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The Alumnae e-newsletter is distributed every other month to Girl Scout Alumnae and Lifetime members in Gateway Council, Inc. For more information regarding this e-newsletter contact 


October 2012

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 Thank You!


Because People Like You Invested...

At-risk girls will have a role model like you and will discover her potential.

9 girls will camp, learn and play outdoors for a week, even though their families can't afford it.

            230 girls will join our sisterhood and become Girl Scouts.


Over $2,700 was raised by 40 donors in our most recent annual giving campaign, Invest in Me I will Succeed.


Recently a girl said, "There are two words that sum up everything I have gotten from Girl Scouts-Thank you. I wish I could shake everyone's hand and thank them. I wouldn't be the person I am today if there weren't such great people giving to Girl Scouts. Donors are the unsung heroes."


Thank you for investing in me. Because of YOU, she will succeed.

      Alumna Spotlight 

 Karen E. Harris, MD, MPH 




Eleven years ago I started a Brownie troop because there were not enough troops available in downtown Gainesville. At my first meeting we had seven Brownies, and one Daisy Girl Scout. The next meeting we had eight Brownies, and six Daisies. So I asked for volunteers for the Daisies, and our cluster of troops at First United Methodist Church was created. I like the "cross pollination" as different troops work together on projects and cookie sales.

My daughter, Sarah, and I have been together in Girl Scouts from the beginning. She is now a junior at Oak Hall School and in her 11th year of Girl Scouting. She has had opportunities to lead her fellow troop members, facilitate and plan Service Unit Campouts and events, be a Girl GSGC Board member, representing Gateway Council at the International Girl Scout World Forum in Chicago. There is no other organization where she could have those powerful leadership opportunities. She understands "girl power" and is already sensitive to gender disparity issues all girls face. Girl Scouts develops strong girls who will become the strong women leaders of the future.

I choose to give my time and resources to Girl Scouts and hope you will join me in supporting our young women and girls.


Neighborhood Event


Thank you to volunteer board members Jessica Ligator
 and Tayloe McDonald! Jessica, pictured on the left, and Tayloe, pictured on the right, hosted a neighborhood event in Jacksonville at Jessica's home, connecting women in the community with each other and Girl Scouts. The women were able to visit during the social gathering and learn more about how they could be involved with Girl Scouts!

If you'd like to host a neighborhood event, call Jennifer at Gateway Council: 904-421-3487, or email:



Happy Holidays! 


Looking for a way to spread some cheer this holiday season? Give a gift with lasting impact when you make a donation to the council in honor of your Girl Scout. Recognize a leader's hard work or girl's Gold Award by honoring her with your gift. The council will acknowledge each gift with a special holiday card sent to the honoree. These gifts will help the council deliver program to more girls, and continue to provide important training opportunities essential to volunteer success.

Mail your check to 1000 Shearer Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205, or give online here. When possible, please include contact information for the person you are honoring.

Honoring Outstanding Women


Our tradition of honoring women in the community continues with the 2013 Women of Distinction and Women Who Make a Difference luncheons. Both events, one in Jacksonville and one in Gainesville, celebrate women who exemplify the values of Girl Scouts and are role models for girls. Proceeds from both luncheons provide funding to support the Girl Scout Leadership program for girls in North Florida.


April 11, 2013
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

Jill Langford Dame, Estelle W. McKissick, Shannon Miller, Rita Perry, Cindy M. Sanborn, and Isabelle Owen Spence are the 2013 Women of Distinction! You're invited to support these women and Girl Scouts by attending or sponsoring the event. This luncheon, in its 24th year, is a feel good, motivational event not to be missed! Contact for more information.


The Women Who Make a Difference event will be held May 10, 2013 at the Gainesville Hilton - mark your calendar and plan to join us as we celebrate our new honorees: Susan Crowley, Angela Terrell, Debby Knopf, Jennifer Costello and Susan Spain. This annual event celebrates these women's lives, the importance of leadership opportunities that each one of them experienced while in the Girl Scout program, and the value of learning to give back to their community. Don't miss this motivating event! Contact for further information.


Give and Go!


Get discounted Jacksonville Jaguars tickets while supporting Girl Scouts!


For every ticket you buy to any game through Give and Go! $20 will automatically be donated to Girl Scouts of Gateway Council. YOU can help make Girl Scouting possible for every girl in our area.


Consider getting a group together to enjoy a day of Jaguars football -- you will be supporting the Jaguars and Girl Scouts of Gateway Council -- Just click on the button above to buy your tickets!

Have you remembered Girl Scouts in your will?

It's a wonderful way to leave a legacy and to make sure the Girl Scout experiences you remember so fondly are available for generations to come.


You probably expect to leave your resources to your family members and perhaps a few causes you care about. Take a few moments now to make sure your plans are in place. Remember: if you don't designate the recipients of your estate, the government will decide for you!


After you have taken care of your own family, leaving a percentage of your estate to Girl Scouts can make a big impact on the future. It's easy to do. Simply list our legal name: Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Inc. in your will. (And if you let us know you've done so, we'll be glad to recognize you as part of our Juliette Gordon Low Society.)


To learn more about bequests and other ways to give to Girl Scouts, contact Linda Hull at 904-421-3484 or