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Saturday, December 31, 2016
2016 Year in Review
As Girl Scouts of Nassau County
closes out 2016, we look forward to 2017 and give thanks for the time and work of our volunteers who are the
mainstay of Girl Scouting!
This past year we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Girl
Scout Gold Award with an extra fancy Gold Award Ceremony for 101 recipients
at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, with Captain Cynthia Robson, Gold Awardee
and a professor at the Academy, as our keynote speaker.In November we concluded our 100th Anniversary
Celebration with our Golden Flight to
Leadership Conference that included noted women as keynote speakers and
panelists.Geared to both adults and
older girls, the Conference provided information and inspiration on the skills
and traits one needs to be a leader.
The bulk of Girl Scouting occurs in
Troops and groups that meet
regularly.Troop Leaders, parents and
Association volunteers set the path for our Girl Scouts to pursue Journeys and badges that introduce girls to
new experiences and help them unleash their innerG.I.R.L.
(Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)™. In Girl Scouts, girls take the
lead, change the world, make friends and build skills, all while having fun!
The Girl Scout Cookie Program once again took the lead from January
through March with our girls mastering the 5
Skills and showing their support forOperation
Cookie. Camping also saw a slight uptick in the number of girls
participating at Camp
Blue Bay proving that girls love going on adventures in the outdoors…
especially when there is boating involved.
This year’s Annual Meeting brought us a new group of Members-at-Large for our Board
of Directors, and the Delegate body passed six proposals that will allow
our Council to govern more effectively and to be in accord with the New York
State Not-for-Profit Corporation Laws.
The biggest news for GSNC this past
year was the actual start of renovations
on the Girl Scout Service Center at Ring Road in early July.The staff has been temporarily relocated to
325 Duffy Avenue in Hicksville while the building has been gutted to allow for
all-new updates to insulation, room configuration, electrical, HVAC, technology
as well as adding a 1600 square foot extension on the north side of the
building. The first floor of the
building will be almost totally devoted to the needs of our girls and
volunteers with an expanded Girl Scout Shop with attached Volunteer Resource
Center, more meeting space, designated space for Entrepreneurial Programs, and designated
public space for our Living History collection. We expect to be back in our
newly renovated space by late spring 2017.
Also coming in 2017, Girl Scouts of
Nassau County is following the lead of our national organization in
implementing the new Customer Engagement
Initiative [CEI] that will allow us to use
technology and personal connections to better serve our girls, parents and
volunteers.Members will be able to
register and complete applications online for both girls and adult volunteers
and Volunteers will have more program planning and Troop management resources
available to them.
There are so many exciting things
already happening in Girl Scouts that we can’t wait to… see what else 2017 has