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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The August 2014 Issue is Almost Here!

We've been teasing you with photos of our stories list for a few months now. Well, in just two weeks you can read all of the articles from our August issue. See you soon!

GiGi & the Lime Green Giraffe Staff 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Longtime GSGATL Volunteer to Throw Out First Pitch

By: Edie W.
2014 LGG Copy Editor

A longtime Girl Scout volunteer was selected to throw the first pitch at Girl Scout Night at the Gwinnett Braves game on Friday, June 6. Several Girl Scout employees who showed up to surprise Deanna Simmons, who has been volunteering for over 35 years, at her door last week with balloons and flowers to ask her to throw the first pitch for the baseball game. To the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta employees, however, it was no surprise that she was chosen to throw the pitch.
            Ms. Simmons has done many extraordinary things in all her years as a Girl Scout volunteer. After completing 10 years of Girl Scouting as a child, she was the leader of her daughter’s troop, 884. Soon after, she became a Service Unit Director for seven years. She also founded Lilburn Day Camp, and worked 15 years as camp director. She also started the Gwinnett County Bake-Off, and coordinated county leader retreats and Global Gathering. Most recently, Ms. Simmons has served as the Area Registrar for Gwinnett County. So, with all of this experience under her belt; Ms. Simmons was an obvious choice to represent the East Region's committed Girl Scout volunteers. 

            If you would like to come and see Ms. Simmons throw the first pitch, bring your whole family to Coolray Field on Friday, June 6th, at 7:05 pm. Ask your leader how to get tickets for your troop for this fun volunteer appreciation event!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Scenes from our May Photo Shoot

On Sunday May 18th the Lime Green Giraffe hosted its Spring photo shoot at Georgia Institute of Technology with Becky from 2Be Photography. Here are some behind the scenes photos. Be on a look out for the final photographs in our upcoming August issue.

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta's New CEO Sits Down with the LGG

Interview by: Edie W.

I had the opportunity to sit down with our new CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Amy Dosik. I asked her some questions about her past experience and future plans. 

Lime Green Giraffe: Were you a Girl Scout when you were younger?

Amy Dosik: I was a Girl Scout. I was a Brownie, and a Junior Girl Scout. I was a Girl Scout for four years.

LGG: Where did you work before coming to Girl Scouts?

Dosik: I worked at Ernst and Young, the accounting firm, and I led the not-for-profit group there, so non-profit organizations like Girl Scouts have been my clients for a long time. At some point I decided that my clients were having much more fun than I was having, so I looked around for a place where I could give back to the community and Girl Scouts was a great place to be able to do that.

LGG: Has it been hard to learn the language and culture of Girl Scouts?

Dosik: It’s like coming home. Girl Scouts is a little different than it was when I was a girl, but it’s exciting to be back with the Girl Scouts. Anytime you come to a new place, you have to learn a little bit of a new language and a new culture, but I’ve been very fortunate in that I have so many great people here to help me. I have wonderful adult volunteers, who have been very helpful to me in learning about what they need to serve all of our girls, and I’ve enjoyed spending time with their girls at things like the Cookie Rally. They’ve helped me learn about things like the five scales of cookie sales, and everything else I need to know. So, I’m very grateful to our staff and council members and volunteers, because I have lots of good teachers.

LGG: How has your past work experience prepared you for a job at Girl Scouts?

Dosik: One of the things I always loved doing in all the jobs I had before working for Girl Scouts was developing my teams, and helping to build the lives of young people I mentored on my teams. I used to tell people that my favorite day of the year at Ernst and Young was October 1st, because that’s when all of the people that I mentored got promoted every year. Watching the people that I had mentored and that I had coached get promoted was even better than getting promoted yourself. One of the reasons that our board brought me to Girl Scouts was to be a coach and a team leader for all of our staff members as well as volunteers and girls, and that’s what I really love to do every day and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have the opportunity to interact with them every day.

LGG: What is the most challenging part of your day as a CEO?

