Tuesday, February 2, 2016

World Thinking Day: Cookies, Valentines and an International Sisterhood

February is a busy month for Girl Scouts. Most councils are well into the sale and delivery of cookies. Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors are crafting or delivering Valentines. On February 22 we celebrate World Thinking Day with all our sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world.

Lord Robert Baden-Powell (founder of Boy Scouting) and his wife, Lady Olave Baden-Powell (World Chief Guide) were both born on February 22nd (35 years apart!). In 1926 the 4th International Conference established this date as Thinking Day. We all celebrate our common goals and our diversity throughout the 146 countries of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) on this date.
The Thinking Day symbol was created in 1975. The World Trefoil forms the center and represents the World Association. The arrows pointing toward the trefoil represent action and direction. The design is circular and represents the World of Girl Guide/Girl Scout Movement. The 30th World Conference made February 22nd “World” Thinking Day in 1999.  In recent years each triennium the World Thinking Day logo changes to reflect the current girl trends and the emphasis of our world organization.

Every year we encourage our troops to participate in World Thinking Day in many different ways. Some troops explore Girl Guides/Girl Scouts in other countries learning about the native dress, language and the Promise and the Laws in the native language. They discover, connect, and take action to better understand their world.  Other girls choose to contribute to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund (JLWFF) at this time. This fund helps to extend Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding to new members in many parts of the world. It supports international friendship through take action projects, training, events and exchange visits for Girl Scouts from member nations of WAGGGS.

The international friendship started with Juliette Low and Agnes Baden-Powell (founder of Guiding, sister to Lord Baden-Powell) lives on today in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and is celebrated each February 22nd with World Thinking Day. How ever you choose to remember and celebrate this day, we should all be grateful to belong to a world association whose only mission is to support girls and young women to develop their full potential as leaders and active citizens of the world. 

Barbara Johnson


GSNCA Volunteer

Explore what your troop can do on World Thinking Day.


Monday, January 11, 2016

Girl Scout Starts Successful Trading Library, Earns Gold Award


 BIRMINGHAM, Ala.January 11, 2016–Lillian Sharp, a senior at the Altamont School and native of Birmingham, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Sharp earned her Gold Award for her project, “Lilly’s Literacy.” Sharp discovered that many children in her community didn’t have books at home, and this seriously affected their reading skills. Sharp connected with her local library and with S.T.A.I.R. (Start The Adventure In Reading) Birmingham to see how she could take action on the issue. Sharp gave books to over 100 children in the Avondale area, and began a successful trading program, “The Free Little Library,” at Avondale United Methodist Church, that will last for years.

“A large percentage of kids in my area do not have money to go and buy books, and their parents are concerned with library fines, which keeps them from having reading materials in the home, especially in the summer,” Sharp said. “My Free Little Library set up a trading network that will allow kids to trade books and create their own personal libraries.”

Sharp has also earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Awards, and she has served as a volunteer at the Birmingham Zoo, the Ronald McDonald House and the Avondale Public Library.

“Reading, no matter if it’s fiction or non-fiction, opens up a child’s world, it exposes them to new vocabulary, it strengthens their imaginations and, most importantly, reading is the key to learning,” Sharp said.

“By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” said Karen Peterlin, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, “Lilly has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.”

The girl who goes for the Gold embraces challenges, achieves excellence, and works diligently to make the world a better place, in her own unique way. Her leadership, vision, and boundless energy is an inspiration to all Girl Scouts. Each girl earning her Gold Award demonstrates excellence through a leadership project totaling more than 65 hours. Girls who earn their Gold Award are also recognized by the President of the United States, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Armed Services, state legislatures, colleges and universities for admission and scholarship opportunities, and the American Legion. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

About Girl Scout Gold Award
Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world. The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers. They are our future, and it looks bright! To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit girlscoutsnca.org.

About Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama

We're over 13,000 strong—9,500 girls and 3,800 adults in 36 counties in the state of Alabama who believe girls can change the world. It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts' founder Juliette Gordon "Daisy" Low, who believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, and every year since, we've made her vision a reality, helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents.


Today we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a United Way partner. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit www.girlscoutsnca.org or call 800-734-4541.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

New Reservation Process Simplifies Long-Range Planning for Camping Experiences

In response to feedback from volunteers, we are revamping the system for reserving camp facilities. The changes will allow service units and troops to plan more long range.
The new reservation system will incorporate a rolling calendar which will allow you to reserve facilities up to one year in advance AND give first priority to service unit and troop reservations.
Reservations will be accepted for one year in advance as follows:
  • 1st through 10th of each month - reservation availability to service units
  • 11th through 20th of each month - reservation availability to service units and troops
  • 21st through last day of each month - reservation availability to service units, troops, and nonmember groups
For example, March 1st -10th of 2016, service units only will be able to make reservations through March 2017. Then March 11th - 20th troops and service units may make reservations through March 2017. Finally, beginning on March 21st, 2016, in addition to troops and service units, nonmember groups will be able to make reservations for March 2017.

With this new system, troops and service units will always have ample opportunity to make their reservations before dates become available to nonmembers. You can still make reservations any time of the month, but access to the dates one year out will be in the order described above. For example, a troop can call on March 1, 2016 to reserve a facility for any date through February, 2017, but must wait until March 11th to make a reservation for March, 2017.

