Ink Spots – eNewsletter November 2009

Council Happenings

Recyclable Art at its BEST!

As part of a community service project to earn her Bronze Award in Girl Scouts, Naomi Marcom created an 8′ x 8′ art mural using approximately 4,500 bottle caps. For two months, she collected bottle caps from friends, family, Friendship Community Church, and the Oxford Y for Now. She also asked The Donoho School and C.E. Hanna Elementary School to hold a bottle cap contest to see which class in each school could collect the most bottle caps. At the end of three weeks, Naomi had more than 32,000 bottle caps. Click here to read more!

West Alabama Open House

GSNCA held an Open House on October 15 at the Tuscaloosa Service Center to share with the community the programs the Girl Scouts in the area are working on. Those attending saw STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Financial Literacy programs in action as girls played fun, educational banking games and learned how to make GOOP with white glue and a borax solution. Senior Girl Scout Martha Grace Mize shared information about her Gold Award Project. Pictured: Senator Bobby Singleton with area Girl Scouts. Click here for more photos!

Girl Scouts meet Condoleezza Rice!

Three Girl Scouts recently had the opportunity meet Dr. Condoleezza Rice at the annual Chairman’s Dinner hosted by the Business Council of Alabama. Senior Girl Scouts Alexis Long-Daniels and Rachel Bell of Troop 208 and Ambassador Girl Scout Emily Carlton of Troop 423 led the Pledge of Allegiance at the dinner for 1000 business leaders and elected officials. In addtition to meeting Dr. Rice, the girls met business leaders and elected officials from around the state at a VIP reception prior to the dinner. Pictured: Alexis Long-Daniels with Condoleeza Rice. Click here to see more photos.

Young Women’s Leadership Summit

The Alabama Business and Professional Women’s Organization and GSNCA hosted the first statewide Young Women’s Leadership Summit in October in Homewood. High-school-aged girls attended workshops hosted by professional women, including: Lauren Goodson, President, Cornerstone Recruitment Group; Vickie Brown, Tuscaloosa City Board of Education; Dr. Anna Vacca, Business and Professional Women State Parliamentarian and Principal at Gardendale High School; Trish Coghlan, GSNCA CEO; Donna S. Cates, Senior Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch; and Nicole Anderson, BPW Young Careerist & RE/MAX Realtor. Pictured: Dr. Vacca teaching about Women’s Rights. Click here for more photos!


2010 Cookie Season is Almost Here!

The Cookie Sale Program begins December 18 and lasts until March 6! This year, we are proud to introduce a delicious new cookie, Thank U Berry Munch! This mouth-watering cookie has cranberries and white-chocolate fudge. All cookies are $3.50/box and can be purchased from a Girl Scout, at a booth sale, or you may use the “Find Cookies” feature coming soon to our Web site.

President Signs Girl Scout Coin Act

President Obama has signed the Girl Scouts of the USA Commemorative Coin Act authorizing the minting of 350,000 silver dollar coins in honor of Girl Scouts and the achievements of the 50 million women across the nation whose lives have been influenced by Girl Scouting.

“The Commemorative Coin is a wonderful honor for the Girl Scouts,” said Trish Coghlan, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (GSNCA). “Congress only allows the minting of two coins a year and this is a great way to recognize the impact the Girl Scout Movement has on million of girls and women. GSNCA is grateful to Rep. Roger Aderholt (R-AL), Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL), Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), and Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for their support in co-sponsoring the bill.”

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions made the following comments today regarding the enactment of the Girl Scout Commemorative Coin Act:

“I am delighted that Congress overwhelmingly approved the Girl Scout Commemorative Coin Act, and the President signed it into law. Scouting organizations are a unique opportunity for our young people to learn the leadership skills that will stay with them as they become the leaders of tomorrow. When they are minted in 2013, these commemorative coins will mark the beginning of the Girl Scouts second century of offering that opportunity.”

The legislation directs the U.S. Mint to produce 350,000 silver coins. Ten dollars from the sale of each coin will go to GSUSA to help fund much-needed renovations at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, Georgia. The coin will be minted and sold in 2013, marking the end of Girl Scouts’ yearlong centennial celebration and kicking off a new century of leadership and service to girls.

“Girl Scout programs help young girls here in Alabama and throughout the country to build good character and achieve their goals,” states Congressman Spencer Bachus. “The Girl Scouts are a positive force for young women and their families and communities, and I was pleased to support the creation of this commemorative coin celebrating their 100th anniversary.”

“The Girls Scouts is a wonderful experience that helps today’s girls learn the strong leadership skills needed for their futures,” Congressman Mike Rogers states. “I am pleased to cosponsor the Girl Scout Commemorative Coin Act as a way to show my great respect for this important program and its participants.”

