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You’ve come to the right place. At Girl Scouts, we always have a good story to tell! Read on for the latest Girl Scout news about girls in southeast Louisiana who are taking action to change the world! 

We look forward to working with representatives from all types of media outlets. We can also arrange for interviews with our spokespeople.

Contacts for reporters:
Jasmine Hunter at 225-927-8946, ext. 1238 or 
Marianne Addy 504-733-8220, ext. 2226.

  • People’s Choice and Best Appetizer among awards given at Girl Scouts’ Cookies & Cocktails competition


    What does a “Lemony Sippit” and “ Thai Peanut Shrimp and Noodles” have in common? They were both made with a secret ingredient: Girl Scout cookies. Twenty chefs and bartenders made amazing appetizers, desserts, and cocktails that were served at Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s Cookies & Cocktails & All That Jazz gala, held at club XLIV on February 4. Guests and celebrity judges sampled an array of delicious selections throughout the evening, voting on their favorites.

    Winner in the best dessert category was Chef Lenny Minutillo of Happy Italian Pizzeria who made a Black bottom Lemonade Mousse, while the winner in the appetizer category was Chef Darryl Holliday from University of Holy Cross Food and Science Program, who invented a Peanut Butter Pattie Thai Dumpling with Cabbage Slaw.  Best Cocktail was made by Corporate Executive Chef Deanna Stephens of Winn-Dixie who made a “WD Squeeze” cocktail using the Girl Scout Lemonade cookie. The “People’s choice” award went to Bartender Dave Jackson from Lüke who created a Lemony Sippit cocktail which is a vodka infused lemon pudding with crumbled Lemonade cookies, topped with condensed milk and roasted marshmallows. 

    Other participants included Antoine’s Restaurant, Crescent City School of Gaming and Bartending, Culinary Kids, Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria, High Hat Cafe, La Boulangerie, Mizado Cocina, NOLA Brewing Company, Rebellion Bar & Urban Kitche...



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  • Technology makes finding Girl Scout Cookies easier then ever!


    This year, you can find Girl Scout cookies nearby with just the touch of your finger. From February 24 through March 12, Girl Scouts Louisiana East urges customers to find cookie booths using the Cookie Finder App to satisfy their cookie craving.  The Cookie Finder App is a mobile application, available on iOS or Android phone or mobile device, which allows one to search for cookie booths by using GPS or zip code. Customers may also go to www.girlscoutcookies.org to find nearby booth locations.

    Last year, local Girl Scouts rocked traditional door-to-door and digital sales, proving their sales ability once again, by selling over 1 million boxes of cookies during the sale! All proceeds remain locally, providing funds for troop activities with the remainder helping the council to maintain properties, train and recruit volunteers, and support council initiatives.

    In conjunction with 2017 being the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has created additional challenges, such as a #gsCookieBoss Instagram Challenge and Cookie Troop 100, where Girl Scouts and their troops can participate to earn prizes and monetary awards to help fund their community service projects. The National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, held February 24-26, offer girls from Girl Scouts Louisiana East a chance to show off their entrepreneurial skills by participating in booth sales throug...



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  • February 2017 council eNews


  • Congratulations to our February C.A.P.E. award recipient; March nominations due Feb. 25


    This month’s CAPE Award goes to Caroline Avegno, Co-leader for Brownie Troop 40025!  If not for Caroline’s determination, Metairie Community 401 wouldn't have made their 2015-16 AFGC Goal!   Although excited to camp, her troop had never been on a camp-out, and she was excited to learn that our Community could earn a free-camp out if we made our annual goal.  Although she was not the AFGC Captain, her enthusiasm kept the chair working hard and pushed for all in the Community to meet their goal.  When Community 401 was down to the wire and less than $100 from meeting our goal, she personally collected the remaining funds from her troop parents and hand-delivered it to Council to make sure the Community made their goal by the deadline! 

    The Community 401 was able to have their first encampment in years, with over 70 girls having a blast and making incredible memories!  Thank you to Caroline Avegno for going above and beyond for the girls.

    We are now accepting nominations for the March hero.  This month we will celebrate an all-around AWESOME volunteer.  Who in your Community rocks her volunteer role?  Please send nominations to Dawn Allen at dallen@gsle.org no later than January 25, 2017.

  • Girl Scouts kick off summer of fun with Camp Open Houses


    Are you ready for your daughter to go to camp, but uncertain that she is?  A good way to get a feel for what camp is like is for parents and daughters to attend a Camp Open House.  Camp Open Houses will be Sundays, February 19 and April 30 at Girl Scout Camp Marydale in St. Francisville and on Sundays, March 26 and April 9 at Girl Scout Camp Whispering Pines in Independence.  Each open house is from 2 to 4 p.m.

    According to Lauren Vance, Director, Equestrian, Outdoor Program & Resident Camp for Girl Scouts Louisiana East, camp open house gives families the opportunity to tour the camp’s living units, meet the staff, and ask any questions they might have about resident camp.

    “Girls who are new to camp always feel much better when they see how friendly the counselors are,” said Vance.  “They’re reassured that they will know a familiar face when they check in.” 

    Parents and girls are welcome to come to either or both camps to explore, meet staff, and see where lasting memories will be made. “Orientation is not required for new campers, but it helps. Parents need to get prepared just like their daughters,” said Vance.

    Overnight Girl Scout resident camp sessions will run May 28-July 21 at Camps Covington, Marydale and Whispering Pines, and day camp and troop camping sessions have also been added to this summer’s selection. Girl Scout Camp Marydale is a picturesque 400 acre camp site, located 45...



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  • February Membership Challenge


    Everyone knows February is Girl Scout Cookie Time, but it is also an excellent time to recruit new girls into Girl Scouting. Girl Scout Cookies gain lots of public recognition of Girl Scouting and is an excellent venue to recruit a few more girls. A frequently asked question at cookie booths, is “Where can I find a troop for my girl?”  If your troop is able to take the girl, that is awesome. If not, please direct them online to www.gsle.org/join and the join button where they can find a local troop, or take their information and refer them to another troop within your community.

    At the same time, the membership team and volunteer recruiters will be engaging in the "Driving Miss Daisy" campaign recruiting girls and volunteers in our schools without Girl Scout Daisy troops. 

    Working together we can ensure that all girls, Daisy to Ambassador, seeking a Girl Scout troop have a place. 

    When we register 800 additional girls during the month of February (the equivalent of 1 additional girl per troop), the following incentives will be awarded. 

    Troop per Region Adding the Most Girls

    In the month of February, the troop in each region who adds the largest number of girls (must be greater than 3 total girls) will receive a pizza party (value not to exceed $25; consideration given to increase amount fo...



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  • For those who want s'more out of life: Girl Scouts offer a camping weekend for adults


    Printed in the New Orleans Advocate on 1/9/17.

    BY KAREN TAYLOR GIST | kataylor@theadvocate.com

    Roasting marshmallows over a campfire (they were supposed to get charred, weren't they?), spending a long night in a tent containing more people than space and sitting upon a "sit-upon": Those are the things that pop to mind when I hear the words "Girl Scouts." And if you know what a sit-upon is, you probably were a Girl Scout, too.

    From Jan. 27-29, we can all relive those days of camp songs and camaraderie at an adult camping weekend sponsored by the Forever A Girl Scout alumnae club. The event takes place simultaneously at two locations: Camp Marydale in St. Francisville (about 115 miles from New Orleans) and Camp Whispering Pines in Independence (about 70 miles).

