October 26, 2012
Family Fundraisers 

Girl Scout Day at the Fresno -Madera Corn Maze
Saturday October 27, 11:00AM - 4:00PM.  $8 per person ($4 goes back to Girl Scouts!) 
Learn more here!
Nutcracker Ballet, Fresno - Watch the show, meet the dancers and you can earn a fun patch - all at a special Girl Scout price! Saturday November 24. Learn more here.

Proud to share our sponsor 

Cargill's commitment to breast cancer awareness during October. Watch their Pink Ribbon video, and also General Managers John Niemann and Jon Nash dying their hair hot pink!

Welcome Catherine Jason!
Catherine is our new Membership Supervisor.  She will be based out of the Fresno Council Office. 
You can contact her at cjason@girlscoutsccs.org or (800) 490-8653 ext 131. 

Troop Happenings!

Troop 2303 from Fresno went to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Girl Scout Overnight Bash on Oct 5 - 6. 

They camped out on the boardwalk, and

 joined 850 girl scouts in the Beach Clean Up.   


SU 25 from Clovis, held a  "Helloween" Event that

collected over 40 costumes to donate to Rescue the Children. 


Troop 3017 from Coalinga (Brownies and Juniors) and their brothers had a blast visiting the mysterious "council" in Fresno. Here are the girls with their Troop leaders and Membership Development Specialist, Kristina Hernandez (center back). 


If you have Troop pictures, email Tori at tsampson@girlscoutsccs.org   

Daisy Play Day - Healthy Eating

Wednesday, December 5

6:00PM - 7:30PM

Fresno Council Office

$10 by Wednesday, November 7

(AFTER the 7th - Girls $12)

Non-registered members cost an additional $20

Min 8 participants, Max 24 participants

Registration Deadline: Friday, November 16 

Learn more here!

STEM Careers Workshop, hosted by Chevron! Earn your STEM Careers patch!  

Learn about exciting careers for women in energy production, chemical engineering, the aerospace industry, pharmacy and health sciences, technology and education. OPEN TO ALL GIRLS, grades 9 - 12: 

Saturday, December 1

Chevron facility in Bakersfield

8:30AM - 4:30PM, includes lunch

$5 by November 2 (After the 7th - $7)
Learn more here!

Cookie Biz
Saturday, January 13, 2013
Lemoore Naval Air Station
10:00AM - 4:30PM

Early-bird Cost: Girls $15, Adults $8 by Friday, December 7

(AFTER December 7, Girls $18, Adults $12)

Bring an item (coat, mittens, scarf, hat, etc.) to donate.

Learn more here

Girl Scouting Around the World (formerly known as World Thinking Day) is February 23, 2013Country Selection is now open. Some changes this year:

  • Troops/SU's are to list five country choices. Applications with only one country listed will not be accepted.
  • Troops/SU's will not be issued the same country in consecutive years.
  • Troops/SU's requesting booths with full walls will be charged $10 (non-refundable).
  • There is no requesting booth placement. Country booths will be placed together and all other booths will be placed in their designated areas.
  • Booth deposit will not be refunded if cancelled after Friday, February 8, 2013. Additionally the deposit will not be returned if the Troop/SU has not begun setting up by 9:00AM on Saturday February 23, 2013 and if they begin to tear down before 4:00PM. There are no exceptions to this.
  • Click here for the country selection form! 

Calling all musically talented Girl Scouts!

Do you play an instrument? We are looking for girls ages 14-18 with 3 - 4 years experience playing an instrument to be a part of performing at our Holiday Display VIP Reception at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport on Friday, November 30 at 6 PM. Please contact Tori Sampson at tsampson@girlscoutsccs.org. 

Fall Product NEWS

Girl Scouts booths will be in your neighborhoods beginning November 2nd. For 3 weeks only, purchase your favorites, like the delicious Chocolate Covered Almonds, spicy Hot Cajun Crunch and the new Blueberry Pomegranate Nut Crunch. You can also give back by donating to the Operation Gratitude program; your $5 donation can go toward a magazine subscription to be sent to military units overseas, or nuts and candies to our active military troops. Learn more about the Fall Product Program (Nuts, candies and magazines) here!


Nut Cupboard Help! Fill product orders, organize product, and help load product into leader cars.

