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Dear GSSD friends and family,

Creative campaign Co-chairs Janice Kurth and Kimberley Layton, my fantastic staff, and I invite all friends and adult members of Girl Scouts San Diego to help us reach and serve more girls from all backgrounds and income levels by participating in Power Her Promise 2021.

Because of COVID-19 considerations, we are tabling Urban Campout again and replacing the gala with the multifaceted Power Her Promise campaign we inaugurated last year to raise much-needed funds for girl programs. The campaign will extend through September. 

New this year: An exciting online auction, which includes a family pack of four round-trip tickets to domestic and international destinations served by campaign sponsor Southwest Airlines. Read on for details about how to bid and how you can join us at a private, al fresco reception overlooking San Diego.

Camp is a favorite outdoor program that benefits from Power Her Promise funds. During camp season this summer, we received a tremendous outpouring of appreciation. Parents and caregivers let us know what a difference this beloved Girl Scout tradition makes in their girls’ lives. We heard about girls who overcame shyness, built new skills, explored nature, and created new (in-person!) relationships. Our campers also had fun…something especially meaningful during a time when so many other activities are being cancelled.

A big salute to members of our outdoor program, property, and human resource teams who went the extra mile this summer so we could safely welcome girls to camp. Additional thanks to the many volunteers and additional Girl Scout staff who also pitched in to provide a memorable summer for our girls.

You can help us serve even more girls from every community by competing for a Power Her Promise auction item, posting about the campaign, becoming a sponsor, or making a contribution. You will be taking action to help thousands of local girls in K-12 feel connected, learn life skills, and stay active.

During these uncertain and challenging times, we can make progress by supporting one another, providing a financial gift for the Power Her Promise campaign, and modeling healthy, productive behavior for the next generation to witness and learn from.

Thank you for your continued commitment to this mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. 

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Carol M Dedrich 
Chief Executive Officer


September is Your Chance to Power Her Promise! 

In the letter above, Carol described our month-long campaign to fund programs for girls. Brownie Erica (pictured) encourages you to get involved by choosing one or more of these avenues of participation:

Social media: Host a Friends & Family page and earn rewards as you share your passion for Girl Scouting with your personal and professional networks. Create your page by Saturday, Sept. 4, and you will be entered to win two round-trip tickets anywhere Southwest Airlines flies, including international destinations.

Auction: From Monday, Sept. 20 to Thursday, Sept. 30, visit the Power Her Promise webpage to bid on fabulous items, including the four international plane tickets, a getaway to Sedona, and a cool CSI experience.

Sign: Contact to request a free sign that will let your neighbors know you support Girl Scouts.

Donate: Visit our secure website or text “give” to 56651 today. Gifts of any amount impact girls’ lives!

Sponsor: Contact Liz Sheahan for information about how you can gain visibility as you align with Girl Scouts San Diego.

Donors of $2,500 or more will receive an invitation to an exclusive, outdoor reception at a lovely home high atop Mt. Soledad.

Many thanks to our Honorary POWER Committee* and Pearl Sponsors Carole J. Larson (in memory of Elsie Marie Larson), Qualcomm, and Southwest Airlines, as well as Gold Sponsors Sharp Health Plan, Katie and Dan Sullivan, and Swinerton Renewable Energy. Our Silver Sponsors are Cox Communications, Carlo and Nadine Daleo, Barbara and David Groce, Los Angeles Chargers, Mission Fed Credit Union, Northrop Grumman, and We Can Rise, while the Bronze Sponsors are Booz Allen Hamilton, Little Brownie Bakers, and San Diego Gas & Electric. Island Architects, Philips, RJS Law, along with Trust & Will, partner with us as Copper Sponsors, and The San Diego Foundation is a Promise Sponsor.  


Sept. 11 Gathering Will Celebrate Fran Styles

The Girl Scout family is invited to attend a memorial and reception for longtime Girl Scout volunteer Fran Styles. The service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, at Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church, 2128 Chatsworth Blvd. A reception at the church will follow. For nearly 50 years, Fran filled a variety of volunteer roles with Girl Scouts San Diego. She passed away last December at the age of 93. For details about the memorial, contact Service Unit Support Manager Jennifer “Dot” Mains, 619-610-0800.

Two Compelling Conversations You Should Not Miss

Our Compelling Conversations series continues with two virtual sessions, each scheduled for 5:30-6:30 p.m. 


Women in STEM

On Wednesday, Sept 29, a panel of female engineers who work at Qualcomm will converse with Carol Dedrich about their personal journeys. Initially, some of the women considered careers in science, technology, engineering, and math as potentially discouraging or intimidating. But they found ways to view those topics in a new light and are now successful engineers.


Human Trafficking in the Spotlight

Then, on Monday, Oct. 4, San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan and Carol will discuss “The Ugly Truth about Human Trafficking.” As a national leader in the battle against human trafficking, DA Stephan has made fighting that crime a priority throughout her career.

Registration for both evenings is free and open to the public. For details, contact, 619-610-0704.


New Badges Embolden Girls to Navigate and Succeed

Girls Scouts of all ages now have nearly 30 additional ways to earn badges as they explore the world. The new badges focus on:


Math in Nature (grades K-5): Getting girls outdoors to discover and conserve the natural world while learning math concepts is the goal of this badge. Activities include identifying shapes and patterns in natural objects, learning about symmetry and tessellation, and mastering time and measurement theories. Girls then use this knowledge to design nectar feeders, trail maps, and other outdoor tools.

Entrepreneurship (K-12): The new Cookie Business badges help girls think like entrepreneurs as they run their own cookie businesses and incorporate online sales via the Digital Cookie platform. The focus of the badges progresses from setting goals and doing effective online and in-person sales pitches to using market research, creating business plans, and implementing digital marketing campaigns.

Digital Leadership (K-12): These forward-thinking badges are designed to support and motivate Girl Scouts as they navigate the digital world. Girls first learn how to be online in a responsible and safe way, then explore how people use technology to connect and lead, and finally apply those skills to become digital activists themselves. 


Southwest Airlines: Helping Us Help Girls Soar

Southwest Airlines is our committed partner and advocate. In addition to sponsoring Cool Women, Urban Campout, and other events, the airline is a STEM donor, enabling us to increase programming in science, technology, engineering, and math. 

Southwest Airlines created Operation Wing Scout, a series of workshops where girls gather aboard the USS Midway Museum to learn about the science behind flight, do simulated flights in Southwest’s Flight Academy Lab, and meet women in the aviation field. 

Airline tickets from this generous partner are popular additions to auction packages and enticing prizes in drawings that encourage members to renew and volunteers to start new troops. Thank you for your longtime partnership, Southwest Airlines!  

What's Ahead

Other events and happenings

*Honorary POWER Committee
Liza and Tony Crisafi
Carlo and Nadine Daleo
Rita and Keith Datko
Mary Erlenborn and Tom Templeton
Anne and David Fege
Tange and Tom Gavin
Barbara and David Groce
Arlene Harris and Marty Cooper
Sherri Howard and James Hoyle
Janice and Matt Kurth
Carole J. Larson (in memory of Elsie Marie Larson)
Kimberley and Farrell Layton
Sue and John Major
Mimi and Mike Murray
Patti Roscoe and Jim Tiffany
Janet Steiner
Katie and Dan Sullivan