Garber Buick | Township View TownshipView Elvis Machul Finance Director YOU YOU YOU FOR FOR FOR 110 110 110 YEARS YEARS YEARS YEARS YEARS THANK THANK THANK THANK THANK GARBER BUICK OF SAGINAW 5925 State Street, Saginaw 989.267.1419 | www.garberbuick.com SAGINAW COMMUNITY F CUS PRESENTED BY GARBER BUICK BUY YOUR BUICK FROM THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW BUICK BEST! SAGINAW – The history of Girl Scouts in America spans over 100 years; a dream from founder Juliette Gordon Low, also known as “Daisy”, that came to fruition when in March of 1912, she brought together a group of girls in Savannah, Georgia. She wanted them to explore new possibilities and the wonders of the world around them - and she wanted them to do it together. These first scouts offered a helping hand to those in need and strived to do good in their corner of the world. According to the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan website at www.gshom.org, “These first Girl Scouts blazed trails and redefined what was possible for themselves and for girls everywhere. They played basketball. They hiked, swam, and camped. They learned to tell time by the stars. And most importantly, they shared a sense of adventure and a belief that they could do anything,” Since its founding 106 years ago, Daisy’s (Juliette Gordon Low’s) small troop has grown to 2.6 million strong, 1.8 million girls and 80,000 adult volunteers. The Girl Scouts serve as the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with programs throughout the United States and the world. The Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan (GSHOM) serves as one of three Girl Scout councils in Michigan. Within the GSHOM, there are five regions: Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor, Lansing, Jackson, Kalamazoo and the Saginaw Region. In the Saginaw Region there are 310 Girl Scouts. Depending on age, a Scout may be a Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior or Ambassador. Its mission is: “Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place,” its promise is: “On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.” The Girl Scout Law is: “I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.” Saginaw Scouts hold many annual events, including a Backyard BBQ (held recently), Girl Scout Cookie sales, and an upcoming Bake-Off Benefit. From Samoas to Thin Mints and everything in between, Girl Scout Cookies are a big hit every year. The sales help the Girl Scouts raise funds, but it mainly teaches them important skills they can use for a lifetime, according to Kristin Schrader, chief marketing and communications officer for the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan. “When you think of Girl Scouts you probably think of cookies. You should also think about the real-world expertise that girls gain by participating in the cookies sales process,” she said. “There are five skills in particular. Every girl learns about setting goals, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.” Schrader added that 80 percent of female business owners were once Girl Scouts. “It’s a real entrepreneurial experience,” she said. Saginaw Girl Scouts will start taking orders next month and will begin sales at cookie booths in November. Another big fundraiser is the Scouts’ annual Bake-Off Benefit, held this year on Oct. 11. The event chefs gather to create desserts that center around the famous cookies. Local chefs will put their culinary talents to the test, using Girl Scout Cookies as the base for new, innovative dessert recipes. This year’s Bake-Off Benefit will be held Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center in Midland, at 5121 Bay Road. The fundraiser’s purpose is to help give low income, at-risk girls in local communities the opportunity to be a Girl Scout. It offers programs in places like community centers, homeless shelters, juvenile detentions, and schools with a high rate of reduced or free school lunches. The Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan Council serves 34 counties, with the Saginaw region serving about 4,000 girls in 13 counties. Of that, more than 700 Scouts are in the outreach program. Each year the annual fundraisers raise upwards of $25,000. The 8th annual fundraiser will be emceed by Nate Rose, of Cumulus Media (102.5 WIOG) and will feature many area chefs/businesses whose culinary treats will go before a panel of judges. There will also be a raffle and silent auction prizes. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit www.gshom.org. Girl Scouts is an important program that helps fill girls with courage, confidence and the kind of character that can help make the world a better place,” Schrader said. “There are 50 million women who are Girl Scout alumni in America today. They are community problem solvers with a strong sense of self, who seek challenges and display positive values.” Daniel Laatsch Sales Consultant Matthew Reece Sales Consultant Al Rohde Sales Consultant John Wright Sales Consultant Julio Rodriguez Sales Consultant Shane Stikeleather Sales Consultant Rob Roehrs Asst. Pre-Owned Manager Thomas Ward Pre-Owned Manager Karen Barnt Sales Consultant Tyler Webster Sales Consultant Charles Roach Sales Consultant History of Girl Scouts, Bake-off benefit set Terry Christopher Sales Consultant Rich Perdue General Manager Brent Goik Sales Consultant Thomas Auernhammer New Car Asst. Manager Joe Rau Sales Consultant Heather Klopf Sales Consultant Aubrey Adams Sales Consultant Erica Fritzler New Car Sales Manager Breanna Agnew Internet Specialist Andrea Brandel Internet Manager Jessica Behrens Sales Assistant John Weiss Sales & Finance Consultant Shown here are some local chefs from last year’s Girl Scout Bake-Off Benefit event in Midland. This year’s occasion will be held Oct. 11. Raffles and auction items are a part of the fun each year. This year’s Girl Scout benefit will be held at the Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center at the Valley Plaza Resort in Midland. The annual happening, which serves as a fundraiser for the Girl Scouts’ outreach program, has local chefs creating desserts using Girl Scout cookies as the main ingredient.