This week, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) was ranked second on the World Value Index, an anticipated annual report that measures world-class organizations based on how different audiences perceive and value a brand’s purpose and mission. After coming in seventh in 2016’s index, GSUSA is now recognized as the second top-valued brand in the world for its significance and dependability to the communities and audiences the nonprofit serves.
07 Jun 2017
05 Jun 2017
The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits has announced that it will hold its 2017 Visions Awards on Nov. 28 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. This year, the awards will honor five visionaries for their transformational work in nonprofit leadership, according to a news release from the organization.
The 2017 Visions honorees are Danny Cavett, of Cavett Kids Foundation (Pat Potts Visionary Award); Gene Rainbolt, of BancFirst (Lifetime Achievement Award); Dr. Robert L. Spinks, of Oklahoma City University (President's Award); Shannon Luper, of Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma (Sarkeys Special Recognition Award); and Toby Jenkins, of Oklahomans for Equality (The Rodney Bivens Innovation Award).
19 Mar 2017
Gymnast and author Jen Bricker, who never let the fact that she was born without legs prevent her from living a full and extremely athletic life, will be the guest speaker for the 2017 Juliette Low Leadership Society Luncheon, benefiting the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma.
Bricker was born to Romanian parents who had immigrated to the United States, and who immediately gave her up for adoption because the family was concerned about being able to afford the care she would need. Bricker was adopted by a family that encouraged her in every way.
07 Mar 2017
I can’t resist Girl Scout cookies. Sure, I have a weakness is for Thin Mints and Trefoils, but more than that, it’s for the girls (and their parents) who work countless hours during sales season.
Sales happen because Girl Scouts pound the pavement, spend chilly afternoons at folding tables outside grocery stores and call all their relatives asking if they would like a box – or 10.
I made my first purchase of the year from my cousin’s sweet daughter, Maisie, who is in the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Troop 438. I’ve also bought from friends’ and neighbors’ kids. And not one box will go to waste, especially knowing the proceeds provide amazing leadership experiences for girls around Tulsa.
02 Mar 2017
During summer Resident Camp, we give campers the benefit of a culturally diverse camp staff by hiring international camp counselors. You can help to make their experience in the United States a more positive one by hosting an international camp counselor for this summer.
When each camp session is over, the international staff needs a place to stay. Pick up a counselor from camp on Friday evening, and spend the weekend learning more about her country and culture. Take her shopping, show her around town, or just spend a relaxing weekend at home.
You can read more about the Host Family Responsibilities and download a Host Family Application (Form #652). If you have questions, contact Becky Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
02 Mar 2017
East Central University hosted Scout day for boys and girls Saturday, Feb. 18.
Members of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma and the Arbuckle Area Council Boy Scouts received free admission to the Tiger basketball doubleheader at Kerr Activities Center.
Rebekah Peters from Troop 1095 sang the National Anthem for the women’s game, and Scouts were honored at halftime during the men’s game.
16 Feb 2017
Our February edition of our Donor News is out, you can read it here!
DailyMail.com: Would YOU take business advice from a tween? Girl Scouts' most successful cookie sellers reveal their top tips for unloading THOUSANDS of boxes every year and raking in impressive profits14 Feb 2017
Some of the country's top sellers have shared their best tips to peddle Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs - as well as this year's new flavor, the Smore's. These girls have sold 1,500 to 3,624 boxes in past years, compared to an average of 150 to 200.
Each one of them has their preferred strategy - from audacious online videos driving up internet sales to plain old business cards. One 15-year-old even told Time Money how she convinces customers they should buy more boxes - for their own benefit.
13 Feb 2017
As delicious as Girl Scout cookies may be, those tempting boxes don't move themselves. It's up to some 1.9 million young girls to sell them each year. And while they may be young, these girls can take their business savvy to the bank. (That's probably why Moneymagazine profiled five of the Girl Scouts' top sellers this month.) Luckily, their best advice goes well beyond knowing the difference between Thin Mints and Samoas. You can take their tips into work too.
07 Feb 2017
2017 National Council Session / 54th Convention in Columbus, Ohio, October 4-8, 2017.
DELEGATE APPLICATIONS are now being accepted.
- Delegates shall be currently registered Girl Scouts
- Adults and girls age 14 years or older
- Available to attend the National Council Sessions during the dates of October 4 – 6, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio
Completed applications are due no later than Friday, March 3 to be considered for this exciting opportunity. Instructions for submission are noted on the form and we encourage you to act early.
We look forward to hearing from you!
*Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma pays the cost of transportation, lodging, council session registration fees and a daily food allowance for delegates. Individuals are responsible for personal incidental expenses, any special events they wish to participate in at the convention and any upgrades in travel or lodging.
07 Feb 2017
About half of the world's 1.9 million Girl Scouts participate in the annual fundraiser -- now in its hundredth year -- that bankrolls the organization's projects, field trips, and community service initiatives. (All proceeds go to the local troop and council, a Girl Scouts spokeswoman says, but local councils may award prizes to top local sellers.) And while the average Scout sells 150 to 200 boxes of cookies each season, some Samoa slingers go well beyond that, selling thousands of boxes apiece.
