Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama: March 2010 Archives

We hope you were able to make it to our Annual Meeting in Daphne last weekend.  It was a fun day, and a special time for sharing the great ideas our volunteers have.   And how could you resist those adorable "Dancing Daisies" from Troop 8287?! They were too cute!


Just in case you weren't able to join us, here's a quick snapshot of the day's events.  Troop 8202 started the meeting with a flag ceremony, and a special fashion show, led by council archivist Gigi Barroco.  A special presentation by Laurel Ritchie, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for GSUSA, share the highlights of Girl Scouts new brand campaign, which will debut nationally in July. Volunteers also attended their choice of two volunteer forums, which were designed to allow them time to share stories and ideas.  The forums centered around how to run your troop efficiently and effectively.


After lunch, Helen Alford, 1st vice chair of the board, presented special council scholarships and awards. Jessica L. was awarded the Ellen Autrey Anderson Gold Award Scholarship, and Abigail B. was presented the Loucretia Hollingsworth Scholarship and the Blanchard-Hinton Lifetime Scholarship.  


After the awards presentation, Board Chair Ellen Brooks called the business meeting to order.  After stewardship reports from the board and CEO, the delegates unanimously voted to approve the following board members: Ramona Blankenship, Pedro Mandoki, Liz Braswell, Nancy Greenwood, Jason Bryant, Carlos Gant, Marian Loftin and Larry Turner, Ed.D.


The meeting ended with a discussion of the council's vision for the 2010-2011 year by incoming board chair Helen Alford.  


Check out the photo gallery from the annual meeting!


Whether you did or didn't attend the annual meeting, we want to hear from you.  Please take just a few minutes to complete our survey on the annual meeting -- it's the only way we can improve in the future! 

03252010_WoD.JPGGirl Scouts of Southern Alabama hosted its 15th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Gala and Auction March 25, 2010 at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club.  Over 200 attendees helped celebrate the honorees accomplishments and commitments to their community.  We've posted our photo gallery of the event, and will have video from the event, also.


Honorees included Margaret Hastings Bentley, Wanda Lloyd, Judge Sharon Gilbert Yates, Bette Sue Strasburger, Karen Sellers, Sheron Rose and Edith Jordan Wilcox. Young Women of Distinction honorees included Abigail B. and Miranda S.  Girl Scout Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Liz Carnahan. These women, through service to their family, career and community have set an example of excellence and Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is proud to recognize them.


Highlights from the evening included a reception and silent auction before the awards dinner.  The program began with special guest speaker, The Honorable Sue Bell Cobb, Chief Justice, Alabama Supreme Court, who delivered the keynote address.  The mistress of ceremonies was WSFA-12 news anchor Tonya Terry.  The fabulous evening also included a live auction conducted by Auctioneer Johnny Mullins.   


Proceeds from this event will help Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama make leadership development programs available to every girl, everywhere.


Special thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers who helped make the night a success! 

Earth Day is April 22, and we have a program April 17 that is all about the outdoors!  Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts can attend at Camp Scoutshire Woods or Kamp Kiwanis.

Activities include old-fashioned hayride, nature discoveries, crafts, face painting, games, picnic lunch and hiking. Visit the flower garden for storytelling and select a plant to take home in a decorated clay pot. Snack, picnic lunch and a patch are provided.

Registration/Cancellation Deadline: March 31, 2010 

Make sure to get all of the important details on our Events and Programs Calendar.

See the written directions below (or use googlemaps)

Directions to 2010 Girl Scout Annual Meeting

Daphne United Methodist Church
2401 Main Street
Daphne, AL 36526


From Mobile

I-10 east to Daphne

Exit 35 A/Highway 98 (Daphne/Fairhope exit)

Drive 3.2 miles

Turn right onto Santa Rosa Avenue

Turn right onto Main Street

2401 Main Street is on the left


From Montgomery

I-65 south to Mobile

Exit 31/AL-225 (Spanish Fort/Stockton exit)

Turn left onto AL-225

Drive 20.6 miles

Turn slight right onto US 31 South/Spanish Fort Blvd.

