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Sabrina Seme
It is with great enthusiasm we welcome Sabrina Seme (pronounced like  semi-circle) as our Membership Recruitment Manager serving the area and Service Units Jennifer Joyce had supported which includes Indian Treasure, Sea Star, Pegasus, Gemini and Phoenix! Sabrina is coming from Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties where she spent just under 2 years as a volunteer recruiter, and most recently serving the last 2 years as an AmeriCorps Program Associate. Her passion ultimately is in volunteer recruitment, so she's excited for the opportunity to work with us doing something she truly loves.
 
Welcome Sabrina!




Katie Chwalik
We are delighted to welcome Katie Chwalik (pronounced, Cha-wall-ick) as our PR & Brand Specialist! Katie comes to us with a very interesting background; after graduating with a degree concentrating in English, she was a high school English instructor! She has however spent the latter part of her career as a Senior Media Relations Strategist with Fractl which is a digital content marketing company. Katie is excited to have the opportunity to work with an organization whose mission she is so passionate about as she grew up in Girl Scouting.
 
Welcome Katie!
     
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This Year's Cookie Sale Results are IN!
And GSSEF did it again!
 
F or the second year in a row, GSSEF experienced the best Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program in the history of our Council. A special thanks to our awesome Girl Scouts, their supportive parents and our fantastic volunteers, for making this happen!

As promised, we're sharing some of the highlights of the sales results with you.
  • Sales: 2017 - 1,578,144 boxes  (49,525 more boxes than 2106 for a 3.2 percent increase)  
  • Initial Orders - 1,177,284 boxes (111,648 more boxes than 2016 for a 10.4 percent increase) 
  • DOC Orders - 10,656 boxes (5421 more boxes than 2016 for a 103.5 percent increase ) 
  • CFM Girl Sale Donations - 57,720 boxes (1528 more donations than 2016)
  • CFM Mail Donations - $30,047 ($7779 more donations than 2016) 
  • Girls Selling - 7,178 
  • PGA - 219
  • Troops Selling 722 
  • Extreme Team Girls - 179 girls selling 252,402 boxes  
  • See Extreme Team List here  
  • Girls Selling 2017+ - 39 girls selling 88,540 boxes 
  • See 2017+ List here 
  • Top Sellers in Each Service Unit selling 52,454 boxes 
  • See Service Unit Top Sellers here
  • 3-6-9 Bonus - 13 Service Units 
  • See 3-6-9 Report here 
  • Troops earned proceeds from the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program: $1,098,281
The Top 3 Sellers for the 2017 Cookie Sale: 
Amanda K. - selling 4,603 boxes (Atikah Service Unit)
Saya G. - selling 3,718 boxes (Sandy Beaches Service Unit)
Genevieve V. - selling 3,009 boxes (Sunchariot Service Unit)
 
Congratulations to all three of these girls, their parents and their troop leaders....what an awesome job!
                                      
Share and celebrate all of these successes. EVERYONE, together, did a remarkable job and with impressive dedication. The true end result is that over 7100 girls in our Council had a positive and fun experience doing what every Girl Scout likes to do - SELL GIRL SCOUT COOKIES.

 
     
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Your Voice Counts! Girl Scout Voices Count Survey is OPEN

At Girl Scouts, we care about your experience, good or bad, and we want to  hear from you! This month Girl Scouts of the USA is conducting a national survey with girls, parents/guardians and troop volunteers called Girl Scout Voices Count to find out what's working, and what's not, in Girl Scouts. They will use your feedback to improve our services and programs. The surveys are now open. Be sure to check your email from April 3rd for the invitation to participate. As a Thank You, everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a raffle to win one of twenty $50 gift cards! We can't wait for you to make your voice count!

Got questions? For more information, email GSVoicesCount@girlscouts.org.
      
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Save the Date for the GREAT GIVE - May 17, 2017
Mark your calendar! On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, from midnight to midnight, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is participating in the Great Give, a 24-hour online giving event designed to raise as much money as possible for Girl Scouts in just one day!
 
Stay tuned for more information and updates and plan on joining us for this special day! When sharing on social media, please use #GreatGive17.

      
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Find Your Fave Girl Scout Style 
Getting ready for your next awesome adventure? Find your   fave Girl Scout style and swag at our Jupiter retail store to make it the best ever. There is plenty of new  merchandise to check out. Questions? Please contact Jodi Potter at jpotter@gssef.org.      

You can also shop anytime by visiting our Online Store that is open 24/7.  
       
