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  • Juliette Gordon Low Society Annual Fall Dinner Events Planned

    In November Girl Scouts of Western Ohio will host its annual fall Juliette Gordon Low Society Dinner at two regional events. Join us for a regional event near you: 

    South Region: Cincinnati 
    November 3, 2016, at 5:30pm
    Stone Creek Dining Company

    North Region: Toledo
    November 9, 2016, at 5:30pm
    Private Residence 

    It's been more than 100 years since Juliette 'Daisy' Gordon Low held the first Girl Scout meeting with 18 girls, and today she would be delighted to know the youth organization she founded boasts 3.2 million members, 50 million alumnae, and troops in more than 90 countries.

    Low's legacy continues to inspire generations of girls and women, including more than 42,000 girls in the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio council, which covers regions of land from Toledo, to Lima, to Dayton, and Cincinnati.

    Learn more about joining the Juliette Gordon Low Society. For more information about the regional events, contact Kat Steiner (South Region) at or 513.619.1376 or Kelly Repka (North Region) at kellyrepka@gswo.orgor 567.225.3541. 

  • Girl Scout Starts School Newspaper, Earns Silver Award

    Eaton, OH — Meet Madeline of Eaton Girl Scout Troop 39998. When she learned there were no student-led groups or clubs at her middle school, she decided to start a school newspaper. “I've always liked writing, and I thought a school newspaper was a good option,” said Madeline, a freshman at Eaton High School. “It's fulfilling to write articles that are informative and that kids enjoy reading.” Madeline worked with the principal at Eaton Middle School to bring her idea to life. In the first year, she planned every issue and wrote every article. In year two she assumed the role of editor in chief, recruiting other students to help her research and write articles. She and eight dedicated team members met weekly to discuss topic ideas and divvy up writing assignments. Together they produced an issue a month during the school year and distributed papers to every student in the school through homerooms. While Madeline is in high school now, the Eaton Middle School newspaper still lives on with a new editor and class of writers. Madeline proves that small ideas can make a big difference. She identified an issue in her community, made a plan, and took action, putting over 50 hours into her project and earning her Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. Way to go, Madeline! Want to make a difference in your community and be recognized for it just like Madeline? Joi...

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  • Toledo 2016 Women of Distinction Honored

    Toledo, OH — On Thursday, October 6, five local community leaders were recognized as 2016 Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.

    This year's honorees are women who have made significant contributions in one or more key focus areas for success:

    • Healthy Living:
      Holly Bristoll - ProMedica
    • Financial Empowerment:
      Suzette Cowell - Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union
    • S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math):
      Lori Hauser - Imagination Station
    • Leadership:
      Karen Marquardt - Toledo Fire Department
    • Community Responsibility:
      Mary Arquette - Lourdes University

    The Women of Distinction award was established to honor the many exceptional women in our community who are paving the way for girls. These local women give hope and inspiration to girls through their achievements and passion for our communities. “We are honored to recognize these five remarkable women who exemplify the mission of Girl Scouts,” said Roni Luckenbill, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. "Through their determination, leadership, an...

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  • Dayton 2016 Women of Distinction Honored

    Dayton, OH — On Thursday, September 29, 2016, five Dayton community leaders were recognized as 2016 Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.

    This year's honorees are women who have made significant contributions in one or more key focus areas for success:

    • Healthy Living:
      Deborah Feldman - Dayton Children's Hospital 
    • Financial Empowerment:
      Rita Keller - Keller Advisors, LLC 
    • S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math):
      Kristin Sobolik - Wright State University 
    • Leadership:
      Cynthia Jackson-Hammond - Central State University 
    • Community Responsibility:
      Jo Alice Blondin - Clark State Community College

    The Women of Distinction award was established to honor the many exceptional women in our community who are paving the way for girls. These local women give hope and inspiration to girls through their achievements and passion for our communities. “We are honored to recognize these five remarkable women who exemplify the mission of Girl Scouts,” said Roni Luckenbill, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. "Through their determination...

