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Paint the Camp Green


It Pays to be an Early Bird!


The Cookie Results are in!


Feeding Florida Together Food Drive


New Director of Program

Upcoming Programs 


Thin Mint Sprint


Girl Scouts Honors Women of Distinction


What's Your Legacy?

GSSEF Facebook Surpasses 2,000 Likes!  


The Power of Girl Scouts


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


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  


Paint the Camp Green: May 3 - 5



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greenPaint the Camp Green                

volunteer weekend The Area 4 Facilitating Team is putting together a fantastic learning event for all our GSSEF Volunteers called Paint the Camp Green to be held from May 3-5 at Camp Nocatee. You can take the brave challenge, sing green songs of tradition, journey to the booty, start the fire, play with your food, eat s'mores, be yogalicious and so much more. For an additional fee, you can even get your First Aid Certification.  


The cost is $45 and includes lodging, four catered meals, a patch, an activity booklet and most craft materials. Registration begins next week at  


Capacity is set at 160 and registrations will close on April 22 or when full. This event is open to ALL active council volunteers.


If you are a Council facilitator and would like to teach for two sessions, or if you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Penne Handler at   
earlyIt Pays to be an Early Bird!  

2013 Early Bird Patch Online Early Bird Re-Registration is set to launch on April 15, 2013. All GSSEF Troop Leaders, with registered troops as of April 14, will receive an email invitation on April 15 with 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.


All girls and adult leaders and co-leaders who re-register between April 15 and June 30 will receive the 2014 Early Bird patch!


Choices, Choices, Choices!

GSSEF is introducing a menu of Early Bird Re-Registration incentives. Choose the one that works best for your girls and then be sure to Early Bird Re-Register within the dates listed below.


April 15 - 30

-       Save $3 per girl and adult who participate in Early Bird Re-Registration*

-     Troops earn additional 3-cents per box sold in the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program


May 1 - 31

-       Earn $3 program voucher for each girl who participates in Early Bird Re-Registration*

-     Troops earn additional 1-cent per box sold in the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program*


June 1 - 30

-       Each Troop will be entered into drawing for $100 Wal-mart Gift Card* (one in each Area)

-       Troops earn additional 1-cent per box sold in the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program*


*To be eligible for the above incentives, 80% of currently registered girls within a troop must participate in Early Bird Re-Registration. Any troops re-registering from April 15 - 30 with less than 80% of currently registered girls participating in Early Bird Re-Registration will be invoiced $3 for each registration submitted. Invoices will be sent by May 31. Individually registered girls are eligible to receive the incentives above, excluding any troop incentives.


GSUSA Membership Dues for the 2013-14 Membership Year are $15. To recognize troops who Early Bird Re-Register between April 15 - 30, GSSEF will FREEZE the annual GSUSA Membership Dues at the current rate of $12, a savings of $3 per registration. Beginning on May 1, all GSUSA Membership Dues will be $15, the annual fee for the 2013-14 membership year.


All individually registered girls and troops must submit their online registration with payment by June 30 in order to be considered an Early Bird.



For questions about incentives, contact Rhonda Lang Netzel, Director of Membership, at If you need assistance with your e-Council login information, please email



resultsThe Cookie Results are in!

Congratulations to all of you who worked hard and showed impressive compassion and dedication during our 2012 Cookie Sale Program. Because of you, the girls had a  great time selling Girl Scout Cookies all while learning and developing positive life skills they will use throughout their entire lifetime!


Extreme Team

We had 118 girls make the elite Extreme Team this year. These are girls that have sold at least 1000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Each of these girls will receive a letter congratulating them on this achievement and how they will be receiving their reward selection. All tech rewards have been ordered and will be shipped directly to each girl's home once they arrive. For those girls who selected the week of summer camp option, their names will be given to Diana Mills so she will be able to process the registration properly when she receives it.  For those girls who selected the Orlando Theme Park Ticket option, they have been mailed a letter asking them to make their theme park selection. Once they have emailed us their selection, we will order their tickets and mail them via certified mail to each girl.  All $25 Claire's gift cards will be included in letters and mailed via certified mail to each girl.


Top Three Sellers

This year we are recognizing the three TOP SELLERS!


#3 selling 2848 boxes of cookies is Shiyana M. from Troop 20721 in the Tristar Service Unit!


#2 selling 3901 boxes of cookies is Sierra W. from Troop 20134  in the Phoenix Service Unit!


The Girl Scout selling the most boxes of cookies this year at 4305 boxes is....... Aaliyah B. from Troop 10900 in the Himmarshee Service Unit! This is the third year Aaliyah has been our top seller!


Super Troops

We had 11 Troops who met the criteria and qualified as a Super Troop! A letter will be sent to those troops along with Super Troop Patches for each girl in the troop and gift cards to use for a troop pizza party. 


Congrats to:

Troop 10387       West Hi Acres                     Troop 10677       Everglades

Troop 10112       Silver Sands                        Troop 20589       Sunchariot

Troop 20303       Tristar                                  Troop 10053       Royal Palm

Troop 11089       Sawgrass                            Troop 10274       Misimaka

Troop 10937       Anhinga                               Troop 20010       Sunchariot

Troop 20570       Leo                                      Troop 40258       Delphinus

Congratulations to every girl, parent and volunteer who helped make this such a successful Cookie Sale Program. Please celebrate all the achievements within your Service Units!!!!!! 



foodFeeding Florida Together Food Drive

Hungry for meaningful new program?  Look no further than Feeding Florida Together, the Council-wide food collection drive starting April 1. The Palm Beach County Food Bank has partnered with us to educate our girls in age-specific sessions about "food insecurity" and the 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.


directorNew Director of Program A Askar

GSSEF is pleased to welcome Ahlam "Lammy" Asker as our new Director of Program starting on April 1st. Lammy joins us from Women in Distress in Broward County.


