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Our collection of vintage Girl Scout items in the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama's heritage room is really growing!  I'm always looking for old Girl Scout collectibles to make displays to show girls and adults what Girl Scouts was like and how it has evolved over the years.  I want to make many portable displays that can be moved around the council jurisdiction for folks to view.  Some are already in circulation.  Anytime you're ready to say "goodbye" to your Girl Scout items, I hope you'll pass these treasures on to our collection so others can enjoy them.

Our need for funds to purchase display frames, archival storage boxes, clear archival sleeves, and other materials to protect the collection is also great.
If you wish to support our heritage collection with vintage items or a donation, please send them to the Mobile Girl Scout office: 3483 Springhill Avenue, Mobile, AL 36608.  Mark them for the "Heritage Collection" with your name and return address.

Stop by and see the collection whenever you're near the council office and take a trip down your Girl Scout memory lane.

-- Gigi Baroco, volunteer GSSA historian
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The first Girl Scout meeting in the United States was on March 12, 1912. To recognize this special event in Girl Scout history, the week including March 12 is known as Girl Scout week. The Saturday and Sunday of this week are known as Girl Scout Sabbath and Girl Scout Sunday. This week is an opportunity for girls to make a special effort to celebrate Girl Scouts.

Your troop can recognize scouting by asking your religious organization to place the Girl Scout bulletin insert on Girl Scout Sunday or Sabbath. This year Girl Scout Sunday is March 11 and Girl Scout Sabbath is March 17. The inserts are free, but supplies are limited, so put your order in quickly to ensure you have enough for your organization.

This year's insert (pictured right) features images by Troops at Thomas James and Oaklawn Housing Facilities in Mobile. The back of the insert has the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and GSSA contact information.

Order forms can be e-mailed to communications@girlscoutssa.org, faxed or mailed to either service center. The inserts can be put in service unit boxes for the service unit meetings in March or they can be picked up at the council.

We are looking for vintage GSUSA insignia to enhance our 100th anniversary exhibits.  In particular, we need 1940s-1950s green curved ID strips in official Girl Scout covert with MOBILE or one of our other council cities embroidered in green.

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If you can donate one of these (on or off a sash), or any other vintage Girl Scout insignia, we can make our exhibit all the more personalized.  Please contact Gigi Baroco at 251-971-1056 or gigibaroco@gulftel.com with any questions regarding insignia you would care to donate. Thanks so much!

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Phase 2 of convention registration is open! If you are interested in attending GSUSA's National Convention without going through the council, visit
https://girlscouts.wingateweb.com/portal/newreg.ww.
 
Prior to actually registering, you may want to learn more about the convention program.  Details on the content, as well as information about Houston and housing, is available on the Girl Scouts convention website - www.girlscouts.org/convention.
 
During Phase 2, the general public or individuals or groups (e.g., troops, etc.) who do not register through their Girl Scout council may register themselves for any of the following: Official Visitors who are not Alternate Delegates, Day Passes, Hall of Exhibits Only Passes, 100th Anniversary Parties, Girl Scouts University @ Convention Tracks 1 and 2, and the History Conference.  These individuals must meet the Girl Scout membership and minimum age requirements.
 
These registration categories must continue to register via Council Group Registration: Delegates, Official Visitors who are Alternate Delegates, Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) registrants, and Girl Scouts University (GSU) @ Convention: Track 3 - Board Governance registrants.  Anyone who registers for any of these packages must do so through their Girl Scout council.
 
GS_100TH_burst400px.jpgDon't forget that July 31 is the final day to submit your recipes for our 100th anniversary cookbook!  Our goal is to have 200 recipes in this special book, and right now we need about 75 more, so we still need your help.  You may say you don't cook, but almost everyone has a special recipe from their mother, grandmother or a special friend they can share.
 
To enter your recipes or those of your troop, simply go to:  http://cookbookpublishers.com/utypeit/login.cfm.  Our login is girlscout and our password is girls. Please make sure to enter your name and/or your troop number/location, so everyone knows who you are and where you're from.
 
Once you've entered your recipes, please continue to spread the word to other volunteers and friends in the community about this exciting project.  Time is running out!