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The Girl Scout


Volume 3 - Issue 1 Spring/Summer 2013

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. Newsletter

INSIDE THIS ISSUE This is What a Girl Can Do! Page 1

Ann Brackett – An Alumna’s Story Page 3

Special Events Page 4

Announcements and Photo Gallery Page 5 - 7

This is What a Girl Can Do! There are no limits to what a girl can achieve by participating in the nationally recognized Girl Scout Leadership Experience. The Girl Scout Research Institute data reflects that when girls succeed, so does society. Through girl-led programming, where girls work cooperatively as a team and learn by doing, girls develop their leadership skills and knowledge. In Girl Scouting, programs are delivered by volunteers, positive adult role models, who contribute to a girl's success and her ability to imagine the possibilities and options for a bright future. Beginning January 2013, Girl Scouts were out in force, millions strong across the country during Girl Scout Cookie season….the largest girl-led business and entrepreneurial program in the world. This year, Girl Scouts in grades K-12, from our ten-county region had 1,094,300 reasons to celebrate! This includes 34,322 packages of cookies donated to the military through Mints for the Military. Continued on page 2.

Cookie Season Wrap Up Page 8

Ways to Give and Donor Recognition Page 9 – 14

Volunteer Spotlight Cathy Berna Page 15

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Welcome Our New Board President We are honored to welcome Ann Jabsen Carrasquillo, from Fort Myers Florida, as the thirteenth President of the Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida. Dedicated community leader, Lifetime member of the Girl Scout movement, and a woman who makes the world a better place, Ann is committed to be a strong role model for girl leadership. In Girl Scouting, Ann previously served the council as the First Vice President (2009), Second Vice-President, National Council Delegate, Advancement Committee Chair, and Board Development Committee member, and for her service to the council and others, she is the recipient of the Appreciation Pin and the President’s Award. She led the council’s efforts to increase Continued on page 3.

"I am so honored to begin this term as your Council President. We are entering a time of challenge and change for the Girl Scouts, locally and nationally. I am so proud to see so many of our girls becoming courageous and confident leaders, and making the world a better place every day! Let us work to include more girls and to reconnect with our alumnae in meaningful ways so that we can 'Get Her There' together. I especially want to thank all our volunteers who give so freely of their time and talents. You really do make the world a better place!"

Juliette Gordon Low Society – Planned Giving Challenge!

Dianne Belk and Lawrence Calder

Dianne Belk and Lawrence Calder are truly partners in their life journey: long time married couple, business and industry leaders, community volunteers and champions for board service, world travelers, and now, inspiring national speakers instilling the importance and value of planned gifts to lift the Girl Scout Movement into the future.

On November 7, 2012, invited guests, board members and staff, Harriet Hessam, Vice President Fund Development Girl Scouts of the USA, volunteers Dianne Belk, Founding Chair, Juliette Gordon Low Society, Girl Scouts of the USA, and Lawrence Calder, shared impassioned stories about the importance of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Dianne shared her Girl Scout story, joining at age five in rural Mississippi, with limited financial means and few dreams. As her Girl Scout participation grew, so did her confidence and opportunity. Her troop leader inspired her to set and achieve goals: to obtain the Curved Bar award (equivalent to today’s Gold Award), to go to college and later to become a successful engineer and business owner. Currently retired from business but active in community causes, she focuses on her real passion... reducing the barriers that young girls face in achieving equality in the world.

To express their strong affinity to Girl Scouts, Dianne and Lawrence decided give back by establishing “The Dianne Belk and Lawrence Calder Legacy Fund Challenge.” Through this challenge, which has been duplicated at numerous councils across the United States, they announced a $25,000 irrevocable planned gift to Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. challenging us to match the gift by June 30, 2014. Dianne and Lawrence are clearly on this journey together. He is there with her at every step. Lawrence says, "When people ask me why I am a lifetime Girl Scout, I tell them about recognizing the impact and value of Girl Scouts in Dianne's life and seeing the difference that the movement can make in a girl's life." "My husband and I hope that others will join us in the Juliette Gordon Low Society as donors to this vital and demonstrably effective organization. And when they do, we encourage them to tell the council or Girl Scouts of the USA about their intent so they can be recognized and help spread the word about the power of planned giving." This challenge is underway! Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida asks you to consider making this commitment and be granted the opportunity to have your legacy to the council matched. A planned gift made to our council will help support and sustain Girl Scouting in this area for years to come and will extend your honor and respect for the important work of Girls Scouts beyond your lifetime. Please contact the Fund Development Office at 941-921-5358, Ext. 307, to inform us if you have remembered Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. in your estate plans, will, bequest, in a trust, or as a beneficiary to a policy or retirement plan.

This is What a Girl Can Do! . . . . . continued from page one. The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches Girl Scouts skills that will help them grow into leaders in their own life and in the community, leaders in business and leaders in the world. The Five Skills: Leadership Benefits in Girl Scouting and Beyond Goal Setting: A Girl Scout sets cookie sales goals individually and with her team, creates a plan to reach them. She develops cooperation and team building skills. Decision Making: A Girl Scout helps decide how her team will spend their cookie money, furthering critical thinking and problem solving skills.

When a Girl Scout practices and learns these five skills, she is confident in herself and her ability to be poised for success in her life and career. No matter what a girl dreams of her future, she will believe in herself and her ability to achieve it. Your support as an adult role model is critical to girl's success. Your support as a donor advances our ability to show girls we believe in them. The thousands of girls who have gained courage, confidence, and character over the past fifty years as part of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida thank you!

