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2014 Annual Report

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scout Mission

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 Promise 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.

Girl Scout Law

A Message from the President & CEO Dear Girl Scout Family & Friends, Every year, we see the positive impact Girl Scouting has on girls in the Greater Washington Region. Girl Scouts have opportunities to try new things, learn valuable skills and develop as leaders. With friends there to support them, our Girl Scouts have a safe place to feel valued and productive. Each girl and troop’s experience is unique, allowing them to explore the things that matter most to them. Many discover a passion for science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Others head outdoors for adventure and camping, while many spend hours volunteering. Girl Scouts gives our girls a sense of purpose and a positive outlook on life.

Diane Tipton

Last year, 949 Girl Scouts earned the Silver Award and 194 earned the highest award in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award. Through their projects, they advocated for causes they value, while making a lasting impact on their communities. Girl Scouts took the lead in creating anti-bullying programs, mentoring younger students at schools and serving as good stewards of our environment. This 2014 Annual Report reflects all the richness and excitement of our Girl Scout Year. Because of your support, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is the largest council in the nation. With your continued engagement, we will ensure that girls have a safe space to become leaders and discover their sense of purpose. Sincerely,

Diane Tipton Lidia Soto-Harmon President of the Board Chief Executive Officer

Lidia Soto-Harmon


Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital serves girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade in the Greater Washington Region: District of Columbia, and 25 counties in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

89,181 total membership



girls grades K-12

adults, volunteers & lifetime members

In May 2014, we surveyed adult members in our Council. Over 83% rated our Council good to excellent.

operating budget

Fair 13.9% Poor 2.6%

Excellent 33.6%

$15.6 M

Membership Satisfaction

Good 49.9%

$630,000 financial assistance awarded


full-time staff

Membership It’s true! In Girl Scouts, girls meet their “best friends forever.” That’s because in a girl-led environment, girls work collaboratively and in the process, they develop the skills to interact with others, learn by doing and take action to make their world a better place.


Inclusion Our membership is enriched by the ethnic and cultural diversity of our region. We are committed to bringing our program to all girls. Our vision is to create a space where girls are understanding and accepting of all people. This year, we launched a new partnership with Kids Included Together to provide resources to volunteers who engage girls with disabilities.

Volunteers Girl Scouts is a program that allows you to connect and grow with your girl. We are Family, and at the core of our movement are dedicated volunteers who deliver the best leadership experience, encouraging girls to find their passion and voice. Over 10,000 adult volunteers (18+) led 5,002 troops. They are supported by over 700 administrative volunteers.

Leadership Congressional Aide We celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Congressional Aide Program with the largest contingency of Girl Scouts shadowing congressional leaders on Capitol Hill. Over the summer, 39 congressional offices opened their doors to give 72 Girl Scouts a week-long, behind-the-scene look at how government works. Girls attended hearings and meetings, corresponded with constituents, gave tours and gained an understanding of how our government works.




Congressional Aide Program Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital


Gold Award Girl Scouts change the world as they earn the highest award, the Gold Award. Girls identify a need in their community and provide a solution with a lasting impact, whether it’s a program to increase participation in music, protecting the environment or teaching children healthy behaviors. Last year, 194 Girl Scouts earned the Gold Award. For her Gold Award project, Ladan M. (left), 16, of Germantown, MD, hosted a “Beach Party” for children with autism, including her sister Leila, 12, to give them a place to hang out and participate in activites with their peers. (Photo credit: Greg Dohler/The Gazette)

Girl Scout Travel Girl Scouts have a unique opportunity to travel the world and explore international friendships, seek adventure and self-development. Last year, 39 girls participated in Girl Scout destinations, traveling far and wide to places like space camp, the Galapagos Islands and Girl Scouts’ four World Centers. Last year, we introduced GS Council-wide Travel opportunities for Girl Scout troops to network, plan and enjoy safe travel while participating in Journey and badge-related activities. From across the Council, Girl Scouts traveled to Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada, where they hiked along the gorge, rode Maid of the Mist, viewed the falls and earned Girl Scout badges.

Outdoors We are proud of our commitment to getting girls outdoors. We know that our camp programs help girls develop independence, even conquering their fears (of bugs!). They take on new challenges while gaining a respect for the environment. For many girls, it’s their first time away from home. For more seasoned campers, it’s a chance to take on high adventure—sailing, rockclimbing, archery, and even caving. We operate eight camp properties for the benefit of our members. Our camps were utilized by 46,298 Girl Scout members. Our summer sleep-away camps were attended by 3,914 girls and our day and evening camps reached 8,958 girls. U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell (middle), takes a selfie with Girl Scouts at Camp White Rock for the Great American Campout.


Cookie Program The Girl Scout Cookie Program continues to inspire girls with skills to run their own business. Last year, Girl Scouts began accepting credit cards from customers. In addition to Hometown Heroes, we introduced two new Council-wide Gift of Caring opportunities: Troop2Troops benefited our military through the United Service Organizations (USO) Washington Region and Capital Cookies Care supported the Capital Area Food Bank. Girl Scout donated over 149,000 boxes of cookies in 2014.

