Community service project in honor of Independence day

On Saturday, June 30, 2012, Troop 2571 (Daisy/Brownie troop) undertook a Community Service project. They colored 100 American flags and presented them to the residents of Lifehouse Parkview Healthcare Center in honor of the Fourth of July. The girls also accomplished one of ten tasks to complete one  of the 100th things for the 100th G.S. Anniversary, they read for 100 minutes to the residents. Troop 2571 meets year-round and accomplishes approximately eight community services projects per year.

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For more information on Community Service Projects. Visit our community service webpage www.girlscoutsccs.org/community-service-projects/ .

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Girls Scouts collect canned food for 100th Anniversary

Service Unit 25 was celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting and collecting 100 cans of food per day at their  Twilight camp on  June 25-29 at Clovis High School. Their goal was to collect 500 cans (100 cans per day). They surpassed their goal and collected 620 cans! An anonymous donor donated $1 for every can donated in the name of Girl Scouts! The canned food and donation went  to needy children at Rescue the Children with the Fresno Rescue Mission.

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For more information on community service projects be sure to check out our Community Service webpage!  www.girlscoutsccs.org/community-service-projects/ .

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Girls have fun at Twilight Camp

Service Unit 30 hosted a Twilight Camp June 18 – 21 from 6:00pm to 8:45PM at the Fresno Sportsmen’s Club. Twilight Camp is where girls get an introduction to the things that have made Girl Scouting such a strong, safe, fun tradition.

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Camp opened each night with a flag ceremony followed by  Service Unit 30′s world famous relays. The girls then broke into small groups. Each day’s activities revolved around Girl Scout traditions during camp. Activities included things like: making  lemmi sticks, roasting smores, singing songs, and they made situpons. They also played a game called “Lick It & Stick It” where the girls licked marshmellows and stuck them to their face.  After that, they ran with them on to see who could make it without the marshmellows falling off.  it was quite a site!!!  Thursday night they held a Rededication Ceremony for all Girl Scouts. Girls made new friends, saw many of their old ones, and learn while they are having fun.

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~Catherine Ghan

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Pictures from the camp!

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Big Read with Fresno Library

Over 100 Girl Scouts participated in the Big Read with the Fresno Library. The Big Read with the Fresno

Library was a Patch program.

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Requirements:

Complete the first four activities plus:

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Brownies: complete any two additional activities

Juniors/Cadettes: complete any three additional activities

Seniors/Ambassadors: complete any four additional activities.

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1. Get Reading!- Read The Call of the Wild by Jack London, or an approved alternative from the Fresno County Public Library’s list. Create and keep a reading journal. What were the major themes? Who were the important characters? What did you learn? Share what you’ve learned with your troop.

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2. Get Out- Attend one The Call of the Wild program at the Fresno County Public Library.

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3. Create Your Own Tale- Write/Draw an original story from the perspective of an animal. Share your story with your troop.

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4. Bring the Yukon Home- Research the Yukon’s climate, geography, and people. Then create a 3D model. Answer the following: What is the average temperature? What is the landscape like? Who is native to this area?

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5. Get Involved- Volunteer to read to a younger Girl Scout or Senior Citizen for one hour

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6. Get Involved- Volunteer at your local library for one hour

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7. Map Buck’s Journey- Create a map of the journey, and the major locations of the Klondike Gold Rush. Answer the following: How was the Klondike Gold Rush different from the California Gold Rush?

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8. Build Your Perfect Sled Team- Talk to someone who is knowledgeable about dogs and dog breeds (a Veterinarian, a representative from your local SPCA, etc) Get information on different breeds. Answer the following: What breeds would do well in the Arctic Circle? What characteristics do they share?

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9. Gold Rush- Practice panning for gold. Find a location near you or pan for gold in your own backyard. Get a large flat container, sand, water, pie tins, and “gold”. Have fun learning this once profitable technique. Answer the following: What were the years of the Klondike Gold Rush? Who Participated?

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10. Your Journey Starts with a Sled- Research types of dog sleds and make a small replica of your very own. Answer the following: Name two types of sleds. How do they differ from one another? Why did you choose your sled?

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11. Cook like an Alaskan- Create a dish that you could eat on the trail, something inspired by the frosty state, or just something that has Alaska in its name. Be creative, and share your creation with your troop.

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12. Create The Call of the Wild Trading Cards- Make a card for all of the dog characters. Include their stats: a picture, their name, characteristics, personality traits, etc.

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*13. If you are feeling really adventurous make the journey to Jack London Historical State Park in Glen Ellen, CA. Answer the following: Name two stories, other then The Call of the Wild, that Jack London wrote. Locate Jack London’s home. When did he move here? How long did he live here?

