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We always invite our local media to ask us about Girl Scouting- whether it has to do with a troop project, recognizing a dedicated volunteer or our Girl Scout history, we are delighted to assist media outlets with a story, sharing the impact our program has on the local community.

If you represent a media outlet, please contact Meghan Cochrane, Director of Marketing & Communications or call 800-239-6636 to set up an interview.

Rehobeth Girl Scout Becomes Top Seller

REHOBETH GIRL SCOUT BECOMES TOP COOKIE SELLER

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the nation’s largest girl-led business and leading financial literacy program for girls. Designed for girls in grades K-12, it is a key element of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Abbigail Arnold, a first grader at Rehobeth Elementary School, was named Top Cookie Seller in southern Alabama for selling 3,230 boxes. This is the first year Arnold has won this award.

“I did many hours at cookie booths. It was hard work but lots of fun in the end,” Arnold said. “I set goals throughout cookie season and tried my hardest to meet each one.”

Arnold from Troop 9105 proved that the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls to strive for excellence and become their own entrepreneur.

“This is my favorite time of year. There is nothing I enjoy more than honoring girls like Abbigail for all their hard work throughout the Cookie Program,” Karlyn Edmonds, CEO of Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, said. “This program is more than cookies; it’s teaching our young leaders the importance of goal setting, decision making, people skills, business ethics, and money management.”

The Girl Scout Cookie Program also supports girls in achieving the goals they set for program activities and community service projects.

For more than 100 years, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has provided life changing leadership opportunities for every G.I.R.L (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, and Leader.) For more information, visit girlscoutssa.org.

Trump Tree Inspires Local Girl Scouts
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TRUMP TREE INSPIRES LOCAL GIRL SCOUTS

An Alabama cedar tree was cut down during then president-elect Donald Trump’s final victory tour rally in Mobile. Immediately, questions started emerging about what would happen to the tree.

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) Troop 8274 thought this would be the perfect time to live out the Girl Scout Law by using our resources wisely.

“The Girl Scout law tells the troops to use their resources wisely,” Troop leader, Bernadette Toler, said. “We have studied the Girl Scout Law a lot this year, so I wasn’t surprise when the troop asked me immediately if we could repurpose the tree.”

Troop 8274 has now reconstructed the tree into eight scratching post for cats at local animal shelters, including Project Purr and Mobile Animal Shelter.  

“The reconstruction brought the community together. Parents helped cut and clean branches, local businesses donated carpet, and Lowe’s discounted the wood needed for bases,” Troop leader, Rashonda Brackett, said.

Troop 8274 learned basic construction concepts, how teamwork is necessary to put a component into place for a finished product and serious glue dries very quickly!    

Through experiences like this, Girl Scouts can learn and inspire others to unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader). For more information on how Girl Scouts can help your girl become an innovator, visit girlscoutss.org. 

What GSSA Stands For
Volunteer of the Year
GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTHERN ALABAMA ANNOUNCES VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Longtime Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) volunteer Sue Williams has been honored as Volunteer of the Year at GSSA’s annual In Your Honor Award Ceremony in April.   

Williams’s passion for volunteering began during her childhood experiences in Girl Scouts, but unfortunately her time in scouting was cut short due to the lack of volunteers in her community.

“I never wanted girls in my community to miss out on the opportunities Girl Scouts provides because of a volunteer issue,” Williams said. “I strongly believe that when you invest in girls, even if it is just time, it can change the world.”

After raising two Girl Scout alumnae and serving in leadership positions for two troops at the same time, her passion is still thriving. Williams is currently a Service Unit Manager of Service Unit 804 in Mobile.

“Whether it’s planning a camporee, participating in service unit projects or leading a troop, Sue is always there,” GSSA CEO Karlyn Edmonds said. “That is why our council had no debate over who deserved the honor this year.”

Williams also received the Thanks Badge, which represents commitment, leadership, and exceptional service to Girl Scouts.

Volunteers like Sue Williams are an invaluable resource to Girl Scouts, parents and the community. It is through their dedication that girls are able to unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader).

GSSA welcomes adults 18 years of age and older, who are willing to volunteer their time to help mentor girls through the Girl Scout program. To get started, visit girlscoutssa.org. 