Over 4 M

boxes of Girl Scout Cookies sold in our region

2014 Year in Review A full copy of the financial statements of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital as audited by independent public accountants, BDO USA, LLP, will be available on our website,, by Febuary 2015. Other (Investment/ Interest Income) $866,000 6% Shop $750,000 5%

Supporting Services $2,142,000 15%

Adult Volunteer Development $963,000 6%

Program Fees $1,523,000 10%


Product Sales $10,061,000 66%

Fund Development $1,997,000 13%

Girl Programs & Camps $11,517,000 79%



Donors Corporate, Foundation and Government Grants Over 31,235 Girl Scouts participated in grant-funded programs, camps and troop activities, thanks to the support of corporations and foundations. $100,000 and Above CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Leventhal Kline Management Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott $50,000 - $99,999 Foundation The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz UPS Foundation U.S. Forest Service, Conservation Capital One Education

End Melanoma State Farm USPTO U.S. Silica Washington Gas Wells Fargo

$1,000 - $9,999 BB&T Calvert Investments $25,000 - $49,999 $10,000 - $24,999 The Charles Delmar Foundation Acacia Foundation Anonymous Christian Caine Jewelers, Inc Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. Creative Associates International City National Bank Dell George Preston Marshall Dimick Foundation Dove Foundation Eastern West Virginia Community The Economic Club of Washington, Mars Foundation Foundation D.C. Mary and Daniel Loughran Ecolab Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, Inc. EQT Foundation Foundation MetLife Foundation Freddie Mac Foundation Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Mitsubishi Electric America Frederick County Public Schools Company Foundation The Grants for Girls Fund at the James M. Johnston Trust for The Meltzer Group Community Foundation of Charitable and Educational Pepco Frederick County, MD Purposes The Purple Promise Foundation to Hager Sharp

Hard Rock Cafe HMS Technologies, Inc. The HSC Foundation Interbake Cares - Front Royal Miller’s Office Products, Inc. Morgan Stanley Newton B. Shingleton Trust The Philip and Janis Wertheimer Fund at the Community Foundation of Frederick County, MD Shentel Foundation Washington Forrest Foundation

Individuals Major Gifts $25,000 and Above Barbara K. Ostrom $10,000 - $24,999 Anonymous Elaine Brandt Lydia Dorman Natalie Givans Sharon Gleason Robert E. Lutz Charitable Trust Diane Tipton and David Bradt $5,000 - $9,999 Adegboyega and Mozella Ademiluyi Charitable Fund Pedro Alfonso Suzanne Amsbaugh and Dana Proulx Sheryl and Henry Bonilla Calvert S. Bowie Amy and Daniel Cohen Shirley A. Edwards Jeri Fellerman Faye Fields Kristin Gerlach Artis Hampshire-Cowan Marilyn T and David R Heebner Foundation Inc. Joseph and Virginia Holinka Barbara Krumsiek

Laura Lane Stephen Lane Maureen Lewis Emily and Griff Lindsay Barbara Lowis Lehmann Natalie Ludaway Linda Madrid Kathy and Richard McKinless Mary A. Sheehan and Anthony Marra Sheehy Auto Stores Mary Gay Sprague Stacey D. Stewart Barbara Sutton Wendelin A. White Wendy Wysong and Tracy Rickett Silver Members $2,500 - $4,999 Sandra Alexander Berniece and Craig Collis Carol Cross Susan Ducey Trish Eskilson Carin Gendell Elizabeth L. Lewis Jodi and Darren Morton Lisa and Paul Page Judy Reindhardt Lynne Seibert-Steptoe Eva Woolridge

Founder’s Circle $1,500 - $2,499 Anonymous Susan Anderson Vicky A. Bailey Laura Bassett Kathy Beernink Kay M. Behall Dorothy S. Bennett Revocable Trust Catherine and Richard M. Bertin Mary Rose Chappelle Colleen Cibula Becky and Ron Crouch Kathy and Frank Deffer Margot Delapp Jean Farrell Gail Fialkow Barbara Hunter Mahan and Mike Mahan Angela Lancaster and Cantwell F. Muckenfuss, III Laura A. Loomis Robin and Kavin Owens Gloria A. Peacock Family Trust Jane and William Phillips James V. Pritchert Linda and David Purcell Jean and Craig Sansonetti Rhea S. Schwartz and Paul Wolff Adrienne Sedgewick Margaret A. Siegel Randy Smith

Lidia Soto-Harmon and Robert Harmon Margaret Stillman Beulah Sutherland Mary Szpanka Jennifer and Jake Tapper Stephanie Tsacoumis Jan Verhage Susan and Robert Willis President’s Circle $1,000 - $1,499 Anonymous Nancy E. Adams Rosie Allen-Herring Marjorie A. Auer Mary L. Azcuenaga Carrie Banachowski Suzanne Belt Kathryn Benison Gwen Blacklin Susan Blair Marilynn Borkowski Mary Brady Julienne Bramesco Christine Brennan Donella P. Brockington Broadine M. Brown Karen and Parke Brown Deborah Burgess Andy Burness Gail and Shawn Cali 11

