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Camp Sombrero Leadership Center pg. 2

Your New Board Chair pg. 4

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Save the Date pg. 5

National Council Session pg. 6

Girl Scouts Forever Green pg. 9

Destinations pg. 10

Volunteer Recognitions pg. 12

Girl Scout Awards pg. 13-15

and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!” At that moment, she launched a movement dedicated to the leadership development of girls, and based on the fundamental principles of inclusivity, education, public service, civic action, and environmental stewardship.

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Girl Scouts Reduce Waste, Care for the Environment On the night in 1912 when Juliette Low began Girl Scouting, she made a phone call to announce: “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America,

In the spirit of Juliette’s legacy, GSACPC is proud to announce “It’s in the Bag,” a Take Action project in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting. The goal of “It’s in the Bag” is to empower Girl Scout members and Arizona residents to become leaders in reducing waste and reducing our dependence on plastic bags. Participants are asked to host a neighborhood bag drive to collect plastic bags and deliver them to local Trex recycle bins at participating businesses. (To

see the project guidelines and list of participating retailers, please visit

Did you know that Juliette Gordon Low purchased camp property ten years before she opened an office?

Recycled plastic is a key component of Trex composite lumber—one of the primary construction materials that will be used in the development of the Leadership Center for Girls and Women at our Phoenix program site, Camp Sombrero.

Building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

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Board of Directors Margaret Serrano-Foster Denise Blommel Teri Twarkins Michael Hoffman Larry Wulkan Tamara J. Woodbury

President 1st Vice President 2nd Vice President Treasurer Secretary Executive Director/CEO

Members-at-Large Lydia Aranda Laura Burgis Lupe Carmago Patrick Edwards Kristine FireThunder Janita Gordon Kathy Granillo-Beebe Tomás Guerra Jennifer Hinkel Gordon Lewis

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Rita Pearson Maguire Nelson Mitchell, III Jannis Mossman Maria-Elena Ochoa Cathy McKee Olesen Bessie Payan Janey Pearl Harriet Redwine Karilyn Van Oosten Cheryl Walsh

Moving Forward! On March 16, 2011, the GSACPC Board of Directors took a momentous step: in a unanimous vote, it authorized the Council to move into the “quiet” phase of a multi-million dollar fundraising project to grow our Leadership programs and to renovate Camp Sombrero to create a Leadership Center for Girls and Women. Years of meticulous planning has gone into the fundraising process. Preliminary designs for the Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp Sombrero have already been recognized by the American Institute of Architects – Arizona for innovative and environmentally friendly concepts incorporated into the architecture. This fundraising for program and place will continue for the next several years and will continue to raise the profile of Girl Scouting as the premier leadership training organization for girls and women.

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Each year’s Annual Meeting gives me another opportunity to witness the brilliance of our members, and this year was no exception.

At our gathering on April 30, having just celebrated the 99th Anniversary of Girl Scouting in the United States, our members joined with us to look forward into the next 100 years of the movement, and to envision how we will hold onto the values that sustain us while embracing the opportunity for positive change. (To read the top 12 ideas that came into view during the exercise, please visit As we do this visioning work, we still embrace the reality before us – that the world is not perfect, and we still have many challenges. As we stand on the eve of the Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary and the 100th birthday of our own state, we know that our community and country need Girl Scouting now more than probably anytime in our history. So how, in these times of extreme change, do we keep our Girl Scout leadership values vibrant and in the front of our minds? Sometimes the smallest acts bring the biggest benefit. For example, we can keep in mind that every time we recite the Promise and Law, we reaffirm our qualities of ethical leadership. Every time we act in accordance with our Law by being kind; by taking responsibility for our words and actions; by showing respect to those with whom we work and learn; and by using our world’s resources wisely, we acknowledge a deep connection with our own, individual moral compass. At the annual meeting, I shared a story from my own family history that helps to make this point.

