October 2009 Archives

Girl Scouting is now officially recognizing two special weeks in the calendar year to commemorate volunteer service--"Make a Difference Week" and "Volunteer Appreciation Week."


Many people around the nation celebrate Make a Difference Day--"America's largest day of doing good." Held on the fourth Saturday in October, the day highlights how people engaged in public service have the power to transform their communities and our world. Girl Scouting is now instituting it as a week-long event.


In addition, several countries around the world participate in National Volunteer Week celebrations--and Girl Scouting will continue to join in on the fun.  During National Volunteer Week, which includes National Girl Scout Leaders Day (April 22), Girl Scouts of the USA pays tribute to innovative volunteers for making a difference. For 2010, National Volunteer Week will be celebrated Sunday, April 20 through Friday, April 25.


For more information on special dates in Girl Scouting, visit: www.girlscouts.org. And, to learn about products you can purchase in support of Girl Scouting, check out your local Girl Scout council store or visit the GSSA Shop on-line: shop.girlscoutssa.org.

Calling all Girl Scouts!

Girl Scouts everywhere are encouraged to tell the world how they are Remarkable, Energetic, Aspirational Leaders by entering the Justine R.E.A.L. Girl contest where the prize is a feature in the national teen/tween lifestyle magazine, Justine.
This R.E.A.L. Girl Contest is open only to Girl Scouts between the ages of 13-19, who are working to make the world a better place in their local communities and beyond.  The winner will be featured in an article telling all about her activities as the R.E.A.L. Girl, and she will win a trip to the Justine offices in Memphis, Tennessee, for a professional photo shoot, as well as other fun prizes and Justine subscriptions for her troop and her school library.
Submissions will be accepted until mid-January 2010, and the finalists and winner will be selected in February. For more information and contest rules, check out:

Special guest artists from the Alabama Ballet Company based in Birmingham will dance in the roles of the Sugarplum Fairy and the Cavalier Prince. The Nutcracker Ballet is a production of the LynnTerra Ballet Company www.lynnterraballet.com.


Two great options

1.    Come as a troop on Friday, November 13, 2009. This will be our dress rehearsal, and you will have any seat in the house.  Begins at 6:30 p.m.  Cost is $8 per ticket.

2.    Come with 10 or more troop members for one of performances on Saturday, November 14 or Sunday, November 15.  Begins at 2 p.m. each day.  If 10 or more attend from your troop, cost is $10/person (special group rate).  These will be reserved seats.

Where: Opelika Performing Arts Center, Opelika High School

To Register: Please fill out and return the registration form by November 11, 2009, to LynnTerra Ballet.

Contact: lynnterraballet@gmail.com

Cookie Bites


This year, cookie chairs and troop leaders have three options for cookie sale training.  You can either complete a special online training that will be offered, or you can attend an in-person training - or both!  The online training will be available soon, and the "in-person" trainings will be Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Montgomery Volunteer Center from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (lunch served), and Sunday, November 8, at the Mobile Volunteer Center from 2-4 p.m. (snack served).


If you plan to attend either "in-person" training, please contact Teri Eversole (ext. 1302) for the Mobile training and Cheryl Miller (ext. 2302) for the Montgomery training by November 2.  Cookie chairs, service unit managers, troop leaders and troop cookie chairs all are invited to attend the training of their choice. 

Nyoika D. from Girl Scout Troop 8389 is working on the pre-requisites for her Gold Award.  In working toward her Gold Award, Nyoika has discovered that she has an interest in breast cancer awareness.  Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Nyoika wanted to share her story with you to keep you and your family informed.


Today, not tomorrow is a good day to schedule a mammogram


I was given the awesome task of interviewing two breast cancer survivors.  I knew my mom's friend would  talk with me, but I had a lot of difficulty finding another individual who would openly talk with me about breast cancer.  So, I went to Google and found a lady who was willing to talk with me about breast cancer. 


While conducting my interviews, I found the two ladies had a lot in common.  The first lady was a cancer survivor of four years.  When the news was told to her that she had cancer, her family was in shock and scared for her health.  When she thought her life was over, her family gave her the support and help she needed.  The chemo treatments were exhausting.  Because of her breast cancer she had treatments every day, but she survived it all. 


The second lady was my mother's dear friend.  She was vacationing when she found a lump the size of an egg.  Upon returning home, she went to the doctor and with two biopsies was told she had less than a year to live.  "I was not afraid of dying, but I wanted to live," she said.  My mom's friend is a five year survivor, but she has to visit the doctor every six months. 


If you don't find it, you can't fight it, and if you don't fight it, you can't beat it!

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is accepting nominations to recognize women who have distinguished themselves through service and leadership. This event will honor up to nine women from across Southern Alabama who make a difference in our community.

The 2010 Women of Distinction Gala will be held on March 25, 2010, at Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery.

We invite you to nominate distinguished women from our community. One award will be presented in each of the nine categories.

