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Girl Talk

CEO Comments

Cindy L. Odom Chief Executive Officer, GSWNY

“People underestimate their capacity for change. There is never a right time to do a difficult thing.” The words of former political leader John Porter could not be timelier. This statement reminds me that change is constant and so is my approach to making Girl Scouts of Western New York relevant, accessible, and a vehicle of opportunity to drive girls to be their best. I recently announced that the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Western New York made the decision to move the Girl Scout Cookie Program from fall to spring. The decision was not made quickly or lightly. We looked at the benefits of what this change could do to strengthen the council and the opportunities we provide for girls to succeed. This change will give troops the necessary time to register members, train and set goals before the Girl Scout Cookie Program begins. In the Winter Issue of Girl Talk, I shared how our commitment to girls was stronger than ever. Looking at the statistics for women serving in leadership roles in America, we have a lot of work to do! Girl Scouts is the organization to lead the way! We are charged with exposing girls to every opportunity to make a difference whether on the playground, their local communities, or eventually in the boardroom. Decisions we make now impact our success in building girls of courage, confidence and character. Stay tuned! We have exciting things planned this year that I’m sure you will agree, are moving us closer to that goal.


State of the Women’s Leadership in 2013 Recently, Girl Scout Research Institute, (GSRI) released preliminary results of the State of the Women’s Leadership in 2013. The results show that women are still woefully underrepresented at the highest levels of leadership. Here’s a snapshot of the results. Government • The total number of women in Congress is 98, or 18.3 percent. • While in the 2012 election more women won seats in the House and Senate than ever before, the Senate still only comprises 20 percent women, with the House lagging farther behind at 17.9 percent. • The total number of women in statewide elective office positions is 75, or 23.4 percent. • Only five governors (10 percent) in 2013 will be women.

Corporate World • As of June 30, 2012, women only held 14.3 percent of executive positions at Fortune 500 companies and 16.6 percent of board seats. • More than a quarter of Fortune 500 companies had absolutely zero women in executive roles. • The number of women in executive officer positions rose only 1.4 percent from 2011.

• Women account for just 35.3 percent of total US entrepreneurship. Of the US-based companies that received venture-capital financing in 2010, only 10 percent had a female founder or had ever had a female chief executive.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) • Women account for only 20 percent of the bachelor’s degrees in engineering, computer science, and physics. • There is a significant gender gap in employment in the STEM labor force. In 2010, women made up nearly half of the total labor force, but only about one-fourth of those in STEM occupations. • The gender gap in earnings in STEM fields is smaller than it is in non-STEM fields, but women still earn substantially less than men in STEM fields. The median salary for women in STEM occupations in 2010 was $54,790, compared to $69,265 for men. • Women in STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than women in nonSTEM-related positions. Continued on page 4



Page 2 . . . . Seeking Nominations

Page 5 . . . . Benefits of Summer Camp

Page 3 . . . . Awards Program

Page 6 . . . . Travel Pathway Heads to India

Page 4 . . . . Don’t Text and Drive

Page 8 . . . . Dates to Remember

Cindy Odom, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western New York Representing Our Council in Western New York

Call for Women of Distinction Nominations Girl Scouts of Western New York is seeking nominations of women for this year’s Women of Distinction which is our signature event where Girl Scouts honor Western New York women for their achievements in:

Cindy Odom, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Western New York is representing the council throughout the Western New York area talking about the Girl Scout organization and empowering girls and young women.

• Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)

Here are a few of her most recent speaking engagements.

• Girl Scout Volunteerism

• Recently honored by Unlimited Possibilities Overcoming Poverty Ministries during their Annual Celebrate Women Touching the World Awards Dinner. The award is given to women in the community who are empowering women and girls in their communities.

• Sports

• Keynote speaker at recent collaboration with Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart to present S.H.I.N.E. (She Has Inner Natural Excellence), a mother/daughter event.

2013 Women of Distinction will be held in Buffalo on Thursday, September 19, 5:30-9 p.m. Location to be announced.

• Panelist at MISS Representation, a film screening and panel discussion about how main stream media contribute to the under representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

• Arts and Humanities • Business • Healthcare • Entrepreneurship • Education • Public Service The event applauds their strength of character, dedication to community service, and commitment to mentoring and encouraging girls to reach their full potential.

Open nominations are being accepted until May 31, 2013. To be considered for the awards, the nominee must be: • Living or working within Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans or Wyoming counties. • A woman who has distinguished herself in her career, leadership, public service, academic work and/or any combination thereof. • A woman who has contributed to the personal growth and success of others, especially women and/or girls. • A woman whose achievements create positive social change, increase equality for all, and build community through service and professionalism. For more information, visit: today.