For the next two centuries, my family began to move West and kept that teacup with them even when economic trials,

That remained true until one day in 1845, when my family was on its way to Utah. Their journey had been difficult; some in their party died from sickness and disease. The majority of the family walked, because the wagon was packed full of precious family heirlooms – some furniture, trunks of china, housewares and quilts. Then, as they stood at the base of the Rocky Mountains, they were faced with the harsh reality that their one surviving ox could not pull their wagon and all of their family treasures and heirlooms over the steep and harsh terrain. They had to leave the wagon behind and decide what was most important and essential to their survival. What could they carry? My ancestors took only what they felt was essential: food, clothing, quilts, their personal journals, a bible and the small teacup that had first come to America in the 17th century with John Woodbury. Among their very basic tools for survival they included one family symbol of their vision, mission and the desire to live and prosper for themselves and for future generations. The teacup now sits on the mantle in my home. So, the next time you look at our Trefoil, or recite our Promise and Law, please think about every girl who came before you, and every girl who will be here 100 years from now. Think about what she cared about, and believed; think about whether she was able to discover her true self, and whether she had the tools to reach her fullest potential. Not every answer will be perfect; but every reflection will help us see more clearly what we can do together to make the very best use of our very best resource: our girls. With deep and abiding regard,

Tamara Woodbury, CEO

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The story starts and ends with a teacup that was given to me after the death of my brother. That teacup first came to the New World in 1623 when my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather, John Woodbury, left Burlescomb, Devonshire, England for America, where he and his family became a part of the Plymouth Colony.

discrimination and the harsh realities of life pulled away nearly everything else they had.

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Immediate Past President of the Board Maria completed her term of service to GSACPC at the annual meeting in April.

How does one say goodbye to a leadership role of a lifetime? I’ve served a mission that is so aligned with my purpose, values and vision for girls and women. It was here that I came to take a leap of faith in myself.

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In part, that leap of faith evolved from two things. The first is I actually overcame my fear of heights by taking a 50’ off the “Leap of Faith” at Willow Springs challenge course. I figured if our girls and volunteers could do it, then I had to do it too. It was both a terrifying and glorious moment all at the same time. The second thing that happened? I attended our Coming Into Your Own inner leadership retreat where I explored my path and what was calling me next. The question in Mary Oliver’s poem deeply resonated: “Tell me, what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” I realized I was playing too small. I came to believe in my own collaborative leadership style and that gave me the courage to say YES to co-lead this council with our visionary CEO, Tamara Woodbury.

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As your board chair the last four years, I have been stretched to the depths of my soul and found I had more inner strength and resolve than I imagined possible. All leadership journeys are a series of challenges, successes and occasional mistakes. Being a leader doesn’t mean being perfect, but good leaders own up to their mistakes, clean up their messes, learn from the experience and move forward. I’m sharing this because I want you to believe in your own ability to take the lead in whatever you care about. Take a leap of faith in yourself. Don’t play too small. As Frances Hesselbein says, “See yourself life-sized.” Wear your leadership capacity like the biggest badge on your sash. Lead not with ego. Lead with your style of leadership, with your authentic values, with your flame of purpose and your own positive values and vision. You won’t regret it and it will be a life-changing experience both for you and those you serve.

So, how does one say goodbye to the leadership role of a lifetime? With a grateful heart. I am grateful to my family for their support. I’m grateful to my colleagues on our board of directors for their commitment and courageous and bold leadership on behalf of our girls and volunteers. I am grateful for our remarkable staff for their unfailing leadership, support and guidance these past four years. I am especially grateful to you – our girls and volunteers – who inspired me to be the best I could be for you. You deserve nothing less. While I am saying goodbye to this role, I am definitely not saying goodbye to our Council. There is work to be done, things to contribute. I’ll be there but the hallmark of a good leader is to know when it is time to be a good follower. The time is now and it is with pride that I pass the “leadership baton” to the right person at the right time. Please welcome Margaret Serrano-Foster. She will lead this council with skill and a true love for all that Girl Scouting has been and all it can become.

Maria Carpenter Ort, Immediate Past Board Chair

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board chair It is a great privilege to move into the role of President of the Girl Scouts–Arizona CactusPine Council. As I have served on the Board for the past 6 years, it has been exciting to watch our Council continue to grow as a leadership organization that is model for other councils nationwide.

