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  • Girl Scouts Encourages Young Women to Become Community Leaders

    Miranda Wilcox, Herald Democrat

    The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas have built a reputation on empowering girls to become women who are more active in community service and civic life. More than 27,000 girls in 32 northeast Texas counties participate in girl-led cooperative learning in troop programming and community programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and math. Programs also include financial literacy with their Cookie Program, healthy living and outdoor leadership.

    Web Content Specialist for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Kory Peal said Girl Scout alumnae reported earning 22.5 percent higher incomes in 2010 than women who had not been in Girl Scouts.

    “Girl Scouts is the world’s most successful organization dedicated to creating girl leaders,” Peal said. “We are successful because we provide the hands-on, cooperative, and girl-led learning processes that help girls discover their love of learning as they develop strong character and leadership. To those who think Girl Scouts is just cookies, badges and camping, we say, ‘Think again.’ Two-thirds of women in Congress, every female Secretary of State, and virtually every female astronaut were Girl Scouts. Cookies, badges and camping are some of the vehicles we use to build girls of confidence, courage and character who make the world a better place.”

    She cited a fourth grade Junior Girl Scout from Gunter who had lost her grandmother to lung cancer. This girl rem...

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  • Diets Will Be Darned As The Girl Scouts Cookies Season Approaches

    Jeanne Prejean, MySweetCharity

    Scrub those diet plans, but don’t feel a pang of guilt. You’re doing it for a cause…a great cause. It’s the Girl Scout cookie season. Every cookie sold will contribute to the organization that is instilling leadership qualities in young women. Thanks to the cookie program, Girl Scout Cookie Professionals learn about “goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.” Gee, sounds like an incubator for CEOs.

    And just in case your brain has been in sleep mode, the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas has been making news on its very own with the creation of its STEM Center of Excellence.

    Come on and admit it. You ran out of your fav cookies months ago and swore that you would really, truly stock up this year. So, why not save your pennies, make your list and prepare for the great Girl Scout cookie sales to get underway.

    Just in case you don’t have a cookie professional in the household, you can check here to find your nearest fix. It’s so much easier than hunkering down in your kitchen and making your own. However, the Girl Scouts, being thoughtful and industrious, have provided recipes that are kissin’-...

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  • The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas will open its STEM Center of Excellence this spring

    Holly Haber, The Dallas Morning News

    The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas are not sitting idly by while everyone bemoans the gender gap in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

    In spring 2016, the group will open the doors to its STEM Center of Excellence at Camp Whispering Cedars in southern Dallas. The facility is part of a plan to transform the 1921 camp into a learning center that incorporates STEM programming into all activities.

    In addition, the camp’s aging infrastructure is getting an overhaul that includes better Wi-Fi and new plumbing.

    This first phase will include The Rees-Jones Welcome Center for orientation and administration and The Hoglund Foundation Girl Program Center, a 4,126-square-foot building equipped with a wet-dry laboratory and a computerized design center.

    Phase two is scheduled to begin construction next spring. It will include a nature trail, an outdoor physics lab, an archery range, a new ropes course, a music garden and improvements to the sports field.

    “We are committed to providing a 21st-century facility and program that will provide the leadership skills, experiences, mentors and encouragement that girls need to increase their interest in STEM,” CEO Jennifer Bartkowski said. “Ultimately more girls in the STEM workforce pipeline is good for our entire community.”

    Some assets, such as the nature trail, will be open to the...

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  • Girl Scouts Kick Off Latest Cookie Season

    Athens Daily Review

    Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX), the largest pipeline for female leaders in North Texas, will kick off its 2016 Cookie Program beginning Jan. 15 through Feb. 28.

    The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the finest example of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, providing girls the opportunity to own their own business, and raise money for their year-round activities, and teaching them core leadership skills including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

    “As the mother of a Girl Scout Cadette and leader to nearly 27,000 Northeast Texas Girl Scouts, I witness the positive skills the Cookie Program instills in girls every year,” said Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. “Investing in a box of cookies means investing in the future leaders of our community. In addition, that investment supports volunteer training and girl programming, including the new STEM Center of Excellence.”

    Community service through Project Troop to Troop has become a cornerstone of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. It encourages members of the community to buy Girl Scout cookies for donation to military personnel at home and abroad.

    This year, Project Troop to Troop cookies will be transported to Fort Hood, the USO and the American Red Cross.