New York National Guard Family Programs

On behalf of New York National Guard Family Programs, I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to you and your organization for the support you made throughout the 2012 holiday season. Whether it was a donation, a family adoption, a holiday dinner, a gift card, presents etc, it did not go unnoticed. Your thoughtfulness and patriotic spirit plays an integral part of putting smiles on the faces of Military Families and the Soldiers the support. The brave members of the U.S. Military who’s Families are recipients of your generosity will surely remember your kindness. It is through these acts of kindness that Soldiers and Families are fortified with the knowledge that they serve a grateful nation. You dedicate much of your time and hard work to support other families as well as Military personnel of the New York National Guard. You are the heart and soul of our Family Support Network. We hope that you will continue to support our men and women in uniform and their families. We appreciate your selflessness, generosity and continued support. You are truly appreciated. “In this world, it is not what we take, that makes us rich, but what we give.”

Peter Pilc Military Family Assistance Specialist

Girl Scouts Make Lasting Impressions Through Awards Program

A Girl Scout sash filled with badges and patches “screams” the achievements of that Girl Scout. Not only is it a great conversation starter, but it gives everyone a glimpse of the goals that a Girl Scout has set and accomplished successfully. However, for those Girl Scouts who have set their sights on going “over and beyond”, the Girl Scout organization offers three prestigious awards. The Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Award, give girls the opportunity to work individually or as a team to identify a need in their community, create a comprehensive plan, put the plan into action, and the rest is history!

Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award that a Junior (grades 4-5) Girl Scout can earn. Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award that a Cadette (grades 6-8) Girl Scout can earn and Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that can be earned in Girl Scouting. Only high school students can earn Girl Scout Gold Award. Our Girl Scouts have implemented some amazing projects. A few of those projects are highlighted in this issue.

Local Church Gets a Lovely Addition

What started out as a vacant lot of a local church in the Jamestown area, became a beautiful garden patio thanks to the efforts of Emily Mager, Xiane Smith, Hannah Anderson, Emily Anderson and Kaitlin Healy. The girls accomplished this goal under the direction of leaders, Tanya Anderson, Terry Smith and Karen Cotten. Chiara Raimondo helped with the project, but was unable to earn the award due to illness. To earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, the girls put in a patio area, built a trellis, and planted a tree and flowers to create a lovely garden area. Thanks to the Jamestown Post-Journal for showcasing the amazing work that our Girl Scouts are achieving.

Non-Profit Benefits From Girl Scout Silver Award Project

Sarah Swagler, a Juliette Girl Scout, earned her Girl Scout Silver Award by making more than 25 blankets for children at Harvest House in Buffalo. The project took a total of 59 hours and all the money needed for this project was raised by Sarah.


Community Service at its Best

Congratulations to Hope Marshall, Maddigan Bless and Allison McCal, from the Bemus Point Girl Scout Troop for earning their Girl Scout Bronze Award. To earn this prestigious award, the girls held two canned food drives for St. Susan’s Center and they created “blizzard bags” for Meals on Wheels. The “blizzard bags” were designed to provide a food reserve when Meals on Wheels can’t deliver meals due to inclement weather. The girls also spent community service hours supporting the worthy organization.

Photo courtesy of Jamestown Post Journal

Girls Improve Observation and Analytical Skills By Playing Chess Buffalo Common Council President Richard A. Fontana awards a golden Buffalo Pin to Ayanna, a Girl Scout Cadette at School 89. Ayanna plays chess at the George K Arthur Community Center’s Afterschool Enrichment Youth Chess Program. State of the Women’s Leadership in 2013 Continued from page 1

Media • Only 5 percent of TV stations and 6 percent of radio stations are owned by women. • Overall, women make up only 25 percent of all creators, executive producers, producers, directors, writers, editors, and directors of photography working on situation comedies, dramas, and reality programs. • Women make up only one-third of management positions in radio, television, cable, wired and wireless telecommunications, and motion pictures and video. Girls want to lead. Society needs to change in order to support their dreams and aspirations. ToGetHerThere, the largest advocacy and fund-raising cause campaign being implemented by councils across the United States is designed to get here there.


Don’t Text and Drive Don’t text and drive is the message that Tori Mangino is telling all who will listen. Tori, who has earned 40 hours toward her Girl Scout Gold Award and has an additional 40 hours more to earn, was recently featured on several Rochester TV stations. To spread the message broadly, Tori received permission from AT&T to join forces with their “It Can Wait” campaign. A 30 second Public Service Announcement is in the works along with a longer version to be shown at her local school.

The Benefits of Girl Scout Summer Camp By Janet DePetrillo, Camp Manager

Have you ever asked yourself, what are the benefits of going to Girl Scout camp? Camp is so many things to many people. For some, it is a home away from home and for others it is a community of friends who come together each year to have fun and share positive experiences. Girl Scout camp also enriches lives as girls develop and cultivate their self-identity, self-worth, self-esteem and self-respect. Girl Scout camp builds girls of courage, confidence and character by providing opportunities for girls to experience camp life on their own. Girl Scout camp provides a safe environment that encourages leadership, imagination and acceptance, as well as a community where girls feel less at risk. Camp makes learning fun as children socialize and navigate with others to problem solve. Camp provides

trained and caring adult role models that help children feel loved, accepted and capable of anything. Camp helps to foster the importance of human connections and helps campers realize the need to protect one another and the environment. Camp is a community where children are recognized, acknowledged and loved for who they are. Camp is fun! Did you also know that alternative educational camp activities such as nature walks, canoe races, cookout menu planning or cabin chats can help children to grow and develop academically. Quality summer programs like Girl Scout camp involve girls in the learning process, teaches them new skills and inspires them to develop unseen talents. Through a quality program like Girl Scout Camp, girls can form positive relationships with caring adults; stay fit and active, and develop creativity and innovation. These are all very

