May 7, 2019, Merger Update to All Members
Dear Girl Scout Members,
We are excited to inform you of our big news—the merger between Girl
Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle, Inc. and Girl Scouts of
Gateway Council, Inc. is OFFICIAL!
The effective date for this historic event is Friday, May 3, 2019.
The newly combined council will be known legally as Girl Scouts of
Gateway Council, Inc. (GSGC) and will cover 35 counties in North
Florida—from Jacksonville and the Atlantic Coast to the western side
of the Florida Panhandle in Pensacola—and serve approximately 12,500
girls and 6,000 adult members. We will truly be the Girl Scout gateway
We want to thank everyone for their support of this process over the
past few months. Both councils approached the decision to merge with
thoughtful deliberation, taking into consideration the most effective
and resourceful way to best deliver the Girl Scout mission and serve
the members in this region. Ultimately, the transition was viewed as
an opportunity to combine the councils’ strengths and to collectively
build a vibrant future for Girl Scouting in North Florida.
Some of you already know Mary Anne Jacobs, as she has served as the
chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Inc. since
2013 and will continue to serve in this role at the newly combined
council. If you have not met her yet, please be on the lookout for
opportunities to do so over the next several months. She and others
from the council will also be in regular communication with you by way
of Troop Scoop, GSGC’s email newsletter for volunteers, and Gateway
Connect, a weekly all-member email newsletter, as well as through
other emails, social media (including GSGC’s Facebook
page),and posts on GSGC’s website.
We also want to express tremendous gratitude to the Girl Scout
Council of the Florida Panhandle, Inc. Chief Executive Officer,
Raslean M. Allen, MSM, for her 30 years of dedication to the Girl
Scout Movement. She served with distinction in many roles, including
as chief executive officer of the Florida Panhandle council for the
past 10 years.
Thank you for your continued support and patience during this transition!
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Board Chair, Board of Directors
of Gateway Council, Inc.
Beverly A. Nash, Ph.D.
President, Board of Directors
Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle, Inc.