Money Management: A Girl Scout takes cookie orders, handles money, and gains valuable and practical life skills around financial literacy. People Skills: A Girl Scout learns how to talk to, listen to, and work with all kinds of customers. These experiences help her develop healthy relationships and conflict resolution abilities. Business Ethics: A Girl Scout is honest and responsible at every step of the sale. Her business ethics reinforce positive values about herself and her abilities. 2

Sue Stewart, CEO

Ann Carrisquillo, President

Ann Brackett "Sharing Memories and Making New Friends" Donates Her Vintage Girl Scout Uniform Article written by author of Resident Life, “Gayle” of Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay Plymouth Harbor resident Ann Brackett has spent a lifetime believing in the unlimited potential of girls when given the opportunity to grow. Not so long ago, she was at a luncheon and found herself sitting next to Sue Stewart, who was there representing Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida. Before long, they were sharing their mutual love for the tradition of Girl Scouts. You see, being a Girl Scout when she was a child was so important to Ann that she had kept her uniform, proudly decorated with numerous badges to mark her achievements, in a keepsake box all these years. An idea sprang out of her chance meeting with Sue: why not donate that uniform, now considered a rare vintage treasure, to the local Girl Scout council? It was an easy decision to make and before she knew it she was visiting with current Scouts and sharing stories with them while they gazed at the proper dress uniform so different from the simple vests the girls wear today. When Ann was a child, there was a local Girl Scout troop meeting regularly at her church, which was right next to her school in Newton, MA. This made it very convenient for Ann to get involved. Being an only child, belonging to her Girl Scout troop gave Ann the social interaction she craved. She enjoyed the opportunity it gave her to work with and become friends with girls beyond her circle from school or her neighborhood. “In Girl Scouts it doesn’t matter what color you are or how you look. You are part of a family and everyone respects you,” adds Ann. “This outstanding organization has made our nation a much better place. Girl Scouts present positive role models, endless possibilities, and a clear path to making dreams come true. The positive influence of Girl Scouts has lasted a lifetime for me.” Ann was an enthusiastic Girl Scout and some of her fondest memories were of summer camp. Each merit badge earned built her confidence and inspired her increased involvement over the years. She feels it was Girls Scouts that prepared her for an unexpected challenge later in her life when she was called upon to care for her aunt diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Girls are strong when they help other people. Girls need to feel a responsibility to care for others and experience the joy that goes along with it,” she comments. Ann was unexpectedly reunited with her Girl Scout leader, Edna Hockridge, 40 years after her scouting days. She was with her aunt at the doctor’s office, when Mrs. Hockridge, also in the waiting room, recognized Ann’s laugh. It was one of those unexpected, sweet moments to reminisce with her Girl Scout leader all those years later. “I guess I never lost my unique laugh!” exclaimed Ann. The staff and current Girl Scouts were thrilled when Ann offered to donate her beautiful, pristine, vintage Girl Scout uniform to Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida. Her gift serves as a reminder to all girl members and Girl Scout alumnae that Girl Scouting is a lifelong circle of friendship, with shared ideals. “The powerful values – courage, confidence, and character – are as relevant today as they were in Ann’s day. The insignia, badges, and achievements proudly displayed on Ann’s uniform show girls today that what they do matters, and that they can take action to make the world a better place,” shares Sue Stewart, CEO of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida. As a result of Ann’s recent connection with the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Plymouth Harbor is now partnering with a member of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida who is interested in fulfilling her Gold Award by rebuilding the Butterfly Garden, a special feature of Plymouth Harbor’s beautiful campus grounds. Ann’s story is not unique. In fact, many of the women living at Plymouth Harbor were Girl Scouts. It seems as if everywhere you turn, you meet women excited to share their memories as a Girl Scout. Whether it’s a fond reflection of their time at camp, a friendship formed fifty years ago that is as strong today as it was then, or the recent memory of a college student whose passion was ignited as a Girl Scout – the stories are everywhere.

Have You Joined the Girl Scouts Alumnae Association? Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout! Share memories . . . Tell your story . . . Reconnect with others! Join the movement to support girl leadership. Check in on alumnae newsletters and blogs. Be informed on all that is happening at Girl Scouts on a national and local level.

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Welcome Our New Board President . . . . . continued from page one. donor awareness of the importance of philanthropy toward our mission. Ann and her husband Tom, a practicing surgeon and Medical Director at Cape Coral Hospital, are “called” to service and inspired to give back to the community and world. As a couple, they participate in quarterly trips to Guatemala and the Dominican Republic to provide free healthcare, education and community development projects. Ann and Tom are the proud parents of two children and four grandchildren. 3

2nd Annual Leadership Luncheon Investing in Girls for Their Future In honor of Girl Scouts extraordinary founder Juliette Gordon Low, the luncheon featured keynote speaker Stacy Cordery, author of Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts. The event was held on March 5, 2013, at Michael’s On East with many alumnae on hand. In partnership with Bookstore 1 Sarasota and Penguin Group, Stacy Cordery, author of Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts shared with guests more than a telling of Juliette’s history, rather, she told the story a real woman, of her time, with a real life. “At 51 years of age, restless, and never to be overcome by the challenges around her, she founded the Girl Scouts.” Stacy added, “She saw to it that girls had opportunities equal to (and perhaps even exceed) the expectations for boys at that time.” Stacy Cordery

Sue Stewart, CEO, said it best, “Thank you, Stacy, for your courage and tenacity to see that Juliette Gordon Low is known throughout our country and that she gains a prominent placement – not just in the warmth of our hearts and minds, but in the history of our country.” Special thanks to speakers Stacey Carbone and Ann Carrasquillo, as well as Emily Sisk, Girl Scout, for leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation and Janet Hunter, special event planner. Many thanks to table sponsors Janet Rhein, Sue Stewart, and Ann Carrasquillo.

