For more than 100 years, Girl Scouting has made a difference in the lives of girls and in the neighborhoods we serve. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
With approximately 54,000 members, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio is the largest, most active female voluntary service group in the region and among the largest Girl Scout Councils in the nation. Throughout Northeast Ohio, we serve girls in urban community centers, public housing, libraries, churches and schools, providing girls a safe, supportive environment and the resources they need to reach their full potential. GSNEO serve girls across income and demographic groups. Wherever girls live, whatever their circumstances, we help them learn to think for themselves and lead the way for others.
From its very beginning, Girl Scouting taught girls to become the change they want to see in the world. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience gave girls then, and now, the tools and confidence to lead – to find inside the uncertain girl, the citizen who will become a catalyst for action and change. Today, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience provides a framework and consistency so all girls have the opportunity to engage in the best leadership experience available. Through age-appropriate activities, girls discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place. Girl Led, Cooperative Learning, and Learning by Doing ensure the quality and promote the fun and friendship so integral to Girl Scouting.
Kimberley GravesCommunications CoordinatorGirl Scouts of North East OhioOne Girl Scout WayMacedonia, OH 44056-2156330-983-0376
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Girl Scouts to present 15 finalists with Women of Distinction Awards
New award honors a company dedicated to advancing women in the workplace
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) will recognize 15 finalists at the Women of Distinction and Advancing Women Awards and fundraising luncheon on September 18, 2014, at The Union Club of Cleveland at 11:00 a.m. Susan M. Johnson, an engineer program manager from NASA Glenn Research Center will deliver the keynote speech.
The selection committee received 35 nominations for the Women of Distinction Award and six companies and organizations for the new Advancing Women Award.
An event with a twist: Dessert is served first
Girl Scouts announce the Chair of its 18th signature event
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) announces the Chair for its 18th annual Dessert First gala is board member Judith Matsko. Matsko of North Royalton will lead in organizing the fundraising event that challenges chefs from around the region to create desserts featuring … you guessed it, Girl Scout Cookies!
“Judith will bring her own unique perspective to make this year’s Dessert Firsta success,” said GSNEO Chief Executive Officer Jane Christyson. “She has a wealth of experience planning and organizing fundraising events. That, coupled with her enthusiasm for Girl Scouts, it is a winning combination.”
Girl Scouts and Jo-Ann are Crafting for a Cause
Partnership will warm more than the hearts of children this winter
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the nation’s leading fabric and craft specialty retailer (based in Hudson), will be joining forces on Saturday, January 25, 2014, to support “Crafting for a Cause.” In one day, at 18 Jo-Ann stores, 72 classes will be held for 1,200 Girl Scouts who are volunteering to make 2,400 sets of fleece hats and scarves. The fleece, donated by Jo-Ann, is being cut and packaged in advance by Goodwill Industries employees. While the project inspires creativity in the Girl Scouts making the hats and scarves, it also impacts the children receiving the gifts as well.
“Every day Girl Scouts do things in our communities to make the world a better place,” said GSNEO Chief Executive Officer Jane Christyson. “This service project is different in that it involves thousands of girls, volunteers, organizations and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Team Members all working together toward a common goal.”
The fleece hats and scarves will be delivered to agencies and organizations including, Children Services, Salvation Army locations, shelters, and Boys and Girls Clubs throughout Ashtabula, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Erie, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Sandusky, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, and Tuscarawas counties.
Congressman visits Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
Council thanks U.S. representative for his role in co-sponsoring pension legislation
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) employees welcomed a visit from a local U.S. representative Monday, when Congressman David Joyce (R-Ohio 14) stopped by the Macedonia headquarters for an informal meeting (and some Girl Scout Cookies).
Joyce is a co-sponsor of the Charitable Pension Flexibility Act (H.R.2134), legislation that affects Girl Scout councils across the country.
It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!
Cookie Season begins one week later this year
Beginning January 6, 2014 Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is continuing the nearly 100- year tradition of the Girl Scout Cookie sale. The 2014 lineup includes favorites, such as Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, Trefoils, and Savannah Smiles. The cookie program activity is the nation’s largest girl-led business and the leading financial literacy program for girls. Designed for girls in grades K-12, it is a key element of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
The sale begins with ...
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio elects new leadership
Veteran board member Brenda Heidinger takes the reins
When the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) Board of Directors met for its last meeting of the year on December 4, a new set of leaders was at the helm.
Prominent community leaders, nonprofit and corporate executives, and many board veterans were elected by the GSNEO General Assembly to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting of the General Assembly on October 26, 2013. The newly elected Chair of the Board of Directors, Brenda Heidinger of Youngstown, most recently served as ...
Girl Scout councils rally legislators around the “State of the Girl”
Local Girl Scout advocates for child abuse prevention
As Girl Scouts boldly enters its second century of building girls of courage, confidence and character, four Ohio Girl Scout councils are rallying women legislators to advocate for issues affecting Ohio’s girls and young women. To kick off this effort, the four Ohio Girl Scout Councils will host a “State of the Girl” forum at the Ohio Statehouse on Oct. 30, 2013. Ohio’s 32 women legislators will be pinned as members of the Ohio Honorary Girl Scout Legislative Troop #1912, during the event.