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  • Girl Scout Keeps Local Bees Abuzz and Earns Silver Award

    Oxford, OH — Meet Ella of Oxford Girl Scout Troop 46726. When she learned about the importance of bees and the shrinking bee population, she decided to do something to help bees flourish in her community. She started a Bumble Bands project, making and planting homemade strips of seeds that grow into bee-friendly flower gardens. “I live in an agrarian and rural community, and the success of crops determines the livelihood of many local families,” said Ella, a freshman at Talawanda Middle School. “If I can provide a better environment for local bees, I can help the whole community, from farm to table.” Ella recruited volunteers to make and plant over 150 Bumble Bands. She also planted a large-scale bee garden at Hueston Woods Pioneer Cabin on land donated by the Oxford Museum Association. Her project—brought to life by a $500 Summer of Service Grant from Youth Service America (YSA) and The Walt Disney Company—was recently featured on a PSA on the Disney Channel promoting 2016 YSA grants. Ella proves that small ideas can make a big difference. She identified an issue in her community, made a plan, and took action, putting over 50 hours into her project and earning her Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. Way to go, Ella! Want to make a difference in your community and be recognized for it just like Ella? Join Girl Scouts today at...

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  • Call for 2017 National Council Delegates

    The Board Development Committee is pleased to announce the call for National Council Delegates to represent Girl Scouts of Western Ohio at the 2017 National Council Session/54th Convention, October 4-8, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.

    Every three years, Girl Scouts from all over the country gather together at the National Council Session and Convention to reinvigorate our Movement, celebrate our accomplishments, and chart our future.  The 2017 National Council Session/54th Convention in Columbus, Ohio, promises to honor our cherished traditions and, at the same time, propel the Movement forward for girls and young women.  In addition to conducting the business of the Movement, GSUSA will be launching G.I.R.L. 2017, the inaugural, externally focused conversation on issues affecting girls, engaging girls and adults in substantive dialogue.  All participants will have the opportunity to also immerse themselves in exciting educational opportunities; some that are girl only, some adult/girl mixed groups and others adult only focused on how to support girls.  Stay tuned for more information.

    Every Girl Scout council is entitled to send a specified number of delegates (we’ll learn later the number) to serve as voting members of the National Council to assume one of the major rights and most serious responsibilities in Gir...

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  • Metlife Prepares Local Girl Scouts for Financial Empowerment

    The world’s current economic challenges have made one thing clear: Financial literacy skills matter now more than ever.

    Miamisburg, OH—On August 3, 60 Girl Scouts in grades 6-8 from Hamilton, Middletown, Franklin, Carlisle, and West Carrolton, OH, participated in the MetLife Financial Empowerment Day event at the MetLife office. 

    Metlife staff planned the entire day and volunteered to teach girls about personal finance, financial giving, and planning and budgeting for their dream home and vacations. Girls also learned about careers from a panel of MetLife leadership.

    The girls who participated in the program earned their Financing My Dream badge. Sessions were taught by Metlife volunteers, who gave the girls the knowledge and tools to make wise financial decisions. 

    The event was funded by a grant from the MetLife Foundation and Girl Scouts of the USA.

  • New S’Mores Cookie Joins 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Lineup

    Today, National S’mores Day, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced, in celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, the organization will introduce two commemorative Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies. Girl Scouts of Western Ohio will add one of the new cookies to its 2017 lineup, where it will join classics like Thin Mints®, Samoas, and Trefoils®. Girl Scouts of Western Ohio will offer a s’mores-inspired crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling. The last new Girl Scout Cookies®, including the gluten-free Toffee-tastic, were introduced in 2015. “We cannot wait to introduce our hungry cookie customers to this new Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie,” said Ashley Thoreen, product sales team leader for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. “S’mores has strong ties to our organization’s history, and this cookie brings a new and delicious way for consumers to support girls and the fun adventures that grow their everyday leadership skills through Girl Scouts.” This s’mores-inspired cookie made with specialty ingredients was created with emerging consumer trends in mind. It contains no artificial flavors or colors, high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. This newly introduced cookie is the first of its kind for Girl Scouts. Like other similar consumer products, the cookie could be priced higher than other Girl Scout Cookies, reflecting the cost of production. To celebrate the new Girl...