I have also seen that the leadership skills we teach in Girl Scouting are among the best-kept secrets in Arizona! Many people know us for our cookie sale and camps, but not nearly as many know us for the great work we do to develop the life skills, innovation and self-esteem needed to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a continued on next page

better place. One of my key missions during my term as your President is to tell our story to anyone and everyone, because I believe that our mission for girls is one of the most promising paths to changing the course of history for the better. Girl Scouts is the largest girl-led organization in the world. Why is that important? Because we know girls see the world in a unique manner, and think about leadership in a distinct way—a way that can be a powerful force in our world. For example, of girls ages 11-12, 73% reported “improving the world around them” as their favorite activity. It is the passion and eagerness of girls and their ability to make a difference that drives our work at Girl Scouts. The impact of Girl Scouting is undeniable: nationally, Girl Scouts donate 75 million hours of volunteer work on an annual basis, and creates 1.6 billion dollars from strictly girl-led projects. However, Girl Scout projects provide a lot more than revenue: they provide girls from all walks of life—from the suburbs to juvenile detention centers—with the opportunity to Discover themselves and explore the world, Connect with others locally and globally, and Take Action to make the world a better place. Girl Scouts are becoming the strong, courageous leaders who will change the world. I am honored to be part of the Girl Scouts team, and to share our story.

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Women and Young Women of Distinction: World Awards December 3, 2011 Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa For the past 16 years, Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council has been honored to recognize the outstanding women and young women in our communities that have exemplified the Girl Scout Promise and Law. On December 3, we will recognize a new group of honorees who will share their motivating stories that will take you back to your own Girl Scout years. The various categories that both women and young women will be recognized in will be refreshed and updated this year. Stay tuned to the web site for further information and to download a nomination form. Visit www.girlscoutsaz. org/world-awards to stay connected or contact Leslie Friedman at 602.452.7003.

Margaret Serrano-Foster, Board Chair

More about Margaret

President of the Board, Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Margaret Serrano-Foster is Senior Vice President of Old Republic Title Agency of Arizona, responsible for the Maricopa and Pinal County Operations. Throughout her career, she has been a leader in her industry, working with companies throughout the Southwest.

September 22, 2011 Wyndham Phoenix Hotel Last year Girl Scouts–Arizona CactusPine Council partnered with four premier organizations in Arizona to bring a day of inspiration to Phoenix. It proved to be a day that would inspire Arizonans to discuss key issues, connect with one another and champion important social and economic success. The commitment to Arizona still continues to grow. For more information, visit

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Serrano-Foster has a rich Arizona heritage dating back to the early 1900s. Her family originated in Mexico, immigrating to the US and successfully creating business ventures in California and Arizona, including the Serrano’s clothing stores and a chain of Mexican restaurants. Margaret was a Girl Scout in the Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. She is a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in accounting. In addition to her leadership on our Board, she also serves the community through the Chandler Education Foundation in Arizona. She is a past President of the Land Title Association of Arizona and the California Land Title Association.

A Day of Civic Action

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Our goal is to collect 32 million plastic bags by the 100th Anniversary – March 12, 2012. It seems hard to imagine that many bags, but we did the math, and here’s how it works: Every person in the USA generates about 500 plastic bags per year. A family of four generates about 2,000 bags. If every Girl Scout collects bags from her home, and the homes of her neighbors, we should be able to hit our goal. Troops can organize entire neighborhoods to collect bags, allowing us to hit our goal even more quickly!

It is easy to participate. 1. Download the Camp Sombrero – It’s in the Bag Project Guide at In the Guide, you will find: a. Recycling Drive information and door flyers. b. ‘Reduce and Reuse’ forms for recording the number of bags collected. c. A list of community collection sites. 2. Submit the sign up form to the council program department. 3.

Participants can ask neighbors to leave plastic bags outside their front doors for pickup by Girl Scouts on a designated date, or design their own plastic bag collection and delivery method.

4. Collect, count and deliver bags to the nearest Trex collection site. (Locations are listed in the Guide). 5. Join the celebration at the Camp Sombrero – It’s in the Bag Capstone event in April 2012 Join us as we Discover, Connect and Take Action, help the environment and build our Leadership Center at Camp Sombrero! Visit for a list of all of our 100th anniversary activities that we have planned!

