April 17, 2015

GSEM in the News: February and March

Our Girl Scouts are making headlines! Read on to see what they've been up to lately.


Cookies for a Cause

To cap off the cookie season, nearly 1,000 girls, families and volunteers gathered at Hanscom Air Force Base on March 21 to donate 30,000 packages of cookies as part of the Cookies for a Cause program. 

We’re very appreciative of our military troops, and hope that they enjoyed our tasty message of “Thanks-A-Lot!” 

CBS Boston highlighted this great accomplishment – listen and read more here.

Good Morning Boston!

Girl Scouts were invited to be on "Good Morning America" when the show was broadcast from Boston on March 11

During the Frozen-themed “Coolest Summer Ever” segment, girls enjoyed sweet treats, met Olaf, that infamous snowman, and represented GSEM! See more photos here.

Leading Women Awards

Our Leading Women event was a shining success!

We honored Martha Coakley the Former Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Christa Hagearty, president and chief executive officer of Dependable Cleaners; Dr. Denise Hammon, president of Marian Court College; Elaine Steward, vice president and club counsel of the Boston Red Sox; and Janet Wu, anchor/reporter at 7News/CW56. Each Leading Woman received stories in her hometown newspapers and Boston Business Journal highlighted the event in their Out Of Office section.

STEM Conference and Expo

Photo from the MetroWest Daily News
On March 15, GSEM hosted our annual STEM conference in Framingham. 

It was a day filled with activities, including hands-on experiments, live demonstrations, and conversations with women in the STEM fields. A number of Wicked Local websites featured a pre-event article (with 1.2 million impressions), and The MetroWest Daily News article published after the event featured several girls inspired to learn more about STEM.

GSEM CEO Patricia Parcellin featured in Boston Business Journal
Photo from Boston Business Journal
In an Executive Profile, Pat Parcellin shared her vision for the council's future and discussed her transition from financial services to the nonprofit world. 

In her first six months at the council, Pat has been focused on girl leadership,building stronger connections with the corporate community, investing in properties, increasing and diversifying membership, and engaging more adult volunteers.

Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to see what we do next!

March 25, 2015

Winter Roundup

Our Girl Scout troops have done some awesome things over the past four months. From the Cape and Islands to the border of New Hampshire, it’ safe to say girls across eastern Massachusetts are smart, strong and brave.

While they sold cookies by the hundreds and shoveled snow by the foot, these troops still made time to help their communities and have fun. Learn what they've been up to this winter -- it goes beyond the cookie box! -- and keep up with us by following #TroopTuesday on Facebook and Twitter.

With the help of EMTs from Tufts EMS, Medford Brownie Troop 68137 earned their First Aid badge. The girls learned how and when to call 911, put together a troop first aid kit, and how to splint a wrist or arm if injured while hiking.

Avon/Holbrook Brownie Troop 88208 visited the Holbrook Police and Fire Department to say, "Thanks-a-Lot!" They brought along cookies, gratitude and smiles for all.

Girls from North End Troop 69168 made donations to Cradles to Crayons, which supplies children in need with the essentials to thrive.

Rochester Daisy Troop 69067 and Brownie Troop 76117 worked together with their school to collect essentials such as soap, dental care products and socks to donate to a local women's shelter during the holiday season.

 GSEM’s Green Arrow Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Club attended the Kids Only Tournament. 

GSEM's JOAD club is composed of Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors from nine towns  – Framingham, Manchester, Melrose, Medford, West Bridgewater, Waltham, Belmont, Malden and Hopkinton – and four of our Girl Scouts received medals. Way to go, ladies! (Thanks Riley McCarthy for the photos!)

Local girls made an appearance on Good Morning America at Boston's Faneuil Hall, helping to launch the "Coolest Summer Ever" with Olaf from Frozen. See more pictures here!

February 2, 2015

You're Appreciated: Recognizing Volunteer Achievements

Chelmsford Girl Scouts lead the flag ceremony

Every year, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts holds the Volunteer Recognition Dinner to honor those in the community who have gone above and beyond what it means to be a Girl Scout volunteer. 

These volunteers provide support for each other, leadership opportunities for girls, and strengthen our communities.

Last year, 43 volunteers, three service units and two committees were recognized for their commitment and dedication to Girl Scouting.

