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In this issue: 

Celebrate Back to Troop the entire Month of September! 

Special Online Store Offer 

Congratulations to girls who SOARED up to SILVER this Summer

Getting back to basics...Baby Basics begins October 1 

Friends of Girl Scouts Gather on Cape Cod 

Forever Girl Scouts

Mark Your Calendar
You don't want to miss some of the great things happening at GSSEF.
GSSEF Fall Recruitment: Through September
Bounce into Girl Scouts at Monkey Joe's: September 21
Family Fun Recruitment Day at BB&T Center: September 29
Baby Basics: October 1 - October 31 
Fall Product Sale Program: October 1 - November 15
Fall Fest: October 26 
All About Awards Day: November 2
Camp-Tastic!: December 7
Save the Dates - 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program: January 23 to February 16

Visit for all the latest events and activities.

octoberGSSEF E-News Re-design Launches October 1
A new Girl Scout year - a new format and look for our E-News!  We will be launching the re-design of our E-News on October 1. So make sure to check your Inbox that day. New features include a new banner head and a cool two-column format with catchy content section dividers. We will not have another E-News in September.

nutsNuts, Candy and Magazines: October 1 - November 15
Check out our Fall Product Sale Program web page for family and troop resources, click here
Welcome to the 2013 Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida Fall Product Sale Program.This year's theme is Be Your Best You!... Grow Your Skills.  

The Council's Fall Product Sale Program is a great opportunity for girls in our Council to learn valuable teamwork, goal-setting and confidence building skills.  


There are five great ways for Girl Scouts to

participate this year: 
  • Nuts and Candy
  • Online Magazine Sales
  • Catalog Sales
  • Address Booklets
  • Enjoy the City Coupon Books




If you have a question, please contact Denise Fiorelli at or 561- 427- 0180.



fallFall Fest - Pumpkins and Hay Stacks and Food Trucks, Oh My!
fall fest
Register online today. Click here.

Come join us for our first annual Fall Fest on Saturday, October 26 from 1- 6 pm. Celebrate autumn with a fun-filled day for the whole family, jam-packed with hay stack rides, rock wall climbing*, henna*, music, arts and crafts, and food trucks*, just to name a few! 


Registration also includes games and activities, a bounce house and obstacle course access, balloon fun, face-painting, the Trick-or-Treat Trail, Haunted House, activities from vendors such as Need More Art, Scuba Works, Forgotten Soldier and more! And it's B.Y.O.P. - Bring Your Own Pumpkin. We will supply the decorations. *Participants are encouraged to bring extra funds for selected activities.


gsuGirl Scout University is coming to a location near YOU!


JOIN the Class of 2013 - One day, two required classes, ONE AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!


Are you a new leader? Start your troop with all the required trainings by attending Girl Scout University. You will also have the opportunity to meet members of your Service Units. They are experienced Leaders who will support you along the way.


We have 2 GREAT LOCATIONS for your convenience:

1.   GSU South at Nova Southeaster University's Davie Campus - Saturday, October 5 from 8:30 am to 2 pm
GSU North at Indian River State College, Chastain Campus - Saturday,  October 12 from 8:30 am to 2 pm 

To register just go to our online Adult Volunteer Calendar or click here then choose the date and grade level you wish to register for. Bring your co-leader or other Troop parent volunteers and join in the excitement of Girl Scouting!  



We can't wait to meet you all for another FANTASTIC Girl Scout Year!!




openRetail Stores Now Open on Saturday through October 

Both retail stores are open every Saturday in September and October from 10 am to 3 pm for all of your Back To Troop shopping needs. 



   back to troop
retailCelebrate Back To Troop the entire month of September! 
Stop by one of our retail stores today and check out these super September sales and discounts:
  •   $10 off Volunteer Resource Kit
  •   $5 off Starter Kit
  •   20% off all Totes
  •   20% off Tech Items
  •   20% off all Non- Girl Scout Jewelry

If you have a question, email Jodi Potter at



specialSpecial Online Store Offer null
You will receive Free Shipping with a $50 online store purchase made September 20 - September 23.









silver award silverCongratulations to girls who SOARED up to SILVER this Summer

Welcome our first GSSEF Cadette Girl Scouts to join The Silver Award Class of 2014...Congratulations!  

