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Fall 2012 - In This Issue: GSWNY Breaks the Mold With Gold Award Winners ..............p. 2 Girl Scouts Go To Washington ...............................................................p. 3 Rochester Service Center Relocates ..............................................p. 4

Connecting Leaders of Today With

Leaders of Tomorrow

Get Her Ready, Get Her There Did you know that only 3.2% of CEOs of publicly traded companies are female? And that in the past 30 years, there’s been only 1% increase in the Cindy L. Odom number of women serving in Congress? Or that out of 18,000 police chiefs nationwide, only 300 are women?

CEO, Cindy Odom with keynote speaker, Internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and consultant, Sally Helgesen.

Girl Scouts from across Western New York served as event emcees, award presenters and ambassadors. Here they are with co-chairs and honorees and GSWNY leadership.

At this year’s Women’s of Distinction, held on September 20th at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, nine women were recognized for their strength of character, commitment to community service, and dedication to mentoring girls and young women. Each recipient’s accomplishments make her an exceptional role model who inspires our girls — and future leaders — to reach their full potential. Honorees were: Business: Laura A. Zaepfel, Vice President, Corporate Relations, Uniland Development Company; Entrepreneur: Nancy Ware, President and CEO, EduKids Early Childhood Centers; Education: Elaine Spaull, Ph.D., JD, Executive Director, Center for Youth; Healthcare: Dr. Melissa A. Neal, Ophthalmologist, Owner, Twenty 20 Eye Care and Aesthetics; Sports and Fitness: Cindy Miller, LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division Member, Founder and CEO, Cindy Miller Golf; Arts and Humanities: Jill Wisz, Owner, Art Director, Otherwisz Creative Corporation; STEM (Science, Technology,

Engineering, and Math): Diane Trentini, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Optimation Technology, Inc.; Public Service: Julia Hall, Esq., Expert on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, Amnesty International; Girl Scout Volunteer: Kristie Payne, Town of Tonawanda Service Unit Manager and Troop Leader. Internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and consultant, Sally Helgesen, served as the keynote speaker. Helgesen is ranked number 15 in a survey of the world’s most influential leadership experts and has been cited as one of the top 35 authorities in the field by Leadership Excellence Magazine.

It has been said that the status of women in society is a direct measure of that society’s success. So what does it say about our society if so many girls don’t think they have what it takes to be a leader? Let’s start with how we define a leader. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines a leader as a person who leads. This sounds simple enough, however, according to Girl Scout Research Institute (GRSI), we discovered that historically girls define being a leader differently. They describe “boy” leadership, as authority, control, and ego. As a result, girls have shied away from wanting to be classified as a leader. At Girl Scouts, we want to change all that. We want girls to understand that they can do anything! We are committed to make a difference. At GSWNY, we have over 9000 volunteers who stay dedicated to this organization because they know the importance of making a difference in the lives of girls. They dedicate their time, talent, and treasures because they embrace our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place by strengthening a girl’s sense of “self” and boosting her capacity to meet tomorrow’s challenges. On behalf of staff and the Board of Directors, thank you volunteers for everything you do Continued on page 4

Support Cookies on a Mission... and Our Troops The 2012 Girl Scout Cookie program is underway. Local Girl Scouts will put their sales and marketing skills into action and each cookie has a mission, to help girls do great things. Cookies on a Mission is a partnership between GSWNY and the Niagara Falls Air Force Base to provide Girl Scout cookies to men and women of the Armed Forces overseas and here in Western New York. The Dates: Oct. 6 - Dec. 8 The Cost: $3.50/box of cookies 2 Ways to Participate: 1) Make a purchase during the Door-to-Door Virtual Cookie Sale, from Oct. 6 - 27. 2) Make a purchase during the Direct Cookie Sale, from Nov. 12 - Dec. 8. Learn More: Find your cookies at or download the Cookie Finder app.

Go Behind the Green Behind every Girl Scout is a dedicated organization full of volunteers who strive to help each girl discover her strengths, connect with others and take action within her community. Go Behind the Green to learn more about the story of Girl Scouting and how it has empowered girls, and share your own unique perspective.

GSWNY Breaks the Mold With

Gold Award Winners Nationally, only 5.4% of all age-eligible Girl Scouts — those between 14 and 18 years old — receive the Gold Award, the highest recognition in Girl Scouting. Locally, as of this year, that figure has nearly tripled to 15%. And on June 6, Girl Scouts

of WNY, along with more than 300 community members, honored this year’s 67 deserving Gold Award winners at a special council-wide ceremony and luncheon held at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens in Depew, NY. Here’s a look at our winners!

Khadijah Bagais

Kristin Bates

Olivia Bielawski

Jessica Biniszkiewicz

Emily Brenner

Chelsea Coates

Kimberly Cole

Gwyneth Daunton

Arianne Davidow

Lauren Devantier

Erika Buonemani

Esperanza Jett Chestnut

NEW! Mango Cremes with NutriFusion™ Girl Scout Cookie Erika Buonemani

Jackie Sosnowski

Cassandra Fee

Christina Fee

Hanna Field

Kelly Field

Devin Filighera

Abby Fornes

Julietta Gervase

Madeline Havern

Sara Hettel

Melissa Holko

Emily Jacobs

Janelle Johnson

Hannah Jonasse

Katelyn Kaiser

Courtney Karpie

Christa Lawniczak

Anna Linde

Camaria Long

June Longbine

Emily Ludwig

Brittany Makowski

Molly McGrath

Sarah McKinley

Carrieann McNeil

Amber Michaels

Alicia Mizes

Jessica Mulroy

Shauna Murphy

Lauren O'Brien

Laura Padget

Gina Pawlowski

Maryrose Ricotta

Kathryn Rogemoser

Laurie Sandretto

Heather Sanger

Laura Sankey

Grace Santandreu

Wendie Scherer

Ashley Sciandra

Rachel Smail

Alexis Smith

Olivia Rose Smith

Jacqueline Sosnowski

Charlene Takacs

Lizzy Tatford

Next Behind the Green Meeting: October 16, 2012 Behind the Green meetings are held from 5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M. at GSWNY Corporate Headquarters: 3332 Walden Avenue, Suite 106, Depew, NY 14043.


