Ink Spots – eNewsletter March 2011

Council Happenings

Girl Scouts Celebrate 99 Years!

In preparation for the coming centennial, activities and events are planned both locally and nationally in honor of the Girl Scouts’ 99th anniversary which was March 12. The Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (GSNCA) will join a nationwide take-action project entitled “Girl Scouts Forever Green” which allows Girl Scouts of all ages, volunteers and alumnae to participate in a meaningful leadership experience that makes a positive impact on the environment. GSNCA will participate in Earth Hour, a global initiative that invites individuals, businesses, governments and communities to turn off their lights for one hour, to show support for environmentally sustainable action. Earth Hour will take place at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26.

In recognition of our 100th anniversary in 2012, we plan to challenge our entire 36-county area to join us in celebrating Earth Hour,” said GSNCA CEO Trish Coghlan. The Earth Hour collaboration is one part of the Girl Scouts’ broader commitment to environmental sustainability.  To learn more about 100th Anniversary plans, visit

Alumnae Spotlight – Nancy Covert, Dale Carnegie Training

by Steven Coyle

Nancy Covert, President of Dale Carnegie Training of North and Central Alabama, joined Girl Scouts in 1970 as a Browine and continued to Cadettes. Originally from Bloomington, IL, Nancy attended Illinois State University and now resides in Huntsville, Alabama. Nancy is a member of Executive Women International, The American Society for Training and Development and the Birmingham Society of Human Resource Managers. She is married with two children and her daughter is a Girl Scout.

Camp Registration Online NOW!

Summer Camp has something for everyone! Girls and boys can find something that interests them at several of our camps this summer. Resident camps are available only to girls, while day camps are available for girls and boys. You do not have to be a Girl Scout to attend. To learn what each camp can offer your child, visit and select on the camp you are interested in attending, or view the camp brochure. Over 1100 have already registered – so make sure you get your spot today! Open Houses will be held at the following camps:

Camp Cottaquilla – March 27 from 2-4 PM

KPC – March 27 from 2-4 PM

Camp Coleman – April 3 from 2-4 PM

Camp Trico – April 10 from 2-4 PM

Camp Anderel – May 1 from 2-4 PM


Do You Watch What Your Kids Watch?

Join GSNCA and several community partners for Community Conversations in Birmingham and Huntsville to discuss Healthy Media Images and how they affect our youth (subject matter is geared towards adults). Media is ubiquitous in todays society, and the steady increase in media consumption is having an impact on all our kids, including young girls. We believe all children benefit from experiencing healthy and positive messages about girls and women, and tools such as media literacy education and career exploration can be invaluable to young people. At this event girls, community leaders, media and youth development experts, will come together to identify ways to help young people encounter and use media content that inspires, empowers and engages. Events are free, but registration is required.


Women of Distinction

Have you purchased your tickets to Women of Distinction yet? There’s still time to make reservations for the East Alabama luncheon on March 24, the West Alabama luncheon on April 7 and the North Alabama luncheon with keynote speaker Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey on April 27. Special thanks to BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama for being our event sponsor for all four luncheons.

Annual Meeting

We hope to see you at the Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 14 at the Alabama Power Headquarters in downtown Birmingham. Meeting begins at 2:00 PM. Reception to recognize new board members and adult awardees to follow. RSVP to Linda DeLong at


Cookie Sale a Huge Success!

Thanks to all staff, volunteers and GIRLS for making the 2011 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program the most successful ever for GSNCA! Our goal was 115,000 cases, and we sold over 119,000! That’s over 1,428,000 boxes of cookies. We’d also like to thank the community for their support of this financial literacy program.

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!

Christie Alonso

Christie joined two others for her project who felt strongly about assisting the children who stayed in Huntsville Womens and Childrens Hospital and wanted to address the needs of the Pediatric Unit.

Imani Anderson

Imani wanted to educate the community on Crohn’s Disease, an illness that directly affects her. Imani focused her Gold Award project, Purposeful Art, to facilitate therapeutic painting classes.


Sarah Bailey

Sarah decided she wanted her Gold Award Project to address childhood obesity. She developed and organized a 7-day fitness and nutrition camp at Madison Academy.

Shelley Boyers

Shelley loves to read. When she learned about the new library in her community of Southside, she decided to focus her project on helping it become established and raising public awareness for the library.

Leah Bradford

Leah responded to a call for help in her community—the need for a library. She worked with local businesses to get the necessary supplies. Langs Tropical Fish provided a temporary space for the library.

Margaret Connolly

Margaret was concerned about the freshmen who attend Spain Park High School. She wanted to ease the transition between middle and high school, so she developed the FLIP club.


Kayla Holmes

Kayla conducted a day camp for students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and test-taking anxiety. She asked professionals to come speak to students regarding ways to help their studies. Alison Maker

Alison joined two others for her project who felt strongly about assisting the children who stayed in Huntsville Womens and Childrens Hospital and wanted to address the needs of the Pediatric Unit. .

Lilian Mendoza

Lilian joined two others for her project who felt strongly about assisting the children who stayed in Huntsville Womens and Childrens Hospital and wanted to address the needs of the Pediatric Unit.

Sarah Paulett

Sarah helped people with disabilities and the elderly learn about disaster awareness. Sarah gave Go Kits to families at the Madison County Buddy Walk, a walk for those with Down’s Syndrome.

Kristen Ponder

Kristens love for animals inspired her to develop a dog fair. Kristen approached Madison City officials with the idea of hosting a Dog Day Fair to help officially open the new dog park at Mill Creek Greenway.

Laura Quattrochi

Laura established a recycling program at Grissom High School, her former school. Laura worked with sponsors, her former principal and Grissom Goes Green Environmental Club to bring the option of recycling.

Jessie Tucker

Jessi wanted to help kids involved in traumatic situations with her Bears for Babes Gold Award project. She worked with the Hoover Police Department by collecting and donating bears to be given to children to comfort them.

Lillian Wells

Lillian started a lending library at the Village Church in Lincoln Village that could be used by the children and the after-school program. Lillian reached out to her church, Girl Scout troop and community to collect books