What a Year for Medford Girl Scouts!

IMG_7978As Girl Scout troop activities wind down for the summer, it’s a good opportunity to look back and celebrate. Medford Girl Scouts had a great year building girls of courage, confidence and character and here are some stats that back up that claim.

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Moving on Up

The following troops bridged to the next level

Daisies to Brownies

  • Troop 62732 – Leaders: Rachael, Courtney, and Ellen
  • Troop 62969 – Leaders: Melissa and Shalena
  • Troop 62970 – Leaders: Meghan and Kerri
  • Troop 62971 – Leaders: Eve and Lynde
  • Troop 62974 – Leaders: Lisa and Jacque

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Brownies to Juniors

  • Troop 72096 – Leaders: Jane and Lisa
  • Troop 69024 – Leaders: Amy and Jeannette
  • Troop 69039 (3rd grade girls) – Leaders: Jenna, Lynda & Tara

Juniors to Cadettes

  • Troop 69166 – Leaders: Selena and other Tufts students
  • Troop 68137 – Leaders: Rebecca, Gretchen and Moira
  • Troop 68140 – Leaders: Carolyn and Julie

Cadettes to Seniors

  • Troop 75198 – Leaders: Gretchen, Kim, and Lindsay

Seniors to Ambassadors

  • Troop 65007 – Leader: Monique

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Celebrating our Volunteers

The following new leaders received the Green and Growing Award. This award is for leaders and assistant troop leaders who have lead a troop for less than two years, who have completed their required trainings, participated in at least one Medford Girl Scout or GSEMA event or program, participated in the cookie sale, welcomed new members to the troop.

  • Jacque Aureli
  • Ashley Bennett
  • Michele Candeias
  • Dena Dalelio
  • Rose Polenzani Drozek
  • Christin Keegan
  • Leah Leach
  • Jessica Rivieccio
  • Yamaris Vazquez

In addition, the following Medford leaders were awarded the Volunteer of Excellence pin for going above and beyond their troop roles to help organize city-wide events or support Medford Girl Scouts and GSEMA in other ways.

  • Jane Hamel – for organizing caroling in the retirement community
  • Jenn Iacopucci – for organizing the Brownie Computer Expert badge workshops with the Tufts Girls of Code
  • Tracy Keene – for being a GSEMA Regional Delegate
  • Sharon McCarthy- for organizing participation in the Medford/Malden Lantern Parade)
  • Lynda Panico – for organizing the city-wide bridging with Jenna LaBissioniere
  • Paul Ruseau – for supporting other men who want to be leaders in GSEMA

 

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Celebrating our Fantastic Leaders!

Medford Girl Scouts was pleased to celebrate its fantastic volunteer troop leaders at our last monthly leader meeting of the year. Without all our troop leaders, assistant troop leaders, and other volunteers, there wouldn’t be troop meetings, field trips, camping trips, or cookie sales.  Quite simply, Medford’s Girl Scout volunteers are helping the leaders of tomorrow to grow, learn new skills, try new things, have fun, and make friends to last a lifetime.

This year, Medford Girl Scouts honored some of its newest troop leaders and assistant troop leaders with the Green and Growing Award.  This award is for volunteers who have lead a troop for less than two years, who have completed their required trainings, participated in at least one Medford Girl Scout or GSEMA event or program, participated in the cookie sale, welcomed new members to the troop this year and next.

GreenGrowingAwardCongratulations to the following 2017 Green and Growing Awardees

  • Jeanette Albee
  • Kerri Babish
  • Shalena Bonnett
  • Amy Clark
  • Lisa Cohen
  • Lynde Doherty
  • Eve Driscoll
  • Meghan Dwyer
  • Jane Hamel
  • Rachael Mattull
  • Melissa Maywalt
  • Stacy Pattureli
  • Moira Pulitzer-Kennedy
  • Courtney Russo
  • Seana Smith
  • Selena Steinberg
  • Jessica Turner-Waugh

manenoughtobeaGSNot all men are Man Enough to be a Girl Scout and Medford Girl Scouts gave a special shout out to the men who volunteer as troop leaders.

  • Tracy Keene
  • John Pappas
  • Paul Ruseau
  • James Kossuth

 

 

superheroMedford Girl Scout Leaders also took the opportunity to nominate their fellow volunteers and, through that process, the following leaders were honored with a Treasured Volunteer Award.

  • Lynda Panico – Cookie Queen
  • Tracy Keene – Best Leader Ever
  • Ann Frenning-Kossuth – Community Relations, Community Connector, and Advocate
  • Jenna LaBissoniere – Events Coordinator and Troop Pathway Orientation Trainer
  • Monique O’Connell – Medford Treasurer and Cookie Guru
  • Lindsay Nordstrom – Troop Pathway Orientation Trainer
  • Rebecca Scott – Communications and Recruitment

 

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Spring Renewal re-registration has incentives for girls, troops, and Medford!