02 Feb 2017
The Ada Juliette Low Leadership Society is pleased to announce its annual Pearls & Swirls for the Girls celebration is set for Friday. The event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the ECU Chickasaw Business and Conference Center in Ada.
This event will honor Ada Girl Scout troop leaders and will benefit the 2017 Ada Girl Scout Day Camp. Supporting day camp gives our girls an opportunity to participate in activities that they would otherwise not have. Girls get to go canoeing, swim and learn archery, and it’s unique to the Ada day camp that girls get to participate in all three activities. Ada’s day camp is available to all girls in the Ada community. And day campers can invite their best friends to attend with them, even if they aren’t Girl Scouts. Day camp is open to girls of all ages as well.
29 Jan 2017
There is an organization that ties many of Oklahoma’s most successful women together.
“Girl Scouting is not something you do as a child, it’s something that becomes a part of your entire life. Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout,” said Julie Smith, board chairwoman of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma.
In celebration of the organization’s 105th anniversary in March, we interviewed six women who shared the same sentiment about scouts.
“It’s timeless,” said 59-year-old Smith, who is one of six generations of her family who have been involved in the group. “The qualities of leadership, innovation, courage and confidence are still continued through the Girl Scouts.”
26 Jan 2017
According to a press release from Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, a century ago, girls started participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: the Girl Scout cookie program.
Through this program, girls learn essential skills they need to become effective leaders, manage finances and gain self-sufficiency and confidence handling money, the release said.
22 Jan 2017
A crowd estimated at several thousand Girl Scouts, leaders, parents and other family members descended upon Muskogee’s Depot Arts District on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scout Cookie sales.
Muskogee is credited with being home to that annual Girl Scout fundraising tradition, organizers said.
20 Jan 2017
Did you know the first known sale of a Girl Scout cookie was right here in Oklahoma?
In 1917, the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee was the first troop to sell cookies after the organization began in 1912.
“They were wanting to raise money for service projects so they baked cookies and sold them at the high school,” said Roberta Preston, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma President and CEO.
18 Jan 2017
The Mistletoe Troop of the Lake-Wood Council of Girl Scouts needed to raise some money.
So the girls came up with the idea to bake some cookies and sell them around town. They had a favorite recipe for sugar cookies and baked up what has become one of America’s best ideas in the cafeteria of Muskogee Central High School.
15 Jan 2017
A 100-year-old annual tradition with roots in Muskogee that has become as deeply engrained in American culture as baseball, summer picnics and fireworks on the Fourth of July will be celebrated in Muskogee’s Depot District on Jan. 21.
The event is the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first documented Girl Scout Cookie drive, which started in Muskogee in 1917, said Andrea Chancellor. She said the more than 1,000 Girl Scouts pre-registered to attend the Saturday afternoon event will have parents, siblings and other relatives in tow.
Tulsa World: Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma celebrates centennial year of selling cookies by adding a new one04 Jan 2017
The 2017 Girl Scout Cookie season begins Feb. 4 and with it the movement-wide celebration of the 100th season of Girl Scouts selling cookies.
To commemorate this banner year for the organization, the highly-anticipated Girl Scout s'mores cookies will be available, along with the classics such as Thin Mints and Terfoils, according to a news release.
02 Nov 2016
18 Sep 2016
Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma will host a Community Open House at its Hardesty Leadership Center, 4810 S. 129th East Ave. The event will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and will include tours, refreshments and kid-friendly activities.
The center, designed by Beck Design and built by Flintco, opened June 1 and serves as regional headquarters for the organization. Beck Design sought to incorporate Girl Scout history and imagery throughout the building.
16 Sep 2016
Girl Scout Troop #723 is having a voter registration drive on September 20th from 6pm until 8pm. They spoke to the council encouraging people to vote.
06 Sep 2016
Organizers with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma invite the community to a special Pearls & Pinot fundraising event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Bartlesville Community Center. Residents can enjoy an evening of wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres, plus live music. Proceeds benefit Camp Wah-Shah-She pool repairs and renovations.
What can the community expect when they attend this year’s Pearls & Pinot event?
This special event includes music by Something Steele, a photo booth, the chance to win a beer tasting at McNellie’s, a weekend experience with the Homma Camping Company at Camp Wah-Shah-She, and more. Delicious hors d’oeuvres from The Rolling Pin and creative Girl Scout Cookie desserts made by Joan Singleton will be served. Honorary chairs, Jason and Heather Van Eman and the committee members, GSEOK Board Member, Pam Crawford, Rosie Graheck, Tricia Richards and Joan Singleton welcome the entire community to attend.
31 Aug 2016
Watch a clip from Good Day Tulsa about our upcoming Thin Mint Sprint GLOW Run!
28 Aug 2016
As a new school year begins, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma (GSEOK) is announcing a series of upcoming events.