    Girl Scout Cookies will also go to local veterans’ organizations and...

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  • Local Girl Scouts Race Derby Cars

    Future Brown, Herald Democrat

    HOWE — The rainy weather did not dampen the first Northeast Texas Girl Scouts Indoor Derby Car Race where Emma Schiavone was named the grand champion Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Howe.

    With more than 50 small, homemade cars entered from about seven Grayson County troops, no other contestant in the 96 races could top her track speed record of 3.3 seconds.

    Three cars raced at a time and each car raced six times during the event. The scores were then averaged together, and first, second and third places for each Girl Scout category were named. Breana Bensley won first place for the Daisies, Kaylee Niles topped the Brownies, Schiavone won the Juniors, and Cierra Brossow was first for the Cadettes/Seniors/Ambassadors group.

    The last group to race was for brothers of the Girl Scouts and families that wanted to make a car together. Alex Howard won first in that group.

    Service Unit Event Coordinator Jennifer Bensley said the idea to have a race in Grayson County came after several girls attended a Girl Scout derby race in McKinney.

    “The girls from here came back and told us they won and had a really great time,” she said. “So we thought it would be a great idea to have one here. We like to try different events from different areas.”

    And even though the girls were very excited about getting to make their cars, Bensley said there was a lot of planning that went into making...

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  • Denton's Harriss To Be Commemorated With Marker at Quakertown Park

    Britney Tabor, Denton Record-Chronicle

    The contributions of Beulah Ann Harriss, credited for launching Denton’s Girl Scout movement and becoming North Texas State Normal College’s first physical education teacher, will be commemorated with a state marker unveiling Sunday.

    A dedication ceremony is slated for 2 p.m. at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. The marker will be unveiled in Quakertown Park at the site where the Girl Scout Little House stood from 1929 to 2007.

    Efforts to get a Texas Historical Commission state marker placed in Denton for Harriss began in 2014. Elise Clements, then a sixth-grader, along with her mother, began researching online and at the city library about who started the Girl Scouts troop in Denton. Elise advocated for a state historical marker recognizing Harriss’ contributions as part of her Girl Scout Silver Award project.

    The Silver Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Cadette — girls in grades six, seven and eight — can earn, and it recognizes a girl’s accomplishments as a Scout and in her community, according to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. At Sunday’s dedication ceremony, the Northeast Texas council will present Elise with the Silver Award.

    Elise wrote the Denton Record-Chronicle in a 2014 email that the historical marker would inform “future generations ... what an amazing woman [Harriss] was.”

    Harriss arrived in Denton from Nebraska to teach athletics a...

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  • Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Break Ground on STEM Center of Excellence

    By Oh So Cynthia

    Technology continues to dominate much of our daily lives, but where is the female equivalent of Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg? According to Forbes, the problem starts as early as grade school. Young girls are rarely encouraged to pursue math and science, which is problematic considering studies show a lack of belief in intellectual growth can actually inhibit it. In addition, there exists an unconscious bias that science and math are typically “male” fields while humanities and arts are primarily “female” fields, and these stereotypes further inhibit girls’ likelihood of cultivating an interest in math and science. Popular culture plays a role, as well. Girls grow up seeing women in powerful positions as doctors and lawyers on TV, but the media continues to promote stereotypes when it comes to programmers, often portraying them as geeky men. On September 24, the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) broke ground on Phase One of the first ever STEM Center of Excellence at Camp Whispering Cedars to encourage girls in North Texas to think outside of the traditional female roles. Located in South Dallas, the STEM Center of Excellence will be a living laboratory where girls in kindergarten through 12th grades can explore science...

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  • Girl Scouts Earn Bronze Award for Book Donation at Children’s Medical Center

    Report, Star Local Media

    Four Girl Scouts from Coppell-Valley Ranch Troop 7232 have recently been awarded the Girl Scout Bronze Award for donating more than 900 books to the Krissi Holman Family Resource Library and Children’s Collection at Children’s Medical Center, Dallas. Earning the awards were Emily Jones, Ellie Gayden, Katy Ball and Alex Ball.

    The scouts, all 6th graders from Coppell Middle School North and Barbara Bush Middle School, solicited donations from the community and held a book drive for new and gently used books for children of all ages. The Krissi Holman Family Resource Library and Children’s Collection, opened in 2005, was the vision of a young patient, Krissi Holman, who had a dream of a library space where kids could leave their hospital rooms and be comforted with a good story. All of the libraries’ leisure books come from generous donations.

