Friday, October 25, 2013

Who's who at Girl Scouts of Hawai`i

The following are excerpts from the newest edition of our quarterly newsletter, Connect. To read the full newsletter, click here.

From left to right, back row: Gail Mukaihata Hannemann, Summer Kaimikaua, Reyna Kaneko, Jennifer Kondo, Erica Becerrada, Rona Lee, Kristi Cardoso, Julie Grimes, Mike Uno. Front row: Colleen LaClair, Sonya Chung-Hirano, Dorri Nautu, Crystal Marinas, Lila Frisbie, Tate Kaneshige. Seated: Jennifer Frisbee. Not pictured: Kelly Cerelejia, Marci Goldman-Manker, Janelle Harkness, Shereen Ho`opi`i, Michael Koehne, Jessica Louis, Tauna Neerings, Ivy Mixter Vinayaga.

Names in green denote new GSH team members.

This Girl Scout year, we can't wait to...

Gail Mukaihata Hannemann
Chief Executive Officer
...see girls grow as leaders in their community.

Kristi Cardoso
Director of Corporate Relations
...see what happens with the ISS experiment.

Julie Grimes
Accounting Coordinator
...start a worlde-wide adventure & encourage or lend a hand to someone in need.

Michael Uno
Camp Coordinator there!

Colleen LaClair
Series/Events Project Manager through all the journeys and programs we offer along with our volunteers, leaders and staff.

Rona Lee
Administrative Assistant my share of cookies!

Ivy Mixter Vinayaga
Chief Financial Officer
...see the camps renovated and enjoyed by all.

Jessica Louis
Registrar and Systems Specialist
...enjoy some yummy Thank U Berry Munch cookies!
Dorri Nautu
...see the MicroLab prototype that the ISS girls plan this year!

Janelle Harkness
Membership & Program Specialist

Michael Koehne
Property Manager new bathrooms at camp.

Jennifer Kondo
Troop Project Manager and work with all of our wonderful volunteers!

Lila Frisbie
Product & Retail Sales Manager
...sell cookies with my daughter Maddie!

Marci Goldman-Manker
MAPS Coordinator, Hawai`i Island
...go to a cookie rally! 

Kelly Cerelejia
Product & Retail Sales Assistant girls accomplish their goals.

Reyna Kaneko
Chief Marketing Officer
...hear stories and see photos of all the great things Girl Scouts will be doing in our communities statewide!

Crystal Marinas
Accounting Manager
...explore fun and exciting new places in our state.

Tate Kaneshige
Communications Specialist
...go back to camp!

Erica Becerrada
Administrative Assistant a Girl Scout MOM!

Sonya Chung-Hirano
Philanthropic Services Manager
...go camping with my daughter! 

Summer Kaimikaua
Sales Supervisor
...see you at the shop!

Shereen Ho`opi`i
MAPS Coordinator, Kaua`i Island the world!

Tauna Neerings
MAPS Coordinator, Maui Island
...bring our After School Hours Program to two new schools in Lahaina.

After nine years of dedication and hard work, Jennifer Frisbee (pictured, center, seated) decided it was time to bid adieu to Girl Scouts of Hawai`i. We celebrated her last day with laughter, tears and, of course, lots of delicious food. Though formally the Assistant Director of Membership and Program Services (MAPS), Jennifer has been known to wear many hats at the organization. Whenever anyone has a question, they will usually go to Jennifer first to get the answer. Aside from her extensive mental database of Girl Scout knowledge, Jennifer is best known in the office for her cute cubicle decorations–usually a sign she’s been exploring Pinterest–, funny lunchtime stories, and her shrimp √©touff√©, which is always a potluck must-have.

“Jennifer has been an invaluable part of our team here for a long time and words cannot express our gratitude to her for all the long hours she put into this organization. We will miss her but know she will thrive in whatever future endeavor she chooses to pursue.”
 -Reyna Kaneko Chief Marketing Officer

Friday, October 18, 2013

Newest edition of newsletter now available!

Click on any of the links below or the image above to access a PDF of the newsletter.
In this Issue: 
What a year it has been and what a year it will be! 
"As a Girl Scout volunteer, you can show girls that anything is possible, and you can inspire them to dream bigger and go further than they ever even imagined."
Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng is a Hawai`i-based educator, writer and Girl Scout volunteer. She also just happens to be President Barack Obama's sister.
After nine years of dedication and hard work, Jennifer Frisbee decided it was time to bid adieu...and welcome to two new team members!
Now a junior at the University of Southern California, Cristin L. continues to give back to her community to Girl Scouts. Last year she became a new leader of a Daisy troop...
Get to know who's who at Girl Scouts of Hawai`i! We can't wait to...
The theme of this year's dinner is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Every year, over 1400 volunteers support Girl Scout programming by donating their time and energy to running great program opportunities for girls.
Cookies, p. 8
What can a cookie do? A world of good! I'll show you how!
Camp, p. 9
Camping is part of the Girl Scout experience in three ways: troop camping, service unit camping and council camping.
Upcoming promos, new "Brownie Points" program, and how you can help us promote sustainability. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Woman of Distinction sign-ups NOW OPEN!

