December 2010                                           
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Photos needed
Pony Up! for one month
Pampered Chef fundraiser
Dec. 15 Membership Deadline
Scouting for Supper
Dec. Patch of the Month
Hornets Special Offer
Dec-Jan Activities
Save the Date for Spring luncheon
Quick Links
Council Holiday Closures
The Council offices will be closed for the holidays from December 24 - January 2, reopening January 3.  The New Orleans shop will also be closed December 19-January 9 because of inventory/holiday, while the Baton Rouge shop will be closed December 12 - January 2.
Photos needed for council GSLE Connections newsletter

Send us your photos! Please submit any photos - especially of troop fall activities- by December 8 to or mail to either of the council offices, attention: communications department. Because space is limited, not all photos may be selected for publication.

Cookie PR help and Cookie photos needed

Cookie time is approaching quickly, and we're looking for volunteers to help us deliver cookies to local newspaper and radio stations in several areas. If you are available to help the week of January 17 - 21 or need more information, contact Cathy Pottschmidt at or 225-927-8946, ext. 1238.


We're ALSO looking for some great photos of Girl Scouts participating in last year's cookie sale to accompany the Cookie


news releases sent to local media outlets. If you have a great cookie-related photo of your troop, please send it to Cathy Pottschmidt at Remember to identify everyone in the photo from left to right, first and last names.

Register for Training
Sponsor a horse for one month!
Troops, groups, individuals, and businesses can now sponsor a horse for one month for only $100!  So please Pony Up! and help with the cost to feed and house our horses at Camp Marydale.  Click here for additional information., gallery of horse photos/bios, etc. 
Wednesday (12/1) is last day to register for the Christmas Parade in Baton Rouge
Calling all Girl Scout troops of all ages! Join us in the 60th Annual Kiwanis Downtown Baton Rouge Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 11, at 4 p.m. Let's show off the Girl Scout pride by walking the parade route together (approximately 1 mile). This is a great opportunity for the Baton Rouge community, including over 100,000 spectators plus television viewers, to see your troop's dedication and commitment to Girl Scouts, and to wear your Girl Scout uniform or matching Girl Scout shirts. The 2010 televised parade will be starring "Hollywood Hal and Rhinestone Al" as the Grand Marshals. Let's WOW southeast Louisiana and march together in a mass showing of Girl Scouts!
Click here for additional information, and how to register. Cost: $20 per troop.  
Marine Band Toys for Tots Concerts, Dec. 9 and 10

 Girl Scouts are invited to the Toys for Tots Concerts put on by Marine Forces Band New Orleans, on Thursday, December 9, at the Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell, or Friday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.) at the Alario Center,  2000 Segnette Blvd., Westwego, LA 70094. Both performances are free and open to the public. However, the donation of a new, unwrapped toy is suggested.

Purchase Pampered Chef and support Girl Scouts
Pampered Chef Consultant and Girl Scout volunteer Bobby Mayo is generously providing us the opportunity to shop for great gifts while supporting our council. Now through December 10, purchase any items and Pampered Chef will donate 10 - 15% of the proceeeds to the council. Additionally, Pampered Chef will donate $3 for each show booked. On top of that, Bobby personally is going to match the donation 100 percent. Wow!
To place an order, please click here to enter Bobby's site. Then click Shop Online and type in GSLE as the organization.

If you are a Pampered Chef Consultant and are interested in holding a fundraiser with Girl Scouts Louisiana East, please contact Carrie Thomas at 504-355-5885.

Girl Scouts say Thanks for Giving

campfireWe are thankful to have you in our circle of friends, and grateful for your support of Girl Scouts Louisiana East. It is because of people like you Girl Scouts is able to provide the leadership programs girls need, a nurturing environment where girls thrive, and the service and learning opportunities girls want, empowering them to make a difference within their own communities. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Turn in membership registration forms by December 15, in order to participate in Cookie Sale

The Cookie Sale is right around the corner (begins January 21), so make sure your troop has submitted every girl member's 2011 membership form no later than December 15, since the Cookie eBudde system data will be imported from our membership database.  If a girl's completed membership form has not been received by December 15, she will be unable to participate in the 2011 Cookie program. Importing this information directly from our membership database is saving our volunteers an enormous amount of time, as well as enhanced consistency. This information was shared during the service unit level Cookie Management training in November.

First Scouting for Supper a Success; let's do it again December 13 & 14

Scouting for SupperA big thank you to everyone who came out for supper at our very first Scouting for Supper restaurant fundraising event.  We got some great turn-out all around our council, and even some restaurants calling us asking to participate!  So, we plan to do it again on Monday, December 13 and Tuesday, December 14, during regular dinner hours (lunch too, at select restaurants). On these dates, restaurants from around our 23 parishes will partner to raise money for Girl Scouts while attracting patrons and new clients to their business. Every restaurant is donating 10-20% of their dinner proceeds to Girl Scouts Louisiana East!


We've got restaurants like Chili's, Applebee's, Italian Pie, Chevy's, Rotolo's Pizzeria, as well as many others, at numerous locations. Click here to see the list of participating restaurants/locations, and to download a flyer if it's required to be brought in at time of purchase.  Please make sure to tell your server or cashier you're there to support Girl Scouts and/or give them the flyer, if required.

