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In This Issue
April Patch of the Month
Annual Meeting & Adult Recognition Event
Camp Open House
Summer Day Camp
FORE Leadership Golf Tournament
In Memoriam
Early Bird Registration
Town Hall Meetings
Thin Mint Sprint
Cookie Program
April - May events
Quick Links
April 2013 patch         

April Patch of the Month activity    

April's patch is all about Strawberries! Check out the April Patch of the Month activity which has been uploaded to the website.

Annual Meeting & Adult Recognition Event
GSLE Winter 2013 Connections  
Please be sure to register your attendance for the Council's Annual Meeting and Adult Recognition event, Together, We CAN Get Her There!
 This year's meeting is Saturday, April 13, at Parc 73, 14379 LA Highway 73 in Prairieville. 

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Registration, Complimentary Breakfast Buffet, and Door Prizes

9:45 - 11:30 a.m. Annual Meeting and Adult Recognitions

Click here for the Annual Meeting & Adult Volunteer Recognition registration form. Register today, as seating is limited.

New to resident camp? Come to a Camp Open House April 7, 14, or 21
GSLE Winter 2013 Connections  

Parents and girls, join us at a 2013 Camp Open House, to learn more about our summer camp program, meet summer staff, and to explore camp before camp begins.

Sundays, 2-4 p.m.

April 7: Camp Whispering Pines, Independence
April 14: Camp Marydale, St. Francisville
April 21: Camp Covington

No registration required. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes and casual clothing.

Summer Day Camp Opportunities
GSLE Winter 2013 Connections  

As Service Units/Regions finalize their Summer Day Camp plans, we're posting that information on the council website.  Please be sure to forward your brochures and forms to Jill Pollard at as soon as possible.


Save the Date - June 24 - for FORE Leadership Golf Tournament
GSLE Winter 2013 Connections  

The acclaimed Money Hill Golf Course in Abita Springs is the 


 for the FORE Leadership Golf Tournament benefiting Girl Scouts Louisiana East on Monday, June 24. Men and women golfers alike will enjoy an afternoon of golf beginning with lunch at 12 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Awards reception, with food, beverages and prizes, post play.

Sponsorships are available.

Individuals $200 per player or $800 per team.


In Memoriam Larry Ehrlich

Longtime Camp Whispering Pines Ranger and Director of Properties Larry Ehrlich passed away March 22 unexpectedly at the age 52.  He will be sorely missed by the many Girl Scout members and volunteers who got to know him over his 20+ year career with Girl Scouts.

Click here for obituary and guest book.

Click here for poster we made for the service.



 Early Bird Registration is April 11 - May 17

Early BirdEarly Bird registration is right around the corner, and the perfect opportunity to earn extra incentives for re-registering your Girl Scouts and troops for the upcoming membership year (10/1/13 - 9/30/14).  Troop leaders can now register troop members online by using their troop debit cards, personal credit/debit cards (reimbursed from troop funds) and pay with cookie proceeds!  Leaders will be able to select girls all at once and pay in a single transaction!


The three incentives for troops who "qualify" by re-registering 75 percent of their existing girls and two adults during Early Bird are:

#1 Troops earn an additional 2 cents per box during the 2014 Cookie program;

#2 Free admission for girls and adults to our STEM Extravaganza on Saturday, September 21 at UNO. ($10 fee for other girls/$5 adults);

#3 25% off Starter Kits in both council shops April 11-May 17.  Must provide proof of registration to shop staff.


Help Desk extended hours during Early Bird and two registration clinics to help leaders and volunteers with online registration.

Help Desk extended hours from April 11 - May 17: Sunday - Thursday 5:30 - 8 p.m. Help Desk 504-575-4104 or


Registration Clinics: Saturday, April 20 AND Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at both council offices.

Just a reminder- the annual membership dues increased to $15 for the 2013-2014 membership year.

 Two Town Hall Meetings set for April

The council has held two Town Hall meetings with two more to go.  RSVP your attendance and town hall meeting location to Jill Pollard at or 800-644-7571, ext. 2238.


Region 1's meeting is Tuesday, April 23, GSLE Regional Service Center, 545 Colonial Dr., Baton Rouge; and Region's 4 meeting is Thursday, April 25, GSLE Headquarters, 841 S. Clearview Parkway, New Orleans. If you missed your region's meeting, you may attend either of these meetings if you like.


Topics include strategies for increasing membership, results of council survey, strategic learning, national membership dues increase and discussion of council service fee, and council updates.

 Register for Thin Mint Sprint and 1 mile Daisy Dash on June 2


Thin Mint SprintLace up your sneakers - it's time for our first Thin Mint Sprint 5K and 1 mile Daisy Dash fun run on Sunday, June 2 in New Orleans City Park. Celebrate by putting your best self forward! The Thin Mint Sprint is a lot more than a running program. Embrace the power of you, with healthy choices inside & out. Click here for registration times, fees, form, and schedule. Register before May 20 for a savings!


