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Troop Notes


Campaign for Girls in Arizona Update


Annual Meeting Recap


GSRI Key Findings


Volunteer Recognitions


Girl Scout Gold Awards




setting your daughter up for success

Girl Scout Research Institute confirms girls want and need to be financially literate now. Girls today reflect an upcoming generation of financially empowered and independent citizens. An overwhelming majority of girls feel gender is not a barrier to what they can accomplish financially. But is the world ready to support them? As it now stands, students receive little financial education at school and have repeatedly failed broad tests measuring their mastery of basic personal finance and economic concepts. Just 14 states require high schools to offer a course in personal finance, according to the Council for Economic Education, and even fewer require students to take such a course in order to graduate.

Optimism in Uncertainty A new report by the Girl Scout Research Institute reveals that girls feel optimistic

about their financial futures, yet are The study, which surveyed 1,040 girls less than fully knowledgeable about ages 8 to 17, found that girls are averse essential financial principles and to debt. However, in order to avoid instruments, from using credit cards debt, these girls say they need more to establishing good education about how credit. And only 12 credit works. Perhaps Only 12% of girls percent of the girls not surprisingly, a vast surveyed say they feel surveyed say they feel majority say that it is confident in making confident in making important for them to financial decisions. financial decisions. learn how to manage their money. The study, Having It All: Girls and Financial Literacy, Despite the recession and economic comes out at a time of continued uncertainty, this generation of girls is economic uncertainty. The country’s bullish about their financial futures. recovery from the 2009 recession A majority envisions a future family has been marked by slow economic structure where they are fully engaged growth and high unemployment, as in financial decision making and well as increasing concern over the planning. costs of a college education and the Cookies are ‘healthy’ unprecedented levels of student loan Girl Scouts is committed to the financial indebtedness. continued on PAGE 6.

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

Swing for the Scouts October 18, 2013 Raven Golf Club GSACPC together with Weitz Construction is holding the second annual Swing for the Scouts golf tournament to raise funds that will help transform Camp Sombrero into a Leadership Center for Girls and Women. Enjoy a day of golf on your own – invite a friend, two or three – and be part of building the future of Girl Scouts! Register at Contact Leslie Friedman at 602.452.7003 for more information.

Women & Young Women of Distinction November 16, 2013 Arizona Biltmore Mark your calendar for this annual event honoring past and present Girl Scouts who play an important role in making Arizona, and the world, a better place. For more information, visit or contact Leslie Friedman at 602.452.7003!

TAKE Action Connection August 3, 2013 Northern Arizona University Are you thinking about pursuing your Bronze, Silver or Gold Award? Need ideas for a Take Action Project? This event will give girls in grades 4-12 the opportunity to mingle with various community members and organizations who may assist with these projects. For more information, contact Julie at 602.452.7103 or

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ceo & board chair

Girl Scouts exist because of girls. For all girls. Being a girl is powerful. Girl Scouts helps girls discover their power and how to use it to make the world a better place. We believe girls learn by doing and through girl led activities. We fully embraced this belief for our April Annual Meeting and witnessed the power of girls. Our young women demonstrated their confident leadership throughout the morning session. And proudly wore t-shirts that said, “Lead like a Girl.” The opening song was performed by Kenzie and punctuated by enthusiastic dance movements of our young women. Sabrina, Dianna, Sandra, Kalella and Lianna presented the powerful poetry they had written about being a girl. Ellie, Jordan, and Maria retraced milestones in the Arizona Cactus-Pine Council history and shared stories of their own council experiences. Olivia introduced the members of the Campaign for Girls cabinet. Then Maria, Ellie, Jordon and Emily facilitated the group dialogue for the 520 adults and girls who attended. Many rich ideas emerged from these discussions that are now being digested by council staff. But the overall message expressed was a strong reaffirmation of support for the Campaign for Girls in Arizona. This campaign will allow more girls to experience Girl Scouting, with more volunteer support and innovative programs, and allow us to build the Leadership Center for Girls and Women. As we continue to move forward, we welcome the engagement of our girls, our adult volunteers, and the community to help achieve our vision. To view a short video summary, go to

Tamara Woodbury, CEO

Margaret Serrano-Foster, Board Chair

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Board of Directors Update

Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is guided by the vision and leadership of our Board of Directors who work hard to ensure our financial and organizational strength. We wish a fond farewell to six individuals who are retiring from our board and thank them for their time and efforts:

»» Laura Burgis »» Kathy Granillo-Beebe »» Tomás Guerra

»» Nelson Mitchell »» Tiffani Brooks

»» Olivia Mossman

(Girl Advisory Member)

(Girl Advisory Member)

We know they will continue to be powerful champions for girls in all of their endeavors. And as we say goodbye to some, we welcome new and advancing board members with excitement:

»» »» »» »» »»

Elaine Armfield Andrea Borg Yvonne Fortier Brian Hemmerle Ed Zito

»» Mike Hoffman (will now serve

»» Brittanee Hustad

»» Patrick Edwards (advancing

»» Martha Ryan

as member-at-large)

to 2nd Vice Chairperson)

(Girl Advisory Member) (Girl Advisory Member)

»» Teri Twarkins (advancing to Treasurer)

Thank you to all current and former GSACPC board members for continued dedication to the Girl Scout mission.