    The Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can earn, recognizes the leadership and planning skills required to follow through with a project that makes a positive difference in the community.

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  • Girl Scouts Visit Mary Kay

    Kirsten Gappelberg, Mary Kay

    It’s impossible to not smile when you think of the Girl Scouts. I’m sure you’re thinking about them right now aren’t you? Adorable girls in green, fabulous patches, girl power and of course Thin Mints! 

    Just in time for back to school, the Girl Scouts of North Texas flooded Mary Kay’s corporate headquarters building for a special event. A back to school kick off – Mary Kay style. They toured the building and the Mary Kay Museum, heard from a women’s executive panel and learned about healthy relationship behaviors, good communication and what it means to be a good friend. They also earned the Mary Kay Healthy Relationship patch!

    Were you a Girl Scout? My mom didn’t drive a pink Cadillac, but her fabulous Cadillac back in the day was the home of my first business. We would fill the trunk with cookies, pull up to the nail salon, open it up, and just wait. In case you’re wondering, cookie season starts in January!

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  • Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Honor Young Women of Distinction

    Staff Report, Star Local Media

    Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) announced Devin Bray and Sruthi Tummala as the Girl Scouts who will be honored as the Young Women of Distinction. The Women of Distinction Luncheon will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. October 14 at The Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

    Bray and Tummala will receive recognition for their commitment to community service and leadership. With the luncheon chaired by Katherine Coker, this year's keynote speaker is Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code, which is a nonprofit committed to inspire and equip girls with the computer skills and drive to pursue career opportunities in the growing IT industry.

    Funds raised during the luncheon help provide leadership programming to more than 26,600 girls in Northeast Texas in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), financial literacy, healthy living and outdoor leadership.

    A senior at Denton Guyer High School, Bray has been a Girl Scout in Troop 317 since kindergarten. Her Girl Scout adventures include camping experiences, lots of cookie booths, numerous service projects and a trip to the birthplace of Girl Scouts in Savannah, during the Girl Scout centennial in 2012. Along with growing up as a Girl Scout, Bray spent 12 years as a competitive gymnast and competed in livestock shows where she showed pigs and lambs. Bray lives in Corinth with her parents, Don and Denise, and her younger sister Dixen, who is als...

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  • MySweetCharity Opportunity: Women of Distinction Luncheon

    By: Jeanne Prejean, MySweetCharity

    According to Women Of Distinction Chair Katherine Coker:

    “As the chair of the annual Women of Distinction Luncheon, I am so honored to be a part of an amazing organization that recognizes outstanding women leaders in our community who are strong trailblazers and great role models for our next generation of young girls."

    “Presented by AT&T, the luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 14, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Our keynote speaker, Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code, is helping to lead girls into the future through STEM education that will prepare them for the 21st century. She has been recognized in Forbes’ Most Powerful Women Changing the World and the Wall Street Journal’s Innovator of the Year.

    “Additionally, we are honoring three exceptional women and two dedicated Girl Scouts. Jan Rees-Jones of the Rees-Jones Foundation will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her devotion to the local community. The impact Jan Rees-Jones has had on our community is immeasurable. From providing opportunities to disadvantaged children, helping ensure the safety and care of animals as an honorary member of the SPCA of Texas Board of Directors to serving on the Advisory Council of the Laura W. Bu...

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  • Local Girl Scouts Plan Accessible Swing at Local Park

    By April Mayer

    Local Aubrey Girl Scout Troop 8667 began their journey to obtain the Girl Scout Silver Award in the fall of 2013, commencing Project Swing-A-Roo.  Now, almost two years later, the girls have completed their final step. 

    The Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, represents a girl’s accomplishment in Girl Scouting and her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others. It's something that fulfills a need within a girl's community, whether local or global, and creates change that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills.  The Girl Scout Silver Award is a project undertaken by Girl Scouts in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.   

    In the case of Project Swing-A-Roo, the girls of Troop 8667 noticed there were limited playground facilities for older children with accessible needs.  While touring parks in neighboring cities, they found an accessible swing available in parks in Krum, Southlake, Frisco, McKinney and Allen, but none within a reasonable distance of their home base in Aubrey.