    The weekend is open to all former Girl Scouts, troop leaders, volunteers, camp counselors and staff members (female and male) from anywhere in the world.

     

    Don't worry if your camping skills are a bit rusty, like mine — or even if they were never honed at all.

    "We'll have someone assigned at every station: Experienced horseback riders will teach adults to ride again or if they've never ridden," said Jill Pollard, Girl Scouts Louisia...



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  • Cookies & Cocktails & All that Jazz gala set for February 4 at club XLIV


    What’s more delightful than Girl Scout cookies? How about one-of-a-kind Girl Scout cookie appetizers, cocktails, and desserts made with delicious Girl Scout cookies!  New flavors and longtime favorites will inspire 20 New Orleans area chefs and bartenders as they think outside the (cookie) box at the 2017 Cookies & Cocktails & All That Jazz fundraising gala on Saturday, February 4, from 7 to 10 p.m. at club XLIV in New Orleans’ Champions Square.

    As guests sample the delicious creations, they will also enjoy live entertainment from jazz vocalist, Anaïs St. John, photo booth, and silent auction. Awards for Judge's Choice will be decided by notable community members while guests select People's Choice.

    “Our event continues to grow and become more exciting with every year,” said Dr. Allison Augustus-Wallace, event co-chair, who is joined this year by Girl Scout supporter and alum, Fox 8 news anchor Nancy Parker.

    Restaurants include Antoine’s Restaurant, Crescent City School of Gaming and Bartending, Culinary Kids, Fat Boy Pantry, Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria, Happy Italian Pizzeria, ...



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  • Event Cancellations and Shop Closures


    Due to the inclement weather, we have taken some  precautions to make sure that everyone is safe. Below are the list of schedule changes for this weekend.

    -Both council shops will be closed on Saturday, but will make up their weekend shop day on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    -Smart Cookie U will be canceled as well. We hope to be able to reschedule it, so stay tuned.

    The Cookie Apprentice workshops are still being held at the GSLE Council Headquarters and Regional Office, and will remain on Sunday, January 8.

     

  • January 2017 council eNews


  • GSLE celebrates 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies


    Local sale dates are January 13 –March 12

    This year’s Girl Scout Cookie Season celebrates a milestone –2017 marks the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts. Well before Girl Scout Cookies were produced by licensed bakers to sell nationally, Girl Scouts baked and sold cookies on their own. Girl Scouts were entrepreneurs going as far back as 1917!

    Since then, girls across the country have been learning basic skills needed to become great leaders. Selling Girl Scout cookies not only help Girl Scouts earn money for fun, educational activities and community projects, but also plays a huge role in transforming girls into G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders) as they learn essential life skills that will stay with them forever. In fact, 57 percent of Girl Scout alumnae in business say the program was key in the development of their skills today.

    “Everyone has a special place in their heart for Girl Scout cookies,” said Alisha Moore, Chief Customer Experience Officer, of Girl Scouts Louisiana East. “Not only do they taste delicious, but our customers know that by purchasing Girl Scout cookies they are helping girls to fulfill their dreams, follow their passions, and change the world.”

    To commemorate this banner year for the organization, the highly-anticipated Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie will be making its debut! The Girl Scout S’mores cookie celebrates the very essence of Girl Scouting—in fact...



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  • Girl Scouts Louisiana East to celebrate 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies


    This year’s Girl Scout Cookie Season celebrates a milestone –2017 marks the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts. Well before Girl Scout Cookies were produced by licensed bakers to sell nationally, Girl Scouts baked and sold cookies on their own. Girl Scouts were entrepreneurs going as far back as 1917!

    Since then, girls across the country have been learning basic skills needed to become great leaders. Selling Girl Scout cookies not only help Girl Scouts earn money for fun, educational activities and community projects, but also plays a huge role in transforming girls into G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders) as they learn essential life skills that will stay with them forever. In fact, 57 percent of Girl Scout alumnae in business say the program was key in the development of their skills today.

    “Everyone has a special place in their heart for Girl Scout cookies,” said Alisha Moore, Chief Customer Experience Officer, of Girl Scouts Louisiana East. “Not only do they taste delicious, but our customers know that by purchasing Girl Scout cookies they are helping girls to fulfill their dreams, follow their passions, and change the world.”

     To commemorate this banner year for the organization, the highly-anticipated Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie will be making its debut! The Girl Scout S’mores cookie celebrates the very essence of Girl Scouting—in fact, the first recorded S’mores recipe appeared in “...



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  • Delegates, girl visitors sought for 2017 National Convention


    Apply to be a National Council Delegate!

    Always wanted to represent Girl Scouts? Always wanted to travel north? Here is your chance to do both.

    In October 2017, the National Girl Scout Council will convene its next triennial session. Every Girl Scout council is entitled to send a specified number of delegates, in our case one (1) from each of our four (4) regions, plus our CEO and Board Chair, to serve as voting members of the National Council. One alternate from each region will also be selected.

    We're looking for a few FABULOUS Girl Scout Adults to serve as our council's delegates at the 2017 National Girl Scout Session in Ohio! All adult members (18 or older and currently registered as an adult) are invited to apply by February 1, 2017, to be a voting delegate with the opportunity to enjoy an experience you will never forget!

    The final slate of delegates and alternates will be presented to our council's membership for adoption at the GSLE Annual Meeting on April 1, 2017.

    Visit the link here to review the National Council Delegate Position Description.  If you feel you meet the criteria and can fulfill the time obligations, then complete and submit your...



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  • Watch Me Shine, Girl Scouts' New Anthem, released


    Have you had a chance to listen to Girl Scouts’ new anthem, Watch Me Shine, which was co-written by songwriters Liz Rose (a two-time Grammy Award winner who has collaborated with artists like Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and Jewel) and Emily Shackelton, who performed the song with Girl Scouts singing backup vocals.

    Listen here!

  • Council shops closed Dec. 5-8 for annual physical inventory


    Both Council Shops will be closed to conduct our Annual Physical Inventory on Monday, December 5 - Thursday, December 8. In order to prepare for inventory, the shops' processing cut-off time will be 1 p.m. Saturday, December 3. The Shops will reopen Friday, December 9, at 8:30 a.m. 

    There will be NO outbound shipments the week of December 5 - 9. Shipping will resume Monday, December 12. 

    You can still stop by either council shop on Saturday, December 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all your Girl Scout needs!

  • FULL – Complete the McFadden Cabin Trail or City Park Trail Patch Program this December!


    For a special treat this December, we are inviting Girl Scout troops to McFadden Cabin in New Orleans' City Park for completion of both/either the “McFadden Cabin Trail” and the “City Park Trail” patch programs. GSLE will have a representative stationed at the cabin during the hours listed below with extra “trail” booklets and both patches available.  

    The McFadden Cabin Trail – 2 miles – is recommended for Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies (All age levels are required to complete this patch before earning the City Park Trail patch.) The City Park Trail is an additional 3 miles. Both the “City Park Trail” and the “McFadden Cabin Trail” patch program” begin and end at McFadden Cabin.

    McFadden Cabin is located on Golf Drive near Grandjean Bridge behind the New Orleans Museum of Art. It was built for Girl Scouts in the 1920s by William H. McFadden, a Texas oil millionaire. 

    The cabin offers our scheduled Girl Scout troops a place to lock up troop supplies, a restroom AND  picnic tables nearby. 

    Reserve your time slot by emailing jpollard@gsle.org.  After your time slot is confirmed you will be emailed a registration form to complete and return with fees. The fee is $5 per girl, with patch(es) included.  Adults are free.