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Girl Scouts National Corporate Leadership Meeting

Girl Scouts of Central California South, CEO, Cathy Ferguson recently attended the Girl Scouts National Corporate Leadership Meeting in Washington D.C. The theme for this year’s meeting this year was: “What Must We Do ToGetHerThere*?” The meeting included topics such as: Dialogue on Operational Topics, Awareness and Action, Media and our Cause Campaign, and Strategic Corporate Philanthrophy. They The CEOs had “How do we Get Her There discussions” and table discussions with other councils in which they shared ideas about what has worked in their own regions. ”It was a great learning experience, and I am excited to use what I have learned to continuously better our council. The session about Organizing and Pitching Your Value Proposition was especially important to me as this is the direction I hope our council can go regarding corporate sponsorships. It is not asking for donations but providing a mutually beneficial opportunity through a sponsorship – Learning how Girl Scouts can implement and give the corporate sponsor what it needs,” – stated Cathy.

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Jill Biden, the speaker for one of the evening receptions, spoke about her experience being a Girl Scout while wearing a uniform and sash. Later that evening she was presented with an updated sash. Jill shared the value Girl Scouts has had with the military and project Operation Gratitude. Taking care of the military families is dear to her heart. She took pictures with Girl Scouts from each area in the U.S. The picture posted below is a picture of Jill Biden and the CEOs from all the California councils.

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*For more information on the Girl Scouts’ ToGetHerThere initiative, please visit: www.togetherthere.org/.

 

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Girl Scouts send school supplies to Senegal

Two troops from SU 15 and a troop,  from SU 12 sent supplies  to a school in Senegal that basically has nothing. The families  can barely afford yearly tuition for their children which amounts approximately to $2.00 US dollars.

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The girls from Troop 213 asked family, friends and their teachers for donations of school supplies. They also used some of their profits from cookie sales they designated to service projects. They had a goal to collect a 100 school supplies, but exceeded that goal by several 100!

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Troop 236 participated as part of our “100 things for the 100th Anniversary” project. They sent at least 100 pencils and 100 glue sticks along with scissors, notebooks, and stickers.

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 Anne, was the Senegal contact, she sent the following note and photos of the day they gave all the school supplies to the kids in her village.

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 Here is Anne’s note:

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Handing over the packages was really fun. The teachers started opening them up, and before long the kids (being unsupervised, since all the teachers were opening packages!) started crowding around. Everyone was exclaiming over everything, all very excited – it was so cute! The kids loved seeing photos of Visalia and the scouts who had sent them this stuff. After everything had been unpacked the teachers immediately started counting every single pencil and crayon. They did the math and figured that they could start by giving each and every student three crayons and one pencil, which they did, going from classroom to classroom. Kids started trading pencils and crayons for colors they liked better, and held them up for pictures.

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The teachers decided to save some of the other stuff, and give them as gifts to good students at the end of the year, as well as prizes in an upcoming games day.

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A lot of the supplies, like glue and colored pens and pencils, have never been seen in the school. I expect an increase in craft projects! I have to tell you that everyone was very thankful, and kept telling me what a good and generous people you are, and the scouts. So, from the Bira Elementary school, thank you a million times! It really was an amazing thing, and it helps inspire excitement in students who, otherwise, have access to very little in the way of supplies.

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Pictures sent from Anne:

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Volunteer Background Screening Update

Background Screening Update

The background screening process is now online! Click here!

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Who needs to complete a background screening?

-All leaders and co-leaders

-All volunteer chaperone/drivers – must also be at least 21 years old and a registered Girl Scout adult.

-All volunteers who handle money – must also be a registered Girl Scout adult

-All Troop or Service Unit Product Program Chairs

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If you have any questions, please contact the Leadership Development Supervisor at mloyd@girlscoutsccs.org or (800) 490-8653 ext. 200.

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Girl Scouts to honor Linda Danna

Linda is being awarded a special Community Take Action Award in recognition of her  hands-on leadership and personal commitment to community service and  improving the lives of hundreds of families in the south Central Valley.

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Linda will receive her award at the Girl Scouts of Central California South 100th anniversary Gala on August 25th at the Clovis Veterans’ Memorial Building. “Linda has been a huge supporter of not only the Girl Scouts but the entire Fresno community in so many ways. Linda encourages countless others to lend a hand by leading the way herself. She is truly an amazing woman, and her love for her community is inspirational. We are honored to award Linda with our Community Take Action Award at our 100th Anniversary Gala,” stated, CEO, Cathy Ferguson.

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Linda Danna’s professional career began after she graduated from the University of Texas,  Austin, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio, Television & Film, along with minors in Political Science and Spanish. Her major step into the world of broadcasting was as an Account Executive for KHOU-TV, a CBS affiliate in Houston Texas, where she was nominated as an Outstanding Television Account Executive by American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT). Later, she became the Local Sales Manager for KTXA-TV in Dallas Texas, and was nominated as an Outstanding Television Sales Manager by AWRT. Linda was the Vice President & General Manager of Seltel / Millennuium – Dallas, a National Rep Firm that sells on behalf of 140 television stations nationwide. After Dallas, Linda returned to Houston as Director of Sales for KTXH-TV, home of the Houston Rockets and Astros televised broadcasts.