Girl Scouts is the only girl-led leadership development organization in the country. The organization endeavors to provide a multi-faceted approach to youth development through a research-based curriculum and creative programming that focuses on emotional and social well-being, physical health, nutrition and physical fitness.
GSEOK serves more than 10,000 girls and 2,200 volunteers across eastern Oklahoma.
25 Aug 2016
Coming in October and November to bring you the latest council news!
Town Hall Forums are coming to your region in October and November! Forums are open to all interested parties including girls, volunteers and parents. All current delegates and candidates standing for election should plan to attend. At these meetings you will elect council delegates to represent your area, hear the latest council news, have conversations about Girl Scouts in our council and meet council staff and area board members. Service units are currently recruiting delegates for election and the council is recruiting region chairs for board appointment. If you are a registered adult or girl member at least 14 years old who is interested in representing your area, contact your service unit now! Questions? Contact your region chair or Nikki Wolf at NWolf@gseok.org.
ALL MEETINGS begin at 6:30 p.m.
REGION 1: Monday, October 17 at the Ponca City Program Center (Cherokee Strip, Prairie's Edge)
REGION 2: Monday, October 3 at the Bartlesville Service Center (Crosstimbers, Green Country Gems, Tallgrass)
REGION 3: Tuesday, October 11 at the Hardesty Leadership Center (Oak Leaf, Osage, River Crossing, Riversbend, Route 66, Scissortail, Southside, Spartan Pass, Three Feathers, Tulledega, Whispering Oaks, Will Rogers)
REGION 4: Thursday, November 10 Tahlequah TBD (Cherokee, Lakeland, Lake-Wood)
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11 Aug 2016
Coming in September: Registering for activities is about to get so much more awesome! A single sign-on is all you will need to manage your Girl Scout membership. GSEOK is working with GSUSA to combine activity registrations with membership management on the My GS Member Profile, the login on gseok.org where you already manage your membership. Activities with registration deadlines before September 1 are available on our current system and those with deadlines after September 1 will be available for registration by mid-September.
10 Aug 2016
Want s'more Girl Scout cookie flavors? Today is National S'mores Day and the Girl Scouts are introducing two new s'mores-inspired cookies to the mix.
First up is a chocolate-coated version, made of a crispy graham cookie dipped in crème icing and dunked in chocolate. It's also vegan.
The second is a sandwich-style cookie made of two crunchy graham cookies with a chocolate and marshmallowly filling.
Both versions of the ooey-gooey campfire favorite are coming in 2017.
10 Aug 2016
It’s National S’more’s Day, and the Girl Scouts of America announced a new cookie.
You guessed it- it’s a s’mores cookie.
The Girl Scout S’mores cookies will be carried in select markets during the 2017 cookie season, including eastern Oklahoma.
10 Aug 2016
The Girls Scouts of the USA is celebrating 100 years of selling cookies by introducing a new cookie to the popular line.
The new Girl Scout S’mores cookies combine two iconic Girl Scout traditions — s’mores and Girl Scout Cookies, according to the Girl Scouts blog. The announcement comes on the same day as National S'mores Day, Aug. 10.
10 Aug 2016
Just when you thought Thin Mints and Tagalongs were as good as it got, Girl Scouts of the USA is raising the bar.
Today, which happens to be national S'mores Day, the organization had announced two new s'mores-inspired cookies to its 2017 cookie lineup.
10 Aug 2016
The Girl Scouts are unveiling two new commemorative cookies, which will both beS’mores flavored. That’s right — the intoxicating combination of marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate are finally coming together in the most perfect form.
07 Aug 2016
Thin Mints remain the most popular variety of cookies sold annually by the Girl Scouts of America — so popular, in fact, that people have been known to run more than 3 miles to obtain a box of these chocolate-coated treats.
That is one reason why the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma calls its annual event that focuses on health, wellness and fun the Thin Mint Sprint.
This year’s event will be a Glow Run, giving runners the chance to “light up the night” as they help raise money to forward the Girl Scouts’ mission of building courage, confidence and character in young women, who will make the world a better place through proven programs for girls in leadership, STEM, financial literacy, outdoor experiences and travel.
01 Aug 2016
In the wake of the recent police attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge, as well as ongoing tensions surrounding law enforcement in cities across the nation, much of the Owasso community has stepped up to show its support for the Owasso Police Department.
Many businesses, city officials and engaged citizens have honored the 56 officers at OPD over the last month with food, cards, letters, phone calls, and donations. Some have even hosted events and activities throughout town to express their gratitude.
“The Owasso Police Department appreciates the kindness that has been so evident over the past weeks,” said Owasso Police Chief Scott Chambless. “We have overwhelming support, and we recognize that ... we really have something very different here.”
Tulsa World: 'We're in this together': Local police officers overwhelmed by donations after Dallas tragedy27 Jul 2016
Cookies, cupcakes, handwritten notes, Gatorade and even Tang.
Those are some of the ways citizens have chosen to show their support and appreciation for area law enforcement in the weeks since a sniper murdered five police officers in Dallas in the wake of the fatal officer-involved shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.