    So, who is Troop 8667, and what is a Swing-A-Roo? Troop 8667 consists of 3 Girl Scout Cadettes:  Samantha, Jacey and Angelique, and led by Troop Leader April Mayer, all of Aubrey, TX.  The Swing-A-Roo is the girls’ project name for a fully accessible swing designed for children ages ap...

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  • Girl Scouts Launch Free Library Project

    By Bethany Peterson, Midlothian Mirror

    Three Midlothian Girl Scouts hope their project will help people unplug in Midlothian parks.

    Mia Cook, Nicole Watson and Alexis Juarez are donating three Little Free Libraries to the Midlothian Parks and Recreation Department to be placed in parks throughout Midlothian. The nationwide initiative focuses on recycling materials to create a place for neighborhood residence to exchanging good books.

    The libraries will be placed in Kimmel Park at 801 W. Avenue F and N. 2nd Street, Mountain Peak Community Park at 6411 Hill Dr. and W. FM 875 and Heritage Park at 234 N. 8th St., the girls said. Boxes will be placed by city employees in the parks in the next few weeks, parks and recreation manager Billy King told parks board members at the board meeting on July 13.

    “A lot of people come to the park and if you’re not going to be playing on the playground, what are you going to do, play on your phone?” Cook said. “Now, you can read.”

    The Little Free Library boxes are made from recycled fire extinguisher boxes that the girls’ troop leader bought off of eBay. The girls sanded, repainted, roofed and caulked the boxes.

    The libraries work on the “take a book, leave a book” principal, the girls said. Anyone can select a book from the library boxes to read while he or she is in the park and even take the book home to finish, the girls said. If a person decides t...

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  • Girl Scout Dedicates Special Project to Helping Van Elementary School

    By Kim Leoffler, KLTV

    An East Texas Girl Scout is asking for the community's help for her gold award project. Fifteen-year-old Taylor Rapp decided to dedicate the project to help J.E. Rhodes Elementary School in Van that was destroyed by a tornado in May....

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  • She’s No Cookie Cutter

    by Meredith Carey, Preston Hollow People

    From Brownie to Junior Scout in Oklahoma City to a troop leader for her daughters and later a Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas board member, Kit Addleman has already made her own mark in Scouting.

    Now, as the recently elected board chair for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, the Preston Hollow resident is ready to continue not only her legacy but that of her famous Girl Scout family.

    It’s common knowledge that Juliette Gordon Low, a Georgia native, founded the girls’ organization in 1912. Low’s best friend, Mary Gale Carter, was with her every step of the way, and Carter’s daughter, Anne Choate, was Low’s goddaughter. To Addleman, Choate and Carter are family.

    “We call Kit ‘Girl Scout royalty,’” said Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.

    Carter, Addleman’s great-great-great-grandmother, and Choate, her great-great aunt, have always played a role in Addleman’s scouting career, and even more so now, as board chair until 2017.

    “I grew up knowing the Girl Scouts was important to my family,” said Addleman. “Anne died when I was only six years old, but I remember her as a very cool old person.”

    Choate was treated like Low’s own daughter, since she had no children of her own. As Girl Scouts picked up steam across the nation, Choate became involved, starting her own troop in Pleasantville, N.Y., and later succeeded Low as the second president of Girl Scouts....

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  • Marcus High Graduate Opens New Chapter for Highland Village

    Written by Stacey Campbell

    Cassandra Campbell, a Marcus High School senior and Girl Scout ambassador with Service Unit 406, Troop 79 from the Highland Village area, is working toward earning the highest leadership award available to Girl Scouts, the Gold Leadership Award.

    The Gold Award project must be done as an individual and be a minimum of 80 hours serving a need in the community outside of Girl Scouts that is sustainable with at least 20 of those hours exhibiting leadership. Campbell, who aspires to be a writer and teach English language arts, chose to focus on literacy and access to books for her Gold Award project.

    Her community of Highland Village does not have a public library system, so she thought it would be beneficial to create mini libraries at several of the area’s city parks. She contacted Linda Cornelius,director of Highland Village Parks and Recreation, to pitch the idea and found that this was something the parks board was already interested in.

    After presenting her idea at a parks board meeting and getting approval by the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Gold Award Council, Campbell set to work. She conducted book drives at her church and in the community collecting hundreds of books of all types for all ages that will stock each of the four book houses she will build. A portion of her cookie sales and money collected fr...