GSSA Selects New Board Members
GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTHERN ALABAMA SELECTS NEW BOARD POSITIONS

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama’s membership unanimously approved Carrie G. Shaw to serve as its new Board President. Shaw has been involved with the board since 2014, but decided she wanted a bigger role in transforming young girls lives.

“I am thrilled to be the new Board President of an organization that shapes our future G.I.R.L.s (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)” Shaw said. “I want to honor the women that have shaped my life and to be a part of shaping the future generations of women.”

Carrie has worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office for eight years, with the majority of her time there spent prosecuting violence against woman.

Angela James was also named the new Vice Board President of GSSA. James is a Senior Manager/Head of Department for Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama in Montgomery.

“I am honored to help lead GSSA and to work among the 13 other passionate board members,” said James. “We are all unique, but have the same overwhelming passion for our future G.I.R.L. leaders in Alabama to succeed.”

James had been a part of GSSA for the past two years serving as board member-at-large.

To learn more about how Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama gives girls opportunities to create positive change in their communities, or to join, volunteer, or donate, visit www.girlscoutssa.org

Local Girl Receives Silver Award

LOCAL GIRL SCOUT RECEIVES SILVER AWARD

ENTERPRISE- Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is pleased to announce that Faith Stadler of Coppinville Jr. High School has earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award that a Girl Scout Cadette can earn.

To earn this award, a Cadette Girl Scout, ages 11-14, works to complete a series of leadership challenges and an extensive service project in her community. It takes a minimum of 50 hours of preparation, planning, and work to accomplish the Silver Award goals a girl sets for herself.

Faith’s Silver Award project involved creating travel bags for pediatric cancer patients that were filled with items that allowed kids to have a better experience inside and outside of the hospital. The bags consisted of fleece blankets, fuzzy socks, stuffed animals, crayons, hats, scarves, snacks, and hygiene items.

“My project educated the community about the needs of children and their families while they are receiving chemotherapy and radiation,” Faith said. “Not only did this project help others, it helped me, as well. It improved my public speaking and leadership abilities tremendously.”

The Girl Scout Silver Award is one of countless awards and programs in Girl Scouting where developing and displaying leadership takes center stage. Service is built into all aspects of Girl Scouting with the hope that girls like Faith will carry a commitment to serving others into their adult lives.

“We are very proud to honor Faith’s accomplishments with in earning the Silver Award,” said Karlyn Edmonds, CEO of Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama. “This award requires tremendous effort at a young age, and it represents a girl’s commitment to herself and to her community, as she focuses on leadership, personal challenges, and completing a lasting project that will help benefit her community.”

For information on Girl Scout leadership programs, please visit girlscoutssa.org.

media outlets: press release (pdf file)

Girl Scouts Give a Taste of Home to Soldiers
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GIRL SCOUTS GIVES A TASTE OF HOME TO SOLDIERS

Thanks to our generous community and businesses, such as American Apparel, Inc. and Caddell Construction, more than 7,000 boxes of Girl Scout Ccookies were sent to deployed military troops through the Operation Cookie Care Package (OCCP) program.  

During the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls promote OCCP, which, allows customers to make donations that are used to purchase Girl Scout Cookies for deployed military troops. Girls collected enough donations for 4,680 boxes, and Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama donated another 2,400 boxes. Once the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program ended, all donated cookies are were delivered to designated military organizations, such as the USO. 

“There are not enough cookies in the world to properly show our appreciation for our military troops and veterans,” said Karlyn Edmonds, Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, said. “We just hope our cookies leaves these courageous individuals with a smile and little taste of home.”

The Girl Scout Cookie  Sale Program allows girls to develop five essential skills, such as: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.  However, in addition to those skills, Operation Cookie Care Package allows Girl Scouts to learn how to give back to those who give so much – our armed forces.

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Advocacy Day
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Girl Scout Advocacy Day Honored by Alabama Legislators

MONTGOMERY - Legislators and other state elected officials gathered at the Alabama State House on Thursday, March 9, with more than 100 Girl Scouts, volunteers, and staff from throughout southern Alabama to celebrate Girl Scout Advocacy Day.

Girl Scouts Abigale Boehm and Abbie Bishop from Baldwin County led the Pledge of Allegiance, while Emily Munro from Elmore County led the prayer. A Coffee and Cookies Reception followed.