Julie Carlson Martin Carr Amy Celtnieks Robert Chin Richard T. Clark Jennifer Clausen Anne M. Connors Cynthia Dahlin Janet Davis Layne and Nic Diehl Jody Doucet Kathleen and Chris Duda Major General Sharon K.G. Dunbar Maureen E. Dwyer Tara N. Ford Deborah Fox Jessica Friedman Jane Genster and John J. Buckley, Jr. Elizabeth S. Gere Jenn Glahn Barry Grundy Polly Hall Susan M. Hansen Eric Hanson Frank and Salli Hartman Shari Harvey Roland Hawthorne Victoria and Robert Hazard Pat and Vico Henriques Debra D. Hershberger Hadley Hines Leslie Horne

Lisa Houlihan Laura Huff Laura D. Inniss Patricia M. Jayne Marie and Wendell Johns Deborah Johnson Edward Jones Anne and James Juran Linda and Steve E. Kelly Judith Klock Rona Kramer Kathy Lavelle Julie R. Lineberry Judy and Donald Lokerson Linda Loranger Abby M. Mackness Deborah Mark Phyllis Martin Melanie Mason Patricia Mathews Phyllis McBride Stephen Moritz John C. Mutarelli Stanley Myles Anna and Edward Nevius Lawrence Newell Abigail C. Nichols and Carl Nelson Anne Parrish Elsa R. Patton Karen R. Penn Frances J. Phoenix Potomac United Methodist Church

Jacki Rizzo Lisa Robinson Charles A. Sanders Jean Schiro-Zavela and Vance Zavela Debra Silimeo Kathleen Simpson Penelope A. Sinclair Brenda Smith Lynne J. Sport Donna Sterling Jane Storero Esther Streusand Betsy Thurston Patricia Titus Susan Tschida Jean Turner Deborah Walls Judith Walter Judith B. Ward Kahni Ward-Uzzell Melanie E. Wexler Mary Karen Wills William Woessner Lisa and Dennis Wokeck Susan Wolfe Nancy Wood Kathleen Yannopoulos

Calvert S. Bowie Lydia Dorman Roland Hawthorne Laura D. Inniss Karl and Carrol Kindel Martina Murphy Beulah Sutherland Deborah Walls

In Memory Of Anne Astone Aries Beard Gladys Bellamy Joyce Mignon Bennett Diane Bisbee Elaine Brandt Maryann Cahalin Marilynn Carr Helen Ely Eleanor Gottshalk Gloria Greeley Edna Greiner Cathy Hallam Mildred “Midge” Baker Heimer Dara Lansat Carrie Bell Lashley Gertrude “Bobby” Lerch Linda S. Lowell Marianne “Grigsby” Mitchell New Juliette Low Legacy Society Leola Blackwood O’Connor Members Beth Offutt Susan Anderson Jean Porter

Mary Schuld Anne Sheap-Bledsoe Joyce von Stuck In Honor Of Jana Asher Kassandra Bradburn Rosemary Brevig Calvert S. Bowie and Alex P. Orfinger’s Wedding Camp Staff Janice J. Carter Centreville Mini-Shop Girls

Christine Chalk Anne Chase Sue Chase Marguerite Cyr Kaelyn Dorsey Nya Dorsey Nicki Dubishar’s Gold Award Major General Sharon K.G. Dunbar Commander, Air Force District of Washington Nadja Duss Brooke E. Engelbrektsson Janet Forbes

Lynda Garnett Cecily and Rory Hansen Charlotte Hepler’s Gold Award Emma Irvim Katherine Iskander Casmere Kistner Barbara Krumsiek Madison Libby Juliette Gordon Low Betty Manor Julie Mignano Catherine Moore Shirley Moseley

Suzanne Murtha Rita K. O’Brien Rachel Pehrsson’s Gold Award Hannah Marie Pullen Melissa Rizzo Anna-Lydia Siegenthaler Lidia Soto-Harmon Janna Starr Mike Thomas and Nichole Graff’s Marriage Diane Tipton Hannah Vaughn Jan Verhage

Board of Directors OFFICERS


President Diane Tipton

Second Vice President Barb Hunter Mahan

MozellaPerryAdemiluyi Rosie Allen-Herring Marjorie Auer Sheryl Bonilla Calvert Bowie Broadine Brown

Third Vice President Pedro Alfonso


First Vice President Faye Fields

Secretary Linda Madrid Treasurer Shirley Edwards Assistant Treasurer Debbie Walls

Berniece Collis Sharon Dunbar Jeri Fellerman Natalie Givans Sue Hansen Laura Inniss

Badria Kafala Natalie Ludaway Abby Mackness Kristin Morrow Karen R. Penn, Esq. Mary Sheehan

Jennifer Shepheard Lynne Sport Stacey Stewart Jane Storero Joanne Wadsworth Judy Walter

Chief Executive Officer Director of Communications Director of Information Services Nancy Wood Laura Bassett Lidia Soto-Harmon Chief Financial Officer Kavin Owens

Director of Development Betsy Thurston

Chief Operating Officer Director of Human Resources Jean Farrell Colleen Cibula

Director of Membership Kathryn Benison 13




2014 Annual Report

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Annual Report