“You get to where you feel like you’re kind of on an island, and you’re all by yourself, and so the support from the community is fantastic because we’re in this together,” said Capt. Todd Enzbrenner with the Sand Springs Police Department.
15 Jul 2016
In appreciation of local police departments, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma are showing their support by donating Girl Scout Cookies to officers across the state.
On Thursday, cookies were delivered by Okmulgee native, Dr. Kelly Bailey, the newly named Chief Operating Officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, to the Okmulgee Police Department.
This was one of Bailey's first Girl Scout duties.
13 Jun 2016
Although Joy Luinstra of Bartlesville never served as a Girl Scout, she has been a troop leader for more than 70 years.
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma tout Luinstra, 90, as their oldest and longest-serving volunteer. She has earned all the national awards possible plus local awards. One of the honors bestowed upon her is a Girl Scout activity badge — the Joy of Camping.
“I get to come up with all the requirements,” she said.
Becky Simpson, resident camp director and program manager, said most leaders stay in the program while their children move through it, then let other moms take over.
27 May 2016
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma have a new home in the Hardesty Leadership Center, located at 4810 S. 129th East Ave.
The move was a culmination of a building project which broke ground in October 2014 but was delayed early on due to weather.
Despite some unpacked boxes and finishing touches to the building that have yet to be completed, the organization is thankful for the new office digs.
10 May 2016
When most people think of the Girl Scouts, the image that comes to mind is that of girls clad in badge-covered uniforms slinging brightly colored boxes of cookies.
What might not come to mind: girls participating in robotics competitions, creating budgets as part of financial literacy programs, or completing energy audits and assessing water quality.
But that's exactly what hundreds of thousands of scouts are doing thanks to an increase in science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM – programs that provide the girls opportunities to earn dozens of new badges.
28 Apr 2016
A Tuesday night service ended at 9 o’clock with a prayer that everyone would be safe from the storms — that and that nobody would lose a home.
Less than three hours later, assistant pastor Benjamin Bartlett was back at downtown’s Faith Temple, where he was standing ankle deep in water in the sanctuary with rain pouring through a hole in the ceiling, up through the second floor and out the roof.
24 Apr 2016
Girl Scouts from Troop 468 nearly matched their troop number by donating 363 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to Broken Arrow’s Blue Star Mothers on Saturday.
13 Apr 2016
On Wednesday, April 13, President Obama hosted the sixth and final White House Science Fair of his administration. Student competitors and winners arrived from a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions.
The president established the White House Science Fair in 2010 to help honor and inspire students in STEM.
13 Apr 2016
Obama seemed impressed, and asked whether its speed could be adjusted. One of the girls told him it was "just a prototype." There's no word if she scowled and flew off into the night shortly after.
KJRH: Girl Scout troop from Oklahoma plan to unveil electronic recycling bin to White House Science Fair13 Apr 2016
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma will be attending the president’s sixth and final Science Fair. The “Supergirls” are focusing this year’s project on recycling.
They built a “fun dual trash/ recycle bin” that could be used in schools or daycares. The bins have a motion sensor that triggers when the bins are opened to ask the person using them to “stop and think – can I recycle that?” If the person using the bin decides to recycle, then a robotic Supergirl does a little happy dance!
07 Apr 2016
This is the second year Girl Scouts have taken donations to the Coffee Bunker. A troop leader said these Girl Scouts have donated nearly 2,200 boxes of cookies to local military and veterans.
04 Apr 2016
This year OK Ethics is honoring organizations that inspire integrity through its Community Impact Awards. One category recognizes those positively shaping students' character and the other recognizes those influencing the community as a whole.
Top Community Impact Award recipients are the Oklahoma FFA Foundation (Stillwater) and Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma (Tulsa).
12 Feb 2016
Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Girl Scouts will be using Digital Cookie 2.0, which includes interactive online tools, personalized websites, and tools to help Scouts in learning about cookie business. Digital Cookie 2.0 expands girls’ ability to tale their sale “on the go” through a new mobile app, which replicates the transactional element of a girl’s website, putting control of the sale – from customer contact to completion of the order – in her hands.
Cookies provide Girl Scouts with a hands-on leadership, financial and business program. The cookie program is a $770 million business led by girls and is a key element in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. The sale engages over three million kindergarten through 12th grade girls annually, teaching five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
06 Feb 2016
Girl Scout Cookie season has officially started.
Girls will begin face-to-face sales Saturday but customers can also shop online from girl scouts they know with the Digital Cookie 2.0 program, according to a news release. Customers can also purchase cookies by credit card and have their orders shipped directly or to someone else.
Booth sales will begin Feb. 19 and run through March 20. The boxes are $4 each, and a portion of each box sold will fund program activities, travel opportunities and community service projects.
Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Trefoils, oh my! Girl Scouts to begin cookie sales - See more at: http://examiner-enterprise.com/living/features/thin-mints-tagalongs-and-trefoils-oh-my-girl-scouts-begin-cookie-sales#sthash.Sr9VJJRl.dpuf03 Feb 2016
Girl Scouts will hit the streets armed with sweets next week, as the nation’s largest girl-led business begins its annual cookie sales in the area.
