GIRLS WORLD FORUM 2012 – AN EXPERIENCE I’LL NEVER FORGET!

Written by: Allison Hollender, GSCCS Delegate to the Girls World Forum 2012,Chicago IL Allison is a presenter at the 2012 Women Inspiring Girls Luncheon in Bakersfield on October 5, 2012.

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It has been some time after the Girl’s World Forum in Chicago, and now I have had some time to digest the extreme amount of information that has been thrown at me during the week. The statistics, narratives, and ideas that were all delivered in discussions and presentations (while I was running purely on energy supplied by morning coffee and afternoon tea) can now be applied to my life and can now help me broaden my focus from myself and my community, to the globe.

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In one week, I was taught about the power we as Girl Scouts have when we work as individuals, when we come together as sisters, and in the simple ways we live our lives. I was reminded of just how small this world is, and the lives of people miles away can be identical to our own. The greatest part about the trip was the balance. I could spend a night with a group of girls laughing and talking about Justin Bieber’s hair, and I could also spend a morning discussing poverty with girls from India, Bangladesh, and Nepal.  Each day was important, and each day I learned more about this globe and myself than I could have imagined.

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7/11 Wednesday

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The first night is a blur. A swirl of names that I couldn’t pronounce, speeches by the President of Girl Scouts of the USA, Connie Lindsay, and the National CEO-Anna Maria Chavez, and SWAPs (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere). Lots of SWAPs!

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I did meet a group from Japan, who taught me a few different phrases in Japanese. And I taught them some American slang. I spent time with the two girls and their chaperone, Chieko, during a lot during the trip. Even though we didn’t speak the same language, and required a lot of translations, we could all still easily laugh together.

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7/12 Thursday

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The next day began bright and early, with an opening flag ceremony with a flag for every country that represents Girl Guiding and Scouting. Then we went right into our sessions, we broke out into different groups and would remain in those groups the entire week. Each group had a language focus, so the translators could stay with the girls- I was in the Arabic group. It was such a variety. On my left would be a girl from Turlock, California which is just a short drive away and on my right- a girl fromYemen, a long plane ride away. My group included girls from California, New York, Hungary, Texas, Yemen, India, Bangladesh, Maryland, Georgia, Antigua and Barbuda, all over the Middle East, and all over the rest of the world.

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The focus of our sessions was on understanding the eight Millennium Development Goals. They are goals set out by the United Nations to help eliminate global poverty by empowering global citizens, promoting health and education, and sustainably helping people and the environment. We also learned about organizations like Heifer International and The Girl Effect. I really recommend that you do a quick Google search and learn more about these two organizations and how they are working to end poverty by empowering women. The Girl Effect is designed to help girls stay in school to help break the cycle of child marriages and prostitution and Heifer International helping to empower women and their communities through education and business.

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Later that night we went on a double decker bus tour of Chicago, and got a chance to see all of the sites including Oprah’s house!! Afterwards I had a chance to walk to the city with a group of girls and their

three amazing chaperones and see the sites for myself. We had tea at Argo, a local tea shop that caters to Chicago’s coolest, and then ate popcorn at the Chicago’s famous Garrett’s. They have a Chicago blend which is cheddar cheese popcorn and caramel corn mixed together to form heaven. Afterwards we went to the famous

Millennium Park, and stumbled on a free symphony and then a show of Guys and Dolls. And lastly before our eleven o’clock curfew, we took touristy pictures under the famous Chicago Bean!

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7/13 Friday

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Friday began with a quick breakfast and a long bus ride to the Brookfield Zoo, the day was focused on environmental conservation and included three sessions about three of the largest global issues – deforestation, water conservation, and climate change. The most interesting thing was that most of our paper products (which is practically everything we use!) is logged illegally, and is causing severe deforestation in rainforests that are vital to our area. A simple thing that anyone can do is buy products that have an FSC label, which means they are certified and the paper products come from trees that are sustainably produced. Since coming home I have already encouraged my family to make the change and we now are using toilet paper and paper toilets that are FSC certified. (Just a hint, Starbucks uses cups that are FSC certified, an excuse for that morning latte!). After our sessions we were allowed to explore the zoo, and see all the animals.

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7/14 Saturday

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Saturday was all sessions, back to back to back. We covered women empowerment, self esteem, and political leadership in our daily lives. The session, How to Lead a Political Life by Erin Viardi was by far the most interesting (follow her on twitter, @ErinViardi!) she taught us that by being informed and passionate anyone can lead a political life.

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7/15 Sunday

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Sunday was back to the zoo! This time we helped to plant native grasses that would benefit the environment and the local area. We worked during the day to plant grasses and wildflowers, so if you ever go to the Brookfield Zoo, ask where the Girl Scouts planted grasses and they will take you there. The grass right now may not look like much, but soon it will be giant.

