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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.

What GSSA Stands For
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.

Operation Cookie Care Package
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Girl Scout Cookie Season offers a variety of delicious, mouth-watering cookies, but its real focus is teaching girls five basic skills that are essential to leadership, to success, and to life: goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. In addition to the five skills, through Operation Cookie Care Package, girls learn how to give back to those who give so much – our armed forces.


Operation Cookie Care Package (OCCP) is a program through which customers make donations to Girl Scout Troops that are used to purchase Girl Scout Cookies for our brave military troops and individuals in veterans’ hospitals so they can enjoy a little taste of home. At the end of the Cookie Season on March 5, girls will turn in their donations, and the council will place a special OCCP order with the cookie baker. In April, Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) will deliver Cookies to the designated military organizations such as the USO and also to local military branches.

Karlyn Edmonds, Chief Executive Officer for GSSA, said, “Operation Cookie Care Package provides a wonderful way for individuals in our community to both support our Girl Scouts and our brave members of the military. We are delighted to share with the girls we serve yet another opportunity to make a difference in the world around them.”


Girl Scout Troops can be found at local retail locations every weekend until the sale ends. For more information on how to donate to Operation Cookie Care Package, or to locate a troop, please email communications@girlscoutssa.org or call (800)-239-6636.
 

Introducing New S'mores Cookie
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Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) introduces a new cookie to its lineup, starting December 26, where it will join classics like Thin Mints®, Caramel deLites, and Shortbread.

The new cookie will offer a s’mores-inspired crispy graham cookie double-dipped in a crème icing and enrobed in a chocolaty coating. This clever take on the time-honored campfire treat was developed in response to popular consumer trends. It is vegan, and free of artificial colors, preservatives, and partially hydrogenated oils. The last new Girl Scout Cookies, including the gluten-free Trios, were introduced in 2015.

”We cannot wait to introduce our loyal cookie customers to this new Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie,” Karlyn Edmonds, GSSA CEO, said. “The S’more has strong ties to our organization’s history, and this cookie brings a new and delicious way for consumers to support girls and the fun adventures that them help them develop leadership skills through Girl Scouts.”

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the nation’s largest girl-led business and the leading financial literacy program for girls. Designed for girls in grades K-12, it is a key element of the Girl Scout leadership experience. When you buy cookies from a Girl Scout, you are investing in so much more than a box of treats—you are supporting a girl’s future, and the future leadership of our country. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls learn five essential life skills: goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. The Girl Scout Cookie Program powers Take-Action Projects that benefit the local community, girl programs, which include science, technology, engineering, and math activities, educational trips that the troops go on together, and much more!

For those who would like to visit a cookie booth near them, they can find their favorite cookies being sold at booth sales beginning Friday, January 20, when troops will set up in front of local businesses and shopping centers across the area. A cookie booth locator app can be downloaded for the iPhone and Android devices. The sale ends on Sunday, March 5.
For more information or to locate a Girl Scout troop, visit www.girlscoutssa.org or call toll free 1-800-239-6636.
 

Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouts Selling Cookies
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It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time and this year celebrates 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies! Girl Scouts are carrying on the longtime tradition of selling delicious cookies, while learning a lifetime of important skills! In addition to Digital Cookie, which allows girls to sell through an app and email, Girl Scout Troops will set up Cookie Booth Drive-Thrus again! These will be popping up around your area soon.

On the menu this year are the brand-new S’mores cookie and favorites, such as Shortbreads, Thin Mints®, Caramel deLites®, Peanut Butter Patties®, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Lemonades™, Thanks-A-Lots®, and gluten-free Trios.

The sale began at the end of December with girls taking orders from families, friends and neighbors at their homes and offices. For those who miss out on the in-person sales, they can find their favorite cookies being sold at booth sales, including drive-thrus, beginning Friday, January 20, when troops will set up in front of local businesses and shopping centers across the area. . A cookie booth locator app can be downloaded for iPhone and Android devices. Girl Scout Troops will also be participating in Operation Cookie Share, where customers make donations that are used to purchase Girl Scout Cookies for Military Troops and veterans. The sale ends on Sunday, March 5.

The cookie program is the nation’s largest girl-led business and the leading financial literacy program for girls. Since 1917, the Girl Scout cookie activity has been an annual event that has helped girls develop important leadership skills, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. With the funds earned from the Cookie Program, Girl Scout Troops fund service projects in their communities, donate to other non-profits, or plan exciting educational trips together. A cookie locator app can be downloaded for iPhone and Android devices.

For more information or to locate Girl Scout troop, visit www.girlscoutssa.org, or call toll free 1-800-239-6636.
 

Help Louisiana Flood Victims
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Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama are holding true to their pledge of helping people at all times and have started collection sites for Louisiana flood victims. Collection sites will be located at the Girl Scout office on Springhill Avenue in Mobile and on Coliseum Boulevard in Montgomery until September 2. GSSA invites people from throughout the community to assist in this effort.

Items that will be collected include school supplies, bottled water, toilet paper,
diapers,
baby wipes,
baby food/formula,
nonperishable food, and pet supplies. Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama will then travel to its sister council in Louisiana and donate the supplies to those in need.

”As Girl Scouts, we pledge to help out wherever we are needed, and we know the people in Louisiana desperately need our help. Our Girl Scout Troops and communities will rally together to help us collect more than enough for us to take to our sister council affected, Girl Scouts of Louisiana Pines to the Gulf,” Karlyn Edmonds, CEO of Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, said.


For more information, please contact Meghan Cochrane, Director of PR and Marketing, at mcochrane@girlscoutssa.org or call 800-239-6636, ext. 2907.