Help Us Make More WOW!

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:59pm
Can you teach a girl new songs? Would you invite a friend to be a new role model? Won’t you help us find great people that want to inspire a girl?

How would you like to help girls uncover more of those special moments?  The moments when you realized that you could do pretty much anything you set your mind to.

By sharing your talents, stories, and time with us, you can inspire a new generation of Girl Scouts.

Join us for pizza and conversation and learn how you can help grow Girl Scouts across our council by joining us on
Monday, July 27th at the South Bend Service Center from 6:30-7:30pm; or
Tuesday, July 28th at the Fort Wayne Leadership & Learning Center from 6:30-7:30pm; or
Wednesday, July 29 at the First United Methodist Church*, 179 S. Indiana St., Warsaw, IN 46580 from 6:30-7:30pm.

You have the power to change a girl’s life, and we can’t wait to hear your story.

For more information please call Cheryl Ankrom at 800.283.4812 ext 302, or email

*Parking is available either in the church lot or the bank lot next door.

Believe In Her, Invest In Her

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:46am
A special message to all of our members, volunteers, and funding partners
at Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana- Michiana.

Here at Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana (GSNI-M) we want you to know how thankful and humble we are to call you our partners. Whether you are driving your daughter to and from Girl Scouts, organizing a troop meeting, or helping financially to support girls, you are a partner and we thank you!

All of us, here at GSNI-M, are invested in one or several ways because we know girls need us as mentors, financial supporters, and as an example of how working together for a good cause brings great rewards! Because of that, we are reaching out to you today and asking you to consider making a meaningful financial contribution to continue to help propel our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

What is the impact of your generosity?

  • Reach more girls
  • Create a larger positive impact in our community
  • Provide programing & volunteer support
  • Provide financial assistance
  • Change the future for a girl in our community

What does your dollar do?

  • $100 covers the cost of background checks for approximately 50 new volunteers
  • $500 will provide membership assistance for 20 girls
  • $1,000 provides week long resident camp assistance for 3 girls


Consider this, your investment can change the life of a girl who, without your help, may not have the opportunity to go camping, make friends in a safe environment, or discover her full potential. She needs you. She is the girl in your community who needs someone to believe in her enough to invest in her.

I invite you to become a proud funding partner of GSNI-M, today. To make a gift, please visit us at or by contacting a member of our Fund Development Team at 800-283-4812 or email

Any amount you give is greatly appreciated. Every dollar invested in GSNI-M helps a girl reach her potential! Thank you for all you do for your community. I hope we can count you as one of GSNI-M’s funding partners.

Believe in her, invest in her.

Yours in Girl Scouting,




Sharon Pohly

Gluten Free Cookie Order Form

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 10:12am

It’s that time again to place your Gluten Free cookie order for the 2016 Cookie Program. Please fax to 855-283-4812 or e-mail form to on or before September 15, 2015.



Trios – gluten Free, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Girl Scout Cookies

  • Made with real peanut butter, real chocolate chips, and certified gluten free whole grain oats
  • No artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no high-fructose corn syrup, no palm oil and no hydrogenated oils.
  • Retail price $5.00 a package
  • Available in 5-ounce re-sealable foil pouch with 12 pouches per case


Your cookies will be entered into SNAP and will show up from the Gluten Free Cupboard.   All orders are due to the Council by September 15, 2015. No orders will be accepted after this date. If you have any questions email or call 260-422-3417 ext 130.   Please e-mail, fax or mail form to my attention.  Limited supply.

Venture Out!

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:05am
Venture Out!: An Excellent Outdoor Resource for Volunteers

Let’s face it—girls really enjoy the outdoors. In fact, Girl Scouts have been enjoying the great outdoors since our Movement began in 1912. And while our program has evolved with the times, one thing remains: the outdoors are an integral part of what makes Girl Scouts such a unique and dynamic organization for girls.

The reality is, though, that while girls want to spend time outside, not all volunteers are equipped to provide such memorable experiences. After conducting a survey, Girl Scouts discovered that many of our newer volunteers aren’t totally confident and comfortable when it comes to leading outdoor excursions. Whether they’re a bit unfamiliar themselves or lack the confidence to get creative and spearhead activities and events outside, one thing is clear: volunteers need resources.

The solution? Venture Out! With this new resource, new volunteers learn practical tips and tricks, read other volunteers’ stories, and explore the joys of taking girls outside through a fun, interactive outdoor adventure made possible by GSUSA’s Elliott Wildlife Values Project. Gone are the days when girls and volunteers miss out on the outstanding benefits of getting outdoors; Girl Scouts is now proud to offer a resource that helps Girl Scout leaders strengthen their outdoor skills as they instill confidence in their own troop members.

