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 February 2012                                                        Subscribe to this e-newsletter
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February Patch of the Month
Rhapsody in Green
Centennial Extravaganza
News Briefs
March 15 luncheon
Painting with a Purpose
Facilitating Adult Learning
Feb/March Activities
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February Patch of the Month
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Valentine's Day is the theme for the February Patch Puzzle of the month - now on the council website! 

Rhapsody in Green gala

Join us for Rhapsody in Green, A Night of Glitz and Glamour on Saturday, June 23, from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Hilton Riverside New Orleans. Enjoy an evening of live music, dancing, a silent auction, food, cocktails and much more! Gala sponsors include AT&T Louisiana, Clear Channel New Orleans & Baton Rouge, Fox 8 TV, WAFB TV, and Whitney Bank, and additional gala and 100th anniversary sponsors are needed. Interested in serving on a committee to solicit silent auction items, work the event, secure sponsorships, and help sell tickets/tables for this exciting event?  Contact Cerise McClendon at (504) 733-8220, ext. 2222. Gala tickets will be on sale in early March.


Girl Scouts will be announcing another celebratory event in June shortly.  Want a hint? Think 'Green.'

 Buy your tickets today for our Centennial Extravaganza

Girl Scouting is turning 100 years old this March! Don't miss the council's Centennial Extravaganza on Saturday, March 17, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (carnival rides remaining open until 9 p.m.) at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. Presenting sponsor is Winn-Dixie. 

Girls and their families will enjoy a day of exciting, hands-on  activities and games, as we celebrate Girl Scouting across the years, and the international sisterhood of Girl Scouting with World Thinking Day activities including a parade of flags!


Tickets to the Extravaganza are $8 per person, if pre-ordered through the Council shop by Friday, March 2, and will be $10 at the door. Carnival Riding Bracelets for $5 each will be available on location for unlimited riding. Children 3 and under and senior citizens 70 and older will be admitted free. Discounted $5 tickets are available to troops/girls/adults working as presenters, who will also receive free event patches as well as special Worker Bee patches. Games and food items will be available for individual purchase at carnival booths. Possible concession stand(s) inside main stage area.

News Briefs
  • The Cookie Sale is going strong, so keep selling those Girl Scout cookies!  Booth sign-up instructions are coming to you through the eBudde system.
  • Help us set the record straight! Girl Scouts does not collaborate with or support Planned Parenthood. We've created a flyer (3-up on a page)for troops to print and distribute to any potential customers who inquire or insist that we do (we don't!)
  • February 6 is the deadline for Girl Scouts ages 14-18 to apply as a delegate to the Girls' World Forum 2012 in Chicago, July 12-16, 2012 being hosted by the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).  
  • March 1 is the deadline to nominate an outstanding volunteer for a council adult recognition so these volunteers can be recognized at the May 12 adult recognition event. 
    Nominations and letters of endorsement and/or videos of endorsement (possibly girl generated) are reviewed by a volunteer committee to assure candidate have met the criteria for the award, before being forwarded to our Board of Directors for approval.
 Reserve your seat today for March 15 Luncheon in Baton Rouge

spring luncheonJoin WAFB weathercaster and mistress of ceremonies Diane Deaton and local adult Girl Scout supporters at the council's 100th anniversary fundraising luncheon on Thursday, March 15, from 12 to 1 p.m. (meet and greet at 11:30 a.m.) at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. Table captains who host a table of their friends and colleagues are needed. Please contact Cathy Pottschmidt at (800) 644-7571, ext. 1238 for additional information. Corporate sponsors include Albemarle Foundation, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, DeCuir Clark & Adams, Baton Rouge Printing, Gulf Coast Office Products, LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors, and media sponsors Clear Channel Baton Rouge and WAFB Channel 9Seating is limited so reserve your seat today. The luncheon is free to attend, but donations will be solicited.

 Painting with a Purpose on March 25

Corks and Canvas and Painting with a Twist have teamed up for a night of Painting with a Purpose on Sunday, March 25, (unless specified) to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting. Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to our council. The event is open to the public, so it's the perfect opportunity to invite your friends to enjoy an evening of fun, while supporting Girl Scouts. Children, under 21, are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent. Click here to see the paintings, times, and to register.  

Locations include: 1900 Lafayette St. Suite 2A, Gretna; 204 E. Thomas St., Hammond; 488 Corporate Dr. Suite 3, Houma; 17535 Airline Hwy. Suite I, Prairieville; 2132 East Gause Blvd., Slidell; 711 Jefferson Hwy. Suite 3A, Baton Rouge; 2689 Florida St., Mandeville; 119 Focis St., Metairie; 4524 Magazine St., New Orleans.

Facilitating Adult Learning

Adult Learning Facilitators are a vital resource to our Girl Scouts Louisiana East volunteers, providing the necessary learning sessions and support by way of basic and enrichment courses throughout the council jurisdiction. Adult Learning Facilitators guide an individual or group to learn through interactive activities by using a range of processing skills and methods to achieve measurable learning outcomes. It is important that they become knowledgeable about Girl Scouts,including history, vision, mission and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.


Our goal is for every service unit to have one or more volunteer Adult Learning Facilitators. Please consider joining our dynamic team of council facilitators by registering for the "Facilitating Adult Learning" session on Saturday, March 3, at council headquarters, 841 S. Clearview Parkway, Jefferson. The session begins at 9 a.m. until 12 noon, followed by lunch (provided), and then a practice session on delivering "Leadership Essentials" from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Please register online or contact Jill Pollard, VP Adult Learning and Program, at for additional information.

 Activities/events for February - March

Please visit the website calendar frequently to get the latest information. Go to the appropriate month and day, and click on the link for details including registration deadlines, age levels, times, cost, etc. New events are added all the time!

FULL Feb. 4 - Women in Chemistry (Br & Jr workshops), Baton Rouge

FULL Feb. 4 - American Red Cross First Aid Badge Workshop (Jrs), Baton Rouge

Feb. 4 - Fitness Fun (Daisies), Baton Rouge

NEW Feb. 7 and Feb. 19 - Bass Pro Shops' Girl Scouts Intro to Camping (all ages), Denham Springs
Feb. 11 - CARE: the power of girls (Jrs), Baton Rouge

FULL Feb. 11 - Mother/Daughter Sewing (grades 4 & up), Baton Rouge
Feb. 17-19 - Family Camping at Camp Covington
Feb. 25 - Daisy Day at the Baton Rouge Zoo

Feb. 25 - Louisiana Art and Science Museum (Daisies - Jrs), Baton Rouge

Feb. 29 - Night at the Opera (Cad-Amb), New Orleans
March 3 - Sciencein Action Day at Oschner (Brs), Kenner
March 9-11 - Family Camping at CWP
March 10 - Goodwill Good Turn Day (all ages), many locations
March 10 - Girl Scout Tea and Fashion Show at Longue Vue (all ages), New Orleans
March 10 - Model for a Day at Longue Vue (Br-Amb), New Orleans
March 10 - Children's World's Fair (Brs-Jrs), New Orleans

March 15 - Our Girls Our Future Fundraising luncheon (adults), Baton Rouge
March 17 - GSLE Centennial Extravaganza (girls and their families), Gonzales
March 23 - Me & My Pal Overnight at CWP (Brownies & older) 
NEW March 24 - Girl Scouts at Pointe Coupee Ag Day (Daisies- Cad) New Roads
March 25 - Painting with a Purpose (adults), many locations 


CORRECTION April 15 - Honeybees Dance Clinic & game (all ages), New Orleans