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!

 

Girl Scout living out her dream

Ever since I was in third grade, I have been enchanted by astronomy and space travel, starting when I won my very first telescope at a local Girl Scout Astronomy Day. Ever since I have done all I can to spread my enthusiasm about space. I have ran numerous Astronomy and Aerospace badge workshops and have seen my passion pass on to some of these little girls. I even did my Gold Award project to raise awareness of light pollution, the haze that keeps Bakersfield from seeing the beautiful night sky. I love astronomy so much that I have planned to create a career out of my passion. I just attended my first year at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ. I have  fallen head over heels for this school. This school specializes in aviation and space-oriented careers and seems like the perfect fit for me.  I plan to major in Aerospace Engineering and Astrophysics, and my dream is to help aid the private industry in space travel. My plan is to help build the rocket and possibly get a ride as the mechanic on the first expedition to Mars. I’m very excited for my future doing what I love!

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~Ashely Loyd

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“I used what they taught us in Girl Scouts about public speaking”

I wanted to share an observation that Hailey, my 16 year old Senior Girl Scout, made one night as she was preparing to give a four-minute persuasive speech to her 10th grade English class. She had about a page and a half of material to present and she asked me if I thought that would be enough to talk for four minutes. I told her I didn’t think so, that she might need more material. She returned a while later with a triumphant look on her face and showed me the timer on her phone which read 3 min. 59 sec, and said, “Look, it’s almost exactly four minutes. Want to hear it?” I said sure and she launched into a confident, animated, measured speech promoting the continuation of space exploration. I told her it sounded great. She said, “Yep! I used what they taught us in Girl Scouts about public speaking!” Girl Scouts has really added a lot to Hailey’s “self.”

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~Eileen Swift

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Girl Scouting is more than just cookies

For various reasons, I believe Girl Scouts is a good experience for all girls. Some people may disagree because they think Girl Scouting is just about selling cookies. But there is more to this organization that benefits girls. Girl Scouts teaches marketing and business skills. Second, girls learn how to build confidence and courage in reaching their goals. Finally, the most important reason is girls learn how to socially and environmentally impact our world to make it a better place. Consequently, I will argue that Girl Scouts benefits girls their entire life.

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Girls learn the use of business and marketing skills by finding ways to market their cookies, nuts, and magazines, dealing with orders, handling money, setting up booths and providing customer service.  For example, my friends and I made a song that helped us catch the attention of customers and we sold more cookies. Girls have to budget the money they earn and decide what they can and cannot afford. For instance, my troop and I wanted to go to Disneyland so we had to calculate all the money it would take to go. We looked at how much we already had, factored in known expenses for the year, and then determined how much more we had to raise. These skills taught us what we need to know in order to do some of the things we enjoy.

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Most people will never get very far, and have few achievements without believing in themselves or having courage and confidence. This is what the Girl Scout program gives each girl.  For example, many women who were former Girl Scouts have gone into successful careers in politics, science, and technology, and aerospace because they were confident that they could make it.  Kay Bailey Hutchison is a terrific example. A former Girl Scout, she followed her dreams and became a senator. When people have no belief in themselves, they miss out and don’t achieve their goals. When, after saving and months of planning, my troop and I went horseback riding, a girl was terrified on the horse. If she had given up she would have missed out. In fact, after riding for a few minutes she calmed down, had tons of fun, and wants to go again. So, with courage and confidence a person can accomplish anything.

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 Third, girls will be able to impact the world using social and environmental skills. Girls help to make a difference locally and globally. For instance, my local Council helped in the fight against Malaria Globally by sending bed nets and water purifiers to South Africa.  Next, my troop and two others made a difference locally with picking up litter. We went up to Kings Canyon and in two hours removed litter from a sledding area that would have taken a single Ranger one month to remove. Additionally, my troop made bread for the Poverello house that benefits the homeless in Fresno County. Therefore, girls all around the world help to make a difference by getting involved in their communities.

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Consequently, it is my belief that Girl Scouts is the experience of a lifetime.  Naysayers that say it is just about selling cookies are not looking at the whole organization. Selling cookies is only part of the program, it is the lessons being learned that teach lifelong skills. If only the naysayers looked past the cookie sales they  too could see and believe in the good of Girl Scouting. All the lessons taught and learned by the girls of today, will allow them to become tomorrow’s leaders.

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~Treasa

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Daisy shares Girl Scouting experience

Daisy Girl Scout, Allison,  talked about her Girl Scout experiences during her kindergarten graduation from Immanuel Christian School in Ridgecrest. She was so cute, and so enthusiastic about getting her badges, etc. She said that she had helped an elderly person get up from a chair, the elderly person wasn’t able to do that on her own, and then she held her hand while they walked to the cafeteria counter. She was so cute and I wished I had known in advance and could have filmed her.  Girl Scouts in Ridgecrest are having fun!

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~Board Member: Kari G. Boisvert

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Board Member Awarded

Jayne McCallister was awarded the Meg Barnes award on Tuesday, June 5th. This award is in honor of former Girl Scouts of Golden Valley Board member Meg Barnes who became her daughters’ Brownie leader and continued her volunteerism throughout their school years and even after the girls had graduated from high school. The Council presents this award to an outstanding Board member or Community Leader who has gone above and beyond the call to help provide necessary support to ensure the stability of the Council.

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Jayne is a woman who does a lot behind the scenes and requires little recognition. She rolls up her sleeves and digs in wherever needed. She has been especially helpful this year. She serves on many Council Committees including, chairing the Board Development Committee, along with her husband, running the entire Cookie Classic Golf Tournament Committee and serving on the Women Inspiring Girls Luncheon Committee. It doesn’t stop there. She also has worked diligently with her own granddaughter’s troop. She  was a Girl Scout and has given her grand daughter the gift of Girl Scouting as well.

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Congratulations Jayne, we appreciate everything you do for Girl Scouts. 

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