Who we are

Girl Scouts in Paris? Yes, Girl Scouts of the USA supports American girls living abroad through their USA Girl Scouts Overseas program. Over 18,000 members are currently participating in USA Girl Scouts Overseas in 90 countries around the world. USAGSO members enjoy the same excitement, fun and adventure in Girl Scouting as their stateside Girl Scout sisters.

Since 1949, Paris has hosted one of these overseas locations, and over the years has provided the USA Girl Scout program to more than 5,000 girls living in the Paris region. We currently serve over 300 girls from kindergarten through 12th grade, and have more than 100 adult volunteers.

It’s always exciting to have the chance to bring girls together and encourage them to do things they may have never tried before, to assist them as they develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.

For many girls in the Paris Neighborhood, the “City of Light” is home, but for others it is simply a place to which they and their family have moved for a period of time. USAGSO-PARIS adult volunteers connect girls who may feel adrift because of relocation and provide a “slice of American life” for others. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

The Overseas Committee Management Team (OCMT)

Girl Scouting is driven by our adult members, volunteers who lead, advise and guide our girls.  The Overseas Committee Management Team (OCMT) is comprised of volunteers who work together to facilitate Troop and Committee activities.  We recruit and support our Girl Scouts and adult volunteers, maintain USAGSO by-laws, manage funds, and provide a healthy and safe Girl Scout program to the Girl Scouts in Paris community. The following are some of the members of the 2017 – 2018 USAGSO-Paris OCMT:

Overseas Committee Chair  – Ráchel Roché Walton – parisocc@gmail.com

Manages the day-to-day activities of the Overseas Committee (OC). Chairs the OCMT and Leader meetings. Ensures the OC complies with Girl Scout policies, fiscal requirements and programming.

Bio: I have a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Master of Science in International Relations and National Security Studies.  I acquired my program management and analysis skill set working for the United States Department of Justice.  Over a long career, I have developed a keen sense of forecasting and strategic organizational planning.  As a member of the Paris OCMT, it is my goal to contribute to the development of strategies consistent with the Girl Scout Mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

My husband and I have five children and our daughters are proud Girl Scouts.  Girl Scouts was an instrumental part of my youth as well.   In 2012, I became an Adult Volunteer and am currently a Lifetime Member of GSUSA.  During my tenure with the Council of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC), I was a Troop leader and served in leadership positions on the Service Unit, Association, and Council levels.  I am thankful for an opportunity to be a part of the Girl Scout neighborhood in Paris.

Registrar, Treasurer, Patch Coordinator  Carol Pouchol – patches@girlscoutsinparis.com

carol poucholThe registrar ensures that membership registration forms are accurately completed and sent to USA Girl Scouts Overseas in New York.  As treasurer, maintains financial records for the OCMT and Girl Scouts in Paris. Co-signs checks and prepares financial books for audit.

Bio:  I earned a BA in Computer Science from Dartmouth College and acquired my financial knowledge while working for Microsoft for 12 years, the first 5 implementing financial systems throughout Asia and Europe. I worked with financial controllers in the subsidiaries to understand their needs and managed teams who customized the software to fit their local business requirements.

In 1992, I was expatriated by Microsoft to work in the European Headquarters in Paris. I am now married to a Frenchman and we have 2 daughters who were USA Girl Scouts from Brownies through Ambassadors.  I was a Girl Scout for 9 years when I was young, eventually earning the “First Class” honor.

Since leaving the workforce, I have enjoyed volunteering at my daughters’ school as a member of the APEL, editor of the school newspaper, class parent representative, and today as president of the PTA. I have also volunteered for other organizations including USA Girl Scouts for whom I have been treasurer since 2003 and registrar since 2005. I have been recognized by USAGSO-Paris by receiving the Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Volunteer, Prix D’Excellence and Volunteer of Excellence awards.

