Friday, May 19, 2017

Lauren Duderstadt: 2017 Girl of Distinction

Eight inspiring women from the Pittsburgh area, two outstanding Girl Scouts, and Girl Scout community-champion corporation GEICO will be honored at our Pittsburgh Awards of Distinction Luncheon on Wednesday, May 31 at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Proceeds of this premier event support Girl Scouts’ mission to develop courage, confidence and character in girls and to inspire the next generation of young women to become the leaders of tomorrow. Register now

Congratulations Lauren Duderstadt, the 2017 Girl of Distinction! 

Lauren began Girl Scouts as a Daisy. She has many fond Girl Scout memories, including camping, dances, geocaching and tours of both Washington D.C. and New York City. In addition to fun, Girl Scouts has helped Lauren develop as a leader. Today, Lauren is a co-captain for the Hampton High School girls’ soccer team and its varsity goal keeper, a sponsor and mentor to Hampton Middle School enrichment program’s mock trial teams, and a martial arts certified instructor. Lauren is also an outstanding student who was recently inducted into National Honor Society.       

For her Gold Award, Lauren wanted to encourage middle school girls with interests in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to continue pursuing those interests.  Lauren learned that the dramatic drop in girls’ interests in STEM during middle school is due to multiple factors, including gender bias and a lack of awareness of the practical application of STEM principles. To help overcome these factors, Lauren developed six hands-on STEM workshops and delivered them to middle school girls with STEM interests.  All of Lauren’s workshops, lesson plans and other supporting material can be accessed by any interested parent or educator at her website www.stemlikeagirl.com.


Lauren is currently a junior at Hampton High School. Upon graduation, she plans to attend college for mechanical engineering. Lauren is very honored to be named as a 2017 Girl of Distinction and is grateful to so many for their inspiration, assistance, guidance and support, including her parents, Janet Spohn, Gwen Cohen and Patti Coholich.        

Ashley Plater: 2017 Girl Scout Humanitarian Award

Eight inspiring women from the Pittsburgh area, two outstanding Girl Scouts, and Girl Scout community-champion corporation GEICO will be honored at our Pittsburgh Awards of Distinction Luncheon on Wednesday, May 31 at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Proceeds of this premier event support Girl Scouts’ mission to develop courage, confidence and character in girls and to inspire the next generation of young women to become the leaders of tomorrow. Register now

Congratulations Ashley Plater, the 2017 Girl Scout Humanitarian Award recipient! 

Ashley B. Plater, a senior at Penn Hills High School, became a Daisy Scout in kindergarten and belonged to two troops: Girl Scout Troop 1530 in Penn Hills and also Troop 50597. In her mind, there is no such thing as too much Girl Scouting!

Ashley is also a Cadet in the Penn Hills Naval Junior ROTC program. Because of the leadership skills that she has acquired through Girl Scouting, Ashley has been able to demonstrate the ability to take command of a platoon, and was chosen by the commander and first sergeant of the NJROTC program to be the platoon commander for two years.

Ashley has also been elected as the state president of the Ruth Mitchell Tucker Girls Youth Department by her peers.  The Girls Youth Department is a part of Deborah Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, Prince Hall Adopted, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The purpose is to stimulate interest in higher education, to enhance self-esteem, and to encourage involvement in community and continued personal growth.

Ashley will be continuing her education at California University Pennsylvania, where she plans to major in mechatronics engineering, which blends mechanical, electrical and computing technology with automated control and information systems.


Girls Scouts was the roots of all of these things. Through the leadership skills she has gained from Girl Scouts, her life was set on a fast track to success. 


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Finding success: Girl Scouts create geocache course at camp

Eleven Girl Scouts in Troop 52359 from Oakmont recently earned the Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can achieve.

Working an average of 25 hours each, the girls designed and installed a geocaching course at Camp Skymeadow in Avonmore, Armstrong County.

Troop members are Aine Hasselman, Alexandra Pastor, Anna Pinto, Audrey Myers, Carley Watts, Georgia Tsambis, Gianna Portera, Gwyneth Fichte, Isabella Nolan, Riley Russell and Isabella Ruby Bee.

Learn more about their project—and perhaps get inspired to earn the highest awards—through this summary provided by troop leaders Susan Portera, Madeline Welsh and Jill Myers.

Well done, Girl Scouts!
The girls met with camp ranger Tim Shank.

Title of project:                
Install a Geocaching Course
      
They began by working together to determine what they wanted to do. 

Since the girls loved geocaching they decided that they wanted to create a course so that other Girl Scouts could experience geocaching and earn their badge. 

First, they met with Tim Shank, the ranger at Camp Skymeadow, to understand what was possible. 

They conducted research to plan their course and the containers they’d need. They prepared their containers, put together the information that would be shared in the instruction booklet for the course, and then installed the caches at Camp Skymeadow.

The geocaching course they installed is a sturdy permanent course that was planned and placed strategically to hold up against weather and use. It's now available at the camp for other Girl Scouts to go on a geocaching adventure and earn the Junior Geocaching Badge.

The girls worked together well, respecting each other and the property where their course was being installed. They also completed this project in support of "being a sister to all Girl Scouts."

The troop hopes that their course will inspire others to do more geocaching.

Leah Lizarando: 2017 Women of Distinction Award - Community and Non-Profit

Eight inspiring women from the Pittsburgh area, two outstanding Girl Scouts, and Girl Scout community-champion corporation GEICO will be honored at our Pittsburgh Awards of Distinction Luncheon on Wednesday, May 31 at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Proceeds of this premier event support Girl Scouts’ mission to develop courage, confidence and character in girls and to inspire the next generation of young women to become the leaders of tomorrow. Register now

Congratulations to Leah Lizarando, recipient of the 2017 Women of Distinction Award in the Community and Non-Profit category!

