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Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSofSI) held its 10th annual Meeting on April 27 at Rend Lake College in Ina. During the meeting, approximately 200 Girl Scout members (adults and girls) from throughout Southern Illinois elected Board of Director members and received a “State of the Council” report from GSofSI Board of Directors Chair Deanna Litzenburg and Chief Executive Officer Loretta Graham. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Unleash Strong.”

“Girl Scouting in Southern Illinois is strong and growing stronger but we couldn’t provide outstanding programs and services to our girls without our dedicated Board of Directors,” said Graham. “These dedicated and talented professionals help GSofSI achieve its mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place,” Graham added.

The following are GSofSI board of director members and officers elected at the meeting for the term of 2019-22:

P. Anne Haltenhof of Columbia is First Vice Board Chair; Melanie Mills of Charleston is Secretary. Board members at large are Dr. Shelley Price–Williams of Belleville; Paula Nixon of O’Fallon; Priscilla Jacks of Edwardsville and Tracy Smith of Xenia. Board Development Committee members are Linda Manley of Highland; Priscilla Jacks of Edwardsville and Steve Bushong of Waterloo.

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is a high-capacity Girl Scout council serving approximately 10,007 girls and engaging 3,686 adult volunteers in more than 40 counties in Southern Illinois. GSofSI Mission: Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. The Girl Scouts organization is the world's largest leadership development organization for girls. In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives – such as strong values, social conscience and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. Today’s Girl Scouts not only enjoy camping and crafts; they also explore math and science and learn about diversity, good citizenship, leadership and teamwork. Girl Scouting is the place where girls experience the fun, friendship and power of girls together. Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is a not-for-profit organization supported by various United Ways throughout the region. Girl Scouts is a proud partner of United Way.

— The Southern

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