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GSNC History

 

Girl Scouts of Nassau County Council History

 

In 1912, the Juliette Gordon Low started the Girl Scouting movement in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia. Sometime around 1918 a few girls in Nassau County heard about a new organization just for girls. The girls checked into it as something that might be fun for them to do. It seemed to offer everything. They could wear special clothes, learn skills and use their old skills in new ways. Thus, the first Girl Scout Troops were formed in Nassau County, becoming an early part of what would become a worldwide youth movement. The history of our Council is recounted here, to preserve the legacy of those early, pioneering Troops in Nassau County.

 

Girl Scouting in Nassau County Timeline

1912

Founder, Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout Troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Gaorgia.

1918/1919

First Troop started in Lynbrook Photograph courtesy of the Village of Lynbrook,  Leo H. Bock, photographer

1923

Mrs. W.E. Thomas of Garden City (Mary was her first name but women were identified by their husband’s name in those days) was appointed the National Organizer in Nassau County in November 1923. In lieu of a salary, Mary was to receive gasoline and tires for her car from the $1300 allotted to the Girl Scouts by the Nassau County Welfare Board. She also received 25 sheets of notepaper and envelopes, some literature and 12 Troop Committee forms.

1924/1926

Nassau County Council formed

1935

North Nassau Council, Central Nassau Council, South Nassau Councils formed

Four Port Washington girls invested as Golden Eaglets

1940

Mid Island Council formed

Radio publicity — “Play with a Purpose”

1947

Central Nassau Council dissolves – it becomes Courthouse Council, Hub Council, Sewanhaka Council

1954

Lady Baden Powell, Chief Girl Guide, from London, England visits

1956

First roundup of Senior Scouts at Pontiac, Michigan – Highland Park

The four Councils located in Nassau sent a total of 26 girls

1957

8 girls from Mid Island Council attend International Conference in honor of Lord Baden Powell at Duck Lake, Ontario

1957/1958

West Nassau Council chartered, composed of Hub, Courthouse, and Sewanhaka Councils

1959

Second roundup at Colorado Springs 48 girls attended

1962

Third roundup at Button Bay, Vermont 32 girls attended

1964

Mid Island sent 4 girls to 4 different all-state encampments

Manhasset sent 1 girl to Sweden as community ambassador, 2 girls to Mexico in an open-door exchange

1965

Nassau Council of Girl Scouts formed

Fourth round up at Farragut, Idaho (36 girls attended)

Mid Island sent a girl to represent American Girl Scouts at an international gathering. Svenska Scoutforbundet, Sweden

Many Councils sent delegations to meet Princess Margaret Rose of Great Britain at Girl Scout National Headquarters

At Mid Island Council two new groups were introduced –A chorus of girls 10-17, later named the Mid Island Minnesingers, And the International Flag Corps (Cadettes and Seniors)

Perry Como headed a fund drive

Courier newsletter started

1966

Mid Island Council invited to serve as “in transit” hostesses to international guests

Mid Island sent 1 girl to all-states encampment in North Carolina, and 1 girl to Honolulu for East-West conference

Girl Scout Week: Girls were on the Ray Heatherton Breakfast Show broadcast from Mid Island Plaza, Hicksville

1967

First Daisy Ball at the New York Hilton, ”black tie”

1968

Daisy Ball in March at the Garden City Hotel

1969

Daisy Ball at Terrace in the Park Nassau Council Girls Scouts appear in film “We’re Going Troop Camping”

ELLM Community Brownies featured in March Girl Scout calendar

1975

Green Circle program started

First OctoberFest

1976

In 1976, we celebrated our country’s bicentennial with a “Yankee Doodle Dandy Jamboree” program.

In April 1976 the Council, in the search for more space, moved to our current location at 110 Ring Road West, Roosevelt Field, Garden City, NY.

1977

January – New office building dedicated and Open House held

Cookbook published. “Nassau Cooks” September – Mid Island and Nassau Councils began operating as one Council

1982

We were environmentally conscientious in 1982. “Conserve- Preserve” was about conserving Long Island’s waters, Clearwater sailing, where the girls learned about the estuaries, pollutions, and weather, among other things.

“Gift of Water” – Nassau Council water conservation project for the 70th anniversary. Girls attend special ceremony at UN announcing “Gift of Water”

First Gold Award Ceremony

Kathy Lee Johnson (Gifford) and David Hartman “Good Morning America” interview Council members

1984

First “Go for the Green” golf tournament at Brookville Country Club

1985

Girl Scout Daisies started

1986

Nassau Council Girl Scouts become Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Inc. (GSNC)

1987

GSNC girls featured on Cookie boxes

For the 75th anniversary of Girl Scouting in the USA, we celebrated Diversity.

Anniversary Corporate Luncheon at Garden City Hotel. New Girl Scout Chorus made its debut

Friendship Tree introduced

1989

Newly renovated office building dedicated – Barbara White, President

1990

In 1990, during “Operation Desert Shield,” the girls packed “goodie” boxes for the servicemen of Desert Storm.

1992

GSNC girls featured in Girl Scout video by GSUSA “Girls Only, All Girls”

Our 80th birthday festivities were held at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville. The theme centered around caring for the earth.

1993

Girls presented flags at the dedication of GSUSA new headquarters

Girls star in new fitness video “Be Your Best”

1997

Circle of Friends initiated by Ann Butera, Pat Motschmann, Jackie Hennelly, Marianne Templeton, Henrietta Tuthill and Barbara White

1998

Council website started

1999

Girl Scouts became part of the world wide web in 1999 with our website www.gsnc.org

Living History Museum dedicated

2000

GSNC contributes to the County Time Capsule

2002

10,000 Girl Scouts celebrated 90th Anniversary at “Sing Out For America” at Madison Square Garden.

2005

GSNC hosts the 5th Annual National Latina Conference

46 girls go to Space Camp in Huntsville, AL.

2006

The biggest thrill for the Chorus came when our girls were asked to record  “True Colors” to be broadcast as background for a Dove commercial to be aired during the Super Bowl game in 2006.

Our Operation Cookie Program officially begins. For this project, Girl Scouts from GSNC gather donations of Girl Scout Cookies to send to the servicemen and women overseas.

2008

The first GIRLFEST was held at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville

2012

2012 was declared the Year of the Girl

Girl Scouts of Nassau County and the ELLM Association dedicated the Juliette Gordon Low Park in Lynbrook, NY

The GSNC Chorus sung at Girl Scouts Rock the Mall in Washington, DC

We’ve celebrated a lot of milestones these past 100 years…