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March 30, 2010                                           Subscribe to this e-newsletter
In This Issue
Council Annual Meeting
Happy Days Summer Program
Honor Girl Scout Leaders
Girl Scout Awards Night with the New Orleans Hornets
Disney on Ice
Small Craft Safety & Lifeguard Training
Quick Links
Volunteer Appreciation Week 
 is April 18-24 with
Girl Scout Leader's Day, April 22  

Girls & Parents, stop by the Council Shops to buy a gift, big or small, to thank your leader & co-leader for making Girl Scouts happen for you. Leaders, let the Council Shops help you find an acknowledgement for all the special volunteers who have helped you this year.
 
Earth Day is also April 22. Check out April's Patch Puzzle of the Month for suggested activities.

Louisiana's Eight Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest
2010 Theme: Carbon Footprints: Tread Lighlt on Louisiana
1st place in each category - $200, 2nd place - $100, 3rd place - $75  with winners being honored at a reception at the Governor's Mansion.
For more information, a list of resources on carbon footprints, full contest guidelines, and contest entry form, click here, or contact Kathleen Nichols. All entries must be postmarked by April 23.
Pony Up! Horse Campaign
horse 
 Click horse for gallery of horses!

 The Equestrian Program at Camp Marydale is one of the greatest assets for girls here in southeast Louisiana. Our excellent staff and volunteers teach the girls the joys of riding, and that joy is carried with them throughout their lives.
In short, keeping horses is a costly business! But there is a wonderful new way for you to help.
It costs $1,200 per year to feed and care for just one horse. To keep our horses happy and healthy, Girl Scouts Louisiana East is offering you a unique opportunity to Pony Up! and sponsor a horse for a year, which will begin once your money is received.  Click here for the sponsorship form. 


Levels of Sponsorship

Sponsor one horse for one year - $1,200
Sponsor one horse for six months - $600
 
Pony Up! minimum sponsorship is $600. Individuals, troops, groups, or businesses sponsoring a horse will be recognized as their specific troop number or name.
Girl Scout Day at the State Legislature
Join Girl Scouts from across the state on Thursday, June 3, time TBA, for a visit the Louisiana state legislature in Baton Rouge. Enjoy a day of government relations as girls meet elected representatives and discuss with them exactly what they want the government to do in their community and what's important to today's girls.

Girls will get the opportunity to tour the Capitol, as well as learn how and why laws are created and changed. Additional details will be available for this event shortly. * NOTE: Times have not been set but will be posted as soon as is known. 
Event Code: LDCA01
Girls 6th grade and up
Cost: Free
Capacity: 25 girls
Registration: Complete event registration form located online at www.gsle.org.
Registration Opens: Now Closes: May 24, 2010
Contact: Claire Dudenhefer at cdudenhefer@gsle.org or (225)927-8946
Notes: Lunch will be provided and Girl Scout uniform (vest/sash) must be worn.
Purchase a bench at Camp Whispering Pines
Girl Scouts Louisiana East is offering a unique opportunity to have a permanent part in the future of Girl Scouts by participating in "A Pathway into the Future" Bench Campaign. The purchase of a bench is a wonderful way to recognize and honor a current or former Girl Scout, Troops, Troop Leaders, Volunteers, Gold and/or Silver Awardees, or as a lasting memorial to someone special.
 
A 4x6 plaque of recognition will be permanently positioned on your bench. The new benches will be located around the singing circle located outside the dining hall, the theatre area, and the fire circles in the camping units.
 
There are only a limited number available, so purchase your bench today! Click here for the order form.
Join us at Resident Camp Open House, Sunday, April 11, 1-3 p.m. at Camps Marydale and Whispering Pines
If you're a parent/guardian sending your child to camp
for the first time, the camp open house is the perfect opportunity for you and your child to explore camp, visit the camp sites, and receive information before camp begins.
Please remember that exploring camp means "WALKING." Wear comfortable shoes (no sandals or flip flops) and casual clothing.
Tours will not be conducted during summer sessions or check in!  No registration required to attend open house.
Girl Scouts to hold Council Annual Meeting and Adult Recognition Breakfast
The 2010 Annual Meeting and Adult Recognition Breakfast for Girl Scouts Louisiana East is set for Saturday, April 24, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Gonzales (1500 Highway 30). Registration/check-in is 8 to 8:30 a.m., a free buffet breakfast is 8:30 to 9 a.m., the Annual Meeting  begins at 9 a.m. and the Adult Recognition event in which the council's outstanding volunteers are honored follows the Annual Meeting from 11:25 a.m. to 12 p.m. (or earlier depending on when the Annual Meeting concludes). 
 
