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February 2021
As a lifelong Girl Scout, one of my favorite Girl Scout traditions is World Thinking Day, an international day of friendship that is celebrated every February 22 by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across the globe. In 2021, the theme of World Thinking Day is peacebuilding. Peacebuilding is at the heart of the Girl Scout mission and is as vital and relevant today as it was when World Thinking Day was founded 95 years ago.
This year, Girl Scouts in western Ohio and southeastern Indiana are defining what peace means to them by participating in community service and civics education, creating safe and girl-only spaces, and learning from adult mentors what it means to be a leader.

In this month’s newsletter, you will meet girls and dedicated volunteers who are making the world a better place by putting community and service above self. This would not be possible without you – our compassionate supporters who truly believe in building a more equitable and peaceful world for today’s girls and tomorrow’s leaders. 
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Roni Luckenbill
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
Looking for a sweet treat and an easy way to support girls?

It's February and the Girl Scout cookie program is underway and girls need your support to raise money for their troops and their Girl Scout adventures! All Girl Scout cookie program proceeds stay local and teach girls important skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. 

Girl Scout cookies also help girls give back. As one Daisy Girl Scout troop says leader says, "We are a new troop, and my girls love learning what it means to be Girl Scouts. The proceeds from this cookie sale will allow my girls to do their first community service project. They will use their cookie proceeds to stock the food pantry in our town so we can help those in need during these tough times."

You Are Creating Tomorrow's Civic Leaders
Recently, a Junior Girl Scout troop from Hamilton, Ohio met to work on their democracy badge. The girls went straight to the top and got a meeting with their town's mayor, Pat Moeller.

After learning more about their city of Hamilton— such as the fact that it is the largest U.S. town named after Alexander Hamilton— the girls and the mayor got down to business and came up with two great ideas:

  • Number One: The town should have an official day to celebrate Alexander Hamilton.
  • Number Two: The town has a civics day, but it is geared to high school students only. The girls will be attending an upcoming city council meeting to present their idea for a civics day for students in grades K-8 so girls like them can learn how to get involved with civics and democracy.

"These girls would never have become interested in the topic if it hadn’t been for the Girl Scouts democracy badge," Troop Leader Melissa Hampton says. "Their eyes have been opened and they know more about their community now!"
With heavy hearts, we must share that Melissa Hampton, the troop leader who gave her all to the Hamilton girls and their democracy badge - and many other community causes - passed away on January 16, 2021. Melissa will be remembered with love as a tireless volunteer who "went where ever she could, where ever there was a need." Read more about Melissa's beautiful life and legacy. Her troop, service unit and the entire Girl Scout family will miss her dearly. Our sincerest condolences to her family.
You Empower Girls to Create Girl-Led and Girl-Only Spaces
A time-honored tradition for middle and high school aged Girl Scouts is CSACon, an annual leadership conference planned and implemented by the CSA Conference Committee, a group of 15 girls who have a passion for community building and event planning. This year, the committee faced a new challenge: planning a virtual conference during a pandemic. 

“I’ve been on the committee for two years and this year’s conference was hard work," Lily, a high school student, says. “We had to think outside the box. We’ve been attending virtual school and many of us have Zoom burnout, so we kept this in mind while planning CSACon. We’ve worked hard to come up with activities that are different, fun, and relevant. I'm excited to see how it turns out!"

After months of hard work, CSACon will occur during Valentine's Day weekend. At the event, girls will participate in virtual community service projects, hobby workshops, and mentoring. The theme of this year’s conference? Overcoming challenges and persevering in the face of adversity - a topic we can all relate to after 2020.

Marathon Petroleum Corporation: A Trusted Community Partner
Now more than ever, girls need role models and trusted partners in the community. Marathon Petroleum Corporation, located in Findlay, Ohio, has been one of them.

Thanks to their support, thousands of girls are being empowered to consider careers in STEM, explore how we can protect our planet, and make this world a better place. Whether offering opportunities to learn about science and the environment or supporting initiatives that develop girls’ courage, confidence, and character, Marathon Petroleum Corporation has been an amazing supporter in helping girls make a difference in their communities.

"Girl Scouts provides a safe, fun and high-impact learning opportunity for girls of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds," Cathy Huffman, Community Investment Manager at Marathon, says. "Marathon Petroleum is proud to support Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and their programs that promote academic success, builds character and citizenship, advocates for positive change, and encourages a healthy lifestyle."

Thank you Marathon Petroleum Corporation for making a difference in the lives of girls!
Did You Know?
Girl Scouts in St. Mary's, Ohio made holiday cards for 200 seniors living in isolation at nursing homes in the Lima metropolitan area.

Girl Scout troops in Harrison, Ohio collected 45 pounds of coins - $184 - to be placed into circulation during the national coin shortage. 

Volunteers in Clinton County, Ohio trained Brownies and Juniors about first aid and CPR so they are prepared to act in an emergency.

Volunteers and nonprofit partners in Toledo, Ohio distributed more than 400 program kits to underserved Girl Scouts.
Thank you for investing in girls, and supporting the visionary doers, innovators, creators and thinkers of tomorrow. Together, we can help girls discover their untapped potential and build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Make a gift today!

In Honor of Girl Scouts Founder Juliette Gordon Low, you can leave a gift that will impact girls for generations. Learn more about planned giving through the Juliette Gordon Low Society.
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