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  • Winter Alumnae Camping Weekend Dates set for January 27-29


    Once a Girl Scout, FOREVER a Girl Scout.

    Click here to register for our adult camping weekend in January!

    After two successful adult camping weekends in September, Girl Scouts Louisiana East invites its FOREVER Girl Scout alumnae to a Winter Adult Camping Weekend set for January 27-29, 2017 at Girl Scout Camps Marydale in St. Francisville, and Whispering Pines in Independence.  The two events are being planned for the same weekend. 

    If you missed the last one(s) you missed a GREAT experience. We received many ideas and suggestions that are being included in this campout, such as:

    • Friday night - bring your “photos” and Girl Scout stories to share, make and wear “Name Tags” to decorate, plus a variety of “get to know you” activities; 
    • Saturday morning we will take a group photo – in our “FOREVER a GIRL SCOUT t-shirts – enjoy all the camp amenities throughout the day, cookout Saturday dinner and enjoy an evening campfire with s’mores and songs.
    • Sunday morning is wrap up, clean up and good bye ‘till next time! 

    Whether you want to enjoy a relaxing weekend, reminiscing about memories at your favorite Girl Scout camp, get back in touch with old friends and/or make new ones, the GSLE FOREVER Girl Scouts - Adult Camping Weekend is the weekend for you!...



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  • St. Charles Community 216 surpasses 2017 Annual Family Giving Goal


    St. Charles Girl Scout Community 216 held their annual Cake Bingo Fundraiser on October 9, 2016, at St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Des Allemands, Louisiana.  Their Community Unit adopted the fundraiser 5 years ago as a way to include all Girl Scouts and their families in the Girl Scout Annual Family Giving Campaign.  This campaign has been a successful way to meet the fundraising goals that council sets for our community unit.  There were over 100 cakes donated for this event by members of the community.  Several individual troops also created themed gift baskets for a silent auction, along with a girl’s bike. This year’s cake bingo was so successful that the community unit was again able to exceed their fundraising goal.  Jan Barbee, St. Charles Community Unit Administrator, expressed her excitement, “Seeing all our Girl Scouts in uniform with their families having a great time just warms my heart. St. Charles Community 216 loves cake bingo. It had been a great success over the years in reaching our Annual Family Giving Campaign goal."

    Because Girl Scouts is a nonprofit program, it relies on donations and fundraisers. Funds from the Annual Family Giving Campaign are used for maintenance of council properties, including 3 campgrounds, one of which houses over 20 horses. The funds are also used to provide programs for girls in GSLE that encourage confidence, build character and courage, as well as STEM events. This year event...



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  • November 2016 council eNews


  • Congratulations to our November C.A.P.E. award recipient; Dec. nominations due Nov. 25


    The October C.A.P.E. award goes to Hollie Pfister, Fall Product Chair for St. Charles Parish Community 216! 

    Hollie is also the leader of Troop 20588 and has been a volunteer for 12 years. As Fall Product Chair she provides training and support to the members in her Community in every way imaginable. She goes well beyond her title to make sure new leaders feel welcome and understand what Fall Product is, and how beneficial it can be to the troops. Each year Hollie works tirelessly to sort out the orders for 25+ troops and organizes it all for pick up in a timely fashion. She is always friendly and informative. Hollie's enthusiasm for Girl Scouting is inspiring to many of the newer leaders in her community. Community 216 feels truly blessed to have her as part of their team. Congratulations, Hollie!

    We are now accepting nominations for the December CAPE award. The theme is Hero Recruiter.  Who in your Community is working hard to ensure that the door to the Girl Scout experience is opened to the girls in your area? Please send nomination to Dawn Allen at dallen@gsle.org no later than November 25. 

  • Girl Scouts launch Man Enough To Be A Girl Scout campaign


    Having a male figure in a young girl’s life is pivotal, both mentally and emotionally. As an organization that develops girl leaders, Girl Scouts Louisiana East has launched the Man Enough To Be A Girl Scout campaign in an effort to involve more fathers, father figures and business leaders in the lives of all girls, especially Girl Scouts.

    “The Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout campaign is about engaging the fathers and father figures in our girls’ lives as a part of their Girl Scout adventures,” said Erica Spruille, Director, Corporate & Annual Family Giving. “The leadership skills they learn are reinforced by these men via their support and approval and solidified by the memories created.”               

    When a male steps up and participates in the campaign, he is standing with all girls in the community as they strive “to become girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place,” Girl Scouting’s mission statement.

     “I always love dad inquiries about how to become involved!  Every girl needs to hear from her father or father figure how smart and capable she is and what a courageous, confident woman of character she can become.”

    According to Spruille, the council is honored to have as its first Man Enough To Be A Girl Scout campaign partners, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and New Orleans Pelicans. The campaign is a...



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  • River Parishes Girl Scouts rally for flood relief


    River Parishes Girl Scouts made Louisiana a better place last month as many troops rolled up their sleeves to help those affected by the flooding throughout the state. Approximately 40 girls pitched in to clean up. Click here for more.

  • Girl Scouts invites homeschooled youth to its “Outdoor Classroom” at Camp Whispering Pines


    Imagine a 600-acre classroom set in a stewardship forest, teeming with longleaf pine.  Welcome to Girl Scout Camp Whispering Pines located in Independence, which is being made available as an “outdoor classroom” this fall to families who homeschool their children.

    The Outdoor Classrooms are part of Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s new initiative aimed at introducing girls who are homeschooled to Girl Scouting through environmental science and other activities.  However, recognizing that families who homeschool also have sons, the Outdoor Classrooms on October 18, November 3, November 15, and December 1, will be open to both girls and boys, in grades 1-8.  The fee to participate is $5 per child, per class which run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    “Our camps are the perfect setting for learning about our native plants and wildlife,” said Rebecca Wagner, Director, Homeschool Recruitment and  Retention. “Most of our activities for traditional Girl Scout troops run on the weekend during the school year, so our camps are unused during the week.”

    According to Wagner, the “outdoor classroom” experience is an assortment of science lessons and camp activities.  The morning session will be an environmental science rotation where students will play games and solve problems through hands-on activities, and during the afternoon session students can participate in one traditional camp activity, such as canoeing, kayaking, climbing the camp’s rock wall, pad...



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  • October 2016 council eNews


  • Congratulations to our October C.A.P.E. award recipient; November nominations due Oct. 25


    The October C.A.P.E. award goes to Melinda Ordoyne from Troop 21476 in St. Charles Parish Community 216! 

    Melinda is said to be a driving force for her Girl Scout troop and that she goes above and beyond to ensure and inspire the girls in every adventure. She plays a key role in ensuring that the girls stay engaged in the community and is always leading by example. She lives and leads by the Girl Scout Law in all aspects of life and this shows in her actions. She is an amazing example to her growing Cadettes. Congratulations, Melinda!

    We are now accepting nominations for the November CAPE award. The theme is Fall Product Hero. Who in your Community is working hard to ensure that the sale is a success?  Please send your nomination to Dawn Allen at dallen@gsle.org by October 25.

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    The C.A.P.E. (Champion Adults Producing Excellence) Award is awarded to one volunteer per month who has gone the extra mile for the girls; these volunteers are heroes to the girls and our council. Each month is themed with a volunteer role, and volunteers are nominated by other volunteers and/or girls. Awardees will be featured on our website and given a sign that says "A Champion Girl Scout Volunteer Lives Here" to place in their yard.