Turn left onto US-98

Drive 3.9 miles

Turn right onto Santa Rosa Avenue

Turn right onto Main Street

2401 Main Street is on the left

Please check out the terrific story about the new Girl Scout Cookie Campaign in this week's issue of The NonProfit Times


GSUSA Marketing and Communications team members were interviewed, as were the external creative team of Chris Moore and Andre Basso, who created the "What a Cookie Can Do" video.


We love the new video, and we're excited everyone else does, too!

Earlier this year, Barbie announced 10 Women to Watch in 2010 - a group of talented, big-hearted and super-driven ladies who prove that if you stay focused, dream big and work hard, anything is possible. Now, Barbie is looking for girls (with an adult) to shadow some of these totally inspiring women and report back about their work day and their advice for girls.

Some of the inspiring women include Glamour Magazine editor-in-chief Cindi Leive, 2010 Olympian Gretchen Bleiler, philanthropists, a fashion designer, an editor, a computer engineer, a blogger and others, to truly represent a spectrum of careers and industries


As part of her role as one of the "10 Women to Watch in 2010," each woman has committed to mentor a girl for a day.  Now Barbie is looking for girls to shadow some of these inspiring women and report back about their work day and their advice for girls.  We think our Girl Scouts would be perfect for this job.  If you think so too, register and tell Barbie why at  Adults can suggest their daughter or a special girl in their life until March 22, 2010.

There was a great article in yesterday's USA Today!  It's all about Girl Scouts' green efforts as we prepare for our 100th anniversary.  Girl Scouts has always been green, but through the Journeys and the Forever Green project, we're taking green to a whole new level.  The Forever Green project is being piloted in 10 councils, and will expand nationwide next year.  I know I'm excited to take part in the Forever Green project - are you?

The Annual Meeting is just around the corner and we want you to be in attendance! If anyone from the Auburn, Prattville, Wetumpka or Enterprise areas is interested in carpooling, you're not the only one. Cheryl Miller is currently coordinating carpools to the meeting. If you would like information on a carpool in your area or to start one, you can get in touch with her by phone, 334.312.0433 or email at

You've seen the camp programs, you probably know which camp your daughter wants to attend... Now, you just need to fill out the forms to get her there!  We may be making this sound more complicated than it really is, but we want to be sure everyone knows which forms need to be filled out and when.


All campers need to fill out the:

·         Camp Registration form

·         Hold Harmless Agreement

·         Camper health-care recommendations (the physical must be completed within 24 months prior to camp)


Fill out one Health History Form:

·         Short term camper health history (3 nights or less)


·         Camper health history (4 nights or more)


All of these instructions are on the forms, but here's the big picture... 

·         Complete the Health History Form and make a copy.  Send the original, signed form by May 21 to the council. 

·         Complete the top of the Camper Health-care Recommendations form and provide the copy of the Health History to your child's health-care provider for review and completion.  After it has been completed and signed by your child's health-care provider, return the health-care recommendations form by May 21.


The Camp Scholarship Application is due by April 23.  (not postmark by April 23 like other programs)


All of these forms are on the Camps and Properties page, along with information about the different camp sessions.  If you have any questions, please call Barbara Davis at extension 1902.

Association II day camp will be held June 14-18 at the Mobile Botanical Gardens.  Volunteer Laura Doran is ready to host this great activity for the girls, but needs 7 volunteers in order to hold the camp.  Volunteers should have either first aid training or leader training.  The day camp runs from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Registration forms for the day camp will be available the first of April. 


Please contact Laura if you are interested in volunteering at 251.345.3328.

GSUSA just let us know that in celebration of Girl Scout Week, the CBS Early Show will air a Girl Scout segment tomorrow morning (Thursday, March 11, 2010) beginning at 7:30 a.m. (We believe this is Eastern Standard Time, but haven't been able to confirm yet.) At about 8:30 a.m., one of the hosts will conduct an interview with Laurel Richie, Chief Marketing Officer, about new things going on in Girl Scouting.   Laurel Richie is the special guest speaker at our annual meeting, March 27!


