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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. Following are the members of the 2013 – 2014 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.

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, PR & Social Media Contact, Community Liaison Kim Petyt,  connect@girlscoutsinparis.com

Kim Petyt Paris GSAs co-OCC, she assists the Overseas Committee Co-Chair in organizing, coordinating and evaluating the delivery of an effective GS program. 

This is my second year as co-OCC of Girl Scouts in Paris, where I help the OCC and OCMT to bring a smooth-running, fun and exciting Girl Scout Program to the Paris Neighborhood.  As Community Liaison, I ensure a high internal and public visibility of Girl Scouts activities, while connecting and building relationships and opportunities between Girl Scouts in Paris and the Paris community. I’m also the Girl Scouts Paris Website and Social Media Diva, which means that I oversee the promotion of USAGSO- Paris campaigns, events, and recruitment opportunities through our website and other social media channels. In addition, I’ve been a Troop Leader for 4 years, leading “my” girls from Daisies, through Brownies (where they earned their Brownie Summit Award) and now, as Juniors. I’ve been recognized by USAGSO-Paris in receiving the Prix d’Excellence and Volunteer of Excellence Awards, and am very proud to have been selected to be a delegate for the upcoming 2014 Girl Scouts National Convention.  I’m focusing this year as co-OCC of Girl Scouts in Paris on increasing visibility, strengthening ties and creating more learning opportunities for our girls within the Paris community.

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. 

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, treasurer@girlscoutsinparis.com

carol poucholAs registrar, she ensures that membership registration forms are accurately completed for all girl and adult members in a timely manner. Helps register girls and adults attending recruitment and organizing activities/events. As treasurer, maintains financial records for the OCMT and Girl Scouts in Paris. Co-signs checks and prepares financial books for audit.

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 treasurer of the PTA and as a helper in the library, as well as in other organizations including USA Girl Scouts for whom I have helped out as treasurer since 2003 and registrar since 2005. I’ve been recognized by USAGSO-Paris by receiving the Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Volunteer, Prix D’Excellence and Volunteer of Excellence awards.

Secretary: Stephanie Bombrun, secretary@girlscoutsinparis.com

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

I have lived in Paris with my French husband for almost 15 years. I have a young son, and a daughter who is a Daisy.  I have volunteered for both Message and Dress for Success Paris and am thrilled to give my time to the USAGSO-Paris.

Nominations Committee Chair, Wendy Cormier, elections@girlscoutsinparis.com

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She leads the team who refer qualified volunteers for the position of Overseas Committee Chair (OCC) and collects names of qualified volunteers to fill Overseas Committee Management Team (OCMT) positions. She also coordinates and sends out ballots to USAGSO-Paris members and coordinates and overseas our elections.

I was the past USAGSO Paris Secretary for 4 years. I lead both Daisy and Brownie Troops when my daughter was active in Girl Scouts and stayed on as Secretary because I wanted to contribute to an organization that I enjoyed when I was young and that I believe helps young girls grow to be strong women. I’ve been awarded the USAGSO-Paris Prix D’Excellence.  I am a mother and stepmother to four children and step grandmother to 3 potential Girl Scouts!

 

2013 – 2014 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 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 treasurer of the PTA and as a helper in the library, as well as in other organizations including USA Girl Scouts for whom I have helped out as treasurer since 2003 and registrar since 2005. I’ve been recognized by USAGSO-Paris by receiving the Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Volunteer, Prix D’Excellence and Volunteer of Excellence awards.