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Shop News
Challenge Grant
Summer Connections
Women of Distinction
GSUSA CEO to visit
On Time Promotion
Product Program Update
Comic Artist Workshop
LSU Athletics Girl Scout events
eBiz upgrade
Activity calendar
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Council Shop News   

Check out our semi-annual clearance sale this summer with savings on select items up to 50% off! This sale is only while supplies last, so stop in and save!

The council shop has launched a new online shop that is optimized for mobile shopping and with the ability to order online and pick up in store. While
your basic customer profile was imported,we have not imported your billing information and had to reset your passwords.

In order to login to our new platform, hit forgot password, and enter your email address. An email prompting you to change your password will shortly follow.


To say thanks for supporting Girl Scouts Louisiana East, we would like to offer you a 20% discount on your next purchase to the online store (expires August 31 and one time only). Simply enter the promo code SHOP. Thank you! 


Girl Scouts raise $20,000 to meet Wilson Challenge Grant 

Thanks to supporters like you, Girl Scouts Louisiana East successfully met a challenge of raising $20,000 by the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation after two months of fundraising. The foundation had awarded us $40,000 to remove two parapet brick walls threatening the use of the Regional Service Center in Baton Rouge and challlenged us to raise an additional $20,000 by June 30, which they would match if we were successful. Thank you goes to 143 individuals/companies who gave to this "brick and mortar" cause! 

Summer GSLE Connections

Summer Connections
GSLE Winter 2013 Connections  

The Summer issue of the GSLE Connections newsletter is in the mail and online (disregard the Chavez visit date on the printed version page 1 - it changed right after going to press). Submit photos for the fall issue by August 2 to 


Save the Date for September 27 Women of Distinction Dinner in Baton Rouge
GSLE Winter 2013 Connections  

Nine women leaders in our community will be honored at the Girl Scouts Louisiana East 2013 Women of Distinction dinner on Friday, September 27, at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette Street, in Baton Rouge. Tickets for the awards dinner are $75 each or $85 for the champagne reception and dinner. The champagne reception is from 6 to 7 p.m. with dinner from 7 to 10 p.m. Event Chair is former Girl Scouts board president and 2012 Woman of Distinction Ann Forte Trappey of Baton Rouge. Valero is a Brownie sponsor and additional event sponsorships are available.


 Invitations will be mailed later this summer but to ensure your inclusion on the guest list or to sponsor a table, please contact Development Manager Cerise McClendon at 504-355-5886.


 Girl Scouts Louisiana East to welcome national CEO Anna Maria Chvez to New Orleans at July 24 luncheon

Anna Maria ChavezGirl Scouts of the USA Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chvez will speak to Girl Scout supporters and volunteers at a council luncheon on Wednesday, July 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the council's headquarters in Jefferson. Chvez, who has been at the helm of GSUSA since late 2011, will be in New Orleans as an honoree at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)'s annual convention, accepting its Graciela Olivarez La Raza Award for her contribution in promoting the interests of Hispanic Americans.


Chvez will speak about the opportunities and challenges currently facing girls.  Special guests include the 2012-2013 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who have earned the highest award in Girl Scouting for girls ages 14 to 17, as well the council's Women of Distinction, an honor based on their achievements as business, community and civic leaders dedicated to supporting leadership opportunities for girls. The luncheon sponsor is Lakelawn Metairie Funeral Home and Cemeteries.

Please register your attendance online, although space is close to being full. For more information, contact Cerise McClendon at 504-355-5886 or 


 Re-register your membership and receive 50 percent off a program* of your choice!

It's time to re-register your Girl Scouts and troops for the upcoming membership year! We're offering an on-time promotion for troops and individually registered Girl Scouts between now and September 30. Re-register your Girl Scout membership and receive a coupon for 50% off a council program of your choice, excluding trips.  The coupon must be used by the Girl Scout troop/girl between the time you re-register and December 31, 2013.

 Fall Product and Cookie Program Update

Vote for 2014 Cookie Program Incentives The Graduates of Smart Cookie U have chosen the semi-finalists, and now, through July 31, it's time for YOU to decide which items become the 2014 Cookie Program Incentives! Cast your ballot here before it's too late!


Product Sale Dates for 2013-2014

Fall Product Program

SU Fall Training - September 17, 2013

Order Taking Period - October 4-27, 2013


Cookie Program

SU Cookie Training - November 9, 2013

Preorder - January 17 to February 2, 2014

Direct Sales - February 28 to March 16, 2014

BSI Comics presents Comic Artist Workshop


BSI Comics invites Girl Scouts in grades 4 - 12 to come participate in a workshop with BANG! POW! ZAP!  ZOOM!  Meet professional artists where you'll discover the world of comic art and practice drawing too! While the Comic Artist Workshop is designed based off the Comic Artist Cadette Badge requirements, it's open for all girls ages 9 and older who have a passion for drawing!


