Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama: November 2009 Archives

There are as many ways to raise troop funds as there are troops!  And there are a few things to keep in mind before you get started. 

First, troops must get permission from the council before asking for financial or in-kind gifts from organizations, businesses, corporations, foundations, or individuals.  This is so the council can make sure there isn't confusion among potential donors, or that donors who have already provided community grants aren't asked repeatedly for more donations by individual troops.

Many businesses, such as Wal-Mart and Target, have generously provided community grants and allowed employee donations. The Council earmarks these funds for girl assistance in the geographic area that the company serves. 

The council contact person is Tonya Howard at 800-239-6636, ext. 2802 or  She can tell you what you need to know!



Did you know that GSUSA has insurance for accidents that may occur during council sponsored activities?  The amount covered for some of the benefits has increased.  (These are not all of the benefits, just the ones with increased amounts).

Mutual of Omaha is pleased to announce increased benefit amounts within the GSUSA basic activity accident and optional insurance plans effective Oct. 1, 2009. In all plans, the maximum allowable expense will increase for the following benefits:

  • Surface Ambulance - from $2,500 to $3,000
  • Air Ambulance - from $4,000 to $5,000
  • Counseling Services - from $1,500 to $2,500

For more information on activity insurance, please call your troop leader or field executive.

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The holiday season is upon us and that means parades!  We have received several inquiries lately about Girl Scout participation in Christmas parades. Girl Scouts are allowed (and encouraged!) to participate in parades. Do keep in mind the appropriateness of the organization sponsoring the parade and the readiness of your girls. If you wish to participate in a parade, please notify Mary Anne Brutkiewicz (extension 1202) and include the date, time, place, purpose, and grade level participating. As always, be sure and follow the rules of Safety Wise:


·         Make sure that floats drawn by trucks and automobiles are covered by automobile insurance in the name of the vehicle owners.

·         Float construction is safe and secured to the body of the float and vehicle.

·         Riders have a secure handhold or safety harness if standing or secure seating.

·         Floats are not overcrowded.

·         Participants do not walk close to moving floats.

·         An adult accompanies girls on any moving float.

·         Girls are not allowed to distribute anything to onlookers from the float: no throws.

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Join the Daytona 500 Experience to honor women pioneers in auto sports while hosting the Women in the Winner's Circle exhibit co-founded by racing legend Lyn St. James.  Girls will be surrounded by everything Girl Power stands for and develop within themselves what it takes to be a successful female not only in the auto industry but also on any path life takes them.  Your favorites such as the speedway tour, IMAX movie and arcade tokens will be included as well as a food voucher to allow you to choose what you'd like to eat at the 4th Turn Grill.  Cap it all off with a special guest speaker and your troop will have a day they won't soon forget.


For those who are still craving adventure, they are offering the first sleepover for Girl Scouts.  You will receive everything the day program has to offer, but also get to continue into the night with Girl Power Team Building Sessions, a pizza party, movie and continental breakfast.  Because the sleepover is held inside the attraction space is limited so reserve your spot now!


Download the order form for the First Annual Girl Scout Sleepover at Daytona 500 Experience taking place March 20 - 21, 2010. 

What makes a great Girl Scout year? Earning badges, hiking and camping, taking field trips, selling cookies, and enjoying Girl Scout traditions. Now you can tie all that together with a choice of two leadership journeys.

Six illustrated maps, one for each grade level, have been created to show how all Girl Scout activities -- earning badges, camping, selling cookies and more -- can tie into the new Journeys. Go to and start exploring!


The Center For Community Advancement is hosting an annual spotlight event, American Indian History Month Festival, in celebration of American Indian History Month. There will be interactive opportunities to participate in the dance circle and newly custom stitched patches for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. The custom stitching is an original design, which features the event name and logo. The cost is $3 per patch and can be purchased at the event sign in table through Girl Scout Troop Leader 9801.


The 2009 festival includes introduction of participating tribal Chiefs, gourd dancing, Grand Entry, a northern & southern drum, flute music, stomp dancing, competitive and non-competitive dance divisions, historical tribal exhibits, storytelling and lots of great door prizes.


Contact Sonya Smith at 334.794.7007 with an approximate attendance count by November 10

When: Saturday, November 21, 2009 (Doors open at 4:30 pm)

Where: Dothan Civic Center

Ticket cost is $10, children 5 & under enter free, patches $3

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Little Brownie Bakers has provided us with a wonderful website with information to make this year's Cookie Sale the simplest and best ever!  The most important information it provides is the online training, which is a wonderful tool that walks you  through the entire cookie selling this process.  This fun and easy to follow trainings site, allows you to get council-specific information and tips from Little Brownie.  It is interactive, with videos and lots of quizzes to test your knowledge. Go to the website soon and click on VIP Training and follow the instructions to get started learning all you need to know about this year's sale. 


To get the passwords (that are also located in the Little Brownie Cookie Activity Kits), check out this past article from the Virtual Volunteer.

GSUSA is seeking applications from young women interested in representing GSUSA at the 2010 Young Women's World Forum. The Young Women's World Forum, organized by Girl Guiding UK in collaboration with WAGGGS is the first of three events for girls and young women taking place throughout the centenary celebrations.