tional Session naCouncil Houston, Texas November 10-13, 2011 The 2011 Girl Scout National Convention is on the horizon! Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has been diligently working on the upcoming convention that will launch the next 100 years of Girl Scouting. The Girl Scout National Convention is called by GSUSA every three years to elect officers and act on proposals. For the 2011 event, GSUSA is currently seeking applicants for parliamentary aide positions (adults only) and National Council Teller positions (Girls ages 14-18 and adults). Please contact Jackie Violette at 602.452.7012 or jackieviolette@ for applications. The deadline for submission is July 31, 2011. You may also attend the convention as an official visitor. The registration fee is $225 for girls and $295 for adults, if paid by July 15, 2011. Interest forms must be submitted by May 1, 2011. For more information visit Why attend National Convention? • Launch of 100th anniversary • Be inspired and motivated • Hold meaningful conversations with members • Attend educational sessions for volunteers and staff • Be a parliamentary aide • Volunteer as a National Council Teller

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From all of us here at GSACPC we would like to thank each and every one of you who auditioned for the photo shoot with Park and Company. It was a hard decision to make as all of you were fabulous, and there were only four spots to fill! However, we are glad that our own Girl Scouts will be featured. Thank you for your support.

baby Camp Baby Camp is a weekend experience for pregnant and/or parenting teen moms and their children. The program is an opportunity to give pregnant and parenting teens tools in caring for their children, while giving them skills to create better lives for themselves. In April, 40 registered moms and 30 children under the age of five participated in this program. Baby Camp provides resources to help girls gain access to medical care (physical/ mental) for themselves and their babies, finish high school, find a job, and adequate daycare. Good health is both mental and physical, and Baby Camp strives to accomplish both.

FBI Director Robert Mueller presents GSACPC’s Barb Strachan with the Community Leadership Award.



Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council’s Adelante Jovencitas program receives the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. On March 25, 2011, representatives of the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) were in Washington, D.C. to receive the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. The award recognizes the continuing work of the Adelante Jovencitas program, which brings the leadership experience of Girl Scouting to girls between the ages of 13 - 17 who are in the juvenile justice system or are at risk of delinquency. Specifically, the program helps girls struggling with education, health issues, homelessness, violence and crime, substance abuse, sexual exploitation (prostitution), and gang affiliation, providing them with the tools necessary to break these dangerous cycles.


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To learn more about Adelante Jovencitas and the other JustUs Social Justice Programs at the Girl Scouts, follow this link:

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Adelante Jovencitas (Spanish for “young women moving forward”) is part of GSACPC’s Just Us - Social Justice Programs. Barb Strachan, the Program Manager for Adelante Jovencitas accepted the award on the council’s behalf.


Lego Competition Two Junior Lego Teams represented GSACPC at a Lego Competition early this year. The Bio Bot Girls received the Judges Award for their up and coming talents and their cooperation and support of other teams. This award is given when no other award will do. The girls were from troops 581, 995, 1039, 2410 and 2620. Teams were organized in the East Valley after receiving a grant from GSUSA and Motorola. The teams used the LEGO Education Mechanisms Set and the Mechanisms Power Addons to investigate bio-medical engineering, document how they researched and what they learned on a creative poster and build a model out of LEGO elements, incorporating a moving piece.

Each team competed in three categories. • Robotics: girls used a Lego Mindstorm Robot and built and programmed their robots to compete up to 12 missions within a 2.5 minute window. • Bio-Medical Engineering: each team presented a problem and solution in the field of bio-medical engineering to a panel of three judges. • Teamwork: each team was judged on how they could present their programming and how they interacted within their teams and with all the other teams under the term Gracious Professionalism. The teams shared their skills with other troops and at neighborhood meetings and are supporting two spring break camps in Apache Junction and Florence to encourage more girls to become involved. If you would like more information on this program please contact Sue Mitchell at or 602.509.6765.

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Plans for the 5th annual “A Girl’s World is Different” conference are currently underway. This day-long conference will provide the public with a wealth of knowledge about issues that deeply affect young girls today.

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At the 2011 conference, professionals and other community members came together to learn about a problem affecting

the youth of Arizona: human trafficking. Human trafficking occurs when people are tricked, coerced or otherwise taken from their homes to work for inadequate or no payment. Participants of the conference joined together to work on action they can take together—at home, at church, at school, and at the state level—to interrupt the horrific cycle of human trafficking. Stay tuned to our website ( for further information about the topic and other details of the upcoming 2012 event.