So are you ready to Venture Out! with us? Get started now!

Want a FREE t-shirt?! Volunteer today!

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 8:50am

As a volunteer, you’ll introduce girls to new experiences that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined.

You’ll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop skills and confidence and encouraging them to explore every dream! Imagine the smiles, the excitement, the memories made—and with so many ways to get involved, you just might find something new that you love, too!

Be the role model she’ll always remember. Volunteer today to become a new Troop Leader or Co-Leader and receive a FREE t-shirt! We’ll also waive your 2015-16 $15 membership fee!

Volunteers Benefit from Their Girl Scout Experience

Girl Scouts really is great for everyone! While there are possibly too many positive outcomes associated with being a Girl Scout volunteer to list, there is some compelling research which illustrates just how good Girl Scouts is.

Data shows it is not just girls who benefit from participating in the organization: 94 percent of volunteers have made new friends, 88 percent believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts, and two-thirds believe their volunteer experience has helped them professionally. Ninety-five percent of Girl Scout volunteers are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better.

However, while GSUSA boasts more than two million members nationwide, there are more than 30,000 girls on waiting lists who want to join Girl Scouts but can’t because there are not enough volunteers in local communities to help deliver the Girl Scout experience.  Girl Scouts exists for girls, but it exists because of volunteers, and that’s why we need you!  Get started!  Have questions?  Call 1.800.283.4812 ext 149 or email to learn more!

Making Progress at the Dunbar Gathering Center

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:32pm

As we previously announced, the Dunbar Service Center at Camp Wildwood will become the Dunbar Gathering Center at Camp Wildwood. The Board has approved $50,000 worth of improvements to the center, including a new upstairs program room, and new windows for the facility.  Also, the Studio of Dreams will be renovated to be a bunk house accommodating 10 girls and 4 adults.   We are extremely excited about these renovations and improvements and believe this configuration will better serve the members in this community, with a greater focus on the programming needs of the girls and volunteers. Troops can schedule the use of the facility for their meetings, activities, and events.

Also, don’t miss the Camp Wildwood birthday celebration kicking off the renovation completion, on Saturday, July 25, when Camp Wildwood turns 55!  More details to come!

New shower at Studio of Dreams

New carpeting at Studio of Dreams

Studio of Dreams before new carpet was laid

New windows from outside of Dunbar Gathering Center

New program space in Dunbar Gathering Center

New shutters on windows at Dunbar Gathering Center

Close-up of new windows at Dunbar Gathering Center

Studio of Dreams after wall was removed. What a difference a wall makes!

Studio of Dreams before wall was removed


Calling All Volunteers!

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 1:45pm

Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana is making its summer push for girls and adult volunteers to join Girl Scouts, the country’s preeminent leadership development organization for girls. With families already thinking about how to allocate their free time during the coming school year, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has released new data showing the organization’s benefits for both girls and volunteers.

Results of a summer 2014 pulse poll conducted with over 3,500 volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts in the K−5 age range show positive effects on members of all ages. Ninety-seven percent of parents agree that Girl Scouts has been a positive activity for their daughter, that she has had fun and exciting new experiences (95 percent), and that she has learned or tried something new (96 percent). In addition, 94 percent of parents say that because of Girl Scouts their daughter feels special, has more friends (95 percent), and is happier (89 percent).

The data shows it is not just girls who benefit: 94 percent of volunteers have made new friends, 88 percent believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts, and two-thirds believe their volunteer experience has helped them professionally. Ninety-five percent of Girl Scout volunteers are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better.

“Girl Scouts has provided a safe, fun, and engaging place for girls and adult volunteers to lead and thrive for over 100 years,” said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. “We know the majority of volunteers feel their Girl Scout experience has helped them both personally and professionally, but in many places throughout the country, the lack of volunteers is what keeps girls on waiting lists. Every adult who volunteers for Girl Scouts can help us bring fun, new experiences to at least five girls. Imagine what that can do to shape the next generation of female leaders.”

Girl Scouts gives girls a place to explore topics of interest in a judgment-free space outside of classroom confinements; it cultivates cooperative and self-directed learning, as well as the growth mindset (the understanding that intelligence and talent can be developed)—all of which help foster a lifetime passion for learning. The variety of experiences and the value for the money the Girl Scout program provides are also popular selling points. Eighty-nine percent of parents say their daughter gets a greater variety of experiences from Girl Scouts than she does from other extracurricular activities, and the majority of parents feel Girl Scouts is a great value for the money compared to other extracurricular activities. Overall, parents consider Girl Scouts one of the most beneficial extracurricular activities for their daughter.