Learn More: Contact Diane Giuliano at or 716-935-6030. Alexandra Tillman


Jennifer Wachala

Elizabeth Wacienga

Rachel Warren

Carley Wenderlich

Hanna Woltz

Sarah Zakrzewski

Holly Zuch

Gold Award Recipients

Rock the Falls: A Rockin’ Good Time!

The “Anything But” Lazy Days of Summer Whoever coined the phrase “lazy days of summer” clearly wasn’t a Girl Scout! From the historic Rock the Mall event, where over 250,000 Girl Scouts, friends and family gathered at the National Mall in Washington, DC for a 100th anniversary Sing-a-Long, to our annual camps, Girl Scouts of WNY had a busy — and memorable — summer.

On Saturday, June 23, the Girl Scouts of WNY celebrated 100 years of Girl Scouting and “rocked out” at one of the world’s greatest wonders!

Are you ready to

Nearly 3,000 Girl Scouts from North America — including Canadian Girl Guides —descended upon Niagara Falls, NY, for this inaugural and unprecedented Sing-a-Long of traditional and historical Girl Scout songs. The event took place on Goat Island overlooking the Niagara River and visitors from all over the U.S. and Canada were there.

Every girl has the ability to lead. But only one girl in five believes she can. You can change that by becoming a volunteer. Volunteering opportunities with Girl Scouts are tailored to fit your calendar, your skills, and your interests. Your support will give girls and young women the tools to lead, to find, inside the uncertain girl, the citizen to make a difference in her world and ours. Explore what being a volunteer could mean for you. We know what it means for girls. Contact: Christine Adsit Adult Development Manager, Toll Free: 1.888.837.6410 x6086 or email

The opening act was the beloved “Silly Song Lady,” Betty Earhardt with her rendition of Boom Chicka Boom. Afterward, Caitlyn Koch, contestant from XFactor and American Idol, took the stage with the Jamie Moses Band. Other acts included Buffalo’s award-winning Ladies First Jazz band with the Girl Scout Jazz Combo, plus the famous Girl Scouts of Nassau County Chorus. On Sunday, 100 Girl Scouts and Girl Guides spanned the Rainbow Bridge as a symbol of bridging of the international friendship and sisterhood that has been shared for over 100 years. Thank you to all our supporters and volunteers who helped make the event a huge success!

Girl Scouts and Girl Guides over the Rainbow Bridge in celebration of sisterhood.

change the world?

Girl Scouts Go to Washington Mrs. Obama rested seeds for dill and cilantro into the palms of their hands, directing them to sprinkle the seeds gently over a patch of dirt next to the sprouting garlic.

In the wake of the 100th Year Anniversary, Girl Scouts of Western New York are making it “The Year of the Girl,” going right to the top.

After the White House visit, the troop appeared alongside the First Lady on ABC’s The View television show in May. The hour-long episode focused on the First Lady’s new book, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.

After being touched by letters sent by Fairport Girl Scout Troop 60325, First Lady Michelle Obama reached out to the Junior Level Troop (grades 4 - 5) and invited them, along with other school children, to the fourth White House Kitchen Garden Planting this spring. The First Lady and the girls planted rows of potatoes, including five new varieties. 3


Buffalo Service Center, Headquarters 3332 Walden Avenue Suite 106 Depew, NY 14043

Membership in

NCCF Supports

Girl Scouting isn’t just for girls!

the Girl Scouts of WNY!

Moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and older siblings can join, too. As long as you support girls’ reaching their full potential, you can be a member. And when you join, you help today's girls transform their dreams into reality. More girls will find a place among their Girl Scout sisters, where their unique skills and interests are championed, and where they’ll be supported in their dreams, big and small. Your membership makes a difference. Support Girl Scouts by joining today. To register visit and click join or call 1.888.837.6410.

Rochester Service Center Relocates The Rochester Service Center has moved! You can now find us at the Al Sigl Community of Agencies on Elmwood Avenue in Rochester. The Al Sigl Community of Agencies is a collaborative network that provides highquality, cost-effective real estate and business services to a growing array of non-profit organizations that serve children and adults.

Denise Beeles-Johnson, GSWNY Membership Manager; and Diane Hannum, Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF) Executive Director.

Thanks to the relocation, the Rochester Service Center is now more centrally located and offers a number of new amenities and program opportunities for our girls. There’s also plenty of parking for our volunteers and families. Here’s our new address: Rochester Service Center 1000 Elmwood Avenue Suite 200 Rochester, NY 14620

Get Her Ready, Get Her There

(Continued from page 1) to make the Girl Scouts the pre-eminent girl organization. We look forward to another exciting program year of building leaders today for tomorrow.

Please join us for an open house as we celebrate the grand opening of the new Rochester Service Center. When: Tuesday, October 16 Where: 1000 Elmwood Avenue Suite 200, Door 9

Warmest Regards, Cindy L. Odom, CEO


4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Dates to Remember Behind the Green Meetings: October 16, November 7, November13, December 5, December 18 Service Centers and Shops will be CLOSED: October 18, 2012 and December 25, 2012 - January 1, 2013


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