  •   Amelia J. of Troop #30494 in Palm City
  •  Troop #50003 in Sebastian

The Annual Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, April 25, 2014. The venue will be published in E-News once available. This event is offered at no charge and honors our Silver, Gold and adult volunteer awardees. For more information about earning the Silver and Gold Awards, contact Director of Program Lammy Askar at 954-513-3771 or


babyGetting back to Basics...Baby Basics begins October 1

Baby Basics: October 1 - 31. Learn what donation items are in need and where to drop off donations. Click here.

Throughout the month of October, Girl Scouts can help local families and babies in need by uniting our efforts for this Council-wide community service project - Baby Basics.


Service Units, troops, and individual girls can collect and deliver new/unused baby goods to participating agencies in need.  


The names and locations of participating agencies can be found on the Baby Basics Flyer, here. Each participant will receive a Baby Basics patch. Patches will be distributed through the Service Units in December.

friendFriends of Girl Scouts Gather on Cape Cod
Chief Development Officer for Girl Scouts of the USA, Deb Taft, discusses the future of Girl Scouts and the different programs available for girls with guests at the Cape Cod Clambake event.
Over 20 new friends of Girl Scouts who reside in southeast Florida when not spending time on Cape Cod attended a New England Cape Cod Clambake in Wellfleet, Mass. on August 27. The event was hosted by J.P. Morgan Vice President Emily Clifford, and Managing Director Hannes Hofmann. 

They were joined by Deb Taft, Chief Development Officer for Girl Scouts of the USA, and PJ Layng, Vice President of Development for Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida. A discussion was held during the Clambake about the strategic direction of Girl Scouts as well as the different Girl Scout program initiatives and their impact on girls lives. Following dinner, the group engaged in a 45 minute Q&A about how they can be further involved with Girl Scouts.



foreverForever Girl Scouts
How can you make something as valuable as Girl Scouts last forever? By remembering Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida in your estate plan or through a charitable annuity, you will be able to help shape the lives of girls for years to come.

For more information about ways to support Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida through planned giving, please contact PJ Layng at or 561-427-0181.  

vineI Heard it Through the Green Grapevine!
This recurring feature in E-News will help dispel the myths and rumors we often hear through the Girl Scout "Green Grapevine." Most of the answers can be found in our Volunteer Essentials documents in the Volunteer Vault. As always, if you need an answer to any question, you can always email, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Dear Green Grapevine-

Since the Girl Scouts are tax-exempt, what number do I use in order to not pay sales tax?  Is it the same number I used to open our bank account?


Robin Banks

In short, no, the sales tax exemption does not extend to Troops, and the number used to establish a bank account is different. Read on for a full explanation...

If you have benefited from use of the Florida Sales Tax Exemption up until now, that is fine. There are no penalty points, but you need to stop using this exemption in the future.  Most vendors probably don't understand the difference and assume that if Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is exempt from sales tax then Girl Scout Troops are exempt also, which is untrue (more below).

Our Volunteer Policies and Procedures, Section 4.5 SALES TAX EXEMPTION, states, "In accordance with Florida State Statutes, the Florida Department of Revenue and the Florida Administrative Code, GSSEF's exemption from Sales and Use Tax does not extend to the Troop, Service Unit or Area components of GSSEF."  In order for us to maintain our state-issued sales tax exemption, Troops are not to use our exemption for purchases, trips, etc.

Read more.





funProgram Fun!
Did you know that Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida offers a full year-round Calendar of Programs? Here are just some of the Programs that are coming up in the next few months.