This yearly meeting is when council delegates vote on the new board and other items of business. Delegate caucuses were held in Baton Rouge and New Orleans prior to the meeting. This year's  guest speaker is Sylvia Acevedo, a member-at-large of Girl Scouts of the USA National Board of Directors. Acevedo of Austin, Texas, founded and is president and CEO of CommuniCard, a breakthrough strategy and publishing company. Click here for more information about Sylvia Acevedo.
 
Register for the meeting and breakfast by April 19. Seating is limited so don't delay in registering by completing and returning the attached form. Cost of the breakfast is free.
 
Attendees will also get a sneak peek at GSUSA's national brand campaign that launches this summer! Be among the first to see the new TV PSAs, Girl Scout logo, and more!
Cookie Sale once again a success
Please join us in both congratulating and thanking the Girl Scouts who participated in the 2010 Girl Scout Cookie Sale and the dedicated parents and volunteers who assisted them in making this year's sale a success.
 
Tune in to next month's email newsletter for more information about Cookie Sale results, recognitions, and the Cookie Hall of Fame for girls who sold 500 boxes and above.
Summer Sailing Program added to Happy Days Summer Program line-up
Not quite sure what summer holds for your Girl Scout?  Check out the council's popular Happy Days Summer Programs in addition to our volunteer-led Day Camps. Hours vary, but most of the programs run five days from 8:30 or 9 a.m. until 3 - 5:30 p.m. with varying prices. Programs can be found in the council calendar. There are specialty camps like: Tennis, Dance, Scrapbooking, and Sewing in the Baton Rouge area, and we've just added a two-week sailing program at the Yacht Club in New Orleans.
 
Volunteer-led Day Camps to date include Down in Da Parish in St. Bernard Parish, River Parishes Day Camp in Destrehan, Days of Discovery in Houma, Camp Tangi at Camp Whispering Pines, and Camp Camellia in Slidell. If you can help volunteer at any of these camps or summer programs for a few hours or a few days, please contact Donna Dupre at (225)364-3283 or email at ddupre@gsle.org 
Honor Girl Scout Leaders and Co-leaders with a Gift!
Love my Girl Scout leader patchGirl Scout Leader's Day is April 22. This special day honors all the volunteers who work as leaders and mentors in partnership with girls.
 
Show your leader how much you care with a donation of $35 or more to the Annual Family Giving Campaign in her honor. For your gift, you will receive an "I Love My GS Leader" patch. Your leader will receive a special card acknowledging your gift. 
 
It is easy to make a contribution by giving securely online.
 
Questions? Contact Carrie Thomas at 800-644-7571, ext. 2245, or by email at cthomas@gsle.org.
Girl Scout Awards Night with the New Orleans Hornets
Join us at the New Orleans Arena on April 11 and be a part of the celebration as Girl Scouts Louisiana East and the New Orleans Hornets honor our Gold and Silver Award recipients on the court before the game. Qualifying recipients who earned their award between May 2009 and April 2010 should contact Kevin Shipp at (504) 733-8220, ext. 2243 for special instructions to attend.
 
This event is open to all Girl Scouts and families in addition to our award recipients. You won't want to miss the opening special guest speaker presentation designed exclusively for Girl Scouts, followed by a unique discussion with female business executives who will share their experiences with success and leadership. Only 20 Girl Scouts will be selected at random as Basketball Buddies and High-five Kids during the pre-game and in-game promotions, so click here to get your discounted tickets today!
Annual Family Giving Campaign coming to a close
A very big Thank You to everyone who donated to the 2010 Annual Family Giving Campaign.
 
You are helping all of the registered girls of Girl Scouts Louisiana East, whether it's through the upkeep of campgrounds, resident camp, utilities, age-level programs, and many other benefits.
 
