January 10, 2013

Girl Scouting Around the World 2013

6th Annual Event - Formerly "World Thinking Day" 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Fresno Fairgrounds

Experience the World in a Whole New Way! 

The world will come to life! Troops and Service Units will be presenting country exhibits, there will be live entertainment and a day full of fun and education for the entire family. This year's theme ~ Together we can save children's lives.

Tickets purchased by January 24 are $5.00 per person; after that $7.00. Please bring a toiletry item or infant item for donation. Must have tickets in hand to enter. Click here to purchase your tickets!

Parking in the Chance Parking Lot only: $5.00 per vehicle


If your Troop or Service Unit is interested in hosting a Country Booth, go to www.girlscoutsccs.org/girl-scouting-around-the-world/ for the 2013 Country selection list. Deadline to sign up for a County Booth is January 25 - you MUST fill in an application form. Contact  wtd@girlscoutsccs.org. 

Volunteer Faire

Saturday, January 19, 2013

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

First United Methodist Church, Bakersfield

Volunteer Faire is a one day event designed for all Girl Scout Adults and Ambassadors. There are a wide variety of 75 minute workshops offered so everyone can choose subjects that benefit them. Some classes are activities you can take back and share with the girls and some are just for you. Invite all the registered adults in your troop to come!

Click here for the workshop lists! REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED to Monday January 14 at 5:00 PM.

For more information, contact the Leadership Development Department at (800) 490-8653 ext. 200.



Adopt a Kitty from the NAS Base in Lemoore! 

Learn more here!

Troop Happenings 
32 girls from SU 32  Troops 413, 113 and 2047 visited Cedar Creek retirement community to sing Christmas carols.

Troop 2054 helped the Pixley V.I.P. Sheriff explorers fill boxes for their Christmas in a box.


Troop 3042 SU 25 dropping off Christmas gifts and Christmas dinner to the family they adopted for Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Cookie Pre Sale Starts January 25! 

*2011 Nut Bucks expire on January 31,2012*
Online Membership Registration now available!
Click here for online registration portal!
Online Registration FAQ's. 
Leaders, when you log in to the site, do not be alarmed if you do not see a girl/adult registration application submitted for processing for your troop.  We are currently working on the backlog of paper registrations, which are being processed in the order that they were received.  If you want to confirm a paper registration application for a girl/adult, please contact the Council Office or your Membership Development Specialist.  
A reminder, Leaders need to verify that they are processed as position code "01" (Leader).  This code will allow you to manage your troop in eBiz.

Upcoming Family Fundraisers!
Harlem Globetrotters 
January 18, 2013

Bakersfield Condors
February 1, 2013

Fresno Monsters 
February 9, 2013

Harlem Globetrotters
February 14, 2013

Click here for Save the Date list of ALL Family Fundraisers!

Kick off Cookie Season and get your FREE T-shirt while supporting GSCCS at the Thin Mint 5K and 1 mile Shortbread Shuffle! Thin Mint 5k logo
Saturday March 2, 2012, 8:30AM
The Marketplace Shopping Center
9000 Ming Avenue, Bakersfield
Upcoming Events:


January 19


Minimum 12 girls; REGISTER BY JANUARY 11


Tennis Play Days

January 22 - 24


Minimum 24 girls; REGISTER BY JANUARY 18


Daisy Play Days - Friends Around the World 

January 23


Minimum 8 girls; REGISTER BY JANUARY 18



Daisy Play Days - Yoga & Pilates 

January 26


Minimum 8 girls; REGISTER BY JANUARY 18

Community Service idea

Great for a Bronze Award project! 

National Crayon Recycle Program -

January 2013



Gold Mine Store 

The stores will be closed for the holiday weekend:  Saturday, January 19 - Monday, January 21, 2013.


Both stores will also be closed for an all staff meeting from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM on Tuesday, January 22nd.  


Deadline to purchase your Cookie Marketing Materials is January 25! Click here for the marketing material flyer.


The Cookie Tee is available for purchase in our stores. Please contact the Gold Mine store for the order form at goldmine@girlscoutsccs.org 



50% off Clearance is going on right now in store and online!

Now through January 

Because I was a Girl Scout...

We are looking for women who were Girl Scouts and who have made an impact that they attribute to being a Girl Scout, or for whom Girl Scouting had a significant impact on their lives. 


We would love to share your stories to make more people aware about the value of Girl Scouting! All stories will be available to view on our blog. (You do not have to have been a Girl Scout here in the Central Valley; once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout!). 


