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Dear Girl Scouts San Diego Community –

I often reflect on my Girl Scout experiences and how they prepared me for leadership roles in the military and throughout my career. This rings even more true as we approach Veterans Day this week. In this issue, we highlight two local troops that collaborated with Honor Flight San Diego to commemorate Vietnam veterans for their service.

This month marks a time for expressing gratitude to others. Over the weekend, we hosted the 2022 Volunteer Celebration, a ceremony that honored our talented, tireless volunteers who go above and beyond to ensure that GSSD can serve the nearly 15,000 Girl Scouts across San Diego and Imperial counties. Among these passionate individuals, Dianne Belk and Lawrence Calder were awarded the Thanks Badge – the highest honor a volunteer can receive – for strengthening our national movement with a focus on planned giving and launching the Juliette Gordon Low Society.

We also recognized two local organizations with the Philanthropist Award – San Diego Foundation and The Conrad Prebys Foundation. Thanks to the resources and financial investment from these incredibly impactful foundations, we can empower girls to be strong future leaders in our community.  

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who participated in the 2022 Power Her Promise campaign, presented by SOLV Energy. This community-wide endeavor raised over $412,000, a much-needed success for our organization. You can still join our efforts to ensure that thousands of girls in our San Diego and Imperial Valley communities have opportunities to discover their passions, develop their talents, and seek the future of their dreams.

Our 2023 Membership Year is now in full swing! In October, more than 120 adult members came together for a fun, two-day retreat at Camp Winacka in Julian during Outdoor Skills Weekend. We also welcomed 75 Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts to our Balboa Campus for the first-ever, in-person Empowering Me Conference, where participants experienced a day of learning through our four guiding pillars: STEM, Entrepreneurship, Outdoors, and Life Skills. To see photos from both events, visit our Flickr.

I am thrilled to say that there are many exciting happenings ahead in early 2023. Our dedicated staff is planning an array of community partner events, volunteer workshops, one-day and holiday camp programs, and so much more. One of my favorite celebrations, the Cool Women Luncheon and Ceremony, returns on Friday, March 24, 2023 – keep scrolling to learn more and nominate a Cool Woman in your community.

On behalf of Girl Scouts San Diego and our board of directors, thank you all for your unwavering support of Girl Scouts San Diego and our mission. I hope you have a joyful holiday season with your loved ones.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Carol M Dedrich 
Chief Executive Officer

 

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Girl Scout Troops Welcome Honor Flight

On Sunday, Oct. 2, Girl Scout Troops 2927 and 4885 went to the San Diego Airport to welcome home 85 Vietnam veterans from the Honor Flight—San Diego’s first-ever, all Vietnam veteran flight. The Honor Flight San Diego is a nonprofit team of volunteers dedicated to escorting San Diego County veterans to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice. The Girl Scouts handed out boxes of Girl Scout cookies and thanked the veterans for their service. In a letter to Girl Scouts San Diego, one individual wrote, “I was most impressed by the Girl Scouts there passing out boxes of cookies. They were real sincere in their appreciation for us.” Fox 5 San Diego covered the event.

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Girl Scout Outreach Makes a Comeback to In-Person Learning

Girl Scout Outreach (GSO), our staff-led programming for underserved girls throughout San Diego County, has relaunched its in-person learning at various schools throughout the region. As of Nov. 1, GSO is engaging with nearly 500 girls at 10 schools – with the goal to reach 2,000 Girl Scouts by fall 2023.

Girl Scouts San Diego is one of the few councils across the country with a GSO team, which makes Girl Scouting available to girls who might not have otherwise had an opportunity to experience its benefits. Here are some inspiring quotes from those impacted by GSO:

 From parents/caregivers…

“I loved how she came home happy every day to explain what she did.”

“… It is a great experience for girls to learn self-confidence and grow to be strong leaders.”

From Girl Scouts…

“…my favorite part was playing outside with all my new friends!”

