Anna Maria Chávez Selected Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA

Anna Maria Chávez Selected Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced August 24th that Anna Maria Chávez, who grew up in a small town in southern Arizona and rose to become deputy chief of staff to that state’s then-Gov. Janet Napolitano, has been appointed to the top post at the iconic organization. Chávez is set to officially assume her new role at the Girl Scouts National Council Session/52nd Convention in November.

Chávez’s appointment as the 19th chief executive of Girl Scouts, among the largest and most widely recognized nonprofits in the country, comes as the organization readies to launch a national celebration as part of its 100th anniversary designed to honor its legacy and create urgency around girls’ issues. She will replace Kathy Cloninger, who is retiring after leading the organization for eight years.

“Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization for girls with a trailblazing legacy that stretches nearly 100 years,” said Chávez, who currently serves as chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. “The country has never needed Girl Scouts more than it does today. What girls are accomplishing in Girl Scouting is inspiring. I have seen it firsthand in Texas, and I intend to tell that story far and wide. I’m eager to work with our partners across the country as the organization embarks on a new century of empowering girls to take the lead in their own lives and make a difference in their communities and across the world.”

Connie Lindsey, National President of Girl Scouts of the USA, said: “Anna Maria is the right person at the right time for our organization. She has a tremendous track record, and her visionary leadership is going to be invaluable as we work to fulfill our mission to be the premier leadership experience for girls in ways that are relevant, engaging and meaningful.”

Chávez was appointed chief executive of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas in 2009 after serving as deputy chief of staff for urban relations and community development for former Arizona governor and current U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. As deputy chief of staff, she promoted the governor’s policies, programs and initiatives through coordination and partnership with city, county, and tribal governments, federal agencies and community organizations. In addition, she served as the governor’s policy advisor to the Arizona Department of Housing and advised Napolitano on strategies for coordinating housing and economic development. Prior to being appointed as deputy chief of staff, Chávez served as Napolitano’s director of intergovernmental affairs from 2003 to 2007. She also served as in-house counsel and assistant director for the Division of Aging & Community Services (DACS) at the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Chávez entered state government after serving as senior policy advisor to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater. Previously, she had been chief of staff to the deputy administrator at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in Washington, D.C. Chávez also served as chief of staff for SBA’s Office of Government Contracting and Minority Enterprise Development.

Chávez will take over as chief executive after a dramatic period of change for the organization. Cloninger has led Girl Scouts through a historic transformation designed to ensure that the organization delivers the best leadership experience for a new generation of girls whose lives—and the opportunities they face—are ever changing. The wide-ranging effort has included consolidating councils from 312 to 112, as well as developing a nationally consistent program portfolio for girls that includes a series of leadership journeys, or coordinated series of activities grouped around a theme, and a revamped system of badges and awards that align with the leadership program.

In addition, Girl Scouts in 2010 launched a national brand campaign, known by the tagline What Did You Do Today?, which is designed to inspire girls and adults to join Girl Scouts in making a difference in the world. Girl Scouts is set to launch in 2012 its first-ever nationwide fundraising campaign that will extend over five years.

“What a testament to the kind of leadership we have within the Girl Scout Movement that we were able to select one of our own to lead our organization into its second century,” said Cloninger, who acceded to the top post after nearly three decades of executive roles in Girl Scouting, including as chief executive officer of the Girl Scout Council of Cumberland Valley in Tennessee. “Anna Maria exemplifies the leadership qualities that we strive to teach all of our girls and she is going to be an inspiration to all girls and a strong advocate on their behalf.”

Chávez grew up in a Mexican-American family in the small town of Eloy, Arizona, and later in Phoenix. She holds a law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in American history from Yale University. Bar admissions include the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, Arizona Supreme Court, and U.S. Supreme Court. Her husband Robert is a financial industry executive and they have a son, Michael.

Over the past 99 years, there have been 18 national CEOs. The first three were known as national secretaries and the next four as national directors. From 1935 until 2002, the title was national executive director. Since then, GSUSA’s top post has been termed chief executive officer.