 


Bunny Surprises for You   
Hop into the retail store on April 15th and see what the bunny has left behind for you. Stay tuned for further egg-stra-vaganza details.
 


All-In-One Bridging Kit 
Are you planning a bridging ceremony? We can help. Our retail store has a convenient, all-in-one Bridging Kit that has everything you need. Each kit includes the items that are presented to girls bridging to the next age level. Just add the girls' name to the sheet provided and you're ready for your bridging ceremony! We invite you to stop by the retail store and get your Bridging Kit before they are gone.



Award Season is Here
Give that special girl who has earned one of the highest awards that a Girl Scout can earn - a Silver or Gold Award, a reminder of her accomplishments with these lovely dangling earrings for $9.99, necklace for  $19.99 or bracelet $11.99 (not pictured). You can find them in our retail store.




   
Girl Scouts' "Made in the USA" Commitment
Girl Scout Merchandise continues to honor its commitment to U.S.-m ade  products and to strive to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible. Girl Scout vests, sashes, tunics, and insignia are all currently produced in this country, and we are reaching out to more vendors that have capabilities to produce stateside. In addition, beginning in July, Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette badge production will take place in the United States.     
              
            
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WORMS better watch out! 2017-2018 Early Bird Re-registration Is Open!
Who can participate in Early Bird Re-Registration?
* Everyone registered by MARCH 31st is eligible to participate in Early Bird re-registration. The annual registration fee for the 2017 - 2018 membership year, October 1 - September 30, is $40 for girls and $25 for adults.

What are the Early Bird Guidelines?
* All individually registered girls and troops must submit their online re-registration with payment by 11:59 p.m. on May 15 to be considered an Early Bird.
* All girls who are re-registered during Early Bird will receive the exclusive Early Bird patch!
* Troops must re-register 80% of their currently registered girls AND two Leaders to be eligible for the 2017-2018 Early Bird cookie incentives and drawings.
* Can't remember your MyGS login? That's ok...just email troopsupport@gssef.org and our Troop Support Specialists will follow up with you.

And don't forget those WORMderful Incentives! 
All participating Troops who re-register 80% of eligible girls and two Leaders, within the Early Bird period (April 1 to May 15 at 11:59 p.m.), will earn:

*  An additional 3-cents per box of cookies sold in the 2018 Cookie Sale Program
* Eligibility for the WORMtacular grand prize drawings in May and November
 
And since the Early Bird gets the WORM (Weekly Opportunity for Rad Merchandise), we will be offering a "Worm of the Week" drawing! Register at least one member of your troop to be eligible for that week's WORM. Mark your calendars and play along! And be sure to tune in to Facebook LIVE on WORM Wednesdays to find out which troop wins the WORM of the Week! #wormwednesday

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Weekly WORM drawings! 
Week 2: April 4-10 - Drawing on Wednesday, April 12th
"Power Lunch with the CEO": Entire troop (and adults) receives FREE lunch with GSSEF CEO, Lisa Johnson, at restaurant of their choice - and some sweet Girl Scout swag!

Week 3: April 11-17 - Drawing on Wednesday, April 19th
"Worms in Space" Package: Tickets for 10 to Kennedy Space Center with one add-on enhancement.

A complete list of Weekly WORM prizes, drawing dates, the WORMtacular grand prize drawings in May and November, and the fine print, can be found here.

Questions?
Contact Heather Hileman, vice president of member engagement and experience, at (561) 427-0189 or hhileman@gssef.org.

Need your MyGS community information? Contact our Troop Support specialists at troopsupport@gssef.org.
  
          
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Online Program Listings and Calendar  
Be sure to check out our online program listings and calendar here
t o see all the fun and exciting programs we have to offer. 
      
 
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Girl Scouts Take the Lead
Do you have photos from your troop or service unit activities or service projects that you would like to share? We'd love to give you a shout out. To share your photos and activities, complete this short form here.        


     

Taking action to learn more local government and civic engagement, Troop 20143 visited the Village of Wellington Florida Council during their meeting. Way to go, Girl Scouts!
 
 

 
Because of their super cookie boss skills, Cadette Troop 20962 enjoyed a weekend of zip-lining and horseback riding with their cookie proceeds!

     



At this month's GSSEF Board of Director's meeting, Troop Leader Beverly Hudson from Fort Lauderdale, presented the "Mission Moment." Beverly is pictured with CEO Lisa Yanni Johnson and Board Chair Lorna Brown-Burton.



Take a look at more photos of Girl Scout Adventures
Check-out GSSEF'S Flickr page. 
 
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