Girl Scouts of Connecticut, building girls of
courage, confidence, and character
A Tribute to Teresa C. Younger After five years of incredible service and commitment to Girl Scouts of Connecticut, we bid goodbye to Board President Teresa C. Younger at our Annual Meeting on May 29, 2013. Teresa has been a beacon of light for Girl Scouts of Connecticut. As Board President, Teresa led the council through five years of successes while overcoming challenges. In addition, she guided the council through its 100th Anniversary – an unprecedented year of celebration and growth for Girl Scouts of Connecticut. Whether she was camping out at Camp CEO, exchanging SWAPs at the Girl Scout 100th Jubilee, or making new friends at the International Camporee, Teresa exemplifies the very best of Girl Scouting – as a woman of courage, confidence, and character, who makes the world a better place. Her passion and dedication to our mission, as well as furthering the lives of girls and women statewide, is evident through every action she takes. While Girl Scouts of Connecticut will miss her, we welcome her as a troop leader in the town of Shelton – where she will inspire a new generation of girls to become capable leaders in every aspect of their lives. We thank Teresa for her service and wish her the very best in the future – once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout!
A Message from the CEO
Reflecting upon an entire year of Girl Scouting is challenging, for each year presents new challenges, new successes, and opportunities for growth. 2012-13 was certainly a year that presented all of these – and more! First and foremost, I must say thank you. I say this every year – but it’s a sincere thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are the key to Girl Scouts of Connecticut. Whether you are a program volunteer, a troop leader, a camp counselor, an engaged parent, or a generous donor, your dedication and support of girls makes it all happen. It is this support that helps our girls dream of careers in science, end bullying at their schools, make new friends, live healthy lifestyles, and develop leadership skills that last a lifetime. We are all part of a sisterhood that supports and nurtures girls – a sisterhood that remains strong in the face of adversity. Many of us will never forget the Sandy Hook tragedy in December 2012 – and we will always remember our eight Daisies and two sons of Girl Scout volunteers. The outpouring of support from all corners of Connecticut to help heal our Newtown troops was an incredible sight. Thank you to all of you – locally, nationally, and around the world – who helped our sister Girl Scouts during a tremendously difficult time. Our sisterhood is a unique, special one. Together, our girls pledged to end cyberbullying. Together, our girls launched rockets and learned to reach for the stars. And together, our girls learned how to build their self-esteem and self-confidence. We are making strides in providing girls with ample opportunities to exercise their voice and the ability to take the lead. The state of girls is improving but not quickly enough – as girls are still opting out of leadership. Girl Scouts IS the solution – the work we do today in building girls of courage, confidence, and character, will create the leaders of tomorrow. I continue to be amazed at the resiliency of girls and their ability to lead, inspire, and change the world. Take a moment and look through the many accomplishments of Girl Scouts in these pages – from our 70 Gold Award recipients, to
our accomplishments in science and technology, to our volunteers recognized for their extraordinary efforts empowering young women, and to the success of our “cookie entrepreneurs.” I know you’ll be inspired! Thank you for your continued support of Girl Scouting in Connecticut. Together, we will continue the work of our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, in building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Yours in Girl Scouting,
Moving Forward â€“ Together By working together with all of our members, we have been able to continue conversations on key initiatives that will have council-wide impact, while continuing to move our strategic plan forward. In March of 2012, work began in earnest on our Long Range Property Plan. The Long Range Property Plan committee, formed with volunteers and staff from all corners of the state with diversified expertise, was charged to develop a property vision that promotes the mission of the organization by including membership and staff input. Key information has been collected by conducting exhaustive surveys and studies, as well as evaluating our seven Service Centers and sixteen outdoor properties. We will have a full report from the Board of Directors relating to the Long Range Property Plan, and we will continue to keep you informed as the master plan for our properties is developed.