“Girl Scout Advocacy Day is our chance to share updates on the Girl Scout Programs we’ve implemented all year, and share our vision for the years to come, Karlyn Edmonds, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA), said. “Also, it is inspiring watching our young future leaders interact with our state elected officials.”

In an effort to build tomorrow’s leaders, GSSA prioritized the following public policy issues and initiatives:

•  Encourage Healthy Living Opportunities for Girls

o Promoting safe and healthy living opportunities for girls by increasing access to outdoor activities

o Prevent bullying/relational aggression and build healthy relationships 

• Promote Economic Opportunities for Girls 

o Increase girls’ involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

o Strengthen girl’s financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills

• Foster Global Citizenship and a Global Voice for Girls

• Support a Thriving Nonprofit Community 

Alabama State Treasurer Young Boozer spoke to the Girl Scouts on the importance of numbers and gaining leadership skills, and encouraged the girls to aim for the highest honor in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award.

“Hearing Mr. Boozer talk about his achievement really inspires me to start working on earning the Gold Award,” Abbie Bishop, a 6th grader at Fairhope Intermediate, said. "He showed me just how much the leadership and life skills he gained through the Boy Scouts helped him throughout his life, and how the Girl Scouts can do the same for all of us."

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama seeks to partner with policymakers to ensure that all girls have financial literacy skills and support the role of youth-serving organizations in providing real-world financial literacy experiences for girls, in addition to encouraging policymakers and community leaders to work with human services organizations to ensure a healthy, effective, and strong non-profit community. 

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama serves more than 7,000 girls, ages 5-17 and 2,700 volunteers across 30 counties. For more information, please visit www.girlscoutssa.org.

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Ozark Girl Goes Gold
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Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama has recognized Carroll High School student Maya Harlow with the organization’s highest recognition of achievement, the Gold Award – putting her into an elite group of Girl Scouts from around the country.

Harlow received the Gold Award for her community presentations and events demonstrating the public training of her future service dog, CCI Adobe V, which reached more than 35,000 people. Harlow says her passion for service dog awareness has grown tremendously through the training by knowing she is educating someone new each day on the importance of service dog etiquette. However, she says that she had some initial concerns about her Gold Award project.

“At first, I was a little intimidated,” Harlow said. “My project was going to require a lot of public speaking and before my Gold Award project, this was something I was not completely confident in. Thankfully, earning my Gold Award changed me, just as it changed my community.”

Harlow is now setting a new goal to attend Auburn University where she would plans to major in pre-veterinarian studies and eventually get her D.V. in Veterinary Science, and plans to continue raising future service dogs.

Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to “Go Gold,” an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.  Nationwide, less than 6 percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award.

Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama. To join or learn more about volunteering, please visit www.girlscoutssa.org

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Leading Ladies
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Girl Scouts has been helping girls take the lead for more than 100 years -- because when girls succeed, so does society. On March 14 at Wynlakes Country Club, Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama will celebrate the “Leading Ladies” and Leading Workplaces for Women around southern Alabama that have made a significant impact in their communities and promote female leadership in the workplace.

Our Leading Ladies are outstanding role models through civic, academic, or professional efforts. The 2017 Leading Ladies nominees are Twyanna P. Frazier, Senior Research Analyst, Southern Poverty Law Center; Angela James, Senior Manager, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC; Rosalind R. James, Agent, AL Cooperative Extension System; Nancy Karrick, Beta State President, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International; Cami Lawson, Director, GovDeals; Linda Lund, Director, Volunteer Lawyers Program, AL State Bar; Danielle Ward Mason, Principal, Beasley Allen Law Firm; Leslie Sanders, Vice President-Southern Division, Alabama Power Company; Carrie G. Shaw, Assistant District Attorney, Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office; Clare Weil, Owner, UPS Stores; The Honorable Kelli Wise, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Alabama; and Temisha M. Young, Director, Montgomery Chamber of Commerce.

The Leading Workplace for Women award recognizes an organization that supports girl and women's leadership and success. Nominees for this award are Baptist Health, Beasley Allen Law Firm, Family Sunshine Center, and Junior League of Montgomery.

One Leading Lady and Leading Workplace for Women will be chosen at the Leading Ladies Awards Brunch. To buy tickets please visit www.girlscoutssa.org or call (800)-239-6636.

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