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Later that night, we all broke out into groups to go on a Scavenger Hunt throughoutChicago. We teamed up with a group fromIrelandand sang Camp Songs the ENTIRE time. We came back dead last, but we had the most fun! Afterwards, there was a giant party! Ice cream, sumo wrestling, crazy pictures, and dancing! It was so much fun, I loved to see girls from around the world dancing to Miley Cyrus or old eighties tunes.

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I was so privileged to represent the girls in our area, and I hope I did them all justice. I learned so much, I want to bring that back to our valley and help to change some of our community’s greatest problems. This experience has changed me as a person and opened my eyes to a world so much bigger than myself.

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F.R.O.G.S.

Friends and Relatives of Girl Scouts…Donate $40 and receive  one of our 100th Anniversary limited edition commemorative F.R.O.G.S. coffee mugs!

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Click here for the F.R.O.G.S. coffee mug order form!

Fill it out and mail, email (tboothe@girlscoutsccs.org) or hand the form into your local council office.

*If you purchase a mug you will also receive the F.R.O.G.S. Supporter patch show below.

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Donate $30 and receive one of our F.R.O.G.S. Supporter patches!
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Click here for the F.R.O.G.S. supporter patch order form!

Fill it out and mail, email (tboothe@girlscoutsccs.org) or hand the form into your local council office.

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NOTE: Girls who participated in the Early Bird Registration were eligible to  earn their F.R.O.G.S Troop patch too! *Early Bird Registration was April 1st-June 30th

 

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Click here to learn about other ways to support Girl Scouts.

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Girl Scouts Bring a Friend Campaign is here!

Girl Scouts Bring a Friend Campaign is here! Learn how the Bring a Friend campaign works!

 

 

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  • -Invite a friend who is not already a registered member to join Girl Scouts.
  • -Have her register for the 2012-2013 Girl Scout membership year.
  • -Attend a Troop meeting, Service Unit event or Council event
  • -Complete the flyer below, attach the flyer to your friend’s membership form and send it to either of the Council Offices in Fresno or Bakersfield. When your friend’s membership form is processed, a patch will be sent to you!

 

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Summer Scavenger Hunt Facebook Contest!

 

 

 

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Join Girl Scouts of Central California South for our Summer Scavenger Hunt Contest. Help us reach 100 posts for our 100th Anniversary!

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How to enter:

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  • Girls 15 and under will need a parent or guardian to sign up for Facebook if they do not already have an account to complete the contest.
  • “LIKE” Girl Scouts of Central California South’s
  • Finish 10 of the 20 scavenger hunt items listed below, and take pictures while you do them.
  • Post those pictures to our Facebook page and let us know which number you completed.
  • Once you have completed all 10 items comment on this Facebook post that you are done!
  • Deadline to submit your pictures is August 31, 2012.[/list]

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Once you complete your 10 items you are entered to win a 100th Anniversary Girl Scout basket filled with fun goodies from the Gold Mine Store!

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Official Rules:

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  • Must follow “Like” GSCCS on Facebook
  • Post must contain which number scavenger hunt item you are doing
  • Contest begins Wednesday August 1 and ends August 31, 2012.[/list]

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Summer Scavenger Hunt:

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    1. Pick 3 things from the 100 Things for the 100th Anniversary List
    2. Make a new friend and teach them the Girl Scout Promise
    3. Replace a light bulb
    4. Give up television and the internet for one whole day and play outside instead
    5. Visit a local park & play on the swings
    6. Visit your local library
    7. Make a no bake fun summer treat
    8. Draw a picture about a summertime tradition in one of the WAGGGS countries
    9. Have your own Girl Scout Olympics to celebrate the 2012 Summer Olympic Games
    10. Do a craft outside (ex: Tie Dye)
    11. Sing Girl Scout songs with your friends
    12. Make recycled art
    13. Volunteer for your favorite cause
    14. Create a recipe inspired by a Girl Scout cookie flavor
    15. Read a book outside
    16. Create an activity you would like to do with your troop
    17. Plant a garden
    18. Go on a bike ride
    19. Build a structure out of popsicle sticks and glue. See how much weight it can hold.
    20. Conduct your own earth hour; turn off all your lights and power for one hour

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How to sign up for Facebook:

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  • Girl Scout parent or guardian must sign up for account
  • Go to facebook.com
  • Click Sign Up
  • Check your email for the confirmation.
  • You are now signed up for Facebook. [/list]

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Have fun with the contest! No one picture will be wrong. Just remember to include which number item you are doing.

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Please contact Tori Sampson with questions. tsampson@girlscoutsccs.org or (800) 490-8653 ext 145.

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Fresno troop 2385 donates to local charities

Post by: Danielle Cash

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Fresno troop 2385 decided at one of their meetings they wanted to donate to the families at Ronald McDonald House Charities Central Valley and to the homeless at the Evangel home. So the girls setup a shopping trip! They spent 2 hours and over $440 on items for two charities. Then they organized the items they bought into two piles for the  two different charities. The Ronald McDonald House items included toiletries, food, beverages, clothing, books and games. Plus 20 boxes of cookies leftover from their cookie sale! Then the girls packed socks, hats, soaps, razors and snacks for the homeless at the Evangel home.  Troop 2385 had a great time putting together the care packages for the two charities. Below are pictures of the girls with the items they purchased.

