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June 29, 2010                                           Subscribe to this e-newsletter
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Sponsor Program Power
Vote on next year's Cookie Awards
Oil Spill Community Service Ideas
Fall Product Sale
Special ticket price for Oct. 17 Saints game in FL
Post your photos on Facebook
Quick Links
Council Shop News
Summer Clearance Sale!

The council shops have lowered prices on Sportswear for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors. Tee-shirts are now $5.99, $9.99. and $12.99. All Sweatpants and leggings now $5.99; Sweatshirts and jackets $12.99; Plush Bears and Dogs regularly $22, now $14.99; Groovy Girl GS Dolls regularly $16, now $7.99; Assorted Teen tees $9.99; Cookie Tees for all ages $12.99 and $14.99.

 SHOP WITH YOUR COOKIE DOUGH!

 

Selection and size vary by store. In stock merchandise only.

Promote your business by sponsoring 2010-2011 Program Power
2009 Program Power

 Help sponsor the 2010-2011 Program Power, used by troop leaders to plan a year's worth of activities. In recognition of your support, you will have the option of choosing from five different size ads to be placed in the publication. Two lucky supporters will be able to have their four-color ad placed on the inside front and back covers. All sponsors will also receive a complimentary Banner Ad placed on our website that will be linked to yours, announcing your support.
 
AD RATES
Inside Back or Front Cover $750
Full Page $500
1/2 Page $250
1/4 Page $125
1/8 Page $65
 
Program Power will be mailed in August, two per troop, as well as included on the website for use by families. Please contact Carrie Thomas for more information at 504-355-5885.
Archery facilitators needed; training offered in July
 
Are you interested in becoming an Archery facilitator for Girl Scouts?
4-H is opening up its July 24 Level One training for Archery to Girl Scout volunteers and waiving 4-H requirements. In order to participate in the training as a Girl Scout Volunteer you will be asked to commit  to Archery facilitation services to the council at least twice over the next year.  Please note that the council is unable to pay the course fee of $40, due to limited funds, but is in need of archery facilitators. This is a rare opportunity as the course is not offered very often.
Vote on next year's Cookie Awards!
Girls, we want to know which cookie recognition items you like the most!  You can help us select which ones to offer, by clicking on the survey link below by July 1 and letting us know your favorites!
VOTE HERE FOR YOUR FAVORITE 2010 COOKIE AWARDS!
Oil Spill Community Service Ideas

What can Girl Scouts do to help those affected by the oil spill?  While washing wildlife may not an option for children (trained adults only), Girl Scouts are always encouraged to take action, by seeing what are the needs of their own community, and brainstorming how they can make a difference. While Girl Scouts cannot raise money for other organizations, there are a lot of things we can do (for example organize a food drive for a food bank currently helping families affected or a supplies drive for volunteers involved in the clean up. See requests below).  Please note that Girl Scouts Louisiana East will continue to talk with organizations involved in clean-up and aid to families, but the council offices are NOT collecting or distributing items needed.  Deliver straight to the organization involved.

For example,the Community Center of St. Bernard has seen an increase of nearly 37% in the amount of food needed to provide for families affected. They are presently in need of donations of rice, pasta, any canned vegetables, canned or bottled beverages, canned or bags of beans, canned fruit and other basic foods for its Mustard Seed Food Pantry. Click here for more info. 
 
The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Volunteer Program is actively involved in efforts to safeguard Louisiana's wetlands from the potential impacts of the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Their volunteer program has a list of supplies that they are requesting at http://volunteer.btnep.org (Items like clorox wipes, duct tape, bug spray, yellow kitchen cleaning gloves, baby wipes, orange soap hand cleaner soap, etc.) 
 
If you know of other organizations with community service needs age appropriate for Girl Scouts, please contact Kevin Shipp at kshipp@gsle.org.
 
