On my honor I will try To serve Go and my country, To people at al times, And live by the Girl Scout L Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, Inc.
annual report 2009
[ mission ] Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
[ 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
[ 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
[ pluralism statement ] Girl Scoutsâ€“Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, Inc. embraces pluralism and actively promotes inclusivity within Girl Scouting and the world in which we live.
For Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, 2009 was a pivotal year. During this challenging time, our council experienced growth which, we believe, clearly demonstrates how Girl Scouting continues to be a relevant experience. For many girls, Girl Scouting is a place where they find their voice–a voice that is given value and is heard. As we extend our vision beyond the immediacy of time, there is a future where these young voices live. Starting today and extending for decades from now, these young voices will impact the trajectory of more than this country as their personal worlds become global. But where does it start? It starts here with us in Arizona. Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council provides the safe space where girls’ voices are affirmed. With leadership as the cornerstone of the Girl Scout movement, girls are encouraged to develop their leadership potential starting with development of a strong sense of self. They learn to trust their intuitive abilities and the qualities that are innate regarding their own sense of purpose. They recognize the importance of relationships with people and events around them, resulting in experiential learning that is alive with possibility and promise. What happens after the discovery... the connection... the action steps? It’s the unfolding of a world that is truly a better place. This is the Arizona that girls want and leads to creating the world that is a better place for all. Within the pages of this annual report, we are pleased to share our council’s story as we work towards building an Arizona that supports our youth and listens to their voices. On behalf of thousands of adult volunteers and girls, we extend a heartfelt thank you to the multitude of friends and supporters who share a common vision for a bright future for girls. ■
Maria Carpenter Ort
Chief Executive Officer
[ it starts here ]
[ 9,872 ] committed, caring adult volunteers made Girl Scouting possible in 2009 [ 809 ] members have made a “lifetime” membership commitment to Girl Scouting [ 1,995 ] organized troops engaged in activities which helped them to develop qualities that will serve them all their lives
[ 16,225 ] days of camp were experienced by girls [ 42,700 + ] community service hours performed by girls who made the world a better place
[ 23 ] girls earned the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting; [ 176 ] girls earned the Silver Award, the highest award for girls ages 12-14; [ 389 ] girls earned the Bronze Award, the highest award for girls ages 9-11 [ 30,000 ] cookie packages donated by Girl Scouts through the Gift of Caring to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, various food banks and the military serving overseas. [ $69,881 ] in financial assistance funded through the Campership Fund and other grants provided a camp experience for 718 girls who might not otherwise have attended camp [ 66% ] of central and northern Arizona served by Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council [ 3 ] additional state border areas served by the council: Utah and New Mexico, serving the Navajo Nation and the southern portion of Clark County, Nevada
[ quick glance 2009 ]
[ 24,568 ] total girl membership of Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine
[ membership ]
From the first day as a Girl Scout, a girl is impacted by experiences that live in her heart throughout her life. She meets new friends. She meets trusting adults. She develops a sense of belonging. Years from the first day, this girl will recall her leader’s name, her favorite experience, and, very often, she is still friends with girls who were in her troop. ■■ Girl membership in 2009 was 24,568. ■■ Traditional troop program continues to be the cornerstone
of Girl Scouting with nearly 2,000 troops active within the council’s jurisdiction.
■■ Girl Scouts reaches out to all girls. The council serves girls
by being where they needs us, whether it is at community centers, after school programs, juvenile detention facilities or in houses of worship. Girl program is available during the weekends and the evenings. It extends into areas where economic hardships or lack of volunteers hinders traditional troop involvement. Girl Scouting is everywhere for every girl.
■■ During the membership year, there was a 10% increase in
the number of Hispanic girls served and an 11% increase in the adult Hispanic membership. Overall, 20% of the council’s membership is Hispanic.
