October 11, 2013
Buy your holiday gifts, renew your magazines, support our military, all in one!
Don't worry, Girl Scouts has you covered! We
kick off our Fall Product Program TODAY! What does that mean? We will be selling delicious nuts, candies, and magazines all the way through December 1. Try our tasty Hot Cajun Crunch or the Double Chocolate Truffles in a collectible skating penguin tin. You will also be able to subscribe to magazines or renew your subscriptions ONLINE! Keep an eye out for Girl Scouts selling these treats beginning TODAY, October 11! 
If you don't want all these delicious treats for yourself, pass them along. Your $5 Operation Gratitude donation goes towards sending nuts, candies, and magazines to our military. What an easy way to give back and support your troops! Find all of this year's products at www.girlscoutsccs.org/nuts-magazines/.
You deserve FUN at Volunteer Carousel!

Girl Scout adult volunteers and Ambassadors - take a day off for yourself and enjoy a series of workshops on interesting topics such as mini herb gardens, celebrating cultures, Girl Scout history, trash to treasure, shoe art, SWAPs, macrame jewelry and cupcake decorating.  Full list here.

Saturday October 19, 2013, 8:30 AM - 4:15 PM, 

Selma First Baptist Church  

$20 all day (excludes lunch) or $15 morning or afternoon workshop

Register at  www.girlscoutsccs.org/volunteer-events/ 

Imagine having a career in STEM*

For the second year in a row,we present the  Chevron Cares about STEM* Careers Workshops for Girl Scouts. Learn about these in-demand careers from local professionals working in STEM* fields (*Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in Kern County.The workshops are made possible by grant funding provided by Chevron's Community Spirit Award.


There will be two series of workshops:  

Sat. Nov. 2, 2013

9:30 AM - 4:30 PM   

Cost for Girl Scouts: $5.00 (includes lunch)

(Non-registered Girl Scouts are an additional $20)                      

Registration deadline: Fri. Oct. 25, 2013


Junior Girl Scouts, Grades 4 - 5

Thurs. Nov. 14, 2013 and Thurs. Nov. 21

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM            

Cost for Girl Scouts: $5.00 (includes snack)

(Non-registered Girl Scouts are an additional $20)

Registration deadline: Fri. Nov. 7, 2013


Register online for the all high school session here. 


Register online for the Juniors two-part session here.

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in Women Inspiring Girls!
Our Bakersfield event was a HUGE success, and wouldn't have been possible without the help of everyone! Thank you! Please start thinking of a dynamic woman in your community to nominate for Women Inspiring Girls 2014 in Fresno and Bakersfield! 
Check out all the event photos on our facebook page.
Troop Happenings
 Troop 3113 did a "Get Moving" special interest booth at the Big Fresno Fair, which highlighted their recently completed Get Moving Journey.  Their awesome booth won Best of Show!  





Troop 2874 did a food drive and collected 238 cans which they donated to the Valley Food Bank. This helped them finish their Brownie Quest Journey to earn their Summit Award!


Good job, Troops 3113 and 2874!

GSCCS News and Updates 
A message from Elida, our new Chief Financial Officer!

"My name is Elida Gonzalez. I have been working in the field of accounting and finance for over a decade.  I am an ultra Endurance Cyclist, having Raced Across America in 2012 and am excited to begin my journey with the Girl Scouts of Central California South"


We have job openings! Make sure to find them at girlscoutsccs.org/careers

Girl Scouts Day at Matthew Bourne's
Sleeping Beauty in LA

Select Girl Scouts will dance on Ahmanson Stage and open the performance. On Sunday, November 24 at Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, watch Sleeping Beauty and participate in a 90-minute pre-show workshop! Details here! 

Programs and Trainings: Mark your calendars!
We have programs, trainings and events galore happening! Find them all on our website! The homepage will feature a few upcoming ones but they can ALL be found on our full calendar! Don't miss out on awesome troop events!


Program Aide Core Training

Cadettes - Ambassadors. 

Program Aides learn to work directly with younger girls under the supervision of an adult Girl Scout at Troop activities, and events or day camps.

Saturday, October 12
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
Fresno and Bakersfield Council Office
There are several more dates open! Look for them all on the full calendar! 

Juliette Low's Birthday Celebration
Wednesday, October 30; 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
Fresno and Bakersfield Council Office
Troops or Service Units interested in hosting an activity, please contact:

Fresno: Jordan at JKing@girlscoutsccs.org

Bakersfield: Pamela at PMann@girlscoutsccs.org 


Girl-botics in Tehachapi

In this seven session series, girls work to create LEGO MindStorm Robots that could compete in the FIRST LEGO League competition. Girls will learn about STEM careers during this series as well. Registration due by Wednesday, October 16. Click here for all the information!