We are also interested in delivering some Girl Scout cookies to oil spill workers.  If your troop is interested in participating (date, time, location TBA), contact Cathy Pottschmidt at cpottschmidt@gsle.org.
Family Campaign volunteers needed

The Annual Family Giving Campaign is here! We're looking for volunteers to serve as Service Unit Giving Captains and Troop Campaign Managers. We are looking for one person per service unit to be Service Unit Giving Captains. This position requires a small time commitment with a big purpose. The primary responsibilities are:
  • To supply training and support to Troop Campaign Managers
  • To monitor and report troop campaign activity
  • To cooperatively work with the Annual Family Giving Chair to meet the Service Unit's giving goal
On a troop level, we need one Troop Campaign Manager per troop. This position requires a small time commitment and should be filled by someone dedicated to achieving the troop's giving goal. The primary responsibilities are:
  • To communicate the benefits of the Annual Family Giving Campaign to girls' families
  • To succeed in obtaining donations sufficient enough to reach attainable service unit goals 
  • To work cooperatively with Service Unit Giving Captain.
We have two Annual Giving Kick-offs scheduled:
  • Tuesday, July 13 from 6:30-8 p.m at Council Headquarters in New Orleans
  • Thursday, July 15 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Regional Service Center in Baton Rouge
 
Service Unit Administrators and Service Unit Giving Captains are required to attend the training/kick-off. Troop Campaign Managers are encouraged to attend.  Please register online for the kick off by July 6. For more information call Carrie at 504-355-5885 or email cthomas@gsle.org.
Fall Product Sale to kick off in October 

Is your Girl Scout troop interested in a money-earning activity that's easy and provides start up funds for the troop right away? The council's Fall Product Sale of nuts, candies, magazines, and address booklets will be held this fall from October 1 - 24, and to participate in the sale, girls must be registered for the new membership year by September 15.
 
This friends and family sale differs from the cookie sale in that all orders are prepaid, and there are no booth sales. Girls deliver the orders in mid-November, and since the money is pre-collected, the troop received the proceeds immediately. The sale is for all age levels, but is entirely voluntary. Training will be held September 18, time and location TBA.
Special ticket price for Girl Scouts for New Orleans Saints-Tampa Bay October 17 game in Florida
 
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida is partnering with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to promote Girl Scouting in west central Florida! They are sharing an awesome opportunity with Girl Scouts Louisiana East! Represent Girl Scouts Louisiana East by joining them in a "Girl Scout fan section" at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints game in Tampa on Sunday, October 17. Purchase tickets at a reduced rate while supporting Girl Scouts, wear your favorite Girl Scout T-shirt, and enjoy the game.

Tickets at a special Girl Scout ticket pricing of $42 each to the game in Tampa are available for purchase through our sister council. Tickets are sold out for this game at this price point. The GSWCF council has the only tickets. Ten dollars from each ticket purchase supports Girl Scout programs in west central Florida.

To purchase the tickets visit their council's online store at http://store.gswcf.org/ for the reduced rate tickets.
Summer Community Service Hours

Any girls needing community service hours this summer for school, please contact Yvette Hairston at yhairston@gsle.org or (504) 733-8220, ext. 2238. 
Sign up for July events 
Don't miss out on some great council events this summer! 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.
7/12-16 - Tennis Anyone (Br & Jr sessions), Baton Rouge
7/19-23 - Paper, Pictures and Play (Br-Jr), Baton Rouge
7/19 - 23 - Dream & Dance (completed K-6th grade), Baton Rouge
Join the council's Facebook page and post your photos!
 
facebookGirl Scouts Louisiana East launched a page on Facebook last fall and even has a presence on Twitter.  Now you can upload troop photos to Facebook, provided you've received parental permission to do so.  Please click here for online photo usage guidelines, the council's socal media guidelines (based on the Girl Scout Law), and for any additional questions, please contact Marianne Addy at maddy@gsle.org or (504) 733-8220, ext. 2226.