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Girl Scouts of Central Indiana

Annual Report

The Girl Scout Promise On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

The Girl Scout Law I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

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Girl Scouts Of Central Indiana Service Centers 855.GSCIN.4U | 317.924.6800


Girl Scout Service Center at Bloomington 1000 N Walnut St, Suite I Bloomington, IN 47404

Girl Scout Service Center at Kokomo 815 W Superior St Kokomo, IN 46901

Girl Scout Service Center at Columbus 3254 W Market Place Dr Edinburgh, IN 46214

Girl Scout Service Center at Lafayette

Girl Scout Service Center at Daleville 13555 W CR 550 S Daleville, IN 47334 Girl Scout Service Center at Indianapolis Leadership and Learning Center

7201 Girl Scout Lane Indianapolis, IN 46214

Camp Sycamore Valley

8439 State Rd 26 E Lafayette, IN 47905 Girl Scout Service Center at Richmond 3765 National Rd E Richmond, IN 47374 Girl Scout Service Center at Terre Haute 1100 Girl Scout Ln Terre Haute, IN 47807




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2016 Board of Directors Members-at-large

Board officers Diana Sullivan, Chair

Sue Springirth, 2nd Vice Chair

Nicole Bell

Jasmin French

Heather Zoellick, 1st Vice Chair

Vandana Kapur, Treasurer

Tiffany Benjamin

Rachel Hazaray

Dr. Nicole Harper, Secretary

Carolyn Bunzendahl

Toni Hickey

Rebecca Carl

Hans Huber

Katherine Conrad

Raehanna Hydre Yusoff

Roberta Courtright

Elizabeth Kmiec Shelly Langona Vanessa Lopez Aguilera Deborah Lyons Jeffrey Mastin Kimberly Morgan James Nickens, Jr. Betsy Phillips Michael Schiele Stephanie Smithey Jennifer Stansberry Barbara Terkoski Dr. Terry Whitt Bailey


Leadership Report Being a Girl Scout means taking charge by taking action, stepping up, and not standing by. Since 1912, Girl Scouts has prepared girls and women to empower themselves for everyday leadership. We are go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders who change the world and make it a better place for all of us. We do it with passion, dedication and with a kind heart, because leadership isn’t just a title or position, it’s about compassion and community. That is why we are so very proud of all of our girls and appreciate this opportunity to highlight their accomplishments through the power of Girl Scouts. We salute our volunteers, community supporters, donors, and alumnae for their endless commitment to Girl Scouts. We are honored to lead such an amazing group of individuals who mentor our youth and inspire others with their Girl Scout experience. The world needs more Girl Scouts! Warmest regards,

Diana Sullivan Board Chair

Deborah Hearn Smith Chief Executive Officer

Here’s to our next big, bold year for girls! 5


Leadership Board Chair Diana Sullivan Chief Executive Officer Deborah Hearn Smith

Jurisdiction Girl Scouts of Central Indiana provides girls in 45 counties with the opportunity to make new friends, develop leadership skills and serve the community.



women and men volunteers introduced girls to new experiences—and showed them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined.


of girls we serve are economically challenged.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana provided

$263,426 in financial assistance to girls and troops.

36,000 girls

had the opportunity to try new things, develop leadership skills and make new friends through Girl Scouts in 2016.

48 264 670

Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scout Silver Award

Girl Scout Bronze Award

In 2016, 48 Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors earned the highest award in Girl Scouting. Their projects ranged from collecting shoes for third world countries, to emotional abuse therapy,and butterfly gardens.

264 Girl Scout Cadettes earned the Girl Scout Silver Award in 2016. To earn this honor, a Girl Scout Cadette must show that she is a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to making a positive impact in her community and a difference in the world.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can earn. In 2016, 670 Girl Scout Juniors worked with their troops to plan and complete a project. Through earning this award, girls develop more confidence and make a difference in the community.