3rd Annual Big Girls Day at Camp Saturday, April 13th at Camp Honi Hanta, women came from miles around to take a day for themselves and enjoy spa and adventure experiences. Whether to get a massage from Massage Therapy Connections’ Susan Klein, try out a new fitness routine with Studio South Fitness, meditate with instructors from Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, or learn proper skincare with Lisa-Mare Hintze of Mary Kay… OR conquer the 35-foot climbing and zip line, or kayak on the Braden River… there was something for everyone. Funds raised from Big Girls Day at Camp help us to serve girls throughout southwest Florida. Want to do more to help? See the Wish List on Page 9 and the opportunity to help give girls in publically-supported Community Troops the opportunity to have a fun day at camp this summer! Special thanks to speaker Jordan Sullivan for her talk on self-defense and safety and Ashleigh Willhite on the topic of proper diet and nutrition, and to craft-expert Anny Barker Schefler. We sincerely appreciated the helpful volunteer hands of Kappa Delta Sorority members from FGCU and Woodmen of the World. Most importantly, we wish to thank co-chairs Phyllis Siskel and Sue Garland and event coordinator, Tammy Young, for helping to create a positive day for women supporting Girl Scouts in our area.

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3rd Annual Young Women of Distinction Luncheon and Girl Award Ceremony On Sunday, May 19, 2013, at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda over 500 girls and their family members celebrated the presentation of Gold, Silver, Bronze, and other awards that recognize extraordinary leadership and service to their communities. Following lunch, guests moved into the award ceremony, beginning at 2 p.m. Members at this impactful event represented young leaders (kindergarten to 12th grade level) from all areas of our council’s jurisdiction – 10 counties from the Skyway Bridge to the Everglades and out east to Highlands County. The achievements of all of our girls are remarkable; and this occasion is a truly moving and inspiring one for all attendees. 4

2012 Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients

Girl Scouts Leading the Way! Shooting Beauty

Over 200 girls came together at the beautiful Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall to meet Courtney Bent (pictured above center) and watch her documentary about her work with adults with disabilities. Girls learned the importance of seeing beyond any physical disabilities and fears associated with getting to know a person with a disability. Teen advocate, Korinne Kaliher (pictured above on right with family), shared her own personal story and message about not letting her disability stop her from attaining her dreams. Many thanks to: Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel; Publix Supermarket Charities, Inc.; Manson Roofing, Inc.; Mattison’s; and Sights and Sound AV, Inc.

We are very proud of our newly formed Girl Scout Media Team!

Girl Scout Kaitlyn Calcagino and mom/ Girl Scout Troop Leader for Troop 560 and Service Unit Manager for Lee 14 Amy Calcagino joined the Fox Morning Blend for National Girl Scout Cookie Day to emphasis the importance of the 5 skills of the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

It was a great morning for a Cookie Extravaganza and behind the scenes media opportunity for Girl Scouts from troops 100, 748, 858 and 798, who joined Fox 4’s Rising’s Alex Butler at the Service Center in Fort Myers.

The focus of the new “Girl Scouts Today” series, developed with community partner METV and Charles Clapsaddle, was volunteerism and leadership Pictured L-R: Volunteer Andrea Maghella, Service Unit Manager, Manatee 1; Troop Leader 776, Sue Stewart, CEO; Girl Scout Senior Gillian Palino; and Sonya Matson, Troop Leader 311.

Girl Scouts Sydney Hagaman, Alexandra Hagaman, and Skyler Stahlmann joined CEO Sue Stewart to celebrate the 101st Anniversary of Girl Scouts with S.W.A.T. (Successful Women Aligning Together). Each girl shared their Girl Scout memories and the positive impact they have experienced. 5

Girl Scout Photo Gallery

Respecting history with a focus on the future at the Postmaster's Girl Scout stamp unveiling

Working together and making a difference - Troop 672 at the Coastal Cleanup

Juliette Gordon Low joined the 100th Anniversary at Camp Caloosa

Presentation at the Manatee County Military Order of the World Wars. Pictured: Sue Stewart and Shirley Parks

Fun was had by all at the 100th Anniversary at Camp Caloosa


Welcoming the 2013 Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Gullfcoast Florida

Opportunities to learn about the arts with our friends at the Sarasota Opera Stevie Peacock, GSGCF Girl Scout Alumnae, continues her work with children. Stevie was a 2012 Gold Award Recipient and Dr. Elinor Crawford Scholarship Recipient now attending Princeton University.

Alumnae reconnecting and honoring 100 Years of Girl Leadership at the Anniversary Celebration in Naples Alumnae Kelly Brantley and Laura Dempsey at Chicago's 100th Anniversary Cookie Classic 5K.

Victoria Finley, Sue Stewart, and Linda Gould at the Sarasota Military Academy

Recognizing tomorrow's leaders - Girl Scouts attending Sarasota Military Academy


Girl Scout Cookie Season Wrap-up Thank you to everyone who supported the Girl Scout Cookie program this season! Everyone involved in Girl Scouts in our area did a terrific job. All the girls, families, and volunteers deserve a tremendous pat on the back. Here are some facts about this year's cookie sale: Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida’s cookie sales totaled 1,094,255 packages of cookies. While this is a 2.5% decrease compared to 2012’s record setting sales, it is still a really high number and a reflection of all the hard work our girls, families, and volunteers put into the Cookie Program.  There are lots of reasons to celebrate for sure! Troops earned more than $656,000 in troop proceeds.  This number does not include Super Troop bonuses. 117 girls sold over 1,000+ packages of cookies, including 9 girls who sold 3,000 packages or more! Our council per-girl average was 217 packages per girl.  That is much higher than the national averages.  Wow! There was a 4.6% increase in Mints for the Military, and more than 34,000 packages were purchased for the military.  Obviously, there was a lot of hard work put in and everyone had a hand in making 2013 a successful Cookie Program.  However, there are 6 Service Units (a total of 20 Service Units oversee nearly 600 total troops throughout our areas) that definitely deserve an extra pat on the back.  All the Service Units listed below had increases of 10% or more sales over 2012.  Truly an impressive accomplishment! Collier Service Unit 13-------------37% increase Hendry Glades Service Unit ------28% increase Collier Service Unit 12-------------27% increase Lee Service Unit 11-----------------20.5% increase Hardee Service Unit---------------13% increase Charlotte Service Unit 11----------10% increase