Please contact Carrie Thomas at 504-355-5885 or Jodie Laurent at 504-481-5664 to participate or for more information.

December Patch of the Month Puzzle

December patchThe Holiday season is here, and with it a flurry of activities, parties, and holiday shopping!  December's Patch of the Month has been loaded to the council website, and is a fun activity for your troop's holiday party or meeting.

The council shops will be closed for the holidays/inventory: New Orleans Shop will be closed for inventory/holidays: December 19 - January 9, reopening Jan. 10.  The Baton Rouge Shop will be closed for inventory/holidays: December 12 - January 2, reopening Jan. 3.  
Volunteer Recognition

Do you know someone that deserves the Outstanding Volunteer or Outstanding Leader Pin?  Is there a volunteer in your Service Unit that deserves the Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin or Thanks Badge?  Would you like to receive your Years of Service Pin for your years as a volunteer with Girl Scouts?  Every year volunteers nominate each other for various recognition awards.  This is the time of year for volunteers to begin thinking about who they would like to recognize.  Be sure and check out our website for a list of Adult Recognitions and a description of each award!   
A Special Hornets offer for Girl Scouts


Through our relationship with the Hornets, supporters of Girl Scouts Louisiana East have exclusive access to tickets for select Hornets games this season, with a portion of each ticket purchased donated back to Girl Scouts Louisiana East.

Tickets are available for the Dec. 3 Hornets Knicks game, the Jan. 22 Hornets Spurs game, the March 12 Hornets Kings game, and the April 3 Hornets Pacers game.  This is a separate offer from the Dec. 3 scrapbook night, and the April 3 Dance Clinic (also being offered). Click here for ticket prices/location, and to purchase your tickets online, with no online ticket fees.
Annual Family Campaign update

Keep up the great work!  Five service units have earned the free Service Unit encampment at CWP and there are several others who are very close to reaching their Family Campaign goal. Get your donations in today by donating online. Any size contribution makes a difference and everyone can help support the Girl Scout program with a financial gift.
It costs the council $223 per girl for one year of Girl Scouting. Please give any amount you feel comfortable giving. It is your decision how much you contribute, and it is entirely confidential. Please know that any size gift is appreciated and will make a difference. We hope every one of you will participate in some way.
Sign up for December -January events 
Don't miss out on some great council events this December and January! 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.
12/3 - Elmwood Cheerleading Academy Cheer & Pizza Night (all), Harahan
12/3 - New Orleans Hornets Girl Scout Scrapbook Night (all), New Orleans
12/4 - Beginners Holiday Sewing Class (Jr), Baton Rouge
12/4 & 1/8- American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness IP 2-Day Workshop (Cad-Amb), Baton Rouge 
FULL 12/4 - Daisy Day at McFadden Cabin, New Orleans
12/4 - Art of Bread Making at SFBM (all), New Orleans
NEW 12/4 - Ruby Bridges Book Badge (Jrs), New Orleans
12/11 - Baton Rouge Christmas Parade (all)
12/18 - New Orleans Bowl (all)
1/8 - Forever Green Girls (Cad-Amb), Baton Rouge
FULL 1/8 - USS Kidd overnight
1/14 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Academy Friday Night Fun Night (Br-Amb), Metairie
FULL 1/14 - LRMC Nursing Exploration Day
1/15 - Puppet Pizzazz (Br and Jr sessions), New Orleans
1/15-17 - Holiday Horse Rider Core Camp (Cad-Amb), Camp Marydale
1/22 - Ceramics & Clay (Jr), baton Rouge
1/22 - Architecture Badge Day at LCM (Jr), New Orleans
1/22 - National World War II Museum Girl Scout Day (all), New Orleans
1/26 - The Pearl Fishers Night at the Opera (Cad-Amb), New Orleans
1/28-29 - Night Crawlers (Cad-Amb), Baton Rouge
1/29 - Science in Action Day at Oschner (Br), Kenner
1/29 - Relational Aggression Conference

Spring Fundraising Luncheon set for March 3 in Baton Rouge

Camp Marydale to benefit from spring fundraising luncheon

The date for Girl Scouts Louisiana East's annual spring fundraising luncheon is Thursday, March 3, from 12 to 1 p.m. with a meet and greet at 11:30 a.m. at the Lod Cook Alumni Center in Baton Rouge. Luncheon proceeds will assist with the upkeep and ongoing expenses of Camp Marydale in St. Francisville.
Table captains (those who host a table at the luncheon made up of their friends) as well as luncheon sponsors are needed. Please contact Cerise McClendon at (800) 644-7571, ext. 2222 for additional information. Suggested minimum donation for the luncheon is $50.
Sponsorship opportunities

We're now accepting sponsorships for our monthly email newsletters. At just $75, a sponsorship puts your company in the the spotlight of our readership of 12,000 and growing, and supports Girl Scouting in your community.  For more information, please contact Carrie Thomas at 800-644-7571, ext. 2245.