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June & July 2014

Volunteer Spotlight New Volunteer Spotlight....1 Veteran Volunteer Spotlight.......................................................1

This will be the only issue over the summer until August, which will be packed with Back to Troop info. We’d love to hear about what you’re doing with your girls over the summer! Send us an email or post on Facebook! Feel free to contact Melinda Glasco for comments or ideas at mglasco@gssef.org. All of the issues will be archived in the Volunteer Vault on gssef.org for easy reference.

Programs at a Glance

Volunteer Spotlight Every month, we are showcasing a new and a veteran volunteer who exemplifies the Girl Scout mission and serves as a role model for other leaders.

Feeding Florida Together Food Drive.......................................... 2

New Volunteer Spotlight

Troop Travel....................................... 2

athy Post has been a leader in the Aquila Service Unit for two years. Kathy brings such a positive attitude and loves working with both girls and volunteers. This year, she was the Co-chair for the Gems of STEM luncheon honoring four St. Lucie County women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. She is enthusiastically helping to spread the word about Girl Scouting on the Treasure Coast. Kathy is a great volunteer and advocate for the girls.

Adult & Leader Highlights End of Year (EOY) Reporting Requirements..................................... 3 Adult Learning Electives.. 3 Green Grapevine CPR & First Aid.............................. 4

Early Bird & Membership Final Days of Early Bird.. 5 Things to Remember for Early Bird............................................... 5 2014-15 Girl and Adult Membership Fees..................... 5

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erribeth Manning has been volunteering for over 10 years. She consistently goes above and beyond for the girls and volunteers in our Council. She has planned an astonishing number of events for Sea Star Service Unit, Area 1 and the Council. She is also an amazing mentor for new volunteers, ensuring they feel supported and welcomed. Merribeth is truly a gift to the girls and volunteers of GSSEF.

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Have a volunte er you would like to recognize? Email: volunte er@gssef.org

ark your calendars for April 10-12, 2015 and join us at Camp Nocatee for a weekend of sharing, songs, sisterhood and more s’mores than you can shake a stick at! And it’s all for YOU, our adult volunteers. Additional information will be shared as the event nears!

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Veteran Volunteer Spotlight

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Volunteers Honored at Annual Recognition................ 4

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Adult & Leader Highlights

Summer Funshine ..................... 2

Programs at a Glance

Volunteer Weekend....................1

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Feeding Florida Together Food Drive

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hank you to all that participated in our annual council-wide Feeding Florida Together food drive! You have helped serve so many in need throughout our communities. Patches will be mailed in late June.

Summer Funshine

Going Camping this Summer?

oing camping with your troop this summer? Stop by one of our retail stores and check out the special camping section filled with fun Girl Scout camping essentials your girls will love. Also, if you would like to send your girls off with a Camp Care Bag for resident camp, they will receive a care package with a backpack filled with a Pillow Pal, brush and mirror, water bottle, lanyard, LED dragonfly helicopter, lip balm and a hair tie all for $34. To purchase, click here for order form or for more information, contact jpotter@gssef.org.

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Photos from Summer Camp will be updated regularly. Check out last year’s here.

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ridging to the next level of Girl Scouts is an exciting time in a Girl Scouts’ life. Earning the Bridging award and completing the activities emphasizes the continuity of Girl Scout grade levels and helps to welcome girls to the anticipated next level. GSSEF retail stores have all-in-one bridging kits available for troop leaders to purchase. Each kit includes the must-have items that are given to girls bridging to the next grade level. Just add the girls' name to the sheet provided and you're ready for your bridging ceremony!

Adult & Leader Highlights

All-In-One Bridging Kits Available

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irl Scouting doesn’t have to stop when school is out. Troops can continue Girl Scout activities throughout the summer, even if it’s just once a month. The Summer Funshine program provides an opportunity to do things your troop didn’t have the time or resources to do during the school year and is an excellent opportunity to introduce bridging Girl Scouts to the rest of the girls in the troop. In addition, the program encourages retention of our girl members. To earn the Summer Funshine patch or bar, troops must complete these requirements: 1. Participate in three activities (one per month) in June, July and August. Your activities must include: a) A community service project (i.e. food drive, recycling, etc). b) A family activity (i.e. year-end picnic) c) A troop choice activity (i.e. a fun day, attend a summer program as a troop, work on a badge or interest project) 2. It is not necessary for every girl to attend each activity, but each girl must participate in at least one activity to be eligible for the patch/bar. Patches and year bars can be purchased at one of our council retail stores. Please keep an eye out for notification of when the patches are available. A patch and year bar will be available for first time participants. Girls who have already earned the patch will only need the year bar. Applications are available here. All applications are due to your MDM-Program by September 30.


