August 29, 2013

Do you know a girl who can't wait to change the world? 
Or to be a leader? 
Girl Scouting opens young girls to the opportunities ahead of them! 
Do you know a future Girl Scout?
Did you know:
  • For girls ages 11-12, 73% reported improving the world around them as their favorite activity?
  •  Two-thirds of our nation's most accomplished women in public service, business, science, education, the arts, and community life were Girl Scouts. 
  • Virtually every female astronaut who has flown in space was a Girl Scout.
Know a girl, grades K thru 12? Have her join today!
Don't forget to re-register either!! The new membership year begins October 1 so re-register by September 30! 
AgriNation is just weeks away!
Join us for our 4th Annual AgriNation on Saturday, September 21 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Vossler Farms in Visalia. Learn how food gets from the farm to your table, experience a corn maze, learn lots of cool stuff about our agricultural treasures, play fun games and more!
Juliette Night in Fresno
Juliettes can now attend monthly meetings at the council offices! Come join us for your first meeting and to learn more about Girl Scouts. 
What's a Juliette? 
Juliettes are individually registered Girl Scouts who do not belong to a troop. The program is open to girls in K-12th grade. A girl will be a Juliette until she is placed into a troop, or she can opt to stay a Juliette.  The program allows the girls to attend all Girl Scout events/programs, and participate in projects and awards.
For more information, call (800)-490-8653, email, or submit your info here.
Visits with our Congressional Leaders
GSCCS CEO Cathy Ferguson, Board Treasurer Keith Pretzer and CRDO Marilyn Deen visited with Congressman Jim Costa in Fresno.
In Bakersfield, Cathy visited Congressman Kevin McCarthy's Legislative Director, Kyle Lombardi, with Board 1st Vice-President Maria Escobedo, and Fund Development Director Pamela Mann.  
The discussions were about a critical pension issue affecting Girl Scouts.
Congratulations to Ashlyn R!
Congratulations for senior Girl Scout Ashlyn R. from Troop 2486 in Bakersfield who will be representing Girl Scouts of Central California at the 2014 National Convention in Savannah, Georgia. 
Way to make us proud, Ashlyn!

American Red Cross in National Partnership with Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts across the country will have access to Red Cross training at reduced rates under a nationally standardized agreement. The local partnership between Girl Scouts of Central California South and the American Red Cross Central Valley will create a more streamlined process of signing up for preparedness courses to help save lives in the Central Valley. Read more here. 
Dress as a Superhero;  Make a Difference 
Join the Human Race and support Girl Scouts. Register for the 5k Walk/Run on
Sunday, September 8 through downtown Fresno. 
 Register online at:
Barbie and Girl Scouts partner for "Be Anything, 
Do Everything"
Over the last five decades, Barbie has had more than 135 diverse careers under her belt. Barbie and Girl Scouts have come together to create  "Be Anything, Do Everything," which encourages Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies  to explore career choices through the "I Can Be..." activity booklet. Read the whole news release here.
Home School Partnership is on the Move 
Girl Scouts will begin a partnership with the Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center, a charter school for home school families in the Central Valley.  GSCCS CEO Cathy Ferguson, Director of Membership Patty Craven, Director of Programs Teresa Branic and Fund Development Assistant Dawn Deis visited the facility in Visalia to discuss how Girl Scouting can help enhance the organization's enrichment programs.
Girl Scouts Give Back  


More than 200 girls in our Girl Scouts Connect program participated in a Summer Food Drive where they collected a total of 600 pounds of food from Madera to Kern County for their "Feed the Need"community service project.Awesome job girls!

These girls are part of the 5,000 girls from under-served communities who receive subsidized programming every year through our Girl Scouts Connect Program.


Please Support our Girl Scouts Connect Program

Want to support Girl Scouts with a regular financial gift, but too busy to remember? Let us make your life easier. Girl Scouts can accept recurring gifts on a weekly, monthly, or even annual basis. 

For details, contact Marilyn Deen at or call (800) 490-8653 ext 115. 

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! 

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

Women Inspiring Girls Awards
Friday, October 4
Valley Baptist Church, Bakersfield



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
Welcome to Brenetta Sadakov, who has become the full time Volunteer Coordinator. Brenetta worked with us as an AmeriCorps VIP for the past 2 years




The new Girl Scouts Connect Supervisor for Fresno/Madera area is Katie Collins. She will be working in a transitionary position until the Product Program position is filled.




