Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Samantha Presson Earns Gold Award

Samantha Presson
Samantha Presson
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.March 17, 2015–Samantha Presson, a 12th Grader at Oxford High School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Samantha earned her Gold Award for her project, “Proactive and Sustainable Leadership”. Her project focused on Altar Servers at the Sacred Heart Church, and she addressed this challenge in the form of a work day. Samantha renovated  the server room, developed and implemented a food drive. Her project will be sustainable because she plans to  assist with yearly Altar Server training and weekly Mass leadership. The most successful part of the project was the renovation. It efficiently incorporated many skill sets of numerous volunteers. The project allowed many people to work and connect. It enhanced Ms. Presson’s leadership skills: public speaking, time management, communication and perseverance.

“In many cases, if someone steps up to lead a cause, that is all that is needed to get people to follow. The older people in our church were so willing to help someone… who is interested in supporting their church and local community by simply wanting to make a difference.”, Presson reported.

“By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” said Mary Charles, interim chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, “Samantha Presson 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
The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to go gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world. For more information about the Gold Award, visit girlscoutsnca.org/gogold.

About Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama

Girl Scouting gives every girl access to life-changing experiences that inspire her to do something BIG! Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a United Way community partner and serves over 15,000 girl members ages 5-17 and 5,000 volunteers in programs across 36 counties. For more information, call 800-734-4541 or visit girlscoutsnca.org.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Troop 122 Shares Some Inspiration



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –January 23, 2015–Girl Scout Troop 122 members Caroline Kracke, Molly Russell, Campbell Swing, Derrin Upshaw, Helen Walthall and Anna Kate Yeager, students at Cherokee Bend Elementary School, recently earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award for their project “Teaching Rainbow Loom @ the ‘Y’.”. The girls participated in a sisterhood project - they shared a popular activity (making rainbow loom bracelets) with members of an after school program. This inspired them to make something tangible while having fun.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Junior (fourth and fifth grades) can earn. This award recognizes that a Girl Scout Junior has gained the leadership and planning skills required to follow through with a project that makes a positive difference in her community.

About Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama
Girl Scouting gives every girl access to life-changing experiences that inspire her to do something BIG! Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a United Way community partner and serves over 15,000 girl members grades K-12 and 5,000 volunteers in programs across 36 counties. For more information, call 800-734-4541 or visit girlscoutsnca.org.



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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Cookies Are Coming!



CONTACT:
Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama
Hannah Wallace, Director of Communications and Marketing
OFFICE 205-453-9530 or 800-734-4541 x1018
Cookie Newsroom (links to artwork can be found here)

THE COOKIES ARE COMING!

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.–January 13, 2015Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (GSNCA) will begin learning the lasting skills that will guide them throughout their lives as the 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Program kicks off Friday, February 6th. On this date girls will have cookies on-hand to sell immediately, and many will have cookie booths set up at retail stores throughout North-Central Alabama. The public can find cookies by searching for a booth sale at girlscoutcookies.org or by downloading the Girl Scout Cookie Finder Mobile App for Apple and Android.

Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama are offering two new varieties of cookies this year. Rah-Rah Raisins are hearty oatmeal cookies with plump raisins and Greek yogurt-flavored chunks.
Toffee-tastic are rich, buttery cookies packed with golden toffee bits bursting with flavor. And guess what? Toffee-tastic is gluten free!

Girl Scouts will also offer all-time favorites: Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos and Savannah Smiles. Each box sells for $3.50. All eight varieties of Girl Scout Cookies contain zero grams of trans fat. Girl Scout cookies are a low-sodium treat, and some varieties weigh in at only 28 calories (Savannah Smiles) and 40 calories (Thin Mints) per cookie!

You can also purchase cookies as part of the Cookies for the Troops campaign, where you can have your cookies sent overseas to service members. GSNCA will also participate in the ‘Buy 5’ campaign. For every five packages a customer purchases, they receive one Buy 5 promotion card. At the end of the cookie sale, two customers will be drawn to win FIVE CASES of cookies.

Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls take part in the largest girl-run business in the world. They learn the 5 Skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. They make a plan and decide where their cookie money will go.

All the revenue earned—every penny after paying the baker—stays with GSNCA. Councils use cookie revenue to supply essential services to troops, groups and girls, such as providing program resources and communication support, training adult volunteers and conducting events. As part of their experience in any Girl Scout product sale program, girls can earn official Girl Scout awards at every level of Girl Scouting, including cookie and financial literacy badges and the annual Cookie Activity Pin.

Important Safety Notice:
Girl Scout Cookies should be purchased only from someone affiliated with the Girl Scout organization to ensure safety and freshness.

About the Girl Scout Cookie Program
Since 1917, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has become a famous annual event that has helped girls develop important leadership skills they will use throughout their lives. Whether they are dreaming of becoming a doctor, teacher, mother, businesswoman, CEO of a Fortune 500 company or an engineer, the Girl Scout Cookie Program helps to build the self-esteem they need to reach for the stars.

About Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama
For 100 years Girl Scouting has given every girl access to life-changing experiences that inspire her to do something BIG! Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a United Way community partner and serves 15,000 girls, grades K-12, and over 5,000 volunteers in programs across 36 counties. For more information on becoming a member, volunteering or pathway opportunities, call 800-734-4541 or visit girlscoutsnca.org.


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Thursday, December 4, 2014

GSNCA Welcomes Interim CEO Mary Charles

Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama welcomes Mary Charles, interim chief executive officer. Charles is a Girl Scout executive leader who has over 26 years of diverse experience in strategic leadership and staff development. 

Charles served most recently as interim chief executive officer and chief operating officer at Girl Scouts of North East Kansas and North West Missouri, where she helped align the council’s technology to GSUSA platforms and oversaw 1.5 million dollar property development and maintenance projects. 

“I am impressed with the experience and expertise of our Interim Chief Executive Officer Mary Charles,” said Sarah Edwards, GSCNA board president. “I am looking forward to working with her on strengthening the board's support of the girls and the program in our jurisdiction. I know we on the board and Mary Charles will make a great team.” 

Charles is a native of Wisconsin, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation administration from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse. Charles has been a Girl Scout since she was seven years old. She owns stock in the Green Bay Packers and enjoys quilting, card making, cooking, golf and gardening.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Holiday Office Hours

During this time of Thanksgiving, the staff and board of Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama are most thankful for you – our Girl Scouts, their parents and our dedicated Girl Scout volunteers.  Without the dedication of our almost 4,000 strong volunteer corps, Girl Scouts would not happen in north central Alabama.  From their efforts, over 14,000 girls had the opportunity to grow their Courage, Confidence and Character and make the world a better place.

In observance of the season, the council service centers, shops and camps will close on Wednesday, November 26 at noon. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!