Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois kick-off event set for Oct. 3

By on September 23, 2009

ROCKFORD—Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will come together at a Kick Off Event, “One Council, One Voice” on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Rockford First, 5950 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, Ill.

One Council, One Voice is the theme for the event, and for the newly realigned council—Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI).

Voices from four legacy Girl Scout councils (Fox Valley in Sugar Grove, Green Hills in Freeport, Rock River Valley in Rockford, and Sybaquay in Elgin) will join together as one voice at this premier event—the first to take place since the reorganization that started more than two years ago.

With the new membership year beginning on Oct. 1, 2009, One Council, One Voice is the rousing start that Girl Scouts want for their newly realigned council. From 1 to 3 p.m. girls and adults come together for the first time as Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois to raise their voices in a good old-fashioned Girl Scout sing-a-long.

Emcee of the event is Rockford’s Nicole Kilmer, WTVO weekday anchor and strong advocate for the environment. Joining Kilmer will be Vicki Wright, CEO and Lisa Normoyle, Board President of the new council.

In addition to singing, “Juliette Low,” the founder of Girl Scouting in the United States, will be there to introduce a style show of Girl Scout uniforms through the decades. Carol Ayars, long-time Girl Scout volunteer, appears as Juliette Low. A special flag ceremony will take place, another strong tradition in Girl Scouting; the flags from each of the four legacy councils will be retired and the new flag of GSNI introduced. The event also includes S.W.A.P.S. (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere) time from noon to 1 p.m. and again from 3 to 4 p.m. S.W.A.P.S are typically hand-made items that identify a troop, group or area and are usually pinned on hats, vests, and Girl Scout bags

In addition, the Girl Scout Shop will be at the event with assorted GSNI items offered for sale for the very first time. Registration is required with a fee of $3 per person and includes an event patch. To register go to

Add your voice to Girl Scouts by registering and attending this kick-off event. Download the flier and registration form or register online at information is also available at the Sugar Grove Service Center (630) 897-1565.

For more information about Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, visit