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Meet the 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 2014 – 2015 USAGSO-Paris OCMT:

Overseas Committee Chair:  Kim Powell info@girlscoutsinparis.com

kim-gs2Manages 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 am currently the OCC of USAGSO-Paris and previously held this position from 2000-2004. I was a Girl Scout as a child from a Brownie to Senior Girl Scout and became involved in USAGSO-Paris when my daughter became a Brownie over 15 yrs ago and have been involved ever since. I am a Lifetime member of GSUSA and have held numerous positions in Paris over the years including Troop leader (all levels), Junior, Cadette, Senior level consultant, Bronze, Silver & currently Gold award Advisor, Program coordinator, PR and Fund development. I’ve been recognized by USAGSO-Paris in receiving the Prix d’Excellence Award, Outstanding Volunteer award, Outstanding Leader award, the Appreciation Pin  & the Honor Pin. In the Paris Community I have served on the board of several community organizations including AARO, Paris Alumni Network, the American Academie de Danse in Paris, the American Action Committee, and the American Cathedral as well as serving as the President of the Sisters Association (1991-1995) and AAWE (2004-2007).  Of all the organizations that I have been involved with USAGSO-Paris is the most meaningful to me. Its an honor to be a part of a movement which provides programs for girls which focus on leadership skills, self-esteem, financial literacy and the sciences along with giving back to our communities, all in an accepting environment while still allowing each to be an individual. It just doesn’t get much better than that!

 

Overseas Committee Co-Chair, Troop Organizer, Amy Levy, join@girlscoutsinparis.com

Amy Levy cover photoAs co-OCC, she assists the Overseas Committee Co-Chair in organizing, coordinating and evaluating the delivery of an effective GS program. 

Bio:  As a child, I was a Girl Scout and loved it!  I knew I wanted to be involved as an adult with this organization, but I didn’t want to wait until I had a daughter.  I decided to join as an adult volunteer and it has been such a rewarding experience. It has given me a little piece of America in Paris and allowed me to give back to the organization that helped me grow up. I’m definitely going to be with Girl Scouts throughout my life.

As Troop Organizer I organize, plan and carry out our recruitment events. I recruit and place girls and adult volunteers into troops. As Co-OCC I oversee our Adult Volunteer support network, which entails coordinating the facilitators and troop mentors to provide training, guidance and support for our volunteers.

I have been fortunate to attend both the Global Learning Conferences in Paris and Rome. These conferences allowed me to meet other Girl Scout volunteers while learning about our program and bringing ideas to help our neighborhood. I have been recognized by USAGSO – Paris in receiving the Prix d’Excellence and Volunteer of Excellence awards. I’m a Girl Scout for life and I can’t wait to work with the OCMT to take our neighborhood to the next level!

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 registrar, insures that girls and adults are registered by attending recruitment activities and events. As treasurer, maintains financial records for the OCMT and Girl Scouts in Paris. Co-signs checks and prepares financial books for audit.

Bio:  I have lived in France since 1992, am 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.  Today I enjoy volunteering at my daughter’s school as president of the PTA and as a helper in the library, as well as in other organizations including USA Girl Scouts for whom I have volunteered as 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 secretary@girlscoutsinparis.com

Records AV/OCMT meeting minutes and sends them to appropriate volunteers. Assures thank-you notes and business correspondence are properly completed. Maintains all official documents.

Bio: private.

2014 – 2015 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

I have lived in France since 1992, am 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.  Today I enjoy volunteering at my daughter’s school as president of the PTA and as a helper in the library, as well as in other organizations including USA Girl Scouts for whom I have volunteered as 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.