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End of Year (EOY) Reporting Requirements

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End of Year Troop Reports Workshops (online) Wednesday, May 28 at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, June 10 at 12 p.m.; Thursday, June 26 and Wednesday, July 9 at 7 p.m. Join us to familiarize yourself with the new End of Year reporting form and learn what you’ll need. An email with login information will be sent prior to class. Cost: Free (pre-registration is required) May 28 - Register here

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Adult Learning Electives Archery - Sunday, June 15 from 2 - 7 p.m.

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Visit the Adult Learning calendar for all class listing s. Questions about adult learning? Email volunteer@gssef.org

Submit Troop or Volunteer News here.

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You'll learn how to set up and operate a safe, short-term archery program, how to teach archery, how to maintain equipment and learn common shooting errors and corrections, which may help your own skills. Location: Ft. Lauderdale Archers, 4590 Peters Road, 15 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317 Cost: $50 per adult, includes snack, books and certification To register, click here.

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Adult & Leader Highlights

nline end-of-year troop reporting is here! All troops are required to submit an end-of-year finance and troop activity report by July 31. Previously, these reports were paper-based but now have been combined into one, convenient, online form. When you are ready to complete the report, here are a few things you'll need to have handy: •Your eCouncil log-in information; this will help you access your member number and those of other key people in your troop. If you need assistance with your log-in, please email Maritsa Benoit, Volunteer Intake and Recruitment Coordinator, at mbenoit@gssef.org. •A saved bank statement; this can either be downloaded and saved from your bank's website or scanned and saved to your computer. You will be asked to upload your troop's June bank statement to complete the report. •A photo of your troop doing something fun; we want to see you in action! •A calculator; no worries, the math is simple! •About 30 minutes to dedicate to completing the report. The online system does require the report be completed in one sitting and does not allow you to save work. If you have everything you need, and you're ready to begin, you can access the form here. If there's anything missing, the system will highlight these fields and prompt you to enter the information before allowing you to submit the form. The form is user-friendly, and you can't break it! When you click submit, your report will be sent via a secure server to Council. The bank account and routing number data is encrypted for your protection. You will receive a confirmation email indicating successful completion of the form along with a copy of the information you submitted.


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Green Grapevine - CPR & First Aid Dear Green Grapevine, Which CPR and First Aid classes satisfy the certification requirement? Can I take an online class? I found one that's really inexpensive. I’d like to take the class over the summer, so I’m ready this fall. Yours Truly, Brooke N. Bones

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Volunteers Honored at Annual Recognition Ceremony

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irl Scouts of Southeast Florida held their Annual Recognition Ceremony on April 25. The event was a chance to honor the hard work and dedication of our volunteers that help serve, lead and mentor almost 16,000 Girl Scouts throughout our council. Fifty-six award recipients were recognized at the event in five different categories including the Thanks Badge II, Thanks Badge, Honor Pin, Appreciation Pin and Family Award. One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Inaugural Lifetime Service Award. It was presented to Claudet Benton of Okeechobee and Gail Lunsford of Ft. Lauderdale – two women who have dedicated a lifetime to the Girl Scout mission and the girls we serve. Click here to see the names of everyone that was honored this year, plus it gives you a link to all of the event photos and the videos shown that night. Inspiration is only a click away!