Date: Mondays - Fridays starting: Friday, November 2 -Wednesday, November 21

Time: 11:00AM - 6:00PM (Fresno)

Time: 11:00AM - 5:00PM (Bakersfield)

Time commitments: Come help the whole time or in shifts

Shifts: 10:30AM-12:30PM, 12:00PM-2:00PM, 1:30-3:30PM, 3:00-5:00PM, 4:30-6:30 PM

Locations: Fresno and Bakersfield Council Offices

Gold Mine Store
-Journey Sets are 33% off! 
-100th Anniversary Merchandise is 25% off! 
-Halloween Merchandise is on sale! Check out our Facebook Page for more information!
Store Hours Update:

Fresno Gold Mine Store:

Closed - Saturday, Nov 10 and Monday, Nov 12

Wednesday, Nov 21, we will close at 1:00PM. 

Bakesfield Gold Mine Store:

Closed - Saturday, Nov 10 and Monday Nov 12

Wednesday, Nov 21, we will close at 1:00PM. 

Bakersfield: Modified store hours from Nov 1 - Nov 30

Monday - Friday:  11:00AM - 5:00PM

Saturday/Sunday: Closed


We now have the remaining 5 County Patches in the Fresno store for sale to adults who wish to purchase.  Each segment is available for sale at $1.50 each or $7.00 for the set.
Girl Scouts is taking on bullying in a big way. Our "Be a Friend First" initiative rolls out this winter, and our fall/winter PSA contest gives girls a chance to create a video, write a script, or make a storyboard, telling the world how to stop bullying in its tracks. The contest, at speakout.girlscouts.org/create is open through January 31, but entries are already streaming in; take a peek and vote on your favorites.
Nominate an inspirational woman in your community today! 
2013 Women Inspiring Girls - Fresno

We would love your help in nominating a dynamic woman to join our Inspiring Girls Society. Fill in the nomination form, and mail or hand it in to your local council office, or email dchamberlain@girlscoutsccs.org. Deadline is November 30, 2012.

Got Milk? Photo Contest Coming SOON! 

Girls submit a photo showing how milk and Girl Scouting have helped make them become strong, healthy and confident young women.  Open to all currently registered Girl Scouts (except Girl Scout Adults) of all grade levels belonging to one of the eight Girl Scout councils in California. Great prizes! 
After November 5, 2012, read complete rules and download an entry/release format at www.gotmilk.com/newsContest ends December 21, 2012. MORE DETAILS COMING SOON!

GSCCS Grant News

Challenge & Change logo GSCCS applied for and was one of only 9 Girl Scout Councils granted funding for the Challenge and Change Rural Youth Development project, made possible by the generosity of the USDA. Our project, part of the Girl Scouts in Rural Communities program, will be in the communities of Orosi and Orange Cove. The program mission is to build leadership opportunities to girls and volunteers who make rural communities their home, and provide a safe environment for girls so they may work to broaden their horizons and inspire them to make their world a better, safer place. 

Volunteers Needed! 
Visalia Friendship House needs volunteers on October 27th to help paint! Learn more here
Big Fresno Fair 

Another big crowd arrived October 11 for the "Feed the Need"Community Food Drive at the Big Fresno Fair!  A special thank you to all Girl Scouts who supported this year's food drive. A total of 153,082 pounds (76.5 tons) of food was collected! Also a special thank you to the more than 23 Girl Scout volunteers that donated their time helping out that day. Pictured: THANK YOU to Troop 268  who donated 400 cans of food!

Adult Recognition

Everyone likes to feel appreciated for their volunteer service. Please nominate a deserving volunteer so that they receive the recognition they have earned. Guidelines can be found in the Adult Recognition Nomination PacketNominations are due to the Council Office by November 30, 2012, and will be presented at the Annual Meeting on February 2, 2013.

Volunteer Carousel 

Thank you to everyone that helped make this year's Volunteer Carousel successful.  We had 60 registered participants and 18 volunteer presenters.  A special thank you  to Lee Nave and her committee for doing a fantastic job on organizing the event.  She organized the presenters, decorations, lunch, registration information and so much more! To view more pictures visit our Facebook Page!

