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Early Bird is Coming

  

Thin Mint Sprint

   

Seeking Singers this Spring

  

Seeking High Rollers

  

Thin Mint Sprint Volunteers Needed  

  

Girl Scout Cookies

 

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.

  

All About Awards Day: March 16    

  

Eileen Fisher Give Back Shopping Day: March 23

   

Feeding Florida Together Food Drive: April 1-30

     

Thin Mint Sprint: April 6

 

My Chick 'N Me: April 6


Annual Meeting: April 13

     

Annual Recognition Ceremony: April 13

 

Early Bird Re-Registration: April 15 - June 30 

  

 Visit www.gssef.org for all the latest events and activities.

  

                                                      

                 
awardsCalling girls who want to see the power of Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards
gold awardGSSEF, together with Kappa Delta sorority, proudly presents All About Awards Day on Saturday, March 16 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at our Oakland Park Service Center. This big, dynamic day is dedicated to Girl Scouts who are ready to learn and earn the prestigious  National Girl Awards: Bronze, Silver & Gold!
 
This program is free, but pre-registration is required. All About Awards Day will feature local Girl Scout speakers to provide detailed information on the pursuit of group Bronze and Silver Awards - as well as information for individual girls who are ready to travel on the road to Gold.
   
Plus check out our Expo partners for great project ideas including American Lung Association, The Ann Stork Center, Ronald McDonald House and many more. Click here for all the details.
 

      

retailCelebrate Girl Scout Week at our Retail Stores  

Now through March 16th, shop in both retail stores for all of your Girl Scout merchandise and receive a free plush animal when you spend $50 or more, while supplies last.

 

egg-stravaganza 

On March 16th, get something egg-stra special during our one-day only EGG-Stravaganza! Pick an egg from the basket and receive a surprise discount on your entire purchase! Discounts range from 10% - 50% off. It's a great way to save on your end of the year supplies and gifts for that special troop leader and volunteer. This special offer is only available in the retails stores.

 

 

And if you can't make it into one of our locations, GSSEF now has an Online Retail Store. Click here to shop for all your Girl Scout goodies 24/7!  And now through Sunday, March 17th get free shipping on any online purchase of $30 or more.

     

         

foodFeeding Florida Together Food Drive   

food drive 2013 patch

Hungry for meaningful new program? Look no further than     Feeding Florida Together, the Council-wide food collection drive happening this April. The Palm Beach County Food Bank has partnered with us to educate our girls in age-specific sessions about "food insecurity" and real hunger issues facing our local neighbors.

    

Collect the food, make a day of it and earn this FREE participation patch! Programs are scheduled for Daisies on Saturday, April 6th, Brownies on Saturday, April 13th, Juniors and Cadettes on Saturday, April 20th and Seniors and Ambassadors on Saturday, April 27th. Tours are offered on Sundays beginning at 10:00 a.m. too! Click here for all the details on how you can help people in your local community.

 

                           

   

boatingSmall Craft Safety Course

Interested in taking your troop on local quiet water trips? This course is designed to give you the skills to deal with various flat water boating situations. Focused on safety for canoe leaders and methods of basic water rescue, we will practice a variety of rescue situations as well as demonstrate the equipment necessary to provide a positive and safe experience. The class is open only to registered adult members and volunteers. Girl Scout parents are welcome, but must be a registered member.

  

The classroom session will be held on Tuesday, April 2nd at the Jupiter Service Center from 6:00-10:00 PM. The skills session will be held at Camp Welaka on Saturday, April 6th from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. Participants must complete both portions and must pass the swim test for certification. Click here to register or contact Marista at 954-513-3769 for more information.

       

  

benefitShop to Benefit Girl Scouts 

eileen fisher logo Support Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida and enjoy a shopping day at one of Palm Beach County's finest women's clothing stores. Stop in to the Eileen Fisher store at the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens for a special, one-day shopping event on Saturday, March 23rd. We have partnered together as a great way to highlight the unique mission of both organizations to support women and girls in our community.  

     

Ten percent of the sales from this day will be donated to GSSEF. Light refreshments and the world famous Girl Scout cookies will be provided for shoppers during the event.

                                   

        

summerSummer Fun is Almost Here 

summer camp collage

New themes, new trips, new adventures - are all waiting for you at GSSEF Summer  Camp! All the details will be sent next week so check your mailbox - it's our best summer program EVER!

