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The Girl Scout Leadership Experience-Advocacy

Honorary Congressional Girl Scout Troop

In 2001, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. convened the first Honorary Congressional Girl Scout Troop on Capitol Hill, comprised of women members of Congress. Members of Girl Scout Troop Capitol Hill have made a commitment to help Girl Scouts substantially address issues important to girls and Girl Scouting on a national level. They also serve as role models for 2.8 million girls nationwide.

 

Virginia Honorary Girl Scout Troop 1924, Capitol Square

Virginia Honorary Girl Scout Troop Capitol Square 1924 – named for the year (1924) that the first women were elected to the Virginia legislature --Helen Timmons Henderson representing Buchanan County and Russell County, and Sarah Lee Fain, representing Norfolk– is a bipartisan delegation of women members of the Virginia State Legislature established by The Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Coalition to educate our great state’s legislative body about issues affecting girls and young women.

 

In 2005, the Virginia Honorary Girl Scout Troop Capitol Square, a derivative of the national Girl Scout initiative launched with the following focus:

  • Serve as role models for 75,00 Girl Scouts in Virginia
  • Connect Girl Scouts to policy issues important to girls and Girl Scouting
  • Attend Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremonies or special Girl Scout event in respective councils
  • Assist the Girl Scouts in appropriation efforts to ensure top quality programming for girls.
  • Sponsor Girl Scout Legislative Day during the General Assembly session.

 

Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Coalition

  • Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay
  • Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of VA
  • Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast
  • Girl Scouts of the Nations Capital
  • Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline
  • Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians

 

Annually, the Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Coalition, comprised of board presidents and CEOs of the seven (7) Girl Scout Councils in Virginia, invite female state legislators, legislative aides and members of the Governor’s Cabinet to join the Virginia Honorary Girl Scout Troop 1924, Capitol Square as “The Promise” a special investiture and rededication ceremony. During the reception at this event, Girl Scout executive and governance leadership network with legislators to discuss the Virginia Girl Scouts’ Legislative agenda. Girl Scouts can lend expertise to policymakers combating a host of related and overlooked issues that affect girls’ healthy living including; relational aggression and bullying; cyber-bullying; healthy media images; and eating disorders. The Girl Scouts welcome the opportunity to work with legislators on these four issues which are informed by Girl Scouts’ own research and extensive programmatic expertise:

  • Promoting Girls’ physical, social and emotional Health;
  • Increasing girls involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM);
  • Girls and leadership; and financial literacy.

 

Advocacy Strategies

The Girl Scouts has a long-standing commitment to the well-being of girls and serves more than 75,000 girls and adult volunteers throughout Virginia. For almost 100 years, Girl Scouts has been engaged in girls’ lives and a resource and expert on their growth and development. To advance our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place, and ensuring that all girls have the opportunity to be successful, Girl Scouts can serve as a resource for information, advice, and support. We welcome the opportunity to work with you on these four issues of particular interest to us. These issues are informed by Girl Scouts’ own research and extensive programmatic expertise:

  1. Promoting Girls’ physical, social and emotional Health;
  2. Increasing girls involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM);
  3. Girls and leadership; and
  4. Financial literacy.

 

In partnership with local schools, the Girl Scout program compliments the state’s Standards of Learning, assisting students in the fields of reading, math, science and technology in addition to self-esteem, relationship aggression and healthy living. Some of the programs include:

  • Choose Respect supported by the Virginia Department of Health for middle school and court services girls, focusing on self esteem and relationship aggression.
  • Challenge and Change –supported by USDA to implement programs for girls 11-17 in King and Queen and Charles City Counties
  • It’s Electric III in collaboration with Dominion, is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math retreat for older girls.
  • It’s Your World, Change It *educates girls in Charles City and Northumberland County Schools on environmental education through the Journey Books – It’s Your Planet, Love It.*
  • Robotics -FIRST LEGO® League (FLL), created through a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and The LEGO Group, inspires future scientists and engineers. Girls at Richmond’s Peter Paul Development Center learned hands-on problem solving, teamwork skills, programming experience, real-world application of science and math concepts. The Girl Scout Robotic team competed against 60 other teams on November 6th at Maggie Walker High School *Girl Scout Journeys.

