Ink Spots – eNewsletter January 2010

Council Happenings

Shelby County Girl Scout Receives National Honor

Girl Scouts of the USA has named Hanna Cree, an Ambassador Girl Scout and a Chelsea High School Senior, as a 2009 National Young Women of Distinction for extraordinary leadership demonstrated through her remarkable community service projects.

Hanna was one of 10 Girl Scouts in the nation chosen for this honor. “This honor completes a goal I set in the seventh grade at the Atlanta National Girl Scout Convention,” states Hanna. “I sat in the sessions and looked at these young women on the stage describing their accomplishments and I set a goal that I would be one of these young women. I also hope the honor will bring more people to view my book about dyslexia, Help For Hanna, which can be found at”

“The 2009 National Young Women of Distinction epitomize Girl Scouting as the world’s best leadership experience for girls,” says Trish Coghlan, CEO of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. “By discovering, connecting and taking action, Hanna has defined what it means to be a female leader in today’s global society.”

Alabama’s Place In Space

More than 150 Girl Scouts converged in Huntsville in November to visit NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Nearly two-dozen cadettes and senior-level scouts visited the Marshall Center to discuss career opportunities in science, engineering and aerospace with NASA engineers and viewed a liquid nitrogen demonstration. Girls also participated in an egg drop, which helped the girls explore gravity, drag, air pressure, and how to design a structure that would safely carry cargo to the surface of a planet. The girls worked in teams to create structures that would hold the egg and cushion it as it was dropped. They also had to design and construct a parachute to collect as much air as possible so the cargo (egg) would drift safely to the surface.

Young Professional Group Member is Up and Coming

GSNCA Leadership Circle member Anna Curry received an Up and Coming Award from the Birmingham Business Alliance. As the event chair for the Leadership Circle’s fundraising event, Anna was responsible for much of the events’ success. She was also instrumental in the group’s annual service project–a career development workshop for girls served in our Urban Initiatives. In addition to Anna’s dedication to the Girl Scouts, she is also passionate about other causes. In September of 2009, Anna chose to raise funds and awareness of osteogenesis imperfect or “brittle bone disease,” a condition which Anna lives with every day, by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. We are truly proud to call her part of our Girl Scout family.

Holidays Around The World

Holidays Around the World was hosted by Hoover’s Cadette Troop 465 on December 5 at Shades Crest Baptist Church. The group invited several other older Girl Scout troops to research the holiday customs and traditions of different countries for younger Girl Scouts to visit. The event welcomed 185 younger Girl Scout “tourists” who took a “trip around the world,” learning about other cultures and the different ways holidays are celebrated in 13 countries/other areas of the world. Read more about Holidays Around the World here.


2010 Cookie Season is Underway!

The Cookie Sale Program 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.

Camp Season is Coming Soon!

Be on the lookout for the 2010 Camp Brochure to be posted at by Thursday, January 21!

Online registration is the preferred method for registration. Online registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at There is no additional fee for online registration. Registrations that are mailed or faxed will be processed after those that are entered online. Please be aware that space in all camp sessions is strictly limited. When submitting paper registration, please complete a separate form for each camper and for each program. Each resident camp registration form must be accompanied by a $100 deposit. Each day camp registration form must be accompanied by a deposit of $20 per week. The deposit is refundable only if the selected session is full or is cancelled due to lack of registrations. Registrations will also be accepted by mail, but will not be processed until Monday, March 8. Registrations will continue to be accepted until all spaces in the session are filled or two weeks before the start of the session, whichever comes first.

Save the Date: Annual Council Meeting

Saturday, May 15

2 PM – 4 PM (reception honoring adult awardees to follow)

Alabama Power Company Building

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, AL 35291

Please RSVP to Seating is limited.

Girl Scout Study Finds More Youth Today Would Make Responsible Choices Than 20 Years Ago

A nationwide survey released by Girl Scouts of the USA finds that more American teenagers say they would make responsible decisions on a range of issues from lying and cheating to smoking and drinking than young people just a generation ago.

The study, conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), is nearly identical to one Girl Scouts commissioned in 1989 and a comparison of the two shows a marked shift toward more ethical and responsible beliefs and values and civic involvement among teenagers.

Nearly two out of three young people (62 percent) surveyed in 2009, for example, say they would not cheat on a test compared to about half in 1989. Fifty-eight percent say they would refuse an alcoholic drink if offered one at a party. That’s compared to fewer than half (46 percent) in 1989. And only 18 percent say they believe smoking is acceptable if a person finds it enjoyable. In 1989, more than a quarter of those surveyed thought smoking was acceptable.

