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In this issue:



Camp Wish List


Scholarship Opportunity


New Way to Pay for Property Use


Vote for Anti-Bullying Video


What's Your Legacy?


The Power of Girl Scouts


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You don't want to miss some of the great things happening at GSSEF.


Cookie Sale Program: January 24 - February 17  


Cookies for the Military: January 24 - February 17  


World Thinking Day: February 22


Mall Madness: February 23-24  


Women of Distinction: March 7  


Thin Mint Sprint: April 6


My Chick 'N Me: April 6


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cookieWhat Can a Cookie DO?

anhinga troop As we enter into our last week of the Girl Scout Cookie Sale program, we wanted to inspire your sale and let you see how girls - and cookies - are making the world a better place, one box at a time.      


Heather, Kylie and   Brandi, Cadettes from Troop 10389, in the Anhinga Service Unit, saw a soldier in his fatigues while manning their cookie booth at Publix this past weekend. They decided to stop him and let him pick a box of his favorite cookies as a small token of appreciation for his service to the US.



He was so touched by their gesture that he came back a few minutes later and presented each girl with a challenge coin from his battalion. The girls just could not stop admiring the special coins and talking about the soldier. Proof that one small act of kindness has great impact. 




honorHonor A Volunteer

We all know them...the awesome leader or the cookie mom who kept everything so organized or the Fire Station who opened their doors to every troop in your area!  In our Girl Scout family we encounter people, businesses and organizations who make our girls smile and help to build girls of courage, confidence and character. The new awards available this year allow us more opportunities than ever to nominate those who work directly with girls or indirectly by helping behind the scenes. 
Please take a moment to visit our website and nominate someone for a Girl Scout Recognition Award!  Imagine the joy that will be felt when they receive an award for being a great mentor for our girls. Click here to download a recognition packet today.  Don't delay as the submission deadline is March 1!   
   thin mint sprint 2013

thinWho Wants Thin Mints?

Want an extra box of Thin Mints? Then be sure to register for our Thin Mint Sprint 5K  Race taking place on April 6, 2013 at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach. The race also includes a Tagalong Trot 100-yard dash for kids 8 and under.
Awards will be given in 17 categories and the first 300 registrants will be given a race t-shirt. Plus all runners get a free box of Thin Mints!
Click here to register or contact Kris Dillon at or 561-427-0192.



retailOnline Shopping Now Available   

Now you can shop for Girl Scout merchandise from the comfort of your home.


Click here to check out our new Online Retail Store and start shopping today!



nocateeCamp Nocatee Work Day

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We are having our first Work Day at Camp Nocatee on Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. We invite our GSSEF families to join the effort to keep Camp Nocatee looking great!

This hands-on day will have a wide-range of projects for girls and families that can be completed in one day. GSSEF staff will serve breakfast and lunch, as well as offer community service hours letters to students (boys and girls).
Due to our strict safety guidelines, the work days are limited to children age 8 and older. No one under 8 will be permitted on property for work-days; this includes tag-alongs.  Adult members of all families are welcome; if an adult has professional expertise in areas of construction, engineering, landscape architecture, plumbing, carpentry, etc. we request that you self-identify when you register for the work day.
We will also offer on-site camping if you wish to arrive Friday night - or stay Saturday night...let us know if you are interested. Register via email anytime at    

wodWomen of Distinction  

Join us on Thursday, March 7, 2013 for the 2nd annual Indian River County Women of Distinction Luncheon at Quail Valley River Club in Vero Beach. The luncheon will celebrate the accomplishments of five deserving women who represent leadership in five key areas that Girl Scouts focus on in their leadership development and program offerings.


This year the luncheon will feature a keynote speech entitled Executive Decision:  Empowering the Next Generation of Women Through Girl Scouts by Lalita Janke, President of the East Florida Chapter of United States National Committee for United Nations Women.

The luncheon is sponsored in part by Seacoast National Bank and Florida Power & Light. Tickets for the Women of Distinction luncheon are $100 and sponsorship opportunities are still available. To register, please contact Kris Dillon at 561-427-0192 or




appleAn Apple A Day!

Steve Wozniac and Girl members

Nine lucky girls got a once in a lifetime chance to join GSSEF CEO Denise Valz at the "Conversation with Steve Wozniak" luncheon at the Kravis Center at the end of January. Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple Inc. and Chief Scientist at Fusion-io, delighted and inspired the girls as he shared his experiences and knowledge, and even answered a few of their questions along the way.