September Programs   


Program Aide Training (Cadettes through Ambassadors) 

September 20 - 21

Starts at 6 pm on September 20

Ends at 3 pm on September 21 

Camp Ah-Ba-Lu-Fa

3548 Selvitz Rd
Fort Pierce, FL

$20 per girl (includes training materials, breakfast, lunch and snacks); $5 per adult  

Ready to move up the leadership ladder in Girl Scouting? Girls ages 11-17 can start that climb by attending Program Aide training. Girls will learn leadership basics and have an opportunity to put those skills into action at the Area 1 Badge-A-Palooza event on September 21. 




Area One - Badge-A-Palooza Event (Daisies through Ambassadors) 

September 21

10 am - 2 pm

Camp Ah-Ba-Lu-Fa

3548 Selvitz Rd
Fort Pierce, FL  

$8 per girl 

Girl Scout Spirit will ignite with 19 badges being offered in ONE day! Daisies through Ambassadors can complete a badge (or two) through-out the day's events. Registration is available online through September 16, 2013 or until full.  Preference will be extended to troops and individuals from Area One but other areas can participate if space allows.  Bring sack lunch and closed toe shoes. Register Now.



Cosmic Science Night  (Daisies through Ambassadors and Families)          

September 27

6 - 9 pm  

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

4801 Dreher Trail North

West Palm Beach, FL

$6 per child; $10 per adult

Join us for a fun filled family event, where we will look under the celestial sky! The night is filled with out of this world encounters, presentations, labs, crafts and more! Activities end at 9 pm with the observatory open from sunset to 10:00 pm (weather permitting).



Lady Panthers' Dance Clinic (All Grade Levels)
September 29
4 - 6:30 pm

BB&T Center
One Panther Parkway 
Sunrise, FL
$25 per girl 
Come and dance with the Lady Panther's at the BB&T Center. This is an exclusive dance event and will meet Badge components.The program includes dance clinic, Florida Panther's future game ticket and a fun patch. Register now


October Programs



Candy Science  

October 12

9:30 - 11:00 am

Okeechobee Recreational Park Pavilion

350 Northwest 6th Avenue

Okeechobee, FL 

$5 per girl

The candy aisle will never look the same after using candy in science experiments sure to amaze. Open to girls ages 5-12.  Register Now.



Balloon Bash

October 12

1 - 2:30 pm

Charles Park

15th Street and 24th Avenue 

Vero Beach, FL  

$5 per girl

Balloons are a huge source of fun. In this program, we will use balloons for all kinds of science experiments and activities.  Open to girls ages 5-12.  Register Now.



Estuary Explorers  (Cadettes through Ambassadors)

October 13

12:30 - 1:30 pm

The Manatee Observation and Education Center

480 N. Indian River Dr.

Fort Pierce, FL

$4 per girl / $1 per adult

Discover some of Florida's exceptional ocean invertebrates without leaving land. Touch a sea star, sea urchin, and more with our interactive touch tank! Learn how these creatures move, eat, and protect themselves! Guided interactions, besides being fun, will increase one's understanding of ocean conservation.  Register Now. 



Touch Tank Fun (Daisies through Juniors) 

October 13

2 - 3:00 pm

The Manatee Observation and Education Center

480 N. Indian River Dr.

Fort Pierce, FL

$4 per girl / $1 per adult

Get your hands wet in our interactive touch tank! See and touch animals that are found in our local waters, including: sea stars, sea urchins, snails and more. The touch tank offers a hands-on and up-close experience with these sea creatures. Come meet an animal with 5 arms, another with its home on its back, and more. Register Now.                                                    



Full Moon Masquerade (Juniors through Ambassadors)

October 19

6:30 - 10 pm

Long Key Nature Center

3501 SW 130th Ave.

Davie, FL  

$25 per girl; $15 per adult  

Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors are invited to a Full Moon Masquerade. Get ready to step into the night with your fellow Scouts. A naturalist will guide you as you discover what lurks in the night. The hike includes dinner, fun patch, and a guided tour.  Please adhere to adult /girl ratio. Girl Scouts will meet Badge components.


