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Press-Register Correspondent Christie Lovvorn has written an article about inspiring Girl Scout Sara Wilder.  You can read the full article at www.al.com.

Here are excerpts from the article:

Sarah Wilder credited the Girl Scouts of America with teaching her many of the life skills that have helped her succeed.

"I learned more in scouting than I learned in college," said Wilder who joined the organization at age 10, just 14 years after it was founded by Juliette Gordon Low. "We were living in Jasper, Ala., and they didn't have a troop there, so on Saturday my father would drive me into Birmingham to join the troop there."

They taught you how to do so many things, practical things," said Wilder. "I think one thing that has stuck with me from the Girl Scouts is that if you promise to do something, you do it. You never let a friend down. It was about character-building and I've tried to live up to it."

Wilder earned her 32 merit badges in activities from folk dancing and housekeeping to first aid and rifle shooting.

In 1931, she received the Girl Scouts' highest award, the golden eaglet, now called the gold award, an equivalent to the Boy Scouts' eagle award.

"It's remarkable to think that when the Girl Scouts first began, women were still unable to vote," said Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder. "Regardless, the Girl Scouts gave young women the skills they needed to go out and succeed in the world. My grandmother was able to go to college, earn a master's degree and work for most of her life in a male-dominated field. It's inspiring."

Read more at http://blog.al.com/pr-community-news/2011/12/post_79.html 

The Postal Service announced that it will salute the Girl Scouts in 2012 by commemorating the 100th anniversary of an organization credited with helping girls build character and leadership skills. The Celebrate Scouting Forever Stamp can be seen on social media and will be issued next year as part of the centennial celebration. Using social media to reach broader, more diverse audiences is an initiative that began this month to engage more interest in stamp collecting.

Select stamps from the 2012 commemorative program will be previewed one at a time throughout the summer. "Celebrate Scouting, the 'sister' stamp to the 2010 Scouting stamp, pays tribute to scouting organizations for the opportunities and pleasures they have provided millions of youths worldwide," said Stephen Kearney, manager, Stamp Services.

The stamp art was created by Craig Frazier of Mill Valley, CA, under the guidance of art director Derry Noyes of Washington, D.C. Customers may preview the stamps on Facebook, through Twitter @USPSstamps or on the website Beyond the Perf.

Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/USPSStamps
Beyond the Perf http://www.beyondtheperf.com/2012-preview/
Erin.jpgOur own Erin has been selected as one of GSUSA's National Young Women of Distinction. Erin earned her Gold Award in 2009 with her project "Life's Landing Pad" and is one of only 10 girls nationwide selected for this award. 

Read more about Erin's project on the GSUSA website http://www.girlscouts.org/convention/whats_happening/ywod.asp

Erin is a 2009 graduate of Citronelle High School, and is currently a junior at Judson College.  She will speak at the National Convention in Houston this November, where she will receive her award and a scholarship. 

Congratulations, Erin! We're so proud of you!

As part of the 100th anniversary celebration, we are looking for very special families -- families in which the grandmother, mother and daughter are all current or former Girl Scouts AND live in the same community. 

We (and a local reporter) would like to talk with these family members to compare their Girl Scout experiences throughout the generations.  While the mission of Girl Scouting is much the same as when the movement began, lots of things have changed over the years.  We want to hear about it first-hand!

If you or someone you know is part of a 3-generation Girl Scouting family, please contact communications@girlscoutssa.org.  Thanks for being part of our 100th anniversary celebration!


Are there outgoing people in your troop who would like to inform others about why Girl Scouting is important to them? Then submit an application to be a Girl Scout Press Rep! Girl Scout Press Reps can be girls or adults, who enjoy public speaking or writing and would like to represent the council.

Press reps will hone their writing skills and learn about different kinds of media by participating in It's Your Story- Tell It! Journey-based activities. Press reps will be required to write at least three articles during the year about Girl Scout activities for possible publication. As part of the 100th Anniversary, press reps are encouraged to attend the anniversary celebrations and submit photos, videos, or articles.

Parents, it is very important to note that the majority of representation for the council will be internal to the Girl Scout community - through our website, blogs and newsletters.

To apply, submit the following application by September 15. Applications will be reviewed and confirmations sent by September 30. There will be a Press Rep Workshop in Montgomery and Mobile. A snack will be provided at both.
• Montgomery Workshop: October 17, 2011 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
• Mobile Workshop: October 18, 2011 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

You can submit applications to: communications@girlscoutssa.org or the Mobile or Montgomery Service Centers.
Colorado Girl Scouts to star on Food Network May 28

Each week, the Food Network Show Unwrapped uncovers behind-the-scenes details on classic American food, from peanut butter and chocolate syrup to French fries and bubblegum.  And now they've turned their eyes to Girl Scout Cookies!