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Shortly thereafter, Linda became the Senior Vice President & General Manager for WUPA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. Under her leadership, the station was the inaugural National “UPN Affiliate of the Year”.  Linda was promoted by CBS to Senior Vice President & General Manager of WWJ-TV and WKBD-TV in Detroit Michigan. While there, Linda was named one of “Michigan’s 95 Most Powerful Women” and one of “Michigan’s Top Business Women.” Linda also served on the Michigan Association of Broadcaster’s Board.

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In the fall of 2005 and throughout 2006, Linda took a break from broadcasting to care for her terminally ill Mother. In 2007, Linda returned to Television as Director of Sales / Interim General Manager of WOAI-TV in San Antonio, Texas, where she led the team that finished $1 million over budget.

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Since September 2008, Linda has been the Vice President & General Manager at KGPE-TV, CBS47 in Fresno. Linda has served on the Girl Scouts of Central Valley board and the United Way CEO cabinet. Currently, Linda serves on the California Association of Broadcasters Board and is Vice President of the Fresno Compact Board. In 2011, she was honored to be a recipient of the Fresno Marjaree Mason Top Ten Professional Women of the Year Award.

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Notable Community Accomplishments:

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The “On Your Side” station, CBS47, lives their brand daily with 40 station sponsored community events in 2010 and 58 station sponsored community events in 2011. These events have benefitted the Fresno Rescue Mission, Community Food Bank, Central California Blood Center, Big Brothers – Big Sisters, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and others.

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The CBS47 Volunteer Telethons doubled their goal of 47,000 hours 2 years in a row in conjunction with Hands on Central Valley and Serve Fresno. Fresno Mayor Ashley’s goal of 1 million volunteer hours was exceeded with the commitment from the CBS47 team.

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August 2011 Community Drive – approximately 180,000 books donated by the community to benefit the Fresno County Public Libraries. The subsequent book sale garnered over $35,000 for the County Libraries.

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In January 2012, CBS47 produced and broadcast the first ever live Fresno Mayor’s Town Hall. The hour long television program was moderated by evening anchor, Ken Malloy and included interactive social media components with morning anchor, Zara Arboleda. Evening anchor, Evy Ramos, fielded questions from the studio audience.

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In May 2012, CBS championed the largest National one day food drive – Stamp Out Hunger with nearly $50,000 in on-air resources in a 4 week campaign.

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Regarding the Girl Scouts of Central California, CBS47 is a proud sponsor of World Thinking Day, Women Inspiring Girls Awards luncheon with video support, and the Cookie Classic Golf Tournament.

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Over the last 3.5 years, under Linda’s leadership, CBS47 has donated in excess of $1 million dollars in terms of station on air commercials, production, news coverage, resources and paid volunteer hours for community needs and initiatives.

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Troop earns Agent of Change Badge

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Troop 2719 (from left to right: Katie, Courtney, Jasper, Brooklyn, Jasmine, Callie) from Bakersfield  canvassed their neighborhoods for donations for the Bakerfield Pet Food Pantry. They excercised their Powers of One and Power of Team, and collected pet food and pet items for their community, and so earned their Agent of Change patches.

 

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Global Green Team Take Action Project

In celebration of the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary, Alcoa Foundation in partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) launched the Global Green Team Partnership Program. This program “twins” 20 Girl Scouts councils in the U.S. and 20 Girl Guides member organizations in 13 countries who will work together on Global Green Team projects for two years. The girls will identify, lead and take action in three main environmental areas: reducing waste, saving energy and planting rain gardens.

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As part of the twinning project, Girl Scouts of Central California South partnered with the Fresno Yosemite International Airport for their 2012 holiday display of trees. Displays feature recycled materials, based on the Girl Scouts Forever Green campaign, and will be on exhibit for the entire month of December at the airport. Local artists created beautiful designs for the holiday trees, based on the eco-friendly Forever Green theme.

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Fresno-based Girl Scouts, the Global Green Team, designed a tree using recycled materials, titled “Renewing Friendship.” It showcases the global friendships we all share, and the environmental twinning partnership of local Girl Scouts with Girl Guides in Guinea. The tree’s concept abides by the Girl Scout law to “use resources wisely,” and “be a sister to every Girl Scout.” This tree represents different girls from around the world who share in the common beliefs of building girls of courage, character and confidence that make the world a better place. Photos of all the holiday trees can be seen at www.girlscoutsccs.org/airport-holiday-display.

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Girl Scouts from Kerman hosted an Earth Day at Lion Park in Kerman on April 21, 2013. It was a day of fun outdoor activities for families, with the focus on being environmentally responsible and staying fit and healthy.

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Both groups of girls were at Girl Scouting Around the World in February with fun fitness activities and talked to girls and families about reducing waste.

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Learn more about Forever Green here!