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  • 21st Century Girl Scouts: Confident, Inspired & Changing the World

    When you think of Girl Scouts, what comes to mind? Most people conjure up images of cute young girls selling their famous and delicious cookies every year.

    But as you were munching on those tasty sweets, did you ever wonder what the Girl Scouts of today are really all about?
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  • It All Started With 'Howdy'

    By: Roberto Molar-Candanosa '13, Texas Aggie Magazine

    Growing up a third-generation Girl Scout, Jennifer Bartkowski ‘92 loved camping and selling cookies. She earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, the second highest award a girl can get in Girl Scouts. At Texas A&M, Bartkowski’s success was no different. She earned bachelor’s degrees in English and political science, served as the president of Alpha Phi Omega, and graduated from a master’s program in public administration with perfect marks.

    After all of that, Bartkowski started a 20-year career in fundraising. In May 2014, after working with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas for five years, she was appointed as chief executive officer.

    Her success, Bartkowski says, comes in part from being a Girl Scout. One of her most vivid memories is selling Girl Scout cookies, which taught her to manage money, set goals, and talk to customers.

    “My leadership skills and comfort on how to do things and think outside the box actually come from the Girl Scouts,” she said.

    Her education at Texas A&M also served as a backbone for her success.

    “Standing in front of people, public speaking, making decisions, being involved in hundreds of hours of community service—I got to really hone my leadership skills,” Bartkowski said.

    Bartkowski remembers exactly when she chose to attend Texas A&M. It was 1987, she lived in Austin, and was looking at possible Texas colleges t...

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  • Area Girl Scouts Earn Gold Award

    Three Marshall Girl Scouts set out to make a difference in their community through various initiatives and make a difference they did, as they received the All Gold Award from the youth organization.

    Samantha Brown, Keicee Moore and Kristin Lewis (pictured above) of Girl Scout Troop 1268 worked on separate projects to better Harrison County by teaming up with area elementary schools, Dayspring Therapeutic Equine Center of Harrison County and Good Shepherd Medical Center—Marshall.

    Brown, who now attends the University of Texas—San Antonio, worked with Dayspring and owner Sheryl Fogle to create a trail and benches for guests.

    "Saving our environment is another thing that is very important to me and I was so glad the trees could be used and not just cut down."

    Brown's mother, Robyn, is troop leader for Girl Scout Troop 1268 and service unit manager. Robyn Brown she couldn't be prouder of the three girls and how the community has benefited from them.

    "I think that it's amazing that three girls from the same troop chose three different avenues to pursue and we all benefited from it in different ways," she said. "I saw from the beginning when they couldn't write a report, and now they can get up and speak in front of 200 people about their project. They felt so strongly about it that they can talk about it."

    In order to receive the Gold Award, a Girl Scout has to do something in her own community that is sus...

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  • HV Girl Scout creates special room for kids in need

    Sierra Scott, a cadet-level Girl Scout with Service Unit 406, Troop 3857 from the Highland Village area, earned the highest leadership award available to Girl Scouts in grades 6-8, the Silver Leadership Award. The Silver Award project can be done as an individual, as in Sierra’s case, or in groups of four or fewer Girl Scouts, and consists of a minimum of 50 hours serving a need in the community outside of Girl Scouts that is sustainable.

    Scott chose to focus on working with Serve Denton’s Wheeler House, a unique place that houses a clinic run by Health Services of North Texas providing affordable healthcare to the community, as well as interim housing for families that will be run by Giving Hope, Inc., a local nonprofit agency that assists people who are facing homelessness.

    Four families of single moms with kids can live in The Wheeler House at one time, and will be able to stay for as long as six months with counseling and life skills to transition into a more permanent home. 

    Sierra chose this project because she wanted to provide a safe, fun atmosphere for less fortunate kids who temporarily reside at the shelter. She created the plan and design for this kids room then presented her ideas to the Serve Denton board of directors for approval. Once approved, she took on extra chores and...

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  • Debbie & Maggie Holman

    For Debbie and Maggie Holman of Plano, volunteering is a family affair. Debbie is a lifetime Girl Scout and led her daughter Maggie’s Girl Scout troop for 13 years. Debbie was active as a Girl Scout as a child in Tyler, and when her daughter started kindergarten, it was only natural that Debbie became her Girl Scout leader.  Seventeen years later, Debbie is still very involved as an adult Girl Scout.