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  • Two Local Girl Scouts to Receive Ohio State Fair Scholarships

    Lima, OH — Rhiannon Ferkins (19) and Caitlyn DeLong (17) from Dola, OH, have been exhibiting projects at the Girl Scout booth during the Ohio State Fair since they were Daisies. After completing their freshman year of high school, they were selected as fair aides to help set up the Girl Scout booth and float for opening day and to assist exhibit judges. “Each year there are more than 500 entries from Girl Scouts all across Ohio in fine arts, sewing, culinary, STEM, creative writing, and more,” said Ferkins. “The Girl Scouts have had a booth at the Ohio State Fair since 1955.” Both Ferkins and DeLong were also selected to serve for two years on the Ohio State Junior Fair Board. DeLong is in her first year, and Ferkins is finishing out her second year. Junior Fair Board members work for the Ohio State Fair and live on the fairgrounds in dorms for the entire fair. They serve with Junior Fair Board members from Boy Scouts, Grange, 4H, Campfire, and FFA. Each year the Ohio State Fair commissioners offer a Non-Livestock Fair scholarship to a member of a youth organization who exhibits at the fair. Ferkins, who now studies Digital Graphic Design at Columbus State Community College, is this year’s recipient. She will receive $1,000 and be honored at the Sale of Champions on the last day of the fair. “Community involvement is an important factor in the fair scholarship application,” said Ferkins. “Thanks to Girl Scouts, I had a lot of Take...

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  • Girl Scouts gives Hispanic/Latino families their first camping experience

    Thanks to funding from State Farm, Toledo Community Foundation, and ProMedica, as well as program support from Adelante, Boy Scouts, ProMedica-Harbor Behavioral Healthcare, and 4-H, twenty four Toledo girls and their families enjoyed their first opportunity to camp during Vive tu Vida Camp at Girl Scout Camp Libbey from June 28-30, 2016.

    Girls build confidence and face fears on high-adventure courses, like the climbing wall, and develop discipline, mental focus, and persistence through archery. 

    Girls and their families participate in traditional Girl Scout camp activities including flag ceremonies, cook outs, camp songs, and games.

  • Girl Scouts welcomes new members to its Board of Directors

    Girl Scouts of Western Ohio (GSWO) announces its 2016-2017 Board of Directors. Representing 32 counties throughout western Ohio, the 2016-2017 elected Board of Directors officers, members-at-large, and board development committee members include (* newly elected):


    • Board Chair - Ellen Iobst (Cincinnati) - Sunny Delight Beverages Co., retired *
    • 1st Vice Chair - Victoria Nilles (Dayton) - Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP *
    • 2nd Vice Chair - Ann Hartmann (Lambertville, MI) - Hartmann & Associates
    • Secretary - Kimber Fender (Melbourne, KY) - Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
    • Treasurer -  Zo Redman (Tiffin) - State Farm Insurance *
    • Immediate Past Chair - Jody Wainscott (West Chester) – Cincinnati Insurance, retired


      Cassie Barlow (Beavercreek) - Wright State University Patrice Borders (Cincinnati) – Prevention Strategies LLC Susan Gantz Matz (West Chester) – Lyondell Chemicals LP, retired Shannon Glass (Cincinnati) – Afidence * Angela Granata (Holland) - Luminous Wealth Management Theresa Hirschauer (Aurora, IN) - Cincinnati Country Day School Michelle Krummen (Cincinnati) – Macy’s Inc. * Jenny Michael (Germantown) – CareSource * La Costa Moore (Cincinnati) - Macy’s Inc. * Patricia Neal-Miller (Glendale) - Cincinnati Public School...

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  • United Way of Greater Toledo invests in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and the community

    Toledo, OH—Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is pleased to announce an investment of $80,000 from United Way of Greater Toledo for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

    The Girl Scout Leadership Experience encourages girls to discover themselves and their values, interests and skills; connect with others locally and globally; and take action to create sustainable solutions to issues of concern to them. This program aligns with United Way’s Live United 2020 goals, centered on advancing education, income and health in Lucas, Wood and Ottawa counties.   “United Way of Greater Toledo is proud to make an investment in the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, because they deliver results that create lasting change in the areas of education, income and health in our community,” said Karen Mathison, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Toledo. "It’s a pleasure and privilege to partner with Girl Scouts to deliver results that change lives of people in our community." The Girl Scout Leadership Experience offers innovative and fun approaches to learning that directly complement all of the great work girls are already doing in school every day. Through a unique combination of grade level services, including girl-led, hands-on and small group/cooperative learning activities that...

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  • Girl Scouts Celebrate Gold Award Centennial and Honor 2016 Recipients

    On Sunday, March 6, 2016,  44 local Girl Scouts received their Gold Award, joining a century of Girl Scout alumnae who have positively impacted their communities and the world with their creative, impactful, and sustainable Take Action projects.