Who Doesn’t Know About Girl Scout Cookies? Right?! Well, do you know many adult Girl Scout alumnae attribute their ability to fearlessly achieve in business and sales because of their experience selling Girl Scout cookies? In fact, 80% of women who own a small business were Girl Scouts! Everyone loves Girl Scout Cookies, and that’s been a longstanding and successful program. And yet for Girl Scouts to continue to thrive, it will take more than cookie sales to keep our troops, camps, and programs running. As your local council, we rely heavily on local, public support to fulfill our mission; and with your contribution, imagine how many girls’ lives will be forever changed – building up their courage, confidence, character, and leadership skills for today and tomorrow! Your annual gift to Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is a gift to girls in your neighborhood here in southwest Florida. Gifts at all levels from $25 to $5,000 or higher are very important to our work and mission. Thank you for considering one of the following suggested contribution amounts: $60 . . . . .

helps four (4) girls join a traditional Girl Scout troop.

$100 . . . . . provides two (2) girls with their Girl Scout starter kit – uniform, insignia, and books. $250 . . . . . helps a girl in a low-socioeconomic community join a Girl Scout Community Troop in her area, get her starter kit and a camp experience. $500 . . . . . provides for recruitment, training, and retention of five (5 ) volunteers.


Ways to Give to Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Giving your way is the best way! Here are some options to consider Annual donations made to the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida supports general operations which helps serve nearly 9,000 girls and 3,000 volunteers in a 10-county jurisdiction. Today’s Girl Scout makes her leadership journey through a number of pathways including camp, travel, events, series, troop, and virtual programs. More than ever, your annual contribution is needed to maintain these programs and inspire more girls to discover who they are, connect with others, and take action in their community and around the world. Endowment funds can support the ongoing operating expenses of the organization or for purposes such as scholarships, projects, programs, institutes, professorships, or any aspect of its charitable work. Endowments offer organizational stability in that they supply revenue in years in which donations are down, or charitable need increases, and they can be a resource for new programs and innovations in prosperous years. Donations can be made online at or feel free to contact Melissa Burtless at 941-921-5358 ext. 307 or by email at

Juliette Gordon Low Society - Planned Giving Have you or are you considering including Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida in your estate plan or will? Bequests, both small and large, will positively affect girls in our area and give them the rewards of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Other benefits to choosing a planned giving option may include a needed tax deduction; or in the case of annuities - a source of income now, with the benefit of giving later; and finally, a way of leaving an impactful legacy that can continue in perpetuity. Through the Dianne Belk and Lawrence Calder Legacy Fund Challenge (more on page 2), you have the opportunity to have your legacy gift to the council matched. If you are considering or have already included Girl Scouts in your estate plans, please call and let us know. We’d very much like to show our appreciation for your thoughtful gift and by letting us know, we can help ensure your intentions are carried out. Volunteer Time Volunteers are always needed as leaders of troops, presenters for day events or series, as adult learning facilitators, administrative help, and more. Your time and talents are invaluable to our girls!

Wish List Flag Sets Girl Scout Troop Flag, America Flag and Pole Stands for 100 New Girl Scout Troops ($100 each)

Community Troop Day at Camp in June! Items needed for 100 Girl Scouts visiting camp from low-socioeconomic communities: Booklets and Badges................................................................$400 Lunch, Punch, and Snacks...................................................$1,000 Smore’s and Cupcake Treats.................................................$200 Lifeguard for Pool Activities....................................................$200 Wind Power Project...................................................................$500 First-Aid Project..........................................................................$500 Community Poster Projects...................................................$300 Transportation.........................................................................$1,000 Bradenton, Arcadia, and Collier Girl Scout Houses

Underwriting for the Council 50th Anniversary History Book

Tables - 14,........................... $1,080   6-foot lightweight tables and 124 Folding Chairs............. $3,500 Video Recording Equipment and Software for Girl Media Program In-House Taping $4,900

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Juliette Gordon Low Society - Planned Giving Bequests and Trusts Dianne Belk and Lawrence Calder M. Chester Cole Trust * Dr. Elinor A. Crawford Elizabeth Ethal Linda Getzen Vincent and Anna Mae Pasqua Trust * *Deceased

Endowment Fund Linda L. Ezzell, in memory of Ellen Lojinger Peggy Simone Susan R. Stewart, in memory of Ellen Lojinger Sandi and Don Stewart, in memory of Ellen Lojinger Art and Lynda Young, in memory of Ellen Lojinger

Corporation Matching Gifts and Volunteer Hour Match Many companies have matching gift programs through which they match dollarfor-dollar employees’ donations or hours of volunteerism. Thank you to the following philanthropically-minded companies:

Tributes A contribution to the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. as a tribute is a wonderful way to honor or memorialize a loved one, friend, or community member who has made a special impact on you through Girl Scouting or at some point in your life. In memory of Libby Blanton Art and Lynda Young

In memory of John D. Miller Betty Miller Webb

In memory of Sue Dinkel Kim and Becky Davis

To honor Melissa Morgan, Gold Award recipient in St. Petersburg, Florida Mary Cantrell