We are continually enhancing our customer service. With funds collected from the Council Service Fee, we have begun the development of an online registration system for our members, and have added innovations to our customer service. The online registration system will streamline the experience for re-registering members and those registering for the first time as Girl Scouts. We all look forward to the launch of this new system. We are dedicated to the mission of Girl Scouting while meeting the needs of the 62,000 members we serve. We are excited about plans for the year ahead and promise that our members are key to the future development of our Council. Yours in Girl Scouting,
Caroline F. Sloat
Gold Awards The pinnacle of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for girls is the nationally recognized Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting, meeting national standards set by Girl Scouts of the USA. In June of 2013, Girl Scouts of Connecticut presented 70 girls from around the state with this award. Nationally, only 4-6% of all eligible Girl Scouts (Girl Scouts who are Seniors and Ambassadors) complete the rigorous process of earning the prestigious honor. The award represents an individual’s extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Examples of this year’s Gold Award projects include: • Creating a club to teach dance steps to students with special needs; • Recruiting fellow students and community members to volunteer at a local soup kitchen while collecting donations; • Leading classes in blanket making, donating 70 blankets to premature babies at a local hospital.
400 Silver Awards and 660 Bronze Awards were earned by younger Girl Scouts completing Take Action projects.
Signature Initiatives Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Live Healthy, Lead Healthy signature initiative is a holistic approach to health that helps girls feel good about themselves inside and out. • Program delivery was increased to serve 7,728 girls through a variety of Pathways: events, series, troops, summer camp, and more. •
Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s 2012 Quassy Day at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury featured a Live Healthy, Lead Healthy kickoff event. Approximately 709 girls worked on three focus areas of the program: stress reduction, nutrition, and fitness, while creating their own Take Action slogans and pledges to live a healthy lifestyle.
Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s signature anti-bullying program, Girlz R.U.L.E.® reached nearly 3,000 girls through a variety of pathways including events and series. In December of 2012, Girl Scouts of Connecticut, in partnership with Cablevision’s Power to Learn Education Initiative, hosted Netiquette, an internet safety event at Harborside Middle School in Milford. More than 75 Girl Scouts and 20 adults attended and learned about ways to stop cyberbullying. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Highlights: • Served more than 400 girls through Techbridge design and engineering activities • 2012 Energy Expo – more than 629 people attended event at Westfield Meriden Shopping Mall • Astronomy programs through Discovery Museum in Bridgeport served more than 300 girls • A Stratford Girl Scout won a National Rocket Competition – this is the second time in three years a Girl Scout from Connecticut has earned this recognition. • Four Junior FIRST LEGO League teams came together and competed in robotics tournaments. In addition, three Junior FIRST LEGO League teams participated in a JFLL Expo.
On March 10, 2013, an official ribbon cutting was held for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut Museum. The museum is located at the North Haven Service Center and features exhibits and displays that chronicle the past 102 years of Girl Scouting in Connecticut. Founding donors are Cheryl and Steve McGuff, with additional gifts from Phyllis Palm and Margaret Standley. More than 200 Girl Scouts and adults attended Girl Scout Day at the Capitol on February 27, 2013. Each year, this event supports further opportunities for girls to develop their leadership skills while increasing awareness of civic engagement.
Overall, there were more than 38,000 program participants served by the Program Services team.
Work continued on the councilâ€™s Long Range Property Plan. The committee, made up of volunteers, staff, and outside consultants with varied areas of expertise and experience, was charged to develop a property vision that promotes the mission of the organization by including membership and staff input. Extensive research was conducted during the fiscal year, including numerous surveys of many different segments of membership and staff.
Special Events • In December, we recognized the empowering and inspiring 30 years of public service by former State Senator Edith Prague, with The 2012 Breakfast Badge Award. • Exceptional Girl Scouts, volunteers, and successful women were celebrated in April 2013 at Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Women of Achievement Breakfast. Entrepreneur and best-selling author Ruma Bose was the featured keynote speaker. • In September of 2013, we celebrated partnerships that make the world a better place in honoring IBM Chief Information Officer Jeanette Horan at the Woman of Merit dinner.
Girl and Adult Membership
Our girl membership reached 43,735 and our adult membership reached 18, 208.
GSOFCT provided $287,686 in financial assistance for camperships, membership, events, dues, books, and uniforms.
Our girls sold 2.7 million boxes of cookies! In addition, Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Gift of Caring Program, Cookies for Heroes, continued to grow, with girls sending 130,000 boxes of cookies to our service women and men at home and overseas as well as veterans. In January 2013, GSOFCT held Cookie Rallies in five malls statewide for 1,900 attendees to officially kickoff the Cookie Program.
