February 2017                                                                                                           www.gsle.org
In This Issue
Girls' Choice
We have a Winner!

Girls have spoken! The next Girls' Choice badge will be Troop Camping. Many thanks to everyone who voted and shared the poll with girls.Daisies will get a first taste of the camping fun and excitement in their first-ever Girls' Choice badge, and then the Brownie-Ambassador badges will build on that foundation.

Starting February 13, please vote for your favorite badge design! The poll will run from February 13-17. 
New Program Opportunities
STEM Day at River Parishes Community College

Join us in Gonzales on March 18 at the River Parishes Community College as we explore the world of Science and Technology, Engineering and Math! Three awesome hands-on workshops for girls, ages 9-13, for $3 per girl.  http://bit.ly/2igpaYi A Great day of STEM fun just for Girl Scouts!
Louisiana Nature Center

The Audubon Nature Institute's Louisiana Nature Center is reopening this April, with Girl Scout programs starting in March! The Wetlands badge featured in the flyer will have the Nature Center name on it. They are also planning some overnights in April.
Anniversary Open House

McFadden Cabin was given to the local Girl Scout council on February 14, 1931 as a "Valentine gift" from Mr. McFadden. Join us as celebrate the 86th anniversary at our Cabin's Open House, Tuesday, February 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments. RSVP to Jill Pollard at jpollard@gsle.org

Need directions? Take Carrollton Avenue to City Park entrance at Beauregard Circle (Esplanade Avenue light) Turn left. Proceed to New Orleans Museum of Art.  Circle behind Museum and cross bridge behind Museum. Turn right on Golf Drive. Cabin is first building on right.
Troop Volunteers 
Troop Volunteer Role

You may have noticed a new volunteer role appear for your troop in MYGS.  The troop volunteer role has been added to help ensure all who need background checks are being sent the link. 

Parents and others who are serving in volunteer roles without a position description such as drivers, finance roles, chaperones for events & travel or those actively participating (3 or more meetings/events) with your troop should be directed to select troop volunteer. This selection will trigger a background check. Those who will be driving girls should choose "yes" when asked if they are a driver.

The Friends and Family Network is for parents, grandparents and other adult members who are not actively involved where a background check is not required.
Join us at Summer Resident Camp!
At Girl Scouts Louisiana East Resident Camp the adventure is high and the fun is big-like, really BIG.

"Survivor" is NOT your everyday summer experience. Come ready to play, explore, discover, and have the time of your life. It's going to be EPIC.

Overnight resident camp will run  May 28-July 21  at Camps Covington, Marydale and Whispering Pines, and we've even added Day Camps (July 23-28) and some Troop Sessions this summer as well! 

Check out the 2017 resident camp brochure for session descriptions, and more. (Brochure is here in  PDF format; in  magazine format. It's being mailed this week!) Full payment is due with registration and registration will be handled online at  www.gsle.org/ebiz.

Important Dates
February 10 - General registration begins. Full payment due with registration.
Febru ary 19, April 30 -  Camp Open Houses at Camp Marydale. Receive a $25 discount if register for camp while at open house.
March 1 - Camp Financial Assistance Request applications are due 
March 26, April 9 - Camp Open Houses at Camp Whispering Pines. Receive a $25 discount if register for camp while at open house. 
Girl Membership Shout Outs
A huge shout-out to the women behind each G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ The volunteers of these Girl Scout communities are ensuring that Girl Scouts is a priority in their neighborhoods and schools. Each has reached their 2016-2017 girl membership goal. Join us in congratulating them on a job well-done.

Accomplished by January
Central Community 104  -Jennifer Ackoury, Community Administrator

Baton Rouge Bluebonnet Community 121
- Courtney Rahm, Community Administrator

Denham Springs Community 122 - Mary Stringfellow, Community Administrator

Gonzales Community 132 - Stacey Denham & Brenda Shuff, Community Administrators

NW New Orleans  Community 435  - Lisa Plaia, Community Administrator      

Accomplished by December
Community 111  -  Alison Paz, Community Administrator
Community 112  -  Mona LaCombe, Community Administrator
Community 131  -  Kim Stein, Community Administrator
Community 144  - Toni Daigle, Community Administrator
Community 147 - Loretta Robillard, Community Administrator

Hope to see many more join this list next month.  The February Membership Challenge is on and the Daisy Girl Scout campaign is in full swing. What schools are you ready to recruit at?  Get more information on both from your External Recruiting Specialist.
Cookie Program Update
GSLE Bling Your Booth
This council-sponsored contest encourages troops to exhibit their creativity and have fun at the same time! Select a theme; Be Unique, Be You; Cookie Troop 100; Thanks-A-Lot; use decorations, costumes, themed props, and signs - just keep safety in mind.

Winners will receive: 1st place: 2 nights at GSLE camp of choice. 2nd place: 1 night at GSLE camp of choice. 3rd place: 1 day at GSLE camp of choice.

