan Przywara. Joan has been a Girl Scout since first joining as a Girl Scout Brownie in 1943 – 70 years ago – and has dedicated decades to serving girls and volunteers to the best of her ability. Over the past several years, Joan has recorded the minutes for the Annual Meeting and has been a member of the Archive and Women of Distinction Committees. She has also been the liaison for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and our representative with the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministries. In her position as liaison between council and the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Joan ensures that any girl wishing to earn her religious award has an advocate.

Jen Smullen was awarded the Thanks Badge, for serving as co-chair of the 100th Anniversary Committee with a focus on the birthday celebration, service project and patch programs. The Appreciation Pin was awarded to: Lyn Gill, Susan Karschner, Deni Matz, Betsy Wenny and Pam Yarborough. The Honor Pin was awarded to Joann Bruch, Jessica Wilson, Mary Warren and Amy Schisler. For bios of all the award recipients as well as the years of service pins, please see the program booklet.

GSCB Board Chair Lynne Shand presented two Chairperson’s Awards. The first was to Capital One for Orange Days of Giving. Their project involved completion landscaping at the LEED Platinum Lynn W. Williams Science and Technology Lodge. With more than 80 volunteers working all day, the total amount of volunteer time adds up to 640 hours. The second Chairperson’s Award was given to WMDT, who created a series of four television commercials to commemorate our 100 year anniversary, including filming, production and placement. The total value of this advertising was more than $100,000 and involved a significant amount of time and commitment.


Teen Board Members


Two new teen board members were formally inducted as members of the Board of Directors on
April 24 at GSCB’s Annual Meeting.

new boardSarah Bell (pictured left in photo), a 17 year-old Girl Scout Ambassador, began her Girl Scout career as a Daisy. In addition to earning her Bronze and Silver Awards, she has also received the Four Star Award for having earned all four religious awards in the God and Country program. Sarah is currently planning her Gold Award project and hopes to use the project to increase children’s literacy rates. Enrolled as a junior at Sussex Technical High School in the Children’s Education Technical Area, Sarah’s goal is to become an Elementary Education teacher. She is also a member of Stateline 4-H Club and Aftershock Youth Group. Sarah enjoys working with young children, listening to music, spending time with her family, and going shopping.

Kendal Grubb (pictured right in photo) is a junior at the Tome School in North East, Maryland. She lives in Rising Sun, Maryland with her parents, Eric and Irene Grubb. Kendal has been actively involved in Girl Scouts since first grade. Since then she has gone through memorable, and even life-changing experiences such as earning her Girl Scout Bronze Award, camping throughout the Eastern Shore, meeting new friends, participating in the Women of Distinction Event, leading the Teen Leadership Weekend as a committee member, traveling with GS destinations, and meeting several inspirational figures, such as First Lady Carla Markell, Brigadier General Carol Timmons, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Outside of Girl Scouts, Kendal enjoys playing field hockey, riding horses, doing photography, dancing and is a proud alumna of both the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Maryland Seminar and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.


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Girls feel optimistic about their financial futures, yet are less than fully knowledgeable about essential financial principles and instruments, from using credit cards to establishing good credit, according to a new report by the Girl Scout Research Institute. And just 12 percent of the girls surveyed say they feel confident in making financial decisions.

The study, Having It All: Girls and Financial Literacy , comes out at a time of continued economic uncertainty. The study, which surveyed 1,040 girls ages 8 to 17, found that girls are averse to debt. However, in order to avoid debt, these girls say they need more education about how credit works. In fact, nearly 4 in 10 girls say they don’t know how to use a credit card, only 38 percent know what a credit score is, and just 37 percent know how credit card interest and fees work. Perhaps not surprisingly, a vast majority (90 percent) say that it is important for them to learn how to manage their money.

”Girls know that becoming financially literate is important,” said Anne T. Hogan, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. ”Yet the research tells us that too many girls lack the confidence needed to become financially independent and responsible citizens.”

This generation of girls is financially empowered and independent. A great majority believe gender is no barrier to what they can accomplish financially, and they envision a future family structure where they are fully engaged in financial decision making and planning. When it comes to financial capability, 7 in 10 girls say both men and women are equally likely to be financially responsible (73 percent) or in a lot of debt (72 percent).



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Thank you for your support of the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program! Our launch of the "5 Skills for Girls" in connection to the Girl Scout Cookie Program was a success due in large part to you, our supporters!

What are the 5 Skills for Girls? The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches these important financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills girls will need throughout life – while in school, as they start careers and manage personal budgets. Girl Scouts is highlighting the skills with National Girl Scout Cookie Day and on the new cookie boxes. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls learn about:

  • Goal Setting
  • Decision Making
  • Money Management
  • People Skills
  • Business Ethics

Thanks for the Thin Mints!

thin mint 5K Run/Walk

The Third Annual Thin Mint 5K Run/Walk was a rousing success! Kicked off for the second year by United States Senator Chris Coons, the event included a fun run for children under 8, the 5K along the Wilmington Riverfront and activities from our community partners. The overall winner was Katie Dougherty with a finish time of 18:01. The Girl Scout troop with the most participants was Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 532. Thank you to our sponsors and partners providing more than $500 in funding or in-kind donations: Macy’s, PNC, 93.7 WSTW, Giant, Waste Management, Bank of America and 99.5 WJBR.


GSCB Summer Camp 2013

2013 summer camp guide

The unique opportunity of attending an all-girl camp can help girls gain courage, confidence and character and outdoor leadership skills. We abide by the Girl Scout Promise and Law so every girl feels safe and supported. The variety of programming available challenges our campers with new experiences and helps girls see that they can do anything they set their minds to.

Register your girl as soon as possible! Space and financial aid are still available. Other ways to save are through sibling or multi-session discount. (15 percent) or by volunteering your time at camp. Extra bonus: register for more than five weeks
of Day Camp at Camp Grove Point and receive transportation for free!

delmarva powerWe are pleased to
thank Delmarva Power
for sponsoring camp marketing again this year.





All ages welcome!
Girl Scout Service Unit 34 is hosting a race to benefit the Family Partnership Campaign. Compete in a family fun event that takes you on a 1 mile run through Camp Todd’s trails, a 3.5 mile bike around the camp, and a half mile canoe/kayak on Lake Williston. Following the TRY-athatlon, we will have a Family Field Day (Three-legged Race, Egg Race, Wheel Barrow Race, and More!) Download the flyer/registration form.

WHERE: Camp Todd, Denton, MD
WHEN: June 1
TRY-athalon Start time 8 a.m.
Family Field Day 11a.m.


graduating goldCongratulations to our Girl Scouts who will be graduating from high school this year. It is our hope that you will want to continue and share your experiences, passion and knowledge whether it be working directly with girls or behind the scenes. You don’t have to make a big time commitment to make a big impact. You are exactly the role model that girls are telling us they want.

If you will complete your Girl Scout Gold Award by June 30, 2013, please fill out the Delmarva Power Foundation Scholarship Form and return it to Sharisse Borst postmarked no later than July 17, 2013.


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