    For a full list of the 2016 Gold Award recipients and to learn more about their projects and view the event program, visit 

    "These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers," said Roni Luckenbill, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. "It's truly amazing what these girls are able to accomplish at such a young age. They are our future, and it looks bright!" The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scouts in grades 9–12 can earn. Girls use their vision for change to complete a service project that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides lasting benefit to the larger community. To achieve it, girls commit a minimum of 80 hours to a specific project over the time span of one to two years. The project must include community involvement; an innovative approach; project sustainability; and educating and inspiring others. According to The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life...

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  • Girl Scout Cookies Help Satisfy Girl’s Taste for Travel

    Aniya Chambers-Brown joins the Young Women of Excellence Girl Scout Troop (YWOE) in Toledo and sells cookies to fund the trip of a lifetime.

    Aniya Chambers-Brown began her Girl Scout journey in elementary school, where she spent three years in a troop building friendships, earning badges, selling cookies, and going on local adventures. When her family began a series of moves, she left her beloved Girl Scout sisters behind. She was never in a place long enough to join another troop, but thanks to her Girl Scout experience, Aniya embraced being on the move and developed a love for traveling and trying new things.

    Skip forward, several years. Aniya has settled into her freshman year at Waite High School and has finally reunited with the Girl Scouts through the Young Women of Excellence Girl Scout Troop (YWOE), a three year partnership between Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and Toledo Public Schools designed to increase graduation rates and improve academic success.

    “YWOE has given me a strong group of friends who are really on their game,” said Aniya. “We’re a sisterhood of young women working to empower ourselves and others through team building, community service, and striving for excellence in school and at home.”

    During a “Keepin’ it Real” Girl Scout weekend at Camp Libbey, Aniya attended a session on Girl Scout Destinations, the ultimate adventure program where girls ages 11 and older are engaged in travel adventures around the coun...

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  • Girl Scouts Choose 2016 Cincinnati Women of Distinction

    Cincinnati, Ohio: Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is proud to announce the 2016 Women of Distinction award recipients. The Women of Distinction program honors exceptional women who have made significant contributions in key areas identified by the The Girl Scouts Research Institute to positively influence success for girls in leadership roles. Recipients and focus areas include: Nancy Strassel (Red Bike) Recipient for Healthy Living - Promote the importance of emotional and physical health and understand the role it plays in living a positive life. These women are leaders in health and wellness fields. Julia A. Heath, Ph.D. (University of Cincinnati) Recipient for Financial Empowerment - Advance the roles of women in finance, empower future business leaders and invest in the financial future of the community. These women are leaders in the financial sector. Crystal L. Kendrick (The Voice of Your Customer) Recipient for S.T.E.A.M. - Leaders in the arts and sciences who promote and advocate for the advancement and recognition of women in these careers. These women are role models, mentors and have demonstrated leadership success in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Mary Miller (JANCOA) Recipient for Leadership - Exemplify unique vision and are transforming the leadership landscap...

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  • Medical Mutual of Ohio provides health and wellness day for local Girl Scouts

    On November 24, the Medical Mutual of Ohio offices served as a classroom for more than 50 Girl Scouts in grades 4-5 who participated in a special health and wellness day created just for them.

    Medical Mutual staff planned the entire day and volunteered to inspire the girls to be active, eat right, and create healthy habits.

    The girls who participated in the program earned their “Staying Fit” badge by completing four, 40 minute sessions on health and wellness throughout the day. Each session was led by a volunteer whose goal was to educate and captivate the girls in attendance.

    The girls learned about different types of exercise and participated in 30 minutes of aerobic activity in the Medical Mutual fitness room. They also discussed the importance of nutrition, learning to decipher food labels to tell if foods are healthy and how to balance their “Energy In” with their “Energy Out” to stay fit and healthy. While meeting with a health professional, the girls learned health tips for their age levels. Each girl took home a pedometer to track their steps toward a goal of 10,000 steps per day, a feelings journal to log their feelings by writing or drawing, and a number of healthy activities to do with their families two or three times a week.

    A Girl Scout troop leader in attendance said, “This was a wonderful experience for the girls. The volunteers were highly inspired and informative, and the education they provided these young people will last a l...