“Wherever I go, it’s fun to find out who is a Girl Scout. I thought Girl Scouting was just about the girls in my troop, but now I know it’s bigger than that … bigger than school or my neighborhood … and that’s awesome.” –Girl Scout Junior
“It is the generosity of the Girl Scouts and their donors that make the camp experience happen for my daughter.” –Girl Scout parent
■■ Girl-driven programs create opportunities where girls see
themselves as part of a larger whole, beyond self, troop, neighborhood and council. Themes and topics include, but are not limited to, health and fitness, science and math, leadership, advocacy (hunger, poverty, recycling), financial literacy, sports, and the arts.
■■ Girl Scouting is an experiential learning environment
where girls are purposefully engaged. It is about making discoveries first-hand, active involvement, decision making, and self-reflection are components of the experience. This learning model is validated by research.
■■ The Girl Scout Cookie Program prepares girls for the
business world. This entrepreneurial-based activity teaches goal-setting, financial literacy, customer service and team building skills. For three months out of the year, girls run a program that propels Thin Mints past Oreos and Chips Ahoy as the best selling cookie in the country.
■■ The Girl Scout camp experience is a rich, robust adventure
that brings girls together to live in an outdoor community. Girls camp in lodges or tents. They learn outdoor skills and the value of teamwork. They develop a sense of well-being as they experience living in the natural environment.
[ program ]
Girl Scout program is a strong foundation for leadership development. Whether troop or council-sponsored, each activity holds an experience that teaches girls the importance of personal responsibility and the spirit of teamwork. While times have changed and leadership styles evolve, Girl Scouts remain constant in their mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
[ gold awards ]
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that can be earned by Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors. In 2009, 23 girls received the award. In 2008, only five girls were recipients of this prestigious award. ■■ Martha Claire Ballard
■■ Ashley Jordan
■■ Natalie Bedard
■■ Melissa Leneweaver
■■ Starla Burton
■■ Echo Love
■■ Brenna Carpenter
■■ Rebecca Lynn Mavis
■■ Shauna Casey
■■ Sarah Mavis
■■ Skye Rayshawn Castle
■■ Amy Patton
■■ Johanna Dunn
■■ Elisabeth Reil
■■ Kaitlyn Samantha Eaton
■■ Jessica Rydberg
■■ Melissa Fedt
■■ Cayla Yvonne Sanderson
■■ Lisa Gilliland
■■ Sophia Sisson
■■ Hanna Rose Hemmingson
■■ Shandee Vaughn
■■ Adair Judith Horning
■■ Lindsey Welsh
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[ adult volunteerism ]
Volunteers contribute a wealth of time, energy and talents to Girl Scouts. Their involvement ensures that girls have dynamic and enriching experiences. While many individuals volunteer to spend time with daughters and granddaughters, many volunteers often discover their personal experience can be remarkably rewarding and deeply fulfilling for themselves, too. ■■ More than 9,870 adults volunteered in some capacity to
assure deliver of the Girl Scout program. From troop leaders and cookies managers to committee members and the board of directors, volunteers are critical in the success of the Girl Scout experience.
■■ Recent studies from the national organization GSUSA
indicated that girls often enjoy leaders and adult volunteers who are closer to their own age. In response, the council has focused on attracting volunteers in the ages 18-29. Eight percent (762), of the total volunteer population were within this age range. This is a 4% increase from 2008.
■■ While the overall adult volunteer membership increased
in 2009, we are proud that the number of Hispanic adult volunteers increased by 11%.
■■ GSACPC volunteers provided approximately 1,052,784 hours
of service in 2009. Based on Independent Sector’s estimated value of volunteer time, at $20.25 per hour, our volunteers have provided $21,318,876 in service.
■■ From 2006 to 2009, the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust (the
Trust) funded the development and implementation of a new volunteer entry system. For the project, three outcomes were identified: 1) increased volunteer recruitment, 2) improved utilization of volunteers, and 3) improved rate of volunteer retention.