Last summer 5,700 girls experienced the wonder of our Girl Scout camps – making friends, connecting with nature, and learning to take action to make the world a better place.
Donors We extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude to each and every donor to Girl Scouts of Connecticut. Your generous contributions have enabled us to provide life-changing programs to nearly 44,000 girls across the state of Connecticut. The gifts recognized below were received between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013 and represent gifts to our Annual Fund, given directly or through donations at Special Events. Note: Every effort has been made to accurately acknowledge all gifts. We sincerely apologize for any inaccuracies or omissions. Please contact the Fund Development Department at email@example.com or (860) 522-0163 to bring any errors to our attention. INSTITUTIONAL GIVING $200,000+ United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut $100,000 to $199,999 Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, Inc. $50,000 to $99,999 The Travelers Companies, Inc. $25,000 to $49,999 Hartford Foundation for Public Giving SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc. $10,000 to $24,999 Anonymous Aetna Foundation, Inc. Bank of America Merrill Lynch J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc. Camp Burt-Tetlow Foundation, Inc. Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut Ensworth Charitable Foundation Fairfield County Community Foundation Joseloff Trust Fund The Perrin Family Foundation Pitney Bowes Foundation United Way of Greater Waterbury United Way of Milford United Way of Western Connecticut Webster Bank $5,000 to $9,999 City of Bridgeport Bruce N. Griffing Trust Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company Karlson Family Foundation Lone Pine Foundation, Inc. Katharine Matthies Foundation Middlesex United Way Frank Loomis Palmer Fund QSP Spring Mountain Capital Thomson Reuters Travelers Community Connections
UBS United Way of Northwest Connecticut Valley Community Foundation Valley United Way $1,000 to $4,999 American Camp Association, New England Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. The Barden Foundation, Inc. Bridgeport Ladies Charitable Society Cablevision of Connecticut Ruth Camp Campbell Foundation Elizabeth Carse Foundation City Missionary Association of New Haven, Inc. Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut ConnectiCare, Inc. Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Combined Federal Campaign Connecticut Business Systems, LLC Connecticut Society for Women Environmental Professionals The Dayton Trust The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation, Inc. Dime Bank Foundation, Inc. Disney Volunteers EARS to You Fund Eastern Connecticut State University Emerson Charitable Trust Energizer Personal Care Mr. & Mrs. William Foulds Family Foundation Frey-Hershey Foundation Fund Friend A. Russ Fund, Inc. Lily Palmer Fry Memorial Trust General Electric United Way Campaign R.S. Gernon Trust The Maurice Goodman Foundation, Inc. GSOFCT Greenwich Service Unit GSOFCT New Canaan Service Unit GSOFCT New Milford Service Unit GSOFCT Newtown Service Unit GSOFCT Stamford Service Unit The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. Hartford Hospital Russell G. Hartmann Family Foundation Simon Hollander Fund IBM Employee Services Center The Cyrus W. & Amy F. Jones & Bessie D. Phelps Foundation
Kaman Corporation Lockton, Inc. George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation MassMutual Financial Group Morgan Stanley Mutual of America James H. Napier Foundation Permanent Commission on the Status of Women Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts and Volunteer Program Herbert J. Reeves Trust Ridgefield Womanâ€™s Club Robinson & Cole, LLP Rockville Bank Community Foundation Siracusa Moving & Storage The Sontheimer Foundation Southern Connecticut State University The Southworth Charitable Remainder Trust Trinity College Truist United Way of Coastal Fairfield County United Way of Southeastern Connecticut UnitedHealth Group Executive Board Matching Gift Program Yale-New Haven Hospital $250 to $999 AT&T Eastern Region Employees Community Services Fund AT&T United Way Employee Giving Campaign B.F. Hoxie Engine Co. #1 Bank of America Charitable Foundation Bank of America United Way Campaign Bendett & McHugh, P.C. Bristol Eastern High School Tennis Alumni Association Dominion Employee Giving Program Durham Manufacturing Company Eggersmann USA Farmington Bank Mark Fusco Foundation Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts - Troop 62106 Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles - Troop 3126 Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas - Troops 1223 & 2653 Girl Scouts of NW Great Lakes Inc - Door County Service Area Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore GSOFCT Farmington Service Unit GSOFCT Green Pines Sevice Unit GSOFCT Guilford Service Unit GSOFCT Montville Service Unit GSOFCT Oxford Service Unit GSOFCT Wallingford Service Unit H&T Waterbury, Inc. Aaron Hollander Trust Jewett City Savings Bank Manchester Rotary Club Matthew & Company of NY, Inc. Meriden Lions Club The News-Times Phoenix Foundation, Inc.
