2015 Ingredients for Success Program at SUNY Fredonia

Held in partnership with Enactus at SUNY Fredonia, Girl Scouts of Western New York greeted approximately 65 Girl Scouts and 35 adults from throughout Western New York to SUNY Fredonia Saturday, January 17. SUNY Fredonia students ran the program, engaging the girls and helping them prepare for the 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Program. It was a fun, informative day. Thank you to Enactus at SUNY Fredonia for working with our Girl Scouts and making such a great program possible!


2014 Great Girl Scout Sign Up Day

All girls should have the chance to experience the fun of Girl Scouts! Girl Scouts of Western New York held more than 20 recruiting events for girls throughout most of Western New York on Saturday, September 27. It was a great way for girls to get a "taste" of what it means to be a Girl Scout!


2014 Leadership Breakfast Series

Approximately 200 people attended the Leadership Breakfast Series at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Friday, September 19. Four Girl Scouts spoke at the event, showcasing the leadership skills they have gained from being involved with Girl Scouts, and Ainissa Ramirez, Ph.D., gave the keynote address. Dr. Ramirez share some of the history of girls in science and inspired the audience to encourage the next generation of girls to consider how fun and exciting science can be. Check out the story WXXI did on the Leadership Speaker Series and the keynote speaker here.


2014 Women of Distinction

Girl Scouts of Western New York hosted its signature fundraising event at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott on Thursday, September 18, 2014. More than 30 girls participated in this girl-led program that honored seven distinguished Western New York women. They are:

  • Daisy Algarin, Senior Marketing Specialist, City of Rochester Business Development
  • Kimberly Beaty, Deputy Commissioner of Operations, City of Buffalo Police Department
  • Ann Evanko, President, Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.
  • Uma Gupta, Ph.D., Executive Director, President CEO, STEM-Smart, Planet GPA.us
  • Marcia A. Merrins, Former President of the League of Women Voters for New York State and Owner of Kniti Griti Works
  • Jennifer Walter, Corporate Controller, Moog Inc.
  • Lillian Williams, Ph.D., Professor of African-American Studies, University at Buffalo SUNY

More than 250 people attended to celebrate these women and Girl Scouting. Check out the story WBFO did on Girl Scouts and the Women of Distinction program here.



More than 200 Girl Scouts from across Western New York joined Girl Scouts of Western New York for a day of fun with hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at the Rochester Museum & Science Center on May 3, 2014. Girls practiced engineering skills by creating safe containers for their eggs in the egg drop, made slime, played with GoldieBlox toys, and much more. It was so exciting showing girls how much fun STEM can be! Check out the story WROC did on STEM-a-palooza here.


Leadership Speaker Series & Leadership Breakfast Series

Girl Scouts of Western New York was proud to welcome Judy Smith, America’s #1 crisis management expert, to Buffalo on Thursday, September 26, 2013, and to Rochester on Friday, September 27, 2013. Approximately 200 guests attended each event to hear Judy share insights she has gained from working with a number of high-profile celebrities and Fortune 500 companies. Read more about the Leadership Speaker Series and the Leadership Breakfast Series.


2013 Great Girl Scout Sign-Up Day

Girl Scouts of Western New York hosted The Great Girl Scout Sign-Up Day on Saturday, September 21. More than 40 events took place throughout Western New York, and girls had a blast! They made fortune tellers, got temporary glitter tattoos, and had so much fun seeing how exciting it is to be a Girl Scout. If you missed this huge event, you can still join Girl Scouts!


2013 Women of Distinction Awards

Girl Scouts of Western New York was proud to honor nine Western New York women during its 2013 Women of Distinction Awards on Thursday, September 19 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens in Depew. Girls served as ambassadors, mistresses of ceremony and honorees for this annual signature event.  

2013 Women of Distinction Honorees

  • Arts & Humanities: Janet Lomax, News Anchor at News 10 NBC
  • Business: Mary Ann Coulson, Senior Vice President and Branch Manager at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
  • Education: Dr. Virginia Schaefer Horvath, President at SUNY Fredonia
  • Entrepreneur: Lisa Kirisits, CPA, MBA, Managing Partner at Kirisits & Associates, CPAS, PLLC
  • Girl Scout Volunteer: Dr. Evelyn L. Kerney, Western New York Business Program Administrator at Bryant & Stratton College
  • Healthcare: Cheryl Howe, Executive Vice President, Operations at HealthNow New York Inc.
  • Public Service: Nancy Blaschak, Regional CEO at American Red Cross
  • Sports & Fitness: Felisha Legette-Jack, Head Women’s Basketball Coach at University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and math): Heatherly H. Dukes, VP, Nuclear Operations & Storage at CH2M HILL B&W West Valley, LLC


#GSWNYCamp Twitter Party

Multiple girls joined @GirlScoutsWNY on Thursday, June 20, 2013, for our first Twitter Party! Between 7 and 9 p.m. and using #GSWNYCamp, girls discussed their favorite camp memories, sharing their favorite camp food, activities, stories, crafts, and more. Girls who are going to camp this year for their first time also had the opportunity to ask questions. It was a great opportunity for all to share in the excitement of Girl Scout Summer Camp!