The minting of the coin is only one of several events Girl Scouts has planned for its yearlong centennial celebration, local council celebrations, and girl projects that will commemorate our history.

Women’s Fund Grant to Support Financial Literacy

The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham recently made a $10,000 grant to the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabamas Centsability program. Centsability is part of GSNCA’s Financial Literacy initiative. This program for girls 2nd-8th grades will help develop critical thinking skills that will create better decision making in financial management and resource development. Pictured: L-R: Susan Tate, Denise Dauphin, Joan Perry and Brownie Girl Scout Holli Chapman.

Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation Invests in Science & Technology

Recognizing the need to educate girls in science and technology fields, the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation made a $25,000 donation to the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) initiative. “The mission of Girl Scouting is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place,” Mike Donnelly, Regional President for Wachovia Bank’s Mid-South Region, states. “I believe the STEM initiative will help accomplish this mission by providing girls in our community with an early education and interest in science, math, technology and engineering, which is critical to the success of our future technology leaders.” Click here to read full release. Pictured: Kaitlyn Gurosky of Hoover, Paula Beck, Mike Donnelly, Trish Coghlan, and Kristen Gurosky of Hoover

Community Foundation to Support Technology

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham recently awarded GSNCA with a technology grant of $6,900! Thank you for your support! Pictured Left to Right: GSNCA CEO Trish Coghlan; GSNCA Board Members: Holley Lagrone, Alice Williams, Judy Neil, Peggie Myles, Phyllis Davis; GSNCA Board Chair Chris Ross; and CFGB Vice President of Philanthropy Jan Bell.

Support Girl Scout Pension Plan Relief

On October 27, 2009, Congressman Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) and Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) introduced the Preserve Benefits and Jobs Act (H.R. 3936), legislation that would provide significant relief for sponsors of defined-benefit pension plans. This legislation includes provisions that would provide significant relief for non-profit multiple-employer plans like the National Girl Scout Council Retirement Plan (NGSCRP). Girl Scouts worked closely with Congressmen Pomeroy and Tiberi to ensure that this legislation provided sufficient relief for the National Girl Scout Council Retirement Plan. Key to this legislation’s success is strong, bipartisan support. We ask all Girl Scout supporters to contact their U.S. Representatives only, and urge them to cosponsor the Preserve Benefits and Jobs Act. Please use the Take Action link below to send a message to your Representatives today. If you have questions about this legislation or would like to assist in our efforts, please contact Girl Scouts Public Policy and Advocacy Office at (202) 659-3780 or

Girl Awards

The following girls have earned their Gold Awards recently. These girls put in many hours of planning, researching and hard work to earn these awards. Congratulations on your accomplishment!


Catherine Butler of Hoover recently earned her Gold Award by planning and teaching environmental classes to the campers at Camp Fletcher. The project addressed the specific issues of water protection, recycling and reducing wastes. Catherine helped campers relate to their local surroundings through a variety of activities. Click here to read more about Catherine’s Gold Award.

Stephanie Nix of Huntsville recently earned her Gold Award by starting a Book Club for Teens at the Huntsville Public Library. Her project was developed to create an environment in the community in which girls could safely express their ideas and opinions about different topics brought up in the books that were read. Click here to read more about Stephanie’s Gold Award.

Annalisa Fowler of Hayleyville recently completed her Gold Award project by creating a PowerPoint presentation and brochure that educated the community about alternative energy sources that are available and may become available in the state of Alabama, energy saving tips and recycling. She presented this information to two different groups in her community. Click here to read more about Annalisa’s Gold Award.

Beatrice Marshall of Birmingham recently earned her Gold Award by collecting shoes and purses for single mothers and battered women who are served by the Oak Mountain Mission. Beatrice’s project, titled, YouNiquie Women: You Are Special, involved a day where she made the women of the Mission feel special by offering facials and massages, as well as educational material on health issues, nutrition, exercise, skin care and dressing for success. Click here to read more about Beatrice’s Gold Award.

Melissa Halbert of Birmingham recently earned her Gold Award by renovating the sensory riding trail for the Special Equestrians program. The sensory trail incorporates multiple activities that stimulate special needs students. Melissa created statues for the trail, a new magnetic board, a spinning flower and replaced their noodle hang. Click here to read more about Melissa’s Gold Award.

Heather Jones of Hoover recently earned her Gold Award by hosting a Spanish workshop for attorneys to educate them about the Hispanic culture. Speakers addressed a wide range of issues, barriers, struggles and provided a different perspective of the Hispanic community. Her project also included a Spanish/English curriculum that she created for the early Learning Center at the Church at Brookhills. Click here to read more about Heather’s Gold Award.