During February 2011, GSACPC participated in a national recycling Take Action project. Troops/groups and Individual Girl Members were asked to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic in their local communities. They registered and then reported the results of their month-long efforts at the GSUSA national site: The results are in! In addition to refilling our water bottles 17,247 times, our council membership has collected and donated a whopping 80,061 plastic bags! To recognize their tremendous efforts, all participants received the specially designed Girl Scouts Forever Green patch and level certificate.

Congratulations to the following troops who participated: 2, 37, 39, 44, 47, 60, 76, 90, 135, 173, 190, 211, 274, 277, 291, 327, 370, 393, 404, 436, 440, 480, 482, 486, 512, 515, 550, 564, 570, 576, 607, 650, 658, 715, 737, 745, 749, 787, 826, 855, 890, 905, 920, 931, 953, 963, 970, 995, 1033, 1043, 1055, 1056, 1061, 1083, 1168, 1214, 1241, 1284, 1291, 1334, 1375, 1393, 1408, 1421, 1472, 1581, 1596, 1600, 1647, 1670, 1703, 1755, 1786, 1791, 1832, 1851, 1866, 1878, 1912, 1948, 1962, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1991, 2069, 2112, 2140, 2140, 2146, 2166, 2200, 2231, 2234, 2236, 2242, 2258, 2337, 2341, 2391, 2410, 2440, 2442, 2472, 2482, 2496, 2510, 2640, 2652, 2665, 2678, 2679, 2695, 2700, 2752, 3038, 3301 and all participating individual girl members.

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Are you looking for a practical project to do with your troop? Consider making a stuff bucket! Each girl can make their own bucket, or make several for the whole troop to share. The finished product is the upgraded version of a sit-upon with storage! You will need: • 5 gallon bucket • Colorfully patterned contact paper • Markers • Foam pad

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Vinyl tablecloth Duct tape Glue Cardboard Scissors

Collect five gallon buckets or purchase empty five gallon buckets and lids.

Place the foam, then cardboard down in the center of the wrong side of the rectangular fabric piece. Pull each straight side of the fabric up and tape down to the cardboard with duct tape. Then, pull each corner up and tape down as well. Once the seat cushion is covered, tape or glue that down to the bucket's lid. Now each girl can have a perfect place to sit while you teach them something new! summer 2011

Cut the contact paper to cover the entire bucket or cut out contact paper shapes and figures to decorate it. Let the girls use permanent markers to embellish their designs and label the containers.

To create the cushioned top, measure the lid and cut a piece of cardboard that would fit inside the rim of the lid. Cut a piece of foam to the same dimensions. Recycle a vinyl tablecloth (water resistant) or piece of fabric to cover the cushion, and cut the fabric ten inches wider and longer than the lid.

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In July 2010, Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council sponsored two international destinations for girls: one to Toronto, Canada and the other to London, UK. These unique adventures brought diverse groups of girls together in a global arena, expanding their knowledge and growing their self-confidence.

The Oxford Leadership Youth Program 2010 excursion to London, United Kingdom Three girls from GSACPC and 20 girls from councils around our nation experienced the Oxford Leadership Youth Program at Gilwell Park Scout Center. The scout camp is located two hours outside of London. During their first week, the girls were treated to a day trip to the world famous Oxford University. While in Oxford, the girls also honed their punting skills and took in the “magic, murder and mayhem” tour!

Guiding Mosaics 2010 in Toronto, Canada This event featured more than 2,000 girl and adult attendees, from 136 countries around the world, who gathered together for a week of fellowship, making new friends and fun activities. Twelve girls from GSACPC had the experience of a lifetime making friends with Girl Guides, visiting Niagara Falls and participating in all camp activities.

What is “destinations?”

Destinations are travel adventures, which range from two days to three weeks are for all Girl Scouts ages 11–17. They whisk you to the far corners of the Earth. You’ll meet remarkable girls, develop leadership skills, gain confidence, and enjoy valuable learning opportunities. You will have the most awesome, outrageous, unforgettable trip of your life!