Community Joint Ventures

Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia partners with non-profits, schools and other organizations on a variety of initiatives that include community service, outreach, diversity, advocacy and educational and leadership programs for girls. Below is a partial list of organizations that partner with us to bring about positive change for girls, Girl Scouts and the greater community:

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

American Legion Post 252, Montross

Chester Ruritan Club

Friends Association

Hopewell United Way

Knights of Columbus of Hopewell

Neighborhood Resources Center

Regional Boys and Girls Club

Peter Paul Development Center

Rappahannock United Way

Regional YMCA

United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg

White Stone Women’s Club

SCHOOLS

Charles City Middle School

Chesterfield County Public School

Hopewell Public Elementary School

King and Queen Public Schools

Millwood School

Northumberland Elementary School

Petersburg Public Elementary School

Prince Edward Middle School

Richmond Public Elementary Schools


CHURCHES

Cameron Avenue Church of Christ

Catholic Dioceses

Chesterfield Baptist Church

Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

Islamic Center of VA

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church

St Mark’s UMC

Wesley United Methodist Church

 

GOVT. DEPARTMENTS

Chesterfield County Health Department

City of Richmond Hispanic Liaison Office

Cities Parks and Recreation

Counties Parks and Recreation

Enlace Hispano Chesterfield County

Enon Fire Station and Rivers Bend Fire station

Fort Lee CAC (Community Action Council)

GRIP ( Gang Reduction Initiative Program)

 

Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia extends a warm thank you to the many corporations, foundations, government agencies and affiliates for their continued support of our mission: building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

The following is an ever growing list of some of our valued partners that offer a variety of activities and events for Girl Scouts of all ages:

 

Altria Theatre

http://www.altriatheater.com/

Central Virginia Food Bank   

https://feedmore.org/food-bank/

Children’s Museum of Richmond www.c-mor.org
Dominion  www.dom.com

Exhibits Inc.   

www.xhibitsinc.com
Image Designers www.imagedesignersinc.com
James River Bus Line www.onetransportationsolution.com
King’s Dominion www.kingsdominion.com
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens            www.lewisginter.org
Little Brownie Bakers    www.littlebrowniebakers.com

Longwood University   

www.longwood.edu/
University of Mary Washington www.umw.edu/
Martins Grocery Stores    www.martinsfoods.com
Maymont Foundation www.maymont.org

Randolph Macon College   

www.rmc.edu
Rappahannock Astronomy Club www.raclub.org/
Rappahannock Goodwill www.fredgoodwill.org
Richmond Friends of the Homeless www.richmondfriendsofthehomeless.org
Richmond Lady Raiders Arena Football www.richmondraidersprofootball.com/
Salvation Army www.uss.salvationarmy.org/richmond
Science Museum of Virginia www.smv.org
State Fair Of Virginia www.statefairva.org
The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar      www.tredegar.org
The Richmond Flying Squirrels milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t3410
The Virginia Historical Society    www.vahistorical.org
The Virginia House Museum    http://www.vahistorical.org/your-visit/virginia-house
Trophy Nuts    www.trophynut.com
United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg www.yourunitedway.org
University of Richmond www.richmond.edu
Virginia Aviation Museum www.vam.smv.org
Virginia Fish and Inland Game www.dgif.virginia.gov/
Virginia Museum of fine Arts    www.vmfa.state.va.us
Virginia State University www.vsu.edu 
Women in Science/VCU/MCV   www.medschool.vcu.edu/wims/student_org/wis.html

 

 

 




 

Girl Scout Mission, Promise & Law

The Girl Scout mission, promise and law are shared by every member of Girl Scouting and define the way Girl Scouts agree to act toward one another, other people, and the world on a daily basis.



