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Badgerland Girl Scouts name Bradley new leader

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Gazette Staff
March 3, 2009
— Jennette Bradley, former Ohio lieutenant governor, will lead the new area Girl Scouts council starting June 1.

That's when three large Girl Scout councils and a portion of a fourth officially merge to form Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland Council, reaching from Iowa to East Troy.


Since 2007, Bradley has operated a consulting firm in Columbus, Ohio. From 2005 to 2007, she was Ohio treasurer of state, and from 2003 to 2005 she was Ohio lieutenant governor. Before that, she was elected to three consecutive terms on the Columbus City Council, worked in the banking industry and was an adult volunteer in Girl Scouts in the Columbus area. Bradley also has served as a board member or advisory member of several civic organizations.


"I know the power of Girl Scouts to instill confidence and character-building skills," Bradley said in a released statement.


"To lead Badgerland Council in Southern Wisconsin is truly an opportunity for me to continue helping girls and young women become the leaders we will need tomorrow," she said.


Bradley now is familiarizing herself with the four councils realigning into the Badgerland Council. Although the council's corporate headquarters and main office will be based in Dane County, Bradley will have office space at each council.


They include:


-- Badger Council that serves girls in Rock, Green and Walworth counties in Wisconsin and northern Winnebago County in Illinois.


-- Black Hawk Council that serves girls in Green, Dodge, Richland, Sauk, Columbia, Dane, Jefferson, Iowa and Lafayette counties in Wisconsin.


-- Riverland Council that serves girls in Buffalo, Trempealeau, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon, Crawford and Juneau counties in Wisconsin and Grant and Allamakee counties in Iowa.


-- The portion of Green Hills Council that serves girls in Grant and Lafayette counties in Wisconsin.


Bonnie Wetter, president of the Badger Council board of directors and one of the three chairpersons of the Council Realignment Committee, said: "We're thrilled that Jennette accepted our offer to lead our new council. Jennette has exceptional leadership experience in public service. She is keenly aware of what it takes to communicate with and unite diverse groups, and she's astute in using resources wisely."


The Girl Scouts of the USA national realignment process started in 2006 and reduces the number of councils from 312 to 109 in an effort to use resources more wisely, offer more program opportunities and serve more girls.



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