Ink Spots – eNewsletter March 2010

Council Happenings

Madison Girl Receives Science Award for Girl Scout Project

Cadette Girl Scout Shelby Travis of Troop 312 in Madison recently earned her Plant Interest Project Award by using the entry as her 6th grade science project. She tested the results of planting the same plants in soil and hydroponically to see which grew better. Shelby’s Girl Scout project won the Horizon Elementary School Science Fair and continued on to the North Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NARSEF). At NARSEF she placed 4th out of 12 entries for grades 6-8. Interest Project Awards are earned by Girl Scouts ages 11-17. These earned awards are recognized symbols of achievement and excellence.

Cadette Girl Scout Makes Cookies for Troops Personal Service

Cadette Girl Scout Claire Munster has sold 732 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to send to troops overseas. Claires father is in the army and recently moved to Huntsville in July of 2009. “I wanted to spend all my time raising donations for cookies to send overseas because I wanted to thank our soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan by sending a taste of home to them,” says Claire. Her goal was to send 200 boxes, but thanks to the help of the Houston BPO Elks Lodge #151, BPOE and the State of Texas Veterans Committee, Claire has well surpassed her goal. “For me, with every single box of cookies I am able to send overseas, I am honoring my military family, thanking those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan today.” Claire is 11 years old and is in the 6th grade. We are very proud of Claire for all of her hard work.

Cookies for Troops still going until March 31!

Cookies collected to send to troops can still be dropped off at any Girl Scout Service Center throughout North-Central Alabama. You can also still purchase cookies for yourself or to send overseas at any Service Center. To find service center locations, please visit Thanks to the many media outlets who have helped us spread our messages on the Cookie Sale Program and the Cookies for Troops campaign. Special thanks to Lamar Outdoors, 104.7 WZZK, WAY FM 88.1, WDRM 102.1, Talk 106.1, The River 100.3 and WBHP 800/1230, B 101.7 WBEI, 99.1 WDGM, 95.3 The Bear, 790 AM WTSK and 92.9 WTUG. We are thankful to have such great partners dedicated to helping their communities!


Summer Camp Registration is Underway!

Online registration is the preferred method for registration. Online registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis at There is no additional fee for online registration. 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 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.

GSNCA Introduces Inaugural Girl Congress

The first GSNCA Girl Congress will take place on Saturday May 15, 2010 from 9:30 AM-11:30 AM (before the Annual Council Meeting) at the Alabama Power Building in Birmingham. Girls, grades 9th through 12th grade, are invited to attend. Lunch will be provided. The GSNCA Girl Congress will focus on issues older girls are interested in within our Council. If you are interested in participating, RSVP to Rhonda Lambert no later than May 10, 2010. If you are interested in participating in future meetings, please also notify Rhonda.

Camp Cottaquilla Becomes Certified Wildlife Habitat

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) announced that Camp Cottaquilla (in Anniston) is now recognized as an official Certified Wildlife Habitat site. The property attracts a variety of birds, butterflies and other wildlife, while helping to protect the local environment. With the help of NWF, many habitat enthusiasts have turned their yards and other garden spaces into enticing wildlife refuges. NWF began the Wildlife Habitat certification program in 1973, and has since certified over 122,000 habitats nationwide. The majority of these sites represent the hard work and commitment of individuals and families providing habitat near their homes, but NWF has also certified more than 3000 schools and hundreds of business and community sites. Camp Cottaquilla is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Calhoun County. It offers beautiful hardwood forest, tall mountains, hiking trails and 3000 acres to explore. The campsite has a lake for boating activities, swimming pool and a new state-of-the-arts Low Ropes course. It features a large dining hall with screened porch, healthcare center, nature nook, campfire circle and two areas for rainy day activities.

Get Your Girl Scout Items NOW!

Visit for Girl Scout items, gifts, jewelry, toys and much more!

Black Check Shirt – $28

Capri Leggings – $28

Gray Hoodie – $28

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!

Emily Carlton

Purity – Teaching What Matters

For her Gold Award project, Emily Carlton wanted to reach out to teenage girls on the subject of purity of mind, body and soul, as well share as an abstinence message. Her opportunity began during a two-week mission trip to Big Timber, Montana, where over 50 children, ages 6 to 19, from a nearby reservation attended camp at the Four Winds Ministry Center.