Thanks Badge Awardee Sarah Leshay and Bedford Girl Scouts

Read on to learn more about each award and how you can nominate a volunteer who shines bright in your Girl Scout community:

January 30, 2015

GSEM in the News

So many wonderful activities going on across our council. Read on to learn more:


Cookie Creations Boston was featured in The Boston Globe and on Boston.com, showcasing the chefs, judges and attendees at this fun night out. Cookie Creations Danvers has also been in the news

Our CEO Pat Parcellin has been raising awareness for the cookie program and the essential skills our girls develop from participating. See her recent interview with Jenny Johnson of Comcast Newsmakers and with the Groton Channel News -- tune in at the 13-minute mark.

Hailey Manduca, a 2015 Gold Awardee, earned the highest award in Girl Scouting by creating a documentary, “Unbreakable Spirit,” to showcase her struggle with brittle bone disease in an effort to help those going through similar treatments and experiences. She continues to be highlighted in the press.

In mid-January, Revere Girl Scouts were featured in the Revere Journal for their (surprise!) visit with Governor Charlie Baker at the State House.


KISS108 ran a Girl Scout Cookie ad campaign featuring Kendra Petrone, letting listeners know about the cookie sale. Kendra was even a Guest Judge at Cookie Creations Boston!

Have you seen our cookie ads around eastern Mass.? From taxi tops, to commuter rail and T stations, MBTA buses, Improper Bostonian, The Boston Globe, office building elevators and lobby screens, and more, our ad campaign is running where cookie lovers will see it, generating business for our girls. We are grateful to our media partners who donated ad space to make this possible.

Within the next few weeks you'll see the council's new ride traveling highways and back-roads as it crisscrosses eastern Massachusetts raising visibility for the cookie program and supporting girls at booth sales. The vehicle is more than a traveling billboard; it will move cookies to where they are needed, stop at girl and adult volunteer recruitment events, and serve as a mobile shop. We will run a contest for our audience to spot the wheels on the road to win a case of cookies – stay tuned!

Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with all things Girl Scout Cookies!

January 23, 2015

Whip up your own Cookie Creations!

Due to weather, Cookie Creations Danvers will be rescheduled to February 5, 2015. It's still being held at the Danversport Yacht Club at 6pm. See you there! Buy tickets here.

Girl Scout Cookie season means sharing your favorite sweet treats with family and friends. Delectable Caramel deLites, scrumptious Peanut Butter Patties or even our new certified gluten-free offering, Trios, available now!

On January 15, chefs from Greater Boston gathered at the Back Bay Events Center for Cookie Creations. They created mouth-watering delicacies--desserts, savory snacks, even chocolate bacon--and the best part is, each dish was made using your favorite Girl Scout Cookies! 

Guest judges Kendra Petrone of Kiss108's Matty in the Morning, instructors from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary College and Maggie Battista, founder of Eat Boutique, ranked the treats on taste and presentation.

Chefs sampling each other's creations! Yum!
Executive Pastry Chef Brian Mercury of Harvest in Cambridge won "Best Overall" with his Thin Mint & Rice Krispies Treat Torte. His enticing presentation matched the deliciousness factor of this incredible dish!

Chef Brian Mercury with his distinctively delicious Thin Mint & Rice Krispies Treat Torte!

Last year's "Best Overall" winner, Chef Eunice Heller, owner and chef at Bread & Chocolate Bakery CafĂ© in Newton, continued to be a crowd-pleaser. Her "All for Her" Lemon Risotto won the "Crowd Favorite" award and using Lemonades cookies, you too can create this yummy, savory dish. 

Chef Eunice Heller with her "All for Her" Lemon Risotto. It was divine!

Below are some of these innovative recipes, straight from the chefs themselves. Have an adult help you create these tasty treats and share your cookie creations with us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram!

Cookie Creations Danvers is on February 5 at the Danversport Yacht Club, and we hope to see you there! Buy tickets here.
The guest judges with GSEM CEO Pat Parcellin (center) at Cookie Creations Boston on January 15, 2015.

December 16, 2014

Gift Giving the Girl Scout Way

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Girl Scout cookie time!

Forget the fruit cake, don't bother with baked goods – this year, we've come up with an easy, edible arrangement that everyone on your gift list will love.