“I couldn’t play with anyone in person. I didn’t have anyone like me to talk to but now I do.”

“I missed being with my Girl Scout friends!”

To learn more about Girl Scout Outreach programming and how you can support, contact GSO Manager Lucy Esparza, 619-610-0788. 

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Single-Day Recruitment Event in Imperial Valley Attracts Nearly 100 Attendees

To further connect with our community in Imperial County, Girl Scouts San Diego hosted a membership recruitment event – with interactive program stations, troop-led STEM activities, and more – at the Imperial Valley Mall in El Centro, CA. The full-day affair garnered nearly 100 attendees, including parents/caregivers, current and future Girl Scouts, and adults interested in volunteering with GSSD.  Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our membership team, we garnered approximately 60 new Girl Scouts who registered onsite.

The effort isn’t over yet! Our Imperial Valley team continues to have follow-up conversations with all folks who attended to determine best placements and troop formations. We are committed to making sure all girls in San Diego and Imperial counties have access to Girl Scouting and its positive, life-changing benefits.

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Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott Makes History with Donation to Girl Scouts of the USA

Last month, it was announced that philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donated $84.5 million to Girl Scouts of the USA and 29 councils. We applaud Ms. Scott for her record-breaking donation to GSUSA and for investing in the next generation of female leaders nationwide.

While Girl Scouts San Diego was not a recipient of an individual council grant, we hope that continuing this conversation inspires more donations in our own San Diego and Imperial Valley communities. This will allow us to continue providing access to Girl Scouts’ life-changing experiences, mentoring, and programming to even more members in our region.

We are immensely grateful to our local donors who ensure that all girls in San Diego and Imperial counties—regardless of their ability to pay—can join Girl Scouts and discover their interests, develop their talents, and realize their potential. With 45 percent of local girl members living in low- to moderate-income households, donor support makes it possible to prepare them to lead with courage, confidence, and character. 

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Save the Date: Cool Women Luncheon and Ceremony Returns Friday, March 24, 2023

Each year, Girl Scouts San Diego honors exemplary women whose personal and professional lives make them consummate role models for girls. Cool Women make the world a better place as they balance work, family, friends, and community service. Do you know a Cool Woman in your community? Click here to nominate them by Sunday, Dec. 4.

During a mentoring session, luncheon and ceremony, our Cool Women honorees share the spotlight with Emerging Leader Girl Scouts, who are recognized for their outstanding achievements by their mentors and community leaders. The Emerging Leader Girl Scout program is an exceptional opportunity for our high school Girl Scouts, and we are now accepting applications through Sunday, Nov. 27. Registration is now open for the 2023 Cool Women event which will be held on Friday, Mar. 24, 2023 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

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SDBJ's Top 50 Influential Veteran Business Leaders: Carol M Dedrich

Congratulations to Girl Scouts San Diego CEO Carol M Dedrich on being selected as one of San Diego Business Journal's Top 50 Influential Veteran Business Leaders! Carol was recognized at a ceremony on Monday, Nov. 7. Thank you to Carol for your service to our country and our organization.

Easy Ways to Give Back

Now is the time to go solar! Baker Electric Home Energy will contribute $1,000 to support Girl Scouts San Diego for each Solar, Solar + Battery, or Heating and Air System sold before the end of 2022. Customers will also receive a $500 digital gift card. You must mention 'Girl Scouts San Diego' offer during the purchase; visit Baker Home Energy to learn more. Questions: Contact Desiree Perez at dperez@sdgirlscouts.org.

Donating an unwanted car, boat, camper, or motorcycle is easier than selling it, and includes a tax deduction for you. If the vehicle is inoperable, our representatives can arrange towing. For details call 855-500-7433 or complete an online form.

Upcoming Events

VIP and Me Weekend at Camp Whispering Oaks—Friday-Sunday, Dec. 16-18
GSSD Offices Closed—Monday, Dec. 26-Monday, Jan. 2

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