     

  • Become a Charter Member of FOREVER a Girl Scout - Adult Alumnae Club!


    Camp songs, badges, and s’mores are what fill the memories of many Girl Scout alumnae. Whether first involved in Girl Scouts as a girl or as a volunteer, adult Girl Scouts are part of a 59-million-strong network of Girl Scout alumnae with success stories to tell and memories to share.

    Girl Scouts Louisiana East invites alumnae to join, as charter members, its FOREVER a Girl Scout – Adult Alumnae Club!  The club brings together women and men who want to reconnect with old friends and make new ones through fun groups and events.

    “We are building a culture of philanthropy and engagement through volunteer opportunities, both within Girl Scouting and our broader community,” said Jill Pollard, Chief Development Officer, Program and Properties.

    For the $75 annual fee, charter members will receive in their first year: 2016-2017 membership in the club, a “FOREVER a Girl Scout” navy polo shirt, 2016-2017 GSUSA membership, professional and personal development through special events – including the annual Adult Camping Reunions, Buy-One-Get-One tickets for the February 4, 2017 Cookies & Cocktails gala with patron party admission included, Buy-One-Get-One tickets for the 2017 Women of Distinction luncheon with patron party admission included (date to be determined).  

    Participation in the alumnae club helps continue Girl Scouting’s legacy of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place, said Pollard.<...



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  • Nominate your Volunteer for C.A.P.E.!


    Our volunteers mean the world to us; without these adults our girls would not be able to enjoy the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. For the 2017 year we will award one volunteer per month who has gone the extra mile for the girls with the C.A.P.E Award. C.A.P.E. stands for Champion Adults Producing Excellence; these volunteers are heroes to the girls and our council. Recipients of the C.A.P.E Award are nominated by other volunteers and/or girls.

     

    Each month is themed with a volunteer role. To kick of the new Girl Scout year we are looking for an adult who remained active with the girls during the summer months. This volunteer might have worked or directed a day camp, held regular meetings, or helped the girls plan and execute a summer travel outing.

    Awardees will be featured on our website and given a sign that says "A Champion Girl Scout Volunteer Lives Here" to place in their yard.

    To nominate your Summer Time Hero send in a brief description of how she/he showed off her/his super powers this summer. Nominations are to be submitted to Dawn Allen no later than September 25.

     

  • Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI) Update


    This latest update includes important information about our Background Check process and FAQs to the Volunteer Toolkit and the VTK's newest enhancements.

    An Apology and Explanation about Background Checks Price Increase 

    It is always our goal to communicate any important changes in the council's processes, policies and fees, in advance, to our volunteers and membership, along with the background and rationale behind the changes.  Unfortunately, we did not do so with regards to the increase in Background Check fees that, combined with an error on the part of our vendor Asurint, caused about 100 volunteers to be overcharged for their background check. The vendor is reimbursing these volunteers the incorrect overage, and background check fee processing is now correct.  We apologize for our lack of communication, and appreciate your patience as we worked through the problems.   

    For more about our decision to move to a three-year renewal and adding a Motor Vehicle Record to the Background Check Process.

    The Volunteer Toolkit

    The Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is a comprehensive digital tool accessible on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. It is the primary support resource for leaders who work with troops in grades K-5.    ...



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  • Background Check Update


    An Apology and Explanation about Background Checks Price Increase

    It is always our goal to communicate any important changes in the council’s processes, policies and fees, in advance, to our volunteers and membership, along with the background and rationale behind the changes.  Unfortunately, we did not do so with regards to the increase in Background Check fees that, combined with an error on the part of our vendor Asurint, caused about 100 volunteers to be overcharged for their background check. The vendor is reimbursing these volunteers the incorrect overage, and background check processing is now correct.  We apologize for our lack of communication, and appreciate your patience as we worked through the problems.

    Background

    Requiring volunteers, who directly work with girls or finances, to undergo criminal background checks (CBC) is not a new council policy.  For going on three years we have used a GSUSA-approved vendor, Asurint, who offers the most affordable package offered to Girl Scout councils.  All fees go directly to the vendor for their services, with some fees that pass through them to governmental entities, depending on the parish or parishes of residence.  None of the payment for the CBC goes to the council, either directly or indirectly. The cost of background checks is reimbursable from troop funds, with a recommended two-person maximum.

    Changes

    Over the summer we examined our...



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  • Girl Scouts who lost supplies in flood receive new gear


    Baton Rouge area Girl Scouts started their day by picking out new gear, courtesy of donations that poured in from more than 20 different states.Some of the girls say they were looking for new books, vests, and badges. The girls lost most of their gear in the floods.

    “I'm really appreciative because I lost a lot of things from the flood and it was really emotional, so I was like, thankful. But I'm kind of sad, but I know that we're going to replace everything and soon it will be all just like it was,” said Haven Franklin, a Girl Scout.

    More than $2,000 has been raised so far to replace uniforms and supplies for the girls. If you would like to help, you can purchase a gift card here. The gift cards will be distributed to girls and troops in need.

  • Girl Scouts seek to bring normalcy to girls’ lives


    A flood takes a toll on more than just buildings and landscape. The tremendous impact to the human psyche can be overwhelming, and experts agree that it’s important that children experience a needed structure and routine in their lives as quickly as possible after a disaster. And if the routine they had before the flooding can’t be replicated, than it’s important to create new ones.

     “Getting your daughter involved in Girl Scouting is one positive and affordable avenue that families can take in providing their daughters with a nurturing environment,” said Robin Guillmette, Chief Operating Officer for Girl Scouts Louisiana East. “Disasters such as this historic flooding often leave children, especially girls, floundering in a sea of emotions. Girl Scouting provides girls with a unique opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings with others, and gives them the chance to participate in challenging and fun activities, especially needed now when many forms of entertainment, socialization and extra-curricular activities may no longer be available to them.”

     According to Guillmette, the experiences in Girl Scouting are designed to help girls discover themselves and their values, connect and team with others, and take action to make the world a better place. However, Girl Scouting not only enriches a girl’s life, it’s also a lot of fun for girls and adults alike. Some favorite activities include camping, travel, sports, the arts, science and technology...



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  • Join the fun at J. Low's Fall Festival and Duck Derby


    Join us for a fall festival and duck derby fundraiser on Saturday, October 29, from 9.a.m. - 2 p.m. at Girl Scout Camp Whispering Pines in Independence. You might just have the winning duck who will swim to victory! Proceeds from the Duck Derby will benefit the GSLE Camp of your choice, and your adoption/donation will be applied to your Communities (Service Unit's) Annual Family Giving goal, too!

    Activities include: face painting, hayrides, rock wall, canoeing and kayaking, archery, and SWAPS. Hot dogs (one free per ticket) with pickles and chips available for purchase in the dining hall.

    The race will be divided into heats with all winners receiving prizes before racing for the grand prize: $500 of Girl Scout Duck Dough OR a $200 AMEX gift card! Winners need not be present to win. There are various adoption packages available from $25 to $100 (16 ducks and 20 fest tickets). Pre-register by October 16. 

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  • September 2016 council eNews


  • Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI) Update


     

    In response to our volunteers' call for support in delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Girl Scouts Louisiana East has adopted new tools and restructured our staff teams. The goal is more support for you... and more fun for the girls in your life. We've been immersed in preparations for this exciting shift in our Movement since November 2015 and we're thrilled to launch the Customer Engagement Initiative for the new school year! With that said, here are some tips and resources to better understand what this change means for your family and troop. 