Her home office will be in Oakland Park and you can reach her at 561-632-0598 or   




upcomingUpcoming Programs 


Saturday, April 6 &13 and Sunday, April 7 & 14, 2013 at 2 PM, $10 per girl/adult  


Come fly away with us to Neverland in this magical musical tale about the boy who refuses to grow up. Peter Pan and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinker Bell visit the nursery of Wendy, Michael and John Darling and with a sprinkling of pixie dust, Peter and his new friends fly out of the nursery window to Neverland!

Girls will be able to attend a special question and answer session plus a meet and greet. The first 100 registered will receive a special patch!  Click here  for more details.




Saturday, April 13, 2013, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM, $16.50 per girl/no adult registrations

Oil is both an energy source and a raw material that is often prepared and shipped thousands of miles before it reaches our home, school or local gas station. Icky and sticky, an oil spill can make quite a mess, is difficult to clean up and destroys marine ecosystems. Devise a way to clean it up when it accidentally enters our environment!  


To register:




Saturday, April 13 2013, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, $12 per girl/no adult registrations

Take the Pine Jog Amazing Race Challenge! Discover how living things depend upon each other as your troop follows a trail map and a series of clues. Connect with the interdependence of living things by completing a series of challenge activities along the trail. Each completed activity earns your group the next clue to follow. Take Action by learning how plants and animals depend upon each other and how you can help. Earn the best completion time for the Amazing Race and win a prize for your troop!



Saturday, April 20, 2013, 9 AM- 1 PM, $5 per girl

Join the Society of Women Engineers and The Loxahatchee River Center as they take you through a complete hands-on approach to environmental engineering! Brownies will earn their Hiker badge and Cadettes will earn their Trailblazing badge! Click here for more details.




Saturday, May 5, 2013, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM, $5 per girl

Join the South Florida Science Museums' 26th Annual Engineering Competition to celebrate science engineering ingenuity! Prizes awarded to 1st-4th place winners for elementary, middle and high school categories! Enter for your chance to win a piece of the $4,600 prize!  Click here for more details.



mintsThin Mint Sprint

tms clcock Tick, tock...tick, tock...Time is running out for you to be a part of the race of the year.  Don't miss your chance to have fun, get a little exercise, enjoy the outdoors AND get a free box of Thin Mints! The cookie countdown clock has started. Only 9 more days until the Thin Mint Sprint. Don't be left with cookie crumbs, register today to run with us and get your own box of cookies when you cross the finish line.


Click here to register.   

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honorGirl Scouts Honor Women of Distinction 

wod 2013 honorees

We recently held our second annual Women of Distinction luncheon at Quail Valley River Club in Vero Beach celebrating the accomplishments of five deserving women from Indian River County who represent leadership in five key areas that Girl Scouts focus on in their leadership development and program offerings.



Sponsors, community supporters and alumnae were on hand to hear the inspiring stories of the honorees and why they excel in their areas of focus.

  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM): Amy Borello, PhD candidate, University of Florida
  • Financial Literacy: Catherine Lambert, Merrill Lynch
  • Healthy Living: Linda Hart, Crazy Hart Ranch
  • Environmental Leadership: Kerryane T. Monahan, St. Edward's School
  • Global Citizenship: Bunny Frey, El Hogar Ministries, Inc.

 The Women of Distinction was sponsored by the Walter and Lalita Janke Charitable Foundation, George Warren Corporation, Seacoast National Bank, Florida Power & Light, Merrill Lynch and Sister's Bistro.  



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 with any questions you have or to discuss a gift to GSSEF in your will or other estate plans.



facebookGSSEF Facebook Surpasses 2,000 Likes! 

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida reached a milestone this week by surpassing 2,000 likes!  Please continue to join the conversation and follow us on Facebook. Stay in the know with timely information such as upcoming Retail Store Sales, updates on Summer Camp, new programs and events. And it makes it easy to share the latest with your friends too. 

What content would you like to see on our Facebook page?  Please email with your suggestions. Click here to visit our Facebook page. 



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


area 3 rain garden Approximately 40 Girl Scouts and countless adult volunteers from Area 3 gathered in November to build a rain garden at Whispering Woods Park in Coral Springs as part of GSUSA's Forever Green take action initiative.  An outstanding group effort made planting the rain garden a huge success, with donations of plants and materials provided by community sponsors and 20 Girl Scout troops.  Among the community supporters were Diagnostic Professionals, Inc. who generously donated accent landscape boulders and other needed materials and Steve Vento from Budget Tiles who generously donated all of the gravel for the garden bed.

area 3 garden The Forever Green Rain Garden project would not have been possible without the guidance and assistance from Diana Guidry from NatureScape Broward and Mark Westfall from the City of Coral Springs who provided expert advice and consultation and assisted on planting day, including providing educational support on the importance a rain garden serves to our environment and the Coral Springs Garden Club.   


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