One photo entry per troop/girl, emailed to cookies@gsle.org Please enter "Bling Your Booth" in subject line. Deadline is March 24, 2017. Include girl's name & grade, troop # (5 digits), community #, leader's name, phone or email. Photos may be featured on GSLE's website or social media accounts.
February-March Activities
Check out the  website events calendar  to see what program events have been planned. You can view events in list or calendar format, with advanced search options of age level, or topic category.

Closed Feb. 8 - Night at the Opera: Sweeney Todd (grades 6-12), New Orleans
New Feb. 11 - East Jefferson General Hospital's ABC's of Babysitting Workshop (ages 11 and older), Metairie
Feb. 11 - LA/SPCA Animal Guardian Workshop (grades 2-12), Algiers
Feb. 11 and 12 - Love, Hug, & Groom sessions (grades 2-3), St. Francisvile
New Feb. 14 - McFadden Cabin Anniversary Celebration & Open House, New Orleans
New Feb. 18 - Learn to Play Hockey (ages 5-12), Baton Rouge
New Feb. 19 - Mardi Gras Celebration with Kappa Delta (grades K-5), Baton Rouge 
Feb. 19 - Camp Open House (grades 1-12 and guardian), St. Francisville
New Feb. 21 - Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra's Full Symphony Experience (all ages), Baton Rouge
Feb. 24 - National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend and Direct Sale begins 
Mar. 4 - Goodwill Good Turn Day (all ages), council-wide
Mar. 4 - Wrangler/Spur Program Orientation (ages 12+), St. Francisville
New Mar. 4 - Harlem Globetrotters World Tour (all ages), New Orleans
New Mar. 5 - Harlem Globetrotters World Tour (all ages), Baton Rouge
Mar. 5 - Court of Honor Book/Award Review, Metairie
Mar. 11 - Girl Scouts Bayou Lafourche Clean-up (ages 7+), Thibodaux
Mar. 11 - LA/SPCA Animal Guardian Workshop (grades 2-12), Algiers
Mar. 13 - Catholic Committee Spring Pre-Ceremony Meeting (adults)
New Mar. 18 - STEM Day at River Parishes Community College (ages 9-13), Gonzales
Mar. 18 - Program Aide Training (grades 6-8), Thibodaux
Mar. 18 - Field Day (grades K-3), Thibodaux
Mar. 26 - Camp Open House (all ages), Independence
Mar. 29 - Night at the Opera: Faust (grades 6-12), New Orleans

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Register for 2017 Council Annual Meeting
The Girl Scouts Louisiana East 2017 Annual Meeting and Adult Recognition event is set for Saturday, April 1, at the First Community Antioch Baptist Church, 10860 Highway 3125, in Lutcher. This yearly meeting is attended by council delegates who will vote on the new board and other items of business.

Deadline to register your attendance and sign your delegate position description is Monday, February 27. Online delegate training must be completed by March 10. Delegates who served in 2015 or 2016 do not need to retake the training. Early completion is encouraged.

Nominate those Outstanding Volunteers! 
We are excited to recognize our wonderful volunteers at the Annual Meeting. We have had a few nominations come in but we would like to see more volunteers honored. The deadline for nominations has been extended to  Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 To learn more about council-level  adult recognitions please visit our awards page.   Additionally if you have been a volunteer for 5 years or longer you may be eligible for the years of service pin. These pins are awarded in 5 year increments for adult service given to Girl Scouts.  Please send your nominations or service pin requests to Dawn Allen at  dallen@gsle.org.  
Upcoming Volunteer Training Sessions 
Leadership Essentials -
2/9, 3/7

First Aid / CPR / AED  - 2/9, 2/21, 3/14, 3/21

Basic Camping Skills - 3/11

American Red Cross Small Craft Safety-  3/12

Passport to Troop Travel - 2/7, 3/14

Archery Facilitator - 2/18
Online registration is easy! Visit  www.gsle.org/ebiz 
and click the Activities tab. Select the appropriate Learning and Training course.
C.A.P.E. Award

This month's C.A.P.E.* Award goes to Caroline Avegno, Co-leader for Brownie Troop 40025!  If not for Caroline's determination, Metairie Community 401 wouldn't have made their 2015-16 AFGC Goal!   Although excited to camp, her troop had never been on a camp-out, and she was excited to learn that our Community could earn a free-camp out if we made our annual goal. Although she was not the AFGC Captain, her enthusiasm kept the chair working hard and pushed for all in the Community to meet their goal.  When Community 401 was down to the wire and less than $100 from meeting the goal, she personally collected the remaining funds from her troop parents and hand-delivered it to council to make sure the Community made their goal by the deadline! 

The Community 401 was able to have their first encampment in years, with over 70 girls having a blast and making incredible memories!  Thank you to Caroline Avegno for going above and beyond for the girls.

We are now accepting nominations for the March hero.  This month we will celebrate an all-around AWESOME volunteer.  Who in your Community rocks her volunteer role?  Please send nominations to Dawn Allen at dallen@gsle.org no later than February 25, 2017.

*Champion Adults Producing Excellence