     

    The Girl Scout Member Community

    The Girl Scout Member Community or MyGS is a new online portal for everything Girl Scouts. This portal is the place where you can create/view a troop calendar, complete online member registration and access new tools to help you have a more successful Girl Scout year. You can access MyGS directly through the council's website-look for the yellow MyGS in the navigation menu.

    The Volunteer Toolkit

    The digital Volunteer Toolkit simplifies troop management, meeting planning and program experiences, with a link to program resources, and a parent portal that allows families to communicate with troop leaders, manage their daughter's schedule, and stay involved in her Girl Scout Experience. Here's a ...



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  • Girl Scouts to kickoff new year at B.I.G Event, September 24


    Girl Scouts and their families from across southeast Louisiana’s 23 parishes are gathering together for our annual Believe in Girls (B.I.G) event on September 24 to kick off a new Girl Scout year.  It will be a day of hands on activities and presentations showcasing organizations which foster and encourage Girl Scout involvement and education throughout the year, focusing on Girl Scout Initiatives such as STEM, Healthy Living, Financial Literacy and our Outdoor Legacy.

    The event will be Saturday, September 24, at Southeastern Louisiana University, 800 W. University Avenue, Hammond, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per girl, which includes a patch, and adults are free. Event T-shirts may be purchased when registering online at $8 each for youth sizes, and $10 for adult sizes. To be eligible to attend, you must renew your membership by September 2.

    The event's guest speaker is Representative Helena Moreno. Moreno serves as the representative for Louisiana's 93rd District. This year's community service project will focus on helping our local humane societies and animal shelters, many of which have been severely impacted by the recent flooding. Click here for a wish list!

    Collaborators for the event include, Audubon Nature Institute; Association for Women in Science; BREC Baton Rouge Zoo; DOW Chemic...



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  • Help Replace Girl Scout uniforms and supplies lost in the flood


    If you would like to help Girl Scout troops and individual Girl Scouts who lost their uniforms, books, and/or meeting supplies due to the flooding in southeast Louisiana, consider purchasing a gift card for use in our Council shops which will be distributed to troops/girls in need. 

    We request that Girl Scout uniforms be purchased through either of our shops and not sent here from other areas of the country, as our Council shops in Baton Rouge and New Orleans did not sustain damage and have full inventories, ready for the rush of fall recruitment.  This will also allow the girls to shop here locally, where they will be better able to select the correct size, books, etc. Visit http://bit.ly/2016LAFlood to help with Girl Scout uniform replacement.

    If your Girl Scouts would like to send notes/drawings of encouragement to our troops, they may be mailed to Girl Scouts Louisiana East, Regional Service Center, 545 Colonial Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.  The notes may be scanned and shared via our social media pages.  

    The council is also collecting travel-size toiletry items and school supplies for anyone in temporary shelters. Click here for more.

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  • Girl Scout council awards new Cookies to College scholarships


    The Girl Scout cookie program gives girls the opportunity to become entrepreneurs, learning skills that will make them valuable members of society. After receiving a donation from council baker partner, ABC Bakers, earlier this year, Girl Scouts Louisiana East is turning this donation into a scholarship opportunity for college-bound girls. Recently, the council awarded two $1,000 scholarships to Girl Scout graduates Michelle Stutes and India Evans.

    Because of their dedication to Girl Scouts and involvement in the cookie program throughout high school, Stutes and Evans were selected, following an application process. Both recipients owe much of their success and lasting experiences to the values that Girl Scouts strive to instill in its members. Stutes, who resides in Prairieville, plans to attend Louisiana State University and will major in music education, in hopes of becoming a choir teacher. “The cookie program has taught me the importance of commitment to causes, community service, and teamwork to meet our goals.” said Stutes. “I also learned the importance of setting goals, and working to achieve those goals.”

    Evans agrees that setting and working to achieve specific goals has really helped her focus on her future. “The skills I learned as a Girl Scout participating in the Cookie program, has offered me a number of opportunities, and has also taught me great business skills.” She will continue to use those learned skills as she st...



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  • Help our flooded neighbors!


    Our thoughts and prayers go out to our many Girl Scout families who have been severely impacted by the flooding in our area.  We all have co-workers, friends, and family members, who have been displaced, and who will soon begin the arduous task of cleaning up and rebuilding.  As Girl Scouts, we encourage all of us to do what we can to help out those affected.

    Our council staff and members are collecting:

    New travel-size toiletries such as soap, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
    Feminine hygiene supplies
    Cleaning supplies (detergent, etc).
    School supplies

    They can be dropped off at the council headquarters’ training Center in New Orleans (841 S. Clearview Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70121) or Camp Covington’s dining hall beginning today through Friday, August 19.  We will deliver to Capital Area United Way in Baton Rouge who has offered to distribute the items where needed, and also to shelters in Livingston Parish.

    We would like to hear how our Girl Scout volunteers and families are doing!  If you can check in on our Facebook wall at www.facebook.com/GSLEcouncil that would be great.

  • SERVICE UNIT TEAM (NOW CALLED COMMUNITY TEAM) TRAINING SATURDAY, SEPT. 10


    Due to the flooding in southeast Louisiana,  the community team training scheduled for Saturday, August 13 has been rescheduled to September 10.  The times and sessions will remain the same with the exception of Troop Travel and Volunteer Recognitions which will not be available.  However, Troop Travel and Volunteer Recognitions workshops will be offered multiple times in upcoming months. 

    Registration has been reopened allowing more Community Team Members to join us on September 10.  Please register at www.gsle.org/ebiz by September 3. If you need to cancel your registration due to the change, please email Kim Hennegan at khennegan@gsle.org.

  • GSLE is creating a new Council Patch Program


    Change is in the air at GSLE and we are adding a new Council Patch. Girls from K-12 are invited to design and name our new council program patch.  

    This new program patch will focus on completing activities from each of the four initiatives of Girl Scouting; Healthy Living, STEM, Financial Literacy, and Outdoor Skills. Be sure to use bold visible lines. Design must illustrate ALL four initiatives of Girl Scouting.  

    The best five names and the best five designs will be chosen and put into Survey Monkey for a final girl vote.  You may submit a design and name, design only, or name only. Please send entries to Dawn Allen no later than August 21, 2016. View...



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  • Girl Scouts use technology to making joining, volunteering easier


    As families prepare for the new school year and the array of activities from which to choose, they’ll find that joining and volunteering for the local Girl Scout organization a much easier and faster process, thanks to new technology and operating model.

    Girl Scouts Louisiana East, which serves girls, grades K – 12, and adults in 23 parishes of southeast Louisiana, launched its Customer Engagement Initiative in July, with a refreshed website, an all-new membership registration system and online Girl Scout Member Community, and a digital planning Toolkit for Girl Scout troop leaders.

    “While before it could take weeks to place girls into Girl Scout troops, it can now be done online by viewing an opportunity catalog which will display troop vacancies, the date, time and general meeting locations, and whether volunteers are still needed,” said Alisha Moore, Chief Customer Experience Officer.

    According to Moore, there is also an opportunity catalog for adults interested in volunteering, which will assist in the on-boarding process of volunteers.

    The digital Volunteer Toolkit simplifies troop management, meeting planning and program experiences, with a link to program resources, and a parent portal that allows families to communicate with troop leaders, manage their daughter’s schedule, and stay involved in her Girl Scout experience.  

    The local council began preparing for this large shift in its way of doing business last November, as pa...



