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Let’s Power Her Promise

These last six months of unexpected challenges have tested each of us almost daily, requiring us to find our inner strength. What I know is that when we come together and focus on our mission, we find a way forward, learning and growing along the way. Our girls are watching us. When we stumble or make a mistake and get back up—responsible for our actions and our words—we not only build our resilience, we model behavior that will help the next generation. 

The developmental stages of girls don’t stop for COVID, and the challenges associated with these stages are amplified because of isolation and the stress of societal pressures.

Girl Scouts is not just a nice organization—it is critical, teaching life and behavior skills that empower girls. Our virtual programs help girls in K-12 to feel connected, learn coping skills, and stay active earning badges and discovering a world of STEM, outdoors, civics, and entrepreneurship. And along the way, Girl Scouts like Kayla (pictured), Sloane, Nora, Annette, and Shruti promise to make the world a better place.

What I also know is that we need your help. We cannot afford to wait until the pandemic is over to empower the next generation of leaders! I am grateful to two outstanding leaders, Janice Kurth and Kimberley Layton, who are co-chairing our Power Her Promise campaign, Sept. 1-25 (video). This campaign will help us reach more girls of all backgrounds and income levels. You can be the reason they join Girl Scouts, learn and grow during these difficult times, and fulfill their Girl Scout Promise.

Please donate generously from the heart…then join us on Friday, Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. to celebrate the success of this campaign. Register now for this free gathering. Thank you to Gold Sponsor Qualcomm, as well as Silver Sponsors Cox, Dyna LLC, Los Angeles Chargers, Major Executive Search, Mission Federal Credit Union, Swinerton, We Can Rise, Inc., and Wells Fargo. Bronze Sponsors are Business Complete Solutions, Little Brownie Bakers, and RJS Law.  

Be kind to yourself and others.  

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Carol M Dedrich 
Chief Executive Officer

Kinder Readiness

Getting Ready for Kindergarten…and Girl Scouts

Starting school is a big step—and we’re here to help! Four-year-old Mariely and her mother Brenda (pictured) recently took part in our new Kinder Readiness program, which prepares girls to thrive in virtual and in-person classrooms. Open to girls who are entering regular or transitional kindergarten and are not current Girl Scouts, this free, four-session series is available in English and Spanish through the end of September.

Participants will make new friends, build confidence and comfort levels, learn about animals, read stories and discuss the characters, and practice online meeting skills. Session topics include Launch into Literacy, Shoot for the Stars, Spring into Science, and Dreaming About Success. Girls and their families will also learn about the wide world of Girl Scout opportunities. Register online or email membership@sdgirlscouts.org for more information.

Lani Longacre

Local Girl Scout Exec Named to National Post

Congratulations to Lani Longacre, who recently joined Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) in the newly created role of senior director of product program.

For 12 years, Lani has provided outstanding local leadership. As our chief mission delivery officer, she provided key strategic guidance for Girl Scout programs. Previously, during ten years as director of retail and product program, she guided 179,598 young cookie entrepreneurs to reaching more than 32.5 million total packages!

”Although I am a bit sad for Girl Scouts San Diego, I am thrilled for Lani and the entire movement,” says CEO Carol Dedrich. “Lani will use her talents and skills that helped us soar as an organization to work with all 111 councils to ensure they have successful cookie programs. One of the best leaders in the Girl Scout Movement will help all of us collaborate and support each other through innovative approaches to the program.”

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: Chaela Huff

Early in the pandemic, Troop 2043 Leader Chaela Huff challenged her Cadettes to think about how the world has changed and how they could make a difference. Allie, Ava, and Callie (pictured) responded by creating an interactive, outdoor haven to brighten the lives of isolated seniors at an assisted living facility. This “sensory garden” became their Silver Award project.

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“My Cadettes researched, designed, and built two wheelchair-accessible, raised planter beds,” reports Chaela. “One contains seven herbs that can be useful for the residents. The second includes plants that are soft, gently spiky, brightly colored, sweet-smelling, edible, or known to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.” The girls also worked with other troops to secure 300 hand-painted rocks to decorate their garden.

Chaela began the troop a decade ago, when the girls were kindergarteners. They have participated in “every cookie and fall product” program since then, funding a wide range of activities (photos) with proceeds.

The girls earned the Bronze Award as Juniors by producing Get Egg-ucateda short video encouraging people to buy eggs that are cage-free, free-range, or certified organic. When they were Brownies, they developed their own theater production badge. The troop has also enjoyed Girl Scout camp, multi-troop camping trips, and interacting with dolphins.

To learn about Girl Scout opportunities for adult volunteers and girls in grades K-12, visit sdgirlscouts.org/join.

Connie Matsui

Be a Driving Force: Donate Your Vehicle!

Make your car the star in a Girl Scout’s leadership journey! Donating your unwanted vehicle—boat, camper, motorcycle, or car—is easier than selling it, and you will receive a tax receipt for your contribution. Our representatives can even arrange to tow inoperable vehicles. Call 855-500-RIDE (855-500-7433), or complete our online form to get started.

Why Girl Scouts Matters

Why Girl Scouts Matters

Girl Scouting builds great leaders of strong moral values. Through civic action and volunteer service, Girl Scouts help solve social issues like poverty, discrimination, and substance abuse. You can Power Her Promise to make the world a better place by giving to Girl Scouts San Diego. Every dollar matters:

  • $5,000 equips 435 girls from underserved areas with program materials to experience Girl Scouting.
  • $1,000 gives four girls lodging, mentoring, and career exploration at a weekend Camp Exec.
  • $500 funds STEM workshops for 25 girls.
  • $275 gives a week of day camp for a girl who is eager to experience camp close to home.
  • $250 provides ten girls with Girl Scout vests and uniform pieces.
  • $100 pays annual membership fees for four girls.

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