Dosik: It’s a challenging time to be a Girl Scout. It’s also an exciting time to be a Girl Scout, but I would say that one of the challenges is making sure we have enough resources to serve all of the girls in our council. In Atlanta, where our council is becoming more diverse,  there are a lot of girls who have financial needs, and we really want to be a home for every girl in our council. One in five girls in our council lives in poverty, and so not every girl can afford to be a Girl Scout. We do offer financial assistance to many girls every year, but that need is greater than our ability to provide. My biggest challenge I would say is “How can we can really be a program for every girl in our council?” because that’s what I’d like to see us do.

LGG: I saw the AJC column that you wrote. You said that you hope to provide financial assistance to 20,000 girls by 2020. That’s amazing! How do you identify people who need assistance?

Dosik: Well, we have a team of membership specialists who work with us in all the different geographies of our council, and they work with schools and other members of the community to identify girls who need financial assistance for them to participate in Girl Scouts. In many cases those girls don’t even have adults to lead them.  We actually have paid facilitators who lead some of those girls in areas where there aren’t any volunteers. Those paid facilitators also help us to identify the girls who need assistance to have a Girl Scout experience. It’s a big goal, 20,000 girls by 2020, but we have a lot of adults with courage, confidence, and character at our council, and that’s something we’re all working very hard to accomplish.

LGG: I love the Ban Bossy campaign through Lean In and GSUSA. How do you feel about this program?

Dosik: I couldn’t be more excited about Ban Bossy. I’ve been called bossy many times over my life, and I’ve been called bossy for as long as I could talk. It’s a label that changes; you don’t get called bossy when you reach a certain age, but those labels change, and they don’t feel any better. It says, “It’s not okay to do what you’re doing. It’s not okay to be a leader.” I think that’s a very bad message that we send to girls when we call them bossy. I think its exciting that this campaign is out there because it tells people that words matter and that labels matter, and the label you put on a behavior really does matter how girls, and later women, feel about those behaviors. In the work place, many people want to discourage women from being leaders. They get called things like “too aggressive” or “not a team player” or “cold” or things like that that become the words to be used instead of bossy when you get older and graduate to a work place. So, I couldn’t be more excited about Ban Bossy. I think it’s a great campaign and I’m thrilled at all the media attention it’s getting.

LGG: Any words of advice for girls who think they might want to fill your shoes someday?

Dosik: You’re on the right track if you’re a Girl Scout!

LGG: Finally, the most important question of all: What is your favorite type of Girl Scout cookie?

Dosik: I have two, and I go back and forth. Straight out of the box, I like Do-Si-Dos, but I also love Thin Mints out of the freezer.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gold Award Ceremony 2014: Completing the Journey and Receiving the Reward

By Nia A.

On March 2, 2014, girls from all over Atlanta received the highest Girl Scout achievement award, the Girl Scout Gold award.  Hundreds of guests from all over the greater Atlanta attended the awards ceremony.  The event consisted of honored guests in attendance that ranged from  Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta members, women executives from corporations that have collaborated with Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and the friends and family who were supporters of the Girl Scout Gold Awardees.  The Girl Scout Gold Award recipients and guests were treated to a fabulous pre-ceremony luncheon to celebrate their accomplishments and allow time for girls to get to know one another and learn more about the various awards and honorees. 

For 2014, there were approximately 99 girls awarded at the beautiful Fox Theatre in downtown Atlanta.  Three out of the 99 girls were LGG’s own Jordan F., Jessica C., and Mykela C.  All of these girls have always been great leaders in Girl Scouts and the Gold Award Ceremony showed how much of a leader they truly are.  As an On the Scene LGG Reporter, I got the chance to speak to a few other girls to get their opinions on how it feels to be celebrated, recognized, and acknowledged at such a high level by the Girl Scout and Atlanta Community.

I had the pleasure of meeting Sydney E; she is 18 years old and is a freshman in college.  Her project was providing clothing for under privileged girls to help raise their self-esteem.