In memory of and to honor Frances Edgcumbe, my first leader Bonnie Liljequist Honoring 100 years of Girl Scouts Joyce Bly Fletcher In memory of Allie Hope Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brewsaugh In memory of Daralene Jones Michael Kuehn Sandi and Don Stewart Susan R. Stewart Art and Lynda Young In memory of Kathryn Kermode Art and Lynda Young In memory of Ellen Lojinger Linda L. Ezzell Sandi and Don Stewart Susan R. Stewart Art and Lynda Young In memory of Leona Henderson Lyngraft Maxine and Pete Kelley In memory of William D. Mahaney Sandi and Don Stewart

Tribute for Ruth Nash Williams Sandi and Don Stewart Susan R. Stewart Charlotte G. Ventola Art and Lynda Young In honor of the nursing staff: Gina, Amber, Sara, Irish, and Jessica Nancy L. Ritchie In honor of Betty Schoenbaum Jewel Ash In memory of Kappie Spencer Carol Spencer and Robert Dombloski In honor of Sue Stewart…For all she does Nancy Baldiga In honor of Linda Townsend John P. Townsend, III In memory of Charlotte W. Rohan Charlotte G. Ventola In honor of Donald E. Smith Brigitte von den Hove-Smith

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Donor Recognition • Acknowledgement of gifts made between July 15, 2012 to April 15, 2013

Foundations and Grantors Many thanks to the following foundations for responding for Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.’s grant requests for special projects and programs. Bank of America Client Foundation, Inc. Eileen Kroger Fund and The Richardson Foundation Girl Scout Leadership Experience BJ’s Charitable Foundation Program Specialist Girl Scout Leadership Experience for 50 girls in Lee, Hendry, Glades Counties. Bladel Foundation Financial Assistance for members in Sarasota County The Edward E. and Lillian H. Bishop Foundation Financial Assistance in Manatee County Franklin G. Berlin Foundation, Inc. Financial Assistance for members in Sarasota County Cape Coral Community Foundation Girl Scout Leadership Experience in Cape Coral Charity of Choice award by Giving Alliance of Women Program The Dallas and Elizabeth Dort Charitable Fund, of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County Two new computers for the layout and design department Charles and Jean Engasser Foundation General Operating

Gerald A. and Karen A. Kolschowsky Foundation, Inc. General Operating The India Benton Lesser Foundation Girl Scout Leadership Experience in Sarasota County The Mosaic Company Renovations of the Arcadia Girl Scout House, Gold Award Landscaping Project Jerome and Mildred Paddock Foundation Community Troop Day at Camp The Mary E. Parker Foundation Financial Assistance in Manatee County The Plantation Community Foundation Volunteer training and supplies for south Sarasota County John E. and Aliese Price Foundation, Inc. Girl Scout Leadership Experience in Lee County Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. Girl Scout Leadership Experience and Financial Assistance Shannon Family Foundation Cabinet in the Collier Girl Scout House The Tarr Charitable Family Foundation General Operating

Getzen Family Charities, Inc. Community Troops Annette J. Hagens Memorial Foundation Community Troops and Financial Assistance in Sarasota and Manatee County Robert R. Harlan and Susan H. Lowy Harlan Donor Advised Fund, of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County Archery equipment for Camp Honi Hanta and Camp Caloosa Norman H. and Jane Helle Unrestricted Fund through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County Board development consultant

The Tillie, Jennie and, Harold Schwartz Foundation, Inc. General Operating Venice Golf and Country Club Fund of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Inc. Volunteer training and supplies for south Sarasota County The Weichel Family Fund, of the Manatee Community Foundation Friends First program in Manatee County

The Giving Partner For the second year, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County held its 36-Hour Giving Challenge. In three days, 63 donors contributed a total of $3,406 to Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida. Included in this total are gifts made by members’ families made to Family Partnership, to invest in girls for their future. Thank you to all the following who contributed: Family Partnership Campaign: Reneé Armstrong • Cathy Berna • Michelle Birmingham • Lori Blitch • Julie Brum • Lisa Coddington Catherine Feminella • Dhannya Gopkumar • Jon Haller • Leslie Howard • Angela Jarrar • Jeannine Martin • G. Angie Portelli • Monica Young General Operating: Marilyn Arnall • Nancy Barton • Sandra Beckley • Betsy Benac • Cathy Brown • Melissa Burtless • Ann Carrasquillo Mary Ewalt • Nancy Ferraro • Peter and Julia Forkgen • Sonya Gazdik • Linda Getzen • Laurabeth Goldsmith • Carolyn Griffin • Lynn Harding Cecelia Hill • Nancy Hobson • Elisabeth Laughlin • Barb Lewis • MAC Burchett Legacy Fund • Suzanne Manzi • Angela Mares • Colleen McGue Juliana Meek • Alicia Meyer • Bradley Meyer • Betsy Mitchell Family Donor Advised Fund • Alix Morin • Kate O'Brien • Tracy Seider Norman and Phyllis Siskel Donor Advised Fund • Jill Steinhoff • Susan Stewart • Deb Studebaker • Kathleen Tomlinson • Nancy Turner Colleen Udakin • Daisy Vulovich • Jeannette Watling-Mills • Karen Wenman • Corinne Wright • Janice Wright Donor Recognition • Acknowledgement of gifts made between July 15, 2012 to April 15, 2013