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  • St. Tammany Girl Scout Honored for Volunteer Service by National Program


    Girl Scouts strive to serve their community in any capacity they can. Girl Scout Cadette Emily from Abita Springs, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a national program that honors youth nationwide for outstanding volunteer service.

    The program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), grants Certificates of Excellence to the top 10 percent of all applicants in each state and the District of Columbia. NASSP, also, recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.

     As part of the application process, Emily was asked to write an essay on the different community service activities that help her make the world a better place. A few activities that she mentioned were working with her troop to feed the elderly in her town for Thanksgiving and donating toys and treats to their local animal shelter. “I wanted to apply for this award because I wanted to show the world what Girl Scouts can do,” said Emily. “By receiving this certificate, I can continue to be a role model for younger girls.”

    “Prudential is honored to celebrate the contributions of these remarkable young volunteers,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “By shining a spotlight on the difference they’ve made in their communities, we hope others ar...



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  • August 2016 council eNews


  • Teen girls invited to saddle up for Girl Scouts’ Wrangler and Spur Program


    For girls who dream of owning their very own horse, it’s usually just a dream.  Girl Scouts Louisiana East offers a horse program for girls, age 12 and older, at their equestrian center in St. Francisville, that offers teen girls the opportunity to work with horses without the expenses incurred from owning one.

     “The girls in our Wrangler and Spur program get to learn how to do things that vet students are taught,” said Lauren Hill, Director, Equestrian, Outdoor Program & Resident Camp, at the council’s Camp Marydale. “They learn how to take care of the horses from head to hoof!” Participants are expected to attend a one-day orientation where they will learn policies and procedures necessary in the program and meet current Wranglers, Spurs, adults, and the horses. The orientations are set for September 10, December 3, and March 4 for $5 a person and include lunch. More information on the Wrangler and Spur Program, including registration, can be found at http://www.gsle.org/wrangler. Girls who join the Wrangler/Spur program will become Girl Scouts.

    The program is designed to be a learning and networking experience. According to Hill, the program is “For Girls by Girls” which means that the Wranglers teach and pass on knowledge to the younger Girl Scouts.  Wranglers, girls 14 and up, are paired with adult mentors to teach Western horseback riding workshops at Camp Marydale to Girl Scout troops,...



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  • Girl Scouts to offer Hip Hop & More! Dance Workshops, thanks to Arts Council grant


    Girl Scouts Louisiana East is offering hip hop sessions this August for girls in Jefferson Parish, thanks to a grant administered through the Arts Council of New Orleans.

    Learn new choreography while you move and groove with your friends! We will get moving with an expert from the Dancing Grounds studio and learn how dance can help us to stay healthy – both physically and mentally. The workshop will include elements of hip-hop, ballet, and modern. 

    Two evening session options (August 15 and/or August 17) are available for girls, grades 4-5, who are residents of Jefferson Parish for $3 per girl, per session. Click here for registration form. Deadline to register is August 10.

    QUESTIONS? Contact Jill Pollard 504-355-5871 or jpollard@gsle.org

    This program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. The grant is administered through the Arts Council of New Orleans.

  • Girl Scouts learn to fish on Grand Isle


    Seven Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts Louisiana East had the opportunity to participate in a Wish to Fish Louisiana Fishing event, July 19-20, in Grand Isle.  The girls and their leaders stayed overnight at a fishing camp, and activities included fishing from a boat, kayak fishing, fish identification and aging, cooking fish, along with numerous other aquatic educational activities. By the end of the second day, the girls were baiting their own hooks with live shrimp and wanted to stay out longer. 

    The groups were kept small so the guides could focus on the girls which worked out great.  Each girl left with gifts from the Louisiana Fish Fry Company and a fishing pole.  We would like to thank the many volunteers who helped make this event including the LA Wildlife & Fisheries, the boat captains, and the Wish to Fish sponsors.    

    Be sure to look for the girls on an upcoming episode of Louisiana Paradise who was out there filming! 

  • Sunday Announcement


    Our hearts are saddened by this morning's attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

    Our Leaders Essentials training scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the regional service center which is nearby, has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.

    The council offices and shop in Baton Rouge will also be closed all day, Monday, due to its close proximity.

  • Girl Scout alumnae invited back for weekend at camp


    BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -Girl Scouts Louisiana East is inviting all former Girl Scouts to grab their rucksacks, pick up the canteen, and return to camp.

    Girl Scouts Louisiana East will be hosting two "FOREVER Girl Scouts" Adult Camping weekends. The first weekend will be from September 9-11 at Girl Scout Camp Whispering Pines in Independence, with the second weekend scheduled for September 16-18 at Girl Scout Camp Marydale in St. Francisville.

    The event is open to all former Girl Scouts, troop leaders, volunteers, camp counselors, and staff members.

    "Girl Scouting has a lasting impact on girls for years to come," explained Jill Pollard, chief development officer, program and properties. "We hope that it will be both meaningful and fun to return to where they learned teamwork and other skills, maybe for the first time."

    Registration for each weekend is $50 per registrant or $30 for the day. Those looking to participate can register at www.gsle.org/alumnae. The deadline to register is August 20. 

    Girl Scouts Louisiana East serves girls in grades K-12 in the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West...



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  • July 2016 council eNews


  • Girl Scout council honors Gold Award recipients at Governor’s Mansion


    This year Girl Scouts across the country are celebrating the Centennial of the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. The Girl Scouts Louisiana East council honored four Girl Scout Award recipients at a reception and pinning ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion on June 23.  Joined by family members, council representatives, and special guests, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients for 2015-2016 are Brianna, Norco; Victoria, Franklinton; Allison, Geismar; and Sarah, Bush.

    Gold Award committee member Nathalie Roy Mitchell welcomed the girls and their guests, sharing a little information about the Gold Award criteria for earning the award. Congratulatory remarks and presentations were made by Girl Scouts Louisiana East Board Chair Joan Mollohan, Commander of the Middleton Chapter of the Military Order of World Wars LTC Patrick L. Widner, and Annette Lay and Larry O’Mahoney, Kelly Kicking Cancer, who presented Allison with the $1,000 Kelly C. O’Mahoney Gold Award Scholarship.

    To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, a young woman must demonstrate ability and skill in goal-setting, planning, putting values into action, and relating to the community, which includes planning and executing a community service project with a minimum 80 hours of work, that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides a sustainable, lasting benefit to the girl's larger community. 

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  • Help our sister Girl Scouts in Nevada win $25,000!


  • Geismar, Gonzales Girl Scouts receive high honors


    Congratulations to Girl Scouts in Geismar Troop 10152 and Gonzales Troop 10340 who earned the Bronze and Silver Awards!

  • GSLE offers Cookies to College scholarship program


    Thanks to a $10,000 donation from ABC Bakers announced in March, Girl Scouts Louisiana East is happy to roll-out a Cookies to College scholarship program.

    “We’re excited that the council will be able to offer a tangible reward to some of our most enterprising young female entrepreneurs,” said Alisha Moore, chief customer experience officer. 

    To be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship, an applicant must be: a currently registered Girl Scout in the Girl Scouts Louisiana East council who’s been an active participant in the Cookie program for the last four years. She must also be a graduating high school senior who is continuing her education following graduation.

    The application can be found here and must be submitted, along with a letter of recommendation, by midnight, July 1. The scholarship(s) will be announced and distributed around July 15, 2016.  COMING SOON - APPLICATION FOR 2017 SCHOLARSHIPS!

    The Cookies to College program will be sustainable by using future funds from the council’s iGive donation program to fund these college scholarships each year. 