Girls will begin selling cookies directly to the public on Saturday, while booth sales begin Feb. 19. All sales continue until March 20.
The Girl Scout cookie program, also a leading financial literacy program for girls, is a key element of the Girl Scout leadership experience. The benefits of the Girl Scout Cookie Sale are more than just financial; girls also learn about goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.
31 Jan 2016
With each box of Girl Scouts cookies sold, there’s a girl in northeast Oklahoma who gets to go on a trip, learn how to build a robot or plant a garden at a domestic-violence shelter.
More than 380,000 such boxes arrived in the Tulsa area on Saturday. Troop leaders, cookie managers, staff and volunteers were part of a well-oiled machine that got the cases of boxes from Armstrong Relocation in Broken Arrow to the vehicles that would take them to their respective troops.
30 Jan 2016
The wait is finally over. Girl Scout Cookies have once again made their return to Green Country.
2 Works for You Jeremy Muhiu got to sample some of the treats.
29 Jan 2016
The 2016 Girl Scout Cookie season begins February 6 and with it, further integration of technology into the cookie program’s online order taking experience and the return of the gluten-free Toffie-tastic cookie.
Last year, an iconic piece of Americana, the Girl Scout Cookie Program, received a digital upgrade, Digital Cookie 1.0. Embracing Girl Scouts of the USA’s first-ever national digital platform, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Girl Scouts utilized the 21-century technology to sell cookies, via personalized websites, with great success. This initiative was a first step in preparing girls to be leaders in the high-tech, fast-paced, ecommerce world of today.
28 Jan 2016
“I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all of the world, and we’re going to start tonight.”
With these words, Juliette Gordon Low launched the Girl Scout movement in 1912. She recruited her friends to share in the vision of helping girls become resourceful, responsible and self-reliant citizens.
In this spirit, women leaders in the Tulsa Commmunity formed the Juliette Low Leadership Society in 1992 to continue her work of recruiting friends and raising funds to support programming for over 10,000 Girl Scouts in eastern Oklahoma.
16 Jan 2016
Troops across the United States will use the Digital Cookie 2.0 program, an improved version of a program launched in 2014, to give girls the opportunity to learn the fast-paced world of e-commerce by selling online, as well as creating their own website to track and accept orders, according to a news release. Girls will still sell face-to-face, beginning Feb. 6, but also via email. Customers will be able to purchase cookies by credit card and have their orders shipped directly to them or someone else.
15 Jan 2016
Girl Scouts are going to be able to sell cookies online. Yes, you read that correctly, the cookies will be available to have them shipped directly to your home.
The Digital Cookie 2.0 program will give each cookie entrepreneur the ability to create a website then track and accept orders. Girls will continue to sell in person but now they will also have the option of selling via email.
12 Jan 2016
June found it difficult to choose a favorite group. Her activities have varied over the years, from helping with an upcoming Tahlequah Community Playhouse show to teaching life-saving skills to youths as a Girl Scout volunteer. June’s volunteer work with the latter includes training other Girl Scout adult volunteers in outdoor camping skills.
“I teach them how to teach girls to safely enjoy the outdoors. The camping skills I teach range from packing clothing, food and equipment to tying knots, building and cooking over a fire,” said June. “I have served in other volunteer capacities, including troop leader, troop cookie sales manager, delegate to the National Convention, and Day Camp director.”
04 Jan 2016
I got so excited when my daughter touched a Madagascar hissing roach.
I wouldn't be so proud except she had been insisting for weeks that she wouldn't, couldn't, shouldn't have to earn the bug badge on her Girl Scout Brownie troop's agenda this year.
Insects are gross. Yes, of course, bees are good for flowers, but no thanks on the badge she'd get for learning about bugs and other insects, said the 7-year-old, over and over.
03 Jan 2016
Last January, the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. allowed Internet sales of their famed cookies for the first time, after years of barring the practice because of fears over online safety. Out of the 194 million boxes sold in 2015, about 2.5 million, or $10 million worth of Thin Mints and other varieties, were sold online, the organization said.
This year, Visa and Dell are investing an estimated $3 million to help update the Girl Scouts’ digital cookie platform. The funding has gone toward adding games, videos, quizzes and music to the digital platform, as well as to providing workshops about math and technology, part of the companies’ interest in promoting an increased number of women in the technology industry.
29 Dec 2015
Natural leader. Innovative. Honest. These are just a few words used to describe this year’s group of Oklahoma business and nonprofit leaders who will be honored on Feb. 18 at The Journal Record’s seventh-annual Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs event.
The 2016 group includes CEOs from the public and private business sectors as well as the nonprofit community. It also includes three executives who will receive financial stewardship awards.
28 Dec 2015
Obviously every moment as a Girl Scout is incredible—full of adventure, new challenges, and amazing friendships—but when we look back on the last year, there were definitely a few biggies that have helped shape the future of the Girl Scout movement and helped share the spirit of the organization with people everywhere.
