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Girl Scouts Glee Chorus

September 2012

Something to sing about

While thinking about the Volunteer Conference and Celebration, I find myself humming Make New Friends and Firework, performed by our new Girl Scout Glee Chorus. More than 300 of us gathered at the Town & Country Convention Center last month to launch a new Girl Scout year, thank and honor star volunteers, network and learn. Keynote speaker Beth Burns (SDSU’s women’s basketball coach and a 2012 Cool Woman) said it was easy to tell she was in the company of high-energy, leadership-driven people! The halls reverberated with idea-sharing; cheers for the 2012 Spirit Stick winner, Imperial Valley’s Golden Sands Region; and the tap-tap of iPad note-taking at info-rich workshops. Thank you to all who participated. (See photos.)

The celebration continues. Join us at upcoming centennial festivities, including Urban Campout, the New Day 5K and SHARP Health Expo and our Councilwide 100th Anniversary SongFest.

See you soon!

Jo Dee C. Jacob

Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer




Qualcomm sponsoring Urban Campout
The world leader of the next generation of mobile technologies is helping our next generation of leaders conquer the technological world! We’re thrilled that Qualcomm has signed on as presenting sponsor for Urban Campout 2012: A Space Odyssey (see below). Event proceeds help provide 31,000 local girls with opportunities in technology, science and career exploration, along with health/wellness, arts/culture, camps and travel.


Urban Campout committee


Beam up to Urban Campout on Sept. 14
Make like George Jetson and hop a flying saucer to Urban Campout 2012: A Space Odyssey, our fun fundraiser for grown-ups. Join other earthlings at the San Diego Air & Space Museum as you chat with TV star June Lockhart (Lost in Space, Lassie) about her NASA adventures, bid on out-of-this world auction prizes, explore the exhibits, dine alongside spacecraft and dance under the constellations. Dress in costume or come as you are! Purchase tickets here; to learn more about our Friday, Sept. 14 party, contact Annie Revel, (619) 610-0807.
Pictured: Co-chairs Ann and Ben Haddad and their event committee

Teen CERT  

Career workshops help girls imagine their futures
Girl Scouts can be…whatever they want! During hands-on sessions at real-world employment sites such as the San Diego Zoo and UCSD’s Supercomputer Center, girls in grades 6-12 will discover what it’s like to be a computer game programmer (Oct. 13), gemologist (Nov. 12), veterinarian (Dec. 8) or professional in other STEM fields. With help from AT&T’s IMAGINE grant, participants can explore careers in nursing (Oct. 6) and oceanography (Nov. 2). Through the TeenCERT Homeland Security Department-GSUSA program, older girls can train to become emergency responders. In addition, the San Diego Police Foundation invites Girl Scouts to check out law enforcement careers (Sept. 15). For details, contact Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792.


Carol LeBeau and New Day 5K runners


Get fit with Girl Scouts
Our 100th Anniversary Chair and Promise Leader, Carol LeBeau, invites you to start a healthy habit at the 6th annual Girl Scouts New Day 5K on Sunday, Oct. 7. Whether you choose to run or walk the one-mile or 5K course, you'll improve your own fitness and support Girl Scouts' Live Healthy, Lead Healthy Initiative. Enjoy a free breakfast from Kashi; dance to live music; and gather information about self-esteem, body image, nutrition and personal power from exhibitions at the Sharp Health EXPO. To get an early bird discount, register teams and individuals by Friday, Sept. 21. To learn more or to volunteer, contact Cindy Polger, (619) 610-0724.


Mainly Mozart job shadow


Arts Initiative: Glee Chorus is just the start!
As schools cut back on arts funding, we’re filling in the educational gap with our new 100th Anniversary Arts Initiative, a vibrant array of ongoing visual/performing arts programs. (See article.) These include our new Glee Chorus (girls can still audition); an Artists in Residence (AIR) program (which begins with a centennial mural project); and community partnership opportunities, such as a Mainly Mozart job shadow experience, Night at the Junípero Serra Museum and a STE+aM interdisciplinary program with UCSD. Contact Arts Initiative Director Kathleen Stoughton for details.
Pictured: Girl Scout Elizabeth, Mainly Mozart violinist Harumi Rhodes (center) and Girl Scout Emily


SongFest 2012: Celebrate Juliette's birthday
Join us for our big sing-along on Saturday, Oct. 27! At the Councilwide 100th Anniversary SongFest, Girl Scouts, friends and families will lift their voices to honor our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, during her birthday week. Special thanks go to Sharp Health Plan – our 100th Anniversary Pearl Sponsor – for supporting this event, scheduled for 3-4:30 p.m. at Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion.To learn more, contact Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714.


Jo Dee Jacob and Girl Scout Outstanding Youth


Girl Scout receives citywide honor
To applaud Girl Scout Malia Rappaport for the important work she does to educate others and foster understanding about those living with disabilities, the Association of Fundraising Professionals will present her with an Outstanding Youth/Student Volunteer award. Other honorees at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 25 include the Rotary Club of San Diego, a Girl Scout community partner.
Pictured: Malia with GIrl Scouts San Diego CEO Jo Dee Jacob


S'mores Day


National S'mores Day at Girl Scout Council
A 1927 Girl Scout handbook included the first recorded recipe for s’mores. To celebrate National S’mores Day on Aug. 10, Girl Scouts San Diego hosted a lunch and campfire at our Balboa Campus. As we enjoyed the classic snacks, we reminded our guests how we make girls a priority through the 100th Anniversary Campaign for Girls.
Girl Scouts Andrea and Emilia share their leadership stories and favorite camp memories with guests.


Winacka reunion


Snapshots from Winacka reunion
What better way to embrace Girl Scouting than at camp! During a recent weekend at Camp Winacka, more than 150 Girl Scout alumnae enjoyed camaraderie, history-themed traditional camp activities and a 100th Anniversary luncheon. Check out the pictures on the Winacka Facebook page.


Compass guide


Plan ahead with Compass
Girl Scouts, parents and leaders: Get the scoop on upcoming happenings and opportunities in Compass: Your Guide to Events, Activities and Camps, which covers the 2012-2013 membership year. Available online and in our resources centers, the guide is organized by Girl Scout Pathways (camp, events, series, travel, troops and virtual).


Will to Succeed


Save the date for Oct. 19 Leadership luncheon
Join us at the East County Chamber of Commerce’s 10th annual Women in Leadership Luncheon (WILL) on Friday, Oct. 19 – where Carol LeBeau will serve as mistress of ceremonies and Girl Scouts CEO Jo Dee Jacob will deliver the keynote address. To salute the importance of diversity in today’s workplace, the chamber will honor six local women for their contributions in their fields.

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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.

100th Anniversary Pearl Sponsor

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