November 29, 2012

Tree lighting ceremony and holiday sing-along at Fresno Yosemite International Airport on Friday evening!

There will be a scavenger hunt, entertainment provided by Girl Scout musicians, and fun patch that can be earned by the first 200 Girl Scouts who attend!  

Tree Lighting and Sing-Along   

Friday, November 30

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Fresno Yosemite International Airport


This month-long holiday tree display featuring recycled materials is part of our Alcoa Foundation-sponsored Together Greening project.

Fall Product Sale extended to December 2nd!
To purchase your fall product (nuts, candies and magazines), contact the Product Program department at (800) 490-8653 ext 118. 

Congrats to Susie Bartlett who received the AFP Spirit of Philanthropy Award. Susie is former Golden Valley Council Board Chair and an active GSCCS volunteer.  

Got Milk? Photo Contest! ENTER TODAY!

Girl Scouts - submit a photo showing how milk and Girl Scouting have helped  to make you a strong, healthy and confident young women.  Read rules and download an entry/release format at *Contest ends December 17, 2012. 
Let this video from Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio inspire you!

Troop Happenings!

Troop 2712 getting ready for a polar plunge! burrrr! 


Troop 743 spent 2 days in Disneyland. Thank you to California Correctional Peace Officers Association SATF Chapter for helping to send us there. 


Troop 2571 made and delivered Halloween treats for the children and families at Ronald McDonald House.  They made goodie bags and donated books! 

 Troop 625 helped to work the election polls!


SU 21 at the Veterans Day Parade in Sanger!


Troop 2300 at the Fresno Veterans Day Parade!


If you have Troop pictures, email Tori at   

Help us give back! #GivingTuesday Challenge!

November 27 was #GivingTuesday and you can help by donating to those who can't be home this holiday season - our military personnel serving overseas - through Operation Gratitude. YOU can participate at



For every dollar donated to Girl Scouts of Central California South between now and December 31, 2012, our staff and volunteers will donate one hour, volunteering in our community.  We will "Take Action" and help at the food bank, do a litter clean-up, read to children, etc. Your partnership with us could make a difference to community organizations and the people they serve - seniors, vets and others in need.



Upcoming Events:

SAVE THE DATE  THIN MINT 5K RUN & 1 MILE FAMILY FUN WALK, Bakersfield, March 2, 2013.
Daisy Play Day - Healthy Eating
Wednesday, December 5

6:00 - 7:30PM

Fresno Council Office

$12. Non-registered members cost an additional $20.

Min 8 participants, Max 24 participants

Registration Deadline EXTENDED!

Friday, November 30, 2012!  Learn more here!

Other Upcoming Daisy Play Days:
January 23 - Friends Around the World - Visalia
January 25 - Yoga & Pilates - Hanford


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

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. Country Selection is now open. Get your country today! Click here for the country selection form!


Help us plan better for our events! If you know that your troop will attend an event or program, please let us know as soon as possible, even if you are not ready to register them yet. Send an email to the Program Manager telling us how many people you expect will attend. This will help us plan for food, volunteers and other resources.

Holiday gifts that give back to Girl Scouts


Donate your time by volunteering for Cookie Biz, Girl Scouting Around the World or Cookie Mega Drop!
Every Girl Scout would love a gift of 100th anniversary commemorative memorabilia, such as earrings, charms, ornaments or patches. Many items are on sale! Available at our online store or at our Gold Mine Stores in Fresno and Bakersfield .


Did you get your 100th anniversary commemorative mug for F.R.O.G.S. (Friends & Relatives of Girl Scouts)? FREE with a $40 donation.


GIFT CARDS available for the Girl Scout in your life.  Visit our Gold Mine Stores in Fresno and Bakersfield.


Share the gift of Girl Scouting with a local girl by making a donation in honor of, or in memory of your loved one.


Use your GSCCS S.H.A.R.E.S. card for your food and grocery shopping at SaveMart, FoodMaxx or Lucky Supermarkets - we get a percentage back and it costs YOU nothing! Call Dawn in Fresno (ext 155) or Pam in Bakersfield (ext 204) to get your card.


Help Girl Scouts all year round with payroll giving. Does your company have a matching gift program - double the impact of your gift!


Learn more about ways to give on our website!

Join us for our Volunteer Appreciation Potluck! 


Thursday, December 6   

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Bakersfield Council Office   


Saturday December 8

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM  

Fresno  Council Office 


Join us for a potluck appreciation lunch to celebrate all the volunteers who have helped tremendously.  


RSVP and sign up to bring a dish by December 4. Please call or email Brenetta at 559-291-5078 ext. 132,


Your last chance to nominate an outstanding woman

Help us recognize someone who is a role model for girls through providing service to her community, and making a difference in people's lives. Fill in the application form here and email it to Dominique at, by November 30!