Leah, founder and CEO of 412 Food Rescue, brings a 15-year track record of leadership positions with global corporations and non-profits. Leah received her master's degree in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, graduating with highest distinction.
She began her career as a product manager in Southeast Asia, working in consumer packaged goods and technology before moving on to her passion in food and health advocacy. She has worked in leadership positions for non-profits in New York and Pittsburgh. She is interested in the intersection of social good and technology, and mines her experience launching startups as she works to grow 412 Food Rescue.
Leah is an active advocate for food, health and innovation. She has also trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and received her certification in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University. The Brazen Kitchen, Leah’s blog and Pittsburgh Magazine column, won the 2013 National City & Regional Magazine Awards. She served as editor-at-large for NEXTpittsburgh and her work has been featured in national media including NPR, Oprah.com, and GOOD Magazine online. In April 2014, she gave the TEDx Talk “Why the Farm Is Not Getting to the Table.” In 2017, she was named in SmartBusiness “Who To Watch” as one of the individuals “poised to shape the Pittsburgh region in 2017 and beyond.”

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Grand opening of new barn at Camp Skymeadow


Please join us on Tuesday, June 6 from 4-6 p.m. to help us officially open the new barn at Camp Skymeadow! 

This event is free, but registration is required. Please register by Friday, May 26. 

Pat Burkart, CEO of GSWPA, and local Girl Scouts will cut the ribbon, officially opening the new barn for the summer camp season!

By building this new barn at Camp Skymeadow and taking full advantage of its miles of beautiful woodland trails, girls of all riding levels will enjoy programs that progress in skill and adventure this summer at resident camp!

4 p.m.—Guests arrive at camp
4:30 p.m.—Ribbon-cutting

After the ribbon cutting, meet the horses and enjoy free refreshments!
Girls of all ages can have a galloping good time with horse-themed activities:
  • Skymeadow selfie station
  • Pin the tail on the horse
  • Horse coloring station
  • Lasso the horse game

Camp director Pam Williams (a.k.a. Ducky) will be on hand to answer your questions about camp!

Please register for this FREE event by Friday, May 26. Register now




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Guest blog post: Help us keep Girl Scouting strong in Warren County

My name is Andrea Stapleford, and I am proud to be a local resident of Warren and serve on the Board of Directors at Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania. I help provide governance to better serve more than 22,000 Girl Scouts across 27 counties, and I always think about how we can strengthen Girl Scouting in our local community.
In Warren, the beautiful natural resources that surround us, from the Allegheny River to the Allegheny National Forest, make our community truly unique.
We cannot forget what a special place this is. To preserve the breathtaking beauty of Warren for future generations, our children must learn by example how to enjoy, respect, and protect natural resources. The Girl Scouting program does just that.
The fact is, many children grow up, never having seen a sunset after a long day’s hike or breathing in fresh mountain air through the pines. We can take for granted how close we are to nature.
I was fortunate to develop a strong respect for nature during my years in Girl Scouts. I felt empowered in the all-girl environment, and the positive female role models, like my troop leader, showed by example how capable girls and women are as leaders. Those great memories and outdoor programs left a strong impression on me as I built my life in Warren. You can help more girls in Warren County build confidence in themselves, become environmental stewards, and learn to give back to their community by supporting Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania. 
Wednesday, May 17 is Warren Gives, an online charity event at warrengives.org.
Together, we will celebrate the nonprofit organizations who help us stay strong. I will make my charitable gift to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania at warrengives.org, and I encourage you to do the same. 
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  Warren needs to encourage the next generation of leaders who will keep making our community better.
Thank you in advance for your gift to make the Girl Scouting tradition even stronger in Warren County!


Warren Gives
Wednesday, May 17
6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Please visit warrengives.org to make a donation to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania and make difference in the lives of our girls. A portion of each donation will be matched by $35,000 in matching funds, making your contribution go even further!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Dr. Patricia Dowley Kroboth: 2017 Women of Distinction Award in Health Care

Eight inspiring women from the Pittsburgh area, two outstanding Girl Scouts, and Girl Scout community-champion corporation GEICO will be honored at our Pittsburgh Awards of Distinction Luncheon on Wednesday, May 31 at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Proceeds of this premier event support Girl Scouts’ mission to develop courage, confidence and character in girls and to inspire the next generation of young women to become the leaders of tomorrow. Register now

Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Dowley Kroboth, recipient of GSWPA's 2017 Women of Distinction Award in Health Care!


Dr. Patricia D. Kroboth is dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh, where she has also served as a faculty member, chair of the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 

Leadership and creating highly productive teams weave through her entire career, including her research and teaching. Other characteristics that are evident in her career are creativity, whether designing programs, classes, or physical environments, and setting high expectations for herself, for students, and for those with whom she works.  

She has led the university's pharmacy community to a shared vision for the School of Pharmacy, which is now a leader in pharmacy education, a research school of distinction, and an innovator in pharmacy practice, including the pharmacist’s role in the community. The school is considered among the elite schools of pharmacy and is noted for exceptional educational program and research spanning from drug discovery to new models of care – all focused on improving health. 


A Syracuse, N.Y. native, Kroboth earned a B.S. in pharmacy from the University at Buffalo and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. She and her husband reside in Pittsburgh.