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  • Girl Scouts Beautify Playground, Win Bronze Award

    Monroe, Ohio — Girl Scouting has a long and successful history of getting girls outdoors and providing them with opportunities to connect with and care for the environment. Monroe Girl Scout Troop 48070 found a way to share their love of the outdoors with their younger classmates, by making upgrades to the Monroe Primary School's preschool playground.

    In 2012 the troop built a boxed garden in the preschool playground to bring a bit of nature and color into the play area. In July 2015, six of the troop’s 17 members, Lilly Champagne, Kaitlyn Lott, Jillian Green, Kelly Tracey, Livia Mattingly, and Torrance Johnson, teamed up to take the garden project to the next level and work toward a Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve.

    In just six weeks and approximately 30 hours of labor each, the girls refurbished shipping crates into outdoor storage units and old tires into colorful flower beds. They also built a bench to provide seating for adults and children, strategically placed flower pots to help protect tree root exposure, and installed patio blocks to prevent soil erosion in an existing garden.

    “Troop 48070 worked tirelessly to create a preschool playground space that is inviting and child friendly,” said the Monroe Primary School Principal, Kathy Gall. “They worked all summer raising funds to buy materials and collecting donations. They completed the project in time for the start of the school year. The preschoolers a...

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  • Girl Scouts and Heroes in Action provide a taste of home to military service men and women

    Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is partnering with Heroes in Action for the tenth year in a row to provide Girl Scout Cookies to members of the military and their families.

    The initiative dubbed “Operation Cookie” launches on National Cookie Weekend, February 27, 2015. Beginning that day and through March 29, Girl Scouts will be maintaining Operation Cookie Booths throughout the community. Girls will take donations for packages to be distributed to military members and their families through Heroes In Action.

    The partnership between the two organizations started in 2005. Girl Scouts provided cookies to Heroes in Action to be placed in care packages for service men and women, along with 20 additional cases to be distributed throughout the year to veterans and military members and their families. Each year, that number has doubled or tripled. Last year, 44,091 boxes were donated to the cause.

    “Providing a taste of home to brave men and women is truly a gratifying part of my job,” said Jennifer Greene, product sales manager for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, “Giving our girls, volunteers, and customers a way to help support men and women serving in the U.S. military really connects them to the world. Many girls/troops include cards and letters of friendship and support in their donated cookies. I amazed at how this program grows each and every year.”

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  • Local Girl Scouts Earn Gold Award

    Twenty-five girls from western Ohio have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award and will be celebrated at an event next month. 

    The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that Girl Scouts in grades 9–12 may earn. To achieve the award, girls commit at least 80 hours to a specific project over the time span of one to two years. Criterion for the girls’ project includes community involvement outside of the Girl Scout structure, providing an innovative approach, incorporating project sustainability, and taking action to educate and inspire others. Approximately six percent of Girl Scouts nationwide earn this award. 

    The girls will receive their award at the annual Gold Award recognition event at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Sunday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m. The event kicks off National Girl Scout Week.

    Click here to view this year's recipients. 

    For more information on becoming a Girl Scout, volunteering, or donating to the cause, people can visit or call 888-350-5090. 

  • Girl Scouts Honor Cincinnati Women of Distinction

    Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is proud to announce the 2015 Woman of Distinction award recipients:

    • Delores Hargrove-Young - XLC Services, LLC
    • Margaret Hulbert - United Way of Greater Cincinnati
    • Lee Ann Liska – University of Cincinnati Medical Center
    • Deborah Platt Majoras - The Procter and Gamble Company
    • Mary Ronan - Cincinnati Public Schools

    The Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction Awards honor exceptional women who have made significant contributions in five key areas: Healthy Living; Financial Empowerment; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math; Leadership; and Community Responsibility. Women are selected by a committee of their peers because of the difference they make in the community that impacts the future of girls. Recipients exemplify the Girl Scout mission by living with courage, confidence, and character, and making the world a better place.


    “By honoring women that make significant contributions in these key areas, we are creating pathways for today’s girls to become tomorrow’s leaders,” said Roni Luckenbill, chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, “For girls to succeed in a leadership role, they need to know there are women paving the way who open doors, create opportunities, and cheer them on. These women offer hope and inspiration. They’re positive role models for the next generation.”


    Nominees will be...

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