Program activities In 2016, 618 program activities were offered, providing 14,296 girls and 7,508 adults with the opportunity to try something new. Activities included Behind the Blood where they learned about hematology, microbiology, and cytology at MidAmerica Clinical Laboratories, Cinderalla on Broadway giving girls an opportunity to view a real Broadway performance, Badge in the Outdoors where girls learned archery, canoeing, geocaching, and orienteering, and Slumber at the Speedway where over 3,500 girls tried various STEM and healthy living activities and finished the day with a bike ride around the Formula 1 road course!

Volunteers During 2016, 258 adult learning sessions were offered, and 2,855 volunteers received education to better serve girls.

Camp In 2016, 6,018 girls attended summer resident and day camp, while thousands of adults and family members had an outdoor experience at one of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana’s five camp properties.

Girl Scout Cookie Program In 2016, 17,855 girls learned 5 Skills through selling Girl Scout Cookies with the support of 3,706 volunteers. Goal setting Decision making Money management

Operation: Cookie Drop Community members across central Indiana donated


packages of Girl Scout Cookies to active military men, women and veterans.

People skills Business ethics

I volunteer because I am still a little Girl Scout at heart. I learned so many life skills that are still handy 20 years later. I have had so much fun helping the troop. Cookie season certainly brought back lots of great memories! - Ally Weber, Volunteer

Food pantry project

Community service


Girl Scout families and friends donated 2,568 cans of fall product items to food pantries across central Indiana.

Girls gave approximately hours of service to their communities. That equals a lot of girl power: 18 years , 9 months and 18 days

x 214 cans


Impacting The Lives Of More Latino Families Latinas Taking the Lead

Fiesta Camp

Latinas Taking the Lead reaches out to Hispanic women offering them the opportunity to gain leadership skills and further their personal growth. This year’s graduates included women from several different Latin America countries who learned about health and self-care, conflict resolution, interpersonal relationships and the changing needs of their communities.

Fiesta Camp is an annual camp held each July for one week at Camp Dellwood. Families participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience as a unit. Fiesta Camp is a safe place where girls learn about the world around them.

In 2016, 25 women completed Latinas Taking the Lead. For the last decade, graduates from Latinas Taking the Lead have become agents of change for their families, friends and communities. Several have continued working with Girl Scouts of Central Indiana in its mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. “Thank you to Girl Scouts for inspiring us to be better members of the community, and to pursue our dreams,” said Latinas Taking the Lead Graduate Sandra Gil. “We now possess the courage and enthusiasm needed to lead the next generation.”

In 2016, 118 kids and 35 adult volunteers took part in Fiesta Camp. In addition to the children and volunteers, many of the family members took part in the daily activities. Campers enter an environment that allows them to learn about the world around them by participating in science and math experiments, as well as experiencing outdoor activities. Fiesta camp has given current Latina Girl Scouts the opportunity to celebrate their heritage by participating in activities that incorporate Latino culture.

We now possess the courage, and enthusiasm needed to lead the next generation. - Sandra Gil, Latinas Taking the Lead graduate 8

Latinas Taking the Lead graduates

Gold Award Spotlight

Patrice HelenMarie Hunter


Without Girl Scouts she may or may not be the strong person she is.

Patrice is currently attending Arlington High School and plans to continue to volunteer with Girl Scouts after graduation. Patrice is the daughter of Ledrena A. Girton and Patrick Hunter.

Patrice has a passion for advocating for those with disabilities. As a young adult with autism, Patrice faced challenges growing up. She drew from those challenges when she approached the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee with the heart-felt idea to host a disability awareness fair at the Indianapolis Public Library in Glendale. Patrice and her multi-aged troop set up several stations at the library where community members could stop and learn about various disabilities. Attendees and supporters also brought more than 200 toys to be donated to Nathan’s Playroom, a nonprofit organization that supports the siblings of children who are critically ill. The disability awareness fair is now going to be an annual event, providing Patrice and others the opportunity to further educate the community for years to come.