  • Business, Finance, Insurance
  • Arts, Cultures, Humanities
  • Education, Faith, Youth or Social Services
  • Environment, Architecture, Engineering, Real Estate, Construction
  • Health, Wellness, Fitness
  • Law, Government, Elected Officials
  • PR, Advertising, Media
  • Girl Scout Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Woman of Distinction


The nomination packet and Young Woman of Distinction packet contain more information and the needed forms to nominate your candidate.  The application deadline is Friday, November 27, 2009. 

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama's Alumnae Association

Invites you to an Alumnae Mixer featuring special guest


Patricia.jpgPatricia Diaz Dennis

Former chair of the board of Girl Scouts of the USA


November 4, 2009

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Civil Rights Memorial Center



Tickets: $5

Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served


Please RSVP by October 30

lhoward@girlscoutssa.org, 800-239-6636 or 334-272-9164


Registration is limited to the first 50 people who register, so call to reserve your place soon!  Be sure to bring your business cards to qualify for door prizes. 

Find all of the top picks for Leaders and Volunteers on our Online Shop!


Does the idea of going somewhere new, doing something different and meeting people from everywhere you can imagine sound like fun? If so, a Girl Scout destination will allow you to do just that! And now GSSA is offering you the chance to receive a scholarship to help make your travel dreams a reality.


We will award scholarships to two Girl Scouts to attend GSUSA Destinations in 2010. Thanks to the Barbara Gilewicz Travel Scholarship Fund and private donors, we are able to offer one $1,000 and one $500 scholarship to deserving Girl Scouts. Applicants must be 14-18 years old and registered for the 2009-2010 membership year. Visit the Girl Scout destinations Web page www.studio2B.org/destinations for trip descriptions, current offerings and applications.


A volunteer committee will award scholarships based on a girl's desire and suitability as determined by her application package. Completed applications, references, and essays must be submitted to Mary Anne Brutkiewicz in the Mobile Service Center by November 9, 2009, for consideration. Those awarded will be notified within 10 days. Assignment of scholarships is contingent upon receipt of sufficient quality applications and acceptance to the destination.

Religious awards programs are available to girls via the Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.) organization.  Through the P.R.A.Y. award program, each participating Girl Scout will earn the religious emblem for her specific faith and age level. 


The goal of P.R.A.Y., which has programming in place for more than 40 denominations, is to help young people develop a deeper relationship with God and to understand how God is active in their lives and in the world around them. These awards are ordered at www.praypub.org (not through Girl Scouts).  To get the age level program overviews along with other helpful information, visit http://www.praypub.org/main_frameset.htm.  


Highlights of the program:

  • Includes awards/emblems that are approved for wear on the official uniforms of the Boy Scouts of America & Girl Scouts of the USA.
  • Is an interdenominational resource, which means that all denominations use the standard curriculum.  The curriculum allows each church to introduce the unique characteristics of their denomination.
  • Consists of four different programs based on grade level. 
  • Offers an Adult Mentor component for parents.

Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 are invited to an overnight event with the Mariners.  Girls will spend an evening of fun and games with pizza and movies. 


GSSA's Mariner Crew Program, an active marine program, includes self-rescue and other water skills, sailing, emergency preparedness and eco-action.  Mariners participate in sailing and disaster training. They also are taking a sailing trip from Key West to the Dry Tortugas in 2010! 


When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 6 - 8:30 a.m. Saturday, November 7

Cost: $25

Where: Dauphin Way Methodist Church, Mobile

How to Register: Send the Event Registration Form to the Mobile Service Center

Registration Deadline: November 2

For More Information, contact "Woody" at 251.689.6627 or e-mail pbjk@peanutbutter-n-jellykids.com.

Service Unit 914 invites you to a Halloween Festival Thursday, October 29, 6 - 8 p.m. at Dalraida United Methodist Church in Montgomery.  Wear your favorite costume and join the fun! Each troop in Service Unit 914 is hosting a game! Win prizes and candy. Hot dogs, chips and drink will be available for purchase at a cheap price.


The "dead"line for registration is Friday, October 23.  E-mail jsbradley@knology.net with the number of girls from your troop. Siblings may attend, but must be accompanied by the parent who must stay for the event. No non-family members please.


Help us fight hunger!  Each Girl Scout is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item. The Girl Scout with the most food by weight will win a trophy. For every 10 lbs of food, the Girl Scout will receive a raffle ticket for door prizes.

An east Alabama Girl Scout and her mother, who is a longtime volunteer and troop co-leader, recently lost their home in a devastating fire.  Luckily, no one was harmed in the blaze, but the girl and her mother lost nearly everything they own.  If you have house wares or clothes (women's size 10 pants or jeans, shirts size  med. or large, shoes size 7 and junior girls jeans size 1, junior shirts size small, shoes 6 1/2 -7) that you or your troop would like to donate, please bring them to your nearest council service center, and we will make certain they are received by this family in need. 

Looked up our number in your local phone book lately and ended up talking to the wrong council, or to no one at all?  This is happening across the council, as we discover that local phone books list old information from the five councils that previously made up Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama.  Please help us by checking our listing in your phone book and letting Cheryl Miller (extension 2302) know if the information listed is incorrect. 

