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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Dec. 7, 201012:00 PM EST

Nonprofit CEO Showcase: Sandra "Sam" Tysver

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Sandra “Sam” Tysver
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Gateway Council Inc.

Mission
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Serving Jacksonville
Girl Scouting began in Savannah in 1912. The local council, at the time called “Girl Scout Council of Duval County Inc.,” was formed in 1927.

Those served
Our council is headquartered in Jacksonville and we are chartered to the national organization, Girl Scouts of the USA, based in New York City. With offices in Jacksonville, Gainesville and Middleburg, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council serves about 25,500 girls and adults in 16 North Florida counties from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. Girl Scouts of Gateway Council serves Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Levy, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee and Union counties.

Biggest challenge
Managing during this period of significant change and developing strategies to respond quickly to the changing needs of the community while staying true to our mission.

Biggest satisfaction
Seeing young girls grow into strong, capable, caring young women and working daily with so many fabulous volunteers and staff. They teach me so much about commitment and flexibility and strength.

Hometown
Adrian, Mich.

First experience with community service
Raising money for UNICEF and March of Dimes as a child in elementary school.

Your job before Girls Scouts of Gateway Council
CEO of Girl Scouts of The Fox River Valley, Appleton, Wis.

Upcoming events
Jan. 7 - March 13: The Girl Scout Cookie Sale to help raise money for troop activities, special events and projects, field trips and support for the Girl Scout program.

March 30: 23rd Annual Women Of Distinction fundraising luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m., Hyatt Downtown, honoring Robin J. Albaneze, Betty Asque Davis, Davalu Parrish, Judith C. Rodriguez, Laine Silverfield and Cindy Stover. Tickets are $60 and tables of 10 start at $1,000.

Contact information
www.girlscouts-gateway.org
Girl Scouts of Gateway Council
1000 Shearer Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32205-6055
388-4653

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