Donor Spotlight Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. celebrates our partnerships and support from a variety of businesses, organizations, and individuals. We thank all of our donors and wish to highlight these special contributions of time, talent, and treasures. 11th Annual Comcast Cares Day The Comcast Foundation Archery Equipment at Camps Donations through Gulf Coast Gives the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Inc. made by: Commissioner Elizabeth and Mr. Bob Benac, Ann M. Carrasquillo, Richard Cyphers, Mary and James Disher, Linda Getzen, and Lori Tomlinson Robert R. Harlan and Susan H. Lowy Harlan Donor Advised Fund   of Community Foundation of Sarasota County Back to School, Back to Girl Scouts Donations through Gulf Coast Gives the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Inc. made by: Rock Enterprises, Inc., Reneé Armstrong, Commissioner Elizabeth and Mr. Bob Benac, Veronica and Jay Brady, Mary and James Disher, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Duff, Linda Getzen, Krishen Greenwell, Carolyn Griffin, Tracy P. Lux, Tracy Seider, and Lori Tomlinson Bakeware and cookware at the Bradenton Girl Scout House Julia O. Forkgen Community Troops in Manatee, Sarasota, and Collier County Collier County Bar Foundation Every Child Inc. Sue Garland Annette J. Hagens Memorial Foundation Alix and Mark Morin Phyllis Siskel Members of the S’mores: Barbara D. Donnelly, Joan F. Drymon, Mary Ellen Felker, Bill and Ruth Getzen, Elaine F. Gregg, Marie L. Putnam, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Salmon, Grace A. Tyner Girl Scout Alumnae Gathering Event The Bearded Clam Restaurant Ramada Waterfront Sarasota Girl Scout Awards and Pins Swift Family Foundation, Inc. Girl Scout Leadership Experience and General Operating Because Women Fidelity Corporate Services GoodSearch LaBelle Masonic Lodge #379 Military Order of the World Wars, Bradenton/Sarasota Chapter

Juliette Gordon Low Society Initiative Lawrence Calder and Dianne Belk Foundation of Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Inc. Performance Tickets for Girl Scouts Mr. Al Van Tiegham Sr., Sarasota Circus Sarasota Opera Private Donors, pre-show lecture and dress rehearsal Professional and Individual In-Kind Contributions AC Moore Ayers Lifeguard Services Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Carrasquillo Julia O. Forkgen Hari Jacobsen Linda Mansperger The Silversmith Gifts Phyllis Siskel Larry Thompson Mr. Al Van Tiegham Sr. Universal Paint and Design, John Kuntz Wet 'n Wild Shooting Beauty The Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel Manson Roofing, Inc. Mattison’s Publix Super Market Charities Sights and Sound AV, Inc. The Dr. Elinor A. Crawford College Scholarship Fund of the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Carrasquillo Dr. Elinor A. Crawford Rae Dowling Dr. Cecelia "Cheech" Hill Harold Leopold Colleen McGue Juliana C. Meek Anonymous Tracy Seider Christine B. Yekel

Thank You!

Donor Recognition • Acknowledgement of gifts made between July 15, 2012 to April 15, 2013 Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. is proud to be a United Way member agency and appreciates the support of the following United Ways: Manatee; Central Florida (Hardee and Highlands); Sarasota (DeSoto); South Sarasota; Charlotte; Lee, Hendry, and Glades; and Collier.



Annual Gifts – July 15, 2012 to April 15, 2013 Leaders $10,000 and higher Sue Garland Ambassadors $2,500 to $4,999 Linda Getzen Drs. Patricia O' Day and   John Grabowski Phyllis Siskel Amy D. Valentine Adventurers $1,000 to $2,499 Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Carrasquillo Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cyphers Mr. and Mrs. Stanley M. Fulton Sonya Gazdik Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Geyer Alix and Mark F. Morin Sandi and Don Stewart Charlotte G. Ventola Lifesavers $500 to $999 Anonymous Marcia and Michael Corrigan GEU Real Estate, LLC Paul C. Kelly Juliana C. Meek Mr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Mitchell Carol K. Spalding Carol Spencer and   Robert Dombloski Susan R. Stewart Campers $100 to $499 Al Purmort Insurance, Inc. Shannon Allison Dr. and Mrs. Michael C. Alpern Anonymous Marilyn Arnall Mr. and Mrs. Norman S. Ashworth Nancy Baldiga Robert and Bette Batson Commissioner Elizabeth and   Mr. Bob Benac Gilbert B. Bosse Cathy Brown Melissa M. Burtless Mary Cantrell Stacey Carbone Mollie C. Cardamone William and Barbara Coen Joe L. Davis Revocable Trust Bonny Eads Dery Rae Dowling Barbara D. Donnelly Mr. and Mrs. Robert Duff Nancy Ferraro

Joyce Bly Fletcher Peter and Julia Forkgen Fraternal Order of Eagles #2756 Jennifer Frechette Amy Gainey Bill and Ruth Getzen Joan H. Geier Mr. Alfred Goldstein Hugh and Marge Gower Leslie Kim Gradwell Marie Graziosi Elaine F. Gregg Dr. and Mrs. William B. Grubb Gussie Haeffner Terri Halbach George and Nancy Hensley Drs. Henry and Kitty Heusner Cecelia Hill Barbara Hostetler Marjorie J. Joder Maxine and Pete Kelley Bob and Susan King Nicole King Marie S. Knasiak Edward and Louise Koch Joyce Koppel Mr. and Mrs. Victor Latavish Betsy Laughlin Kathleen M. Leach Tracy P. Lux Suzanne Manzi Colleen McGue Juliana Meek Barbara H. Meek Dr. and Mrs. Robert Meli Nancy Meskimen Penny and Terry Miller Betsy Mitchell Family Donor   Advised Fund Colleen M. Murphy Kate O'Brien Stephanie Person Mr. and Mrs. Al Purmort, II Mr. John G. Putta Mazie E. Quigley Patricia Ramthun Wanda Rayle-Libby Betty Rittgers Rock Enterprises, Inc. Jenny Ronk Susan Rupp Sarasota Chapter of   Kappa Delta Alumnae Assoc. Alissa M. Schulman, M.D., F.A.C.S. Alexander Schwarzbauer Tracy Seider Jill Steinhoff SunTrust Bank

