January 2010 Archives

In a world full of young leaders, Build-A-Bear Workshop's Huggable Heroes program recognizes young people doing community service. As a Girl Scout, your community service  can be rewarded by this program. The program selects ten Huggable Heroes to each be awarded with a $7,500 educational scholarship and $2,500 in the form of a donation to the charity of choice. To qualify you must be within the ages of eight and 18 years old and be doing extraordinary things in your community or around the world, to better the lives of others. Entry forms are available at all Build-A-Bear Workshop stores as well as online. This is a great opportunity for all Girl Scouts, applications are due by February 26, 2010.

It's time to celebrate Black History month as well as the month of the Chinese New Year which takes place on February 14. These holidays are great opportunities to learn about history as well as other cultures. Is your troop doing anything special to celebrate either of these holidays? We would love to hear about any events or projects you are doing. Any information can be sent to Molly Smart by email or by phone at 251-344-3330, ext 1402.

troop9318.bmpTroop 9318 was recently recognized by TerraCycle for their recycling efforts. The troop has been collecting Kashi packages since April 2009 as a part of the Kashi Package Brigade. The troop, who also participates in the Candy Wrapper Brigade, the Cookie Wrapper Brigade, the Toasted Chips Brigade and the Drink Pouch Brigade, tries to recycle at every chance they can. The troop recently just created benches for one of the Girl Scout camps made completely of recycled wood. Troop leader, Tracey Brown, said "What better way to live by the Girl Scout Law than by recycling and reusing!" The troop leaders also motivated the girls by letting them choose a gift of upcycled TerraCycle produced once they contributed 100 pieces of packaging to the brigade. Aside from having a lot of material to collect, they can also appreciate what their efforts are helping to create. Way to go, Troop 9318!

We all have been watching closely the events that have taken place in Haiti, and so many of us have been affected by the stories of tragedy and heroism that have emerged.  I was particularly touched when I learned of a Girl Scout who was pulled out of the rubble only to later die as a result of her injuries.  This hits close to home for those of us who feel a bond of sisterhood with our fellow Girl Scouts.


GSUSA is working to temporarily suspend the policy prohibiting Girl Scouts from raising money for other organizations. We will inform you of any action; meanwhile, please work through local community groups to assist in earthquake relief efforts


Read more about this brave young girl's tragic story and learn how you can help those in need in Haiti.  Please join me in keeping those affected by this devastating event in our thoughts and prayers.


Yours in Girl Scouting,

Dr. Liz Brent


Our annual meeting is approaching (March 27), and the council will be contacting volunteers to serve as delegates.  Being a delegate is a very important job and you may wonder what exactly a delegate does. Delegates are members of the Girl Scout movement who are 14 years of age or over and are registered within the council's jurisdiction.


As a delegate of the council, some of the duties include participating in important elections, such as electing the officers of the council, the members-at-large of the Board of Directors, the members of the Council Governance Committee and the delegators to the National Council of GSUSA. Delegates attend to other business that might come before the members as well.  Learn more about the role of the delegate in our council's bylaws

Thumbnail image for brownie tryit.bmpGirl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle have a patch program for Brownies, the Naval Aviation try-it, to share with our council. Naval Aviation plays an important role in the Gulf Coast community, and Girl Scouts should learn about what goes on around their community. While earning this patch your girls will learn about Naval Aviation and Women's important contribution to Naval Aviation. All of the requirements for this try-it are very fun and a day trip to visit the Pensacola Naval Air Museum would fulfill most of them. To earn this try-it, you must complete four of the activities. To order, contact Pat Madison, Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle, 1-800-624-3951, ext 117.

Are any of your girls high school seniors and planning on going to college? Their volunteer work could help them get a scholarship. The Junior League of Mobile is now accepting applications for their Young Woman Leadership Scholarship. This scholarship is available to young women in their senior year of high school and is available to one young woman in Mobile County and one in Baldwin County. The two scholarship recipients will be awarded a $1500 scholarship each.


Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to volunteering and community improvement, innovative and creative actions that reach out to and motivate others, commitment to continued education, and at least one year volunteer experience in addition to school related service requirements. This scholarship sounds perfect for a Girl Scout, who fulfills all of these requirements!


The registration deadline is March 15, and there are several requirements to apply.  If you would like an application, call or e-mail Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at 251.344.3330, ext. 1202.

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama offers two college scholarships and a lifetime membership scholarship to deserving girls

The deadline for all scholarships is March 1.


Named in honor of a past Girl Scouts of the Deep South board president, the Loucretia Hollingsworth Scholarship of $1,000 is awarded each year to a graduating senior Girl Scout who will be enrolled full time at an accredited college or university.

The aim of this scholarship is to reach the girl who may or may not have outstanding academic achievements, but has the ability to develop in college and who has demonstrated a commitment to helping other people.

Selections will be based first and foremost on the applicant's contribution to society through service and her desire to continue this contribution through a career of helping others.


The Ellen Autrey Anderson Girl Scout Award is named in honor of a past Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of South Central Alabama, and donated by her family. This one-time scholarship of $500 is awarded annually to a graduating Senior Girl Scout who best meets the scholarship criteria. Applicants must be enrolled full time in an accredited college or university, have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award through Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, and have a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.


The Blanchard Hinton Lifetime Membership Scholarship is awarded yearly to a deserving Girl Scout who plans to continue to be active as an adult volunteer. An essay is required.


As everyone knows, on Jan. 12, 2009 - a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck southern Haiti, as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake affected roughly one in three Haitians - about 3 million people, the Red Cross estimated. It was so strong that it was felt in Cuba, more than 200 miles away. Devastated, Haiti is in dire need of global assistance.