Sweets and Swaps Masquerade Ball (Daisies and Brownies)

October 19

1:30 - 5:30 pm

Long Key Nature Center

3501 SW 130th Ave.

Davie, FL  

$25 per girl; $15 per adult 

Daisies and Brownies are cordially invited to a Sweets and Swaps Masquerade Ball. Dress in your loveliest gown and step into a dream world. Enjoy mask making and a chocolate fountain while you dance the evening away. Don't forget to bring your special swap to exchange with your new friends. Please adhere to adult/girl ratio. Girl Scouts will meet Badge components. Register now



Outdoor 101 (Brownies through Ambassadors)

October 22

6 pm

Tequesta Park (Girl Scout House)

2280 County Line Rd

Tequesta, FL

$5 per girl

If you are new girl to Girl Scouts or a troop who just want to come out and learn the basics of Fire Safety! Make a s'more and learn new songs! Register now.    



Bananas for Brownies

October 27

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Wolf Lake Park

5400 SW 76th Ave 

Davie, FL

$12 per girl 

Do you love your Brownie? Well, we are Bananas for Brownies. Come and go Bananas with us.  Event includes Bananas splits, Bananas games, and a special community service activity with an Ape Sanctuary. Register now.




November Program 


Sea Cows and Sea Grass  (Daisies through Juniors)

November 2 

11 am  - 12 pm

The Manatee Observation and Education Center

480 N. Indian River Dr.

Fort Pierce, FL

$4 per girl / $1 per adult
Discover one of Florida's exceptional marine mammals without getting wet! Touch a manatee rib bone and see just how many kids it takes to be the size of a manatee! Learn how these gentle giants move, eat, and play, and why it is up to us to protect them! Who knows...we may even spot a real live manatee outside!  Register Now.

MANA-TANGLES (Cadettes through Ambassadors)

November 16

10:30 am - 12 pm

The Manatee Observation and Education Center

480 N. Indian River Dr.

Fort Pierce, FL

$5 per girl; $1 per adult

Inspired by Zentangle art and manatee awareness month, we will create beautiful images of manatees from repetitive patterns. This art form is entertaining, relaxing and a great way to express yourself creatively. It is easy to learn and easy to do! You will love your mana-tangle!   Register Now.




For more Program opportunities, visit our Online Program Calendar here. 






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I Heard It Through the Green Grapevine continues:

Our Federal Tax ID Number is required for establishing a bank account.  We have included our ID number in the prepared letter Troops can use to establish a bank account; these letters can be found in the Volunteer Vault. While our Federal Tax ID number is used for opening bank accounts, the State of Florida issues our Sales Tax Exemption. 

Our Federal exemption is issued under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) and provides exemption from federal income tax and allows us to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. This is simply our Federal tax reporting classification. It has nothing to do with the Sales Tax Exemption. 

Based on our Federal tax-exempt status, the State of Florida has issued, upon satisfactory application by our organization, a Sales Tax Exemption.  Sales tax is collected by the State, and thus there is a separate document and ID number to exempt certain purchases.  In general, per the State of Florida, the sales tax exemption is available only for direct purchases by the holder of a valid Consumer's Certificate of Exemption, so in this case, it would apply to direct purchases made by GSSEF, using funds from our operating account. 

The State statute limits how the sales tax exemption can be used. Troop purchases are not treated as an extension of GSSEF. The Troop funds are generated by the girls, through product sales, money-earning activities and Troop dues. Because the funds used are from the Troop treasury, not the Certificate Holder's (GSSEF's) account, the exemption cannot be used.

If a vendor asks you for the tax exempt number you are to turn them down in order to be in compliance with our Policies and Procedures and State Statutes.  We do not want to jeopardize our status with the State. Despite the State's limitations on its use, GSSEF still benefits greatly from this sales tax exemption. As an organization we save thousands of dollars each year on capital expenditures, facility rentals, contracts and leases due to this exemption; money which can be used to provide additional opportunities and programs for girls.

Our complete Volunteer Policies and Procedures can be found here: Volunteer Policies and Procedures.

If you have any questions about a Policy or Procedure email




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