CEO: December 2009 Archives

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Our holiday card was designed by
Amanda G. of
Girl Scout Brownie Troop 9215

The offices and shops will close December 19 and will re-open January 4, 2010. We look forward to sharing the new year with you!

 

Denise Roney, co-leader of Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 8493, died in a car accident on Tuesday, December 1, in Mobile.  Denise leaves behind two daughters, Courtney, a 12th grader, and Brianna, a 5th grader, both Girl Scouts. 

 

Denise served our organization for many years as a parent volunteer, leader and co-leader.  Jeannie Napper, who volunteered with Denise, said, "She was always one of the best volunteers.  She was very dedicated to Girl Scouts, and had a passion for working with the girls."

 

Denise was devoted to her children, and her love for those children was apparent to everyone.  She was determined that they would have more opportunities than she did.

 

Please join us in keeping this family in your thoughts during this difficult time. We will be sure to pass on any words of encouragement and condolences to Denise's daughters.

GSUSA_survey.jpgThe Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) just released its latest study, Good Intentions: The Beliefs and Values of Teens and Tweens Today. It's a fascinating look at how young peoples' beliefs and values on a range of issues from lying and cheating to drinking and smoking have changed over the last 20 years. The study is nearly identical to one Girl Scouts commissioned in 1989, and a comparison of the two shows a marked shift toward more ethical and responsible beliefs and values among teens and tweens.

 

Nearly two out of three young people (62 percent) surveyed in 2009, for example, say they would not cheat on a test compared to about half in 1989. Fifty-eight percent say they would refuse an alcoholic drink if offered one at a party. That's compared to fewer than half (46 percent) in 1989. And only 18 percent say they believe smoking is acceptable if a person finds it enjoyable. In 1989, more than a quarter of those surveyed thought smoking was acceptable.

 

And teens today appear to be quite tolerant of others and more civic-minded. Compared to 20 years ago, youth today are more likely to say they intend to vote in the future (84 percent vs. 77 percent), as well as give to charity (76 percent vs. 63 percent). Some 79 percent say they will volunteer in their communities. Make sure you check out the full study.  

 

Do you think this study reflect the attitudes and behaviors of our girls in southern Alabama?

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