Anne O. Swain Lisa and Jason Swift Tandem Construction The Colonial Dames The Jelks Family Foundation, Inc. Lori Tomlinson Margarete Van Antwerpen Barbara and Frank Van Essen Kathleen R. Walker, CPA Betty Miller Webb Gloria and Al Webel Jenifer Welch Corinne Wright Christine B. Yekel Art and Lynda Young Friends $25 to $99 Anonymous Renee Armstrong Jewel Ash Lynne Barrett Nancy Barton Sandra Beckley Veronica and Jay Brady Yvonne M. Bras Yvonne Brewer Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brewsaugh Natalie Brown Burchett Legacy Fund Lee Burns Nancy C. Crawford Marian S. Dailey Kim and Becky Davis Deb Deacetis Mr. and Mrs. L. Victor Desguin Mary and James Disher Joan F. Drymon Debbie Durrance Elaine M. Enoch Mary Ewalt Mary Ellen Felker Jo Fenn-Martin Cynthia Flanagan Susan Gillespie Laurabeth Goldsmith Linda L. Gould Carolyn Griffin Krishen Greenwell Eve Hall Lynn Harding Marjory Hardy Millie Headdy Nancy Hobson Mr. and Mrs. Ricky C. Horne Tracy A. Huston Janis A. Hyatt Ralph and Terri Jackman Mr. and Mrs. Michael   D. Jacob, Esq.

Lisa A. Krouse Julie Krueger Michael Kuehn LaBelle Masonic Lodge #379 Lee Levins Barb Lewis Lois R. Lewis Nadja Lieberwirth Bonnie Liljequist Kelleen Linden-Schrickel Marcia R. Lovett Linda Mansperger Angela Mares Nathalie McCulloch Rana Melhem Alicia Meyer Bradley Meyer Josephine A. Morse Lorraine B. Mueller Carol C. Muth Harry C. Neal Mr. and Mrs. John R. Oster Alisa Peters Marie L. Putnam Dr. James Melaire Pyle, III Nancy L. Ritchie Roberta Rodgers Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Salmon Dr. George A. Sanchez Edwina H. Sanders Marianne Schenkel Bette Schrage Charles R. Schumacher Seminole Tire Co., Inc. Deb Studebaker Jane H. Sturges Haywood O. Taylor Sherry Thomas Kathleen Tomlinson John P. Townsend, III Nancy Turner Grace A. Tyner Colleen Udakin Nancy Valenti Cornelia Vercheski Kenneth and Lorraine Vida Brigitte von den Hove-Smith Daisy Vulovich Jeannette Watling-Mills Karen Wenman Nancy M. West Mr. and Mrs. Harold W. Wilder Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wittmer Gloria F. Wood Hon. and Mrs.   W. Wayne Woodard Janice Wright Jennifer and Roy Yahraus

Donor Recognition • Acknowledgement of gifts made between July 15, 2012 to April 15, 2013


Family Partnership Campaign Mr. and Mrs. Michael Aaronson Marisa A. Bauer Kari K. Beck Daniel and Danyle Berish Anne K. Bertelsen Mr. and Mrs. Craig S. Blair Rosemarie Bruno Bob Burbol Melissa M. Burtless Suzanne Campbell Norma Castro Sean J. Cody Jennifer Crawford-Frantz Heather Curry Renee Everett Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Farese Carol Gabel Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. Walsh Eduardo Gonzalez Stephanie Hall Kimberley A. Hartman Grace Hood Arlene Imhoff Lori Kiraly Heather A. Lane Rose A. Larose and Alix Joseph Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Legiec Mr. and Mrs. Chris Locadia Elizabeth Luberecki Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Lucas Meredith Lutz Scott and Collette McKenna Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. McVey

Michelle Moore Mr. and Mrs. George E. Mootispaw Mr. Paint & Fix It, LLC Jane H. Naylor Stephanie Pezeshkan Mr. and Mrs. Dylan J. Phillips Grace A. Portelli Mr. and Mrs. Soordal O. Prakash Paula Prudent Mr. and Mrs. Stefano Ragozzino River Landings Animal Clinic Shawna S. Robbins Alvaro Salazar and   Maria Virginia Juarez Neddy Sanchez Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Schuh Calvin Scudder Kim Snow Denise Spong Mr. Anthony Svetina and   Mrs. Margaret Svetina Cynthia Sweeney Troop 172 Troop 198 Troop 510 Troop 510 Troop 600 Mery S. Urbina Jacqueline A. Webster Teresa Weghorst Bethsaida Williams Susan Wilson Tascha Wise Jennifer Young

Donor Recognition • Acknowledgement of gifts made between July 15, 2012 to April 15, 2013

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Adult Training and Development Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida offers several unique volunteer opportunities, each requiring specific training and preparation to ensure the safety and security of our girls along with a successful Girl Scout Leadership Experience for both the girls and adult volunteers. These opportunities are offered through a variety of methods so that volunteers can choose the option that best meets their needs: ​Classroom training, home studies, online training, and blended learning. We offer courses in basic leadership, various outdoor skills, health & safety, and other enrichment workshops for our adult volunteers. Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida requires that all appointed volunteers complete GS 101, Volunteer Orientation, and the specific training required for their position. All of our basic leadership courses are free to our volunteers and our specialty enrichment and certification classes are offered at minimal cost. There are several opportunities for volunteering. Troop Leaders and Assistant Leaders Leaders are volunteers who have an immediate impact on the lives of girls in your community by serving as a role model, mentor, friend and leader. Series Volunteers Series volunteers lead short term, six- to eight-week opportunities for girls. These series give girls and adults the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouting without committing to an entire year’s worth of meetings. Service Team Members The service team plays an important role in the support structure for Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida. These volunteers are the management team for the various service areas throughout the council. There are a variety of positions available based on specific interests and skill sets. Adult Learning Facilitators The volunteer adult learning facilitators work in teams to carry out basic leadership, various outdoor skills, health and safety, and other enrichment workshops for our adult volunteers. Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is currently in need of certified specialty instructors such as First Aid/ CPR instructors, lifeguard instructors, certified archery instructors, certified canoe and kayak instructors, and more. Because we offer our courses at little to no cost to our volunteers, cash donations and grants are always greatly appreciated.

