Meet the GSGCNWI Council Historians

If you’ve ever visited the Chicago Gathering Place, you’ll remember the cases that line the hallways, filled with guide books, uniforms, badges, and pins from the past 109 years of Girl Scouting. These artifacts remind our members, visitors, and staff that our history is as important as our future—and who better understands that than our … Continue reading Meet the GSGCNWI Council Historians

Meet the GSGCNWI Council Historians: Part Two!

Last week we met the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Council Historians, a group of dedicated volunteers who work to collect, preserve, and share the history and legacy of Girl Scouts across the nation and in our area. These historians are essential to keeping the heartbeat of our movement strong, and we … Continue reading Meet the GSGCNWI Council Historians: Part Two!

The History of Girl Scout Calendars

The History of Girl Scout Calendars

Time for a Girl Scout History Lesson from the Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Historians! 📚💚 Girl Scouts aren’t just known for cookies; calendars were also a hit, and are a great example of the resilience and quick-thinking that Girl Scouts have shown for over a century! Calendar sales began as an alternative to cookies … Continue reading The History of Girl Scout Calendars

Unfolding Artifacts of Girl Scouts’ Past

Written by Susana Cardenas-Soto Every year at the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, council historians visit the Chicago Gathering Place and adorn the cases that line the hallways with artifacts of Girl Scouts’ past. Guide books, uniforms, badges and pins from the past 107 years of Girl Scouting now sit in display … Continue reading Unfolding Artifacts of Girl Scouts’ Past

Girl Scout Alum and Volunteer Carol Macola Honored in Operation Herstory Honor Flight

Girl Scout Alum and Volunteer Carol Macola Honored in Operation Herstory Honor Flight

Illinois’ first all-women veteran honor flight to Washington, D.C. took off from Chicago Midway International Airport last week, and Council Delegate, volunteer trainer, and Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Historian and alum Carol Macola was among the 93 honored veterans who participated. Carol’s service to Girl Scouts GCNWI has spanned over 40 … Continue reading Girl Scout Alum and Volunteer Carol Macola Honored in Operation Herstory Honor Flight

You’re Never Too Old to Take Action: My Quest to Honor Juliette (Daisy) Gordon Low

You’re Never Too Old to Take Action: My Quest to Honor Juliette (Daisy) Gordon Low

By Karen Schillings, Council Historian at Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana In July of 2017, I traveled with my husband and another couple throughout England and Wales. During our journey through the English countryside, we had the good fortune to visit Juliette (Daisy) Gordon Low’s country estate, Wellesbourne House. Little did I … Continue reading You’re Never Too Old to Take Action: My Quest to Honor Juliette (Daisy) Gordon Low

You’re Never Too Old to “Take Action”: My Quest to Honor Daisy

You’re Never Too Old to “Take Action”: My Quest to Honor Daisy

By Karen Schillings, Council Historian In July of 2017, I travelled with my husband and another couple throughout England and Wales.  During our journey through the English countryside, we had the good fortune to visit Juliette (Daisy) Gordon Low’s country estate, Wellesbourne House.   Little did I know at the time when we started this trip … Continue reading You’re Never Too Old to “Take Action”: My Quest to Honor Daisy

Girl Scout Delegates Take the Lead!

The Girl Scouts of the USA 55th National Council Session (NCS) was unlike any before: nearly 1,200 voting delegates, along with girls, volunteers, staff, and board members from across the country, gathered virtually to celebrate Girl Scouts and consider six proposals affecting the Girl Scout Movement. Twelve fantastic Girl Scouts from Greater Chicago and Northwest … Continue reading Girl Scout Delegates Take the Lead!