The Art of Girl Scouting Art Gallery Show

Girl Scouts of Western New York celebrated the Art of Girl Scouting photography exhibit at the Burchfield Penney Art Center June 14, 2013. The exhibit, open April 26 through June 30, 2013, features a series of photographs taken by Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes.

During the Art Gallery Show, Cindy Odom, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Western New York, presented a speech on how programs like this one provide girls with self-confidence. Thank you to all volunteers and staff at Burchfield Penney Art Center for making this program and event possible.


Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony

Girl Scouts of Western New York was proud to award 63 girls with their Girl Scout Gold Award on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Samuel's Grande Manor in Williamsville. These girls put in more than 80 hours of work toward their projects, which will have a lasting impact on their communities and their world. More information about this event is available by reading the press release.


STEM Community Stakeholders Forum & Luncheon  

The STEM Community Stakeholders Forum & Luncheon, sponsored by National Grid, provided key community stakeholders the opportunity to discuss ways to engage more girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and careers.

Taking place May 23, 2013, at the Buffalo Museum of Science, the event featured an address by Judith Dunn, human resources director at National Grid, who shared information about the importance of having diversity in STEM fields and the demand for these careers. Cindy Odom, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Western New York, spoke to research conducted by Girl Scouts of the USA that showed girls are interested in STEM but need more mentorship from women in these career fields. The program included a roundtable discussion during which attendees discussed ways to take action and encourage more girls toward these fields.

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STEM Girl Forum

Following the STEM Community Stakeholder Forum & Luncheon on May 23, 2013, more than 50 girls attended a STEM Girl Forum at the Buffalo Museum of Science. During the event, these five panelists shared their career path stories and answered questions from the girls:

  • Lisa Montesano, civic environmental engineer at National Grid
  • Lettie Chilson, senior engineer at CHM Hill B&W West Valley LLC
  • Dr. Liesl Folks, dean of the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Dr. Jane Griffin, principal research scientist at Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute
  • Rachel Wiatrowski-Pardi, senior content producer at Fisher-Price 

Thank you to our panelists for helping to encourage the next generation of girls to learn more about careers in STEM fields! 

STEM Girl Forum Panelists

Left to right: Lisa Montesano, Lettie Chilson, Dr. Liesl Folks, Dr. Jane Griffin, Rachel Wiatrowski-Pardi


2013 Adult Recognition Luncheon

Congratulations to all award recipients! It is truly because of you that our girls can shine.

This year, the GSWNY Adult Recognition Committee was pleased to honor volunteers for their dedication. The Adult Recognition Luncheon took place Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Samuel's Grande Manor in Williamsville. For more details and a list of awardees, view our program booklet.

Photo Gallery

A big thank you goes out to members of the Adult Recognition Committee: Roslyn Bauman, Cathy DeLorenzo, Fran Finnerty, Marilyn Goodberlet, Belinda Henry, Carole Huther, Mariah Kramer, Karen Liese, Lisa Lyons, Margaret Magin, Joanne Nelson, Paula Pickett, Joyce Raymond, and Helen Vanderwarker.


Women of Distinction 2012

The 2012 Women of Distinction Awards occurred Thursday, September 20, at Salvatore's Italian Gardens in Depew. Nine peer-nominated women were recognized by Girl Scouts of Western New York for their strength of character, commitment to community service, and dedication to mentoring girls and young women. Internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and consultant Sally Helgesen gave the keynote address. Helgesen has written multiple books and articles on women's leadership, and she provided wonderful insights. Information is now available on the 2013 Women of Distinction Awards. We hope you will join us in 2013!


Thank you to all of the sponsors who helped make this event successful!

Gold Sponsors

Federated Clover Investment Advisors

First Niagara

Mount St. Mary's

Timothy O'Mara Attorney at Law

Silver Sponsors

Arbor Capital Management

Bryant & Stratton College

Falconer Printing & Design, Inc.

Hodgson Russ Attorneys LLP

Towne Auto

Uniland Development Company

Bronze Sponsors

Canisius College, Consilium1, EduKids Early Childhood Centers, First Choice Educational Tours, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Optimation Technology Inc., Rich Products, Toshiba Business Solutions, Tracy Diina Communications, Univera Healthcare, Yancey's Fancy

Girls Sponsors

Canandaigua National Bank & Trust, Cheryl Carr, Patricia Garman, Hastings Cohn Real Estate, Mary Beth Karr, Fred Muhleman, Gina M. Pizziconi-Capples Capt USAFR, Progressive Direct Marketing, Olivia Robinson, Wegmans


Girl Scout Gold Award®

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout 14-18 may earn. For many, the leadership skills, organizational skills, and sense of community and commitment that come from "going for the Gold" set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship. Colleges, employers, and the military look favorably upon applicants with this credential. Someone once described the Girl Scout Gold Award as being "what you really want to be remembered for" in Girl Scouting. Last year’s Gold Award Ceremony was held Sunday, June 3, 2012, at Creekside Banquet Facility in Cheektowaga.


3,000 from all over the country attended this incredible event!