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Cookie Kickoff

February 2012

Pass the cookies: It's time to fund girls' futures!

Is it me, or do San Diego’s Girl Scouts seem more excited than ever about the Girl Scout Cookie Program? You could feel it in the air during our Cookie Kickoff (see pictures) at SeaWorld and every day in the faces of our entrepreneurs-in-the-making. It’s a contagious energy buoyed by our centennial “Year of the Girl” and our newest cookie, Savannah Smiles.

These girls just know they’re in for the best cookie season ever, as they raise funds for local Girl Scout activities while honing invaluable business skills and supporting the military through Operation Thin Mint®. Please visit our website for more information, including how to find a cookie booth near you or download a cookie locator app.

Thank you for your support!

Jo Dee C jacob

Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer

Year of the Girl  

Opening doors to leadership
Welcome to the Year of the Girl! That’s our national 100th Anniversary theme, which focuses on girls and the issues they face, and applauds their leadership potential. "This will be a big year for America’s favorite cookie purveyor,” predicted the Chronicle of Philanthropy in naming Girl Scouts of the USA one of its 10 Nonprofits to Watch in 2012. “Girl Scouts…will celebrate its centennial, start a major fundraising effort and unveil a Year of the Girl campaign to mobilize organizations nationwide to promote leadership opportunities for girls,” states the article.

Street Banners Park Blvd  

Takin' it to the streets: Banners proclaim Year of the Girl
As a shout-out to our 42,000 girl and adult members, we created a 100th Anniversary street banner display in Balboa Park. Adorning 38 lamp posts along Park Boulevard (between our Upas Street campus and Presidents Way), the banners depict Girl Scouts of courage, confidence and character. Images include girls engaged in music, science, sports, camping and planet-saving activities. We invite everyone to come see the banners, which will remain in place through March before moving on to other locations throughout the county.

Sunset Celebration  

100th Anniversary Sunset Celebration
As the sun sets on Monday, March 12, Girl Scouts will gather at venues countywide from 6-7 p.m. to celebrate our 100th birthday. Organized by volunteers, the once-in-a-lifetime Sunset Celebration features songs, swaps and opportunities to reconnect with friends, all to commemorate the day Juliette Low launched Girl Scouting a century ago. The cost of $3 per person includes a commemorative patch. See website for locations and to sign up.

Rose Parade  

Let's have a parade (or two, or three...)
Tournament of Roses Girl Scout float
San Diego girls took a “virtual ride” in the 2012 Rose Parade by supporting Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles’ award-winning 100th Anniversary-themed float. Local Girl Scouts Ashleigh, Kara, Bailey, Jackie and Shayla of Troop 1259 helped build it (see pictures), while others dedicated flowers for loved ones.

MLK event first of year-round community parades
Dozens of Girl Scouts marched in the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade downtown, honoring the civil rights leader with a Girl Scouts centennial salute. Future parades in which we will proudly display our 100th Anniversary banner include: the Lincoln High School Heritage (Saturday, Feb. 25), San Diego St. Patrick’s Day (Saturday, March 17, Balboa Park), La Mesa Flag Day (Saturday, June 2), Oceanside Freedom Days (Saturday, June 30) and the Coronado Independence Day Parade (Wednesday, July 4) All Girl Scouts are welcome to participate! For details, e-mail Cindy Polger.

Kaleidoscope Awardees  

Council wins USD's Kaleidoscope award
Honoring Girl Scouts San Diego for its “…precision, imagination and principled and adept decision-making” abilities, the University of San Diego presented us with its coveted Kaleidoscope Award for Exceptional Governance. The award’s name reflects the variety of lenses through which nonprofit leaders view their world. San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox presented a proclamation marking the occasion at USD's Nonprofit Governance Symposium. Pictured, left to right: Deanna Mackey, Solveig Deuprey, Girl Scouts CEO Jo Dee Jacob, Hollyce Phillips and Rick Brooks.



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STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities
Generation STEM: free adult forum
Girl Scout members and supporters are invited to join STEM professionals, business/government leaders and the media for a free community forum and breakfast on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7:30 a.m. at our Balboa Campus (Florence Burnham Hall). The event coincides with the release of the Girl Scout Research Institute’s national study, Generation STEM: What girls say about STEM. Space is limited; to RSVP, e-mail attendees' names and organizations to Robin Lemon by Thursday, Feb. 9.

$200,000 STEM Video Game Challenge

Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors can show off their video game designing and playing skills by entering the second annual National STEM Video Game Challenge youth competition (by Monday, March 12). STEM-minded game makers can earn up to $200,000 and work toward the Entertainment Technology Badge. For more information, contact Robin Lemon at (619) 610-0747.

Miss Representation film  

Film screening: Miss Representation of women in the media
In partnership with the Junior League of San Diego and Outside the Lens, our council is hosting a film screening of Miss Representation and a panel discussion on Friday, Feb. 10, 6-9 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The documentary (rated PG-13) explores the negative impact of the media’s portrayal of women. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Get details here.

Thinking Day Indian girl  

Celebrate World Thinking Day
We’re partnering with KPBS and the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum to present a World Thinking Day Expo on Saturday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Attendees will learn about different countries and related global issues, enjoy music and cultural performances, and explore hands-on museum exhibits. Cost: Free for Girl Scouts with advance registration; others $5-6. Please contact Leah McFail with questions.

tennis girl  

Saluting women in sports
Girl Scouts are invited to join us for National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Saturday, Feb. 18, 10:45 a.m.-4 p.m. at San Diego State University. Attendees can cheer the achievements of female athletes, meet Olympians, participate in interactive sports activities and catch the Aztecs vs. U.S. Air Force Academy women’s basketball game. Tickets are $3 for Girl Scouts (register online). Friends and family may attend the 2 p.m. game by purchasing $6 tickets at the SDSU Viejas Arena box office.


SWEET Workshop: Time Machine
Girl Scouts in grades 5-8 will step into a “time machine” on Saturday, March 21, 5-8 p.m. at a workshop hosted by SWEET ( Society of Women Engineers Exploring Technology) at Girl Scouts’ Balboa Campus. Participants will explore what life was like in 1912, when the very first Girl Scout troop meeting was held, and discover how much technology has changed. Register online or contact Robin Lemon at (619) 610-0747 for more information.

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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.

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