    “Now I continue to volunteer at an administrative level through training and planning events, working to inspire a love of outdoors in girls,” explained Debbie. “As a troop leader, I mentored and guided a group of girls through years of leadership and development. Even through the tough teenage years, our troop remained strong. Later on in my volunteering experience, I became a trainer, and have now moved into developing and modernizing training curriculum. I have served on numerous other committees, organizing Council-wide events and recognition of adult volunteers.”

    When she’s not busy with Girl Scouts, Debbie and her husband Tony own and operate Holman Pottery, a pottery studio and gallery located in Plano.

    Holman Pottery celebrated its 25th anniversary in October 2014. For more than 15 years, the studio has been located in an 1890 Victorian cottage in the Haggard Park Historic District in east Plano near downtown.

    “We are a working studio and gallery, selling Tony’s work and the work of our friends around the county. This include...

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  • Girl Scouts Transform Outdoor Pavilion into Activity Center

    An outdoor pavilion has been transformed into a facility just for Girl Scouts.

    On Saturday, the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas celebrated the grand opening of a new connection center on their regional campus.

    Officials say they serve about 1,200 girls in Smith County alone, but throughout the year, the campus regional center is visited by girl scouts from across the state.

    The connection center will be used for special events, volunteer training, summer day camps and activity programs.

    “It can be hard to be a girl. We are serving our girls throughout northeast Texas to help them have the courage, confidence and character they need to lead their lives well. So to have the community invest in our girls, they deserve the very best and we want to invest in them, and so this facility is one way we are doing that,” said Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO, Girl Scouts Northeast Texas.

    Officials say an anonymous donor gave the girl scouts $50,000 to invest in the facility.

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  • Girl Scouts Build Science Skills In Cookie Box Creations Contest

    Giggles rang out amid a steady hum of activity Sunday morning at the Galleria as 100 or so Girl Scouts constructed fantastical creations from a most natural material — empty Girl Scout cookie boxes. Swirling towers grew from Thin Mint boxes. A huge, orange boat rose from the floor, crafted from boxes of Do-si-dos. A majestic elephant ruled over one corner of the display, and a delicately detailed giraffe stood tall a few yards away. And everywhere, the girls and their coaches — mostly young female architects and engineers — worked feverishly to complete their designs. Some traveled from as far away as Paris, Texas, getting on the road at about 3 a.m. to be a part of the 2015 Cookie Box Creations competition. Most of the others came from around Dallas, some in troops and some as individuals who met with other Girl Scouts to work together on this particular project, said Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. “This was a project started with interest from some architects and engineers to engage the girls in engineering, science and math,” Bartkowski said. “But it’s very girl-led. I love it because this is a way to take the skills they’re learning in school and put them into practice.” Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the cookie box competition, which started locally, has grown every year,...

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  • Now Your House Can Smell Like Girl Scout Cookies

    Here’s an idea worthy of an ingenuity patch: Girl Scout cookie-scented candles.

    Just in time for cookie season, Yankee Candle has introduced four sweet options: Coconut Caramel Stripes, Thin Mints, Trefoils and Chocolate Peanut Butter.

    All four are available as large jar candles for $27.99; small tumbler candles, $17.99; and car air fresheners for $2.99.

    Now you can get your cookie fix without tracking down a Girl Scout. The candles are available at Yankee Candle stores at Stonebriar Center in Frisco, Garland’s Firewheel Center, select gift shops and at

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  • Cookie Sales Boost Girl Scouts' Skills

    We’ve always believed that Girl Scout cookies do a lot more than satisfy a craving for sweets, and we encourage you to break that New Year’s diet just a bit to close a sale.

    Yes, it’s Girl Scout cookie season once again, and the young entrepreneurs are out in force, armed with smiles and piles of brightly colored boxes filled with this year’s flavor selections.

    It may be difficult to think about boosting anyone’s money-management skills when buying cookies — you’re just fishing in your wallet or purse for the price of a box or two — but that’s just one of the lessons that the annual campaign is designed to teach.

    Officials with Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, which includes Denton County, tell us that girls who participate in the cookie program also pick up valuable people skills and learn about goal setting, decision making and business ethics.

    That’s why it’s important to buy the cookies from the Scouts themselves, not her parents. You’ll get the same cookies, but a lot of the lessons will be lost if adults are making the sales pitch.

