Ink Spots – eNewsletter February 2009

Council Happenings

Girl Scouts at the Inauguration

Two of GSNCAs very own Girl Scouts and leaders had the opportunity to attend the Presidential Inauguration in January. Willette Battle of Service Unit 35 and Jenella Lymon of Service Unit 31, each took a group of children. Between the two groups, they experienced Inaugural Balls, a Presidential Concert, the Inauguration, sightseeing, and miles and miles of souvenir shopping!

When the Girl Scouts who attended were asked, what this opportunity mean to them it was apparent that they were truly touched. Jenetta Lymon, a Junior Girl Scout of Troop 556 said, “Emotional! To see this Inauguration was life-changing.” Kiana Battle, a Brownie Girl Scout of Troop 669 said,”This was a once-in-a-lifetime event!”

Caroling for Cans

These Girl Scouts spread joy and cheer this past Christmas by caroling in Carisbrooke and collecting canned goods and household items to donate to the Greater Birmingham Ministries. They collected over 300 lbs. of food for donation.

Celebrity Chef Cookie Challenge

Do you have a sweet tooth and a sweet spot in your heart? We can help satisfy that craving! Come join GSNCA and B101.7 FM on February 16 at the 2nd Annual Celebrity Chef Cookie Challenge.

At the Celebrity Chef Cookie Challenge, the public will be able to sample and vote for their favorite recipe that local chefs and caterers create using Girl Scouts cookies. Whoever receives the most votes will be given a trophy.

Some of the participating restaurants and caterers include Mary’s Cakes and Pastries, A Cutting Edge Caterer, Miss Melissa’s, Shelton State Culinary Students, The Globe, Desparados, Evangelines, and Kozyâs.

The Celebrity Chef Cookie Challenge will take place 6:30 PM to 8 PM at Shelton State Community College. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For tickets and more information please contact Lisa West at 205-792-0878 or lwest@girlscoutsnca.org.

GSNCA News

Give Our Deployed Troops a Little Taste of Home!
GSNCA is collecting cookies to send to deployed troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. This collection will go on through March 30. Cookies may be purchased at booth sales or at your local service center. Booth sales at many local stores and supermarkets will start February 14. If you haven’t been contacted by a Girl Scout, and need your annual sugar fix, please call 800-734-4541 or visit www.girlscoutsnca.org to find a local booth sale.

Collections to help defray the cost of shipping will be accepted. Service centers are located in Birmingham, Anniston, Tuscaloosa, Gadsden, Florence and Huntsville. Thanks to ReMax of Madison, Huntsville and Hampton Cove; ReMax Platinum of Decatur; 88.1 WAY FM, FOX6 and Cox Radio for supporting this effort. If you have a particular solider or troop, we will send the cookies to them.

2009 Camp Season is Almost Here!

Visit www.girlscoutsnca.org to see the 2009 Camp Brochure and see what exciting camps are offered this summer. For your convenience, we are offering online Summer Camp registration this year, which will begin on Sunday, March 8th at 2 PM. This will save parents time and enable campers to know immediately whether or not a preferred session is full. There will be a $4.95 registration fee for this convenience for one registration, and one $8.00 registration fee for family and troop camps. If you come to the office to register on March 8th between 2-4 PM you will not be charged a fee and will still know immediately if a session is full. If you mail, fax, or bring your child’s registration into an office after March 8th you will not be charged a fee, but must wait for confirmation on session availability.

Young Professionals Show Inner-City Girls How to Reach Career Goals

The Leadership Circle, a group of young professionals who support the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, hosted a Career Development Workshop for girls in Birmingham’s inner-city troops on Saturday, November 1st at the YMCA Youth Center.

The workshop consisted of 6 stations (3 for Brownies and 3 for Juniors), and each station had a speaker and an activity that the girls completed to earn a badge. Speakers talked about their field, and what goals they had to set for themselves to get into their field, and talked about what the girls can be doing NOW to reach their career goals.

Stations included Computer Science, where girls learned how to take apart a computer and learn the inner-workings of it. Also, the Financial station taught girls how to comparison shop for the best deal to make the most of their budget. The Food station taught girls how to make a healthy and fun snack!

Girl Awards

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

GOLD

Cynthia Ann Delano (Madison)
Madison Academy
To earn her award, Cynthia campaigned for healthier snack options in her high school’s vending machines. She worked with Buffalo Rock, the school’s snack food vendor, to get junk food replaced with healthier choices like granola bars and trail mix in the vending machines.

SILVER

Megan Rebecca Vansant of Hunstville recently completed her Silver Award by conducting a three day soccer camp for children ages 5-12 at the local YMCA. The camp covered the fundamentals of soccer and focused on the importance of fitness and sportsmanship in both athletics and daily life.

F.Y.I.
Women of Distinction

The Central Alabama Women of Disctinction luncheon will take place on March 13th at The Harbert Center at 11:30 AM and will be emceed by Bettina Boateng of NBC13. Tickets are $45/members and $60/non-members. This year’s honorees include: Dr. Syble H. Brindley, Retired Professor of the University of Montevallo; Carolyn R. Harper, Corporate Affairs and Communication, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC; Sheryl Kimerling, philanthropist; Penny M. Manuel, Vice President of Technical Services, Southern Company Services; Molly C. McGregor, President and CEO, Nonprofit Resource Center of Alabama; Samuetta Primus Nesbitt, Senior Vice President of Communications, United Way of Central Alabama, Inc; Frances King Quick, Attorney, Maynard Cooper and Gale, P.C.; Paula Rushing, Vice President of Finance, Alagasco; Isabel C. Scarinci, Ph. D., M.P.H, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Lois S. Woodward, Partner at Balch & Bingham LLP. In addition Patricia Mitchell, Founder and Executive Director of Auntie Litter, Inc., will be honored with the Mildred Bell Johnson Award, the Council’s highest adult honor. Luncheon Co-Chairs are Sue Esleck, Vice President of Quality, Brookwood Medical Center and Sabrina A. Simon, Corporate Council of Southern Progress Corporation. The Signature Sponsor for the event is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. Other sponsors include: Silver: Alagasco/Energen and EBSCO Industries; Bronze: ACIPCO and Brookwood Medical Center.

The West Alabama Women of Distinction will take place on April 23rd at Hotel Capstone at 12:00 PM and is being emceed by Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox. This event is being chaired by Nancy Lambert-Brown. Nominations are being accepted until February 20th.

The Huntsville Women of Distinction luncheon will take place on May 8th at the Huntsville Country Club at 11:30 AM. This event is being chaired by Dawn Stanley. Nominations have been extended to March 13th.