The new system is a direct response to member feedback and will be a real improvement in the timing of reservations. While we reconfigure for the new process, reservations are being temporarily delayed. Your name will be placed on a waiting list and those on the waiting list will be given priority to reserve facilities when the new system is operational. When the new system is rolled out in 2016, you will be contacted in the order in which your inquiry was received.
To make a reservation at any GSNCA camp facility, please email Tonya Sails at tsails@girlscoutsnca.org

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

About Digital Cookie: Consumer FAQs

How do I order cookies from the digital cookie platform?
If you know a Girl Scout- get her to send you a link! Don't know one? Call out cookie locator hotline at (205) 980-4750 x1400 and we'll set you up with a girl in your area! She'll be able to send you a link to order and have the cookies shipped to you. 

ABOUT DIGITAL COOKIE 
What is the Digital Cookie platform and how does it work? 


The iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program you know and love is going beyond the booth and allowing girls to sell in their native digital space by offering them new channels to enhance their cookie sale and new ways to learn twenty-first century business skills. Over 1 million excited Girl Scouts are ready to take their cookie sale to a whole new level! 

In true Girl Scout style, the girls initiate the cookie sale. With the Digital Cookie platform, customers will be able to buy Girl Scout Cookies through one of two digital sales platforms, depending on their area. Some girls will invite friends and family to visit their personalized cookie website, or take in person orders using a mobile app. With these options, customers can place their orders online, pick their delivery method, and pay by credit card. Other girls will take in person orders using a mobile app that allows for credit card processing, direct shipping, and the ability to invite friends and family by email to purchase cookies online. 

Are you taking door-to-door sales away?
Door-to-door sales are here to stay! Far from replacing the traditional cookie program, the Digital Cookie platform expands and enhances a girl’s experience by giving her a fun new way to learn twenty-first-century skills while providing another way to sell cookies. So this cookie season, depending on your location, a Girl Scout could approach you through a door-to-door sale, at a booth sale with a digital device, or through an email invitation to visit her Digital Cookie website.

Where does the money from the Digital Cookie platform sales go? 
As with the traditional Girl Scout Cookie Program, 100 percent of the net revenue earned from cookie sales will remain with the Girl Scout council that sponsors the sale. Girls decide how to spend their troop cookie money and reinvest it in their communities through “Take Action” projects and learning experiences, including travel. As a result, customers who purchase Girl Scout Cookies are not only getting a delicious treat—they are also making an important investment in their communities. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

GSNCA Selects Central Alabama 2016 Women of Distinction


Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama will hold its annual Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 11, 2016, 11:30 a.m. at the Harbert Center in downtown Birmingham. This luncheon will recognize outstanding women representing Central Alabama.

The Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon pays tribute to women who have made special contributions to their community through civic, academic or professional involvement and are exemplary role models for today’s girls.   

Neeysa Biddle, AlbertvilleSt. Vincent’s Health System, President & CEO, will receive the Frances E. Couch Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nancy Goedecke, Birmingham - Mayer Electric Supply Company, Chairman of the Board/CEO, will receive the Mildred Bell Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Anne Moman, Northport – Community Volunteer, will receive the Karen LaMoreaux Bryan Lifetime Achievement Award. 

 Lifetime Achievement Awards honor the memory of beloved civic leaders whose contributions had far-reaching impact in their communities. These awards are given annually to women who have prior affiliations with Girl Scouting and have made lifelong contributions to their communities by distinguishing herself through professional, community or humanitarian efforts.

This year, GSNCA will honor women who excel in categories that relate to the organization’s core initiatives: financial literacy, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and healthy living. Girl Scouts will also honor women in the categories of today’s leader and tomorrow’s young woman of distinction.


The 2016 Central Alabama Women of Distinction Honorees are:

LaJuana Bradford, Trussville – Regions Bank, Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility - Financial Literacy

Alice Womack, Mountain Brook – Oakworth Capital Bank, Client Advisor – Financial Literacy

 Kim Greene, Mountain Brook – Southern Company, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – STEM

Linda Sewell, Birmingham – Energen, Vice President of External Affairs - STEM

Ann Heard-Nesbitt, Birmingham – Cooper Green Mercy Health Services, Senior Clinical Dietitian – Healthy Living

Dr. Donna Slovensky, Vestavia Hills – UAB SHP, Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs – Healthy Living

Kelly Carlton, Indian Springs – United Way of Central Alabama, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer - Today’s Leader

Maibeth Porter, Birmingham – Maynard Cooper & Gale, Shareholder – Today’s Leader

Vickie Saxon, Birmingham – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Resources – Today’s Leader

Dr. Ura (Bunnie) LaMoreaux (posthumous), Tuscaloosa – Bun Lam Enterprises, Founder and President - Today’s Leader

Briana Danielle Nicole Kinsey, Birmingham – Daring to Defeat Diabetes, Inc., President and Founder – Tomorrow’s Young Woman of Distinction

Justine Panian, Tuscaloosa – Crimson Carnations, President – Tomorrow’s Young Woman of Distinction

Proceeds from the Women of Distinction Luncheon provide direct support to Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, which serves more than 9,500 girl members in 36 counties.

An additional luncheon will be held for the North Alabama Women of Distinction in April. 

For more information on reservations or sponsorships, please contact Tonya Mines at 800-734-4541 x1030 or tmines@girlscoutsnca.org. Tickets to the luncheon are $60 for general admission and $45 for Girl Scout members.

About Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama
We're over 13,000 strong—9,500 girls and 3,800 adults in 36 counties in the state of Alabama who believe girls can change the world. It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts' founder Juliette Gordon "Daisy" Low, who believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, and every year since, we've made her vision a reality, helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents.


Today we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a United Way partner. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit www.girlscoutsnca.org or call 800-734-4541.