After the luncheon he met with the girls, signing autographs and posing for a photo. 




wishCamp Wish List

Many troops have asked about the kinds of items they could donate to our camp properties. After consulting with our Camp Rangers, we have developed a Camp Wish List of items, all of which can be found at Walmart. If your troop would like to donate something from our wish list, items may be dropped off at either Service Center during regular business hours and should be marked "Attention Pam Ashworth". Please do not take the items directly to camp, as each camp has specific needs and the list below is a compilation of all the camps' necessities. Please contact Pam Ashworth, Operations Manager, at 
if you have any questions.



Camp Wish List:

Brooms - Both Angles plastic bristle & straw brooms

Push Brooms - 18" or 24" indoor/outdoor push brooms

Dust Pans - Plastic or metal floor dust pans

Dust Mops - Genuine Joe dust mop with handle

Mop Heads - Size 32 cut end white cotton

Hoses - 5/8" 50 foot heavy duty hoses

Rakes - Leaf rakes and bow rakes

Igloo water jugs - 3 gallon and 5 gallon Igloo water jugs

Trash Cans - Trash Master 32 gallon plastic can with lid

Light Bulbs - GE 90 watt spiral bulb outdoor flood lights and inside 60 watt spiral bulbs

Dutch Ovens - 6 quart cast iron with legs

Griddles - Coleman non-stick griddles 9.5" x 16.5"

Cook Kits (pots) - Coleman 5 pc. cook sets



scholarshipScholarship Opportunity

We are pleased announce that applications are now being accepted for the Service From the Heart Scholarship. It was created in memory of Barbara Ann Turner, a dedicated volunteer who served as a leader, council trainer, service unit manager and women's history committee member. Her wish was that an ongoing scholarship be established to recognize exceptional community service.  


This $1000 scholarship is awarded annually to a high school aged registered Girl Scout who has given exceptional service to her community. For all the requirements including the scholarship application, please click here. The deadline for applying is April 1, 2013 and presentations will be made in May 2013.



propertyNew Way to Pay for Property Use

There is now a more convenient way to pay for your use of GSSEF properties!  

This includes troop camping, service unit camporees and area-level events. Effective immediately, all Volunteer Program Registrars have the capability to process debit/credit cards as payment for registration fees for Camp Nocatee, Camp Telogia, Camp Welaka and the Oakland Park Service Center.


No more mailing or orchestrating a rendezvous to submit checks to the Program Registrar - just provide your debit/credit card information (cardholder name, card number, expiration date and security code) in the spaces provided on the Universal Registration Form for GSSEF Council-Managed Properties form, and you are ready to go to camp! Please contact Pam Ashworth, Operations Manager at if you have any questions.




videoVote for Anti-Bullying Video

"It doesn't have to be like this..." a Girl Scouts of the USA  Speak Out PSA contest inspired Juniors and Cadettes from Troop 10392 to create and enter their own anti-bullying video.


Check out their inspiring message and help them be chosen as the contest winner. Voting closes on February 16th so vote now at




legacyWhat's Your Legacy?

Perhaps you don't think you are the type of individual who would leave a legacy. But the truth is, anyone can do it and every effort to support future generations helps. Leaving a legacy can be as easy as naming Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida as the beneficiary of a portion of your retirement plan assets or including a couple of sentences in your will or trust.


Contact PJ Layng, Vice President of Development, at 561-427-0181 or with any questions you have or to discuss a gift to GSSEF in your will or other estate plans.




powerThe Power of Girl Scouts

Here is a great example of the awesome activities and projects that girls from our Council are participating in. Their commitment to Discover, Connect and Take Action within their communities and throughout our Council showcases what the power of being a Girl Scout can really do. If you have photos or information you'd like to share about your girls, please e-mail Melinda Glasco, Director of Marketing & Communications, at






Girls from the Misimaka Service Unit proudly represented Girl Scouts during the Scouts Sunday Celebration at St Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Plantation.  





troop 20429    


Girls from Troop 20429 show how they are taking action to help their local community by gleaning 1,190 pounds of sweet corn at Agri-Gator Farms to feed the hungry of Palm Beach County.  






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