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Shout out to girls who have taken a stand against domestic violence! The Girl Scouts–Arizona cactus-Pine council (GSACPC) partnered with the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence to teach girls about this issue. As part of the It’s Your World, Change It journey, GSACPC held a Girls Against Domestic Violence Shelter Supply Drive. The efforts of the

girls and adult volunteers involved will help victims of domestic violence and their children in Arizona. We would like to thank the following individuals: • • • • • •

Zina Rhoad-Weinberg, leader, Troop 2613 Monica VanDerWolf, leader, Troop 984 Libby Bender, leader, Troop 1156 Dawn Caccavale, leader, Troop 2485 Tami Cotton, leader Troop 147 Leigh Anne Brown, leader Troop 2482

troop notes! Here at GSACPC, we deeply value all of the community service, innovation and accolades that happen within Girl Scout troops. This section showcases and highlights those achievements.

ow Mountain Girl Scout Kendra Wardon of the Shad t Walk Together neighborhood receiving her Girl Scou -2011 year. 2010 for Award for designing the patch

Troop 1542 held a yard sale and lemonade stand to raise money for the Girl Scout Sister Angel Program. This program helps pay for girls who need Girl Scout books, uniforms etc. The girls earned community service hours for this project. Pictured left to right: Sarah Martin; Meg Lane; Abby Palubinskas; Jenna Dickson; and Sarah Newcomb.

Girl Scouts voluntee ring at Tranquility Rabbit Rescue in Scottsdale . Troop 202 saw a need in the community and stepped up to help. The girls discovered that when it rains at Camp Marapai in Prescott, a particular area of camp was sensitive to flooding, making it difficult for campers to cross over to sleeping cabins. The girls built a footbridge at Camp Maripai for their Bronze Award. Take a look at the final product! Below is who was involved in making the project a success: Nathan Cottrell (engineer) Gage and Eli Cottrell Mark Burkhart Richard and Mona Feige Heather Cottrell Sally Hansen Lisa Silva Nicki, Craig, David and Kaylor Stern

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Carolynne, Allen, and Eric Peterson Brad Slaughter Rory DeLeon Kalyssa Hester Mike and Karli Measel Doug Black ( from Lowe's) Wayne and Heather Houck Jill Hansen

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Thanks to so many volunteers!

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Individuals who have stood the test of time and have given many years to Girl Scouting are recognized each year for their support and dedication. Each of these volunteers has played and continues to play a significant role in ensuring that girls have the opportunities they need to become successful leaders. Volunteers received their awards at the council’s Annual Recognition Luncheon at the Glendale Civic Center on April 30, 2011.

The service performed by the recipient is outstanding, is above and beyond the expectations for the position held, is delivered to at least one Neighborhood within the Council’s jurisdiction and contributes to the Council’s goals and objectives. Not pictured: Karen Stevenson, Sandy Dattalio, Jari Dikes

Deborah Eierdam Chandler

Rhonda Evans Payson

Tracy Frear Phoenix

Nancy Mackowiak Chandler

Anita Nowicki Kingman

Shelly Warren Chandler

Kristi Owsley Gilbert

Katie Peabody Tempe

Allison Prosnier Scottsdale

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Service year recognitions were given to adults, acknowledging the number of years each has spent as a member of the Girl Scout organization. This includes membership as a girl and as an adult.

thank s Badge The service performed by the recipient is truly outstanding, benefits the total Council or the entire Girl Scout organization, and is so significantly above and beyond the call of duty that no other award would be appropriate.


Garnet Naslund Mesa

Maria Carpenter Ort Phoenix

The service performed by the recipient is outstanding, is above and beyond the expectations for the position held, is delivered to two or more Neighborhoods within the council’s jurisdictions and contributes to the council’s goals and objectives.

Teresa Easley Tempe

Sandie Patchett Glendale

40 Year Pin: June Marvel, Sue Mitchell, Susan Rees 55 Year Pin: Marie Edwards 60 Year Pin: Margaret Stewart

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Each year, young girls who display dedication to leadership, community service and humanity are awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award. On March 27, girls from Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council received this high honor. They were awarded at a ceremony at the Heard Museum.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scouts between the ages of 14-18 may earn. The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” The project is something that fulfills a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global), creates change, and hopefully an ongoing service project. For many, the leadership skills, organizational skills, and sense of community and commitment that come from “going for the Gold” set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship. Girls are required to invest 30 hours of leadership, 40 hours of career services and a minimum of 65 hours toward their project.

Kendall Carpenter: Reading for a better future

Katie Dimfel: Hands Saving Hearts

Melia Coury: Project Comfort

Sara Ellenberger: Sharing the Music

The goal of her project was to improve the literacy in her community. She helped to implement a reading skills program called Read 180 classroom, at Canyon State Academy, a year-round school from troubled teen boys.

