Ink Spots – eNewsletter November 2011

Council Happenings

Local Girl Scouts To Benefit from AT&T Imagine Grant

As minority students and women gravitate away from science and engineering toward other professions, and employment in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields are increasing at a faster pace than in non-STEM fields, educational experts say the U.S. must increase proficiency and interest in these areas to compete in the global economy. The Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (GSNCA) and AT&T announced a new program to help 500 Birmingham and Huntsville high school girls gain interest in STEM classes and future careers. The local initiative, called “IMAGINE Yourself, Alabama,” is funded through an AT&T Aspire contribution designed to expose young women to a variety of career options in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. GSNCA will receive a $45,000 grant to conduct the program from November 2011 through summer 2012 and is one of 18 councils, selected through a national competitive grant process, to participate.

Remember GSNCA with a Year-End Gift

Your support provides membership and camp scholarships for girls, maintenance and upkeep at camps, helps keep service centers and shops open, and provides sashes and insignias for girls. While the calendar year is winding down, girl programs and troop activities are in full swing. As Girl Scouts across the Council and the nation celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting, won’t you join us by making a gift in this 100th year? If you would like to make your gift online click here. If you are considering a Planned Gift, please designate “Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama” in your documents. To discuss options, please call our VP of Resource Development Margaret Ritchie at (205) 453-9525. We thank you for remembering GSNCA throughout the year and in your future planning!

Girls Celebrate 100 Years of Girl Scouting

By Brittany Knox

Girls continue to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting at program events around the Council. Recently, Girl Scouts from around the Tuscaloosa area celebrated the 100th anniversary by having a birthday party for founder Juliette Low. The day included activities such as learning “Happy Birthday” in sign language, singing songs and activity stations.


Women of Distinction and Women Who Serve West Alabama Nominations Open

Nominations are open until November 21 for the 2012 East-Central Alabama Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon and the Women Who Serve West Alabama event. In recognition of our 100 years, we will honor our East and Central Women of Distinction with one combined celebration on March 9, 2012 in Birmingham. Nominations may be submitted by any individual, employer, civic organization or agency in East or Central Alabama. Click here for nomination information. We will recognize women who made significant contributions in the aftermath of the April 2011 tornadoes at a Women Who Serve West Alabama event.

GSNCA Launches Community Take Action Project

The Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (GSNCA) launched its year-long campaign to Reduce Plastic Waste on October 1. This campaign is in conjunction with the Girl Scouts of the USA’s Forever Green Take Action Project. GSNCA invites the community to participate in the project by reducing the number of single-use water bottles and replacing them with reusable water bottles. You may register, track and share your monthly impact here:

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!

Courtlyn Robinson

Girls Minority Achievement Council

Courtlyn earned her Gold Award by organizing the Girls Minority Achievement Council (GMAC) at Vestavia Hills High School. Courtlyn wanted to empower young black females to be leaders in the school and to serve as mentors to girls at Vestavia Hills Elementary Central.

Molly Gammon

Acknowledge Outreach Ministries Food Pantry

Molly earned her Gold Award after she realized the dire need for a food pantry in Wylam, Alabama. Molly worked with Acknowledge Outreach Ministries (AOM) to build a pantry on its campus. After educating students at her high school about the community’s needs, she organized a food drive to stock the new space. Molly also worked with a local church to make sure the pantry continues to stay full.

2012 Cookie Season to Launch in December

In honor of Girl Scouting’s 100th anniversary, customers can expect to see an old favorite, with a new name: Savannah Smiles. These lemon-flavored cookies, along with seven other varieties, will be on sale December 30 through March 3. Cookies offered include all-time favorites: Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, Savannah Smiles, Dulce de Leche and Thank U Berry Munch. Each box sells for $3.50. All eight varieties of Girl Scout Cookies contain zero grams of trans fat. Girl Scout cookies are a low-sodium treat, and some varieties weigh in at only 28 (Savannah Smiles) and 40 (Thin Mints) calories per cookie! Be on the lookout for Girl Scouts selling cookies. If you have trouble finding cookies, call 800-734-4541.

Help us Connect with Alumnae!

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