Pita Communications, LLC The Prudential Foundation The Rotary Club of Hamden Society for New Communications Research Sunshine Society of New Britain Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation, Inc. Travelers Championship U.S.S. Massachusetts Memorial Committee, Inc. UBS Matching Gift Program, Employee Contributions United Illuminating Employee Giving Campaign United Technologies - EasyMatch United Way of Greater New Haven United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls United Way of Pioneer Valley, Inc. United Way of Rhode Island Walmart Neighborhood Market - Bristol Woodbridge Rotary Club INDIVIDUALS $120,000+ Estate of David Coffin $45,000+ Estate of Robert B. Dodds $10,000 to $24,999 Mary and Kirk Barneby $5,000 to $9,999 The Judith and William Bassett Family Fund William J. and Julia K. Czapor Trust Julia Denise Jackson Sheryl Sleeva $2,500 to $4,999 Bella and Ken Casanova Leslie and James Chapman Estate of Ruth Krauss Catherine and Richard Townsend $1,000 to $2,499 Anonymous Roisin and Thomas Black Patricia Bowen Linda and Theodore Bresky Kimberly and Christopher Brown Louise and Thomas Brundage Carol Buchanan and Thomas Reimer Mary and Edward Budd Elizabeth DePaolo Doon and John Foster Ann Glover Joseph Grano Margaret Hansen-Kaplan and Steve Kaplan Denise Hebner Evelyn and Matthew Hickey Karen and Craig Hoffman
Jeanette Horan Shirley A. Jackson Teresa Jacobsen Kari and Jere Kaplan Naomi and Joel Kleinman Barbara Krumsiek Lois and Edward Lewis Jo-Ann Little Elaine Lowengard Linda and Vincent McMahon Janet Ridenour Patricia and John Russo Valorie Rykowski Lynne Schiller Ann Sears Debra Carson and Douglas Spracklin Barbara and Kenneth Sumner Carol and Lee West Frances and Charles Woody $250 to $999 Sarah Angel-Johnson and Nicholas Johnson Laure C. Aubuchon Janet Bailey Faude and Wilson Faude Angela Baldi Sharon and Brett Bellinger Jane Bielefield Lily and Bruce Bloomingdale Susan and Joseph Brosseau Maureen and Paul Butler Caroline Calder William Caswell Regina Cheever Alison Coolbrith and Barry Lastra Robert Corcoran Carol and Paul Coughlin Jill and Bruce Currier Aurora and Matthew Daly Elizabeth Davis Emily Dawkins Carol L. Day Barbara and Clifford DeBaptiste Deborah Demetrius Janice Deskus Kathleen and Cornelius Doran Wendy Elberth Adrienne Farrar-Houël Beth and Phil Ferrari Ursuline Foley Barbara and Robert Foley Nancy and Daniel Foley Marcia and Samuel Foti Paula and William Fromm Elise and Neil Gabriele Valarie A. Gelb Mary Georgette Marie Gervasini Virginia Giuffre John Gray
Leslie Karen Hammond Bavet and Roy Heget Linda and Sherman Henry Debra Holcomb John Hracyk Catharina and Russell Hunter Diana and Jared Ingraham Geraldine Johnson Martie and Chuck Kaczmarek Linda and Mark Kalish Edna Karanian Shannon and Jeffrey Klenk Eileen and Harold Kraus Donna and Robert Lellis Deb Lennon Karen and David Linder Agustín López Bill MacNamara Tara Maguire Elizabeth A. McGovern Carol McNerney Jeanne B. Merola Denise Merrill Cathy and David Monckton Barbara Moyer-Zerbey and Joseph H. Zerby Carol and Paul O’Connell Michele Orris-Modugno and Dominick Modugno Evelyn and Robert Perodeau Joan Piercey Susan and James Pratt Charles Pryor and Suzanne Collins Mildred C. Richard Carmen Richtarich Sali Riege Carol Ross Carole and Pierre Roy Deborah Sabia John Salley Karen Santi Patricia and Tod Schaefer Allison Schieffelin Walker Leslie and Eric Seidman Ann and William Sheffer Melanie Sherwood Anita Silvestro Kathleen Sinnamon Caroline F. Sloat Marianne Smythe Pamela and Jon Stenman Lori Swift Jane Thayer Dorothy Trefts Beverly and Paul Truebig Sandra W. Wilson Kam Wong Joan Woodroof Teresa C. Younger and Ronald Preston Nancy and James Zawadzki