Thin Mint Sprint

More than 600 Girl Scouts, families and community members participated in the second annual 5K Thin Mint Sprint in March. Great work, Girl Scouts! And thanks to all the wonderful supporters who came out. We had a blast! Look for information on the 2014 Thin Mint Sprint coming soon.

it’s your

cloavme pit summer camp 2013

It’s not too late to register for summer camp! Sessions through July are still available, so don’t miss out on the chance to create lifelong memories at camp. Plus, GSACPC offers Day Camp on the Road, a camp that travels across the state to provide enriching programs and field trips right in your neighborhood. Each week Day Camp on the Road will be in a different city – Lake Havasu, Flagstaff, Window Rock, Glendale and Phoenix. For more information and to register, visit: summer-camp. You can also email

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Want to submit a troop note?

Email a description of your activity and photos to communications@ with the subject line: Troop Notes Submission.

Gift of Caring

Many Troops had their own Gift of Caring beneficiary. Here are a couple examples of Troops touching the lives of our community near and far:

The Girl Scouting tradition continues‌ Patricia Baldwin Payne (second from right) was a Girl Scout in Troop 4 in Gallup, New Mexico. The tradition of Girl Scouts has been passed along through the years: Patricia’s two great granddaughters, Jenna and Maya Ross are now Girl Scouts in Window Rock, AZ.

Troop 1122 donated Girl Scout Cookies from their 2013 Gift of Caring to the Ryan House, a local organization that provides respite and hospice care to terminally ill children and their families.

Several Troops donated cookies to our military troops overseas this year. It is always truly appreciated and many of them shared photos to give THANKS for the special treats! Great job, Girl Scouts!

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Troop 805 Makes Community Support a Priority

Brownie Troop 805 continues to focus their time on helping others in their community. Highlights from their activities include supporting the three-day Race for the Cure. They staffed the event, made posters and gained a greater understanding of breast cancer and the importance in supporting the Race for the Cure. They also used their own Troop funds to plant a tree at a low income elementary school. The girls composed a letter to the principal and coordinated with the school district to plant the tree.

Troop 478 hosts Annual Encampment

Troop 909 uses Fashion to Connect in Sun City

Girl Scouts from Troop 909 created a fashion show to generate interest in Girl Scouts within the "Grandma" population at the American Lutheran Church in Sun City. Girls modeled vintage uniforms from each decade beginning in the 1920’s. ”The girls had a ball! They enjoyed the uniforms and were especially interested in the sizing of the old uniforms – a size 12 back then is about a size 6 now!” commented Board Member and Troop Leader, Allison House.

Fountain Hills Girl Scouts recently held their annual neighborhood encampment at Camp Maripai with approximately 75 Girl Scouts attending. “Our neighborhood is thankful for the precious opportunity we have in Arizona – to camp at a Girl Scout Camp,” said Amy Vandervort, encampment coordinator and leader of the Senior Girl Scout Troop. Graphic artist and past Gold Award recipient, Kelly Blose of Fountain Hills worked with Camp Marapai’s managers to custom design a sign to welcome campers as they enter camp. “It’s our tradition to give a gift to the camp as a show of support to our Girl Scout Council and camp managers for all they do behind the scenes to keep our camps open so our girls can experience the wonders of the outdoors.” A special thank you goes to Wayne and Heather Houk at Camp Marapai for going out of their way during our encampment; providing a fun, safe and memorable weekend for all.

Troop 2658 develops Junior Ranger program for local park Girl Scout Troop 2658 earned their Silver Award for developing a “Junior Naturalist Program” for Veterans Oasis Park in Chandler. This program will be used by park officials to educate children about the many accessible attractions and enriching opportunities the park provides to visitors. Most national parks have Junior Ranger programs and the girls came up with the idea to develop a localized version of that program for their treasured city park in Chandler. listening post

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continued from cover – empowerment of American girls. Our emphasis on financial education has been underway for some time and continues to bolster the relevance of Girl Scouting to today’s girls. Long before they assume adult roles, the Girl Scout Cookie Program allows girls real-world opportunities to develop five skills vital to financial literacy and leadership. Proven to have an impact in developing financially empowered girl leaders, the largest girl-led business in the world is a prime example of how Girl Scouts build fiscal experience, confidence, and independence. We must recognize that, in an ever-changing economy and world, financial skills are leadership skills. It is up to all of us to ensure today’s girls are developing the financial savvy, business skills, and innovative thinking that will position them to be leaders in their own lives and in the world at large.

Here’s the summary of the GSRI study.

The 2013 Fall Sale is coming soon! Whether you are getting involved in your first Product Program or saving for a big trip, the Fall Sale is a great learning and earning opportunity.

What is the Fall Sale? The Girl Scout Fall Sale is a “friends and family” sale where girls can sell candy, nuts and magazines to their close community, while earning proceeds and recognitions.

Who can participate? All GSACPC Girl Scouts at any age level are allowed to participate. Just make sure you’re currently registered and if you are in a troop, make sure your troop is registered, too.

