Council Connection
Rachel in homecoming parade

December 2011

Let's keep changing lives for good

Because of Girl Scouting, girls like Rachel are breaking the cycles of discrimination and bullying.

Having “courage, confidence and character” has helped 14-year-old Girl Scout Rachel to stand up for herself and others living with Asperger’s syndrome (a mild form of autism). Case in point: She recently turned a cruel prank into a triumph over bullying, when high school bullies jokingly nominated her for freshman homecoming princess. Rachel’s true friends responded by rallying to vote for her. Ultimately, she won the crown. Rachel shared her moving story at a recent meeting of our council’s board of directors. Local news media picked it up as well.

Rachel is taking on the world in a positive way, thanks to Girl Scouts. Read more about how you can help us continue to change girls’ lives.

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Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer

GSUSA Convention  

National convention launches new century
“It was great to be part of all the energy and excitement!” reported Board Chair Katie Sullivan, who led our local delegation at the Girl Scouts of the USA convention in Houston. Katie, adult delegates and official visitors, Girl Scout Senior Cassidy Walker and Ambassador Sasha Patel joined 11,000 other Girl Scouts in celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting and planning for our movement’s future. Guest speakers included journalist Katie Couric and Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts. In addition, First Lady Michelle Obama and poet Maya Angelou greeted attendees by video, saluting Girl Scouts for leading the way for America, and officially launching 2012 as the "Year of the Girl."

Office furniture thanks  

21st Century Insurance and Farmers Insurance donate office furniture
Some of our council offices have a fresh look – and better-functioning work and meeting areas – thanks to a generous donation of furniture from 21st Century Insurance and Farmers Insurance. The contributions range from conference tables and filing cabinets to desks and bookshelves. Among employees delighted to benefit from the high-quality furnishings is executive assistant extraordinaire Martina Niceler, who has served our council for 25 years. 


Girl Scout Miriam "M-Powering" peers
When her cousin was murdered in a domestic violence crime, 11-year-old Girl Scout Miriam took action through Girl Scouts’ new aMaze series, called The Twists and Turns of Getting Along. As participants, Miriam and her peers meet to discuss and learn about how to maintain healthy relationships and prevent violence. Miriam also collaborated with Girl Scouts and StyleSubstanceSoul to promote safe lifestyles through a project called M-Power-U.  

Girl Scout volunteers  

Mentors needed to help Latinas soar!
We’re seeking volunteers to help girls of diverse backgrounds learn how to thrive in the “real world.” Innovative new programs include AT&T’s “Imagine Your STEM Future” (promoting careers in science, technology, engineering and math) and the aMaze series, sponsored by the MetLife Foundation. While these initiatives serve all girls in grades 6-12, we especially need mentors for Latina students. No prior experience needed; “learn by doing” along with the girls! To volunteer, contact Dayana Silva at (619) 610-0771.

Wacky Science  

Wacky Science Day, hosted by AT&T
Girls harnessed solar energy to move K’Nex® pieces, learned about matter by getting messy with “magic muck,” dug for “fossils” and experimented at a “gizmos and gears” station during Wacky Science Day, a STEM-themed outreach hosted by AT&T. Covered by the San Diego Union-Tribune and KUSI TV, the event connected high schoolers to the field of science; the teens, in turn, introduced Girl Scouting to younger girls from underserved populations.

donated items needed  

Wanted: (tax deductible) kayaks, iPads, paint brushes
Buddy, could you spare a volleyball net? Or how about a laptop, tent, kiln, A/C unit, Hula Hoop or photo printer? The list of wished-for items goes on! Please consider donating gently-used goods to help us keep Girl Scouting affordable. We’ll provide an itemized receipt for tax purposes. For more information, contact Lynn Mariano at (619) 610-0705.

Give Big San Diego  

Matching funds event Dec. 14-15
Here’s a holiday treat we hope you can’t resist! The San Diego Foundation will help you turbo boost your giving power through giveBIG San Diego, from 7 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 until Thursday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. The foundation has generously promised to match funds donated during that 36-hour window to Girl Scouts San Diego and other local nonprofits. Thank you for “giving BIG!”

assembly members needed  

Share your ideas at our annual assemblies
Calling all Girl Scout members ages 14 and up: You’re invited to attend the 2012 assembly meeting in your area in January. At this annual gathering, Girl Scout delegates and members can brainstorm and dialogue with council leaders about programs and policies. For more information, contact Heather Mournian at (619) 481-3521.

Cookie Kickoff and destinations program  

Plan ahead with new Compass
Girl Scouts, parents and leaders can get the scoop on upcoming events in Compass: Your Guide to Events, Activities and Camps, now available on our website (as a page-turning “flip book” and a printable PDF format). It covers the entire membership year, including:

SeaWorld® Cookie Kick-off. Let the fireworks begin! Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to the biggest event of our 100th Anniversary year: Cookie Kick-off at SeaWorld® on Friday, Jan. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

2012 destinations: Where will you go next summer?  We are currently accepting applications for Girl Scouts’ destinationstravel program. Financial aid available!

For more information, contact Amanda Host Freese at (619) 610-0781. 
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Founded in 1912, Girl Scouting provides the world’s best leadership experience for girls. Through Girl Scouts, girls discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place. Girl Scouts San Diego ( provides activities for 43,000 local girls and adult members, trains volunteers, and maintains three camps and four program and service facilities.