October 1, 2015

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Nieve San Pablo

For Hispanic Heritage Month, we will be featuring different Latina members of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. Our third story is about Nieve San Pablo, GSEM Community Based Program Facilitator.

Nieve San Pablo’s daughters have been active Girl Scouts for several years, and it was through their experiences that Nieve learned about Girl Scouting. She loves to hear about the programs her girls participate in through Girl Scouting; from field trips to games to crafts. Her daughters always have a great time with their troops. 

Almost a year ago, Nieve herself got involved with GSEM as a Community Based Program Facilitator in the New Bedford area. She works with FaB Factor Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Caddette and Senior Girl Scouts, and enjoys spending time with the girls, and helping them to become more confident. Nieve’s favorite project occurred over the summer: some of her FaB Factor girls were selected to give a presentation to Congressman Bill Keating about which woman they believe should be featured on the new ten dollar bill.

Nieve enjoys serving as a role model for the girls in her troops, and using the activities and lessons learned through Girl Scouts to encourage girls to reach for their dreams. Nieve says, “It is important for our Hispanic community to have leaders that could represent all of us in the community, and I believe the participation of our girls in Girl Scouts could be the first step to achieve this goal.” Thank you Nieve for inspiring our girls to make the world a better place! 

September 28, 2015

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Dawn Morris

For Hispanic Heritage Month, we will be featuring different Latina members of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. Our second story is about Dawn Morris, GSEM Board Member.

Dawn Morris has had a lifelong connection to Girl Scouts. Dawn was born in Panama and her great grandfather was one of the original engineers on the Panama Canal. She can trace her lineage back to past Panamanian Presidents.

While living in Panama, Dawn was a brownie whose favorite Girl Scout memory was creating a plate during a Girl Scout meeting as a Mother’s Day gift for her mom. Dawn still has this plate and proudly displayed it last Mother’s Day.

Growing up in a military family, Dawn moved several times when she was a young girl and the one constant she had was Girl Scouts. She enjoyed that she had friends in her sister Girl Scouts, no matter where she had landed. She passed this passion for Girl Scouts down to her daughters, who, like her, have moved a lot during their childhood and we were able to depend on the constant friendship and fun Girl Scouts provided.

Dawn enjoys being an active member of the Girl Scout family by serving on the GSEM Board of Directors. This role allows her to participate as part of the council leadership team, ensuring it can function well and reach more girls. Dawn is especially proud of the great STEM programs at GSEM that allow girls to explore new areas of interest. We thank Dawn for her continued dedication to Girl Scouts!

September 25, 2015

Follow Us on Instagram for a Chance to Win!

Got a sweet tooth? Or maybe you're just a big fan of freebies..
Either way, you're in luck!

We're giving away one gift package of our Fall Products
(yes, we don't only sell cookies!) featuring:

  • Mint Chocolate Penguins
  • Peanut Butter Bears
  • Dulce de Leche Owls
  • Chocolate Caramel Caps
  • English Butter Toffee
  • Chocolate Toffee Almonds
  • Almond Cran-Orange Crunch
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzels
  • Black Forest Trail Mix
  • Honey Roasted Peanuts
  • ...along with a novelty Girl Scouts tin and mug!

And if you'd like, we'll even give you a shout-out on our social media accounts, too.
It's easy to enter, and you better hurry because the giveaway
is only open until 11:59 AM, Friday, October 9, 2015!
  1. Follow us on Instagram @GirlScoutsEMass
  2. Like one of our photos on Instagram that references the giveaway
  3. Wait to see if you've been randomly selected!

The fine print: "Likes" must be on one of our (@GirlScoutsEMass) photos on Instagram that references the promotion in order to count as an entry. One entry maximum per person. "Likes" on promotion photos on other social networks do not count as entries. "Like" entries only valid 12:00 PM 9/25/15 - 11:59 AM 10/9/15. Only one will win. Winner must be following @GirlScoutsEMass on Instagram. Winner must have valid domestic U.S.A. address. Winner must respond within 72 hours in order to receive gift package. Current GSEM staff are not eligible to participate in this promotion. GSEM members and preexisting followers are eligible and encouraged to enter!