- Shay Clark, Patrice’s sister and troop leader


10th Anniversary Of Girl Scouts Of Central Indiana Can you believe that Girl Scouts of Central Indiana is ten years old? Time flies when you are busy building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. As a movement, Girl Scouts celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012. In 2016, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award. In 2017 we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies and the 100th anniversary of the first known Girl Scouts in Indiana. That’s a lot of miletones to celebrate! We have also made several memories on our own as a council. Here’s a snapshot featuring some of the amazing things we have accomplished in only ten years.







Girl Scout councils in Daleville, Indianapolis, Lafayette, Richmond, and Terre Haute merged to create Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, serving more than 35,000 girls in 33 counties.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana began serving girls in Howard and Carroll Counties.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana began serving 10 southern Indiana counties.

Indiana Girl Scout councils celebrated Girl Scouts 100th anniversary at Indiana’s state capitol.

Over 3,000 Girl Scouts spent the night camping out at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the council’s first Slumber at the Speedway.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana moved into the Leadership and Learning Center (a home of our own) built at Camp Dellwood.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana hosted the Girl Scout National Council Session and 51st Convention in Indianapolis.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana began selling cookies to benefit Operation: Cookie Drop.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana launched a $6 million dollar capital campaign to build the future Leadership and Learning Center.

We can’t wait to see the amazing things Girl Scouts will accomplish in the next ten years.


Kamna Gupta, Girl Scout of Central Indiana’s Girl Scout Gold Award recipient represents council at 100th anniversary of Girl Scout Gold Award event in Washington, D.C.

Girl Scouting - A Family Affair For the Hydre Yusoff family, Girl Scouting is a family affair. The family matriarch, Amber Abdullah, is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and has been an adult volunteer for 16 years. During that time, she has led three different troops. Two of her troops started as Daisies and Brownies and remained together until they graduated as Girl Scout Ambassadors. Amber has instilled in her troops the importance of community service and, as a result, several of the girls have been awarded the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Amber instilled her adventurous spirit and love of Girl Scouts to her daughters Kabrina Hydre Yusoff, Raehanna Hydre Yusoff, and Jameela Hydre Yusoff. Kabrina, the oldest daughter, was a member of Girl Scout Troop 1780 for 12 years. Kabrina earned Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards and is a lifetime member. She served as a national delegate at the Girl Scout convention in Houston, Texas. She also earned a scholarship from Girl Scouts. Kabrina is graduating in May from Indiana University with a degree in Biotechnology. Following her mother and sister’s footsteps, Raehanna has been in Girl Scouts for 13 years. She is currently a Girl Scout Ambassador in Troop 1269 and serving her second year on Girl Scouts of Central Indiana’s board of directors. Raehanna, like her sister, has earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award and is currently working on earning the Gold Award. Rounding out the family is Jameela. She is a member of Girl Scout Troop 153 and has been a Girl Scout for seven years. Already showing the same leadership skills as her older sisters, Jameela was a judge at the annual Girl Scout Cookie CookOff and appeared on Fox 59 to promote the Girl Scout Cookie Program. In 2016, and again this year, Jameela has been a top cookie seller, selling 2000+ boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. This family of amazing women—Amber, Kabrina, Raehanna and Jameela—exhibit courage, confidence and character. By sharing her passion for Girl Scouting, Amber continues to build the next generation of leaders. The Hydre Yusoff sisters not only have a strong connection to one another, they have connected with their sister Girl Scouts, and as a result, they are most definitely making their home, their community and the world a better place. 11

Planned Giving In March 1912, Juliette Gordon Low gathered just a few girls to begin the Girl Scouts. Juliette’s outstanding leadership was matched by her stewardship when she converted the carriage house of her home into the first Girl Scout national headquarters, and she gifted the property to Girl Scouts in her will. Juliette’s bequest was the beginning of planned giving to Girl Scouts. In her memory, the Juliette Gordon Low Society was established to thank and honor friends of Girl Scouting who choose to make Girl Scouts part of their legacies and a beneficiary of their estate plans.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana would like to welcome those who have joined the Juliette Gordon Low Society. By amplifying their impact with a gift through their overall estate or financial plans, they will empower girls for generations to come to make the world a better place. There are many bequest options available, and these types of gifts often come with benefits for you as well. If you are interested in learning more about the Juliette Gordon Low Society, please contact Karen D. Schuman at 317.924.6852 or kschuman@girlscoutsindiana.org.