Why participate? There are many fantastic reasons to participate in the Fall Sale:

»» Start earning proceeds to fund a trip or various activities throughout the year.

»» Introduce younger or new girls to a Product Program BEFORE the big Cookie Sale.

»» Practice the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) Five Skills: Goal Setting, Money Management, Decision Making, People Skills and Business Ethics.

When is the Fall Sale? Exact dates will be posted on the GSACPC website and communicated to Service Unit Teams as soon as the information becomes available.

Questions? Contact listening post

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an update from

The Campaign for Girl in Arizona The Emerald Foundation

The transformation of Camp Sombrero into an urban camp and Leadership Center is one of the goals of our comprehensive fundraising campaign. The first major campaign gift came from the Emerald Foundation. Their gift of $250,000 was given to ensure the new buildings would be accessible and welcoming to all girls, in keeping with the priorities of the foundation.

The story of the Emerald Foundation is inspiring. It was created by Frances McClelland before she died. Frances had contracted polio in childhood and suffered its effects throughout her life. However, this did not deter her from earning a degree in accounting at U of A, which she then used working as secretary-treasurer for her family’s business, Shamrock Dairy, in Tucson. She was also actively involved in various charities that she felt were inclusive and empowered women and girls.

Her legacy will certainly live on with this gift to our campaign and will impact the lives of thousands of Girl Scouts in the future. We are grateful for the confidence and support of the Emerald Foundation. Want to know how you can support The Campaign for Girls in Arizona? Interested in touring Camp Sombrero? Contact Natalie Tougas at 602.452.7021 or

Conversations with Connie Lindsey National Board President, GSUSA, visits Phoenix Connie Lindsey knows how to get a lot done in a little time. She demonstrated it during her brief visit to Phoenix in April. As the National Board President of GSUSA, Connie is the highest ranking volunteer of this 3.4 million member organization. She is also Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Northern Trust, Chicago. Not only did she address a

Daisy Troop # 2236 with Chevy Humphrey, President and CEO of Arizona Science Center and Connie Lindsey

group of Northern Trust staff and Girl Scout supporters at a luncheon, but also enjoyed time with a group of Daisy Girl Scouts at the Arizona Science Center and talked with a group of older Girl Scouts – all in one day. Her passion and commitment inspired those who met her. She talked about how being a Girl Scout taught her, “You matter, Connie Lindsey.” This powerful sense of self-worth together

Patty Parks, V.P. Northern Trust Bank with Connie Lindsey and Janita Gordon

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with the leadership skills she learned in Girl Scouts helped her become the successful woman she is today. Now she champions the Girl Scout movement throughout the country. “Girl Scouts gives girls the essential building blocks they need to reach their full leadership potential,” she said and added that “what the world needs is gender balanced leadership.”

Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts pose with Connie Lindsay at the Arizona Biltmore



Kenzie performed both the opening and closing songs for the morning session.


Trailblazers – Pat Boykin, Becky Whitney, Kay Utke, Andrea Keller, and Lyle Sharp


Girls dialoguing during the morning session.


Girls proudly wear the LEAD LIKE A GIRL t-shirts.


Sisters Elise and Abigail Prosnier attended the annual meeting together.


Studying the graphic depiction of our council's history.


Emily Nugent and Maria Bartlett facilitated the dialogues.


Girl Scout reading the 2012 Annual Report distributed at the meeting.


Board members Tomas Guerra and Jannis Mossman share ideas during the dialogue session.






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Poetry performed by Kalella, Sandra, Sabrina, Dianna, and Lianna.


Studying the graphic depiction of the morning's dialogue outcomes.


Cathy Cloninger, former GSUSA CEO, addressing attendees.


Small groups dialoguing during the morning session.


Members of Troop 1688 presented the colors.


Tamara Woodbury and Pam Orman reminisce about a past annual meeting with exercise balls.



View a short video of the Annual Meeting on our YouTube Channel!


Read our Annual Report!


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Girl Scout Research Institute: 2012 Key Findings

A large-scale mixed-methods study of more than 3, Women who were Girl Scouts as girls display p and longer-term girl scout alumnae derive gre

Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study

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I am competent and capable in the activities that are important to me. I actively contribute to the happiness and well-being of others.

My social relationships are supportive and rewarding.

When I see a problem, I prefer to do something about it rather than sit by and let it continue.

I am optimistic about my future. *Differences between alumnae 3+ years and shorter-term alumnae/non-alumnae are statistically significant.

Linking Leadership to Academics: The Girl Scout Difference



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African American and H Girls interested in STEM are high achievers, have supportive adult networks, are more academically engaged and exposed to STEM fields. higher interest in STEM, b listening post

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Have you heard about Imagine Engineering?!?

,750 women, roughly 2,000 of which were Girl Scout alumnae, found that positive life outcomes to a greater degree than non-alumnae, eater benefits.

ements? (% strongly agree) 71% 65%

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Scouts teaches lots of important life lessons.” -10 year old Girl Scout verse fourth through eighth grade Girl Scouts found that:

Girl Scouts of Eastern The Impact of Gender Stereotypes on Career Aspirations of Middle Schoolers

Massachusetts & Simmons College Study The regional study of 1,188 middle school children (414 boys, 475 Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, and 299 non-Girl Scouts girls) in the Tri-State Area found that:


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Thanks to a STEM grant from the APS Foundation, GSACPC is hosting Imagine Engineering programs this summer and fall in Phoenix, Prescott, Flagstaff and Window Rock. From programming robots to designing an electrical circuit using an alternative power supply, girls will gain an understanding of the basic skills needed within various engineering disciplines while exploring all the fun they can have in STEM! To learn more and register, visit












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Hispanic girls overall have but less support & exposure.