23 Dec 2015
The majority of the funding, nearly $4.2 million, will go to support human service organizations, and $1.2 million will go to community health organizations. An additional $1.4 million is for support of educational programs.
In total, the grants will go to help more than 650,000 people in Tulsa and the surrounding communities.
“The organizations funded in this process provide critical services to tens of thousands of children and families in Tulsa who are in need of the basics in life such as food, health care, shelter and education,” said Ken Levit, executive director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation. “We are pleased to support these organizations and are grateful for their tireless leadership in service to our community.”
18 Dec 2015
He created a forum where the community remains informed and has an opportunity to speak with him directly to share their ideas and concerns.
“His background as a fire chief and his leadership skills are exemplified in his approach to every aspect of community concern,” said Katherine Mitchell, who nominated Matthews for the Men of Distinction honor.
17 Dec 2015
Every year, the FIRST organization announces a challenge theme that today’s scientists and engineers are already working to solve; take transportation, food safety or climate change as examples. It is this theme that provides the inspiration and starting point from which all teams begin their research. Teams then select a topic that falls under the theme’s umbrella and build their findings and a solution out of LEGO bricks. It is this hands-on component coupled with a real life challenge that makes Jr. FLL truly engaging to young learners.
04 Dec 2015
The Skiatook Mitten Tree is located in the Skiatook Library. Girl Scout Troops 427 and 539, 2nd through 9th graders, are collecting new or handmade mittens, hats, scarves and socks. All of the donations will be given to Skiatook schools to be distributed to those in need. There are 50 kids in Skiatook on the list to receive the donations. This is the tenth year the Skiatook Girl Scouts have hosted the Mitten Tree. Donations will be collected through December 18th.
26 Nov 2015
MacLeod recently put that philosophy into practice by starting an annual scholarship with her husband, Ron, through the Juliette Low Leadership Society. The group funds a variety of Girl Scouts leadership programs and higher education scholarships for girls across eastern Oklahoma.
The couple decided to start the scholarship after they attended the Juliette Low Leadership Society Luncheon in 2014 when MacLeod was asked to serve as honorary chairwoman.
24 Nov 2015
Thanks to the efforts of Girl Scouts Troop 661, the City of Owasso now has a new avenue to emphasize city beautification.
The Owasso-based troop, which is made up of fifth-grade girls from the Owasso area, was looking for a community project. Each girl needed to spend at least 20 hours working in the chosen project.
Jerry Fowler, neighborhood coordinator for the Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative (OSNI), met with the troop to consider what needs of the community that the Girl Scouts could address.
02 Oct 2015
For the past several years, Oklahoma has had the nation’s highest female incarceration rate.
Oklahoma’s rate currently stands at 136 female inmates for every 100,000 residents, while the national rate is 83 inmates per 100,000 residents, The Associated Press reported last month. Most of those women were non-violent drug offenders who were locked up for the first time.
22 Aug 2015
Supergirl, meet the Super Girl Scouts.
Melissa Benoist, who plays DC heroine Kara Zor-El, met a young troupe of 6-year-old Girl Scouts on the set of CBS’ Supergirl. The actress, 26, posted a couple of photos from the occasion to Instagram, and they might just melt your hearts.
“The Super Girl Scouts of Oklahoma dropped by National City today,” she wrote. “and I’m pretty sure we had a good time.”
02 Jul 2015
Talking with people she doesn’t know very well doesn’t come easy for Daphnye Shell.
“Even with family, I have to try my hardest,” she said.
Still, she wasn’t going to let that get in the way of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
So with Barack Obama sitting next to her on a bale of straw, she sang a song and shared a book with the leader of the free world.
02 Jul 2015
4 out of the 5 girls who attended the White House camping event this week spoke with LeAnn Taylor about their experience!
02 Jul 2015
Smile. ‘‘No one wants to buy from a person who is frowning,’’ says Katie Francis, 13, who sold 22,200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies this year, breaking the world record she set last year. Look and act like a professional, even if you’re just a child. When making the rounds in Oklahoma City, Francis wears her troop uniform and passes out business cards. Don’t waste time trying to convince naysayers; instead, ‘‘move on and find the yesses.’’ On school days, Francis works past dark, and she logs 12- to 13-hour days on the weekends.
Tulsa World: Upcoming trip to White House makes it three times in 13 months for Girls Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma29 Jun 2015
For the five Oklahoma Girl Scouts who will be spending Tuesday night camping on the White House lawn, this is their first invitation to the nation’s capital.
For the organization they’ll represent, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, it’s the third invitation in 13 months to participate in White House events.
“We joke that we’re on speed dial. I don’t think we are, but we like to think we are,” said Roberta Preston, the organization’s CEO.
28 Jun 2015
Are Oklahoma girls thriving or surviving? According to a report from the Girl Scout Research Institute, Oklahoma ranks 46th in the nation in the well-being of our girls’ physical health and safety, economic well-being, education, emotional health and extracurricular activities.
So how do we help our girl’s thrive today so that Oklahoma can thrive tomorrow? There is one organization already at work trying to make a difference -– the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma.
