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Our Foundation is YOU! Essay Contest

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There are two definitions for the word foundation; it is “the lowest load-bearing part of a building, typically below ground level” and “an underlying basis or principle for something.” As GSSEF looks forward to our move into a new administrative headquarters, we have an opportunity for our membership to become a special part of both of these definitions of the word.

The building we have purchased for the new GSSEF administrative headquarters is unfinished on the first floor. Some of the first elements of the customization and build-out process this summer will be to lay the foundation for the first floor. We are taking this unique opportunity to reflect on our work as a staff team and remember why we need an office in the first place. The answer is: you! Our members are the foundation on which all of our ideas, plans, tactics, goals and successes are built.

We invite you to become a part of this next step for our Council by contributing to both the ”underlying below ground level” of this building and our “underlying basis” for our work within it. Adult volunteers and girl members are asked to answer one of these questions with a short essay (please do not exceed 300 words) and return entries to: between June 1 – 30, 2017.

One adult volunteer essay and one girl member essay will be selected to represent all of GSSEF as the foundation of our new venture and this building by having their words live forever, sealed and placed into our actual foundation, before the new concrete is poured. Winners will be announced in July. We will invite the two winners to join our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening Celebration (in 2018) to read their essays.

We hope you share this with all of the volunteers and girls you know (and love) so everyone can be a part of our foundation, again, this summer!

Adult Volunteer Essay Question:

How do you build a strong foundation for girls, and our entire world, by volunteering in Girl Scouts?

Girl Member Essay Question:

How are you building a strong foundation for your future by being a Girl Scout today?