“Camp has helped our daughter grow in independence. Also, she is an only child, and camping with a group of girls and good counselors is a way of giving her the life’s skills she would get if she were in a big family.” “I could tell as soon as I picked her up that she had been challenged to do things she had never done before or that were hard or maybe just a little bit scary. Getting out of her comfort zone was good for her!” “Sending my daughter to camp gave her the opportunity to make new friends. The one thing I LOVED about her time at camp was that she was not “afraid” to be silly. There were theme days (superhero day and silly hair day) and I couldn’t believe that she participated (her fear of looking silly or feeling embarrassed).”

important aspects that help to improve a child’s academic achievements. Another way that Girl Scout camp helps a child academically is through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience journey program. The GSLE comes to life at camp as girls discover new skills within themselves, connect with others through team building and problem solving and take action by making things better at camp and in their communities. So parents, when you sit down with your daughter and look at the new and exciting programs in our 2013 Girl Scout summer camp catalog remember that you are not just providing your daughter with an opportunity for fun this summer, you are providing her with all of the great benefits of camp. So don’t delay, sign her up today!

Play by day or stay for the night! Our day and overnight camps offer exciting summer camp programs. Transportation and before and after care are available. For more information visit

See you at Camp!



GSWNY Does it Again! The Buffalo skyline was illuminated green in honor of Girl Scout week. Girl Scout Week kicked off on March 10, 2013 with the Electric Tower radiating Green. On the Girl Scouts of the USA’s 101st anniversary, March 12, Niagara Falls (US, Canada) and the Peace Bridge were both lit green.

Travel Pathway Heads to India

Several Girl Scouts and volunteers had the privilege to go on a trip of a lifetime to India. This world wind trip included sight-seeing trips to Mumbai, known as the Gateway of India, a trip to Pune to stay at the World Association of Girl Guide and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) Sangam Centre, and the trip included an experiential learning exercise at a local school in Alsisar.


Way to Go Top Sellers! Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program. Everyone is a winner! Special thanks to the top troops, service units and girls for their extraordinary accomplishments.

Top Troops

Top Service Units

Service Unit


Total Packages

Service Unit

Total Packages






Martin Luther King



Como Lake


Como Lake





Niagara Falls





Martin Luther King



Black Creek


Enchanted River Valley



West Seneca


Cattaraugus County West





Lackawanna South Buffalo





Brocton, Dunkirk, Fredonia








Rush Henrietta


Girl Name


Service Unit

Lana Wagner



Hailey Lyons


Amherst Central

Marijayne Schwartz


Cattaraugus County West

Emma Cheman



Gabby Schwartzott



Kelsey McKinney


West Seneca

Robyn Banach


Brocton, Dunkirk, Fredonia

Amanda Boyle


Niagara Falls

Breanne Duzen


West Genesee

Brianna Schneider


Cattaraugus County West

Cassandra Jacchino


Cattaraugus County West

Catharine Boyle


Niagara Falls

Chantel Jackson


Martin Luther King

Jessica McNeely



Lily Gaylord


Big Bend

Lorelai Smith


Brocton, Dunkirk, Fredonia

Madison Frentz


Brocton, Dunkirk, Fredonia

Meghan Greene


Big Bend

Noel Blake


West Genesee

Taylor Frankenberger


West Genesee

Top Girls

Thanks for all you do!

The Product Sales Team would like to give a special “shout out” to our cookie cupboard managers. These super volunteers not only allow us to take over space in their homes and garages, they also answer phone calls and knocks at their door throughout the Girl Scout Cookie Program to keep cookies in the hands of troop leaders and girls. We wouldn’t be successful without them. Thank you! Linda Baker Yvonne Bova Lisa Dumuhosky Tammy Dziuba Jeanne Fusco Carrie Green Britt Hurley Helen Layman Violet Tredo Donna Truman Connie Wojcinski



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Dates to Remember

Community Service Adult Recognition Luncheon Project Gets Attention Saturday, April 20, 2013 Noon Samuel’s Grande Manor 8750 Main Street Williamsville, NY

Annual Meeting

Buffalo Museum of Science May 15, 2013 5:30 Registration 6:30 Meeting Commences

Gold Award Luncheon Saturday, June 8, 2013 Samuel’s Grand Manor 8750 Main Street Williamsville, NY 11-3 for lunch.

Women of Distinction September 19, 2013 Details coming!


Congratulations to the Girl Scout Brownies from Troop 60570 who successfully collected books to form a library for Stepping Stones learning Center, a local Rochester not-for-profit family centered program for children. Their generosity was televised on WHEC, Channel 10 in Rochester.

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