1489495718491The Girl Scout membership year officially runs from October 1 to September 30 but Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is offering special incentives for girls, troops and for Medford when girls and adult volunteers re-register early.

To re-register, go to http://www.gsema.org/en/about-girl-scouts/renew.html or call customer care at 844-306-GSEM (4736).

Please note, the membership fees for next year will go up to $40 for girls ($25 for Girl Scouts USA and $15 for Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts) and $25 for adults (for Girl Scouts USA).  Girl Scouts is committed to making sure that ability to pay will never be a barrier to being a member and financial aid is available upon request. Look for the check-box to request financial aid in the renewal process.

GIRL INCENTIVES

Email_PatchGirls who renew before April 25 will receive:

  • Spring Renewal patch
  • $5 girl program credit for GSEMA programs
  • a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $25 or more at a GSEMA shop

If a girl renews between April 26 and June 13, 2017, she will receive the Spring Renewal patch.

TROOP INCENTIVES

Girls_Choice_Results_960x960 (002) (1)Renew 75% of your girls in your troop (and two adult volunteers) by June 13 and receive:

  • a coupon for the NEW 2017 Girls’ Choice Troop Camping badges for Daisy through Ambassador Girl Scouts, redeemable at any Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts council shop. This badge is the first-ever for Daisy Girl Scouts. (Coupon will be valid for number of badges equal to number of girls renewed.)
  • a link to the Troop Camping badge requirements.  Badge requirements will be ready for download this summer and in council stores by August.

Note: To qualify for troop incentive, troop must renew a minimum of four girls and two adult volunteers, have no Product Sales debt, and submit a troop financial report by June 30, 2017.

MEDFORD SERVICE UNIT INCENTIVES

If we renew the following percentages of girls by June 13, we will receive a cash bonus that we can use to benefit Medford Girl Scouts:

  • 75% of girls (which is 237 out of 316 girls): $500
  • 65% of girls (which is 205 out of 316 girls): $400
  • 50% of girls (which is 158 out of 316 girls): $300

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Additionally:

  • The three service units/areas with the highest percentage of renewed girls will receive lunch with GSEMA’s CEO, Pat Parcellin, and Chief Membership Services Officer, Carrie Weatherbee.
  • The service unit/area with the highest percentage of renewed girls will also be awarded a complimentary table for eight at GSEMA’s signature breakfast event, the 2018 Leading Women Awards.

Medford Has Its Own Girl Scout Flags

20170106_145152Medford Girl Scouts is proud to announce that we have recently purchased our own set of Girl Scout flags, which are available for troop and city-wide events. The money to purchase the flags came from the $300 bonus Medford Girl Scouts received from Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts when more than 50% of our girls re-registered before June 30 last year during the early bird Spring Renewal membership drive. Thanks to all the troop leaders and volunteers for helping their members re-register early.

20170106_203102We have three flags: a Medford Girl Scout flag, a World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts flag, and a flag of the United States of America.  In addition, we also have flag stands and flag holders that the girls can wear while walking with the flags.

The Girl Scout website explains that a “flag ceremony honors the American flag as the symbol of our country and all the hopes, dreams, and people it represents. If your group includes girls from other countries, invite them to honor their flags too, and together conduct an international flag ceremony. Flag ceremonies may be used for:

  • Opening or closing meetings
  • Opening or closing special events
  • Beginning or closing a day
  • Honoring a special occasion or special person
  • Retiring a worn flag

Flag ceremonies may take place in meeting rooms, outdoor settings, large auditoriums, onstage, or even on horseback. The American flag is carried by a color guard for protection during a flag ceremony. All flag ceremonies share one thing—respect for the flag.”

20170310_154315If your troop would like to learn how to do a flag ceremony, please check out the links below:

To borrow Medford Girl Scout flags, contact the Medford Girl Scout Coordinator Andie Farro at afarro81@gmail.com

 

 

Everything is Coming Up Daisies

Medford Girl Scouts has a bumper crop of new Daisy troops for kindergarten girls and its not too late to join.  Most troops are still in the early stages of getting started and they all have room for more members.

All registration for Girl Scouts is now done online.  To join, go to gsema.org/join and, when you register, search for the troop number for the troop that works best with your family’s schedule.  Troop numbers, meeting times, and locations are listed below.