    You can find Scouts selling in front of local grocery stores and downtown Denton shops, offering the cookies to their neighbors and setting up shop in front of selected homes. Other opportunities to purchase cookies can be found at

    The cookies are only sold once a year and have become crowd pleasers since the first documented sales were reported in about 1917...

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  • Girl Scout Cookie Season In Full Swing


    Girl Scout cookie season is here again — the time of year when men, women, boys and girls lose their minds and much of the weight in their wallets over tiny baked treats packed with assorted flavors and a greater mission in the community.

    Girl Scout cookies taste good in your mouth and feel good in your heart, according to Justin mother Brandi Hochstetler. Her 8-year old, Sophie, has been busy, already going through nearly 50 cases since the season began Jan. 16.

    “People call me at all hours of the night and say, ‘Hey, can you bring me cookies.’” Hochstetler said. “I don’t know what it is. They love them. They absolutely love them.”

    Madison Mallouf, a Hawk Elementary fourth-grader who has been a scout since kindergarten, said the cookies, sold only once a year, are sweet and that people just can’t say no.

    Her troop’s civic goal with their sale is rebuilding.

    “All proceeds go to our troop, and we give back to Denton,” Mallouf said. “My troop is going to help rebuild Eureka Park.”

    The first batch of cookies came out of the oven as early as 1917, when the Mistletoe Troop of Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project.

    The number of flavors have changed from the 1950s, when there were only three varieties. Today there are multiple flavors, including the three that are almost mandatory — Thin M...

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  • Local Girl Scouts Make A Difference

    Girl Scouts from the Lewisville/Highland Village area have been hard at work in the community this holiday season. In mid-November, several troops joined in the Keep Lewisville Beautiful (KLB) Trash Bash helping to collect trash from parks and waterways throughout the city. According to Amy Wells, Executive Director for KLB, the Girl Scouts were part of nearly 400 volunteers who braved the cold temperatures to make a difference on November 15. Wells reports, “Altogether, we had 398 volunteers who showed up to help make a difference in our community, who gave 1,393 volunteer hours towards community improvement and litter abatement. Together, we removed 6.6 TONS of trash from our local waterways. These are record breaking numbers for our fall Trinity Trash Bash...” The Girl Scouts then came out for the Thanksgiving holiday to lend a hand at the First United Methodist Church of Lewisville’s annual community Thanksgiving dinner. The girls from Service Unit (SU) 406 donated 96 cans of chicken broth, 14 cans of cranberry sauce, a 101 oz. can of green beans and 4 cans of lemonade to support the making of 1000 meals for families in need. The Girl Scouts also made 300 placemats for the dinner tables, and four troops prepared the materials to make 200 turkey hats for the children attending. Several Girl Scouts came out on Thanksgiving Day to help set up and serve dinner as well. This December, the Girl Scouts from SU 406 collected 70 jars of creamy peanut butter, 7...

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  • Girl Scouts Aim to Increase Membership

    The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, as part of a nationwide epidemic, have seen a decline in membership over the past 10 years. In order to reverse the trend, Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, has begun meeting with school districts and community leaders about Girl Scouts. “Developing girl leaders is our focus. Today, girls need leadership skills,” Bartkowski said. “I met with Lewisville ISD’s superintendent, Dr. Stephen F. Waddell, and found that their goals lined up with ours. We find ourselves to be complimentary to the school environment.” According to officials, in 2003 there were nearly four million women and girls in Girl Scouts of the United States of America. Now the number is around 2.3 million. The number of councils has also dropped from 321 to 112. In Northeast Texas, there are approximately 30,000 Girl Scouts. Bartkowski said locally, Northeast Texas saw its first decline last fall. “We’re transforming how we collaborate with the community and how we service older girls. We’re bringing in technology, and we really think we’re on to something.” Bartkowski said it’s hard for Girl Scouts to retain the girls in middle and high school, but the organization recently launched a leadership program for high school girls that provides corporate visits and internships that provide a unique exp...

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  • Scout Dedicated to Saving Pets

    Devin Bray, a junior at Denton Guyer High School, has been reaching for the gold since she was a Daisy — the youngest level of Girl Scouts — in kindergarten.

    Bray says her passion for animals inspired the project she’s undertaken to earn her Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Her goal, she said, is to help firefighters learn how to better save the lives of cats and dogs rescued from burning homes.

    “By watching the news I saw all these animals that needed to be saved, and I wanted to help do something about it,” said Bray, a member of Girl Scout Troop 317 in Corinth.

