Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama: July 2009 Archives

We wanted to spread the word about the good work the cookie sale is still doing.  Thanks to Troop 8408 (Leaders Dee Owen and Shannon Dorazio) and Troop 8400 (Leaders Jeanne Peebles and Carolyn Hertel) for sharing this inspirational letter.



Dee, Hello,


I've just received a gleeful email from my son in Iraq who now has in his possession mounds of girl scout cookies.  He has plans to not only enjoy them himself but to share them throughout his entire battalion.  As he will be expressing their gratitude, I'm expressing mine.  His dad and I appreciate your troop's tremendous efforts to let our son and other sons and daughters in military service in Iraq know that you have them in your thoughts and prayers.  Perhaps nothing says it better than that which satisfies the sweet tooth.  I'm so pleased to have met you and to be reminded of how wonderfully sincere the girl scouts are to serving the community.  I look forward to the cookie sells every season.   Good luck in your endeavors in helping to grow great girl citizens.


Our Sincerest Gratitude,


Marsha and Gill, parents of

CPT Gill Tatman-Tyree of the 224th MI BN


Shop Our Sale August 1 - October 15!

Print Out This Coupon
It has all the info and will get you the discount at your local Council Shop!


Our shops are open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

We will also be open August 15 from 10 - 1 for a "Back to Girl Scouting" sale.  All items (excluding sale items) will be 10% off!

See you there!

United We Serve

The Auburn University College of Sciences and Mathematics' Society of Women in Sciences and Mathematics (SWSM) will hold its 4th annual Women's Leadership Symposium on Friday, August 21, 2009, at The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.  The university is holding 5 slots specifically for Girl Scouts until August 5.   This is for girls in 9-12 grade, and 50 girls will be invited to attend.  Interested adults also may attend for the full $50 fee.  For more information or to get an application, please contact Nancy Melkerson at

Symposium Schedule:
  8:30 am- Networking Breakfast
9:30 am- Registration
10:00 am- Panel Discussion
11:15 am- Roundtable
  12:00 pm- Lunch and Program including keynote

Keynote Speaker and Panelists
Dr. Kathy Pearson '84- Keynote
Dr. Pearson is a senior consultant and the Director of Executive Education for Decision Strategies International (DSI), a management  consulting firm focused on scenario-based strategic planning and decision-making. Dr. Pearson also serves as an adjunct associate professor in the Operations and Information Management Department at The Wharton School.

Brittany Barnes '09- Panelist Pharmacy Student, Auburn University
Erin Edmondson '07- Panelist Life Science Teacher, Auburn City Schools
Dr. Andrea Hardwick '00- Panelist Optometrist, Hardwick Vision Center
Janayah Hudson '96- Panelist Director of Surgical Technology Program, Aiken Technical College
Please visit for more information about SWSM.

United We Serve

United We Serve officially kicked off June 22 at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service. The service initiative will culminate with a National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11, 2009. The culmination will provide an opportunity to recognize the summer's accomplishments, honor those who died on September 11, 2001 by serving in their memory, and encourage Americans to make an ongoing commitment to service. 


This is an extraordinary moment in time. As Americans and Girl Scouts, we have a unique opportunity to come together and solve our nation's most vexing problems. In this spirit, President Obama announced a nationwide service initiative, the beginning of a sustained, collaborative, and focused effort to meet community needs and make service a way of life for all Americans.   Volunteers are asked to step up and become volunteer organizers by identifying unmet needs in their community, developing their own service projects, and engaging others who are interested in the same issue area.  Your Girl Scout troop can take part by doing a service project that takes places or culminates on September 11. 


Focus: The Economic Recovery

United We Serve will empower Americans to participate in the economic recovery by:

·         Promoting clean energy, energy efficiency, and public land restoration.

·         Supporting education and literacy for all Americans.

·         Increasing health care access, public health awareness, and prevention.

·         Providing community renewal to areas hardest hit by the economic crisis.


If you need ideas or would like to be put in touch with organizations that need volunteers, please contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz, ext. 1202. 

Are you or your girls on Twitter?  Well, Girl Scouts is being talked about by lots of people - including Taylor Swift!  On July 23, she tweeted, "Girl Scouts came to my meet and greet and brought Girl Scout cookies. Beyond stoked."  If you are on, you'll want to follow GSUSA's official Twitter page at


Twitter is a free service that lets you keep in touch with people through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing? Join at to start receiving GSUSA's  tweets.

AU Athletics is inviting Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and leaders to receive free admission to the Sept. 5 game against Louisiana-Tech.  Friends and family of Scouts can purchase tickets in the Scout section for $40 at Gate 20. To qualify for free admission, complete and mail the registration form to Julie Stanley by August 26, 2009.  Please include a complete list of all attendees and please use names listed in official Scout registry. Once your form and payment are received, you will be sent directions and complete instructions.


Download the registration form at

Would you like to work for Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama?  We have a part-time Field Executive position covering Clarke and Wilcox counties open.  The position will include 10 - 15 hours per week during Aug., Sept., Oct., Jan., Feb., March.

Job description:  distribute flyers in schools, conduct Girl Scout recruitment events, recruit adults as leaders, assist with product sales.

Personal transportation is required.

Send resumes to:

New programs are going up as this blog entry is being written!  We are working hard to make programs and events registration as easy as possible. 

Please review the Event Registration Guidelines for this year.