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reat questions! The answer is on Page 54 of Volunteer Essentials Manual, excerpted below: You can take advantage of first-aid/CPR training offered by American Red Cross, National Safety Council, EMP America, American Heart Association or other sponsoring organizations approved by GSSEF. Try to take age-specific CPR training; take child CPR if you're working with younger girls and adult CPR when working with older girls and adults. Caution: First-aid/CPR training that is available entirely online does not satisfy GSUSA’s requirements. If you're taking a course not offered by one of the organizations listed above or a course with online components (blended class), get approval from your support team or Council. Although you can take a class from another certifying organization, GSUSA and the American Red Cross have partnered on a national agreement to provide councils with reduced rates. In addition to CPR and First Aid, the American Red Cross provides discounts on training for Water Safety and Rescue, Lifeguarding, Wilderness and Remote First Aid, Babysitting and more. Have questions Visit redcross.org for a class schedule near you. Enter our Training er or not a class regarding wheth ? nt Coupon code: GSUSASOUTHEASTFLORIDACOUNCIL0714 for a 20 percent e g requirem me ets the trainin discount. Also receive a 10 percent discount on purchases at DM for Contact your M redcrossstore.org with our Red Cross Store Coupon: GSUSA2014. email Volunte erism or Please note: Red Cross blended CPR/First Aid DOES meet the rg .o volunte er@gssef training requirement outlined in the Volunteer Essentials Manual.


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Final Days of Early Bird!

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Don’t miss out on the ROARING incentives offered as part of this year’s Early Bird re-registration period. Over 3,800 girls have already re-registered for the 2014-15 membership year and are ready to continue their Girl Scout journey! Early Bird ends on May 31. As a reminder, Troop Leaders were sent an email invitation with a link to their troop roster. The link will open the e-Council membership database where troop rosters can be viewed, address and contact information updated and girls and adults can re-register in one transaction. Don’t miss the Early Bird incentives! Early Bird troops can receive the following awesome incentives when they participate*: •Every girl who participates in Early Bird will receive a chance to win three floor seats to the July 2 Katy Perry concert, along with limousine transportation to and from the show! These seats will allow one girl to bring a friend and a chaperone. Winner will be notified by June 2. •Troops who participate in Early Bird will receive additional proceeds on EVERY BOX SOLD during the 2015 Girl Scout cookie sale. Register in the month of May and receive 1 additional cent per box.* •Every Early Bird girl participant will receive the 2014-15 Early Bird Patch. *Must meet Early Bird Re-registration requirements.

Things to Remember for Early Bird

2014-15 GSSEF Girl and Adult Membership Fees

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•The GSSEF girl membership fee for 2014-15, beginning with the launch of Early Bird, is $30. This includes the $15 membership fee that goes to GSUSA and the $15 council service fee stays with the Council. •The GSSEF adult membership fee for 2014-15 is $15. This $15 membership fee goes to GSUSA. •All 2014-15 membership fees will take effect during Early Bird registration beginning April 15. •No girl will be denied access to Girl Scouts because of an inability to pay the cost ird B y rl ut Ea of membership. GSSEF will continue to make financial assistance available to Questions abo ? ns io st ue q families that qualify, beginning October 1 for the 2014-15 membership year. or additional ct a nt Co l at nd Rho a Netze rg rnetzel@gssef.o

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•All individually registered girls and troops must submit their online re-registration with payment by 11:59 p.m. on May 31 to be considered an Early Bird. •Troops must re-register 80 percent of their currently registered girls to be eligible for the 1 cent 2015 Girl Scout cookie sale incentive. •All Troop Leaders have received an email with a link to the Can’t remembe r your GSSEF membership database, e-Council, to view their roster and e-Council login? That’s ok! complete the re-registration transaction. •The council service fee will be included for each girl re-registration Just email: (click here for more information about the council service fee). volunte er@gssef .org •Click here for the Early Bird Re-registration step-by-step instruction guide to access e-Council.


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Katy Perry concert GSSEF offices closed Independence Day for Independence for Early Bird Day winner EOY Workshop

EOY Troop reports due Retail Stores will be closed for inventory

Save These Dates! Girl Scouts Roar: Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Lion Country Safari Camp-Tastic!: Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Camp Welaka Cookie U: Saturday, January 10, 2015 Mall Madness: Saturday, February 28 – Sunday, March 1, 2015

Our Thanks and Thanks II Badge Recipients Thanks Badge Recipients: Debra Byrne-Mathews Paula Fontaine Carol Johnson

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Thanks II Badge Recipients with Lorna Brown-Burton, Board Chair, and Denise Valz, CEO. Chris MacMullen Peggy Leonard


Linking Leaders Enewsletter June and July 2014