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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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Two teenage Girl Scouts give girls experiences of a lifetime!

May 20, 2014

By Emily Hill, Director of Individual Giving

As our 2014 Campership fundraiser winds down, we send our thanks to the more than 95 individuals who made contributions to help send girls with financial need to our Girl Scout camps this summer. We raised $8,200 for the 2014 Campership Fund, just shy of our ambitious goal of $10,000. These gifts will help us provide scholarship support for the more than 130 girls who applied for financial aid for our 2014 resident Summer Camps.

We were amazed by these two teenage Girl Scouts who gave their hard-earned cookie money to the Campership Fund:

ChloeMeet Chloe

Chloe V. is a 13 year old eighth grader who has been a Girl Scout since she was a Daisy. Formerly of Troop #1607, Chloe attended Camp Hardee in 2012 where she remembers how a canoe mishap gave her the experience of a lifetime. “We fell out of the canoe. And there was a pod of dolphins swimming nearby across the Sound,” Chloe tells it. That experience was just part of a week she’ll always remember at Camp Hardee, and is encouraging her to pursue the Counselor in Training program next year.

This service-minded girl also volunteers through her church and youth group. Chloe is currently in the interview pool to attend Johnston County Early College Academy next year, a selective five-year school where graduates will receive a high school diploma and a two year Associates Degree from Johnston Community College. Later, this ambitious young Girl Scout hopes to attend UNC-Chapel Hill to study occupational therapy.

LillieMeet Lillie M.

Lillie M. is an 18 year old, high school senior and a member of Troop #231.  She has been a Girl Scout since 2000 when she joined as a Daisy on her 5th birthday while still in preschool.  As a Girl Scout, Lillie has earned the Bronze and Silver Awards and will complete her Gold Project this summer. She served on the it2 advisory board and has been a voting delegate to the Annual Meeting for three years.

Not only excelling in Girl Scouts, Lillie has served as her high school’s student body president for two years, was chief marshal, is a leader with FFA, and lists volleyball, tennis, soccer, and Marching Band Flag Squad among her many extracurricular activities. This impressive teenager is currently ranked number one in her high school class, and received a prestigious scholar award to attend the Honors College at East Carolina where she will major in Biology.

And if their bios alone weren’t enough to convince you that Chloe and Lillie are incredible ambassadors of the Girl Scout program… this year both decided (independent of each other) to give their hard-earned cookie money to the Campership Fund. Their gifts will provide opportunities for girls to have the experience of a lifetime the summer at camp – experiences like the two have had with Girl Scouts.

“I have had so many opportunities through Girl Scouting and want to provide that for another girl,” says Lillie of her gift to the Campership Fund.

Chloe echos Lillie’s sentiments. “I wanted to give the money I had raised to help someone. I couldn’t think of any better way to help than to give back in the way of camperships,” says Chloe. Her remarkable gift of over $600 made her one of the top donors to the 2014 Campership Fund. Because of Chloe, three more girls will get a full week at resident camp to have fun and make great memories, like those Chloe has of her time at Camp Hardee.

“At first, I didn’t know people were going to make a big deal, but I hope other people will give, and we can send more girls to camp,” she adds.

These girls could have spent this cookie money on themselves – materials, trips, camp sessions, Girl Scout gear – but both of them exemplified the Girl Scout traditions of giving back.  Thanks, Chloe and Lillie!

Tell us what inspires you to give to Girl Scouting!

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