Volunteer Spotlight Cathy Berna ~ Sarasota Cookie Coordinator I was born in Illinois, raised and educated in Germany and the United Kingdom. I returned to the United States for my master’s degree where I met and married my husband of 23 years, Howard. We are the proud parents of two girls, Llyswen and Linnet. Llyswen is 21, a 12-year Girl Scout, served as a camp counselor and earned the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Our youngest daughter Linnet is 16 and a Girl Scout Senior. Linnet is a recipient of the Girl Scout Silver Award and she is currently working on her Girl Scout Gold Award. Through the years I have enjoyed many volunteer opportunities with Girl Scouts. I began as the assistant troop leader, I started a troop and was the troop leader for eight years, and during that time I also served as the awards coordinator. Beginning six years ago I became the cookie coordinator and when “cookie season” is over I now volunteer at the council headquarters assisting with administrative duties. I always stress to those interested in making a difference that you don’t have to be a leader to be an active Girl Scout volunteer, there are a variety of ways to help. My family’s years of involvement with the Girl Scout organization has reinforced my belief that The Girl Scout Cookie Program ™ is one of the best opportunities for learning life skills that girls experience in Girl Scouting. I currently volunteer as a Service Unit cookie coordinator and I have the proud responsibility of making sure all our troops, volunteers, cookie moms and girls are ready for cookie sales. I coordinate our area’s order entry, cookie pickup, cookie booths, money matters, move unsold cookies and distribute the incentives to the troops. From December to April is my busy time. I call it “cookie season” and enjoy it immensely. Girls get so excited about cookies and their enthusiasm is infectious. I have the great pleasure of working with many dedicated volunteers, guiding them through the perils and joys that make up cookie season. Every year we start with training, during which I provide inspiration, understanding of the purpose of

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the program, and the various “nuts and bolts” of record keeping and timelines I provide an extended detailed version for all the new troop leaders and new cookie moms. These are my “cookie rookies”. Last year my cookie rookies included several wonderful adults who lead community troops in the North Sarasota area. Community troops meet in community centers, churches and schools. The leaders and girls are creative in selecting the best sale venue for their neighborhoods which often focus on group “walkabouts” and booth sales. This year troops were welcomed by two grocery stores and area churches. Visiting the girl-led cookie booths is one of my fun tasks, a highlight of the cookie season. Seeing the girls in action, admiring their beautiful booths, and watching them hone their marketing skills is a joy. Every year cookie coordinators face some uncertainty as we try to schedule enough cookie booths to satisfy the needs of our troops. Fortunately, our communities have many merchants who graciously allow us to have booths in front of their stores, including the majority of Publix Supermarkets. Without merchant assistance we would not be able to provide enough locations and our sales would be greatly diminished. We are so lucky to have the best weather right at cookie season where girls are able to strike up a conversation with customers, many who are Girl Scout alumnae. Goal setting is one of the five skills girls learn through the cookie program. Girls make decisions about how to allocate the proceeds of their sales- whether it is a troop trip or service projects. I appreciate the hard work and dedication of my cookie rookies and seasoned veterans! Although cookie season is a very busy time for me, I find that working with dedicated diverse group of volunteers and watching girls meet their goals, and have fun, is one of the most rewarding endeavors I have ever undertaken. I have met so many lovely people in our community who all strive to make Girl Scouting a positive experience for our daughters. We help girls gain knowledge and skills, show them how much we believe in them and help them create memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you volunteers and the community!

Did you know there are many ways to volunteer with the Girl Scouts beyond the troop? Call us or check our website for more information.

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A Publication Of: Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. 4780 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, Florida 34233 Email Melissa M. Burtless, Chief Development Officer Kate O’Brien, Fund Development Manager Patricia Ramthun, Director, Communications & Marketing Lori Tomlinson, Manager, Grants and Outcomes Officers of the Board of Directors: Ann Carrasquillo, President - South Central Region Stacey Carbone-DeLoynes,    First Vice President - Northern Region Christine Yekel, Second Vice President - Northern Region Mary Disher, Treasurer - Central Region Richard Cyphers, Secretary - North Central Region Susan R. Stewart, CEO - Ex Officio Members at Large Northern Region Rae Dowling (Bradenton) Carolyn Griffin (Bradenton) North Central Region Marilyn Arnall (Venice) Barbara Lewis (Sarasota) Tracy P. Lux (Sarasota) Colleen McGue (Sarasota) Tracy Seider (Sarasota) Central Region Cecelia Hill (Port Charlotte) South Central Region LaTasha Armstead (Fort Myers) Reneé Armstrong (Cape Coral) Nadja Lieberwirth (Fort Myers) Janeen Paulauskis (Estero) Southern Region Jessica Macera (Naples) Juliana Meek (Naples) John Sarrett (Naples) Board Development Committee Violeta Huesman - Northern Region Stefanie Ink-Edwards - South Central Region Nadja Lieberwirth - South Central Region Juliana Meek - Southern Region Tracy Seider - North Central Region Daisy Vulovich - Northern Region

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4740 Cattlemen Road Sarasota, Florida 34233 Conveniently located off I-75

Girl Representatives Destiny Bonner - North Central Region Gillian Palino - Northern Region Claudia Ponzio - South Central Region

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. is chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA and serves more than 9,000 girls in Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte, Glades, Lee, Hendry, and Collier counties.

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