    The $10,000 donation announcement was made in an email and video that was sent to all SNAP+ registrants earlier this year, as ABC Baker representatives apologized for the poor performance of SNAP+, their onli...



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  • Girl Scouts hold Women of Distinction Luncheon and Reception in Baton Rouge


    Nearly 200 Girl Scout friends, community members, and supporters of Girl Scouting gathered for the council’s 2016 Women of Distinction luncheon and champagne reception at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel on May 11.  The council recognized four extraordinary women for their leadership and service to others. The 2016 Women of Distinction were:  Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, former Louisiana Governor; Mae Calvin-Belton, President-Elect, Baton Rouge Symphony; Nikki Fargas, LSU Lady Tiger’s Basketball Coach; and Julie Skinner Stokes, Louisiana State Representative.

    Event chair was Mary-Patricia Wray, assisted by committee members Linda Law Clark, Bethany France, and Robyn Merrick.  Sponsors included Louisiana Lottery Corporation, silver sponsor; Capital One, Cox Communications, Jackie Daniels, DeCuir, Clark & Adams, LLP, Robyn Merrick, Joan Mollohan, and University of New Orleans, bronze sponsors. 

    Wray and Mistress of Ceremonies, WBRZ news anchor Sylvia Weatherspoon welcomed the guests as the program officially began with the flag ceremony conducted by members of Baton Rouge Girl Scout Junior Troop 10324 and the invocation by board member Jacquelyn Daniels.  

    Weatherspoon was assisted by Girl Scout board chair Joan Mollohan, board member Robyn Merrick, and Girl Scout Senior Heather O’Maho...



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  • Girl Scout Cookie Program a Sweet Success


    Girl Scouts has completed, yet another successful product sale during this year’s Cookie Program, selling over 1 million boxes of cookies in the council’s 23-parish territory, with the girls averaging 162 boxes each. The program continues to forge a prosperous path for young girls to develop leadership and business skills, according to Chief Customer Experience Officer Alisha Moore.

    Going on a second year, Girl Scouts became digital entrepreneurs as they were able to market and sell cookies over the Internet using a mobile app and personalized websites, which ushers in great results not only for the girls but council wide.

    “Each year, our girls strive to meet their goals and gain skills that can be used throughout their life,” said Moore.

    A total of 263 girls entered Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s Cookie Hall of Fame for selling 500+ boxes of cookies, including 36 girls who sold over 1,000 boxes, and one “Cookie Mogul” – Girl Scout Daisy Guliette who sold 2,506 boxes, becoming this year’s top seller!

    Through participation in the Cookie program, troops are provided funding for troop activities, trips, and community service projects. Girls also received individual recognitions such as patches, T-shirts, and journals with some top awards including electronics, cookie dough, luggage, and a “Diva Event,” for girls who...



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  • We need your BEST photos!


    The GSLE Marketing Communications department is looking for photos that depict Girl Scouts in action for possible use in future publications, on the website, in recruitment materials, etc.  Heart-warming photos welcome too! *If your photo is selected to be used on a front or back cover, website home page, or as the primary photo in an ad campaign in the next year, your troop will receive a $50 gift card redeemable in the council shops. 

    Please submit high resolution photos (1 photo per email) by May 15 to Gina Sledge at gsledge@gsle.org  and include the name of person or persons in photo, troop #, town, age level, and your contact name and phone number.  Please no large group photos. Photos that are used on secondary pages or on other print collateral, will not receive this gift card, just our gratitude! This is not a contest.

  • GSUSA selects Northshore Girl Scout for Girl Planning Team


    Congratulations goes to Jordan, a Senior Girl Scout in Covington Troop 32021, who was one of only 20 girls selected by Girl Scouts of the USA as a member of their Convention 2017 Girl Planning Team!

    The Girl Planning Team will be an integral part of the planning and implementation of all aspects of the National Council Session and Convention. From May 2016 until October 2017, this group of 20 young women from across the Girl Scouting Movement will help design the experience for older Girl Scouts at Convention, and provide input and feedback on areas such as: activities, panel presentations, discussion sessions, special events, marketing Convention, and more. At the 2017 Convention in Columbus, they will serve as part of the Convention team that is leading the implementation of the event.

    Please join us in congratulating Jordan!

  • Girl Scouts Louisiana East announces 2016 Women of Distinction


    Awards Luncheon set for May 11 in Baton Rouge

    Four women leaders in the community will be honored at the Girl Scouts Louisiana East 2016 Women of Distinction awards luncheon on Wednesday, May 11 at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel.  They are former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco; Mae Calvin-Belton, president-elect of the Baton Rouge Symphony; LSU Lady Tiger’s Basketball Coach Nikki Caldwell-Fargas; and Louisiana State Representative Julie Skinner Stokes.

    The women were selected based on their remarkable achievements as business, community and civic leaders in their fields, who are committed to supporting leadership opportunities for girls.

    “It is our pleasure to recognize these women for their accomplishments and dedication to excellence,” said Mary-Patricia Wray, who is chairing the luncheon, assisted by committee members Linda Law Clark, Bethany France, and Robyn Merrick. 

    “As inspiring leaders and role models, our honorees have dedicated themselves to making our community a better place, demonstrating Girl Scout values in all they do,” said Wray.

    Event sponsors include the Louisiana Lottery Corporation, silver sponsor; Capital One, Cox Communications, Jackie Daniels, DeCuir, Clark & Adams, LLP, Robyn Merrick, Joan Mollohan, and University of New Orleans, bronze sponsors....



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  • Girl Scouts Louisiana East to launch Cookies to College scholarship program


    Thanks to a $10,000 donation from ABC Bakers announced March 16, Girl Scouts Louisiana East is happy to reveal the creation of a “Cookies to College” scholarship program with 10, $1,000 college scholarships to be awarded this spring to graduating high school seniors who are registered Girl Scouts and have participated in the Cookie Program.  Criteria for this scholarship along with the application process, will be shared with council membership shortly.

    We’re excited that the council will be able to offer a tangible reward to some of our most enterprising young female entrepreneurs.  We want to support Girl Scouts who will be seeking a college education, made even more challenging in Louisiana’s uncertain academic climate.

    The Cookies to College program will be sustainable by using future funds from our iGive donation program to fund scholarships each year.

    The $10,000 donation announcement was made in an email and video that was sent to all SNAP+ registrants on March 16, as ABC Baker representatives apologized for the poor performance of SNAP+, their online order management system, during this year’s Cookie sale, and outlined steps they are taking to improve their order management process.

    Click here for video from Interbake Foods/ABC Bakers.

    Click here to complete survey on how to improve SNAP+, ABC Baker’s online order manag...



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  • Announcement from GSUSA - 2018 Membership Dues increase


    Dear Girl Scout Members:

    To our valued members of the Girl Scout community, we would like to share with you an important announcement from Girl Scouts of the USA, CEO Anna Maria Chavez. Starting with the Girl Scout 2018 membership year, which officially begins October 1, 2017, the annual national membership dues will increase to $25 for girls and adults.  All membership dues go directly to the national organization, Girl Scouts of the USA.

    This upcoming increase is needed to support GSUSA’s research and continued investment and development of new technology platforms, and enhancements to girls’ program experiences in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), entrepreneurship, the outdoors, and life skills. You can find more information on GSUSA's March 24th blog.