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“I was a Girl Scout and never realized how much my troop leader did for me until now. As a leader for a Brownie troop, I feel an enormous responsibility to my girls. I am working with tomorrow’s leaders.” –Girl Scout Brownie Troop Leader
“She was proud of herself for doing new things. She felt good about having fun and learning new things. She loved camping under the stars!” –Parent of a 2nd grade camper at Camp Maripai
■■ To be relevant and accessible to council stakeholders in
an ever-evolving society, social media was integrated as a viable marketing communications and fundraising tool. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube help us to communicate with girls, parents, volunteers and friends across the council and around the world.
■■ Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council alumni responded
well to the multi-channel marketing campaign–Support the Sash, increasing the average alumni gift from $50 to $200.
■■ As the untapped economic engine of the new century,
girls and women hold the ability to manifest seismic changes to our country and the entire global landscape. In creating the Girl Effect USA web site, the council is poised to collaboratively reach out and share the message of girl empowerment and its positive impact on the global community.
■■ We are most grateful for generous gifts, grants, and
contributions during 2009 of $961,245, up 3% from 2008.
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[ advancing the mission ]
Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council fosters relationships comprised of individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and agencies to strengthen the work of serving girls. In establishing and nurturing connections, each interaction provides an opportunity for the council to reinforce key messages, validate donor decisions, and ultimately advance our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
Leslie Mihata Bloom
Lt. Jacquelyn MacConnell
Lisa Lee Love
[ women of distinction ] ■■ World Leadership Award Lisa Keegan, The Keegan Company ■■ World of Community Service Kay McKay, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff ■■ World of Courage
Leslie Mihata Bloom, Partnership for Drug Free America Lt. Jacquelyn MacConnell, City of Phoenix
■■ World of the Future Lisa Lee Love, Arizona State University ■■ World of Humanity Marian Frank, The Arizona Republic ■■ World of Learning Melinda Romero, Chandler Unified School District ■■ World of the Arts Deborah Gilpin, Children’s Museum of Phoenix
[ young women of distinction ] ■■ World Leadership Award Melanie Picciano, Fountain Hills
■■ World of Humanity Gabriela Guerra, Ahwatukee
■■ World of Community Service Taylor Petersen, Scottsdale Hillary Eder, Mesa
■■ World of the Future Catherine Bina, Ahwatukee
■■ World of Arts
Sara Ellenberger, Ahwatukee
■■ World of Learning Alyssa Rollando, Ahwatukee
■■ World of Courage Kaitlyn Stone, Flagstaff
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[ world award honorees ]
Each year the council honors Girl Scout alumni who embody the Girl Scout Promise and Law in their life’s work. Eight women and eight young women were recognized for their achievements during the 15th Annual World Awards.
[ sharing our mission ]
Sharing our Mission with the Community: An open invitation to help make the world a better place. During the past few years, GSPAPC has made intentional effort to offer events and experiential opportunities for the community. Focusing on authentic leadership, or “leadership from the inside, out.” The 2009 Momentum series brought world-known thought leaders to Phoenix. ■■ Through the programs Self-Managing Leadership,
U-Theory and Breakfast with Ken and Margie Blanchard both volunteers and community members came together to exercise and expand their knowledge and emotional intelligence as leaders.
■■ The annual one-day Girl’s World is Different conference
tackles the complex issues related to girls in today’s society. Headlining this year’s conference was research from the Girl Scout Research Institute: Good Intentions: The Beliefs and Values of Teens and Tweens Today.
■■ Fifty women attended one of the several Coming Into Your
Own (CIYO) experiences. CIYO is an intensive three to four day retreat experience where women are encouraged to explore their lives and how they can align their values, interests and skills to make a difference.
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"I can't wait to share what I've experienced at CIYO with others and about the importance of reflective practices, why we sit in circle, and more. It was incredible!" â€“2009 CIYO Participant Feedback
[ financials ]
Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is an independent, not for profit organization, classified as a 501 (c) (3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service. This report reflects financial activities and financial position for the 12 months ending December 31, 2009.