The Young Women's World Forum takes place between October 19 - 24, 2010 in London, England and is open to two young women ages 18-25 (at the time of the event) from each Membership Organization. E-mail with questions.


Please submit the application form to Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at the Mobile Service Center by November 25, 2009.

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Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is pleased to announce a new patch program, Pink Princesses, created by a Girl Scout in Baldwin County.

The objective of the Pink Princesses Patch Program is to teach girls awareness, pride and confidence in the qualities that make them a unique individual.  It encourages them to stand up for their beliefs, and works on ways to resist pressure to behave in ways that contradict their beliefs or violate their individuality.  The program encourages them to model their good character and independence for all to see!

A special component of this patch program is an opportunity to have the Pink Princesses come to your troop meeting to perform the skit, Staying True Never Goes Out of Style.

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Join us for an afternoon of Mamma Mia, Mardi Gras parades and socializing with fellow alumnae from New Orleans in the Big Easy.

When: Saturday, February 6, 2010 
Cost of ticket: $65.50
$30 nonrefundable deposit required by Dec. 11, 2009
Final payment of $35.50 due by December 18, 2009
Where: New Orleans
Contact: Tonya Howard, extension 2802 
*Rooms are reserved for Saturday night under "Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama" at the Embassy Suites for $129 for single or double occupancy.  Add $20 per person for triple or quad occupancy. 
*Also, if there is sufficient interest we will charter a bus to accommodate those who do not wish to drive.  Please e-mail
Tonya Howard if you are interested in riding the bus.

* More details to follow on social event and lunch plans.


Last year nearly 200 Girl Scouts from southern Alabama attended Wicked in Birmingham and raved about it.  Now, we want to offer this opportunity to those that missed out on it. Broadway Across America will present Wicked at the new Mahalia Jackson Theatre in New Orleans, and Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama will attend the matinee Saturday, April 3, 2010, at 2 p.m. We realize that this is Easter weekend; however, we have Girl Scout program conflicts the other matinee weekends.

 Winner of three Tonys, Wicked is the story of the witches of Oz before Dorothy arrived in Munchkinland. The play is appropriate for ages 8 and up, but is enjoyed by all ages on different levels.

 Ticket prices are $45 for upper balcony ($25 deposit) and $85 ($45 deposit) for lower balcony. Deposits are due November 24 and are non-refundable. Deposits will be returned if there are not sufficient registrations for this program.  Final payments are due January 8, 2010. Send event registrations and deposits to Mary Anne Brutkiewicz (ext. 1202) at the Mobile Service Center. Registrations may be mailed, faxed (251.344.4181) or e-mailed to  


***UPDATED 12/2/09: There are a few additional tickets for sale.  If you would like to purchase them, the full payment is due January 8.  Please contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz if you have any questions. 

learning_to_lead.jpgOn Thursday, October 29, 2009, Girl Scouts of the USA along with CARE International, Seventeen Magazine and the Documentary Group hosted Learning to Lead, an interactive discussion on the power of girl leadership and education.

Experts, celebrities, media, invited guests and Girl Scouts gathered at GSUSA to discuss the importance of providing girls with opportunities and support to build education and leadership skills regardless of their geographic location.

Moderated by Suchin Pak of MTV News, panelists included Cynthia Lloyd from the Population Council, Judy Schoenberg from the Girl Scout Research Institute, Stephanie Baric from CARE, and Award-winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo.

As a follow-up and continuation of this event, GSUSA, CARE, Seventeen and the Documentary Group are asking teen girls, their families, troop leaders and other mentors to make a pledge at The Power of Girls to learn more about issues facing girls around the world. The goal is to collect 50,000 pledges by International Women's Day in March of 2011.

Be sure you and your girls make the pledge!


Each year, an increasing number of families across America struggle to find living wage jobs, and as a result more and more families find themselves experiencing episodic or chronic homelessness.  Children are most acutely impacted by this experience.

A patch program, called "A Heart for the Homeless" teaches girls about the issues facing homeless families in their communities.  The children explore ideas as to how they can help families and kids in need.

In the past 3 years, nearly 300 Girl Scout troops and over 3,100 girls from New York to Hawaii earned the patch.  Click here to learn about all the details of "A Heart for the Homeless" patch program.

On Thursday, October 29, 2009 President Barack Obama signed the Girl Scouts of the USA Commemorative Coin Act authorizing the minting of 350,000 silver dollar coins in honor of Girl Scouts and the achievements of the 50 million women across the nation whose lives have been influenced by Girl Scouting. This legislation enjoyed strong bipartisan support, with more than 300 cosponsors in the House, and more than 70 cosponsors in the Senate. The measure passed unanimously in both the House and Senate earlier this month.

 The Girl Scouts Centennial Commemorative Coin will be minted in 2013, marking the end of the celebration of our first 100 years and the beginning of our second century of leadership. Ten dollars from the sale of each coin will go to GSUSA to help fund much-needed renovations at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, Georgia. The bill also calls for the Secretary of the Treasury, in collaboration with the GSUSA and the Commission of Fine Arts, to design the coin in a manner "emblematic of the centennial of Girl Scouts."

 This victory would not have happened without your support.  Through your efforts, more than 40,000 messages were sent to Members of Congress asking for their support. Thanks to each of you, we are poised to have a Girl Scouts commemorative coin to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting!



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