    When compared to other extracurricular activities, the wide variety of experiences girls are exposed to in Girl Scouts is a tremendous value. At roughly $2 per month, Girl Scouting will still be one of the most reasonably priced, life-changing experiences for girls in southeast Louisiana, and one of the most valuable investments anyone can make in a girl’s life. We will continue to encourage our troops to reinvest their cookie proceeds each year into paying for members' annual dues.

    Girl Scouts of the USA has provided the following information:

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  • Enjoy a fun night of basketball with the Pelicans!


    Enjoy a fun night of basketball with the Pelicans! We're opening up our Recognitions event for Cookie Topsellers on April 9 to all Girl Scout troops (pricing differs). While special extras are only for our cookie topsellers, everyone will have the opportunity for a post game group photo on the court, access to discounted parking, a Pelicans Girl Scout patch, and $12 food voucher.

    Visit http://www.gsle.org/en/events-repository/2016/girl_scout_night_wit.html for more information.

     

  • Deadline for council Bling Your Wagon and Bling your Booth contests is March 18


    Our council's "Bling Your Wagon" and "Bling Your Booth!" contests are back by popular demand! Help your Girl Scout create a clever way to advertise her cookie sales on wheels. (no cars/SUVs - this is an individual girl contest). Choose a theme from among these: Dream, Design, DoHappy Birthday, Lemonades!; Thanks-A-Lot; decorate and submit a photo, which must include the girl and her creation. Girls must either be in uniform, Girl Scout T-shirt, or wearing her Girl Scout pin.

    Entry deadline is March 18, 2016. Winners will receive: 1st place: $100 cookie dough; 2nd place: $75 cookie dough; 3rd place: $50 cookie dough. Email photos to cookies@gsle.org.

    Troops are invited to "Bling" their cookie booths to gain extra customer attention. Select a theme from the list above; use direction, costumes, themed props, and signs - as long as you keep safety in mind, the sky is the limit!

    Winners will receive: 1st place: 2 nights at GSLE camp of choice; 2nd place: 1 night at GSLE camp of choice; and 3rd place: 1 day at GSLE camp of choice.

  • Council accepting horse donations


    Girl Scouts Louisiana East is currently accepting donations of horses to fill our Equestrian Center. Horses must go through a thorough examination and riding test, be up to date on vaccines, and hold current negative coggins. We are seeking horses who are "bombproof," enjoy a nice slow pace, and are comfortable with beginner hands. Horses must not exceed 21 years old.

    All donations will receive a letter of donation at the end of 2016. All inquiries email Angela Arneal at aarneal@gsle.org.

  • Camps sustain minimal damage in area flooding


    Our camps will be up and running for troop and service unit camping this weekend! We are very pleased to share that we sustained minimal damage. Marydale had no issues. Camp Whispering Pines and Covington are now working on cleanup! As of Monday we will be replacing approx 10 mattresses, 4 picnic tables and probably 6 benches at Camp Covington! Be sure to let Rangers Jason and Mike know how much we appreciate their hard work cleaning up the debris.

  • National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest, sponsored by Taste of Home


     

    Attention Cookie Lovers! Girl Scouts brings you our second annual National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest, sponsored by Taste of Home™!

    If creating awesome recipes is your super power, fly on over to the kitchen, grab your favorite Girl Scout Cookies, and get ready to create a delicious recipe that could win you some awesome prizes.

    How to enter:

    1. Find Girl Scout Cookies.
    2. Get some inspiration—check out these oh-so-tasty winning recipes that were approved by Taste of Home™ top chefs.
    3. Now that those juices are flowing, get to cooking! Entries will be accepted in one of four categories: (1) cakes, pies, cupcakes, (2) cookies, brownies, bars, (3) pudding, ice cream, gelatin desserts, and (4) candies.
    4. Submit your recipe by March 25!

    After March 25, Taste of Home™ will test these delicious recipes and choose the top 16—four from each category.

    On April 25, Girl Scouts will announce the 16 finalists. Then the winners will be determined by YOU! Voting for your favorite recipes will take place April 26—May 1!

    The recipe with the most votes in each category wins. Three cate...



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  • Council eNews for March 2016


  • Check out Microsoft's new FREE computer and coding workshops!


    Microsoft --Girl Scouts Computer Expert Badge 

    In this two-hour workshop, Girl Scouts, ages 6-9, work through a variety of the exciting activities necessary to obtain a Computer Expert Badge*. Participants will get hands-on experience with the latest apps and devices from Microsoft to discover the versatility of computers, learn Internet safety and lots more!

    From using Bing to conduct research and plan an adventure, to creating a photo presentation for their friends, Scouts will feel empowered to use their new skills with their troop and in the classroom.

    Gamers will have the opportunity to challenge themselves and others as they try out the newest versions of Kodu, Project Spark and Just Dance on Xbox!

    *or similar badge respective to their Girl Scouting program.

    It is the responsibility of the troop leader to provide award badges to participants. If additional activities are needed to satisfy badge requirements, materials can be provided to troop leaders.

    When: By reservation. Email requests and questions to mrs0068cds@microsoft.com Where: Microsoft Store at Lakeside Shopping Center, Dillard’s wing, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70002 Fee: Free Capacity: Minimum 5/Maximum 10 Notes: The parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of every camp participant under 1...



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  • SNAP+ Webinar Training now available on our website


    Did you miss the SNAP+ Webinar?  That's all right- we've added it to our council's YouTube channel and linked it here on the website at:

    https://youtu.be/4k9SHbOM31s

    This training is recommended for troop leaders, cookie managers and service unit cookie managers, and gives you a formal introduction to our new cookie management system Snap+. You'll receive step by step instructions on placing initial orders, selecting delivery times, signing up for booth sales, ordering recognitions and so much more! (Snap+ is ABC Bakers’ version of eBudde.)

  • Girl Scout Caitlin on WWL-TV to talk about new Cookie Technology, Girl Scout Cookies!


    One of our Girl Scout Cookie topsellers, Caitlin, was on with WWL-TV Morning Show Eric Paulsen to demonstrate the new Cookie technology and talk about the new Girl Scout Cookies.  We've got new Cookies and new names to learn since we've switched back to the original Cookie Baker, ABC Bakers!  

  • Access Smart Cookie U (platform) & COCO Webinar here!


    We've added the Smart Cookie U (platform) & Coco Webinar to our website, so you can access this important information at your convenience!

    Recommended for troop leaders, cookie managers and service unit cookie managers, ABC Baker's two web platforms, Smart Cookie U and COCO, will assist leaders and girls alike in running the largest girl-led business in the world. Smart Cookie U, the new training platform by ABC Bakers, offers leaders access to GSLE’s print materials, program activities, Youtube videos on entering orders, signing up for booth sales and much more, all housed in one location.

    Also learn how COCO Mobile and COCO Direct (ABC’s Digital Cookie) will assist girls in taking their Cookie Program to the digital age. COCO is not just for girls, leaders will also have the opportunity to communicate with girls and parents sending important information and, of course, cheering on their success.

    Click here for webinar on YouTube!

  • Represent Girl Scouts at our Women of Distinction May 11 luncheon

     

    Our Women of Distinction luncheon in Baton Rouge has opportunities for our girls to participate!

    1. Girl Scout greeters are needed to welcome patrons as they arrive! Contact Kevin Shipp at kshipp@gsle.org or 504-355-5888 to coordinate duties and arrival times. 
    2. Create a centerpiece table decoration!  Supplies and instructions are available at the Regional office in Baton Rouge, first come first served.  Troops or individual girls, reserve your centerpiece kit ASAP, and pick up and deliver finished centerpiece by May 5.  

     

     

     

     

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