[ statement of financial position ] Assets ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
Cash Investments Board Designated Endowment Fund Accounts Receivable Prepaid Expense Inventories Land, Building, and Equipment
$ $ $ $ $ $ $
1,815,174 7,949,292 2,711,653 186,605 63,168 151,435 4,792,844
Liabilities and Net Assets ■ Accounts and Other Payables ■ Deferred Income
Net Assets (Fund Balance) ■ ■ ■
Unrestricted Board Designation □ Arizona Community Foundation □ Property Replacement Temporarily Restricted
$ 13,331,515 $ $ $
2,711,653 505,871 630,566
Total Net Assets (Fund Balance)
Total Liabilites and Net Assets (Fund Balance)
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Revenue ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
Product Sales Camp and Program Fees Investment (includes unrealized gain) Individual, Corp. & Foundations United Way Allocations Merchandise Sales
$ $ $ $ $ $
6,214,191 1,166,985 1,175,582 621,617 371,176 328,482
Expenses ■ Program ■ Management and General ■ Fund Development
$ $ $
8,172,954 1,064,841 345,542
Change in Net Assets
[ revenue ]
[ expenses ]
Audited financial statements presented by Miller, Allen & Co., P.C.
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[ financials ]
[ statement of activities ]
[ support from the community ]
The Girl Scoutsâ€“Arizona Cactus-Pine Council relies on contributions from individuals, families, small businesses, corporations, foundations, and local United Way campaigns. We are grateful for all donors who support the work of the council. Together, they have a significant impact in strengthening the community.
[ contributions of $250 or more ] Carol Ackerson Alexander and Baldwin Foundation Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits Carolynn A. Anderson Arizona Commission on the Arts Arizona Community Foundation Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Arizona Public Service Arizona Republic Arizona State Lottery Commission Arizona State University Arizona State University Foundation ArmorWorks Enterprises, LLC Arpin of Arizona Ashdon Farms Annette Avery Avnet Eight, Arizona PBS Betsey Bayless Debora Black Denise Blommel and Don Doerres Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Boeing Mesa, Employeeâ€™s Community Fund Bradburn Family Foundation Laura Burgis Lupe Camargo Cardinals Charities Deborah Carstens City of Chandler City of Phoenix Linda Conrad
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Jason Coochwytewa Aida Corona Cox Charities Coyotes Charities Lou A. Creber Mary C. Crumbaker Eunice C. DeDios Elida Desmond Deborah Dillon Deluxe Corporation Laura J. Diamond Discover Financial Services Dorrance Family Foundation Kathleen F. Dusseau J. Marie Edwards Patrick Edwards Janet G. Elsea Enterprise Leasing Company of Phoenix David Erhart Betty Fairfax Mary Farina Barbara Pool Fenzl Earl Ferguson The Fetzer Institute Ford Motors Kerri Ford Forest Highlands Foundation Lawrence C. Forsythe Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation Patricia Fugate David Furness Emma Garcia
Deborah K. Mazoyer Jim McSherry Steven and Cheryl Megli Angela C. Melczer Robin T. Meredith Mesa United Way Mary L. Mitchell Nelson G. Mitchell III Amy Montagne Morgan Stanley Susan G. Murphy Mutual of America Nason Family Foundation Navajo Way Nike Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust Maria Carpenter Ort Otto & Edna Neely Foundation Sandra Patchett Bessie Payan Virginia Payan Buzz and Neil Philliber Phoenix Suns Charities Carol R. Phyle Linda Pope Deborah Ray Harriet Redwine Rim Institute Sharon Robertson Rodel Charitable Foundation Melinda Romero Susan Russell Salt River Project Deanna Sanford Dawn E. Schur Sempra Energy Global Enterprises Margaret Serrano-Foster Michele Sharar Alice Snell Snell & Wilmer, LLP Douglas Steinsiek Stone Soup Fund
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[ support from the community ]
