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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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Are You “The One”?!

May 28, 2014

By Allison Winans, Volunteer Services Executive and Brooke Banson, Volunteer Recruitment Director

CristinKenneyPhotographyGirlsScouts--21When you think of Girl Scouting, what comes to mind?  Camping with your best friends? Learning life skills that will make you a courageous leader? Giving back to the local community? Absolutely! That is exactly what the Girl Scout Movement instills in girls today.  But, one thing that is not on the forefront of our minds is that where our girls meet is just as important as what they are doing.

Safe, regular meeting space for troops to meet in is very important for an effective and fun program.  As you know, Girl Scouts—NC Coastal Pines is growing. We need your help to find locations that will host a Girl Scout Troop in order to allow girls to get involved in Girl Scouting!  There are currently over 1,000 girls waiting to be placed in local troops, and you and an organization you know could be “the one” to help us!

What are we looking for? Ideal and out-of-the-box locations are:

  • churches, temples or mosques
  • fire departments,
  • office conference rooms after hours
  • day care centers
  • non-profit offices
  • apartment or neighborhood clubhouses
  • assisted living facilities
  • civic groups with buildings; like the Shriners Club or American Legion

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines will:

  1. Communicate with a local site contact to confirm a starting date of the new troop and on-going as needed
  2. Provide trained adults who submit to a background check to facilitate the Girl Scout program
  3. Ensure that all participants will be registered members of Girl Scouts of the USA and covered by Girl Scout insurance
  4. Provide appropriate leadership and on-going training and support for volunteer leaders using your facility
  5. Leave the space better than they found it
  6. Work with a local site contact to determine an appropriate service project for the site that is also age and skill appropriate for the Troop

You can be the key to helping us unlock new, safe and exciting meeting spaces for our girls!  Do you have suggestions for locations in your area?  Or do you work for an organization that would be willing to host a Girl Scout Troop? Please send your recommendations or reach out directly to Allison Winans (awinans@nccoastalpines.org) with the organization name, contact person, address, phone number and email. We’ll do the rest!

As always, thank you for supporting girls across our 41 counties!

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