Although interest in STEM is high, few girls consider it their number one career choice.

1. The girls in the study sample have set ambitious goals for themselves. Majority of them plan on fully supporting themselves in the future, and to do so by working full time. 2. The primary career advice they hear is to “do what makes you happy.” Girls hearing this well-intentioned advice do so while being surrounded by a gendered landscape promoting stereotypic messages about what girls can and should do or not do.

»» As a result, they make many career

choices that reflect those gendered messages. 3. While parents and educators are supportive, girl-serving organizations (GSOs) can significantly counter those gendered messages, increase a girl’s confidence in her leadership capabilities, and expand her career choices. »» Girl Scouts showed the highest scores in all confidence measures (e.g. Being out front and in charge, responsible and a team-building leader), and were the least likely to believe gendered messages about career options. Published October 2012

We truly value our Volunteers! These volunteers continue to play a significant role ensuring girls have the opportunities they need to become successful leaders. They received their awards at the luncheon following the Council’s Annual Meeting on April 27.

Thanks so much to our volunteers!

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

Julie Gregory

Appreciation Pin Appreciation Pin is given to those whose service is outstanding, is above and beyond the expectations for their position, is delivered to at least one of the council’s Neighborhoods and contributes to the Council’s goals and objectives. Not pictured: Susan Vargas

Thanks Badge Thanks Badge acknowledges those whose service 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.

Tomás Guerra

Susan Chew Murphy

Michelle Johns

Elena Kaufman

Kathy Kenney

Katherine Nelson

Pamela Orman

Holly Snopko

Mary Peralta

Kimberly Ulreich-Smith

Maxia Webb

Margaret Serrano-Foster

alice lord marshall award

Tamara Woodbury

Unique to GSACPC, this award recognizes one whose life and volunteer work reflect Alice Marshall’s community service values. They display attitudes and ideals that embody the spirit of the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

2012-2013 Member numerals Service year recognition given to adults, acknowledging the number of years each has spent as a member of Girl Scouts. This includes membership as a girl and an adult. 40 years Mary Arena Meredyth Corbett Natalie Hall Peggy Iacobelli Diane Jackson Ellen McGuire Martha Pendleton

45 years Nancy Buell Ruth Catalano Dorothy Cohen Karen Conde Carol Conine Priscilla Gale Nancy Grotts Trudy Haroldson

Lee Kline Jean Knierim Fay Lara Deborah Linzer Irene Lytle Dolores McAnnany Patricia Melcher Rita Mote Norma Ray

Susan Rees Polly Thomas Evelyn Tweit Becky Weinberg Holly J. Wutz 50 years Alice Ehmann Sondi Harmelink

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Nancy Haug Avery Helm Marilyn (Lynn) Vogel 55 years Cuyler Boughner Sherry Hutt Audrey Ingelse Pat Jenkins

60 years Jeanne Clark Roxie Eathel Pallas Harriet Redwine 70 years Patricia Boykin Winnie Jackson

Trefoil Guild Cookie Sale Wrap Up

Through your hard work, the 2013 Cookie Program was a huge success! You sold nearly 3 million boxes of Girl Scout Cookies! (That’s about 69 MILLION individual cookies!) Our Gift of Caring Partners at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Arizona National Guard and USO Arizona received donations to serve their communities. Give yourselves a pat on the back! A BIG thank you goes out to our friends at Albertsons, AJ’s, Bashas’, Fry’s, Safeway and Wal-Mart for making boothing possible! Check out some of our favorite photos from this year’s cookie activities!

A group of interested adult Girl Scouts will be meeting September 8 to discuss the formation of a Trefoil Guild in Phoenix.

What is a Trefoil Guild? All adult members are welcome to join together to stay involved in the Girl Scout movement. There are Trefoil Guilds all over the world.

What does the Trefoil Guild do? Trefoil Guild members provide service and support to the local Girl Scout council, but we also go to concerts, see shows and do other fun activities with our peers. We even enjoy international travel opportunities! There’s no limit to what we grown-up Girl Scouts can do, and you can do as much or as little as you like.

What does it cost to join the Trefoil Guild? GSUSA annual membership of $12 (if not a life member) plus the cost of activities you wish to participate in. For more information contact Nancy Buell at or 480.829.0537.

National Convention Want to travel? Want to represent your Girl Scout Council? Apply now to be a National Council Voting Member! As a National Council Voting Member, you will:

»» Represent GSACPC at National Convention on October 16-19, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah

»» Help elect the National Board of Directors

»» Make decisions about the future of the Girl Scout movement during a 3 year term (April, 2014 to April 2017)

Apply today!

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For more information and to complete the National Delegate application visit

Grace Ricca-Runge A HUGE thank you goes to Grace Ricca-Runge, better known by her nick-name, "Gracie," for her long time commitment to GSACPC. Grace’s dedication to Girls Scouting in Kingman is second to none: she has been a troop leader for 20 years, and in 1998, she assumed the duties as caretaker of the local Girl Scout Camp, Camp Stevens. Grace has organized local events and service projects for Girl Scouts. In order to upgrade the camp, she organized volunteers from the Ford Proving Ground, Kingman Police Department, Elks and Waste Management to donate their time and materials. When the camp was severely vandalized in 2007, she organized the team once again, along with volunteers from Home Depot to rebuild the camp. As camp caretaker, she successfully completed two lease negotiations, securing the camp’s future until 2036 so that local Girl Scouts can continue to enjoy short-term encampments here. Grace was honored at the inaugural GSACPC Pearl Awards on December 8, 2012 for her contribution to GSACPC, but we weren’t the only organization to recognize her contributions: Grace also received an award at the 28th Annual Women Making History Awards in March 2012. Thank you for all you do! You certainly have made history for Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council!

Teri Twarkins Teri Twarkins personifies Girl Scouting. The enthusiasm she holds for life is evident in her face, her words, and the friendship she extends readily and generously. Ask her what Girl Scouting means to her and you’ll hear a touching story of an adolescent who found a place to belong in her troop. At a time when many of her friends were growing up faster than Teri found comfortable, “Girl Scouting,” Teri says, “was my place—the place where it was safe to be me.” Growing up in Pensacola, Florida, Teri was a Girl Scout through high school. Camping and the outdoors was an important part of Girl Scouting and her life.

Investments at UBS, where she helps clients with investments and wealth management. She is an active Girl Scout mom to stepdaughter, Jade. She is also a dedicated member of GSACPC’s Board of Directors, now serving as Second Vice President.

“I joined the board at this council, thinking that it would be a great way to give back for all I gained from Girl Scouting. As it turns out,” Teri says, “I’ve gained so much more than I’ve given.”

“I am thrilled to continue my involvement in Girl Scouting on the board at Cactus-Pine,” Teri says. She has served on a number of committees and task groups including finance, investments, and fund development. She has also co-hosted a women’s retreat. To each effort, Teri brings her gifts of energy, wisdom, courage to ask questions and take risks, as well as a cando attitude that gets things done. Teri is crystal clear regarding what she finds most exciting about the council’s future: Camp Sombrero and the Leadership Center for Girls and Women. She is committed to making the vision a reality for girls in Arizona. To that point, Teri was one of the first members of the board to make a gift to the campaign. She was inspired and proud to pledge a major gift of $50,000 over three years.

Today, Teri is an accomplished athlete for whom fitness is a way of life. Professionally, Teri is Vice President of listening post

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seated in chairs: Katelynne Peabody, Joi Fletcher, Shelbie Parmiter, Marissa Cunningham, Sydnee Burton perched on chair arms: Morgan Serventi, Claire Dolbowsky Hopkins, Daisy Barsetti-Nerland, Kailin Knox, Madalyn Eder, Kimberly Linn standing back row: Elizabeth Duncan, Maria J. Bartlett, Katherine Messer, Megan Zimmerman, Marisa Demangone, Diana Greymountain, Alia Lemm, Julia McCoy not pictured: Michele Ayers, Catherine Ayotte, Isabel Guerra, Christine

Iwinski, Lydia Page, Alyssa Sedgwick

Girl Scout

We are proud to announce that 25 GSACPC Girl Scouts have received their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn.


These girls were honored at the 2013 Girl Scout Gold and Silver Award Celebration on Saturday, March 23 at the Glendale Civic Center. Fellow Girl Scouts, volunteers, family and friends were there to celebrate with the girls for their achievements.


This prestigious award requires a girl to stretch her skills and step forward as a leader to meet a local or global need, and to create sustainable change. In the process, she develops and enhances her own leadership, determination, creativity and confidence. For many of these girls, this award is the culmination of more than 10 years in the Girl Scouts, and countless hours of dedication to their community—and communities around the globe.

Michele Ayers (Phoenix) Dream Chaser Gift Shop Remodel:

Marissa Cunningham (Glendale) Riparian Area Restoration: Marissa restored a riparian area in the Rio Salado Habitat area—she cleared out invasive plant species, planted trees, and made booklets for two Boy Scout merit badges.

Catherine Ayotte (Scottsdale) Kid to Kid: Food Allergy

Education: Catherine designed several presentations for children and educators in grades 1-8 to teach them about food allergies and how to make schools safer.

Marisa Demangone (Page) AED IS THE WAY!!: Marisa secured and placed an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) at the Page Sports Complex and created a procedural manual AEDs at local places, and taught AED/CPR classes.

Daisy Barsetti-Nerland (Scottsdale) Pads for Paws: Daisy

Elizabeth Duncan (Page) Music Is All Around: With help

Maria J. Bartlett (Mesa) Guadalupe Community Garden:

Madalyn Eder (Mesa) Operation: Safe Baby: Madalyn created and distributed video and radio public service announcements (PSAs) and an informational flier (all in English and Spanish) about the Safe Haven Law.

After learning that Dream Chaser Horse Rescue needed a shop to help generate much-needed funds, she designed and remodeled rooms to be utilized as a gift shop.

sewed blankets and built houses for cats rescued by the Wild Horse Ranch Rescue and created a public awareness program on responsible pet ownership.

from fellow Girl Scouts, family, Page Middle School students and other community members, Elizabeth painted a mural in the Page Middle School band room.

Maria created a community garden in the town of Guadalupe, the home of her Yaqui Community.

Sydnee Burton (Page) Sprouting Clover Club: Sydnee began a club for children between 5 and 8 years old to combat racism: the kids worked with animals, did crafts and other activities so they could work as a team.

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Joi Fletcher (Mesa) Surviving Bullying: Joi created a

program, power point and DVD to educate middle school students on how to identify different types of bullying and how to prevent bullying.

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Diana Greymountain (Page) Hanging Garden Trail Refurbishment: Diana rerouted a local trail for simplified navigation while not disturbing the landscape. She also wrote a guide, lined the trail and designed a trailhead sign.

Katherine Messer (Scottsdale) Wrapped in Love: Katherine recruited 206 volunteers and involved them in the creation of 170+ blankets for Project Linus, who will deliver the blankets to children with cancer, leukemia, and other ailments.

Isabel Guerra (Phoenix) Methane Digester: Isabel constructed an anaerobic methane digester in her backyard, which is used to treat biodegradable waste and reduce the emission of harmful gases.

Lydia Page (Gilbert) Dimensions: Lydia developed a curriculum for girls that addressed media, bullying, friendships, healthy living and perceptions of oneself and others.

Claire Hopkins (Scottsdale) Roll Into Reading: Claire

Christine Iwinski (Scottsdale) Kid to Kid Giving: Christine

Shelbie Parmiter (Mesa) The Art of Balance Day Camp: Shelbie created this camp to teach kids in grades 6-8 the value in finding something they love to do in order to balance the stress that comes as life progresses.

Kailin Knox (Apache Junction) LEGO Bricks for the Library:

Katelynne Peabody (Tempe) Project: REMODEL: Katelynne renovated several rooms at the Tempe Church of Christ, including the children’s room, and converted another room into a storage area for supplies for the homeless.

created and ran a program for over 40 students identified as deficient in critical reading skills.

offered 69 kids the opportunity to write letters to troops overseas, make blankets for the homeless and donate presents to children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Kailin created a hands-on program to develop cognitive and linear thinking skills in children ages 9-12.

Allie Sedwick (Chandler) Realizing Our Budding Potential Today: In order to address the low level of interest in math and science among kids, Allie held robotics events for children to show them just how fun science and math can be.

Alia Lemm (Scottsdale) Empowering Kids: Alia created a self-defense and anti-bullying program for children. The children were trained in Tae Kwon Do and learned antibullying and stranger-danger tactics.

Morgan Serventi (Page) The Power of Poo: Morgan traveled

Kimberly Linn (Phoenix) Thunderbird Band Room: Let’s Get

to a remote area in Kenya, Africa and created a Methane Bio Digester, which converts methane into an alternative fuel that can power a stove for a local village.

Julia McCoy (Gilbert) Literacy for a Lifetime: Julia organized

Megan Zimmerman (Phoenix) Prospector’s Place: Megan developed a clothing closet at her former elementary school, which provides local families with clothing, school supplies, shoes, and other materials.

Organized!: Kimberly organized Thunderbird High School’s music library and uniform inventory and updated the equipment and supplies used by the band.

a book drive for special education students and created a book club to teach teenagers with special needs how to read.

Mrs. Joanne Safarian, sister Mrs. Mary Thomas, two of only seven girls who received the Golden Eaglet Award (1936-1937) in Arizona.

Before the ceremony, girls described their projects to interested attendees.

Dr. Bodour Salhia, Assistant Professor in Integrated Cancer Genomics Division, TGEN spoke to the girls about what she learned as a Girl Guide in Canada and how it continues to help her in her work today.

Gold Award Scholarship Recipients

Girls that are seniors in high school and working toward or have completed their Gold Award are eligible to apply for a college scholarship from the Council, supported solely by donations. The selection process involves five volunteer reviewers that rate each project and application with a scorecard checklist developed by the council. Michele Ayers Maria J. Barlett Daisy Barsetti-Nerland Kelsey Churchman Mikayla Dulaney

Joi Fletcher Christine Iwinski Kimberly Linn Megan Lippincott Julia McCoy listening post

Katherine Messer Lydia Page Shelbie Parmiter Katelynne Peabody Alyssa Sedgwick

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Julie Teplik Megan Zimmerman

Girl Scout


The Silver Award is designed for girls grades six through nine. It requires earning Interest Project recognitions, completing leadership hours, learning about career options, and developing a service project that applies the skills, knowledge and abilities learned through Girl Scouting. Many girls work together as a troop, with each girl responsible for her own specific part of the project. On average, each girl spends approximately 100 hours fulfilling requirements for her Silver Award.