The goal of Sara’s project was to reach as many people through harp music as possible. She prepared and taught a Harp Appreciation Class to elementary students at Horizon Community Learning Center and performed 13 pro bono events.

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The goal of Melia’s project was to redecorate the waiting room and hallway of the new location for the Arizona Child Studies Center. The center helps diagnose and treat behavioral health disorders. Melia designed and painted a mural to make the waiting room more inviting.

The goal of Katie’s project was to teach her community “hands only” CPR. She taught 2,447 people hands only CPR, donated seven mannequins to CPR Across America and became a certified CPR instructor.

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Ashley Gund: In His Image-Special Needs

Elaine Rhoades: Giving Back to the Band

Alexis La Benz: Teen on Trafficking

Alyssa Rollando: Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation

Ashley raised awareness for the special needs community by creating a project book full of hands on activities that worked with special needs students. She planned and taught seven projects to students at In His Image. She also gave the book she created as a gift to libraries, public schools and tutoring facilities. For her gold award project, Alexis created teensontrafficking. com, a website that provides information on human trafficking from a teen perspective. She continues to update the site with new links, videos and human trafficking related news.

Rachel Montgomery: Community Signs

For her gold award project, Rachel created and posted signs around the town of Topock in order to raise public awareness of the events that occur there.

Laurel Montgomery: Community Archery

Laurel created a community archery range in Topock for her Gold Award project.

Anna Prein: Multipurpose Room Renovation

For her Gold Award project, Anna reorganized and updated the multipurpose room at Naomi House, a home for abused Native American children. She added new shelving, made curtains and organized materials.

Catherine Radachi: Maggie’s Place Room

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The goal of Catherine’s Gold Award project was to provide living quarters for two staff members of Maggie’s Place at the Magdalene House. Catherine and volunteers painted, cleaned, organized and bought new furniture in order to redo the living space for these individuals.

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The goal of Elaine’s project was dedicated to helping the Desert Vista High School band program. She created a catalogue of the band’s awards, cleaned and rearranged them. She also held braiding clinics and set up display cabinets for the trophies in the school auditorium.

Allyssa’s Gold Award project involved giving presentations to youth groups about Crohn’s disease. She also created a short video highlighting her presentation for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s online resources.

Allison Rydberg: Mama T’s Ministries

For her Gold Award project, Allison worked with Mama T’s Ministries, a program that recruits volunteers to carry out community service for local organizations. She helped local organizations in need, especially St. Francis church by recruiting volunteers.

Samantha Weller: Horse’s Help

The goal of Samantha’s project was to build a covered cross tie station for the horses and clients of Horse Help. This organization provides therapeutic riding for people with special needs. She built two handicapped accessible stations plus a horse wash station. All were wheelchair and walker accessible.

Taylor Williams: Tanner Chapel Archive Room

The goal of Taylor’s project was to create an archive room at Tanner Chapel. Alongside volunteers, s cleaned photos and reframed them. She also repainted and repaired the walls of the multipurpose room.

Girl Scout Award


The Girl Scout Silver Award represents a girl’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others. The requirements of the Girl Scout Silver Award help girls explore careers, gain leadership skills, and make a commitment to self-improvement. The Girl Scout Silver Award Project can be undertaken when the first four requirements are completed. It can be done as an individual or with a group.

Girls earning the Girl Scout Silver Award from September 1, 2010 thru April 12, 2011. Zoe Abrahamson Natalie Adlam Cheyanne Anderson Alyssa Apresa Catherine Ayotte Juliet Bartsch Adisen Brand Emily Burge Sydnee Burton KatelynCape Gabrielle Carmona Naomi Chien Bridget Clayton Rachael Clifford Ana Coker Veronica Cortes Amber Crank Hayleigh Daugherty Marisa Demangone Natasha Dickinson

Girl Scout

bronze Award

Katarina Dickinson Elizabeth Duncan Riley Forbis Amy Forsythe Megan Foster McKenzie FredetteRoman Elizabeth Garlick Delaney Gilbert Jessica Goddard Amanda Gomez Patricia Grahmann Diana Greymountain Olivia Guerra Karissa Gund Destiny Gutierrez McKedzie Hahnfeld Melanie Hale Emma Harding Christina Harris