Back in January, Girl Scouts of Colorado participated in a filming for this segment and we can't wait to see it.  We recently received word that this show will air May 28 at 7 p.m. on the Food Network. The Unwrapped website <http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_cw>  will have all the information on show times in different areas and a repeat schedule.

In addition to the shots of the Colorado Girl Scouts, this segment will also include scenes from Kentucky's Little Brownie Bakers, Girl Scouts of Colorado's cookie bakery, and interviews with a Girl Scouts of the USA marketing exec.

The Unwrapped episode is called "All American Eats" and in addition to Girl Scout Cookies will feature products such as Albanese Army Gummies, Bonomo Turkish Taffy, Coca-Cola, Hungry Jack Hashbrowns, Jack Daniels Whiskey, Land O' Lakes American Cheese, Little Debbie Creme Pies, Nestle Drumsticks, Shearer's Hot Dog Potato Chips, Starbucks Frappuccino and Twinkies.

Let's tune in -- it will be great fun to see our sister Girl Scouts and how our cookies are made!  



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Laurel J. Richie, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Girl Scouts of the USA has been honored as one of The Network Journal's 25 Influential Black Women in Business for 2011. Many of us met Laurel at GSSA's 2010 annual meeting in Daphne.

Richie, recognized for her key role in rolling out the Girl Scouts' brand-repositioning initiatives in 2010, credits her Girl Scout experience of selling cookies for instructing her on the fundamentals of marketing. Under Richie's leadership, the multi-cultural and Hispanic campaign roll-out continues. Print executions recently appeared in Oprah and Time magazines, and the campaigns have expanded into airport, mall, highway and transit out-of-home locations across the country. Media impressions to date have topped 1 billion, with donated media valued at $23 million.


On Thursday, March 24, Richie was celebrated and presented with The Network Journal's 25 Influential Black Women in Business award during the awards luncheon at the Marriott New York Marquis in New York, New York. The Network Journal is a monthly print and online business publication for black professionals and small business owners. In March 1999, The Network Journal launched the 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards honoring women whose professional achievements have significantly impacted an industry, a profession or community.

Please join us in congratulating Laurel!
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Our Annual Cookie Sale gets the attention of cookie lovers AND the media!  Here are some recent articles:

From FoodProcessing.com
"This year, for the first time, the Girl Scouts are...testing the new, greener package for Thanks-A-Lot cookies. By eliminating the carton, the switch will reduce the use of paperboard by 150 tons, enough to fill 14 garbage trucks.

"The reason ABC is trying this out is because girls were asking for it," says Molly Smart, director of public relations and marketing with the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, Mobile, Ala. "And they've certainly been excited about it."

From the Wall Street Journal online
This article relates different company policies regarding sales and charitable donations -- some don't allow it, some think Girl Scout cookie booths encourage sales at their own businesses.  There's a photo of girls from our council, and one of our local businesses is highlighted.  Have you ever had a booth sale at My Kids Attic?

"Some small-business owners say they welcome the opportunity to support members of their local community through cookie sales, and even encourage the Girl Scouts to do the selling themselves."

It's only right that Girl Scout cookies are newsworthy: Thin Mints are the best-selling cookies in the USA!





Did you know?  There are 3 Girl Scout FIRST Lego League teams in a field of over 120 teams in the FIRST Lego League Global Innovation Award competition!   The winner of the Global Innovation Award will receive a grant for up to $20,000 to fund a full utility patent for their device and start getting it out to others who need it.  The top 3 are invited to the Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C and will present their project to the US Patent and Trade Office!

Voting closes on Friday, March 18 and Girl Scouts need votes..  Please vote for them daily from every IP address available.  This would do a huge favor to the girls and show people all the wonderful things girls can do when they are empowered.   
 
The Flying Monkeys Girl Scout Team created a prosthetic hand device (the BOB-1) to help a little girl who was born without fingers. This team is now in 4th place!!!
To vote for the Flying Monkeys:
http://fllinnovationaward.firstlegoleague.org/teams/flying-monkeys/submission/bob-1-hand-device

 
The LOL Comets Girl Scout Team thought of the KAT Map- an indoor GPS for the blind they would like to build. To vote for the LOL Comets:
http://fllinnovationaward.firstlegoleague.org/teams/lol-comets/submission/kat-map-door-gps-blind
 
The Dbots,  are working on a "Shirt of Awesomeness" to build a shirt that would be a back brace to help middle schoolers with heavy backpack loads and those with scoliosis who need a  brace to correct their medical condition. To vote for the Dbots:
http://fllinnovationaward.firstlegoleague.org/teams/d-bots/submission/shirt-awesomeness
 

 







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