The GSSA Weekly from Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama

January 14, 2016 


 


Welcome to GSSA Weekly, the council's e-newsletter. 
 
At right, Girl Scout Troop 9087 shows off their sign at their cookie booth.  It's their first year selling cookies, and they are very excited!  Excellent work, girls!

Click here or on the image to see a larger version!

Want to see your Girl Scouts featured in GSSA Weekly?  E-mail the photo with event information to [email protected].
  
Cookie Bites: Reminders for Cookie Chairs
  
Looking for more booth sales?  We continue to add them in SNAP, including our new weekend popup booth at the Shoppes at EastChase in Montgomery!

Keep depositing troop cookie proceeds into your troop bank account.  Lots of cash flows during the cookie sales, and the bank is the safest place for it!  We will be "pinging" bank accounts soon in preparation to withdrawing the first half of cookie funds due to council on February 10.

As always, please contact Teri or Cheryl with any questions and concerns.  They are here to help!
Get Your Camp Reservations In -- Prime Weekends are Filling Up

Service Units and Troops, reserve our camp properties as soon as you can.  Sister councils are interested in reserving our camp properties, and we want to meet the needs of our GSSA Troops and Service Units first. 

Check out our new Property Reservation Calendar to see available dates!
 
Girl Scout Week is Coming -- Order Your Bulletin Inserts Today!

Would your church or other house of worship like to use bulletin inserts on Girl Scout Sunday (March 6) or Girl Scout Sabbath (March 12)?

Order inserts using this form by this Friday (Jan. 29), and we
will get them to you!

This year's Bulletin Insert design comes to us from Victoria of Troop 9080, whose entry shows what being a Girl Scout means to her: helping people.  Thanks, Victoria!
It's been Cold, but Cookies are Heating Up!      

Bbbbrrrrrr, we are experiencing the El Nino, and the temperatures are dipping into unusual winter range for here.   Kudos to all of you who did show up at your booth sale or drive thru last weekend and sold cookies.   I've been enjoying the photos of girls on participating in Walkabout Weekend that are coming in.  They are always fun.
I want to give a quick an update from some of the chaos we have experienced.   We have been posting the new booth locations as they come in.   We have had fewer reports of issues seeing the entire booth scheduler, so we are hoping that is working better for everyone.   If not, please let us know.  We are working to address your frustrations as they arise, since selling cookies should be fun!   Also, let us know how the cookie drive-thrus are going. These are a new program for us this year, so we look forward to your feedback.

We brought in additional inventory in all cupboards, so we have plenty of cookies for you to pick up.   Simply put in your planned order and come to pull more cookies.   We are pretty close to getting ready to ping your bank account to see if our bank sees your account prior to the ACH withdrawal in February.   If you have not gotten your bank account information to Cheryl Miller, please do so.   If we have sent your troop an ACH in either direction, we probably have the right information for you.   We will ping your account, and then will work to give you a warning a day or before taking the funds your troop owes for the first part of the sale.
 
Continue reading on our Virtual Volunteer Blog.  
New Programs & Updates

Mobile Service Center and Shop will be closed on Tuesday, February 9.
Montgomery Service Center and Shop will be closed on Monday, February 15.

 Advocacy Day (ALL) 3/10

 Night Moves (C S A)  3/11
 
Upcoming Deadlines 

Event
Location
Date
Deadline

1/15-18
2/25
 
 
1/29
Planned order due in SNAP (TCM/SUCM)
online
 
1/31
midnight
Final Gold Award Proposal Deadline (Graduating Ambassadors)
 
 
2/1
 
 
2/1
Planned order due in SNAP (TCM/SUCM)
online
 
2/7
midnight
webinar
 Thursdays + as needed
RSVP
 1/2 Money Due to Council in SNAP (includes cookies picked up on Feb 3)(TCM/SUCM)
 
 
2/10
Montgomery
2/11
online study
Planned order due in SNAP (TCM/SUCM)
online
 
2/14
midnight
 
Other Opportunities
Because we want our girls to have many learning (and fun!) opportunities, we offer this additional calendar for programs that are not presented by our council. Some of these programs are presented by our volunteer Troops and Service Units, others are put on by groups in the communities we serve. Calendar listings do not imply endorsement by the council.  This calendar is available on our Events & Programs page 
Please contact the volunteer listed in the program for more information and program status. 
Upcoming Events: