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Sunset Celebration and happy Girl Scouts

April 2012

Volunteers' gift of time is our treasure!

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Girl Scouting. That’s why our eight Sunset Celebrations were such resounding successes. Event committee members Deb Lechner, Debbie McBride, Mary Ann Angeles, Meridith Bowman and Kelly Waggonner were thrilled to spearhead, as they put it, “a big, fun, memorable event” to mark Girl Scouts’ centennial. They handled everything from initial conception, site selection and volunteer recruitment to coordinating city permits and sound systems, fielding inquiries, selecting songs and recording videos. The 5,000 of us who took part – including our 100th Anniversary Chair and Promise Leader Carol LeBeau – attest it was a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Join me as we applaud and recognize our “Sunset leading ladies” and others during Girl Scout Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 15-April 21) and Leaders’ Day (April 22). Read on for ideas.

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Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer

Girl Scouts and their leaders  

Our volunteers rock. Let's thank 'em!
Show Girl Scout VIPs you care during Volunteer Appreciation Week and Leaders’ Day with personalized cards, creative gestures – such as baking a favorite treat or making a SHARE donation in her/his honor – or a fun gift. Shopping tip: our retail stores carry novelties ranging from tulip-shaped baking molds to horse coin purses. For more information, contact

Sunset Celebration phone call  

Sunset Celebrations: Making memories
The telephone Juliette Gordon Low used to announce the launch of Girl Scouting didn’t look anything like today’s tiny mobile devices. Yet, when Girl Scouts such as Troop 6761 Daisies Quinn and Carly (pictured) used cell phones to reenact the famous call during Sunset Celebrations, it was a perfect nod to how far we’ve come in 100 years. Other highlights (see pictures) included friendship circles, swaps, flag ceremonies, songs…and surprise visits from "Juliette Gordon Low" (played by volunteers Charmaine Reed and Jody Hall) and Juliette’s actual great-great niece, Nina de Burgh.

Girl Scouts PSA  

I am a Girl Scout PSA debuts
Here’s a big shout-out to the “forever Girl Scouts” who starred in our new public service announcement. Featuring local luminaries and young Girl Scouts, the :30 piece spotlights the power of our organization. Participants included restaurateur/singer-songwriter/author Ingrid Croce, who says Girl Scouts was her “family” as she was growing up. Now airing in English and Spanish on local TV stations, the PSA is sure to inspire.


Science Festival


Girl Scouts on board at science fest
Volunteer Liza Smith and her daughter Keiana (left) built circuits, while others made solar-powered ferris wheels, tinkered with gears, imitated lasers and conducted “science of color” experiments. These activities, held at our Girl Scout Outreach booth and Lighten Up! workshop, were among highlights of the 2012 San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering (see pictures).Girl Scouts also danced in a flash mob and took to the festival stage to open a “time capsule” hailing 100 years of women’s achievements in STEM careers. Contents included replicas of local astronaut Ellen Ocha’s spaceship, Jane Goodall’s favorite chimpanzee, and Amelia Earhart’s flight jacket. In addition, San Diego City Councilmember Sherri Lightner included congratulations for our 100th Anniversary in a proclamation she presented.

Girl Scouts in the news  

Girl Scouts all over the news!
This year, KUSI has enthusiastically promoted Operation Thin Mint®, the Girl Scout Cookie Program and our 100th Anniversary. Other media outlets have joined the Girl Scouts news parade, with stories about Promise Circle honorees Sue and John Major, our centennial, Marine reservists helping our council, and cookies. (Check out Sam the Cooking Guy!) See video/photo gallery and print articles on our website.


San Diego 6 and Girl Scouts


Going green on San Diego 6
Troops 5965 and 3823 of Chula Vista recently appeared with Girl Scouts San Diego CEO Jo Dee Jacob and anchor Marc Bailey on XETV San Diego 6. The girls demonstrated composting (see pictures) to illustrate Girl Scouts’ national Take Action project, Girl Scouts Forever Green, sponsored locally by SDG&E. San Diego troops will earn a special patch for making their communities greener by reducing plastic waste, planting rain gardens or pledging to educate others how to “go green.”

Archeology dig in Camp Winacka  

Dig this: Camp Winacka archeology exhibit
In the 1970s, local Girl Scouts helped SDSU archeologists unearth Native American artifacts on the grounds of one of our camp properties. See the treasures they discovered at Camp Winacka: Digging into History, a year-long exhibit at the San Diego Archaeological Center. In addition to pottery shards, arrowheads and other finds, the displays feature the girls’ journal entries.

Girl Scout Alumnae  

Weekly prizes for alumnae!
Please encourage adult members and volunteers to join the Girl Scouts Alumnae Association. There is no cost to join, and plenty to gain, including prizes! Every Monday for the rest of the year, we’ll hold weekly prize drawings for all registered alumnae. So far – thanks to our friends at Balboa Park – winners have received passes to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Museum of Art and Museum of Photographic Arts.


Girl Scouts at OTM sendoff


Anniversary events: Plenty more in the works!
Join us as we continue to celebrate our 100th Anniversary at these events:

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Celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting   About Girl Scouts
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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