25 Jun 2015
A group of Tulsa-area Girl Scouts has been selected to participate in once-in-a-lifetime camping experience: a night under the stars on the White House lawn.
The girls, part of Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, are among a group of 50 Scouts from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia and Oklahoma who have been invited to participate in the first-ever Campout on the White House lawn next Tuesday.
The event is part of the “Let’s Move Outside” initiative, an effort by First Lady Michelle Obama that aims to get kids active outdoors to explore nature and develop healthy habits.
28 Apr 2015
Two Tulsa-area nonprofits were among the winners at the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofit’s eighth annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Awards. River Parks Authority won in the community category, and the Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges won in the health services category.
25 Apr 2015
Seal Team Six saved her, in a surprise middle-of-the-night rescue operation. Her advice? You too have the inner ability to overcome anything.
24 Apr 2015
Gold Awards are the equivalent of the Boy Scouts Eagle Scouts. These Girl Scouts have worked hard to attain this status and were honored Saturday at the annual meeting/showcase.
27 Mar 2015
Our Supergirls were featured on BuzzFeed's article; 28 Of The Most Powerful Photos of This Week!
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with a group of 6-year-old Girls Scouts from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who designed a battery-powered page turner to help people who are paralyzed or have arthritis, at the 2015 White House Science Fair March 23 in Washington, D.C. The students are winners of STEM competitions from across the country.
24 Mar 2015
President Barack Obama spent a few minutes Monday morning admiring an automatic page-turner built by Tulsa Girl Scout Troop 411.
“It’s working really well,” the president could be seen telling the 6-year-olds in a replay of a livestream of the event on the White House website.
23 Mar 2015
The Girl Scouts—also known by the nickname “Supergirls”—attended the science fair after designing a battery-powered page turner meant to help people who are paralyzed or suffer from movement-related diseases like arthritis. They used Legos as the building blocks for the development of their prototype.
23 Mar 2015
President Obama marveled on Monday as a group of 6-year-old Girl Scouts at the White House Science Fair demonstrated the automatic page turner they had built out of Legos and explained that the invention was the result of a brainstorming session.
23 Mar 2015
President Barack Obama made some waves and warned the robots at the White House Science Fair on Monday, but it was the elementary-school Supergirls who captured his science-loving heart. Wearing red capes over their Girl Scout uniforms, the 6-year-olds from Tulsa, Oklahoma, showed off a page-turning robot, made from Lego blocks and designed for use by disabled people. Later, Obama confessed he was tickled by the kids' command of techno-lingo. "This is a quote. They said, 'It's just a prototype,'" he recalled.
10 Feb 2015
Girl Scouts of the USA received honors from Fast Company in its annual ranking of the world's 50 Most Innovative Companies issue. Earning recognition as one of the World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Not-For-Profit, the publication called out GSUSA for "showing girls technology is about more than texting" by creating Digital Cookie, a fun and educational digital sales program "run entirely by girls."
This recognition arrives on the heels of the successful Digital Cookie launch, which included a notable, first-time presence at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in January. The groundbreaking new addition to the Girl Scout Cookie Program introduces girls to vital 21st-century lessons about online marketing, app usage, and ecommerce, while creating a fun, safe, and interactive space for girls to sell cookies. Digital Cookie marks the first national digital platform in the history of the iconic cookie program.
07 Feb 2015
Sometimes Girl Scout cookies sell themselves.
But sometimes the scouts have to deliver the perfect sales pitch.
Leading up to the launch of cookie sales on Saturday, we talked to five girls from Troop 1510 — Chase Venable, Kellon Collington, Rachel Oakes, Morgan Mosburg and Madison Orr, as well as their troop leader, Kathleen Mosburg.
The girls showed us their best sales pitches for the cookies that everyone loves to eat this time of year.
04 Feb 2015
Creative cooks have dreamed up many ways to use Girl Scout cookies in their desserts and even a few savory dishes.
Crunched up cookies make amazing pie crusts, super parfaits and perfect flavorings for your favorite ice cream.
And with sales about to start on Saturday, the Girl Scouts have announced that for the first time, cooks can enter their recipes in a contest for the chance to win prizes. The contest is sponsored by Taste of Home.
03 Feb 2015
Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma has picked out Valentine’s gifts for your sweetheart. All you have to do is come to its annual Pearl Sale, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, and buy your favorite jewelry.
The sale will feature a large and varied inventory of genuine cultured pearl jewelry, including freshwater, saltwater and Tahitian pearls ranging in price from $10 to $10,000. The event will be held in the Tom Tom Room of The Vault, 620 S. Cincinnati Ave. The sale price is tax-deductible.
Tulsa World: People & Places: Former hostage of Somali pirates to speak at Juliette Low Leadership Society Luncheon01 Feb 2015
Jessica Buchanan, the American aid worker who was kidnapped by Somali pirates in 2011 and survived a 93-day ordeal before being rescued by the Navy’s SEAL Team Six, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Juliette Low Leadership Society Luncheon.
