Ink Spots – eNewsletter August 2011

Council Happenings

GSNCA Chosen as National STEM Advocacy Champion

Girl Scouts of the USA recently announced that Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (GSNCA) has been selected as a STEM Advocacy Champion. The honor was bestowed upon 17 councils nationwide by GSUSA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office. This new national initiate equips and empowers Girl Scout councils to lead efforts at the local and state level to increase girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by addressing and ultimately changing an issue that impacts the lives of girls in our area.

“Girl Scouts is committed to ensuring that every girl has the opportunity to explore and build an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” says Trish Coghlan, chief executive officer of GSNCA. “The strength of our nation depends on increasing girls’ involvement in STEM, to develop critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration skills that are important throughout life…”

Donor Spotlight – ENERGEN

GSNCA is pleased to thank ENERGEN for its long history of supporting Girl Scouts. ENERGEN has been one of GSNCA’s most consistent and generous supporters with its policy of matching employee contributions in addition to its charitable giving. Former Board member and longtime volunteer Holley LaGrone who takes ENERGEN’s community involvement commitment to heart says, “I am proud that ENERGEN invests where its employees give of their time and their gifts and I am particularly pleased that ENERGEN recognizes the importance of investing in leadership experiences for girls.”

Girl Scouts Distribute Tree Seedlings in Cullman

Leader Gayla Robbins, Olivia Huff, Maisie Kelly, Shay Robbins and Kaitlyn Haynes from Troop 10215 in Cullman, decided to help rebuild their community by distributing tree seedlings. Many of the trees located near the residents’ homes in east Cullman were uprooted and blown down from the recent tornadoes. The girls partnered with Wallace State’s Horticulture Department and were able to get 100 seedlings donated.

Barber’s Dairy Wins GSNCA Fishing Tournament

The second annual Bill Ireland Invitational Fishing Tournament was held June 24-25 on Lake Alice at Kanawahala Program Center (KPC) located in Chelsea, AL. Proceeds benefited the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. The tournament kicked-off Friday, June 24 with a Captain’s Party on the deck of Lake Alice at KPC. The Captain’s Party included appetizers, a Cajun dinner and beverages with a silent auction. Following the 6 a.m. breakfast on Saturday, June 25, the tournament began with a shotgun start on Lake Alice at KPC and other private, local lakes.

2nd Annual Soiree@Saks

The Girl Scouts Young Professionals Society will host the second annual Soiree@Saks to be held on Thursday, August 11, 2011, at Saks Fifth Avenue at The Summit from 6:30-9 p.m. Being introduced this year is a Role Model Runway. This fashion show will feature professional community leaders wearing some of Saks’ hottest fashions. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Gold Awards

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

Jessica Harrington

Jessica chose this project when she found herself somewhat unprepared for the challenges of middle school. As she matured, she realized she was not alone in those feelings, and was determined to help other young girls face some of the negative images, pressures and pitfalls of this age group.

Susan Sabia

The goal of Susan’s project was to create an outdoor classroom for Caldwell Elementary School focusing on the native birds of Jackson County. The campus of Caldwell Elementary had recently been rebuilt and the new construction left the grounds bare. Susan’s project brought color back to the campus.

Lauren Wesley

Lauren’s project provided the residents of the Millennium Nursing and Rehab Center with a raised planter box to allow them access to gardening in their wheelchairs and walkers. By planting flowers and vegetables, the residents can continue their physical therapy outdoors while doing something they enjoy.

Help us Connect with


As our 100th anniversary quickly approaches in 2012, we need help to reconnect with our alumnae to share what special plans we have for them! We ask you to consider helping us within your companies by sharing our request. There are several ways you or your company can help:

1) Place GSNCA alumnae information request in company newsletter or enewsletter (GSNCA can provide sample copy);

2) Send an all users type email with a contact request;

3) Post alumnae information request on company intranet/message boards;

4) Post alumnae information request on company blog;

5) Share request on company Twitter account or Facebook account;

6) Include alumnae return card in paychecks (GSNCA will provide to match company specs).

Please contact us if you would like more information, or if you have another way we might reach out to your employees at