Monday Member Message from Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois
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Monday Member Message from Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois


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A Message from CEO Loretta Graham:

Dear Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, 

We are currently in the process of scheduling the 2020 Annual Meeting. As you know, as a result of COVID-19 we were forced to cancel our in-person Annual Meeting. We had anticipated moving our Annual Meeting to virtual without delay. However, after the parliamentarian reviewed our bylaws it was determined that our bylaws do not allow virtual Annual Meetings.

To resolve this and allow us to have a virtual Annual Meeting the Bylaws Committee met Monday, May 11, 2020, to pass an Amendment Change, with Board approval, that will allow us to have a virtual Annual Meeting. The Amendment Change will be sent to the Board of Directors for approval. The Board of Directors will be meeting in two weeks for a special meeting to approve the Amendment. Once the Board approves the Amendment it must be passed by a Special Meeting of the Members (to be scheduled). Once the Amendment is passed by membership (two-thirds vote) we can proceed with having our virtual Annual Meeting.

We recognize that making these change has taken some time and we will do our best to keep moving forward to have the virtual Annual Meeting scheduled as soon as possible. Please email Loretta Graham at lgraham@gsofsi.org if you have any questions.

GSofSI Programs & Events
The health and well-being of our girls, volunteers, and staff are our top concern. Based on the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), local and state social-distancing mandates, and advice from healthcare professionals, we have made the difficult decision to cancel ALL programs through at least August 31. This includes all resident and day camps, troop camping, and events.

As state restrictions are lifted, we will we can do to provide a consistent Girl Scout program. We will keep you informed on when our in-person activities will resume. We have provided FAQ’s regarding this difficult decision.

GSofSI Virtual Program Update
Join us May 18-22 for Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Innovation Week! All Girl Scouts are welcome!  

Girl Scouts of the USA has also launched a NEW national service project! 
Girls write letters to people in nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities, including the dedicated staff and caregivers. This long-distance hug is a way to share your good thoughts with these vulnerable and loved community members. Learn more...

Cookie Program Update:
The online “Eat. Share. Show Communities We Care.” campaign has been extended until May 31. Learn more about participating in this national campaign. 

GSofSI Troops can also host Virtual Cookie Booths for friends and family. Learn more about how to host one online

Volunteer Appreciation Month Survey
We had a lot of fun recognizing and celebrating GSofSI volunteers throughout the month of April. We would love to hear if you enjoyed it too! 

Please complete this brief survey to share your feedback. Let us know which of this year's activities you enjoyed most and your suggestions for the future. 

gsLearn is Here!
gsLearn is here! Our learning management system for e-learning can be accessed through the MY GS tab on our website.

GSofSI’s Volunteer Resources Department designed, built and assigned our first course: 416-Troop Finances. If you are a Service Unit Manager, Service Unit Treasurer, Troop Leader, Co-Leader or Troop Treasurer, please sign in to gsLearn to complete the 416-Troop Finances course, which is designed to prepare you to submit your troop finances through the VTK by the June 17th deadline.

Adult Training Certifications
Due to the limitations COVID-19 has created for our volunteers to renew certain certifications, we will be granting an extension for Canoeing, CPR/AED/First Aid, and Archery trainings through December 31, 2020. If a volunteer’s certification(s) for any of these named programs expires between March 2020 and October 2020 and the volunteer is unable to re-certify the traditional way, GSofSI  will accept the current certification through the end of the calendar  year. This extension is only valid for reservations and usage of GSofSI  properties. We will continue to monitor the effects of the pandemic and make necessary adjustments.

For volunteers who are interested, the American Red Cross is offering a free 120 Day Certification Extension for Base Level Certifications in response to the COVID-19 situation. Explore more on the American Red Cross extension by visiting the American Red Cross website and and completing the following online learning acknowledgement for the “120 Day Certification Extension” course.   

Shop Girl Scouts from Home on Facebook Live
Our GSofSI Council Shop team had so much fun shopping with members in their homes last month that they want to have MORE Facebook Live events! There will be TWO fun shopping nights still left to attend in May – each with different themes and sharing special offers.  

May 21 will have a Backyard Camping theme, and we will feature all the brand-new apparel and accessories that girls could have browsed at Day Camp this summer. Go to Event...

On May 28, we’re hosting a BIG CLEARANCE event! Everything will be priced at the lowest possible price!   

Watch our GSofSI Facebook Page for updates and to join these special shopping events! 

Shop Local at the GSofSI Council Shop
We have a new way to shop local! Our GSofSI Online Shop has all of the items that are in stock at our GSofSI Council Shop located in Glen Carbon including the new Virtual Girl Scouts patches! Our Council Shop is also open for phone orders at 800.345.6858 or by emailing customercare@gsofsi.org