Girl Scouts empowers girls ages 5 to 17 with vision and voice-girls who command their future, engage their communities and inspire others. Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida serves more than 15,800 girls in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties.

                  

E-News March 6, 2014


gssef2014 Annual Meeting - March 22march

GSSEF will hold its Annual Meeting on March 22. Delegates will elect the upcoming year's board of directors. Attendance is open to members and the general public.

Location:
Oakland Park Service Center
4701 N.W. 33rd Avenue
Oakland Park, FL 33309

Time: Annual Meeting begins at 10 AM

RSVP: If you would like to attend and are not a delegate, please email your RSVP by March 12  to Gina Deighan at gdeighan@gssef.org.


 

ceremony2014 Recognition Ceremony Registration is Open!ceremonies

You can now register online for the  2014 GSSEF Annual Recognition Ceremony on Friday, April 25. Tickets are just $5.00 per person. This incredible ceremony honors our top adult volunteers with the Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks and Thanks II - as well as girls who earn the Silver and Gold Awards.  If you are looking for inspiration - this IS the place to BE!  

 

Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center

1950 Eisenhower Blvd.

Fort Lauderdale, FL  33316    

 

To register online, click here. Please be sure to read the information in the description at the top of the page prior to registering. Ticket questions should be directed to Kathy Darlington at  kdarlington@gssef.org.

 

The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. If you have a question, email mvpteam@gssef.org. 

 

 

 

 

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Winner of  Drawing for Justin Timberlake Concert Tickets  

Andrea L. from Troop 20607 in the Tristar Service Unit is the lucky winner of the two Justin Timberlake concert tickets. Andrea will enjoy a limo ride and arrive in style to see Justin Timberlake perform live in concert!  Andrea's entry was randomly selected from 3,494 entries. Girls had to sell 180 or more boxes of Girl Scout Cookies for a chance to win and 250 or more boxes for an extra chance. Congratulations Andrea!  

 

      

 

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I Heard It Through the Green Grapevine 

This recurring feature 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 Essentials documents in the Volunteer Vault.  

 

Dear Green Grapevine-

What is the meaning of the Girl Scout sign and how and when  should you make it?  

 

Thanks -

Trudy Ages

 

The idea of the sign came from the days of chivalry, when armed knights greeted friendly knights by raising the right hand, palm open, as a sign of friendship. To give the sign, raise the three middle fingers of the right hand palm forward and shoulder high (the three extended fingers represent the three parts of the Girl Scout Promise). Girls give the sign when they:

 

  • Say the Promise or Law.
  • Are welcomed into Girl Scouts at an investiture ceremony that welcomes new members.
  • Receive an award, patch, pin, or other recognition.
  • Greet other Girl Scouts and Girl Guides.

 

Girl Scouts can greet each other with the Girl Scout handshake, used by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world. The handshake is made by shaking hands with the left hand and making the Girl Scout sign with the right. The left hand is nearest to the heart and signifies friendship.

 

By the way... Another really popular sign used by Troop Leaders is the Quiet Sign. Raise your right hand high with an open palm. As girls in the group see the sign, they stop talking and also raise their hands. Once everyone is silent, the meeting can begin.

 

To learn more about Girl Scout traditions click here: http://www.girlscouts.org/program/basics/traditions/

 


    

President's Volunteer Service Award

The President's Volunteer Service Award program was created in 2003 as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.  

 

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation and inspires other to make service a central part of their lives.

 

Congratulations to the following Members and Troops who have earned their 2013 President's Volunteer Service Award. Click here to view a list of Awardees.    

 

For more information on the President's Volunteer Service Award, click here

 

 

 

  

nominateHONOR A VOLUNTEER!  

Nomination period: Ends March 15, 2014

 

Each year we ask our membership to nominate amazing volunteers who have gone above and beyond for our girls. We're excited to announce that this year the Adult Recognition Committee and Council staff have created a new online system for submitting nominations. This system will make it easier to nominate more volunteers than ever before. Not tech savvy? That's ok; we'll have the traditional packet available as well.

 

Each and every one of us knows someone who is deserving of being recognized for their hard work and dedication to Girl Scouts. 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 complete an online nomination or click here to download a recognition packet today.  Don't delay as the submission deadline is March 15!
     

  

       



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

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Summer Camp Registration is now open.

Summer Camp is here!  And it's the best ever! We have more for  girls of every grade-level in 1, 2, 3 and 7 day sessions. Plus - we are introducing Day Camp with bus transportation.