Silver Award recipients’ reports received January 1 – April 30, 2013 Troop 212

Kelly Cooper

Amelia Lober Troop 263

Moira Files

Troop 317

Troop 2297

Adrianna Polyak Justice Williams

Alyssa Luna Brianna Savage Maria Savarese Brooke Sims

Hannah Estes

Troop 1648

Maya Khoury

Girl Scout


Troop 2559

Kennedy Luman

Gabrielle Mills

Troop 2640

Emily Gidley Madison Gidley Lauren Hermann Taryn Landis

Do you know a girl who has completed the Silver Award in 2013? To have her name included in this list, she needs to submit the Silver Award Take Action Project form, formerly known as the Council Notification of Silver Award Completion, available at

Girl Scout Juniors in grades four or five earn this award after completing a Journey and Take Action Project with a team. As the Bronze awardees plan and complete this project, they develop more confidence, meet new people, and have fun working with other Girl Scouts to make a difference in their community.

Bronze Award recipients’ reports received January 1 – April 30, 2013 Troop 24

Erika Brittain

Nikki DeWit Mackenzie Goldman Mikayla Goldman Calen Janesky Cora Mesa Gabi Mesa Rosie Paillot Holly Parker Amanda Wilson Troop 39

Kaylee Alicea

Cienna Collicott Jennica Menzel-Corr Clara Wolfe Troop 49

Cara Barth

Ashleigh Heitel Geneva Howes Mackenzie Mayer Hannah McDole Brigit Miller Caroline Moriarty Waverly Pressel MeKenzie Rogers Kara Schultz Annabelle Shanks Ryann Thomas Troop 228

Madalyne Bell

Alyssa Fink Faith Finnie

Kristin Gilbert Lauren Grattopp Mikelle Henkel Baylee Kempiak Emma Killeen Savannah Reimann Abby Slease Sabrina Talley Mackenzie York Troop 612

Kaelyn Chana

Kialah Jefferson Mackenzie Jefferson Haidyn Moroz Troop 695

Caitlin Hack

Alexis McNally Makayla Zubal

Troop 728

Kori Berra Annie Engle Hailey Engle Kaitlynn Heinz Kailey MacDonald Victoria Ratajski Bella Sanders Julia Williams Kelsey Williams

Troop 902

Ashlyn Sara Camba

Jaren Lacke Madison Miller

Jayden Sparrazza Ariana Wolfe Troop 1178

Shannon Blaire

Chloe Chodorow Tiana Meyers Skye Richmond Sonnet Richmond Lauren Wright Rebecca Zulch

Troop 1269

Isabella Mitchell

Kaitlyn Northup Autum E Shannon

Troop 1329

Rachel Avery

Lauren Donnelly Kylee Engleke Krista Rowan Kate Seddon Breanna Widner Troop 1419

Reegan Files

Abbi Harb Lauren Holmes Angela Martin Olivia Miller Mia Vega Troop 1565

Angel Madrid

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Troop 1572

Marisa Womboldt

Odessa Brooks Alexis Gann Ashley Holt Abby Keeler Shannon Palios Katherine Runyon Rhianna Tabor Alexia Yenkevich Victoria Young

Troop 1661

Athena Beaty

Troop 1610

Megan Wahlman Troop 1635

Elliana Bertrand

GracieAnn Capko Sydney Connely Bria Duffy Madasyn Feller Brooke Malinak Savannah Malinak Sophia Pedersen Aubree Porto Layla Taylor

Troop 1648

Cassidy Bright

Briana DeRaza Isabella Descalzo Madison Fernichio Mackenzie Gough Holly Hoogstra Alexus Shorter Samantha Streicher

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Maggie Atkins

Naomi Greene Haley Muench Megan Nelson Elise Stoops

Troop 1834

Melia Bates

Kimberly Huston Mia Marotti Troop 1961

Irma Aguilar Shyanne Anderson-Corn Courtney Baxter Lilly Craigmyle Kendall Crockett Maya Dibble Zoe Garrett Natalie Harrison Julianna Penrod Hannah Purcella Jolene Saenz Troop 2178

Chloe Brown

Eliza Eske Madison Hamon Madison Lutes Haley Thomas

Troop 2640

Madison Landis

Girl Scout



Religious recognitions are created by national religious organizations/committees to encourage the spiritual growth of their youth members and reinforce many of the values integral to Girl Scouting.

Religious Recognition recipients’ reports received January 1 – May 15, 2013 Mary, the First Disciple

Chelsea Divins

Angela Foley Cypress Jones Noelle Sakauye I Live My Faith

Sara Curry

Marisol Mattox St. George

Katherine Rumyon

God and Me

Annika Buelt

Allie Eberhardt Megan Mavoides

Hayley Dillabough Autumn Glusak Felicia Harris Audrey Mack Pamela Meinershagen Eve Rennie Isabel Rennie Zoe Rennie Alysson Brown Sarah Shepard Madison Nastri Marylou Phillips Abygail Williams Macie Chrisman Jillian Barclay Addie Compton

Libby Mook Carley Palmer Ashley Scharff Brandi Vallera God and Family

Sadie DeShon

Megan Dye Makailin Duffy Siani Booth Caitlin Dugan Lauren Harris Sabrina Harris Megan Schaaf McKenna Smith Alyson Fair

