Elisabeth McAllister: 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Elisabeth McAllister of Buffalo, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. McAllister’s project was titled “Fleece for Friends.”

McAllister explained, “I helped provide handmade warm gear to guests of the South Buffalo Community Table, a soup kitchen located in South Buffalo. Guests could choose from fleece hats, scarves, and ear warmers to help keep them warm throughout the winter. I informed family, friends, and other Girl Scouts about the issues people without adequate protection from the cold faced and taught them how to make the items. About 120 items were donated to 60-70 people. I chose this project because winters get extremely cold here in Buffalo. I had heard through the news how it was endangering the health of the homeless and underprivileged in my community and wanted to help combat this issue. By providing warm gear I hoped to protect people from the cold and its effects.

McAllister added, “Being a Girl Scout has helped me meet new friends and explore activities that interest me. It has allowed me to follow my curiosity and learn about nature, culture, and crafts. It has helped me develop my leadership, such as communication and organization, in order to help those in need in my community. It has pushed me to go out of my comfort zone and use my strengths to make the world a better place.”

McAllister will receive her Gold Award at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 1, 2019. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and to enter the military a full rank higher than her peers.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Samantha McAllister: 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Samantha McAllister of Buffalo, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. McAllister’s project was titled “Cushions for Cats.”

McAllister explained, “I made cat beds out of old sweaters that I then donated to HEART Adoption Center in Hamburg. I chose this project because I wanted to help animals that did not have forever homes. The purpose of my project was to provide the cats with a comfortable place to rest. The project impacted my community by helping to care for the stray cats that had been brought in. I collected donations of sweaters, shirts, stuffing, and pillows from friends, family, and my school. To make the beds I hand sewed the sleeves to the sides of the sweater, stuffed them, and sewed them shut. In total, I made 28 beds for the cats.”

McAllister added, “Girl Scouting has given me the opportunity to explore and learn more about the world around me, and has opened the door to many friendships.”

McAllister will receive her Gold Award at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 1, 2019. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and to enter the military a full rank higher than her peers.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Theresa Homeier: 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Theresa Homeier of Buffalo, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Homeier’s project was titled “Halter Huts at Heritage Christian Stables.”

Homeier explained, “After volunteering at Webster’s Heritage Christian Stables, it was brought to my attention that they could really use some halter huts in the various pastures. These halter huts protect the gear from the elements and the horses, and also differentiate the pastures by color. This makes it easier to direct students and workers to the correct locations. Because of my experience in technology classes, I thought it was a perfect fit for me to make these halter huts for my Gold Award project. These huts should last many years, and they also brighten up the pastures. This project allowed me to spend quality time with my friend, teacher and mentor, Mr. Milliman.”

Homeier added, “Girl Scouts has given me opportunities to go places, meet people, and participate in activities that I would not have been able to otherwise. I have been able to work with the elderly, those with special needs, and those less fortunate than me. This has taught me to be more understanding and less judgmental.”

Homeier will receive her Gold Award at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 1, 2019. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and to enter the military a full rank higher than her peers.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Brianna Grine: 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Brianna Grine of Buffalo, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Grine’s project was titled “Mission Unite.”

Grine explained, “My goal was to unite the members of my church community (Zion United Church of Christ in Tonawanda). To accomplish this I created a photo directory of all the members. My project allows all of the longtime members to recognize and know the new members by name, as well as help the new members to get to know everyone else. The directory is a little booklet with members’ pictures in the front and then all of their contact info towards the back. It also includes all of the church’s contact info. Members have already said that is has been super helpful to them.”

Grine added, “Through Girl Scouts, I’ve made some AMAZING lifelong friends and learned so many useful life skills. Throughout the years I’ve had a lot of fun and everyone in my troop has been super supportive of everything I do. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities Girl Scouts has given me.”

Grine will receive her Gold Award at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 1, 2019. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and to enter the military a full rank higher than her peers.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Women of Distinction is two weeks away!

One of the best events of the year is only two weeks away. Every year, we celebrate eight amazing women in the Western New York area for their character, dedication to community, and passion for mentoring girls and women. The event is appropriately called Women of Distinction.

Like all of our events, it’s a girl-led ceremony prominently featuring our Girl Scouts. In fact, eight girls will spend time shadowing and learning from one the honorees. At the awards, she’ll share her experience.

This year, we have the privilege of honoring:

  • Lindsay Cray: Co-Founder & Executive Director, Earthworks, Inc. (Monroe County)
  • Rosanne Frandina: President of Frandina Engineering and Land Surveying (Erie County)
  • Althea E. Luehrsen: CEO, Leadership Buffalo, Inc. (Erie County)
  • Patti Ann Pacino: Batavia City Council Member (Genesee County)
  • Venus Quates: President and CEO, launchTECH (Erie County)
  • Dr. Dilara Samadi: OB/GYN, Buffalo Medical Group (Erie County)
  • Honorable Joanne Winslow: Associate Justice of the New York State Supreme Court (Monroe County)
  • Betsy Wright: President, UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital (Chautauqua County)

This event isn’t limited to Girl Scouts, either; we’d love to have you with us! This year we’re celebrating at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Buffalo Thursday, September 20, with the evening’s events beginning at 5:30 p.m.

If you’re interested, please visit our website to learn more and order your tickets.

To learn more about the experiences and passions of former honorees, check out The Girl Scout Difference campaign for their stories.

Interested in Being a Sponsor?
Sponsorship opportunities for organizations of all sizes exist. Invest in the future of girls today by sponsoring an event – 100% of your investment will stay in Western New York to help girls develop important leadership skills. Learn about sponsor opportunities by viewing our sponsorship packet and change the world by investing in girls today!

For more information about this event or becoming a sponsor contact Eileen Hettich at 1.888.837.6410 x6030 or email

It’s not too late to sign up for Girl Scout summer camp!

While it’s technically late spring, we can all agree that school letting out and the beautiful weather signifies that summer is FINALLY here! The only thing more exciting than summer vacation is figuring out how you’re going to spend your time and we have good news:

CAMP IS WAITING FOR YOUR GIRL!

Just because summer is here doesn’t mean it’s too late to sign up your girl! We still have options for all grade levels at our camps to make sure she has the best summer ever.

Camp and the outdoors are part of our Girl Scout DNA. We believe in addition to fun, camping teaches your girl important leadership skills and helps her on her path to become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader). Even better, we have a program planned for just about anyone.

At Camp Piperwood, your girl can experience the best of day camp through programs like The Great Outdoors, Science Wonders, Citizen Science, Cables and Carabiners, and more!

If resident camp is what you’re looking for, our summer is filled at Camp Seven Hills and Camp Timbercrest with horseback riding, science-based camps, Harry Potter, and much more!

Spaces are filling up quickly so make sure to register your girl for camp today! Day camp starts July 2 and resident camps starts July 8, with all sessions ending August 10.