 I asked her:

  • How long did it take for the idea of your project?
    “It took me about a month to come up with a solid idea that I know I enjoyed and I would be able to continue.”
  • How long did it take to execute your project?
    “It took several months.  In my opinion, that is the longest and most difficult part of the whole project.”
  • What do you think you gained from completing this project?
    “I gained a strong sense of my community and its needs.”

  • What was the final product of your project?
    “The girls were very enthusiastic and appreciative of the clothes they received.  It made me feel like a good person and I was encouraged to do more.”
  • What was your inspiration for this project?
    “I like shopping and feeling like a brand new person because it raises my self-esteem and I think every girl should get the opportunity to feel this way at least once in their life.”

 Gold Award recipient, Arianna H.; took a few moments to share her Girl Scout Gold Award experience.  Arianna is 17 years old and is a senior in high school.  Arianna’s project was an info session on Sickle Cell Anemia.  Her goal was to bring awareness to the community about the disease. 

  • Was it difficult to choose your project?  Who was the project in honor of or inspired by?
    “I always knew what I wanted to do but, I had to perfect my plan and make sure that it was sustainable.  My project was in honor of my best friend who had Sickle Cell Anemia.”
  • What did you expect to gain from this project?
    “I expected to gain knowledge about this disease and build new relationships.”
  • What was the final product of this product?
    “I had the information and was empowered to spread awareness about Sickle Cell Anemia; the outcome was really great, because a lot of people showed up and supported me throughout the process.” 

Both of Sydney and Arianna shared the common experience of earning the Girl Scout Bronze and Girl Scout Silver awards.  With the prior experience of working on the rigorous and Girl Scouts high awards, they continue to make their mark in the community and the world, with each important project. 

Our new CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Amy Dosik, was also a speaker at this awesome event.  Ms. Dosik expressed her great pride in being over such an amazing group of young leaders and world changers.  I was able to sit down with Ms. Dosik to hear more about her experience in leadership and at the Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony and learn more about why earning the Girl Scout Gold Award was so important.

  • How does it feel knowing, that you have such a major part in introducing these young women to society?
    “It feels like a privilege.  It’s a privilege to have this position and it’s an honor that I take very seriously.” 

  • What made you want to peruse a field that had such high expectations of excellence?
    “I’ve always worked in fields where much was expected.  I decided to join Girl Scouts because I wanted to give back.  I hope that you as a Girl Scout hold me to those high expectations.”
  • Did you always have a strong passion for improving society with strong-minded girls?
    “I always had a passion for mentoring others.  My favorite day was Oct. 2, because it was promotion day at my company.  There I got to see the people that I helped and mentored move forward to better things.  To me the best kind of success is, the opportunity to see your success through others.

Keynote speaker, Mrs. Felicia Hatcher-Pearson, entrepreneur and founder of Feverish Ice Cream and Gourmet Pops out of Miami, FL. Mrs. Hatcher, a Girl Scout herself, started her own business at the age of 19.  She has been recognized at the Black founder’s convention, is the author of two books, one called “How to start a business on a Ramen Noodle budget,” and the other, “The C students guide to scholarships.”  She was also named to Impact 100 List- Top 100 Business owned by entrepreneurs under 30 honored at the White House during Global Entrepreneurship Week.  Mrs. Hatcher-Pearson gave very encouraging words at the ceremony and she inspires us as young women to never give up.  She told her story of how she started her business; she shared some of the challenges of running a business at a young age.  Mrs. Hatcher also explained how the working to earn the Gold Award was the perfect start to future success and encouraged all of the girls to continue to strive for success and pursue excellence and that by earning the Gold Award; the young women were well on their way!

Mrs. Hatcher-Pearson agreed to sit down and chat with me to share some of her wisdom and keys to her success with our fellow LGG readers. 

  • Being a Girl Scout, how did the skills that you have acquired over the years help you make your decision to change the world?
    “There were many different things: being able to work with other girls, marketing, etc.  Girls Scouts helped me come out of my shell and find who Felecia is.”
  • What are some tips that you have for people who also aspire to change the world?
    “Follow your passion!  Do not be afraid to reach out and use you resources.  Use technology as much as possible to help make profit.