With three camp properties and dozens of camp sessions, there is a camp experience awaiting you! There are family friendly Campfires and other programs that are suited for individuals, sisters, moms and dads too.
 

Online registration is easy and open now. Payment can be made with either a credit or debit card. Paper registrations are always accepted and can be found in the Summer Camp Brochure. Financial Assistance is available. If you have a question, email program@gssef.org.

Checkout the Summer Camp Brochure's special flippable page feature by clicking on image or here.

Visit our Summer Camp web page here for general information, camp forms and complete descriptions of all of our awesome camp sessions. Online registration links can be found on the page as well.     

Want to see photos from our Summer Camp 2013? Check them out here. 

 

   

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Programs at a Glance: GSSEF Program Calendar Supplement

 

This tool was requested by volunteers in order to make finding the perfect Girl Scout program easier to do! No matter how long you have been volunteering, we have designed this to be a helpful supplement to the Online Program Calendar - complete with simple-to-follow online registration instructions too.  

  • Now our parents and volunteers can scroll through 4 months of upcoming programs.
  • Read the full program description prior to referencing it on the eCouncil Registration system - and before completing registration with a debit or credit card. You can find this Online Program Calendar Supplement on our web site at: http://www.gssef.org/girl-program/  with other program updates throughout the year.      
  • Checkout March, April and May program opportunities here.  

 

Not your Mother's Oven

(Brownies through Ambassadors)

March 22,2014

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Camp Telogia  

6501 Holmberg Road

Parkland FL, 33067

 

Learn how to make your own box oven and cook yourself a great lunch!  For more information, click here to view flyer. 

To register, click here.

 

 

Field Day with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (Brownies through Ambassadors)

May 10, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Lockhart Stadium

350 NW 55th Street

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

For more information, click here to view flyer. 

To register, click here.

 

Girls will join the Strikers on May 10 at Lockhart Stadium in a fun sports clinic to learn.     

 

For additional Area 3 Programs, click here.

 

 

 

Legislative Days:  April 5 - April 7                

 

In addition to visiting our State Capitol, girls will participate in workshops and learn more about their State Legislators and how they can make a difference! Spaces are limited! Registration closes on March 12th! Click here or on image to view the flyer and registration form. This program is open to Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.

   

 

 

Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot Weekend event

Celebrate your troop accomplishments with a girls' getaway to  Nickelodeon Suites Resort! Grab your troop members and do-si-do to the Nickelodeon Suites Resort to enjoy sweet rewards during the 7th Annual Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot Weekend event (select weekends April - June, 2014). 

 
For more information, click here.    

     

 

 

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Mall Madness Fun - Picture this!

Check-out all the fun photos from Mall Madness that was held on February 22 at the Coral Square Mall by clicking here.  

 

 

 

 

Troop 10717 Really Charged Up during a STEM Workshop  

At a recently held STEM workshop hosted by college students from Florida International University (FIU) and the Society of Women Engineers, Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts from Troop 10717 learned how to make their very own cell phone chargers to then take home. It was a true hands-on learning experience. And a great way to introduce technology to girls. 

 

    

 

More Programs     

Visit our Online Program Calendar here. 

                                                                      

          

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Happy Birthday Girl Scouts! Our Gift is for You!   

 
To view flyer, click on image.

It's Girl Scouts' birthday on March 12, but our gift is for you!

 

Everyone who comes into one of our retail stores on March 12 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. can enter for a chance to win a Girl Scout afghan!

 

And while there, open up a Girl Scout tin, and you could receive up to 50 percent off your purchase. If you have a question, email jpotter@gssef.org.

  
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Calling all Girl Scouts! We are looking to show off the amazing work our Girl Scouts girls and volunteers do! We want to spotlight community service projects, volunteer work of a Girl Scout or volunteer going above and beyond. Please email your Girl Scouts Give Back story and a photo (if available) to sbeigh@gssef.org.
   

 

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runThird Annual Thin Mint Sprint is for everyone 

Don't miss the race of the year! Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida's Thin Mint Sprint is Sunday, April 13, 2014 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 years and under. Awards will be given in 17 categories and the first 300 registrants will receive a race t-shirt. And in case you already have cookie withdrawal, all runners get a free box of Thin Mints! 

Register now before the registration fee increases on March 13 (not applicable for registered Girl Scouts). You can register securely online at https://register.racepartner.com/thinmintsprint.
   

If you have a question, contact Mandy Allen at aallen@gssef.org or 561-427-0190.         

                                                      

   

emeraldsEmerald Awards Photos    

You may view photos from the Inaugural Emerald Awards event that was held on February 22 by clicking here.


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