GLEN CARBON – Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) held its fifth annual Meeting April 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn in O’Fallon.
During the meeting, approximately 300 Girl Scout members (adults and girls) from throughout southern Illinois elected Board of Director members and received a “State of the Council” report from Dixie Travelstead, GSSI Board of Director Chair; Jay Strobel, GSSI Chief Communications Officer and Micah Bolandis, GSSI Director of Mission Delivery.
Along with the officers, directors-at-large and board development committee members elected at the meeting, GSSI named the two girls selected to serve as Girl Ex-Officio Board Members. Helena M. Frisbie-Firsching from Dorsey and Lydia Fulton from Worden will serve as Girl Members on GSSI’s Board of Directors.
In addition, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois recognized top Girl Scout volunteers who are the heart of Girl Scouting. GSSI’s 4,800 Girl Scout volunteers play an instrumental role in providing leadership programming and opportunities for more than 14,000 girls in southern Illinois. The theme for this year’s GSSI fifth annual Meeting was I Can’t Wait To, part of a national Girl Scout campaign launched to highlight the fun, excitement and anticipation girls feel when they participate in Girl Scouting.
“Girl Scouting in southern Illinois would not be what it is today without the dedication, passion and leadership of all of our volunteers,” said Appoo. “We are honored to elect these new Board Members and recognize our exceptional volunteers as they are the driving force behind carrying out GSSI’s mission of building leaders for America. Working together with our volunteers, we are providing important and valuable programs and experience for girls who will make the world a better place for everyone.”