Girl Scout 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.

 

About Girl Scouts

Welcome to Girl Scouts, the world’s premiere organization dedicated solely to all girls.


Girl Scouts is a "girl-led" organization where girls take charge, in partnership with committed volunteers, to make decisions and discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls teaming together in a supportive, nurturing environment.


Through an amazing array of enriching experiences, girls are encouraged to express themselves freely, try new things, and experiment in various leadership roles. The process of leading, learning by doing, and collaborating develops character, strong values, social conscience, confidence in one’s potential and self-worth, as well as skills for success in the real world – qualities that will serve girls all their lives.


Every Girl Scout is part of a worldwide family of girls and adults in 145 countries. Today, there are 3.7 million Girl Scouts in the U.S., 2.7 million girl members and 928,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers. More than 50 million women in the U.S. today are Girl Scout alumnae.

Governance

Board members are elected by the corporate membership and are accountable to the membership for governance of the council and stewardship of the council's critical resources, to the National Board of Directors of GSUSA for compliance with charter requirements, and to the state of Virginia.  The board of directors is accountable to the federal government in matters affecting nonprofit corporations. 

GSCV Board of Directors

OFFICERS

BarbaraBailey  Chair, Barb Bailey


 MarkHasty Vice Chair, Mark Hasty

Smith  Secretary, Giovonni Hargraves Smith

  TreMerithewasurer, Scott Merithew

MEMBERS-AT- LARGE
Batchelor  Samantha Batchelor
Bruer  Lisa Bruer

Bryant2Liz Bryant
Angela Cchianghiang
Geisz  Lynne Geisz
JudyJennings  Judy Jennings
Tawanda Johnson  Tawanda Johnson
lunneyMelanie Lunney
Otto  Paula Otto
paxtonMonique Paxton
Quinn  Colleen Quinn
Wade  Pamela Wade

Fuller   EX OFFICIO
   Molly Fuller, CEO

 


 

 

 

  

Bonnie Atwood          2010-2012                  

Barbara Bailey                        2011-2013                                          

Carol Baker                 2010-2012                              

Marci R. Catlett                                                                                                          2011-2013                              

Jane Kornegay Eng                                                                                                     2010-2012                              

Jessica Erickson          2010-2012                                          

Carmen Foster             2011-2013                                          

Claire Guthrie Gastanaga                                                                                            2010-2012      

Vicki Harris                 2011-2013                              

Debra Harrison            2010-2012                                          

Mark D. Hasty                        2010-2012                              

Kimberly Lettner        2010-2012                                          

Scott Merithew           2010-2012                                          

Steve Malone              2011-2013                              

Elizabeth Morgan        2011-2013                              

Michelle Oliver           2011-2013                                

Tiyona Taylor              2011-2013                                     

Gabriela Wetherington            2011-2013                    

Adrienne M. Whitaker            2010-2012        

Girl Scout History

Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid. Within a few years, Daisy's dream for a girl-centered organization was realized.

2014 Annual Reports (year ended September 30, 2014)

ARcover2014

 

 

Dear Girl Scout Family and Friends,

 

Each year, we see the positive impact Girl Scouting has on girls in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Girl Scouts have opportunities to try new things, learn valuable skills and develop as leaders.

 

Each girl and troop’s experience is unique, allowing them to explore what matters most to them. Many discover a passion for science, while others head outdoors for adventure and camping.

 

We are delighted to report in 2014, Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia renewed our council charter through 2017, relocated our headquarters to the City of Richmond, conducted phase II of strategic learning, hosted the Girl Scout Leadership Institute and began upgrades to Pamunkey Ridge Girl Scout Camp. In addition, online enhancements to the fall product sale offered girls new ways to participate and increased overall sales.

 

With your continued engagement, we will continue to provide exemplary leadership experiences and lifelong skills that move our mission forward.