The workshop is Saturday, September 7, from 1 - 2:30 p.m. at BSI Comics, 3030 Severn Ave in Metairie. It's $15 per participant and the fee includes Comic Artist Badge and take-home artist supplies including art pencils, gum eraser, inking pen, and an art pad presented at end of workshop. Register by August 28, 2013 or when maximum capacity (60) is reached.

2013-14 LSU Athletics Girl Scout Events

Throughout the LSU Athletic season, Girl Scouts have the chance to earn the official LSU Athletics patch, which is awarded to each girl that attends three out of five events over the 2013-2014 LSU Athletic seasons.  Special classification borders are available to those girls who have already earned the patch!  These sporting events include Volleyball, Soccer, Women's Basketball, Gymnastics and Softball. Please visit for updates regarding these events. 


LSU Volleyball Hosts Girl Scouts Purple & Gold Volleyball Clinic

The LSU Volleyball team will host their annual Purple & Gold Volleyball clinic on Saturday, August 24 (changed from 8/17), from 2 - 4 p.m. at the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center, kicking off the 2013 Volleyball season. Annually this event is a way for young girls to learn about volleyball and have one on one attention with the players. The team and coaching staff will focus on volleyball skills, while also spending time exploring skill building and healthy lifestyle choices. Immediately following the clinic will be a pizza party, followed by the LSU Volleyball Purple & Gold Volleyball Scrimmage at 4:30 p.m. Girl Scouts are encouraged to bring their family members and friends to the scrimmage after the clinic to cheer on the Lady Tigers. 


The fee is $7 per girl (Includes an official LSU Athletics Girl Scout T-shirt, LSU Volleyball posters, pizza and drinks, and opportunity to earn an LSU Athletics patch) and deadline to register is August 19. Complete the GSLE Program Event Registration form for each troop (include roster on back) or individual, and fax with credit card payment, or mail with check or credit card payment to: Girl Scout Louisiana East, 841 S. Clearview Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70120/Fax: 504-733-8219

Contact Lauren Taylor at or 225-578-6659 for more information. Girls should be dressed in athletic clothing and are welcome to bring knee pads for the clinic. Admission is free to the public to attend the game.


LSU Soccer Hosts Girl Scouts Soccer Clinic

The LSU Women's Soccer team will host their first ever Girl Scouts Soccer clinic on Friday, August 30, from 5 - 6 p.m., at LSU Soccer Stadium, 1 North Stadium Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, exclusive only to current members of the Girl Scouts. The team and coaching staff will focus on soccer skills, while also spending time on skill building and healthy lifestyle choices. There will be a pizza party immediately following the clinic and before the LSU Women's Soccer team faces Stephen F. Austin University at 7 p.m. Children and families are encouraged to stay after to help cheer on the Lady Tigers.


The fee is $7 per girl (Includes an official LSU Athletics Girl Scout T-shirt, pizza and drinks, and opportunity for an LSU Athletics patch), and registration deadline is August 26. 


Complete the GSLE Program Event Registration form for each troop (include roster on back) or individual, and fax with credit card payment, or mail with check or credit card payment to: Girl Scout Louisiana East, 841 S. Clearview Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70120/Fax: 504-733-8219. Contact Lauren Taylor at or 225-578-6659 for more information. Girls should be dressed in athletic clothing and are welcome to bring shin guards and cleats for the clinic. Admission is free to the public to attend the game.

eBiz is getting a Makeover!

The online Membership registration site is in the process of being upgraded! You asked for improvements on the registration site, and Girl Scouts of the USA listened. More information will be shared in the August email newsletter.

Activities/events for July-August

Check out the website calendar to see what July - August 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.

July 8 - 12 - Day Camp Tangi (campers entering K-12 grades), Independence
July 8 -12 - Days of Discovery - Lafourche Day Camp (campers completing K-12), Thibodaux
July 8 - 12 - Camp Moonbeam Day Camp (campers entering 6-12 grades), Camp Covington
July 16 - 18 - Camp Aspire Day Camp (campers entering K-7th, aides 8-12 grades), Metairie
July 22 - 26 - Camp Down in Da Parish Day Camp (day campers entering K-8th; overnight campers entering 4-12th grades), Chalmette
July 27 - LEGO Robotics Workshop (ages 9-14), New Orleans
August 24 (changed from 8/17) - LSU Volleyball hosts Girl Scouts Purple & Gold Volleyball clinic (all ages), Baton Rouge
August 30 - LSU Soccer hosts Girl Scouts Soccer Clinic (all ages), Baton Rouge
Sept. 7 - BSI Comics presents Comic Artist Workshop (grades 4-12), Metairie