Click here to print out the Training Guide by program level. 

2013 Cookie Program a success!

Our Girl Scouts and volunteers are amazing, and once again, did an awesome job selling Girl Scout Cookies!  Girl Scouts sold a total of 1,126,613 boxes of cookies in our 23-parish jurisdiction, with a per girl average increasing to 150 boxes per girl.  A heartfelt thank you to everyone for a job well done.  There are 214 girls in this year's Cookie Hall of Fame for selling 500+ boxes of cookies, including 17 girls who sold over 1,000 boxes, and three Cookie Moguls (2,000 boxes) earning themselves a computer!  Congratulations to everyone who sold cookies!


Earn a Bear, Give a Bear Contest results!   

Each member Thin Mint Bearof Girl Scout Troops 10048, 20301, 30052 and 40635 who participated in the Cookie Program earned a Thin Mint Bear. The same number of Thin Mint Bears will be donated to young hospital patients at Ronald McDonald House in New Orleans, Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge, St. Tammany Parish Hospital, and Terrebonne General Medical Center.

Region 1: 10048 from SU 112; Troop Leader: Erica Marcello

Region 2: 20301 from SU 217; Troop Leader: Denise Dyer

Region 3: 30052 from SU 379; Troop Leader: Tera Rutz

Region 4: 40635 from SU 405; Troop Leader: Jennifer Womble


Cast your vote for "Bling Your Booth" and "Bling Your Wagon"

This year, girls and troops across the council had a chance to exhibit their creativity and have fun at the same time! Troops were invited to "Bling" their cookie booths, while individual girls were encouraged to "Bling" their wagons, in order to gain extra customer attention and win prizes. Check out all of our "Bling" and cast your vote for your favorite THREE!  We are so proud of our girls. They ROCK!


Voting will close April 14, 2013 at midnight. Please be sure to share the link with your family and friends!


Bling Your Booth:


Bling Your Wagon:


Alumnae Card Contest: There is still time to turn in your completed alumnae cards into the council - April 26 is the deadline. 

Activities/events for April - May

Check out the website calendar to see what April - May events have been planned.  Go to the appropriate month and day, and click on the link for details including registration deadlines, grade levels, times, fees, etc.

FULL April 5-7 Camporee Weekend at CWP (grades 4-12), Independence
April 6 and 7 - Love, Hug & Groom (third grade), St. Francisville
NEW/FREE April 6 - NCAA Junior Journalism Workshop (7th-8th grade), New Orleans
April 6 - Paddleboard Experience (grades 7-12), New Orleans
April 7 - Family Picnic at CWP, Independence
April 7 - Camp Open House, Independence
April 10 - Madam Butterfly Night at the Opera (grades 7-12), New Orleans
April 13 - Ochsner Brownie Science Day (Brownie troops only), Kenner
April 13 - Council Annual Meeting & Adult Recognition Event, Prairieville
April 14 - Family Picnic at Camp Marydale, St. Francisville
April 14 - Camp Open House, St. Francisville
April 19 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Friday Night Fun Night (age 5-15), Metairie
April 20 - Bronze Silver Gold Award Learning Sessions (grades 4-
12), Baton Rouge and New Orleans
April 20 - 21- Paddle It Up at CWP (grades 4-12), Independence
April 21 - LSU Tour with the KDs (Br-Cad), Baton Rouge
April 21 - Family Picnic at Camp Covington
April 21 - Camp Open House, Covington
April 23 - Town Hall Meeting (adults & girls 14 & up), Baton Rouge
April 25 - ToGetHerThereDay (grades 4-12), council-wide
April 25 - Town Hall Meeting (adults & girls 14 & up), New Orleans
April 27 - Program Aide Training (grades 6-12), Covington
April 28 - Catholic Committee on Girl Scouting Awards Presentation, New Orleans

May 3 - 4 - American Red Cross Small Craft Safety (age 15 and older and adults), Independence

May 3 - 5 - Canoe Exploration - Bogue Chitto (grades 6-12), Franklinton

May 4 - Art of Pasta Making Girl Scout Day at Southern Food & Beverage Museum (grades K-12), New Orleans

May 4 - Love, Hug & Groom 4 (third grade), St. Francisville

May 10-12 - Wrangler/Spur Weekend (Wranglers age 14 & older, Spurs age 12-13), St. Francisville

May 11 - Girl Scout Fun With Money Patch Workshop presented by American Numismatic Association (Girl Scouts and parents admitted free), New Orleans

May 17 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Friday Night Fun Night (age 5-15), Metairie

May 25 - Program Aide Training (grades 6-12), Covington