Troop 62732 

  • Schools: All
  • Leaders: Rachael and Courtney
  • Meetings: Every two weeks on Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Columbus School Cafeteria

Troop 62969

  • Schools: Roberts, McGlynn and St. Clement Elementary
  • Leaders: Melissa and Shalena
  • Meetings: Every two weeks on Tuesdays, 6:15 – 7:15 pm at the First Community United Methodist Church, 55 Otis St. (day and place to be confirmed)

Troop 62970

  • Schools: Brooks and Columbus Elementary
  • Leaders: Kerri and Meghan
  • Meetings: Every two weeks on Wednesdays, 6-7 pm at Andrew Realty, 12 High St.

Troop 62971

  • Schools: St. Raphael’s Parish School
  • Leaders: Eve and Lynde
  • Meetings: First and third Monday of each month, 2:15 – 3:30 pm at St. Raphael’s Parish School

Troop 62974

  • School: Brooks Elementary
  • Leaders: Jessica and Lisa
  • Meetings:  Every two weeks on Wednesdays, 1:30 – 2:30 pm in the Brooks Elementary Parents’ Room

Troop 62976

  • School: St. Joseph Parish School
  • Leaders: Rosaleen and Nicole
  • Meetings: Monthly on Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm at St. Joseph Parish School (day and time to be confirmed)

A few things to note…

  • Adults are encouraged to register if the want to help with the troop.  Adults who register will receive an email from Verified Volunteers to begin the two-step criminal background check process.
  • Fees are non-refundable or transferable to another person.
  • Financial aid is available upon request.

Questions along the way?

Call  the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts customer care line at 844-306-4736 or email customercare@gsema.org

Stay connected with Medford Girl Scouts

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Three Tips for Helping Girls Earn Badges

Rebecca Scott, Co-Troop Leader for Medford Troop 68137, was a guest writer for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts blog. Her post shares tips for helping girls earn badges as a troop or on their own.

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Volunteers are at the heart of our organization. They carry their responsibilities with so much care, and we value all of the hard work they do to help girls try new things and find their spark.

Rebecca Scott, a co-troop leader for Junior troop 68137 in Medford, shares three tips for helping girls earn badges:

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1. Start with a vote

At the beginning of the troop year, all troop members and their caregiver(s) are asked to review possible badges. The Badge Explorer page on the Girl Scouts website is a useful tool for giving girls an overview of the steps required to earn each badge. At the next meeting, we post all the different badges on the wall and give each troop member three stickers, each representing one vote. Each girl places her stickers…

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Medford Girl Scouts Wins 2016 President’s Award

Medford Girl Scouts is thrilled to announce that our city-wide Service Unit will be awarded a 2016 President’s Award from Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.  The President’s Award is for a team who “whose exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goals.”

volunteer2In the nomination, Rebecca Scott (Medford Girl Scout Organizer and Brownie Troop 68137 Co-Leader) was proud to report that “the Medford Service Unit had blown our 2015/16 recruitment goals out of the water by December 2015. We started out in August with about 210 girl and adult members in total and our goal was to welcome at a total of 342 girl and adult members for the 2015/16 year. As of February 4, 2016, we had started eight new Daisy and Brownie troops and enrolled 274 girls and 125 adults, for a total of 399 members. That is a 90% increase in members from August to December!”  But the numbers don’t tell the whole story.  Evalyn O’Rourke is the Coordinator for Medford Girl Scouts (as well as being one of the leaders of Troop 65226) and she highlights the reason more members is important when she explains that, “Medford Girl Scouts has become a vibrant, thriving organization where girls and adults alike can feel safe to share ideas and participate. We have created an environment where girls can build courage, confidence, character, and learn to make the world a better place.”  Heather Gaspar, the staff liaison for Medford from Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, sums it up by when she says, “I am excited for the future of Girl Scouting in Medford!”

apprecation pinIn addition to the President’s Award, six of Medford Girl Scout’s adult volunteers have been selected to receive Appreciation Pins from Girl Scouts USA.  These volunteers are being recognized for “actively giving exemplary service in support of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.”  Medford’s 2016 Appreciation Pin award winners are:

  • Nancy Carbone, Past-Registrar,  Junior Troop 65456
  • Gretchen Gingo, Brownie Troop 68137 and Cadette Troop 75198
  • Jenna Labissoniere, Troop Pathway Orientation Trainer, Daisy/Brownie Troop 69039
  • Lindsay Nordstrom, Troop Pathway Orientation Trainer, Cadette Troop 75198
  • Sammy Parris, Cookie Booth Coordinator, Junior Troop 65226
  • Caren Sarno, Daisy Troop 72093 and Cadette Troop 71205
  • Rebecca Scott, Volunteer and New Member Organizer, Brownie Troop 68137

All Medford Adult Volunteers are invited to come to the award ceremony and Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center.  The cost is $25 per person.  Spaces are limited.  Click here to register and join us for the celebration on the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts website.