From the Desk of Katrina M. Viegas
Did you know our local Girl Scouts council serves 1,486 girls ages 5-17 right here in our Twin Ports community? The average cost to serve a Girl Scout member is $315, so this represents a $589,365 investment in leadership programming for the greater Duluth/Superior region!
For nearly three years now, I have been honored to serve on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines. I am pleased to support the Girl Scouts in our mission to “build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.”
People who are unfamiliar with Girl Scouts often believe it’s just about selling cookies and making art projects. That is a far cry from the breadth and depth of the true Girl Scouts experience! Girl Scout programs are based on the themes of leadership development, life skills, and community service. They are girl-led with the support of adult volunteers and staff, and they are cooperative and interactive.
Each program addresses one or more of five focus areas. One is science and technology; did you know Girl Scouts introduces more girls to inspiring role models in “STEM” fields than any other organization? Another is financial literacy, including budgeting and savings. This is crucial, as 90% of all women have to be financially self-sufficient at some point in their lives. Other focuses are healthy living, environmental leadership and global citizenship.
Interested in investing in leadership programming for girls in the Twin Ports? You’re invited to attend our exciting fundraising event on Thursday, May 19, 2016 – Dreams to Reality! Join us at the Kitchi Gammi Club in Duluth for appetizers, desserts, a silent auction, and entertainment provided by the acoustic duo Harbor Drive Hookup!
For more information about Girl Scouts or our upcoming Dreams to Reality event, please visit their website at http://gslakesandpines.org/.