Rachelle Beavers is taking over as the Girl Scouts Connect Supervisor for Kern and Southern Tulare,  transitioning from her current position as Customer Service Representative. 


Congratulations  Brenetta, Katie and Rachelle!!


We are still looking for a Girl Scouts Connect Coordinator for Tulare and Kings. Details:

Gold Mine Store & Hours:


20% off totes and bags online and in store!

September 1 - September 7 


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


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 Sept 3.


Both locations will be closed Tuesday, September 17 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM for a council wide meeting.


The Bakersfield store will be open Saturday, Sept 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 - We will be CLOSED these dates:

Bakersfield inventory dates are September 10-12.

Fresno inventory dates are September 17-19. 


  Have YOU visited our Online Store?


Did you know our online store is connected to the GSUSA store BUT that when you order from our online store, our Council (GSCCS) directly receive the proceeds?
Why wait! Shop online now!

In This Issue
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Golfers! The only place for cookies in September!
Friday, September 13, 11:00 AM
Join us for the 2013 Cookie Classic Golf Tournament at Riverbend Golf Club in Madera.
Register online here.

Earn your FROGS Patch


Thank you to the 25 Troops and Juliettes whose girls each gave $5 donations with their membership renewal and earned their FROGS* patch! Thank you to troops from Bakersfield, Clovis, Coalinga, Coarsegold, Fresno, Lemoore, Porterville, Sanger, Taft, Tehachapi, Tulare and Woodlake!


There is still time to re-register for the 2013-2014 year and earn your patch! (Please re-register

by September 30).



BONUS - earn the FROGS Supporter patch with a donation of $30 or more!


*FROGS - Friends & Relatives of Girl Scouts

Stay Connected

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter   View our profile on LinkedIn   Find us on Pinterest

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

Fun Patch of the Week

Make New Friends 

Sept 3 - 7 

Was $1.50 

NOW $1.00

While supplies last!
Why not buy one for a new Girl Scout Friend too! 

How can your family be "EPIC"? 

What is more "Epic" than saving the world by going green?


Here's how it works: Sign up for Team ENERGY STAR at and submit your "EPIC Pledge" to save energy at home with ENERGY STAR based on a list of simple tips available right there for you. The first 250 families to pledge will receive a DVD of the movie, EPIC, courtesy of Fox.

Earn the Presidential Service Award  
Did you know GSCCS is an approved certified organization for the Presidential Service Award? For all the information, go to 
Short & Snappy Express Train
Station 6: Troop Financials 
Each year Troops/groups are required to submit an Annual Troop/Service Unit Financial Report accompanied by 
copies of all receipts and corresponding bank statements. Learn all about your troop financials here.
All previous Short & Snappy's can be found on our website!
Boy Scouts enjoying a donation of Girl Scout cookies at Camp Chawanakee
FREE Fresno Fair Ticket
Participate in the early "Feed the Need" Community Food Drive. Bring 12 or more cans of food or other non-perishable food items to CBS 47 between 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM on September 18.
Remember as well to come say hi to us at the Fair! 
Girl Scouts will be there!

Family Fun Event Survey

Did you attend one of our Family Fun Events? 

Please take our follow up survey and tell us your thoughts!

Click here for the survey 

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
Information on their website:
Pet Care Workshop
Saturday, September 28
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Ridgecrest IWV Humane Society
This is Mallory M.'s Gold Award project! Details on this flyer.
Kid Fest &
Parent Survival Expo
Saturday, October 5
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Forest Conservation Days
Saturday, October 5
Nature hike at Sequoia Lake
Details on this flyer.
No Excuse for Abuse
5K Run/1 Mile Walk
October 12
Mooney Grove Park in Tulare
Red Ribbon Week 2013 Celebration
Saturday, October 26
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tulare Agri Center
Children's Fall Festival
Saturday, October 26
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Holmes Neighborhood Park
Bakersfield Veterans Day Parade
Monday, November 11
10:00 AM

Thank you to our Board of Directors 

Thank you to our volunteer Board for reviewing and confirming our FY2014 budget at a meeting at the Boy Scouts office in Visalia.

 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

    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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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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