Order your 2012 Holiday Gift Baskets Today! 

Learn more here! To

order yours contact (800) 490-8653 ext 114


Camp El-O-Win

Service Units are welcome to spend the weekend (Friday  PM through Sunday AM) at Camp El-O-Win.  

Groups must have a minimum of 50 people. Service units plan and run their own program. El-O-Win staff prepare and provide meals Saturday breakfast through Sunday breakfast plus snacks. Shelters provided at Camp El-O-Win include platform tents, cabins or wooden teepees.  Signups are on a first come, first served basis.  Service Units should notify Friends of Camp El-O-Win ASAP, in advance of the opening of registration to determine weekend availability, no later than December 21, so that calendar events can be scheduled on the remaining unscheduled weekends.


Troops may also sign up for Troop Camping if their Service Unit does not plan to attend.  "Troop camping" means that troops provide their own program and food and will be assigned to the Chippewa unit (wooden teepees). Troops may opt to bring and pitch their own tents.    


Weekends available for troop camping and service unit camping include: June 21, July 27, Aug 23 and 30.


If interested, please email  When we get your request, you will receive a confirmation.


Using Council Drop-boxes

Please do not leave any financial or registration papers, cash or checks in the Council drop-boxes in Fresno and Bakersfield. We keep a daily log of all documents and other materials left in the drop-boxes.
So much happening at!
In this Issue

Holiday Display
Fall Product Sale
Got Milk Contest
Troop Happenings
Giving Tuesday
Program Events
Holiday Giving
Volunteer Putluck
Gift Baskets
Camp El- O- Win
Gold Mine Store
Adult Recognition
Training Events
Fun Patch of the Week
Grants & Awards
How to Train your Dragon
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Welcome NEW STAFF 

Please welcome Deshawn Larrimore and Gabriela Pacheco-Barajas  as our newest Membership Development Specialists. They will both be located in the Fresno Office. DeShawn can be reached at ext 143, 

and Gabriella  at ext 157,

Please note Barbara Hilger's extension is changing to 214.

WE REACHED 1,000 Fans on Facebook! Thank you to everyone for "liking" us on Facebook! 
Gold Mine Store

Bakersfield Store will have modified store hours, Dec 3 - Dec 7. 11:00 AM-5:00 PM. 


December 4:  Both Stores will be closed for Staff Meeting 2:00-4:00 PM

December 12:  Fresno Office and store will be closed for Staff Meeting: 2:00-3:00 PM

December 14:  Fresno Store will close at 11:00 AM.  Bakersfield will be closed the entire day.


Fresno and Bakersfield Stores/Offices will be closed from Friday, December 21, 2012 through January 1, 2013


Please note that any online orders placed during Holiday break (December 21 - January 1) will be shipped AFTER January 2, 2013.

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, and will be presented at the Annual Meeting on February 2, 2013.

Upcoming Training Events
CPR CANCELLED - Dec 1, Bakersfield
The class will be rescheduled


December 3

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Fresno Council Office



December 5

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Bakersfield Council Office 


December 11 
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Bakersfield Council Office 


LE2 (Juniors) 

December 13 

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Fresno Council Office 


Volunteer Faire 

January 19 

9:00 - 4:00 PM

Bakersfield Council Office 

Giving Tuesday
Girl Scout National Convention 2014
Apply to be a National Council Delegate for the 2014 Girl Scouts Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
December 3 - 8 
$1.00 normally $1.50

Girl Scouts of the USA, and the Healthy Media Commission have just released The Report and Recommendations of the Healthy Media Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls. To access the report and learn more about how you can make a difference, visit

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! 

The Kern County Museum is looking for volunteers  for its annual Holiday Lamplight Tours, taking place December 1 from 4:00 - 9:00 PM.


Contact Brentneye Gonzales at 

661-868-8425 for more information!

The Sodexo Foundation and Youth Service America (YSA) are calling on young people to "take hunger personally" and join the fight to end childhood hunger. Grants of $500 are available for youth-led service projects that bring together young people, families, and other community members to address childhood hunger. Young people in the United States, ages 5-25, are eligible to apply. Funded projects should take place on or around Global Youth Service Day, April 26-28, 2013. The application deadline is January 31, 2013. Details at:

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



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Join us for Scout Night 

Saturday, December 21, 2012

7:00 PM at the SaveMart Center, Fresno.


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This Winter
Various Dates November - December
Broadway - New York
February 2, 2013

Tulare County
Various Dates
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 EVERYONE who gives so generously of your time, talent and financial support! 

Thank you to our amazing sponsors and community partners!

Thank you to all organizations whose employees contribute 
through corporate giving and gift matching campaigns.

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