Questions: Contact Tori Sampson at tsampson@girlscoutsccs.org 


Bakersfield Volunteer Appreciation Potluck
Thursday, Jan 31, 2013   5:00 PM - 7:00 PM  
Bakersfield Council Office 1831 Brundage Lane


Please RSVP and sign up to bring a dish by January 25.  


Call or email Brenetta at 559-291-5078 ext. 132, bsadakov@girlscoutsccs.org
LiA award opportunity! Award needed to become a PA (Program Aide) 

Cadettes! Work towards earning your LiA award at Girl Scouting Around the world! Sign up to work the Brownie activity booth for an hour! For more information please contact Karen at kalfson2@wildblue.net
What is the LiA award?
Leadership in Action. You can earn the LiA award by assisting a Brownie group on any of their National Journeys.
Steps to becoming a PA:
1) Earn one LiA award
2) Complete council designated training. Part of your leadership course training will involve learning to work with children, and gaining a deeper understating of a specialty such as science, art, the outdoors, or adapting for girls with disabilities.
3)Work with younger girls over six activity sessions. 

First Annual Kerman Earth Day

Sunday, April 21, 2013

12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Lions Park, Park Ave & California Ave.Kerman


Girl Scout Troop 3100's event will bring the community together in a healthy way and help them be environmentally aware. This event is part of the Together Greening global environment project, sponsored by: Alcoa Foundation www.alcoarecycling.com.

Girl Scouts can earn fun patches! 
Recycle aluminum cans and take part in lots of healthy family sports activities - soccer, basketball, zumba dancing, etc!
In this Issue

Girl Scouting Around the World
Volunteer Faire
Troop Happenings
Cookie Program
Family Fundrasiers
Program Events
Community Service
Gold Mine Store
Because I was a Girl Scout
Volunteer Putluck
LiA Award
Kerman Earth Day

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Junior Encampment 

Brite Lake, Tehachapi, June 7-9

Learn more here!

CASTING CALL! We are looking for Girl Scouts to audition to sing the national anthem for Girl Scouting Around the World (February 23) and for Women Inspiring Girls - Fresno (April 19).  If you are interested in trying out, please contact Tina at (800) 490-8653 ext 136 or tboothe@girlscoutsccs.org 




Girl Scouting Around the World 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Fresno Fairgrounds

*Stay all day or come for a two-hour shift!*



Sunday, February 24, 2013

10:00 AM-3:30 PM

Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield 

*Contact Brenetta for shifts*


TO SIGN UP FOR EITHER EVENT:  Contact Brenetta at 800-490-5078 ext.132 or email: bsadakov@girlscoutsccs.org


Thank you
to everyone in Fresno, Bakersfield and Hanford who made beautiful cards to send to the families of Sandy Hook! The cards look amazing, and we know the families will appreciate all of your kind words of support. 
PLEASE SAVE your paper towel and toilet paper rolls! Bring them to either council office, and let the office know they are for Tina.

Using Council Drop-boxes

Please do not leave any sensitive documents, 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.
Girl Scout National Convention 2014
Apply to be a National Council Delegate for the 2014 Girl Scouts Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
January 14 - 22
$1.00 normally $1.50
Are you a Girl Scout alumna? Don't forget to sign up on our website as a Girl Scout alumnae!

Girl Scout Alumnae Account for 70% of Female Senators.
Read more here!

United Way News:

Check 'n Go borrowers eligible for $4.3 million in refunds.

Details at  www.CALoanRefund.org

The DuPont Challenge encourages students in grades 7-12 to research and write a 700 - 1,000 word essay addressing challenging topics in four categories: "Together, we can feed the world," "Together, we can build a secure energy future," "Together, we can protect people and the environment," and "Together, we can be innovative anywhere." Award prizes total more than $100,000 and include U.S. Savings Bonds for all winners and a special awards trip to Orlando, Florida for the top two students in each division. 

For more information, or to download the entry form, visit  thechallenge.dupont.com. 

Deadline: January 31, 2013 

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: www.ysa.org/grants/sodexoyouth


Adult members in their Girl Scout capacities may not solicit financial contributions for purposes other than Girl Scouting. Girl members may NOT engage in any direct solicitation for money. 

 ~ GSUSA Blue Book of Basic Documents, page 18.  

Please refer to our  Monetary Solicitation Policy before moving forward with any requests for troop sponsorships.

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

$10,000 awards and an invitation to a White House awards ceremony for  after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs for underserved children and youth. Programs can be initiated by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, schools and universities, arts centers, community service organizations, and eligible government agencies. Apply by February 4, 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.
We're Invited! 
GSCCS will be at this FREE community event 
California & Elm St Gym, Fresno
Saturday, January 19
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Broadway - New York
February 2, 2013

Tulare County
Various Dates

March 7-14
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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