Girl Scouts invited to Family Fun Events

Find the full list of exciting sports and adventure events with special recognition for your Girl Scout and the entire family at www.girlscoutsccs.org/family-fun-events/


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


Register for events online at  www.girlscoutsccs.org/full-calendar/ or contact the Program Coordinator, Candice Roush-Gonzales, cgonzales@girlscoutsccs.org 
Youth Exchange Program 2014-2015

The Rotary Clubs of District 5230 sponsor local area High School students to study abroad and live with host families in a foreign country for an academic school year program. Students must presently be attending High School and cannot be younger than 15-years of age and not older than 18 at the beginning of their year abroad. Students are invited to submit an application to: Rotary Club of Fresno Office:

2307 N. Fine Ave, Fresno, CA 93727 
Fax: (559) 453-3276 or via email:  office@fresnorotary.org 
by noon, Friday, November 1, 2013. 
Pumpkins and Pasta

Friends of Camp El-O-Win fundraiser

Carnival games, crafts for the kids, a great meal and s'mores! Door prizes and a grand prize of two tickets to Gilroy Gardens, a beautiful family friendly amusement park! 

Adults: $15
Kids 12 and under: $10

Friday, October 25, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Gibson Elementary School Cafeteria, Fresno. 

For tickets email info@campelowin.org or call 559.320.5439

GS Greater LA GirlTopia and Teen Summit: 

Bigger and better than ever!

 November 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

Faeturing the BYOU Magazine Celebrity Hotspot where Girl Scouts can meet and greet their favorite stars; the League of Extraordinary Women, where girls can chat with female leaders from all walks of life. Plus,  the Teen Summit leadership conference, for girls in grades 6-8, and grades 9-12.

Register before it sells out! Find all the information here and check out the website: www.girltopiala.org
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It's your world - Change it Journey Workshop

Troop 2486 invites sister Girl Scouts to participate in their Journey Workshop Saturday, December 14 in Bakersfield. Time slots available for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Your Girl Scout's participation can help send the troop to New York! All the information can be found here.

Help a sister Girl Scout's Gold Award project!
Girl Scout Taylor from Troop 888 in Central Indiana is asking for her sister Girl Scouts and the nation's help. For her Gold Award, she wants to raise awareness about HPV and its prevention. She has created a Facebook group  and Twitter for her project and asks you to "Like" and share these pages to help strike out HPV. Find her flyer here.
Your Girl Scout could be on the Fall 2014 Be A Reader Activity Poster! 

Every day, girls look to do great things in their community. Why not share these awesome activities for a chance to be featured on the Fall 2014 Be A Reader Activity Poster.

Fill out this form and email it to info@girlscoutsccs.org by Monday, October 21.

We are Invited! 
No Excuse for Abuse
5K Run/1 Mile Walk
Saturday, October 12
Mooney Grove Park in Tulare
Red Ribbon Week 2013 Celebration
Saturday, October 26
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tulare Agri Center

Fresno Shape Up

Saturday, October 26

 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Fresno State's Warmerdam Field

Featuring former NFL star Lorenzo Neal. 

This is a great day full of fun and FREE activities for kids ages 6-14. Lunch, drinks and T-shirts provided

Register and find information here

Children's Fall Festival
Saturday, October 26
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Holmes Neighborhood Park

Juliette Low Birthday and Costume Skate Party 

Presented by SU 626 

Sunday, October 27

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM; Skateland  Click here for registration form

Safe Halloween 2013 

Monday, October 28

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM;

Westside Park, Wasco

 Click here for flyer

STEM opportunity for GS Troops 
Who said going to the orthodontist wasn't fun? If your Girl Scout is considering dentistry as a future career, your troop can tour Dr. Brian Thurman's orthodontic office in Fresno. They will learn how braces work and get a demonstration of impression material using an imprint of their thumb. A peanut free snack is provided. Contact Cheryl at (559) 439-0425 or  thurmanortho@gmail.com.
Volunteer for pets!

Would you like to help make a difference? Valley Oak SPCA is looking for volunteers for Fall Clean Up at our Shelter and Clinic on Saturday, October 26. Contact Xio at 713-4688 or  xio.rosado@vospca.org.

Thank you to our

 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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