Secretary – Laura Hunt-Guillaumin – secretary@girlscoutsinparis.com

Records AV/OCMT meeting minutes and sends them to appropriate volunteers.  Together with the OC, prepares a monthly “e-blast” to keep members informed regarding service unit activities and events.  Assures thank-you notes and business correspondence is properly completed. 

Bio: Originally from Tennessee, I majored in communications and minored in art history. I then worked in advertising and an art gallery in New York City. My French husband and I moved to Paris in 2003. I freelance by translating and writing for various auction houses and art galleries in France.

Though my daughter and I became involved later in Girl Scouts at the Cadette level, we quickly learned how Girl Scouts has been a wonderful way of teaching the importance of community service, meanwhile providing a great outlet for leadership and creativity.

As USAGSO secretary, my job is to ensure everyone is informed. So if you have no news, please contact me.

Referral Committee Chair – Kelly Burke 

Responsible for reviewing volunteers for OCMT positions in order to create a slate of qualified candidates for the OCMT.

Bio: I have a BA in Biology and an MBA, both from University of Virginia.  I have worked in a marketing role in various companies in the US and in Europe.  In my professional capacities, I have lead teams and been responsible for recruiting.  I have also been the parent representative for the English section for 4 years at my daughters’ primary school.

In 2007, I was expatriated to work in Paris.  I am married to a Frenchman and we have 2 daughters who are currently in the USA Girl Scouts.  I was a Girl Scout for 6 years when I was young and I am currently the co-leader for Troop 36.  I believe that the Girl Scouts play an important role in my daughters’ lives by giving them opportunities outside of school to learn and grow their leadership skills and to make lasting friendships.

 

2017 – 2018 Paris Girl Scout Association Board Members

These are board members of the 1901 association which enables our group to function as a non profit organization in France.

mchellePresident: Michelle Lennen

I have been in Girl Scouts for the past eleven years, as a parent of Girl Scouts, as a Leader, an OC and, for the past few years, as the president of the Girl Scout Association here in Paris. It is a great way to stay involved with the Scouting movement. I have met great Girl Scouts and wonderful Leaders that have become friends. I look forward to continuing being involved in Girl Scouts, guiding the girls and helping the association strive. I have been awarded the Outstanding Leader and Outstanding Volunteer awards.

RebeccaBouyguesSecretary: Rebecca Bouygues

When we moved to Paris in 1986, I was pleased to discover that there were U.S. Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts here.  Having been a Scout myself, I wanted my children to enjoy the same experience.  During the years that my three oldest daughters and my son were Scouts, I was Brownie co-leader, Cub Scout den mother, Adult volunteer and cookie coordinator (yes, we used to sell cookies!) and received the Outstanding Leader award.  My youngest daughter (now age 20 and a Girl Scout lifetime member) was enrolled from Daisy through Ambassador level and I was the co-leader during that time.  Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts provided a very rewarding experience for my children and I am glad to continue as a volunteer for USAGSO-Paris.

carol poucholTreasurer: Carol Pouchol

Bio:  I earned a BA in Computer Science from Dartmouth College and acquired my financial knowledge while working for Microsoft for 12 years, the first 5 implementing financial systems throughout Asia and Europe. I worked with financial controllers in the subsidiaries to understand their needs and managed teams who customized the software to fit their local business requirements.

In 1992, I was expatriated by Microsoft to work in the European Headquarters in Paris. I am now married to a Frenchman and we have 2 daughters who were USA Girl Scouts from Brownies through Ambassadors.  I was a Girl Scout for 9 years when I was young, eventually earning the “First Class” honor.

Since leaving the workforce, I have enjoyed volunteering at my daughters’ school as a member of the APEL, editor of the school newspaper, class parent representative, and today as president of the PTA. I have also volunteered for other organizations including USA Girl Scouts for whom I have been treasurer since 2003 and registrar since 2005. I have been recognized by USAGSO-Paris by receiving the Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Volunteer, Prix D’Excellence and Volunteer of Excellence awards.

 

For more information on Girl Scouts in Paris, please contact us or email us at info@girlscoutsinparis.com.