Cassie Crocker Emma White Morgan Mavoides Alexa Baylor Amiah Burrell Sammy Fredriksen Amber Galizia Felicia Harris Sarah Majercin Eve Rennie Isabel Rennie Lauren Young Christy Kempson Roxanne Unsworth Madylin Williams Sarah Erickson

Alexis Mounkes Calista Krause Amber Krause Katelyn Johns God and Church

Emily Mikkelson Rebekah Wagon God and Life

Katherine Messer Pray Four Star

Katherine Messer

God and Service Adult

Lisa Strazz

Did you know... You don’t have to be in a Troop to be a Girl Scout? There’s no one way to be a Girl Scout. Every girl has options, and she can change course at any time. IGM or Independent Girl Member is how you sign up to ‘do your own thing’ in Girl Scouts. Through Girl Scout Pathways a girl can choose the activities that suit her needs right now. Or mix and match her primary interests and make her own path. It will lead you on a journey of amazing adventures.

There are five pathways to choose from: »» Camp Pathway – Explore the outdoors, new habitats and build unique skills at day or resident camps during the summer, and complement that with weekend camping trips any time throughout the year.

»» Event Pathway – Pick and choose from a menu of events that they would like to attend throughout the year.

»» Series Pathway – Participate in a series of programs with the same group relating to a specific theme or purpose

»» Travel Pathway – Plan, earn money, prepare, and participate in regional, national, and international trips.

»» Troop Pathway – Participate in a series of programs with the same group of girls over the course of an academic year.

A sixth pathway is still being developed. The Virtual Pathway will let girls explore interactive, high-quality program activities in a safe, secure, online environment supplemented by live events. Visit the council events calendar at today! If you have any questions, contact or 602.478.5745.

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As soon as you join Girl Scouts, you can experience an endless number of fun activities and skill building programs! There are many ways to participate besides being in a traditional troop. Here are a few affordable programs and camps you can join right away – financial and membership assistance is available!

For a complete list and to register, visit






July 1-3



July 9-12



Day Camp “BFF” Be A Friend First K-8


Participate in fun daily activities that build confidence and self-esteem to help girls create healthy relationships through songs, games and hands-on activities. Includes Boy’s and Girl’s Club and Girl Scout membership.

Daisy Only Event

Begin a new journey by joining us for an introduction to Girl Scouting with songs, games and hands-on activities. Moms are welcome to join in too!

K-5 Day Camp “BFF” Be A Friend First

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July 8-10



K-8 Day Camp “BFF” Be A Friend First

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July 22-26



July 8-12 or July 22-27 July 8-12 or July 22-27

South Phoenix South Phoenix

July 8-12



July 8-12



July 15-19



July 15-19



Home Scientist K-3 Learn how to create static electricity and create toys. Explore the fun world of science! Phoenix 4-8 CSI Like mysteries? Learn to communicate in code, how to fingerprint and more. 2-3 4-5 K-1

Wonders of Water

Journey with us as we discover the Wonders of Water. Conduct experiments, swim, and enjoy the many forms that water can take. Water is wonderful - especially during summer fun!

Day Trippers

Flagstaff has some exciting and fun places in and around it to explore. Come take a trip a day with us for the week to find the wonders of where you live.

Daisy Days

Daisies will be joining our camp program for half-days at Sahuaro Ranch Park, doing what Daisies do best: exploring, growing and having fun!

Super Scientists

$5 $5


Become a scientific superstar by spending your week at Sahuaro Ranch Park conducting fun experiments and learning about the world around us. Explore the sciences the Girl Scout way!


Animals, Flowers, and Gardens, oh my! Investigate all three with us at Sahuaro Ranch Park. This working ranch provides fun opportunities to get in tune with our natural world. We will also be digging a little deeper by taking a field trip to the Desert Botanical Gardens and Phoenix Zoo.

July 15-19



Program Aide


Share your knowledge and talents, while gaining valuable experience working with younger Girl Scouts under adult supervision. The Program Aide opportunity is open to girls who’ve completed at least 7th grade, their Leader in Action Award and Program Aide Training.

July 8-12 July 15-19 July 22-26

Various Locations





119 E Coronado Road Phoenix, AZ 85004

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shop hours & closed dates

@ the council shop? Council Shop team, Heather Barker and Sarah Heeter represented GSACPC at the Retail Manager’s Conference in NYC. For the first time, the GSACPC Council Shop was one of only six councils honored for grossing one million dollars or more in total sales for 2012. Congrats and a big thank you goes to all our volunteers – this award belongs to the entire Council. Remember that when making a purchase at the Council Shop, the proceeds go directly back to our girls’ program.

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

The Council Shop will be closed on the following dates:

Saturday 8:30am - 3:00pm

July 4, 2013 August 31, 2013 September 16, 2013

Sunday, Monday & Holidays CLOSED

Indian School Rd 3806 N 3rd Street


Age Level Polos (available mid-July) $ 12.00

2013 Starter Kit $ 40.50 - $61.50

602.274.4445 7th Street

3rd Street

Central Ave

Clarendon Ave

Thomas Rd


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


602.452.7137 800.352.6133


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Summer 2013 issue of GSACPC Listening Post.