Financials REVENUES Contributions and Grants United Way Product Sales Program Fees Investment Income Miscellaneous Income/ Fund Development Events TOTAL REVENUES EXPENSES Membership/Program Outdoor Program TOTAL PROGRAM EXPENSES
Total $ Activity Total % Activity 1,019,583 9% 295,923 3% 6,996,762 65% 1,857,167 17% 417,057 4% 185,346 10,771,838
7,570,902 2,578,807 10,149,709
66% 23% 89%
Management/General Fund Development TOTAL MANAGEMENT/FUND DEVELOPMENT EXPENSES TOTAL EXPENSES
CHANGE IN NET ASSETS Net Income from Operations Depreciation Investment Income (Loss) Sale of Property Uncollectable Accounts Casualty Gain CHANGE IN NET ASSETS
(621,491) (648,832) (237,932) 317,665 (54,775) 376,061 (869,304)
NET ASSETS Unrestricted Temporarily Restricted Permanently Restricted
10,834,099 490,717 924,328
TOTAL ALL FUNDS
l 65% Product Sales l 17% Program Fees l 14% Fund Development and Miscellaneous Income l 4% Investment Income
l 66% Membership Program l 23% Outdoor Program l 6% Management/General l 5% Fund Development
Board of Directors
2012 – 2013
Teresa C. Younger, President term ended May 2013
Sarah Angel-Johnson Amanda Ambrosio, Girl Member Kiernan Black, Girl Member Patricia Bowen Gail E.D. Brathwaite Susan M. Brosseau Michelle Cook Linda Dahlmeyer Elizabeth Davis Wendy Elberth Wilson Faude Ann Glover Jessie Halstrom, Girl Member Leslie Karen Hammond Anthony Harris Denise Hebner Diana Ingraham Shirley A. Jackson Edna M. Karanian Andrea Kovacs Edward Lewis Evelyn Mantilla Kelley Miller, Girl Member Dr. Elsa Nuñez Hannah Paquette, Girl Member Olivia Puckett Patricia Russo Saba Shahid Diane Smith Rachel Watson, Girl Member Sasha Yazdzik, Girl Member
Caroline Sloat, President term began May 2013 Caroline Sloat, First Vice President term ended May 2013 Edward Lewis, First Vice President Karen Hoffman, Second Vice President Aurora Daly, Third Vice President term ended May 2013 Saba Shahid, Third Vice President Naomi Kleinman, Treasurer Aurora Daly, Secretary term began May 2013 Mary J. Barneby, CEO
Board Development Committee Barbara DeBaptiste Adrienne Farrar Houël Karen Hoffman Edna M. Karanian Mercedese (Ellie) Large Denise Merrill Patricia Russo Rama Sudhakar
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. La Promesa de Girl Scouts Por mi honor, yo trataré: De servir a Dios y a mi patria, ayudar a las personas en todo momento, y vivir conforme a la Ley de Girl Scouts. La Ley de Girl Scouts Yo me esforzaré por: Ser honrada y justa cordial y servicial, considerada y compasiva, valiente y fuerte, y responsable de lo que digo y hago, y por respetarme a mí misma y a los demás respetar la autoridad usar los recursos de manera prudente, hacer del mundo un lugar mejor, y ser hermana de cada una de las Girl Scouts.
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