 

Together in Girl Scouting,

Barbara R. Bailey, Chair, Board of Directors  
Viola O. Baskerville, J.D., Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Staff 

Based on policy decisions made by the board of directors, the CEO establishes councilwide operational procedures and provides guidelines and ways of work that are used by volunteers and staff in carrying out their responsibilities of delivering the Girl Scout program to girls.

Click here for a Region Map with listing of staff members for each region.

GSCV Headquarters: (click here for Map)
4900 Augusta Avenue Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23230
804-746-0590
1-800-4SCOUT4

 

Administrative Services

Molly Fuller, Chief Executive Officer – 804.746.0590 Ext. 328 
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Nancy Womack, Executive Assistant – 804.746.0590 Ext. 328

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Nadia S. Anderson, CPA, Chief Financial Officer - 804.746.0590

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Stacey Dokos, Product Sales Manager - 804.746.0590 Ext. 384
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Angela Henderson, Accounting Manager – 804.746.0590 

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Teresa Mceachrane, Accounting Assistant– 804.746.0590 Ext. 338

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C. Anson Matthews
, Chief Administrative Officer - 804.746.0590 Ext. 394

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Donna Knight, HR Executive Assistant - 804.746.0590 Ext. 345

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Information

Martha Allen, Chief Information Officer – 804.746.0590 Ext. 362

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Information Technology

Jodi Claus, Director of Council Technology – 804.746.0590 Ext. 363

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Mark Solomon, IT Manager - 804.746.0590 Ext. 356

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Marketing and Communications

Kayleigh Rosenthal, Marketing Manager - 804.746.0590 Ext. 312

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         Dana Roberts, Marketing Specialist - 804.746.0590 Ext. 315
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Philanthropy

Debby Serena, Director of Philanthropy - 804.746.0590 Ext. 307

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         Membership Technology

Kathleen Sestak, Dir. of Membership Technology– 804.746.0590 Ext. 388
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Mary Elmore, Receptionist - 804.746.0590 Ext. 390
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Beatrice Kruger, Customer Experience Partner – 804.746.0590 Ext. 348

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Joanne James, Customer Experience Partner – 804.746.0590 Ext. 323

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Leslie Feldman,  Customer Experience Partner– 804.746.0590 Ext. 358
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Jessica Simmons,  Customer Experience Partner –804.746.0590 Ext. 352

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Mission Delivery

     Sheila Johnston, Chief Operating Officer – 804.746.0590 Ext. 371
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Sabrina Winfield, Membership Customer Service Manager – 804.746.0590 Ext. 305

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Aaron-Paula Thompson, Dir. of Programs - 804.746.0590 Ext. 322

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Kelsi Ramdeo, Dir. of Volunteerism - 804.746.0590 Ext. 341

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      Terri James, Admininstrative Assistant - 804.746.0590 Ext. 336

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Daryn Wilkins, Site Manager, Pamunkey Ridge Girl Scout Camp - 804.397.0797

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Membership Service Team
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Becky Rosemond, Asst. Dir. of Membership - 804.746.0590 Ext. 373
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Tina Bustos, Membership Consultant - 804.746.0590 Ext. 332

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Leslie Cross, Membership Consultant - 804.746.0590 Ext. 331

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Katherine Deliberto, Membership Consultant  – 804.746.0590 Ext. 350
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Vanessa DeMers, Membership Consultant – 804.746.0590 Ext. 349

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Bethany Feldman, Membership Consultant - 804.746.0590 Ext. 367

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Anne Gilardi, Membership Consultant - 804.746.0590 Ext. 351

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Theresa Henderson, Membership Consultant – 804.746.0590 Ext. 324

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Wendy Mataya, Membership Consultant/Volunteer Advancement – (804) 462-0322

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Bonnie Dalton, Membership Consultant – (540) 898-4717 Ext. 3

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Lindsay Gould, Membership Consultant – (804) 746-0590 Ext. 314

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GSCV Retail Shop

Ruth Graninger, Retail Manager - 804.746.0590 Ext. 344

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Jammye Christian, Retail Sales Associate - 804.746.0590 Ext. 343

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