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Our Alum Network brings together women who want to reconnect with old friends and make new ones though fun groups and events. We are building a culture of philanthropy and engagement through volunteer opportunities, both within Girl Scouting and our broader community.

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This year, Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England will celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting! To commemorate this milestone, we will be highlighting one Girl Scout Alum a week on our various social media platforms, as well as featuring them below (click the drop-down arrow to view). We hope you enjoy this inspiring journey hearing from Girl Scouts of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Allie Curtis - Week 1
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Q: What advice would you give to a young Girl Scout?

A:  “I would encourage young Girls Scouts to practice courage daily. In college, I began challenging myself to live by Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” It has pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to channel my own fears into a force to grow. In that spirit, I would encourage young girls to take every opportunity to get out of their comfort zone and be bold!” 

Elizabeth “Betty” Cugini - Week 2
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For more than 50 years, Elizabeth “Betty” Cugini has supported Girl Scouting locally by volunteering her time, and sharing her love of the organization with others. Recently, Betty was showcased in the “Making a Difference” section of Hill, Pond, and Preserve, a monthly newsletter for the residents of the Watch Hill area, which Betty calls home. When talking about her Girl Scout experience as a child, Betty says, “Many years ago, there weren’t a lot of organizations for girls. For boys there was baseball and football. My fourth-grade teacher was kind enough to start a Girl Scout troop. It was like heaven for us girls.”  Betty began volunteering when her daughter, Betty-Jo, joined a Brownie troop and the rest is history! From troop leader and Community Chair to serving as President of Girl Scouts of Rhode Island from 1986-1992, she has truly done it all. As her interview with Elizabeth McCabe ended, Betty shared, “Giving comes tenfold. I will never live long enough to give back what the Girl Scouts have given me.” We thank Betty for her dedication to Girl Scouting, for her commitment to being a GS Alum, and for giving back more than she will ever know.

Meg DeCubellis - Week 3
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Q: What do you believe makes an exceptional leader?

A: “Remembering what it’s like to not be a leader. To remember moments when you weren’t in charge, what it’s like to be led and questioning what it means to lead someone.”

Q: What advice would you give to a young Girl Scout?

A: “Do what you really love. If it doesn’t sound right, don’t do it. Think about who you are. Deep down you really know what you like, you should do that. If you don’t like something, be honest; listen to yourself.”

Caitlyn Tiodor - Week 4
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Q: How do you use what you learned as a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader)™ today?

  • Go-getter! I am always up for a new challenge. Girl Scouts has really helped me to be more outgoing. If I see a goal that I want to reach then I go all in for it. No excuses are made and no exceptions.
  • Innovator! When you grow up doing “Do It Yourself” projects you learn how to improvise. By doing this you become more able to think outside the box. If you have ever been to camp, then you know that innovation is a must. Whether you leave your hair ties at home and you use a rubber band to tie back your hair to cook over the fire, or if you overpack and you must figure out how to fit your crafts in your bag with your clothes. There is always a need for innovation, and Girl Scouts is a great place to learn how to do that.
  • Risk-Taker! If you don’t take risks in life you can call it being “safe”. You think you’re building a protective wall around you, but you’re just trapping yourself in. Sometimes you must lose to enjoy the win and sometimes you must be sad to really understand being happy. That’s how life works.
  • Leader! Being a leader to me means stepping up when no one else will. It means to not only be the first to go ahead but also to be the last one to follow and make sure no one is left behind. It means speaking up for the ones unable to speak or are too scared to speak for themselves. A leader listens to everyone’s point of view and comes to a fair middle ground, they put what they are leading before themselves. There is no perfect task that defines a leader. I believe anyone can be a leader. If you run a group in your community then you’re a leader, but even you decide not to litter when “everyone else does” you are still accounted for as a leader. You go against the grain and stand for what you truly believe no matter what. Those are the characteristics of a good leader!

    

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Whether you grew up in Girl Scouting, or simply dabbled, worked at a Girl Scout camp as a teen, or enjoy volunteering as an adult, we want to connect with YOU! Click HERE to join the GSSNE Alum Network!

  • In an effort to reconnect with our GSSNE Alum specifically, we have created a GSSNE Alums Facebook page. In order to encourage our alum to build the bonds of our history as Girl Scouts, please visit the GSSNE Alums Facebook page, like and share!
  • Have a special story you want to share with us about your Girl Scouting experiences? Email us for an opportunity to be interviewed and featured in future GSSNE publications!
  • Girl Scouts of the USA and LinkedIn proudly debut their shared commitment to promoting girls’ and women’s empowerment, leadership, and advancement in the world! Join as we grow a connected community to advocate for girls and women, and unleash her G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ potential! Even if you weren’t a Girl Scout growing up, you’re still welcome and encouraged to promote the Girl Scout Network! And don't forget to follow our GSSNE LinkedIn Page too!

Camp Hoffman Alum!

Camp Hoffman is one of the oldest Girl Scout camps in the entire country, and we're turning 100 years old on July 28, 2021! It's going to be an amazing anniversary celebration. We hope you'll join us at camp in summer 2021 to commemorate a century of adventure, leadership, and outdoor risk-taking! We'll share more information as soon as we've confirmed a date, but we can guarantee that there will be much magic, memory-making, singing, s'mores around the campfire, and fun on Larkin Pond.

Were you a past camper or staff member at either Hoffman or Green Forest? Click HERE to join our Camp Hoffman Alum group today and stay connected! 

Interested in helping us plan a fantastic event? Email us at customercare@gssne.org.

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GSUSA Alumnae Page

Visit the official  GSUSA Alumnae Association Page and register as a Girl Scout Alumnae. Once you register you can send e-cards, share stories and become a member of the alumnae mailing list! Support the organization that brought you so much, giving you the foundation to build your life upon.