CONTACTS:
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Josh Ackley 212.852.8038
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America The Beautiful

America The Beautiful

Lesser known, but just as beautiful a song, we often reserved America The Beautiful for our ceremonies where parents were invited. The song was originally written in the 1880s by Katherine Lee Bates and the music was composed by church organist Samuel A. Ward (from Wikipedia)

O beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain.

America; America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown they good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet whose stern impassioned stress,
A thoroughfare for freedom beat across the wilderness.

America; America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for glorious tale of liberating strife,
When valiantly for man’s avail, Men lavished precious life.

America; America! May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness
And ev’ry gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years,
Thine alabaster cities gleam undimmed by human tears.

America; America! God shed his grace on thee,
And crown they good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

The Star-Spangled Banner

I’d say that most children in America are taught this song at some point, but even adults need the lyrics for reference sometimes, especially for that second verse that they never sing at baseball games, do they?

Oh, say! Can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
Oh say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave.
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand
Between their lov’d homes and war’s desolation;
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the pow’r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Summer Key Chain & Necklace

Summer Key Chain & Necklace

This Summer Key Chain & Necklace project is perfect to celebrate the coming of summer!  You can easily customize it by finding beads or charms that reflect any of the activities your troop did over the summer.  For example, if your girls went to summer camp, you could find wooden beads or a metal tree charm to attach to the end of the key chain.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

Necklace DirectionsNecklace Directions:

  1. Thread large turtle bead onto necklace cord.
  2. Working on one side at a time, add a star then alphabet beads to spell “summer”.  Add another star, contrasting bead, and another star.
  3. On the opposite side, add a star then alphabet beads to spell “rocks”, using a heart bead as the “o”.  Add another star, contrasting bead, and another star.
  4. Tie off the cord at the ends.

Keychain DirectionsKeychain Directions:

  1. Cut a 12″ piece of stretch lacing.  Fold it in half and place the folded end through the hole at the bottom of the plastic hook, bringing the ends through the look creating a “larks head” knot onto the keyring.
  2. With the cords together, slide on a silver bead, palm tree bead, and another silver bead.
  3. Separate the cords and ad beads as desired to personalize the key chain with a name, troop number, camp name, unit, or anything else you want!
  4. Bring both sides together again and add a silver bead, a sun bead, and another silver bead.
  5. Tie the ends together and trim the excess cording.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Adult supervision is required when using scissors.

Postal Service to Salute Girl Scouts in 2012

Postal Service to Salute Girl Scouts in 2012

The Postal Service will salute the Girl Scouts in 2012 by commemorating the 100th anniversary of an organization credited with helping girls build character and leadership skills. The Celebrate Scouting Forever Stamp can be seen on social media and will be issued next year as part of the centennial celebration.

Using social media to reach broader, more diverse audiences is an initiative that began this month to engage more interest in stamp collecting. Select stamps from the 2012 commemorative program will be previewed one at a time throughout the summer.

“Celebrate Scouting, the ‘sister’ stamp to the 2010 Scouting stamp, pays tribute to scouting organizations for the opportunities and pleasures they have provided millions of youths worldwide,” said Stephen Kearney, manager, Stamp Services.

The stamp features the silhouette of a girl with binoculars looking into the distance. A scene within the silhouette features a girl in mid-stride with a walking stick and backpack on a summer trek. The environment is composed of large redwoods, a lake and a distant forested mountainside with small ferns in the foreground. The sky has a dramatic blue gradation as it appears in early morning or late evening.

The stamp art was created by Craig Frazier of Mill Valley, CA, under the guidance of art director Derry Noyes of Washington, D.C.

Customers may preview the stamps on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps, through Twitter @USPSstamps or on the website Beyond the Perf at beyondtheperf.com/2012-preview. Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service’s online site for the back story on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.

Next year’s stamps previewed thus far using social media include the Cherry Blossoms Centennial, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Love Ribbons, John H. Johnson, Bicycling, Celebrating Lunar New Year:  Year of the Tiger and the Holiday Celebration Santa and Sleigh stamps.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

We’re everywhere so you can be anywhere: uspseverywhere.com

A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 150 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $67 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 29th in the 2010 Fortune 500. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency six consecutive years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

SOURCE U.S. Postal Service