September 23, 2015

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Marcela Danesh

For Hispanic Heritage Month, we will be featuring different Latina members of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. Our first story is about Marcela Danesh, GSEM Board Member.

Marcela Danesh’s Colombian heritage is very important to her. She returns to the country of her birth each December to celebrate Christmas ─ featuring typical Columbian food and songs ─ with her family.

Marcela is an active member of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), serving in the past as Vice President of its Boston chapter. She has learned many great skills, including networking and leadership, from this organization. Marcela believes that Girl Scouts helps to provide these same skills to girls, something that she sees as critical to the young Latina community. 

Almost half of the girls who participate in the FaB Factor program are Latina, and Marcela is passionate about supporting these girls because, as she noted, top roles in major Fortune 500 companies are lacking in female Latina leadership. Marcela believes that girls in the FaB Factor program and Girl Scouts can learn the skills necessary to break the glass ceiling and become the next generation of female business leaders. We appreciate Marcela for being an active member of the GSEM Board of Directors and through which she helps to guide the strategic decisions of the council.

September 11, 2015

We Know What a Cookie Can Do

Guest Blogger Gail Spring
Submitted September 10, 2015

Girl Scouts know what a cookie sale can mean to their troop. Girls have taken selling cookies to a whole new level. Ask a Girl Scout what they are planning to do with funds and you will get some astonishing answers.

A box of Thin Mints can be the way for a troop to fund their community service project such as the Bronze, Silver and Gold Award. Cookie sales may provide funds for a field trip where a girl tries something new. Peanut Butter Patties could now be traveling to military troops overseas. Caramel deLites could purchase seeds for a community garden. Shortbread sales could help a troop visit colleges. 

Troops make decisions on what they want to do, and how many cookies they need to sell, to achieve their goals. The experience teaches them real skills they will have for life.

Cookie sales help a Girl Scout to dream big. The girls learn how to calculate the cost of their ideas and make them happen. Where one might see a delicious treat, a Girl Scout sees possibilities for the future and their community.

Gail Spring is from Quincy and is a troop and service unit volunteer, as well as a member of the Gold Award Committee for Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. Gail also serves as a Girl Scout National Delegate. Quincy Girl Scouts are among the council's top sellers. They sold 3,554 cases -- or 42,648 packages -- of cookies last year.

September 4, 2015

Enjoy the Great Outdoors This Weekend!

We can't believe that this weekend marks the unofficial end of summer! Make the most of the last days of fun in the sun by doing one (or all!) of our top 5 favorite summer activities.  

1. Go swimming.
Swimming is one of the best ways to beat the heat while spending time with friends. Head out to the pool, lake or ocean this weekend before the water gets too chilly.

2. Spend Time Stargazing. 
Spend some time exploring the night sky from the comfort of your backyard. Pick out some constellations you know and see if you can spot the International Space Station

3. Make s'mores by a campfire.
Girl Scouts love s'mores! Practice your fire-building skills, fire up your culinary imagination, and enjoy a yummy treat.

4. Go for a hike.
Why not hike a new trail before the the weather gets brisk? This is a great time to explore a new area and learn about the different plants and trees along the way.

5. Have a picnic.
Meet up with friends for a pot-luck picnic. Ask everyone to bring a dish and grab a blanket. Enjoy a meal in the summer sun before it starts setting earlier.

September 2, 2015

Remembering Christa McAuliffe on her Birthday

Today, September 2, we are remembering Girl Scout, astronaut and teacher Christa McAuliffe on what would have been her 67th birthday. Born in Boston and a graduate of Framingham State College, Christa was an accomplished teacher and Girl Scout leader who was chosen out of over 11,000 applicants to be the first teacher in space. In 1986, her life was sadly cut short, along with six other crew members, during the failed launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Keeping her memory alive in her home state of New Hampshire is "Christa's House" at Camp Wabasso, a beautiful cottage that features a library of Christa McAuliffe’s Girl Scout memorabilia.

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