Madelein Himmelein Katelyn Hughes Emma James Jessica Jennings Landis Jensen Rebecca Jernigan Alicia Johnson Emalynn Johnson Brenna Johnson Abbey Johnson Kaitlin Johnson Alexanthe Kane Jazmin Kianpour Kaitlyn Klonowski Mackenzie Konves Kebra Laidlaw Taylor Lambrigger Sara Lascano Alia Lemm Summer Lovett

Anna Mackey Nichole Maytorena Christina McBroom Mallory McLaughlin Elicia McMillan Madison Mendoza Jessica Micksch Randi Mintz Samantha Mitchell Melani Myers Cassidy Parham Caitlynn Pulley Katherine Quartermain Stephanie Rohrer Devon Rusk Alicia Sandoval Taylor Schmucker Breanna Schouten Cassandra Scibienski Morgan Serventi

Ariel Shelton Jordan Shinn Angelica Sisson Taylor Slevin Rebecca Smouse Breanna Stefan Kate Stowell Emile Stubbert Julie Teplik Samantha Tweet Paige Van Gundy Margaret Wagner Erica Walker Missy Webb Kathryn Westbrook Gwen Wolf Makayla Wolf Chelsea Wyatt Mia Zanrosso

The Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can earn, requires her to learn the leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project that makes a positive impact on her community. Working towards this award demonstrates her commitment to helping others, improving her community and the world, and becoming the best she can be.

Girls earning the Girl Scout Silver Award from September 1, 2010 thru April 14, 2011. Kaelyn Lucido Darcy Lyons Sarah McMillan Kaylynne Messmer Grace Milhone Lauren Mitchelson Lexi Mortensen Kristie Nelson Alexandra Neumann Tori Nicholas Taylor Nostdahl Erin O’Donahue Emily Oh Faith Ong Kaya Orona Anna Ouellette Denae Paul Kelsie Peterson

Jesse Pike Elizabeth Richardson Paula Rivero Liliana Roberts Bailey Rojas Melissa Romero Samantha Saint Lewis Ashley Sanchez Samantha Schultz Hayden Schweitzer Morgan Scott Alyana Sebald Kira Silva Alexia Slaughter McKenna Smith Whitney Sorrell Kenna Stern Kaitlyn Stone

Samara Strosberg Kayla Swanson Lois Sygrove Bella Timmons Alyson VanHorn Ashley VanHorn Madison Vose Adyson Waite Brooke Walker Eleasah Wealand Hannah Wealand Alexandria Wilcoxson Bella Willoughby Renae Wilson

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Madison Frees Ali Frickey Sabrina Harris Katie Hayes Kathryn Hensley Sadie Henson Victoria Hoaglin Mackenzie Hughes Emily Ingles Meredith Irick Carlie Jones Megan Jordan Katie Kunzler Amy Lavelle Amanda Leaf Jenessa Lewis Tingju Li Allison Lozza

summer 2011

Michaela Abraham Samantha Andersen Aura Behrens Kelly Bonney Brynne Bowles Sarah Bowman Latisha Brown Terri Busha Annapurna Chitnavis Megan Cook Ameilia Cooner Tara Cottrell Megan Crappo Tessa Cruse Andrea Davis Taylor Devlin Joie Duplessis Hope Fogle



119 E Coronado Road Phoenix, AZ 85004


shop hours and closed dates


The Council Shop will be closed on the following dates:

Saturday 8:30am - 3:00pm

November 26-28 December 24 - January 2

Sunday, Monday and Holidays CLOSED

You can purchase these books from the council shop online or call the shop directly to place your order. The Girl’s Guides are replacing the current handbooks and badge books and each Girl Scout level has their own book. The special introductory price of $16.87 will only be available until March 2012, so place your order today!

Indian School Rd 3806 N 3rd Street

Thomas Rd


3806 N 3rd Street, # 200 Phoenix, AZ 85012

fax phone

(602) 274-4445 7th Street

Central Ave

Clarendon Ave

3rd Street

Girl’s Guides to Girl Scouting now available for pre-order!

Tuesday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm

(602) 452-7137 (800) 352-6133


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Listening Post Spring/Summer 2011  

Spring/Summer 2011 issue of the Listening Post

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