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Generations of Impact: How 25 years of services led to $20,000 for girls

June 11, 2014

Emily Hill, Director of Individual Giving

Girl Scouts Pinning AlumnaeThe day before Mothers’ Day had me driving up to Annapolis, Maryland for a very special reason. Friends of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines, Bob Schmitz and Amy Csorba, had made a gift in honor or Amy’s 80-year-old mother, Sue, and we were about to surprise her with a small celebration in her honor.

The story of this visit traces back to Amy and Bob sorting through Mrs. Csorba’s things after the death of her husband in January 2014. Among the many family heirlooms, Amy found photographs, mementos, and badges – Girl Scout memorabilia that reminded Amy of her mother’s passion for the organization.

Sue “Skipper” Csorba was a Girl Scout leader in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s in Annapolis. During her almost 25 years of involvement, Sue led her daughters’ troops and later helped other troops organize camping, hiking, and outdoor adventures. She served with a cadre of co-leaders, many of whom were to join us in the celebration.

Honoring Sue’s passion to provide outdoor experiences for all girls was very important to Bob and Amy. Sue was committed to giving girls outdoor experiences, and determined to have an inclusive troop of girls from all races, incomes, and family situations – even going so far as to provide transportation to girls who needed it. With a $20,000 gift, Bob and Amy established the Sue “Skipper” Csorba Scholarship Fund to send 80 girls to NC Coastal Pines summer camps over the next 10 years. These full scholarships would go to girls with the greatest financial need, and preference would be made for girls who had never been to camp before.

Sue now lives in a retirement community, outside of Annapolis, where the celebration was to be held. The small gathering included the family, co-leaders from Sue’s troops, and friends from the Central Maryland Girl Scout Council.

proclamationMany tears were shed and memories shared, as the scrapbooks and memorabilia were passed around. My favorite was an official proclamation written to look like the Declaration of Independence by Troop 231 in 1967 that claimed Sue to be the GREATEST Girl Scout Leader A Girl Ever Had. The proclamation goes on to say:

“She taught us all about arts & crafts, first aid, singing, dancing, hiking, nature trails, the fun of camping, and the good feelings of sharing a campfire with friends. She brought out the best in us, as an individual and as a member of a troop and prepared us to do our best as we grew to adulthood. Her actions exemplified the ideals of the Girl Scout Motto & Laws, to her troop and to the community.”

With these summer camp scholarships, Sue will continue to make a big impact on girls for many more years. We are so grateful to her, to Bob and Amy, and to all the Girl Scout leaders who help grow our girls into amazing women.

To make a gift in honor of the leader that inspired you, or to find out more about the Sue “Skipper” Csorba Scholarship Fund, please contact me via email or 1-800-284-4475. Thanks.

 

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Having It All

May 6, 2013

By Krista Park, Communications & Marketing Director

Girls today reflect a new generation of financially empowered and independent citizens. An overwhelming majority of girls feel gender is not a barrier to what they can accomplish financially. But is the world ready to support today’s girls?

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As it now stands, students receive little financial education at school and have repeatedly failed broad tests measuring their mastery of basic personal finance and economic concepts. Just 14 states require high schools to offer a course in personal finance, according to the Council for Economic Education, and even fewer require students to take such a course in order to graduate.

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In an ever-changing economy and world, financial skills are leadership skills. As the premier leadership organization for girls, Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines helps girls build financial experience, confidence, and independence by providing them with resources focused on everything from saving money, developing strong credit, and minimizing debt, to philanthropic giving and financing their dreams.

Women now represent half of the workforce in the United States, and more than half of the country’s college students and graduates are women. Thus, the potential for women to hold leadership positions in business, entertainment, academia, and politics is high.

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But while progress has been made, there is still a shortage of women in leadership roles. As of 2012, women made up 18.3 percent of the U.S. Congress, and 23.4 percent of statewide elective executive offices. Only 3.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs were women, and women made up 16.6 percent of corporate boards.

Girl Scouts is committing to the financial empowerment of all girls. Our shift from simple fundraising to financial education has been underway for some time and continues to bolster the relevance of Girl Scouting to today’s girls. The current economic recession and resulting awareness of how important financial literacy is for all youth—especially girls—has given our approach a real charge.

According to the Girl Scout Research Institute study Having It All: Girls and Financial Literacy, girls are quite clear that they need and want financial literacy skills to help them achieve their dreams, with 90 percent saying it is important for them to learn how to manage money. However, just 12 percent of girls surveyed feel confident in making financial decisions.

It is up to all of us at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Pines to ensure today’s girls are developing the financial savvy, business skills, and innovative thinking that will position them to be leaders in their own lives and in the world at large.

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Please join us in helping girls be prepared for their futures.

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