Do you have older girls that are interested in Going for the Silver or Gold? Then you need to attend the training for leaders and advisors. This training will be a step by step explanation of the tools you need to help your girls be successful, along with lots of tips and pointers. This is open to all leaders and advisors of Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts.


The training will be held at the Montgomery Service Center Wednesday, October 21 at 6 p.m. Contact Mary Anne (extension 1202) by Friday, October 16 to register.

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and Girl Scouts of the USA is continuing to take the lead in highlighting the importance of online safety for girls with their innovative online safety campaign called LMK (Let Me Know).


While the full scope of online threats, such as cyberbullying, are difficult to measure, we do know that nearly one in six U.S. children grades six to 10 (that's 3.2 million students) are victims of online bullying each year, according to the National Council of Juvenile Court Judges.


"Being online is a part of every teenage girl's life," says Shannon, age 17, a member of the LMK editorial team. "Now we have a chance to teach our parents about the real issues we face every day."


LMK includes an interactive Web site for parents and girls, as well as an e-newsletter for parents. The e-newsletter and parent site are designed to provide parents with guidance and also serve as a tool to help families have open and honest conversations about the dangers that lurk in cyberspace.


Haven't been to LMK yet?  You should check it out!  There's all kinds of useful info at: http://lmk.girlscouts.org

President_Girl Scouts.JPGGirl Scouts of the USA is pleased to announce that First Lady Michelle Obama has agreed to serve as its Honorary National President.


"It is my great pleasure to serve as Honorary National President of Girl Scouts," said Mrs. Obama. "With their innovative new programming, ground-breaking research, and emphasis on service and leadership, Girl Scouts is preparing the women of tomorrow to be a positive force for change - in their own lives, their communities, and across the globe."


In accepting the position, Mrs. Obama takes her place in a tradition stretching back to 1929, when Lou Henry Hoover became the first Honorary National President of the Girl Scouting movement. Since then, each successive First Lady has served in this post.


Girl Scouts plan to work with the First Lady on areas of mutual concern, such as healthy living, public service and leadership.

Each year on February 22, girls participate in activities, games and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries.  The theme for World Thinking Day 2010 is girls worldwide say "together we can end extreme poverty and hunger."  World Thinking Day is part of the WAGGGS Global Action Theme (GAT) based on the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to improve the lives of the world's poorest people.


Girls voted and selected Germany, Kuwait, Peru, the Philippines, and South Africa to represent the five regions of World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)--Europe, the Arab region, Western Hemisphere, Asia/Pacific and Africa. World Thinking Day not only gives girls a chance to celebrate international friendships, but it is also a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community--one of nearly 150 countries with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.


Download the World Thinking Day Resource to start planning your activities.

American I Spy


The Conde Charlotte Museum in Mobile offers "American I Spy" programs for Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors. Girls take an "I Spy" journey through the Conde Charlotte Museum, learn about the history of the American flag and proper respect for it, and make a badge related craft project. Girls will earn the "America the Beautiful" patch while participating in the program. Fee of $10 per girl includes patch, activities and snack. Troops can schedule programs after school or on Saturdays. For more information or to schedule a visit with your troop, contact Laura Clark at Hbc1tay@aol.com.

Join other older girl leaders during Purple Pearls Sunday, October 11 from 2 - 5 p.m. at the University of South Alabama. While the girls enjoy the activities, we will discuss all of the programs and opportunities available to older girls and brainstorm some new ideas!  RSVP if you would like to do an Older Girl Award training by October 8, or if you would like to just brainstorm, we'll see you there!

For more information, contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at extension 1202.

This coupon is only for in-store use, because the function is not available yet on our online shop.



Drama Camp Productions at Sunny Side Theater in Mobile presents: Let's Pretend Brownies Badge Day and Juniors Theater Badge Day. Girls will participate in a fun filled half day intense theater workshop. Brownies and Juniors will participate in theater games (including speaking, acting, character creation and miming games), improvisation, costume fun, and nursery rhyme acting.

Girls will earn a badge, present a skit and receive tickets to a drama camp production show. Cost is $13 per participant, which includes the badge and a snack. For more information, contact Chris at 251.510.1808.

Shop Online!


shopweb.jpgNEW!  The Online GSSA shop is now LIVE at shop.girlscoutssa.org.  If our shops are too far away from where you live, you can still get all of the Girl Scout items you need, with personal service from our council. You'll find uniforms, fun accessories, new Journeys, and even gift certificates available online. The online store offers guest ordering, or the convenience of a one-time account set up, so you don't have to re-enter shipping and billing information every time you order. Questions about the store? E-mail us at shop@girlscoutssa.org.

Dove is running a special promotion this October in which anyone who buys Dove products can have $1 from their purchase donated to Girl Scouts!


Dove continues to communicate the importance of building positive self-esteem in girls. The purpose of the promotion, entitled, "Thank You for Making a Difference," is to show the positive effects self-esteem programs have on girls, and to thank consumers for making a difference.


Dove is partnering in the campaign with three charitable organizations who have programs designed to build and support girls' self-esteem--Girl Scouts of the USA, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Girls Inc.


Girl Scouts of the USA and the uniquely ME! program will be featured on Dove.com.



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