December 2009 Archives

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Our holiday card was designed by
Amanda G. of
Girl Scout Brownie Troop 9215

The offices and shops will close December 19 and will re-open January 4, 2010. We look forward to sharing the new year with you!

 

 

Bulletin_Insert2009.jpgThe deadline is right around the corner for the Girl Scout Week Bulletin Design Contest, and we haven't received any entries yet!  This contest provides a great opportunity to use your creativity, and any individual member, group or troop can enter.  Last year's winning drawing by Troop 9161, pictured right, could help spark your creativity.

 

The bulletin insert will be given to troops that want to use them during Girl Scout Week activities. (i.e. inserts could be placed in church bulletins the Sunday of Girl Scout week.) Entries will be accepted through January 15. The winner will be notified by January 31, 2010.

 

NEW this year: The winner's name and/or troop number will be included on the back of the drawing.


Click here for more information, and the contest entry form.

 

Mail Registration to: Mobile Service Center 3483 Springhill Avenue, Mobile 36608
Contact: Molly Smart, extension 1402

Did you know we post pictures on Picasa and videos on Youtube?  We have a new volunteer PR intern, Lindsey, who uploaded a slew of videos to Youtube for us.  Our Youtube channel is called girlscoutssal.   You can subscribe to the channel and receive notices as we add videos.  I think you'll enjoy them - I mean, it's precious Girl Scouts... what's not to enjoy??

 

Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/girlscoutssal

Picasa Albums: http://picasaweb.google.com/girlscoutssal


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The registration window for February - July programs opens December 15.  We already have some great programs planned and are adding new ones often.  In fact, we just added four today!  These are really cool programs that will fill up quickly, so even though it's hard to focus with the holidays upon us you might want to take a few minutes to check these out.

 

Denise Roney, co-leader of Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 8493, died in a car accident on Tuesday, December 1, in Mobile.  Denise leaves behind two daughters, Courtney, a 12th grader, and Brianna, a 5th grader, both Girl Scouts. 

 

Denise served our organization for many years as a parent volunteer, leader and co-leader.  Jeannie Napper, who volunteered with Denise, said, "She was always one of the best volunteers.  She was very dedicated to Girl Scouts, and had a passion for working with the girls."

 

Denise was devoted to her children, and her love for those children was apparent to everyone.  She was determined that they would have more opportunities than she did.

 

Please join us in keeping this family in your thoughts during this difficult time. We will be sure to pass on any words of encouragement and condolences to Denise's daughters.

GSUSA_survey.jpgThe Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) just released its latest study, Good Intentions: The Beliefs and Values of Teens and Tweens Today. It's a fascinating look at how young peoples' beliefs and values on a range of issues from lying and cheating to drinking and smoking have changed over the last 20 years. The study is nearly identical to one Girl Scouts commissioned in 1989, and a comparison of the two shows a marked shift toward more ethical and responsible beliefs and values among teens and tweens.

 

Nearly two out of three young people (62 percent) surveyed in 2009, for example, say they would not cheat on a test compared to about half in 1989. Fifty-eight percent say they would refuse an alcoholic drink if offered one at a party. That's compared to fewer than half (46 percent) in 1989. And only 18 percent say they believe smoking is acceptable if a person finds it enjoyable. In 1989, more than a quarter of those surveyed thought smoking was acceptable.

 

And teens today appear to be quite tolerant of others and more civic-minded. Compared to 20 years ago, youth today are more likely to say they intend to vote in the future (84 percent vs. 77 percent), as well as give to charity (76 percent vs. 63 percent). Some 79 percent say they will volunteer in their communities. Make sure you check out the full study.  

 

Do you think this study reflect the attitudes and behaviors of our girls in southern Alabama?

Most of you have worked with a Girl Scout Field Executive at some point in your volunteer career.  Judging by the number of questions we receive, I would venture to guess you may not know what these ladies do every day.  Let me share what you can expect from your Field Executive:

 

1.    First and foremost, she recruits girls to be Girl Scouts and adults to be troop leaders.  She does this by scheduling roundups, Girl Scout nights and other fun events.

2.    She coordinates new leader trainings with staff and volunteer trainers.

3.    She attends many, but not all, service unit meetings.  Field Executives have up to nine different service units and as many as seven counties.

4.    She supports new leaders/troops by answering questions and offering guidance.

5.    She cultivates relationships with key leaders in her community.

 

As you can see, the Field Executives are very busy, but we are always happy to help!

 

Lindsey S. Milam

Director of Membership Development

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama's Women of Distinction Awards Gala recognizes women in our communities who have distinguished themselves through service and leadership and have a strong commitment to their community.  

Also, there are Girl Scout Volunteer of the Year and Young Women of Distinction categories!  Check it out at our Special Events page: http://www.girlscoutssa.org/special_events.php 

Questions? Call Tonya Howard at 800.239.6636, ext. 2802.   You have until December 31 to nominate someone.

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