The luncheon is a fundraising effort for the Juliette Low Leadership Society, which serves as an advocacy group that raises money to support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in eastern Oklahoma and provides a conduit for raising awareness about the cultivation of a new generation of female leaders through Girl Scouts.
01 Feb 2015
The Girl Scouts’ Samoas cookie — or Caramel deLites, depending on the distributor — is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and hundreds of Tulsa-area Girl Scout troop leaders descended upon a Broken Arrow warehouse all day Saturday for a “celebration” of sorts.
Troop leaders, cookie managers and volunteers helped load more than 28,000 cases of cookies, including the Samoas, into minivans and SUVs — a total of about 340,000 boxes of cookies — at Armstrong Relocation, 1900 N. Indianwood Ave., which will go to Girl Scouts from across the Tulsa metro for sale beginning Feb. 7.
23 Jan 2015
Seven area nonprofit groups have been named finalists in the eighth annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Awards.
The awards by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits honor organizations from across the state for their excellence in eight categories: arts and humanities, community, education, health services, self-sufficiency, seniors, youth development and an open category.
24 Dec 2014
Sporting a tiara in a photo posted Wednesday, President Barack Obama seems to have broken his own rule of “you don’t put stuff on your head if you’re president.”
But that’s the power of the Girl Scouts.
White House photographer Pete Souza shared a photo on Instagram on Wednesday of the president donning a tiara with a group of Girl Scouts from the White House Science Fair earlier this year in May. In the caption, Souza wrote the girls from Tulsa “convinced” Obama to join in on the fun.
16 Nov 2014
At Memorial High School’s Junior FIRST LEGO League competition Saturday morning, the Lego Ladies — a group of third-grade Girl Scouts — were hard at work to impress the judges in hopes of matching the success of their flood-proof bridge project last competition season, which earned them a trip to the White House Science Fair earlier this year.
[Editor's note the Lego Queens were the team with the flood-proof bridge at the White House.]
23 Oct 2014
It’s not news that Oklahoma locks up more women per capita than any other state. That dubious crown was awarded at least 15 years ago.
Now, it’s a crisis. It touches on everything from education to workforce to crime. It affects not just one woman but generations after her. An industry of research is cropping up to measure how significantly this high rate hurts families and communities.
12 Oct 2014
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma serve 10,000 girls from kindergarten through 12th grade in a territory stretching from Bartlesville to Durant.
“People think of it as cookies, camping and crafts,” GSEOK Grants Coordinator Emily Fuller said. “But it’s much more than that. We offer a unique leadership program.”
08 Oct 2014
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma broke ground Tuesday on a new headquarters in Tulsa.
Construction is expected to begin this month on the 31,000-square-foot Hardesty Leadership Center, northwest of 51st Street and 129th East Avenue.
The estimated date of completion is spring 2016.
08 Oct 2014
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma broke ground Tuesday on a new headquarters in Tulsa.
Construction is expected to begin this month on the 31,000-square-foot Hardesty Leadership Center, northwest of 51st Street and 129th East Avenue.
The estimated date of completion is spring 2016.
07 Oct 2014
We broke ground on a new state-of-the-art facility designed to embody the image and spirit of our organization. The two-story 31,000 square foot building will be known as the Hardesty Leadership Center thanks to a generous donation by the Hardesty Family Foundation, Inc. It will be visible from the Broken Arrow Expressway and feature the green Girl Scout sash on the façade. The new address of the building will be 4810 South 129th East Avenue (northwest of 51st Street and 129th East Avenue).
Our new facility will take approximately 16 months to build and is being built by Flintco. The architect on the project is Beck Design. The new building will double the size of our current facility near 51st and Lewis and include office space, meeting rooms, our retail store, volunteer space, a museum, bridges, a fire ring, and cookie storage.
The Hardesty Leadership Center is vital to the continued growth and development of Girl Scouting. With a presence of more than 100 years in Oklahoma, the council has both traditional programs as well as programs for underserved girls. Our diverse programs range from personal development, decision-making and leadership skills to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), healthy living and financial literacy. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Our goal is to reach every girl with proven, relevant and successful Girl Scout programs.
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13 Oct 2013
With The Black Eyed Peas and Miley Cyrus blasting in the background, hundreds of Girl Scouts and their families made their way from one fitness station to the next during a healthy-living event at Chandler Park.
The event Saturday was a kickoff party for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma's three-year Live Healthy, Lead Healthy initiative.
06 Sep 2013
1. How has the Girl Scout program evolved over the years, and what does it offer today?
Our founder, Juliette Low, was a revolutionary woman. In 1912, she founded Girl Scouts on traditional values and yet opened the world for young girls in a very nontraditional way. She integrated girls of all backgrounds, races and even disabilities, encouraging them to prepare not only for traditional homemaking but also for possible future roles as professional women and for active citizenship outside the home.
Today you will still see classic badges alongside modern skills - even business skill badges such as business plans, profit and loss, research and development, and customer loyalty. But it goes far beyond badges. Character building happens all along the way.