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 2018 – 2019 USAGSO-Paris OCMT:

Overseas Committee Chair  – Rebecca Dinari – 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:  Originally from Illinois, Rebecca Dinari has lived in France intermittently for more than 25 years. Rebecca obtained a BA in French Language and Literature from Illinois Wesleyan University. After coming to France she earned a Masters in English Language and Literature from the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, as well as a Magistère from Paris IV. She has taught French in the US and now enjoys the challenge of teaching ESL in Paris.

Having been a Girl Scout in her youth, Rebecca felt it was very important to introduce her two daughters to Girl Scouts. Both of Rebecca’s daughters, like their mother, have been extremely active with USAGSO Paris for nearly a decade. During her years as a USAGSO Paris Adult Volunteer, Rebecca has served as Leader, Co-Leader, Adult Facilitator, Brownie Advisor, Overseas Committee Co-Chair and now as Overseas Committee Chair. She has been a strong advocate of involving Girl Scouts in community service events in and around Paris as Rebecca believes it is very important to give back to the local community. She has also assisted troops in leading all four of the USAGSO Paris major annual events multiple times. Rebecca has been awarded the Volunteer of Excellence pin by USAGSO Paris.

Overseas Committee Co-Chair  – Jennifer Moore

 As Co-OCC, she assists the Overseas Committee Chair in organizing, coordinating and evaluating the delivery of an effective GS program.

Bio: Bio: I have an MA in engineering and a post-graduate degree in industrial design, manufacturing and management from the University of Cambridge as well as an MBA from the University of Durham Business School. I have lived and worked in Italy and India for 10 and 11 years respectively. On coming to France in 2011, I took a break from paid work and dedicated myself to different volunteering roles, before taking on an English teaching position in Nemours state schools.

I am committed to the development of teenage girls and have been an adult volunteer with Troop 41, a multi-level troop (cadettes to ambassadors) based in Fontainebleau, for 4 years, the last 3 of which I have been Leader / Co-leader. My daughter is a Juliette GS 2ndyear ambassador and is currently carrying out her Gold Award. Our troop is very active and has completed numerous challenges, including a RAID adventure multisport competition, a week hiking in the Alps, a street art tour in Grenoble and a day climbing and abseiling off the 35m high Viaduc des Fauvettes.

Registrar, Treasurer, Patch Coordinator  Carol Weiss 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: A career in Information Technology led Carol Weiss Pouchol to Microsoft where she was based in Redmond, Washington supporting Microsoft subsidiaries in the Asia/Pacific region and later in Europe. She moved to France in 1993 to assume the role of Information Technology Manager for Microsoft Southern Europe where she has lived ever since.

Carol has been part of the Overseas Management Committee of USA Girl Scouts Overseas Paris since 2004 serving as Treasurer and Registrar. As Treasurer, she was instrumental in obtaining non-profit status for USAGSO Paris in France, enabling the organization to operate within local compliance requirements. She has also served as a troop leader, adult awards coordinator and patch coordinator.   Additionally, Carol joined the Council of Advisors of USA Girl Scouts Overseas, and has volunteered in various roles and board positions with United Way Tocqueville and the Association of American Women in Europe. More recently, she has become involved in projects supporting education in northeast India.

Originally from Bergan County New Jersey, Carol was a Girl Scout for 9 years, earning “First Class” honors. She earned her BA from Dartmouth College, majoring in Computer Science. Her two daughters were born and raised in France and were USA Girl Scouts for over 12 years in Paris.

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. 

Originally from Tennessee, Laura majored in communications and minored in art history at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. She then worked in advertising and an art gallery in New York City, then in Paris in 2003. With busy children, she freelances by translating and writing for various auction houses and art galleries in France.

Laura and her daughter became involved later in Girl Scouts at the Cadette level. However, they 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, her job is to ensure everyone is informed. So if you have no news, please contact her.

Referral Committee Chair – Courtney Kolar 

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

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 in government service. I have 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.  Our three daughters are proud Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts was an instrumental part of my youth as well.  In 2012, I became an Adult Volunteer and a Lifetime Member of GIrl Scouts of the USA. I am a member of both the Juliette Gordon Low Society and Olave Baden-Powell Society. I am currently  on USAGSO‘s Council of Advisors, serving on the Strategic Partnership and Board Developent committees. I am thankful to be a part of the Paris neighborhood and it has been an honor to serve in various capacities.  I look forward to watching our girls grow together.

 

2018 – 2019 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

Michelle was born and raised in Paris by an American mother, she is a ‘third culture kid’. She moved the the USA  to attend Bennington College in Vermont, then living and working in New York  City and attending Hunter college. Her first daughter was born in New York and her second in Paris, after she retuned to take over the Lennen Bilingual School. Michelle is an educator working in a bilingual International school.

Michelle got involved in Paris Girl Scouts  in 1998 wanting her daughters have a taste of American culture while being raised in Paris. She was a GS parent, a GS leader, part of the OCMT and the OCC and  is now the French Association President of Paris Girl Scouts since it was established. The French association was created to allow the Paris Girl Scouts to have a legal entity in France allowing the volunteers to continue bringing the Girl Scout great program to girls in Paris and in France. . Michelle and her daughters are all Girl Scout lifetime members.

Michelle was born and raised in Paris by an American mother, she is a ‘third culture kid’. She moved the the USA  to attend Bennington College in Vermont, then living and working in New York  City and attending Hunter college. Her first daughter was born in New York and her second in Paris, after she retuned to take over the Lennen Bilingual School. Michelle is an educator working in a bilingual International school.

Michelle got involved in Paris Girl Scouts  in 1998 wanting her daughters have a taste of American culture while being raised in Paris. She was a GS parent, a GS leader, part of the OCMT and the OCC and  is now the French Association President of Paris Girl Scouts since it was established. The French association was created to allow the Paris Girl Scouts to have a legal entity in France allowing the volunteers to continue bringing the Girl Scout great program to girls in Paris and in France. . Michelle and her daughters are all Girl Scout lifetime members.

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 Weiss Pouchol

Bio:  Carol has been part of the Overseas Management Committee of USA Girl Scouts Overseas Paris since 2004 serving as Treasurer and Registrar. As Treasurer, she was instrumental in obtaining non-profit status for USAGSO Paris in France, enabling the organization to operate within local compliance requirements. She has also served as a troop leader, adult awards coordinator and patch coordinator.

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