Every year Girl Scouts young and old come to help out at the Woman of Distinction Dinner. As we did last year, we invite Girl Scouts to help out in one of three ways.
Sign up by clicking the links below each description.

Each girl will also receive a commemorative 2013 Woman of Distinction patch. Girls also have the opportunity to attend a Meet-and-Greet* with our honorees: Dr. Elizabeth Ignacio, Orthopedic Surgeon, Imua Orthopedics; Sheryl Seaman, Vice Chairman, Group 70 International; and Jan Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, Oceanit. Spots are limited, so sign up today before it's too late!

Woman of Distinction Dinner
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom
Time for volunteers: 5:00-9:00 p.m.**
*If you would like to attend the Meet-and-Greet, please arrive at or before 4:30 p.m. when that begins.
**Gala greeters only have to stay until 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2013

What is the Position of the Honorary National President?

Originally posted by GSUSA

Girl Scouts of the USA’s Honorary National President post is a tradition that dates back almost 100 years. By accepting the position in 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama joined the ranks of every First Lady since 1917, when First Lady Edith B. Wilson became the first Honorary National President of the Girl Scout Movement.

In her tenure as Girl Scouts of the USA's Honorary National President, First Lady Laura Bush celebrated the 90th anniversary of Girl Scouts of the USA.

“This cultural exchange reminded me how important it is to reach out to others around the world, to explore our differences,'' Mrs. Bush said. “Girl Scouts has the perfect approach to reaching girls worldwide. The world is a better place because of Girl Scouts.''

She also remained engaged in Girl Scouting through the 100th Anniversary, even filming the below video.

Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to have First Lady Michelle Obama help with our recruitment efforts. In a video released this week, Mrs. Obama highlights the important role played by Girl Scout volunteers, coinciding with the launch of the organization’s new national campaign to increase recruitment of girl members and adult volunteers. The “I can’t wait to…” campaign highlights the fun, excitement, and anticipation that are part of the Girl Scout experience.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

President Obama's Sister Proud to be Girl Scouts of Hawai`i Volunteer

Girl Scouts of Hawai`i boosted its recruitment campaign today with a video from Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, Girl Scout volunteer and President Barack Obama’s sister. Dr. Soetoro-Ng’s video comes in response to her sister-in-law First Lady Michelle Obama’s video released Sunday urging adults nationwide to volunteer for Girl Scouts. Having already featured two other local volunteers in its national recruitment campaign, GSUSA will now be using Dr. Soetoro-Ng’s videos in grassroots efforts nationwide, putting the local council on the Girl Scout map.
“Four years ago I started a Girl Scout troop so that my daughter would have many of the opportunities that my sister-in-law Michelle Obama speaks of in her video,” said Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, Hawaii-based writer, educator and Girl Scout volunteer. Soetoro-Ng and her troop co-leaders, most of whom are also female educators at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, develop unique, place-based activities based on the Girl Scout Journeys curriculum. As part of the It’s Your Planet—Love It! Journey series, her Brownie Troop cleared trash bags full of invasive algae after learning about water pollution from a scientist at Malama Maunalua. Another favorite spot for the troop is Ho`oulu `Aina, the Kalihi Valley Nature Preserve, where the girls learned about the valley’s reclaimed resources, indigenous plants and food sovereignty.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama on Girl Scouting + Video Contest!

First Lady Michelle Obama, honorary president of GSUSA, kicked off National Recruitment Week (September 30-October 7) with a video urging all adults to become Girl Scout volunteers. “Girl Scout volunteers can be moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents or anyone else looking to help girls in their community fulfill their boundless promise,” the First Lady says. “As a Girl Scout volunteer, you can show girls that anything is possible…and you can inspire them to dream bigger and go further than they ever even imagined.”
Video Contest!
Join First Lady Michelle Obama and our very own Hawai`i-based volunteers Tiffany and Erica in sharing your great Girl Scout volunteer stories! During National Recruitment Week, we want to encourage more adults to volunteer for Girl Scouts here in Hawai`i. If you are a Girl Scout parent or volunteer, inspire others to join you in volunteering by sharing your story. We will be releasing a GSH video featuring a very special Hawai`i-based Girl Scout volunteer on Wednesday, so please stay tuned to social media for that!
Send your recording to by Monday, October 7 at 5 p.m. and we'll post it on our Facebook page. The video that receives the most "likes" in a 24-hour period will be highlighted on our GSH website!
1. Wear your GS t-shirt and volunteer pin if you have one!
2. Share how volunteering for GS has impacted your life
3. Invite your Girl Scout to share how important having volunteers like you is to her
4. All videos should be family-friendly, and have fun!

By sending in your video, you agree that all persons in the video are Girl Scout members and thus permit Girl Scouts of Hawai`i to publicize your video on our website and other media outlets where appropriate. In order to ensure your privacy, please do not mention any last names or school names in your videos. Testimonial about Girl Scouting in Hawai`i specifically is a plus.

Please include your name, your troop name and level (Daisy, Brownie, etc.) in the email. Videos do not have to be professionally done! The following are acceptable movie formats: mov, mpeg4, avi, wmv, mpegps, flv, 3gpp, webm. For instructions on how to convert your video into one of these file formats, visit YouTube's troubleshoot page.