August 15, 2013
Girl Scouts find their inner artist at Fresno Art Museum's "Budding Artists of Summer" 
34 Girl Scouts participated in a 3-day summer Art Camp where they studied different artists, and then became creative and created their own masterpieces.  
This camp was hosted by the Fresno Art Museum and sponsored by the Bonner Family Foundation. One of the projects the girls did was self portraits with charcoal.

Girl Scouts and their families are invited to the FREE Family Day at the Fresno Art Museum on Saturday, August 17 from
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Celebrate the summer with art, bubbles, and rock & roll! PLUS Girl Scout artwork will be on display!
Family & Volunteer Cookie Survey

ABC Bakers asks all volunteers and families of girls who sold cookies to provide feedback in this short survey.


Survey for volunteers: Click here


Survey for families: Click here

Girl Scout Silver Award Spotlight

Lilarose J. and Ashlynn B. from Bakersfield Troop 4407 have been working hard on their Silver Award project H.O.P.P.E. (Helping Out People and Pets Everywhere). They are collecting pet food, nursing bottles, and toys for cats and dogs and donating these items to the SPCA, Jesus Shack street teams, and the Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry. The girls told us they received over 1500 pounds of food the first day! 
The next collection date is THIS weekend, Saturday, August 17. Items can be dropped off at:
VONS (Stockdale & California, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM) AND Tractor Supply (Rosedale & Calloway, 12:00 - 3:00 PM). Check out the flyer for more details.
101 Days of Summer Challenge 
coming to an end!
The 101 Days of Summer Challenge for both Girl Scouts and adults is reaching the final days, and we have received our first submission: Girl Scout Mallory O. from Troop 3046. Mallory's mom wrote us a letter with pictures to give us a look at Mallory's summer. That letter can be found on our blog!
Troop Happenings


Girl Scout Troop 2155 from Taft is organizing "Operation Deployment". These girls are collecting tooth brushes, tooth pastes, sanitizers, foot powder and soaps; anything a military person may need while stationed overseas. This story was covered by ABC 23 News and can be found online here!

Troop 2930 from Coalinga earned their Bronze Award through their project "Helping Hands". These girls collected donated items for Fresno County Foster children, and had the support and help of many, including Avenal State Prison. 

 Troops 2227 and Troop 2385 from Clovis helped sort food donations for the Community Food Bank. The girls had a great time helping out in their community.
Upcoming Programs and Events

Art in the Round: Retired Badge Workshop

Juniors - Ambassadors

In Fresno: 
Thursday, September 5

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Fresno Council Office

In Bakersfield:
Thursday, September 12
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bakersfield Council Office

Eating Healthy & Eat Right, Stay Healthy

Retired Badge Workshop

Thursday, September 10

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

St. Brigid's Youth Center

319 N. Harris, Hanford

For Daisies and Brownies

Click here for flyer! 


2013 Cookie Classic Golf

Friday, September 13

Riverbend Golf Club, Madera.

Shotgun Start: 12:30 PM 

Fun prizes and cookies!
Sign-up at: 
Sponsored by CBS-47.
Lunch & Dinner:Tahoe Joe's.
Hole in One prize: Fresno Lexus

Do you work for or know a company that would benefit as a sponsor for our golf tournament? Let us know! Contact:

(559) 291-5078 ext 115 or

Philanthropist Badge Workshop for Brownies

Saturday, September 14

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Fresno Council Office

Girls will explore how to be a philanthropist!

Find information here!


Science in Everyday Life for Juniors

Retired Badge Workshop

Monday, September 16

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Fresno Council Office



 4th Annual AgriNation

September 21
4:00 PM. - 9:00 PM 
Vossler Farms, Visalia



If you pay for an event online, you MUST bring the receipt with you to the event.


Register for events online at or contact the Program Coordinator, Candice Roush-Gonzales, 
Staff News and Updates 

Please help us welcome our new Program Leadership Coordinator based in our Fresno Office, Candice Blair
Candice graduated from Fresno State with a BA in Sociology and a certificate in American Humanics (Non profit Management and Leadership) in 2006. She enjoys riding bikes with her husband and playing with her two dogs: Ruby and Watson.


GSCCS had some visitors this week! Sarah Moffat, field representative for U.S. Senator Dianna Feinstein visited us as well as Ameen Khan, the Director for Central and Eastern California for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. 

Opportunities for Girl Scouts


Design a garden, win $100 for the Madera Fair

There are open spots for Girl Scouts at the Madera County Fair garden exhibit for the following categories: Rustic Vintage Gardens, Cottage Gardens, Eclectic Gardens and Southwestern Gardens. The entry fee is $20 and fourth place wins $100! (and it increases from there!) 

Deadline to sign up for this opportunity is THIS Friday, August 16. To sign up, contact Linda Sloan at: or (559) 908-8235


6th Annual Central Valley Kids Cook-Off
Enter your recipe to qualify as a finalist to compete in the 6th Annual Central Valley Kid's Cook-Off. Open to kids 6-18 living in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, and Tulare Counties. Find all the information and prizes here. Rules can be found here.
Submit the recipe at: VisaliaHomeShows/KidsCookOff.
Deadline: Friday, September 6.
Gold Mine Store



Girl's Guides to Girl Scouting and Adult Guide Journey Sets

25% off now through 

October 31, 2013!