Rachel Edwards

Nutrition, Youth Obesity & Exercise

The purpose of Rachel Edwards Gold Award project was to instill the importance of healthy eating and exercise into the lives of young children and increase awareness in the community. She presented a health fair for children and their parents with a dietician who spoke about healthy eating, introduced them to the food pyramid and shared how to prepare a healthy meal.

Sabrina Fitzgerald

Oak Mountain Book Drive

Sabrina responded to a call for help in her community with her Gold Award project the problem of illiteracy. Working in conjunction with the Alabama Literacy Council, the Children’s Literacy Guild of Alabama and the Birmingham Junior League, over 30,000 books from the Birmingham area were collected to combat illiteracy. Bria Harper

Hearts of Hope

Inspired by her grandmothers experience as a cancer survivor, Bria’s project provided lunches at no cost to cancer patients receiving chemotherapy treatments and educated them about their special nutritional needs. She spent hours researching common chemotherapy side effects, eating tips, menus and recipes for patients, which she compiled into binders with the help of volunteers to share with the patients.

Emily Moses

Mentoring the Quest

For her Gold Award, Emily Moses developed a mentoring program for her church youth group. The goal of her project was to increase the declining numbers of sixth-graders in the classes and enhance their spiritual journey. She recruited high school students as mentors to share in the lesson-planning and create a fun atmosphere for the youth.

Cameron Sale

Reading Counts!

Cameron Sale believes a child’s early school experiences help shape their attitude toward learning, which impacts their desire to pursue an education. As a result, her Gold Award project focused on rebuilding a reading center for a first grade class at Oakman Elementary School in Walker County after it was devastated by a tornado.

Carli Schilleci

BUILD (Being United in Living Discipleship)

Carli wanted to make a difference in her community through her Gold Award project by reaching out to teenage youth groups in her church. The purpose of BUILD, which stands for Being United in Living Discipleship, was to increase participation in the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) by encouraging high-schoolers to come to her church for weekly meetings and outreach programs.

Kelly West

Kelly earned her Gold Award by facilitating painting classes for cancer patients and their families who stayed at the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Birmingham. The goal of her project was to use the patients’ artwork to create greeting cards for the American Cancer Society as a personal way to thank donors, sponsors and volunteers.


Women of Distinction

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

The 17th Annual Central Alabama Women of Distinction Luncheon was a huge success raising over $60,000! Please click here for photos!

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

2010 Nominees:

Josie Leigh Craig – Jones Valley Elementary

Beth Wheeler Dean – Guntersville Public Library

Dr. Jan Irons Harris – Cullman City Schools

Debra Jenkins – Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center

Debbie Overcash – Civic Leader

Gerry Mills Schaffer – Geriann’s Designs

Janet Bransford Sage – Crisis Services of North Alabama

Amelia McDonald Summerville – Civic Leader

Jean Wessel Templeton – Wesfam Restaurants, Inc.

Elizabeth M. Wise – U.S. Army, Retired

Julien McKinney Young – Lockheed Martin Company

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: 11:30 AM – 1 PM

Luncheon Speaker-Gail Collins of the New York Times

2010 Honorees:

Frances E. Couch Award: Josephine Ayers – Longleaf Style Magazine

Women of Distinction:

Betty Carr – Civic Leader

Joyce Hughes – HealthSouth

Marie Akin – Exchange Bank of Alabama

Dr. Valerie Richardson – Gadsden State Community College

Jean Stanko – Anniston Family Practice

Christie King-Ray – C King Benefit Auctions

Tina Gregerson – Personnel Staffing

Carol Pappas – Partners by Design (The Daily Home, retired)

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

2010 Nominees:

Debbie Bond – The Alabama Blues Project

Vickie G. Brown – Tuscaloosa City Schools

Teresa Costanzo – East Tuscaloosa Family Resource Center

Molly Donlon – Wintzell’s Oyster House

Dr. Julia A. Hartman – The University of Alabama

Vicki Kerr – Caring Days Adult Daycare

Dorothy Richardson – Tuscaloosa City Schools

Melissa Russell – Business Savvy Women’s Group

Gail Read Windham – Civic Leader

Dr. Anne Witt – The University of Alabama

Please visit each event’s Web site to see sponsorship forms, ticket information and other information as it becomes available.