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Sparkles & Spurs

October 2013

Boot scootin' fundraising

We rode the Wells Fargo stagecoach, tossed horseshoes, sampled s’mores and took spins (and spills!) on a mechanical bull. We played, danced, bid, and enjoyed great camaraderie and music (see pictures, video and TV spots) — all for the best cause in the wild, wild west: our local Girl Scouts!

Hats off to all who made our annual fun fundraiser a rousing success, lassoing a record-breaking $403,000. This support helps keep Girl Scouting available and affordable to all girls.  

Mark your calendar for Urban Campout 2014. We’ll see you on Friday, Sept. 12 at our Balboa Campus.

Jo Dee C. Jacob

Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer


Jim Tiffany and Patti Roscoe


Promise Circle Award: Patti Roscoe and Jim Tiffany
We recently honored dynamic duo Patti Roscoe and Jim Tiffany at a special event for Promise and Legacy Circle members (Girl Scouts San Diego supporters who donate at least $1,000 annually or include Girl Scouts in their estate plans). Patti and Jim — whose many contributions include supporting Urban Campout and donating a fire ring at our Balboa Campus — received the Promise Circle Award for their sustained commitment to helping girls make the world a better place. To learn more about this inspiring couple, read their profile in our Giving Wisely newsletter.


Michelle Obama


First Lady Michelle Obama calls for volunteers
In a newly released online video, Michelle Obama invites all adults to volunteer for Girl Scouts. Like every First Lady since Edith Wilson in 1917, Mrs. Obama serves as our honorary national president. Help us get the word out: Please share the video and your own story about Girl Scout volunteering on Facebook and Twitter.


Finish Chelsea's Run


Our new "New Day"
We’re teaming up with the Chelsea’s Light Foundation for the 4th annual Finish Chelsea’s Run on Saturday, March 1— transitioning from our own New Day 5K to embrace a common vision and create a bigger and better event. Our two organizations recognize and support young people who make the world a better place … like Chelsea King. Register today! Contact Jen Nation, (619) 610-0726 for details.


Girl Scout Food Drive


Boo! Girl Scouts scare away hunger on October 26
Girl Scouts Sara Ann (left) and Alexis appeared in posters and bus ads promoting this year’s councilwide service project: a fall food drive. “Stuff the Bus” is a partnership with the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), the North County Transit District (NCTD), Albertsons, the Armed Services YMCA, and the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.

Girl Scouts will collect canned goods and other nonperishables, then deliver them to their neighborhood Albertsons on Saturday, Oct. 26 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Girls may also volunteer that day at any of the 43 drop-off locations to provide lists of needed items and thank donors for their generosity. Participants who volunteer at the donation sites earn a special patch. To volunteer, contact Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781.


Destinations Norway

Destinations Switzerland


Girl Scout destinations: Global adventures await!
Snapshots from Norway
Andrea (left, center, at a park created from recycled oil industry products) spent 10 days in Norway through Girl Scouts’ destinations travel program. Along with new friends from across the U.S. — and around the world — she hiked the fjords, toured an oil museum, and shared American camp traditions with her international companions. Girl Scouts San Diego also hosted trips to Switzerland (bottom left) and London in 2013 (see photos).

Travel opportunities for girls
Through destinations, Girl Scouts meet girls from far-off places, take in exotic sights and immerse themselves in other cultures. Applications for 33 exciting 2014 destinations are due by Friday, Nov. 1. Contact Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781, with questions.


Girl Rising


The power of knowledge
Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors met poet and youth advocate Azure Antoinette and actress Josie Loren at an event presented by the Institute for Career Advancement Needs and hosted by TD Ameritrade. Through creative writing challenges, participants explored the meaning and aspects of kindness and honesty. They also watched excerpts from Girl Rising, a documentary about girls in other countries fighting for an education. In addition, a panel of female professionals led a discussion about changing the world by empowering women.


911 Memorial Stair Climb


Remembering the brave
Dozens of Girl Scouts participated in the San Diego 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb at Hilton San Diego Bayfront. During this “living memorial” and fundraiser — honoring firefighters who died on September 11, 2001 — the girls provided water and high-fives to emergency responders and others who climbed the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Sister troops 6347 and 6743 cheered on “Team Ignosci Posse” to honor a special fallen hero: the late husband of their “adopted grandma,” Sandra Ignosci. (See Facebook photo album.)


Peanut Butter Cups


Sweet and nutty
Go nuts for our Fall Sale, which begins Friday, Oct. 4. Get a head start on your holiday shopping, with 10 delicious nut and candy products, including the new Peanut Butter Cups and Honey Roasted Peanuts. The Fall Sale lets troops raise funds for their fall and winter service projects and activities, while developing five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Purchase items from a Girl Scout in your neighborhood or contact

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Founded in 1912, Girl Scouting provides the nation’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 girl and adult members, trains volunteers, and maintains two camps and four program and service facilities.



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