Girl Scouts from at least five Tri-State area councils will fill the CBS plaza; and former Girl Scout Gold Award earner Chelsea Masterson--along with current Girl Scout Troop Leader from Girl Scouts of Jersey Shore (see Troop Web site: is expected to chat alongside Laurel about the benefits of Girl Scouting.


Happy Girl Scout Week!  

March 12, 2010 commemorates the 98th  birthday of Girl Scouting.  It was that day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low formed the first Girl Scout troop of 18 girls. For years, Girl Scouts around the globe have been serving others.  During this week, some honor Girl Scouting by indulging in their favorite cookies, while others are inspired by the classic trefoil and its historical background.  


HGTV's blog takes a look at how the trefoil has been used in architecture throughout history.  SunTrust tower in Tampa, Fla. lit up its tower with a green light for Girl Scout week.


Wherever you are and whatever you do this Girl Scout week, be sure to show your appreciation!

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama joins Girl Scouts around the country to make the world a better place as we celebrate Girl Scout Week and the 98th anniversary of Girl Scouts from March 7-13. More than 3 million girls in the United States and more than 9,000 girls in southern Alabama are discovering their path to leadership through Girl Scouts.

Self-discovery and community service were core values that Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low sought to instill in girls from the earliest days. When the organization was founded in 1912, many girls' paths in life were limited and Low's vision was to establish an organization where any American girl could expand her personal horizon by having fun while exploring new interests and contributing to society. Low was determined to help expand opportunities and learning for the average American girl, and founded Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912.

Elizabeth Farry, community relations manager for the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast, talks about using Girl Scout Cookies as ingredients in other recipes. Farry has tried many of the recipes on the Girl Scouts' Web site, including fried Caramel Delights, Thin Mint brownies and Do-Si-Dos peanut Thai chicken.

Girl Scout Cookies have been something of an institution in this country for more than 80 years, and the ads have been updated over time. But in 2010, the changes are going further. This season, girls are taking their pitches for the $700 million a year business online.


pink-princess.jpgWe introduced the Pink Princesses Patch Program November 4.  This patch program was developed by a high school girl in Baldwin county.  She feels very passionate about teaching girls to stand up for their beliefs, and work on ways to resist pressure to behave in ways that contradict their beliefs or violate their individuality.   The program encourages girls to model their good character and independence for all to see!  I think we can all agree our girls can benefit from those lessons.


Thanks to a Girl Scout supporter, we are able to offer the first 200 girls that complete this program a free patch!  If you need to have the patches mailed, you will need to pay for shipping charges.

It's time to start planning those camporees for the fall of 2010 and the spring of 2011.  The council will begin taking reservations on June 1, and as usual, we anticipate that slots will fill up quickly.  To reserve Camp Sid or Camp Scoutshire Woods, contact Barbara Davis (extension 1902), and for Kamp Kiwanis and Camp Humming Hills, contact Nina Davis (extension 2902).  Please note, there is a $50 deposit required to reserve camp for a camporee.


Information and reservation forms for each of our camps is on our Camps and Properties page.  The Camporee Book has information on all the camps, as well as great recommendations for planning a camping trip.

Well, the weather could have been better for the Thin Mint Sprint ... OK, it could have been a LOT better!  Although it was cold and rainy, we still had a great turnout and a great time.  We were so thankful for all the people who braved the chilly weather to support Girl Scouts and a healthy lifestyle.


We had over 300 runners registered for the 5K and more than 100 registered for the fun run. The kids had a great time at all the activities at the Healthy Family Fun Fair following the Sprint. 


There are commemorative 2010 Thin Mint Sprint T-shirts for sale in the Mobile council shop.  There aren't many left and are selling for $5 per shirt -- what a steal!


Check out our photo album and video from the event.




02.27.10 Thin Mint Sprint

Also, check out the overall race results and the award winners. Congratulations to all the participants and we appreciate your support of Girl Scouting!

Troops planning overnight trips or camping excursions (on non-council property) need to complete the Overnight Trip/Camping Application form. 


And, don't forget that ALL adults who chaperone, drive or stay overnight must be registered members and have an approved Volunteer Application on file with the council.


Questions? Contact Cheryl Miller at 800.239.6636, ext.2302, or



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