General Dynamics Gila River Indian Community Girl Scouts of the USA Irene Gramza Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Tomas Guerra and Yolanda Edwards-Guerra Natalie Hall Scott Harelson Victoria C. Hazard Jeanne and Gary Herberger David W. Hirsch Mary Lee Hoffman Michael G. Hoffman Kate Dillon Hogan Holbrook Pyle Fund Honeywell Hometown Solutions Intel Mary Sue Jacobs Jewish Family & Children's Service John F. Long Foundation Janet A. Kington Faith C. Klepper Kristie Kump Jeanine L'Ecuyer L. Roy Papp & Associates Lafayette Barr & Associates, Inc. Susan A. Laidlaw Agnes Lawson John Leshinski Gordon Lewis Barbara Lewkowitz Lincoln GIVES Little Brownie Bakers Debbie C. LoCascio Lisa L. Love Louise F. Lucas William Lusk Andrea L. Macias Stacy A. Magowan Rita P. Maguire Maricopa County Attorney's Office
[ support from the community ]
Sundt Foundation Julie M. Svoboda Synergy Seven, Inc. Susan M. Tapia Robin and Jim Telle Denise Terpstra The Arizona Republic/ 12 News Season for Sharing The Duckmint Partnership/Press Bruce Thoeny Mary L. Thomas Thunderbirds Charities Jean T. Tichenor Betty A. Tihey Teri Twarkins United Way of Northern Arizona-Flagstaff United Way of Northern Arizona-Northeast United Way of Yavapai County USAA Community Affairs Valle del Sol
Valley of the Sun United Way Karilyn L. Van Oosten Jacquelin Violette Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Susanne C. Wells Wells Fargo Rebekah C. Whitehouse Christine Whitney Sanchez Christine Wilkinson Michael C. Winn Frederick W. Witteborg Trust TAI Tamara Woodbury James O. Zimmerman Lori Zito Zonta Foundation of the East Valley
[ in-kind contributions valued at $250 or more ] Allegra Print and Imaging Angela C. Melczer Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Magazine As You Wish Pottery Babe's Photos Barb Humble Christine McNally Cole Wealth Management, LLC. Danny Schayes Hanna Schwartz Discount Tire Company, Inc. Florencia Pizza Bistro Gainey Village Health Club & Spa Images by Michael Jean Magley
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa Kate Dillon Hogan Lance Burton Louis G. Belken Moda Fina Fine Jewelry Juanita Blose Phoenix Mercury Randy Meredith Schmitt Jewelers Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center Sonoran Video Southwest Airlines Co. SRM Press World Wide Technology, Inc.
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[ board of directors ]
The Girl Scout-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council board of directors is comprised of 34 men, women and girl members. Individuals have expertise in fields ranging from financial services to publishing. The board with members from the Latino, African-American, American Indian and Caucasian communities reflects Girl Scoutingâ€™s strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.
[ officers ] President........................................................... Maria Carpenter Ort 1st Vice President....................................... Margaret Serrano-Foster 2nd Vice President................................................ Ellen Kirschbaum Treasurer................................................................. Michael Hoffman Secretary....................................................................Scott Harelson Executive Director/CEO.................................... Tamara J. Woodbury
[ members at large ] Kate Dillon Hogan Susan Laidlaw Gordon Lewis Jennifer Hinkel Laura Madrid Nelson Mitchell Maria-Elena Ochoa Amanda Peralta Kimberly See Bruce Thoeny Lauren Tomlinson Teri Twarkins Karilyn Van Oosten Jennifer Willis
Lydia Aranda Deborah Black Laura Burgis Lupe Carmago Ally Clark Jason Coochwytewa Deborah Dillon Patrick Edwards Janita Gordon Irene Gramza Kathy Granillo-Beebe Rebecca Grogitsky Gabriela Guerra Tomas Guerra Gabriela Gusse
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[ layout/design ] Nicole Andersen
[ writer/editor ] Robin Telle
[ united way agencies ] Mesa United Way United Way of Northern Arizona United Way of Northern Arizona, Northeast Chapter United Way of Yavapai County Valley of the Sun United Way
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