Girl Scout Sponsor, Cargill, goes pink for Breast Cancer awareness

Cargill is an amazing sponsor of Girl Scouts of Central California South. This month they went “pink” for Breast Cancer Awareness. They held a luncheon on October 16th in support of  Breast Cancer Awareness. One of their long time employees, Miguel Gonzales, found a lump last year that turned out to be breast cancer. Doctors were able to remove the lump, and no other surgery was needed. Breast cancer also affects 1 in a 1,000 men. Cargill went “pink” this month to show their support and celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness.

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Check out this video from the staff at Cargill  supporting Breast Cancer awareness month.

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Here is a video of the staff constructing the Breast Cancer Ribbon pictured below.

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Pictured: Cargill VP, General Manager John Neimann and his family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts join forces to expand membership while support food drive efforts

Girl Scouts of Central California South and the Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America are joining forces again this year to expand their membership by inviting the community to join them in the “Feed the Need” Community Food Drive.

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They are asking patrons to bring five or more cans or non-perishable food items to the Fair in return for free admission on October 11 from 11:00am – 10:00pm. Once inside the Fair, boys and girls can complete and educational tour of exhibit buildings and turn in a Scout Activity Sheet to earn a “Fair Fun” Patch.

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Also on this day ONLY, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are offering a FREE membership to NEW scouts who sign up that day.

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Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are looking to surpass the amount of cans donated last year! Please help by bring five or more canned food items to the Big Fresno Fair on Thursday October 11, 2012 from 11:00 – 10:00 PM! In return for you donation you will be able to get into the fair for free!

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Interested in volunteering at the Feed the Need Drive on October 11? Contact Dominique Chamberlain at dchamberlain@girlscoutsccs.org 

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2011 Feed the Need Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Girl Scout Staff volunteers at United Way Kings County Day of Caring

Blog Post by: Julie Medina, Membership Manager

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Melissa Soza and I volunteered at Salvation Army for the Day of Caring through United Way. Our day was spent over seeing the bounce house and slide at a Community Fun Day held at the Salvation Army. Booths were set up with various games for the kids to rotate around to along with a drawing for games, toys and school supplies. Everyone enjoyed the activities and the tasty lunch. It was a great day and we enjoyed volunteering!

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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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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!

 

First Aid & Safety Day

Join Camelot Park & Houchin Blood Bank at First Aid & Safety Day! Sunday, June 24th, 2012 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Camelot Park in Bakersfield. Learn medical assistance techniques and earn a fun patch! Encourage your family and friends to donate blood! Houchin Blood Bank will be on site for qualified donors. Girl Scouts who come in uniform will receive a free round of miniature golf! Call Peggy for more information at (661) 323-4222.

United Way- Summer Ready Project

Traditionally, one of the great pleasures of childhood has been the coming of summer. The magic of summer is still the perfect atmosphere to discover the treasure of Robert Louis Stevenson’s pirates; the evil mystery of Sherlock Holmes mortal enemy, Dr. Moriarity; or the tween crushes and dramatic activities of the Marsh sisters. Summer is for reading!

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Unfortunately, many children have no access to summer reading programs or camps and may not have appropriate books at home, a lack that will ultimately limit their knowledge of the world and of themselves. The equivalent to a loss of two months of reading instruction over the summer will accumulate over time and explains much of the achievement gap evident by high school.

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Looking for a way to give back? New in town and interested in meeting like-minded and community-spirited neighbors? United Way of Indian Wells Valley would like to engage the people in our community in our project, and are looking for volunteers and donations.

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We need volunteers to collect books from friends, family, neighborhoods, churches, workplaces, etc. The books can be new or slightly used, and suitable for school age children. We also need backpacks, book bags, and tote bags, also new or slightly used. These can be handmade from scraps, discarded jeans, etc. We also need volunteers for the “backpackpacking”, June 16th 9am-12pm.

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If you’re not able to participate in any of these ways, we are very happy for $ donations. Remember one dollar + tax can buy a book and help a child.

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The backpacks will be packed on June 16h, so all collections have to be received by then.

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Want to help? Contact Kari Boisvert at (760)375-1920 or kari@unitedwayiwv.org. Let us know if you would like to collect books, sew or collect backpacks or bags, or help pack the backpacks.

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Drop boxes will be placed all over town, call if you need a location.

 

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Click here for the sign-up form.