“We’re doing lots of great things here locally.  From constructing new and renovating old recreational spaces, to creating several unique and exciting programs that girls of all age can experience!  However, I cannot stress enough that Girl Scouts exists for girls, but it exists because of volunteers, and we need lots of them”, expresses Sharon Pohly, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana.

Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through grade 12. The more adults step forward to volunteer, the more girls will get the chance to be a Girl Scout. Adults over age 18 may become volunteers; both girls and adults volunteers can join at any time of the year. Girl Scout volunteers come from all walks of life; they are men, women, young professionals, retirees, college students, and more. To join or volunteer, please visit:

Lighting The Way To A Brighter Future

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:46pm

Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana – Michiana in collaboration with Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) and NISTEM/IPFW will host a STEM conference, Saturday, May 30th from 9am – 4pm in the Walb Student Union on the campus of Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, located at 2101 E Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN.

“We are delighted once again to partner with FWCS and Dr. Jeff Nowak of NISTEM/IPFW at hosting this STEM conference. Girls will gain confidence in their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skills by doing hands-on, fun activities in a supportive, all-girl environment,” says Sharon Pohly, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana – Michiana. “We hope to increase their capacity for both critical thinking and resourceful problem solving; two key Girl Scout Leadership Experience outcomes related to STEM.”

Girls grades 6 – 12, can enjoy “career exploration” sessions from 9am – 12pm, and girls grades K – 5 will enjoy “hands-on” activities from 1pm – 4pm.  Learn more here.

GSNI-M Receives Grant to Digitize Girl Scout History

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:44pm

Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana – Michiana (GSNI-M) and the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library have received a grant in the amount of $18,000 to digitize materials from the GSNI-M collection.  These materials, dating back to 1920’s, provide a written and pictorial history reflecting the importance of Girl Scouts in the lives of girls and women in northern Indiana.

View Artifacts Here

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.  The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.  Its mission is to grow and sustain a “Nation of Learners” because life-long learning is essential to a democratic society and individual success.  Through its grant making, convening’s, research and publications, the Institute empowers museums and libraries nationwide to provide leadership and services to enhance learning in families and communities, sustain cultural heritage, build twenty-first-century skills, and increase civic participation.

“The To Get Her There Collection isn’t just a resource for Girl Scouts, rather it shows the history of women and girls in our communities over the last hundred years – through two world wars, the Civil Rights Movement, the space race, and the birth of the internet, says Shannon Johnson, Girl Scout volunteer.  These pictures and documents show how we’ve changed, and how we’ve stayed the same, over the course of our collection history.  It is an invaluable look at the everyday lives of women and girls in Northern Indiana and Michiana that we are preserving and digitizing for everyone to learn from and share.  These items will be available via the Indiana Memory project and the Digital Public Library and pay testament to the creative and spirited women that have helped shape our state.”

Everyone Loves A Parade!

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:52pm
Summertime means parades!  And we’re gearing up for a great summertime presence this year with your help! 

Join GSNI-M this summer and fall as we participate in 4 major parades throughout our council to make our Girl Scout presence known in our communities!

All GSNI-M Girl Scouts and volunteers are invited to participate in the:

LaPorte Jaycees 4th of July Parade, LaPorte  – July 4
Three Rivers Festival Parade, Fort Wayne – July 10
Elkhart County 4-H Fair, Goshen – July 26
Blueberry Festival, Marshall County– September 7
Please check back for parade line-up times and locations.

Bring your Girl Scout signs, wear your Girl Scout uniforms and walk along the parade routes in support of Girl Scouts and GSNI-M.  Bring a troop, walk as a group of volunteers, or get a group of GS parents together!  A limited supply of t-shirts and Girl Scout gear will be provided for participants, and our GSNI-M brand vehicle and float will be present at each parade and we need YOU to help us spread the word about Girl Scouts around our council.

Participation is easy…check out the parade list and send an email to letting us know that you’ll be there along with contact info, and simply make sure you’re there in time for parade line-up!

Please note: If your volunteer group, girls or troop have already signed up for any of these parades, that’s OK!  If not, we’ve got it covered!  GSNI-M has asked each festival/parade organizer to group all of GSNI-M Girl Scouts together.