Juliette Gordon Low Society Members *Denotes Deceased

Mrs. Nancy Kaderabek*

Dr. Mary K. Ade*

Mrs. Beti Lurie*

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Allen

Mr. and Mrs. Karl McClure, Jr.

Mrs. Elmira Annis*

Mrs. Sally Morton

Ms. Kathleen Atwell

Ms. Andrea L. Myers

Mr. Carl Bender and Judge Barbara Brugnaux

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Phelps

Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Buse

Ms. M. Catherine Ritchie

Ms. Rebecca L. Carl Mr. William Fry* Mrs. Alfreida Garner Mrs. Kathryn Huehl* Mrs. Geraldine Johnson


Deana Potterf and Dawn Wolf Mr. and Mrs. Tom Schuman Dr. and Mrs. Gene E. Sease Ms. Noraleen Young

P.E.A.R.L.s Positive, Enlightened, Achieving, Resilient Leaders In partnership with Public Housing Authorities, apartment complex communities, and neighborhood groups, P.E.A.R.L.s provides wrap-around programming designed to establish sustainable troop experiences for girls in public and low income housing communities. This program includes troop meetings and an adult leadership series. Girl Program Overview We provide girls K-12 with a Girl Scout Leadership Experience through a troop experience. Girls participate in badge work as well as field trips, camp, fairs, and Girl Scout program events.

Women’s Leadership Development Series The Women’s Leadership Development series provides opportunities for women to develop their personal leadership skills, engage with peers, and make changes in their communities. Any adult female 18 or older is invited to participate. The women in this group cover topics such as relationship building, conflict resolution, financial literacy, goal setting, healthy living, and more.

Taylor Todd says: (Pictured above) I never thought beyond my surroundings. I am a child of a single mother. I live in low income housing. And I go to public school. I used to think college would never be an option for me, and my idea of the future was very limited. I was so unaware of my potential until I joined the P.E.A.R.L.s program. P.EA.R.L.s has helped me to see all the things life has to offer and taught me to go through it with a open mind. Every lesson, community service project, and trip is a blessing to me because I know most girls don’t have these opportunities. Not only am I proud to be in this troop, but my sisters, cousins, and the girls in my community are too. So many people make the mistake of thinking that a Girl Scout is just someone who sells cookies and earns badges. They don’t understand that we wear our uniform with pride knowing that we are making the world a better place and inspiring people to do the same. Soon I will be off to college, and I want to thank P.E.A.R.L.s for showing me that my options are limitless.


Capital Campaign The Leadership and Learning Center at Camp Dellwood is now open and providing services to many volunteers. The 37,000 square foot facility offers a safe, central environment for volunteer learning opportunities and modern technology for adult learning. The Leadership and Learning Center is the home that volunteers have dreamed of for years. It will help develop a new cadre of women leaders, and allow volunteers from across Indiana to share ideas. The benefits to the next generation of girls are immeasurable. Our adult volunteers now have a centralized facility to gather for transformational learning opportunities, meaningful collaboration, access to technology, and sharing resources. Adults will learn and practice the leadership skills they can then teach and emulate to inspire girls. In addition to the large collaboration space, the center includes a technology and resource center, expanded volunteer services, administrative offices, and a convenient Girl Scout Cookie distribution area.


Through the generosity of Marianne Glick (pictured above) and The Glick Fund, Metamorphosis prominently hangs in the Leadership and Learning Center. Metamorphosis is the inspiration of local artist Joani Rothenberg and Israeli artist Yael Buxbaum.

Dollars and cents



Contributions and grants

7% 3% 2%


Program service fees United Way allocations Investment income

77% Product programs


9% 7%



Girl Scouts of Central Indiana continues to have strong financial results. In accordance with the highest standards for non-profit financial management, 84 cents of every dollar provides programming for girls.




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