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January 2011                                                         
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History of Mardi Gras
2011 Cookie Program
January Patch of the Month
Domino's January 27
January & February Activities
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History of Mardi Gras Patch Program
 While it's true Mardi Gras isn't until March 8 this year, here in Louisiana we've already started celebrating the Carnival Season!  Girl Scouts Louisiana East developed a History of Mardi Gras Patch Program which is a hit with Girl Scouts everywhere!

 Visit our Council patch program web page to learn more!

GSLE Connections is in the mail!


Winter issue of GSLE Connections is in the mail,  but in the meantime, you can click here and check out our online version, which includes recognizing our girls who have received the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards!

Online version - no girls' last names.

It's All About Camp Marydale at our  Fundraising Luncheon March 3

Join us at the spring fundraising luncheon on Thursday, March 3, from 12 to 1 p.m. (meet and greet at 11:30 a.m.) at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.
Luncheon sponsors to date include Valero St. Charles Refinery, Capital One, and Little Brownie Bakers, however additional corporate sponsors and table captains (those who host a table of their friends) are needed. The actual luncheon is free to attend, with a suggested minium donation of $50.
Contact Cerise McClendon at (225) 927-8946, ext. 2222 for additional information.
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Girl Scouts Louisiana East is partnering up with area businesses through an amazing new group-buying, daily deal website, Register on their website, and get a great local deal emailed to you every day. Purchase things you love at up to 90 percent off, and Girl Scouts Louisiana East will received 30 percent of the net proceeds from your purchase.

 Girl Scouts plan for Cookie business success...STARTING TODAY!

There's no better example of Girl Scouts taking the lead to fuel their dreams than this year's Girl Scout Cookie theme of Starting Today!, where girls have fun learning how to launch their own cookie enterprise through Cookie Program activities. Beginning January 21, girls will learn first-hand the ins and outs of business basics while exploring entrepreneurship and accessing new technology
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Click here to see girl incentives
tools, like a new Cookie locator mobile phone app and email marketing.

We encourage you to attend the Cookie rally in your area, for fun games, safety tips, and cookie-tasting!

January Patch of the Month


Smart cookie patchAre you a Smart Cookie? The Girl Scout Cookie Sale begins Jan. 21, so it makes sense that January's Patch of the Month Puzzle is all about Girl Scout Cookies! Check it out at the Patch of the Month web page.

Domino's Pizza is partnering with Girl Scouts January 27 to raise some dough!


Scouting for SupperOrder pizza, sandwiches, or pasta dishes for lunch or dinner on Thursday, January 27 at any Domino's Pizza location in New Orleans, Northshore, Bayou and Baton Rouge, and 20 percent of your total purchase will be donated to the Girl Scouts Louisiana East. Be sure to mention Girl Scouts Louisiana East when placing your order! Visit dominos.comto find your local Domino's Pizza.

Thursday, February 24 is Girl Scout Day at Applebee's, another Scouting for Supper partnership. Dine at Applebees for lunch or dinner and 20 percent of your purchase will be donated to Girl Scouts. Be sure to bring in the required flyer in order for Girl Scouts to receive the donation. 

Click here to see a list of participating Applebee's locations.

 2011 GSUSA National Convention to be held in Houston


The 2011 Girl Scouts National Council Session/52nd National Convention promises to be a historic event, as Girl Scouts launches a year long-celebration marking our 100th anniversary.  Each council sends an adult delegation but adults can attend as visitors as well. The council is considering getting a bus if there's enough interest from alumnae and volunteers.  Please let us know of your interest by contacting Robin Guillmette at

The council delegate caucuses are scheduled for February 17 (evening) in both New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

 Disney on Ice presents Toy Story 3 in New Orleans and Baton Rouge


Have you heard the buzz? The toys are back in town!  Disney on Ice will be presenting Toy Story 3 in New Orleans (April 28-May 1), and in Baton Rouge (May 5-8).  Tickets are available for Girl Scout troops at $10.50 per ticket (10 ticket minimum).

Click here for the New Orleans flyer and order form.

Click here for the Baton Rouge flyer and order form.

Sign up for January and February events 

Don't miss out on some great council events this month and next! 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. 1/8 - Forever Green Girls (Cad-Amb), Baton Rouge
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
FULL 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

1/22 - New Orleans Hornets Girl Scout Night $5 from each ticket donated back to Girl Scouts Louisiana East!
1/26 - The Pearl Fishers Night at the Opera (Cad-Amb), New Orleans
FULL 1/28-29 - Night Crawlers (Cad-Amb), Baton Rouge
FULL 1/29 - Science in Action Day at Oschner (Br), Kenner

2/5 - Forever Green Girls (Jrs), Baton Rouge

FULL 2/5 - Women in Chemistry

2/5 - Louisiana Arts and Science Museum Girl Scout Day (Dai-Jrs), Baton Rouge

2/11 - 2/13 - Family Camping at CWP

FULL 2/11 - Ready Set Go Camping

2/12 - Yoga & Pilates (Cad-Amb), Baton Rouge

2/12 - Colors and Shapes (Br), Baton Rouge

FULL 2/12 Science Discovery Day at Ochsner

2/12 - Snorkeling Splash Down (age8 & up), Metairie

2/19 - Callioe Puppets with a Purpose (Cad-Amb), Algiers

20 Spaces left! 2/19 - Contemporary Arts Center (all ages), New Orleans

2/26 - All Fired Up! (Cad-Amb), Baton Rouge

Moved to 5/7 Originally 2/26 Daisy Day at Camp Marydale


March 5 Mother-Daughter Sewing has been moved to April 9.

One-day Girl Bullying Conference 

Girl Scouts Louisiana East will host "Girl Bullying: From Awareness to Action," a one-day conference for educators, parents, and community leaders on Saturday, March 26, at the New Orleans Marriott at the New Orleans Convention Center, thanks in part to funding from the Louisiana Children's Trust Fund. Experts in the field will be present topics on relational aggression and cyberbullying to provide assistance in dealing with female bullying in your troops, classrooms and family.


Cost to attend is $50 if pre-registering, $75 at the door. For more information contact Yvette Hairston at or 504-733-8220, ext. 2238.