Here are some highlights to keep in mind:

  • Don't bring your registration - MAIL it. The postmark is used to set the order in which registrations are received
  • Include full PAYMENT with your registration
  • Registrations for August 2009 through January 31, 2010 events will be accepted with a postmark after July 15, 2009
  • Register by the EARLY BIRD deadline for a significant DISCOUNT
  • Sign up for GSSA weekly (in the left column) to find out about new programs as they are announced

So have your planning meetings soon and get registered for great programs and events coming soon!

We want to know how you use technology to help run your troop. 

Do you have a favorite scouting web site service to help you with email, scheduling, posting photos, or even forums?  Here's a popular option:

Do you have a more traditional troop web site where you upload information and photos?  Do you use group email to send out announcements?

Do you involve your girls in the development and maintenance of your web site?

An important thing to keep in mind however you use the internet is to read and follow the GSUSA guidelines, such as never post meeting locations and times where the general public could view them; don't post girls' last names, and other common sense ways to keep our girls safe.  It also has great information on setting up a web site.

Let us know in the comments how you make the internet work for you!

L'Oréal Paris is accepting nominations for the 2009 Women of Worth Awards program. Through this national recognition program, L'Oréal Paris recognizes, celebrates and supports women who are making a difference in their communities, and we know we have plenty of women making a difference through Girl Scouting in southern Alabama!

This year, ten Women of Worth honorees will receive $5,000 for the charitable causes of their choice, and a matching donation will be made on their behalf to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Additionally, one National Honoree will receive an additional $25,000 donation to her cherished nonprofit organization. The Women of Worth National Honoree will be chosen through a public online vote held this fall at

Know an incredible woman who is positively impacting her community through her volunteer efforts? Act now! Nominations will be accepted until July 23, 2009.

For more information and to nominate an outstanding woman who is making a beautiful difference, visit the L'Oréal Paris Women of Worth online community: or email

edunnam.jpgSince the age of six, Emily was a Girl Scout in Cori Yonge's troop 8442 in Fairhope. She died two days ago when the ATV she was riding flipped and ejected her.  Emily was a wonderful, well-rounded young lady who turned 13 April 4. She was an award-winning athlete who loved nothing better than a good game of soccer or a long run through Fairhope's neighborhoods. Emily also rode a unicycle in the Fairhope Middle School unicycle club, and along with her fellow Girl Scouts from troop 8442, she was recently inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. 


Emily is pictured "walking on the moon" at space camp in Huntsville this past December. The girls used their cookie money to take the trip.   


Our thoughts are with the Girl Scouts from Troop 8442, and Emily's parents, Beverly and Ellis Dunnam.  If you would like to share your condolences with Troop 8442 and the Dunnams, please post your comments here, and we will pass them on.

Make it a special weekend! Attend the Mobile International Festival during the day, and spend an exciting overnight on the USS ALABAMA in Mobile.  The program includes a tour of Battleship USS ALABAMA, Submarine USS DRUM, Aircraft Pavilion, Nature Observatory and other displays and activities.  The cost includes a USS ALABAMA Girl Scout patch, pizza dinner, snack and light breakfast.


Age Level: All

Date:   November 21, 2009                                       

Contact: Chris Shavers at 334.272.9164, ext: 2202

Get all of the program information, on our Events and Programs Calendar.

You're invited to kick off the Girl Scout year at the Service Unit Team Kickoffs!  The kickoffs will be July 18 and a light lunch will be served.  To attend, RSVP by July 10 to Teri for Mobile and Cheryl for Montgomery.  We hope to see you there!



10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Earline Locke Volunteer Center

3483 Springhill Avenue, ext. 1302



10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Montgomery

2810 Atlanta Highway, ext. 2302


We're making plans for the 2010 Cookie Sale, and we need your input! Please encourage your girls to take our quick survey to help decide which recognitions to offer during the Cookie Sale. We want your input, too!

All the recognitions are fun and cute, so check them out and let us know your favorites!

Legendary entertainer Dolly Parton and Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council are launching a global "Coat of Many Colors" patch program. It's based on Parton's popular ballad about taking pride in yourself--no matter the circumstances. 

"Have you ever felt bad about being different?" Parton asks Girl Scouts. "I'll bet you have, but you shouldn't--being different is what makes you special!"

Parton immortalized her coat of many colors in her 1971 song of the same name. Parton's mother sewed the now famous garment from rags. Young Dolly proudly wore the coat to school, only to find classmates making fun of it.

Parton turned the devastating experience into a signature song; now, through Tanasi Council, the "Coat of Many Colors" is a patch program helping Girl Scouts develop self-esteem and compassion for others.

The first 450 girls who earned the patch were from Parton's native East Tennessee, and she honored them at her Dollywood theme park Saturday, June 13 with colorful patches and huge hugs.  She also performed the legendary song, weaving a strong connection with an audience a generation apart in age, but strongly united in spirit.

Parton became a lifetime member of Girl Scouts in 2007 and wore her own Girl Scout uniform, complete with patches representing her own lifetime of accomplishments, for the celebration.

"Now, I think twice before saying something to someone who looks or seems different; I don't want to hurt their feelings," says Girl Scout Melia Killion. "Plus, you can be rich without having a lot of money, as long as you have people who love you ... And I am rich!"

The Coat of Many Colors patch is now available to all councils.  Please note, however, that the patch is on order and it will be approximately 4-6 weeks before the patch is actually in their store.  The cost is $1.50 per patch.



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