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WHY WE NEED TO SUPPORT GIRL SCOUTS TODAY

October 8, 2014

By Lois “Lofi” Hirshman, alumna and volunteer

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines Volunteer LofiLofi celebrates her 77th year as a Girl Scout today, October 10th. Her Girl Scout career includes time as a girl in Pennsylvania, a leader in New York, and a beloved volunteer in Chapel Hill. In addition, Lofi makes a yearly contribution to Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines. We asked her why she supports our girls, and here’s what she wrote.

When I go into Girl Scout troops today, I ask the girls what is the best thing about Girl Scouts. The answer always comes out FRIENDSHIPS and CAMPING.

What are the girls telling us? They’re saying…

“In this Facebook age, technology cannot replace the face to face experiences of life. We need both.”

Because Girl Scouting is a movement, we change with the needs of the girls we serve, and those needs are dictated by the girls. The Girl Scouting of today is very different than when I came into it in 1937. Today, girls want more technology and business skills along with the traditional camping, singing, and – of course – fun. The new program is doing this. Through its new technical badges, it’s concentration on building the 3 C’s courage, confidence, and character, and developing a basic understanding of business skills through the cookie program.

I also hear our girls say they want a place to be just girls. Girl Scouting is the only all-girl group that gives the girl many areas to examine toward her future life work and hobbies. This is one thing that has not changed.

Lady Baden-Powell, The World Chief Guide, always called Girl Scouting and Guiding a game. We only have to look to our Law and Promise for the rules of Our Great Game of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting. They are positive and youth oriented. They mirror the moral code of today, and they fit our technological society. The way we play the game is through the Motto and Mission. Our Motto of doing a good turn has been expanded from the personal good turn that we still must do daily to include good turns to the communities we live in – and worldwide.

Through these guiding principles, Girl Scouting serves the entire community. And we need to make it possible for everyone in the community to participate. Because everything is a great deal more expensive than it was when I was first a Girl Scout, the money needed to run our camps and programs has increased. In addition, our Council has been chosen to try out several of the new science and technical programs. Through these, our girls are learning about our amazing world of technology and seeing ways to become a useful member of our technological era, while keeping the fun that only interacting with other humans can give.

With our support, Girl Scouts will positively affect the future of the entire community – online, at home, and around the world.

You can learn more about making your tax deductible donation to support Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines on our website www.nccoastalpines.org/donate or by calling our Fund Development Office at 800-284-4475 x3315.

 

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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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