For those of you looking for more ways of helping, GSUSA compiled a list of resources below:

Are Girl Scout troops in southern Alabama pitching in time and energy to the relief efforts?  We'd like to know if your troop is helping and how.  Post your comments here, or e-mail communications@girlscoutssa.org.


Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama's shop is making cookie sales more fun with cookie merchandise. The shop is currently selling cookie themed t-shirts, totes, patches and pins. The shirts, which say "Save the world, it's the only planet with Girl Scout cookies," would look great on every girl in your troop when they're out selling cookies! Moms and leaders can wear this shirt, too.


It's all available online, or come see us at the shops in Montgomery and Mobile.

Girls everywhere are working on making the world a better place. Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council recently built an energy efficient and environmentally friendly Science and Technology lodge in Hockessin, Del. It is the first building in Delaware to be awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) award. 


The LEED certification was developed by the U.S. Green building council. This certification is internationally recognized and proves a building was designed and built to be more environmentally and energy efficient. The facility improves energy savings, water efficiency, reduces CO2 emissions, and promotes awareness of the impact of resources on environment. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell stated, "The new building will help our environment by reducing pollution and help the Girl Scouts by reducing their energy costs."  Way to go, Girl Scouts!

Auburn University Men and Womens' Basketball teams invite Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama to come out and support the Auburn Tigers. If you are looking for a fun and cost-efficient weekend outing for your troop these events are for you. These events are free to all Girl Scouts and troop leaders. Whether you are a basketball fan or not, these games are sure to be a slam dunk!


Women's Basketball vs Georgia, January 31: Voucher  


Men's Basketball vs LSU, February 27: Registration Form   


The 2009 Blue Book of Basic Documents, which contains the Constitution, Bylaws and Policies of Girl Scouts of the United States of America is now available. This document also includes Credentials, Criteria and Standards for an Effective Girl Scout Council, and the Congressional Charter of Girl Scouts of the United States of America.

While this makes for somewhat dry reading, this document clearly spells out Girl Scout policy for anyone who reads it.

(edited to add: the link above opens the latest version of the 2009 Blue Book, updated in 2010)

Increase awareness, sell more cookies and HAVE FUN!


Girls_CookieMobile2.jpgThis is your chance to get creative and have fun with the cookie sale. Decorate your car, van, or truck to promote the cookie sale during booth sales. You can even decorate the girls and adults to coordinate with the vehicle!


All of the pictures will be reviewed by a team of people that will award first, second and third place prizes. Gift Certificates from the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama Shops will be awarded to the top three place winners:

1st Place: $60

2nd Place: $40

3rd Place: $20


The contest begins February 13. Download the Cookie Caravan Contest flyer at http://www.girlscoutssa.org/cookies2010/cookie_caravan.pdf.

  2009-2010 Girl Scout Cookie Activity Pin. © GSUSA. All rights reserved.

Girl Scouts shine online during cookie season! What goes together like Thin Mints and a glass of milk? Girl Scout Cookies and computer savvy! Getting Connected is the theme for this year's Girl Scout Cookie Activity Pin. It's all about safe ways for girls to use tech savvy and connect with customers during the Girl Scout Cookie Experience.

For more information on earning the pin, see these guidelines.

The Girl Scout Cookie Sale has officially begun, and our local media is doing a great job to help promote it!  We've had calls from all around the council, and hopefully this will help increase your girls' success in the program.  Here's a sampling of what our local media is saying about the sale:

LiteMix 99.9 in Mobile had Press Rep Maggie on their morning show: http://www.litemix.com/cc-common/mainheadlines3.html?feed=137696&article=6552311

·         Lu Valentino at WABB in Mobile is promoting the sale: http://www.wabb.com/luvalentinoblog/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10078082

·         Girl Scout Cookies Rich in History and Flavor by the Dothan Eagle: http://www2.dothaneagle.com/dea/lifestyles/local/article/girl_scout_cookies_rich_in_history_and_flavor/119932/ 

·         Girl Scout Cookies on sale January 5 in the Selma Times-Journal: http://www.selmatimesjournal.com/news/2009/dec/28/girl-scout-cookies-sale-jan-5/

·         Pre-orders for Girl Scout Cookies available now in Opelika-Auburn Now: http://www2.oanow.com/oan/news/local/article/pre-orders_for_girl_scout_cookies_available_now/120051/

Mobile Program Facilitator

Job Description: Part-time Program Facilitator needed to lead multiple outreach programs in the Mobile area. Program delivery sites include, but are not limited to, local elementary schools, Head Start centers and juvenile detention facilities. Facilitator will deliver prepared programs, as well as develop original programming based on Girl Scout resources. Additional duties include developing and leading arts/crafts and other interactive activities, organizing program-related events, arranging guest speakers, interacting with site staff and parents, maintaining program documentation and purchasing supplies. Training will be provided.

 Requirements: good presentation, communication and organization skills, basic working knowledge of Microsoft Office systems, ability to work with minimal supervision, flexible schedule, good rapport with girls of all ages. Must have own transportation.

 Salary: $12/hr., plus mileage

 Contact Angela Fedor at 251-344-3330, ext. 1803 or afedor@girlscoutssa.org.


Montgomery Program Facilitator

Job Description: Part-time Program Facilitators needed to present pre-literacy program in Montgomery-area Head Start centers. Facilitator will deliver a prepared 6-session program during the school day in the spring 2010 semester. The program will begin in March. Training will be provided.

 Requirements: good presentation, communication and organization skills. Candidate must have own transportation and be available weekday mornings 8am-noon.

 Salary: $10/hr., plus mileage

 Contact Angela Fedor at 334-272-9164, ext. 1803 or afedor@girlscoutssa.org.  



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