          

We have weekend and one day/night sessions - as well as resident camp sessions for Brownies through Ambassadors.  

      

We have programs for  Moms and Dads and, brand new, programs for BROTHERS too.

  

Online registration opens March 18 for debit/credit card users, but paper registrations are always accepted. Financial Assistance is available. Visit our website's home page at www.gssef.org next week to see all the fun that's waiting for you this summer.

  

          

birdEarly Bird is Coming     
Online Early Bird Re-Registration is set to launch on April 15, 2013. All GSSEF Troop Leaders, with registered troops as of April 14th, will receive an re-registration email invitation on April 15th. It will include a direct link to e-Council and your Troop Roster where you can re-register girls and adults for the 2014 Girl Scout year which begins on October 1. Get prepared now for Early Bird Re-Registration by logging into e-Council (www4.e-council.net) using your previously assigned Email ID and Password to review your troop roster and make any contact information updates. If you need assistance with your login information, please email volunteer@gssef.org.                        

 

The benefits of Online Early Bird Re-Registration include:

  • Knowing who will be returning to your troop next year and how many new girls you'll be able to welcome to your troop.
  • One easy transaction using our online registration process and your troop debit card.
  • And of course...all girls, leaders (01), and co-leaders (02) will receive the 2014 Early Bird Patch!!!

Additional troop incentives for Early Bird participation will be sent directly to Troop Leaders by the end of March...so stay tuned and check your email for this year's exciting new incentives.        

                                               

  

mintsThin Mint Sprint

thin mint sprint 2013 Don't miss the race of the year! Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida's Thin Mint Sprint 5k is Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach.  You don't have to be a seasoned runner to join in the fun. The Thin Mint Sprint is for everyone - weekend warriors, dedicated runners, or self-proclaimed couch potatoes. We want to see all of you!

 

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. And in case you already have cookie withdrawal, all runners get a free box of Thin Mints!  

 Dermatology Center of Florida logo    

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Dermatology Center of Florida, as well as our race sponsors, Tri zMotion, Champlain Advisors, LLC, Garden of Life, Fit2Run and Road ID. Click here to register. 

                                                                                    

    

singers

Seeking Singers this Spring

We are seeking girls to join the Chorus for the Annual Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, April 13th at the Embassy Suites in Boca Raton. The chorus is required to arrive by 9:30 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. Girls and one adult (per household) will be offered one complimentary event ticket ($40 total value) in return for participation. We request girls have and wear uniform components such as vest/sash with patches and pins. To volunteer, please email the girl's full name and grade-level plus an adult contact name to Kathy Darlington at kdarlington@gssef.org by April 2, 2013.

 

       

rollersSeeking High Rollers!

Seeking girls who really know how to roller skate for a special (dare we say...secret) project April 13. If your girl: (1) has her own pair of roller skates, (2) can proficiently roller skate, (3) is comfortable being a bit of a show-off (!) and (4) is a registered GSSEF girl member this year - email your name and her name, age and contact information to Kathy Darlington at  kdarlington@gssef.org for more details.



sprintThin Mint Sprint Volunteers Needed!

Not really interested in running but you want to join in the fun at the Thin Mint Sprint? Come volunteer with us! Help runners prepare for the race, assist with water stations, or even cheer on your favorite youngster in the Tagalong Trot 100 Yard Dash.   

 

Whatever your interest is, we'll find something that's perfect for you. We guarantee it will be a lot of fun; after all we're Girl Scouts! For more information on the Thin Mint Sprint as a runner or volunteer, please contact Lauren at 561-427-0258.

 

 

cookiesGirl Scout Cookies

gs cookie Hopefully everyone has their supply of Thin Mints in the freezer because the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida's Cookie Sale Program has come to an end. We want to thank all our volunteers and parents for dedicating their time and energy during the sale. Because of your effort, girls in our Council had FUN while learning life skills they will continue to use throughout their entire life. Stay tuned for the results of the sale and the reveal of the Top Cookie Sellers for 2013!

 

 

 

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 the 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 pjlayng@gssef.org 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 mglasco@gssef.org.

 

   thinking day collage


Over 550 girls gathered for the opening ceremony at the Area 4 Girl Scout Thinking Day event.
thinking day  
Troops used their creativity and did their research as they represented 19 different countries that participants could visit and experience throughout the day.
 

                                                     

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