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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 2015 – 2016 USAGSO-Paris OCMT:

Overseas Committee Chair – Michelle Arness Frederic – 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: As a longstanding Adult Volunteer, Troop Leader and a Girl Scout myself, I am honored to be serving the Paris Girl Scout community.  Since my teenage years, I have enjoyed working for non-profit organizations such as Cerebral Palsy and YMCA camps and the Big Brothers Big Sisters organisation. My family and I have lived in Paris for almost 10 years after moving here from London where I was working as a Crisis & Issues Management PR Director.  Here in Paris, I’ve worked in leadership roles at MESSAGE, AAWE and my children’s school for many years.  During this time, the USAGSO-Paris has also become an important part of our family’s life as my daughters, Sasha and Sienna, have been Girl Scouts since they were 5 years old.

As a Troop Leader, I have watched my Daisies grow into strong and confident Seniors and Juniors earning badges and their Silver Award, leading Neighborhood Events like the JGL party, Campout and Songfest and most importantly, discovering roles where we could serve and positively change their surrounding communities. I have also worked with the past OCMT to help facilitate sessions at the USAGSO Women’s Leadership Conference and have been recognized by the Girl Scouts with the Outstanding Volunteer Award, the Outstanding Leader Award and the Prix d’Excellence Award in Community Service.

The Scouts have kept me and my daughters grounded in service to the community, allowed us to bond with fellow troop “sisters” and mothers, and provided us with a village of support and resources. I couldn’t have done it without them. I look forward to extending that same strong support and enthusiasm back to the Paris Girl Scouts!

Overseas Committee Co-Chair  – Maggie Rossi –  parisocc@gmail.com

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

Bio: I look forward to an exciting year serving the Paris Girl Scout neighborhood.  I’ve earned a BS in Business Administration and for many years worked for different travel-related companies from cruise ships to casino/hotels. In 1988, I met my husband Marco and we moved to Miami where I worked for various non-profit organizations that specialized in working with volunteers to coordinate fundraising events, with an emphasis on art and music.  Volunteering has always been an important part of my life and I have participated on the Boards of many Miami organizations such as Lotus House – a woman’s homeless shelter, Junior League of Miami, Beaux Arts Organization, The Barnacle, and our neighborhood Association.  In 2009, we made a lifestyle change and moved to Paris.

Since our time in Paris, I have been involved with Scouting, first as the Brown Owl for the British School of Paris Girl Guides Brownie Troop, and then as a Troop Leader for my daughter’s American Girl Scout Troop.  I have truly enjoyed my Girl Scout volunteer experiences and proud of what SGS04 has accomplished over the past four years from completing badges and journeys, hosting Songfest and CampOut and completing their Silver Award.   As an Adult Facilitator for the Paris Neighborhood and a past member of the OCMT, I have helped new AVs learn about the Girl Scout philosophy as well as gain new skills, like camping and first aid.  I’ve created and coordinated the Girl Scout Movie social and attended trainings in both Paris and Rome.  It’s also been a privilege to receive the Prix d’Excellence Award for my community service to Girl Scouts.

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 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 – Sara Woodring – secretary@girlscoutsinparis.com

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

Bio: I was Girl Scout as a kid and now have a couple of Scouts of my own. I have been a Troop Leader for several years, and as the USAGSO Secretary, I make sure all the news gets out to you!

 

2015 – 2016 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.