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Lamont troop 507 goes camping!

Post by: Lily Cortes

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Lamont Girl Scout troop 507  went camping in July to Lopez Lake in Arroyo Grande. They used their proceeds from the Girl Scout cookie sale. The first day they set up their tents, made a bonfire and cooked  delicious s’mores. While on the trip the girls learned how to fish, went to a local water slide park, sang songs by the campfire and saw many deer and wild turkeys. They went to the Bee’s Knees show and learned about the different types of bees, and why they are important to our environment.  The weather was wonderful  and the girls can’t wait to go camping next year. It was a great life experience. They thank everyone who made this possible by buying Girl Scout cookies. 10 girls went on the camping trip –  Aalijah , Alexis, Jacquelyn , Monique , Daisy , Vanessa, Jasmin, Victoria , Carolina,  and Katelynn.

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Pictures from the trip:

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Our CEO shares Olympic memories

Our CEO, Cathy Ferguson, shares her Olympic memories with KSEE 24′s A.J. Fox.  She won both her gold medals in swimming in the 1964 games in Tokyo, Japan. She was asked to describe her Olympic experience in her own words. Here is the video of her interview!

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Here are a few more videos with Cathy sharing her Olympic memories:

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Click here for part 1 of the interview.

Click here for part 2 of the interview.

Click here for part 3 of the interview.

Click here for part 4 of the interview.

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Click here to read an amazing story about Cathy and her daughter who tried out for the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic diving team.

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Congrats Cathy! You are truly inspirational!

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Pictures of Cathy from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics:

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Appreciating Wendy Wayne

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Wendy was one of our 2010 Women Inspiring Girls Honorees in Bakersfield.Wendy passed away on June 17, 2012. She will be sorely missed and forever be remembered as an awesome role model for our girls, who always thought of others before herself. When she thanked us for naming her as a Women Inspiring Girls honoree, her thoughts were on others who had worked behind the scenes, and she wrote: “A special ‘shout out’ to the many Girl Scout leaders who volunteer their time to be troop leaders and special mentors to the young scouts”.

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Click here for Wendy’s video biography.

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How to wear your Girl Scout Uniform

Here are some  pictures explaining how to wear your Girl Scout uniform! If you have any questions about the uniform please contact the Gold Mine Store at (800) 490-8653 ext 114. To purchase your Girl Scout Uniform visit our online store http://www.gsccs-store.org/ or stop into either Gold Mine Store.

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Fresno – 1377 West Shaw Ave Fresno, CA 93711

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Bakersfield – 1831 Brundage Lane Bakersfield, CA 93304

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Girl Scout Daisy Tunic & Vest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Brownie Vest & Sash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Junior Vest & Sash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Cadette Vest & Sash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Senior Vest & Sash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Ambassador Vest & Sash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Adult

 

 

 

Gold Award Winners honored at Clovis Hall of Fame

Gold Award honorees, Nicole and Andrea, were recognized recently at the 2012 Clovis Hall of Fame. Nicole’s Gold Award project in 2011 provide the history of World War II internment camps in California, while Andrea’s project in 2010 was A Summer Full of Food. They were joined by Girl Scouts Hannah and Lidia, who handed out flowers to the ladies who attended this commemorative event.

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Nicole has recently graduated from Clovis West High School and is planning on attending California State University, Fresno in the Fall (2012) as a biology major going into the medical field. She received her Gold Award in 2011 for her project inspired by her Grandfather’s experiences during WWII as a member of the most decorated regiment for the United States Army. When Nicole found out her grandfather had been in a Japanese Internment Camp during World War II , she decided to pursue her Gold Award on the subject. Nicole set out on a mission to inform people about the true story and set the record straight while telling her grandfather’s story, including making presentations to Junior High School and many others. Eventually her grandfather’s story will join others in a compilation of historical experiences of the Japanese People and American Society. These stories will not be lost with past but will be maintained for generations to come.

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Andrea graduated from Clovis West in 2010 and was awarded her Girl Scout Gold Award the same year for her Summer Full of Food project. Andrea started Girl Scouts as a Daisy when she was in kindergarten and she is now in her 15th year involved with the organization. Andrea is still in college – she just finished 2 years at the Willow International Center and in the Fall is transferring to Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio where her major will be middle childhood math and science education. Andrea’s hope is to teach middle school math. She first discovered her love of teaching others through working with younger Girl Scouts. Andrea did her Gold Award project with Molly Fredle. The girls felt it was important to raise awareness about the decline of donations to Food Banks in the summer time and decided to have a special summer long food drive. By involving local news and radio, they planned eight food drives and collected non-perishable food items and canned foods by inspiring others to donate, and helping them realize that giving food all year long is important.

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