Girl's Guide was $22.50 

NOW $16.88 (plus tax)

Adult Journey Set was $15.00 NOW $11.25 (plus tax)



Volunteer Resource Packs available in our stores!

With the purchase of:  

  • A Girl's Guide
  • Adult Journey Set
  • World Association Pin
  • Girl Scout pin (traditional or contemporary)
  • Adult Insignia Tab 
  • Official Volunteer Pin 

You will get a FREE Girl Scouts of Central California South Tote. This tote is available in blue, red and purple while supplies last. Value of $15.00.



Store Hours:


Fresno office and store will be closed Tuesday, September 3 from 9:00 AM-3:30 PM for all staff meeting.

Bakersfield office and store closed all day September 3.


Both locations will be closed Saturday, August 31 through Tuesday, September 3 due to the holiday weekend.


The Bakersfield store will be Saturday, September September 7 and September 14. It will be closed September 21.


Starting October 1 the Fresno store will only be open the 2nd and 3rd Saturdays of every month unless posted otherwise.


Inventory Dates:

Bakersfield inventory dates are September 10-12.

Fresno inventory dates are September 17-19.

In This Issue
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S'Mores Festival Survey

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2013 S'Mores Festival at the Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park. Please provide feedback to improve and grow in our events. 

Check out S'Mores, Art Camp and other photos on Facebook!
Gather, Gab, & Girl Scouts Alumnae 
Scrapbooking Event
in Bakersfield this set for Saturday, August 17 is postponed due to low number of RSVPs. We will reschedule once summer is over!
Catch up with our Gold Awardee 
Megan T. earned her Gold Award this year, and recently spent the summer in Europe with her family! She wrote us an email sharing her amazing time. Find the letter on our website!

Gold Award Alliance

If you received the Girl Scouts Gold Award (or the First Class, Curved Bar, Golden Eaglet or Golden Eagle of Merit awards), you are eligible to share your story and be recognized in the first-ever Girl Scout Gold Award Alliance DirectoryFind out more at:


P.S. Please let us at GSCCS know if you participate! 

Stay Connected

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Troops and Juliettes, send your community service photos to Jordan,

Fun Patch of the Week


Bounce Fun

Aug 19 - 24 

Was $1.50 

NOW $1.00

While supplies last!

Short & Snappy Express Train
Station 5: Ten Reasons to Go Camping
There's no time like the present to plan a camping trip they'll never forget. Here are ten reasons why! 
Please remember: GSCCS requires each camping Troop to include at least one adult who has completed Outdoor

WANTED: Entertainers for Girl Scouting Around the World, February 22, 2014

If interested, please contact 

Tina McCallister-Boothe at 

(559) 291-5078 or

Annual Meeting Voting Results

The 2013 Annual Meeting was held in February. All our results, officers, and information on the meeting can be found on our website:

2014 New Zealand Trip 
  July 22 - August 1, 2014
Join the tour just for senior Girl Scouts and their leaders. Find the information here.

Grants for Teachers

The Kids in Need Foundation provides support for teachers who have innovative, meritorious ideas but lack the budget to bring them to life. Approximately 300 to 600 grants from $100 to $500 are awarded each year. 

The application deadline for 2013 is September 30. Apply at:

Double your gift
If you work for one of these companies, you can double your gift to Girl Scouts through their Matching Gift grant programs
Please let us know if your company does the same!
Service Unit Team Training DATE CHANGE

Mandatory training for the Service Unit teams:
Service Unit Manager, Recruiter, Registrar, Treasurer and New Leader Orientation Presenter.


 NOW Saturday, September 7
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Senior Community Center, 
201 North F Street, Tulare

RSVP by Friday, August 30
Please contact Michelle Loyd at:
(800) 490-8653 ext 200 or
NEW Training Calendar!
Click here for the most up-to-date training calendar! 
We are Invited! 
Fresno County 
United Way Day of Caring
Saturday, September 14
For more information, please contact: 
Melissa Tav at 559.243.3663 or
Kings County 
United Way Day of Caring
Friday, September 20
Mountain Heritage Days 
Friday, Sept. 20 &Saturday, Sept. 21
Fresno Flats Historical Village and Park
Vendors, food booths, silent auction, parade, bake sale and more! Information at their website: vendors, food booths, silent auction
Information on their website:
Kid Fest &
Parent Survival Expo
Saturday, October 5
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Red Ribbon Week 2013 Celebration
Saturday, October 26
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tulare Agri Center
Bakersfield Veterans Day Parade
Monday, November 11
10:00 AM

Thank you to our volunteer Board!


Board of Directors



    Jayne McCallister

1st Vice President

    Maria Escobedo

2nd Vice President

    Dr. Rebecca Malmo


    Keith Pretzer


    Susan Woods

Members At Large

    Kari Boisvert

    Nancy Chaffin

    Robert Frausto

    Eloise Golden

    Jennie Guadagno

    S. Renee Haga

    Robirda Lyon

    Debbie Rodriguez

    Joy Tolladay

    Faith Witte

    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!


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Thank you to all organizations and employees who contribute through corporate giving and gift matching campaigns!

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1377 W Shaw AvenueFresno, CA 93711
Regional Office located at: 1831 Brundage Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93304
Regional Office located at: 230 NW 3rd Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291 

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