“This study shows that young people truly value diversity and civic involvement,” says Trish Coghlan, CEO of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. “Teens today are more accepting and more committed to their values than teenagers 20 years ago. But in a society of constant negative messages, age-appropriate programs offered by the Girl Scouts are more crucial than ever to help girls learn strong values and how to deal with peer pressure.”

KPC Receives ACA Accreditation

The American Camp Association® (ACA) announced today that Kanawahala Program Center (KPC) has received ACA-Accredited® Camp status.

“ACA Accreditation means that KPC submitted to a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation by the American Camp Association (ACA) – from staff qualifications and training to emergency management – and complied with the highest standards in the industry,” said Cindy Moore, National Standards Commission.

“Parents expect their children to attend accredited schools. They also deserve a camp experience that is reviewed and accredited by an expert, independent organization,” Moore said.

“KPC and ACA form a partnership that promotes summers of growth and fun in an environment committed to safety,” said Carolyn Mack, Vice President of Property and Outdoor Programs for the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. “ACA accreditation demonstrates our commitment to quality camp programming.”

GSNCA Welcomes New VP of Resource Development

GSNCA recently appointed Margaret Ritchie as the Vice President of Resource Development. Ritchie previously served as the Executive Director of the Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation. Ritchie leads the development department activities including annual giving, the capital campaign, planned giving and United Way and other agency grants. Ritchie supervises the grant writer, the special events coordinator and the departmental assistant.

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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!


Marissa Carden

Bird Observation and Education

To create a learning environment for children at F. E. Burleson Elementary School in Hartselle, Marissa Carden provided birdhouses for their outdoor classroom. In preparation for her Gold Award project, she researched birds and their habitats, which houses were best suited for the area and how to construct them, as well as educational information to share with the students.

Jennifer Dingle

The goal of Jennifer’s Gold Award project was to teach girls, ages 15-18, how to become financially independent. She coordinated a hands-on workshop with local experts that focused on the importance of maintaining a budget and living within your means. Topics included how to save money, creating a budget, investing, credit cards, interest rates and learning good spending habits.

Elizabeth Watson

Bringing Children Back to Nature

Elizabeth wanted to make a difference in the lives of children through her Gold Award project by helping a local school and community learn more about nature. To meet these goals, she constructed a butterfly garden at F. E. Burleson Elementary School in Hartselle, to be used in their outdoor classroom.

Karla Webb

It’s All For The Kids

Karla recognized that there were students at Hazel Green Elementary whose families were unable to afford school supplies. Her Gold Award project created awareness in her community and organized a school supply drive to help these children. Karla created a “how-to” guide, which she presented to the Madison County Schools Superintendent, and delivered a persuasive speech to community leaders to garner support for her project.

Jessica Wolfe

That’s Entertainment!

Jessica took the opportunity to address senior citizens’ mental health needs in her community with her Gold Award project. She created an educational brochure on the benefits of visual stimulation for seniors and developed a video and DVD library for the residents of Agape Manor Senior Living Facility.


Women of Distinction – Save the Date and NOMINATE!

GSNCA will have four Women of Distinction Luncheons this year throughout the 36-county area. Gold Awardees will be honored at each event. The WOD Luncheons are planned as follows:

Central AL WOD – Thursday, March 4 (covering Walker, Blount, Jefferson, Shelby and Chilton counties)

Location: The Harbert Center, Birmingham

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

2010 Honorees:

Donna Smith – Mildred Bell Johnson Awardee, Human Resources Director, Alabama Power Judy Benson – Human Resources Director, CRH North America, Inc.

Monica Caston – Vice President, General Counsel, Southern Nuclear Operation

Sara Hamlin – VP Tourism, The Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau

Mildred Lanier – Business Management Instructor, Jefferson State Community College

Darlene Negrotto – President and CEO, Vulcan Park Foundation

Claire Peel – Associate Provost, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Carole Pizitz – Philanthropist

Marianne Prime – Executive Vice President, Tech and Support Services, BBVA Compass

Dr. Ruth Strong – Retired Superintendent, Birmingham City Schools

North AL WOD – Friday, March 26 (covering Winston, Cullman, Marshall, DeKalb, Franklin, Lawrence, Morgan, Colbert, Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison and Jackson counties)

Location: The University of Alabama-Huntsville University Center Exhibit Hall

Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

East AL WOD – Thursday, April 1 (covering St. Clair, Talladega, Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Clay and Randolph counties)

Location: Jacksonville State University Cole Coliseum

Time: TBD

Luncheon Speaker-Gail Collins of the New York Time

West AL WOD – Thursday, April 8 (covering Marion, Lamar, Fayette, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Sumter, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Hale, Perry and Bibb counties)

Location: Indian Hills Country Club, Tuscaloosa

Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Please visit each event’s Web site to see nominations (if still open), sponsorship forms and other information as it becomes available.



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