Although the April 1 deadline for the 2010 campaign is quickly approaching, you can still donate. It as easy as clicking the donate now button. Donate button
 Once again, thank you for your support.
 Gay Gauthier, Annual Family Giving Chair
 
Breakfast with the CEO dates set 
Club 49 members, save the date for breakfast with Jackie Alexander, GSLE CEO!  A breakfast with the CEO has been set for Friday, May 21, from 9 - 10 a.m. in New Orleans at the Council headquarters, and a second breakfast will be Friday, May 28, from 9 - 10 a.m. in Baton Rouge at the Regional Service Center. Watch for your invitation coming in the mail shortly.
Disney on Ice offers special rate for Girl Scouts & families May 1
Come experience a magical Disney fantasy on ice! Disney On Ice presents Let's Celebrate on Saturday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans! They are offering a special price for Girl Scouts and family members at $11 per ticket (includes $1 facility fee). Enjoy a winter wonderland with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains, a Very Merry Unbirthday Party, a Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe. Click here for flyer and how to order tickets.
Register for Small Craft Safety & Lifeguard Training Courses
Spring is the time to take American Red Cross Small Craft Safety and/or American Red Cross Lifeguarding!  The Small Craft Safety course is for individuals that want to supervise their troops in water activities. The ARC Small Craft Safety course which begins Friday, April 16, at 6 p.m. and ends Saturday, April 17, at 6 p.m. at CWP, helps you perfect your canoeing skills while learning rescue and teaching skills. The three-year certification allows you to oversee canoeing activities without the need for a lifeguard.  Course participants are registered Girl Scout adults and girls age 15 and older with intermediate canoeing skills.  Fee is $35.  Click here for more information about what to bring, how to register etc. 
 
Participants (girls 15 and older and registered adults) in the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course who pass all course materials will have a Lifeguard, First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification.  The May 14 course starts 6 p.m. Friday (ready to enter the pool) and ends 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 at CWP. Bunks are available for sleeping. Fee is $140 which includes food, books, ARC course fees.  Click here for pre-course screening session information, how to register etc. There's also an additional lifeguard course for camp staff and others scheduled in May as well.
Sign up for April-May events 
Don't miss out on some great council events this April and May! On the website calendar, go to the appropriate month and day, and click on the link for details including registration deadlines, age levels, times, cost, etc.
4/10 - Cancelled Adventure Race 101 (Cad-Amb), Mandeville
4/10 - Full Daisy Day at Camp Whispering Pines, Independence
4/10 - Full Mother/Daughter Sewing (4th grade & up), Baton Rouge
4/10 - Dove Real Beauty Workshop (Cad-Amb), New Orleans
4/11 - Resident Camp Open Houses at Camp Marydale and Camp Whispering Pines
4/11 - New! New Orleans Hornets Girl Scout Awards Night, New Orleans
4/16 - Elmwood Cheerleading Academy Cheer & Pizza Night (all ages), Jefferson
4/17 - Flower Power (Daisies), Baton Rouge
4/17 - Girl Scout Earth Day at City Park (all ages), New Orleans
4/17 - Babysitter Safety (Cad-Amb), Denham Springs
4/17 & 4/18 - Full Love, Hug & Groom (Br), Camp Marydale
4/23 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Academy  Friday Night Fun Night (all ages), Metairie
4/24 - Council Annual Meeting (Delegates), Holiday Inn, Gonzales
4/24 - Brownies Fitness Fun, Baton Rouge
4/24 - Stress Less (Juniors), Baton Rouge
4/24 - Postponed Preserving the Past (Jrs), St. Francisville
4/24-25 - Destination: Lake Fausse Pointe (Cad-Amb), St. Martinville
5/1 - Postponed Wildlife Watching (Br), St. Francisville
5/1 - Bronze Award Workshop (Jrs), New Orleans
5/1 - Silver Award Workshop (Cad), and Gold Award Workshop (Sr-Amb), New Orleans
5/8 - Program Aide Core Training and Day Camp Specialization Training (Cad-Amb), Baton Rouge
5/8 - Postponed Garden Tea Party (Dais), St. Francisville
5/15 - Junior Fitness Fun, Baton Rouge
5/21 - 22 - Me & My Pal Weekend (Br & Amb with special pal, i.e. Dad etc), Camp Whispering Pines
5/31 - 6/11 - Sailing 101 (two week program for Jrs entering 4th grade & up), New Orleans
6/3 - Girl Scout Day at the State Legislature (6th grade & up), Baton Rouge
Troops needed for council Relational Aggression Pilot Program
Relational aggression encompasses behaviors that harm girls by damaging, threatening, or manipulating relationships with their peers, or by injuring a girl's feelings of social acceptance. Girls tend to target their bullying at other girls, often spreading gossip about their peers and encouraging others to reject or exclude another.
 
We are in the process of developing a relational aggression program for our council and we need several troops to volunteer to pilot the program. If you are interested in helping to make this program meet the needs of our girls complete the green team form and return to Yvette Hairston, ATTN: Relational Aggression Pilot Program. For more information email Yvette Hairston at yhairston@gsle.org.