So much happening at www.girlscoutsccs.org!
In this Issue

Corn Maze
Troop Happenings
Program Events
Holiday Display
Fall Product Sale
Gold Mine Store
NEW PSA Contest
Women Inspiring Girls
Got Milk Contest
Grant News
Volunteers Needed
Big Fresno Fair
Adult Recognition
Volunteer Carousel
Gift Baskets
Fun Patch of the Week
First Aid/CPR
Troop Activities
Commemorative Silver Dollar
Grants & Awards
We're Invited
Forever Green

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(800) 490-8653 ext 114.

Girl Scout National Convention 2014
Apply to be a National Council Delegate for the 2014 Girl Scouts Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
Fun Patch of the Week! 
Happy Birthday, Juliette Gordon Low! Get this fun patch for $1.00 all next week!

Older Girl First Aid/CPR

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012

Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Location: Visalia Friendship House

Cost: $20

Who: Girls 6th Grade and Older

Monday, October 29, 2012
If you are celebrating your birthday this month, celebrate with Girl Scouts by making a
donation to help a girl start her Girl Scouting Journey. THANK YOU!
Are you a Girl Scout alumna? Don't forget to sign up on our website as a Girl Scout alumnae! 
Ideas for Troop Activities  

For everything you could think of for girls of all ages, from making an indoor tree house, learning how to manage money, tips from writers and authors, speaking out about bullying, and so many fun activities: visit http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/ 

 The 50th Annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Day Service, on May 27, 2013 is looking for Girl Scouts to participate in the service. Please contact Tony at (559) 438-8481 for more information.

Girl Scout commemorative silver dollars 

Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chávez said the upcoming Girl Scout silver dollar will be a "great way to reach our 3.2 million members. (It will) show them they are now part of the currency of the country." Read more about the commemorative coin on the GSUSA Blog.

Hasbro generationOn Clubs Start-Up Grant 

$300 mini-grant opportunity for Girl Scouts troops or girls working on their Gold/Silver Awards. Visit www.generationon.org/teens/club-start-grants for more details. Deadline November 15, 2012.

Soroptimist Award for Girls 

Girls, ages 14-17, can apply for the Soroptimist International Violet Richardson Award, in recognition of their volunteer work in their communities.


The Soroptimist Club of Hanford invites applications from girls who live in Visalia, Dinuba, Woodlake, Exeter, etc. Applications should be emailed/mailed to Jessie Veyna, 1619 S. University, Visalia 93277. Questions to: 559-627-2504, jessveyna@att.net.


The Soroptimist Club of Clovis invites applications from girls who lives in the Fresno and Clovis areas. Applications should be emailed to siclovis@soroptimist.net. Questions to: Sue Mettee 559-307-4503.

The deadline is December 3, 2012,

We're Invited!
October 26 
Various Dates November - December

November 10

Candy Cane Lane Parade Visalia *Stuffed toy donations requested for Children's Hospital Central California !
November 26
Broadway - New York
February 2, 2013

Tulare County
Various Dates

The Honor Flight program takes World War II veterans to the Veterans' Day Memorial in Washington DC. There are 90 veterans going from Bakersfield this year. Schools, clubs and other organizations are being asked to write letters, cards or make pictures to be handed out to these veterans on their way home, to show appreciation for their service. The letters are due November 2nd and can be made out to a WWII veteran.

Drop off your letters to Rebecca Hyatt at the Bakersfield office (or Sarina de la Rosa in Fresno) and we will get them to the Veterans in the Honor Flight program. 

Forever Green

The Girl Scouts Forever Green 100th Anniversary Take Action Project was developed in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency. By October 2012, involvement in the Girl Scouts Forever Green Pledge has resulted in $10,354,370 saved on home energy bills, 237,261,281 kWh of energy saved, 397,876,228 pounds of CO2 eliminated, 196,073,600 gallons of water saved, and 32,598,068 pounds of waste eliminated.

Thank you to our volunteer Board who generously give of their time and guidance.
Board of Directors
Chair Joy Tolladay

2nd Vice PresidentMaria Escobedo
TreasurerKeith Pretzer
SecretaryJayne McCallister

Members at Large:
Kari Boisvert
Nancy Chaffin
Tim Conboy
S. Renee Haga
Robert Frausto
Robirda Lyon
Dr. Becky Malmo
Debbie Rodriguez
Augi Stevens
Susan Woods
Carrie Zerafa

Thank you to all who give generously of your time, talent and funds! 

Thank you to our amazing sponsors and community partners!

Thank you to all companies whose employees contribute 
through corporate giving campaigns.

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