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Council Receives Inaugural ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana received the very first ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award for its unwavering innovative spirit and laser-like focus on girl leadership before an audience of nearly 300 of the city's most recognized and respected women leaders and their colleagues. CEO Maria Wynne accepted the award during a special ceremony.

The ATHENA Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession; provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community; and actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential. This year ATHENA International introduced the Organizational 
Leadership Award to honor businesses or organizations that support and develop women leaders.

This honor celebrates the incredible, enduring power of the Girl Scout Movement, and the commitment of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana's dedicated board members, volunteers, and professional staff who are together creating a new vision for Girl Scouting locally. For more information about ATHENA International, visit www.athenainternational.org.

Local Women Honored by the Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation

Three young women from the council have received scholarships from the Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation to further their undergraduate studies. Since 2005, The Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation has supported undergraduate college women in the study of languages and learning of other cultures. The foundation was formed to honor the memory of Corinne Jeannine Schillings by providing a living legacy through education.

Catherine K. of Griffith, IN, who earned two of Girl Scouting's highest honors, the Silver Award and Gold Award, was awarded a 2009-10 "Scholarship to Study a Foreign Language." Mary M. of Orland Park, IL, who also earned the Silver Award, was awarded the 2009-10 "Scholarship to Study Abroad." Whitney S. of Olympia Fields, IL, who also earned the Silver Award and Gold Award, was awarded a 2009-10 "Scholarship to Study a Foreign Language."

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana proudly recognizes these outstanding young women for their leadership and accomplishments. The selection process was rigorous; there were 151 applicants from 30 states. For information, visit www.cjsfoundation.org.