First Lady Michelle Obama Highlights the Important Role of Girl Scout Volunteers
New Video Features First Lady Michelle Obama
First Lady Michelle Obama discusses the important role played by Girl Scout volunteers in a new video released today by Girl Scouts of the USA, for which she serves as Honorary National President. Every First Lady of the United States has served in this post since 1917, when First Lady Edith B. Wilson became the first Honorary National President. Mrs. Obama's video coincides with the launch of the organization's new national campaign to increase recruitment of girl members and adult volunteers while highlighting the fun, excitement, and anticipation that are part of the Girl Scout experience.
The campaign captures the fun of Girl Scouting with the theme "I can't wait to…" and girl-friendly grassroots promotions that will reach every community nationwide. With 3.2 million Girl Scouts and 112 Girl Scout councils across the country, parents, caregivers, and volunteers are vital to the organization's success.
"Girl Scout volunteers can be moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or anyone else looking to help girls in their community fulfill their boundless promise," said First Lady Michelle Obama. "As a Girl Scout volunteer, you can show girls that anything is possible, and you can inspire them to dream bigger and go further than they ever even imagined."
Girl Scouts is dedicating the week of September 30–October 7 to getting the word out to adults who care about girls in their communities and want to make a difference. As Girl Scout volunteers, they can help girls make friends, have new adventures, and do great things.
"This campaign brings Girl Scouting to life by highlighting everything our Movement can offer girls, and connecting our mission and values to their interests, energy, and excitement in a way that both girls and adults find engaging and fun," said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. "We are thrilled that our Honorary National President and First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama has leant her remarkable voice and unique vision to this campaign, helping us reach and recruit more girls and adult volunteers across the nation and around the world. Her enthusiasm for our Movement is helping us shape the next generation of female leaders."
To view the video, visit www.girlscouts.org. For information on "I can't wait to…" or to find out how to volunteer, visit girlscouts.org/volunteer.
Girl Scouts Honor 15 Nominees at Women of Distinction Event
Celebrating women who inspire and empower girls to reach their full potential
Macedonia, OH — Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) kicked off its National Volunteer Recruitment campaign, observed September 29 through October 5, 2013, by celebrating women who inspire, mentor and empower others.
The 15 nominees selected for his year’s Women of Distinction award were honored at a ceremony held Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Beachwood. Standing in for Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, Beverly Charles, a Senior Staffer and Senior Citizen Liaison, delivered the keynote speech. Sarah Lowry a northeast Ohio representative from State Senator Sherrod Brown’s office also presented each honoree with a letter of congratulations and a certificate.
Girl Scouts embark on beach cleanup project to remove debris washed up on the Lake Erie shore
Iceland Troop Traveling to Northeast Ohio to Give Helping Hand
Girl Scouts have made it their mission to clean up the beaches along Lake Erie and the waters surrounding Iceland, a European country located in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (9-12th grades) from northeast Ohio meet monthly with a W.A.G.G.G.S. (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) group in Iceland via Skype. The scouts are participating in a twinning project funded by Alcoa Foundation.
McDonald troop earns prestigious community service award
Troop 80344 received The Gold Level President's Volunteer Service Award for outstanding community service. A ceremony was held at Roosevelt Elementary School in McDonald in April and included special guests Mark Callion from the office of US Congressman Tim Ryan, McDonald Mayor Glenn Holmes, McDonald Village Administrator Thomas Domitrovich, Pastor Carla Davies of Woodland Park United Methodist Church, and Roosevelt Elementary School Principal David Vecchione.
Youngstown Girl Scout Service Center is open for business
(May 5, 2013) Girl Scouts of North East Ohio's east service center has moved from Niles to Boardman. The new facility, which includes a council shop, is open for business. Visit 8580 South Ave., Youngstown, OH 44514.
A ribbon cutting will take place on Thursday, June 6, 2013. A grand opening celebration will take place on September 21. Click to view the new building. Details to come...
GSUSA Journeys program "Be a Friend First" is a finalst for 2013 AEP Distinguished Achievement Award
The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) has announced finalists for the 2013 AEP Distinguished Achievement Awards—and Girl Scout's Journeys program "Be a Friend First" (BFF) is on the list! Here’s what AEP said: “Being named a finalist indicates a high quality product that has not only survived three rounds of grueling review, but has managed to impress both educators and educational publishing industry professionals along the way. We hope you know what an accomplishment this is already— only the top 25% of entries reach this point, so you are in elite company!"
Watch the video to learn more about BFF.
Click on this link to learn more about the Journeys program.
Great discussion of Girl Scouts on CNBC and PBS
(April 30, 2013) Girl Scouts was featured on CNBC and the Nightly Business Report on PBS. In fact, our cookie program and financial literacy study were the focus of a roundtable discussion on CNBC, and you can view the clip here.
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Chooses New CEO
(March 8, 2013) A new Chief Executive Officer with over 30 years of nonprofit management experience will lead Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) into the next century of Girl Scouting. After a national search, the GSNEO board unanimously approved Jane Christyson at its meeting on March 6. She will begin her new role on Monday, March 18, 2013. >> More