A Girl Scout cookie bouquet featuring our yummy selection of cookies and festive holiday cheer!

Girl Scout cookie bouquets not only put a spirited spin on the holiday tradition of edible gifts, but also grant both gift giver and recipient an extra helping of warm, fuzzy holiday feelings.

Each package of Girl Scout cookies used to build bouquets helps girls fund service projects, field trips, summer camp tuition and more. The cookie sale itself is a lesson in financial literacy, teaching girls five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

Service contribution is also stressed through our Cookies for a Cause program which also allows cookie buyers to donate purchased treats to food pantries and wounded veterans.

Assembly of the cookie bouquets is quick and easy:

•    Pick up a couple of packages of your favorite variety of Girl Scout cookies. Find a booth sale is near you here.

•    Grab some lollipop-style sticks and flower arrangement foam from your favorite craft store.

•    Get creative - layer cookie varieties to build “flowers" or add some whimsy with gummy spearmint leaves and gum drops.

•    Arrange bouquet in a basket or flower pot embellished with holiday ribbon and seasonal trimmings

Bouquets bring a Girl Scout spin to a seasonal favorite. Perfect for last minute additions, secret Santa, teacher gifts, showers, office parties and more - Girl Scout cookie bouquets offer a thoughtful, unique, yet one-size-fits-all solution to your holiday gift giving.

'Tis the season to share warm memories, good tidings - and everyone's favorite cookies!

December 8, 2014

Gold Award Spotlight: Hailey’s “Unbreakable Spirit” Documentary

Nationally, only 5 percent of Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award each year. Today we are highlighting another courageous, creative and remarkable GSEM Girl Scout who earned her Gold Award in 2014.

With her Gold Award project, “Unbreakable Spirit” documentary, Hailey Manduca catalogued her daily experiences living with a rare bone disease. She hopes to give others in similar situations insight on how she lives her life.

Hailey and Indy, her service dog (courtesy of Hailey's Facebook page)

Hailey was born with type 2/3 Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or OI, a rare bone disorder in which people break bones easily for little or no apparent cause. She has broken over 122 bones and undergone 21 surgeries.

Hailey, however, hasn't let her medical hardships keep her from participating in the Girl Scout troop she's been a part of since kindergarten. Over the past 13 years as a Girl Scout, she has managed to remain an active member of her troop, enjoying activities like camping and honoring military members in the Memorial Day parade.

Her favorite troop activity was a Mall Overnight, where girls had the opportunity to hang out shop in all their favorite stores after hours, watch movies in the theater and end the evening with a giant slumber party inside the mall. 

“Girl Scouts made me understand things in a different way,” Hailey said of how her participation has helped her.

Hailey’s troop is full of her friends, girls that share her fun, spirited attitude and positive outlook on life. They love hanging out at troop meetings and planning what their next adventure will be. From learning how to survive in the wilderness to cooking with a Dutch oven, the girls have amassed some pretty amazing skills.

On top of all this, Girl Scouts gave Hailey the opportunity to create awareness of OI. Through her Gold Award project, Hailey created a documentary film that shows the lifestyle and treatment options of someone with this rare bone disorder. 

Hailey’s mother, older sister and older brother also have OI. As family plays a big part in her life, she included interviews with her mother and older brother in her documentary. Hailey says her older brother, James, inspired her to start her Gold Award when he was completing his Boy Scout Eagle Award.
Filming took around two years to complete, with footage from Hailey’s hospital visits and personal anecdotes from her daily life. A friend's mom with professional experience helped edit and complete the documentary. 

Hailey with her cast for a broken arm (courtesy of Hailey's Facebook page)

She hopes to have screenings aimed to show families with newly diagnosed OI children see how it can be handled on a day-to-day basis. 

Congratulations to Hailey for persevering through whatever life throws her way, and using her experiences to elevate awareness of her disease, light the way for others and earn elite distinction as a Gold Awardee.

To learn more about Hailey’s gold award project, visit her Facebook group, or read a recent Cape Cod Times article featuring her work.

Do you know a Girl Scout working toward her Gold Award? Tell us about her and she could be our next featured Gold Awardee. Email getsocial@girlscoutseasternmass.org.
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