    And she did.

    Over the past seven months, Bray researched how to provide not only pet oxygen masks to the community, but also the training needed to use them.

    Denton Fire Department Battalion Chief Brian Glenn said he had been in communication for six weeks with Bray about her project, and initially she was just asking to donate some masks.

    “We weren’t really in the market for more masks, but I told her we could maybe use some training and it went on from there,” he said.

    Caleb Coursey, a member of Texas A&M University’s Veterinary Emergency Team, led training Saturday at the Denton Public Safety Training Center.

    Coursey said it was the veterinary team’s first oxygen safety training course for firefighters, and he hopes it leads to more.

    “It’s possibly one of the best things that could happen,” he said about the launch of the n...

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  • Local Girl Scouts Meet Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere

    Members of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Junior Troop 3537 met with Mayor Harry LaRosiliere in his office located at the Plano Municipal Building on Monday, October 13, 2014. Meeting the Mayor was an honor and a key step for completing their “Inside Government” badge.

    Mayor LaRosiliere spoke with the troop regarding how city government is run and how they can be active citizens. The girls then asked questions that ranged from “why did you decide to become mayor” to “can you tell me about your kids.”

    After the discussion, the girls pledged to become ambassadors for the city of Plano, as part of the city’s Youth Ambassador Program for which the Mayor awarded each scout a certificate and badge.

    After the meeting, Mayor LaRosiliere tweeted:

    Plano Mayor’s Office (@PlanosMayor) 10/13/14, 5:10 PM

    "Met with Girl Scout Troop 3537. Thanks girls for taking the Youth Ambassador Pledge!"

    About Troop 3537
    Girl Scout Troop 3537 are first year Juniors and fourth grade students at PISD’s Gulledge Elementary and Hickey Elementary. Troop members who met the Mayor included: Cassidy Brown, Gillian Hill, Eva Myers, Devika Nair, Hayley Polkes and Maya Villanueva. Also in attendance were troop leaders Leslie Brown and Leanne Villanueva, as well as, parent volunteer Seth Myers.

    About Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Girl...

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  • Local Girl Scouts Make a Difference

    30 Dec 2014

    Girl Scouts from the Lewisville/Highland Village area have been hard at work in the community this holiday season. In mid-November, several troops joined in the Keep Lewisville Beautiful (KLB) Trash Bash helping to collect trash from parks and waterways throughout the city. According to Amy Wells, Executive Director for KLB, the Girl Scouts were part of nearly 400 volunteers who braved the cold temperatures to make a difference on November 15. Wells reports, “Altogether, we had 398 volunteers who showed up to help make a difference in our community, who gave 1,393 volunteer hours towards community improvement and litter abatement. Together, we removed 6.6 TONS of trash from our local waterways. These are record breaking numbers for our fall Trinity Trash Bash...” The Girl Scouts then came out for the Thanksgiving holiday to lend a hand at the First United Methodist Church of Lewisville’s annual community Thanksgiving dinner. The girls from Service Unit (SU) 406 donated 96 cans of chicken broth, 14 cans of cranberry sauce, a 101 oz. can of green beans and 4 cans of lemonade to support the making of 1000 meals for families in need. The Girl Scouts also made 300 placemats for the dinner tables, and four troops prepared the materials to make 200 turkey hats for the children attending. Several Girl Scouts came out on Thanksgiving Day to help set up and serve dinner as well....

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  • Girl Scouts break record at Women of Distinction Luncheon

    The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas announced recently that it broke records at its Women of Distinction Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole in November, raising more than $481,000. It was also the largest attendance the group had ever had, with 865 people. The 2014 total is 25 percent over 2013 figures. Gene Jones received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Nancy Ann Hunt received the Woman of Distinction Award. The luncheon was chaired by Elizabeth Gambrell, and the keynote speaker was Alison Levine, author of On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership. High school seniors Meredith Burke of Dallas and Cameron Wicks of Cedar Hill were given Young Women of Distinction honors. Cookie time Speaking of fundraisers, the Girl Scouts will kick off 2015 cookie sales Jan. 16. There are two new flavors this year, Rah-Rah Raisins and a gluten-free offering, Toffee-Tastic. The Girl Scouts are celebrating the 40th birthday of the Samoa, and it will be sold alongside other perennial favorites Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos and Savannah Smiles. The cookies are $4 per box except for Toffee-Tastic, which sells for $...

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