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Please Note: GSSEF and both retail store locations will be closed for an all-day staff meeting on November 2.
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As we get ready to move to our new GSSEF Administrative Headquarters by the end of the year, we have a number of office furniture items that won't be moving with us. If you or an organization that you work with are in need, we are offering these items at no cost for anyone that could put them to good use. You will be responsible for disassembling and removing the item from the Jupiter Service Center between December 18 - 21, 2017. Click here to view the catalog of available furniture options. If you'd like to view anything in person or would like to claim an item, please contact Pam Ashworth at 954-739-0966 or pashworth@gssef.org

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We Heart Welaka: December 2
Camp Welaka is a magical place where Girl Scouts of all ages can enjoy the beauty of nature and the fun of being outdoors. During this program, participants discover what has made Camp Welaka special for many generations of past campers. Canoe Lake Akalew, try archery*, go on a treasure hunt hike, enjoy tasty treats made on a campfire, design a nature inspired memento, give back with a camp inspired service project - all these activities and more await you in the great outdoors. Registration is open to all Girl Scout grade-levels. See the flyer here  
 
Registration cost: $18 per girl; $10 per adult. For more information, contact Customer Care at customercare@gssef.org.  
 
To register, click here.   
 
*Girls 8 and over will participate in archery. A fun program alternative is available for girls 7 and under.
 
Volunteers are needed. Please email customercare@gssef.org if you are interested in volunteering.   
 

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In partnership with Kolter Homes, we invite you to enjoy the outdoors and learn more about Girl Scouts. It is the perfect opportunity to introduce Girl Scouts to your friends. At this FREE open house style event, you'll have the opportunity to meet your local Girl Scout Council and learn more about the outdoors as you explore the nature preserve.This event is open to all registered and non-registered girls* and their families.  
 
The event includes a showcase of National Girl Scout Outdoor Badges with activities that will allow girls to begin their Girl Scout career on-site as they earn components towards the new and current Outdoor Badges.  
 
November 4, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Canopy Creek 
5412 SW Blue Daze Way
Palm City, FL 34990
   
December 16, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Vizcaya Falls
1101 NW Vivaldi Ct
Port St Lucie, FL 34986
Questions? Contact Contact Sabrina Seme at 561-402-4781 or sseme@gssef.org.
 
*Girl Scout membership dues are $40 per girl and $25 per adult, annually.
 
   
 
Movie Mania: November 21-22
Registration is still open for Movie Mania 2017.This year, Movie Mania will be on Tuesday, November 21. There is no school the next day so come party with us. Join us November 21-November 22 at the Cin√©polis in Deerfield Beach.This up-all-night movie lock-in party is sure to bring out your inner movie hero. As an exclusive to this year's Movie Mania, be the first to watch Disney's new movie "COCO" with showings starting at midnight. Enjoy new releases like "Wonder", "Justice League", "Thor" and "Big Hero 6".  In between the big screen attractions, dance along to great tunes by our amazing DJ, get your face painted and have fun with your Girl Scout sisters. Register today. General admission is $28.00 per person. For additional information, see the flyer.

But wait, there's more! We need your help in selecting additional movies to be played at this year's Movie Mania. Send your requests to Catalina Cano at ccano@gssef.org no later than Friday, November 10.




Mall Madness: Get Ready to Register on December 1
This year's Mall Madness is full of BIG surprises, including a new location at Pembroke Lakes Mall in Pembroke Pines. We invite you to join us for "GLOW the Mall" on February 24-25. This year's theme will include glow in the dark activities, music, games, a NEON scavenger hunt and much more. Get ready to GLOW with us. Gather your best NEON colors to light up the night for a fun party celebration at our new location! Look for additional information and a Mall Madness flyer in upcoming issues of our E-Newsletter.

Mark Your Calendars
Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017. Last year, VIP
sold out in less than 10 minutes. Login to your MyGS Community at www.gssef.org today to make sure your troop and adults are registered this year, so they don't miss out on this amazing program. GSSEF girl to adult ratios must
be adhered to.
  • Mall Madness is open to Daisy through Ambassador Girl Scout grade levels
  • VIP admission: $35.00 per person includes VIP express pass to VIP stores, exclusive entrance and priority admission, glow stick and VIP exclusive patch.
  • General admission: $30.00 per person will include program patch


SWE Fish Like a Girl Workshop: December 9
Grade-Level: Juniors - Ambassadors
River Center: 805 N US Highway 1, Jupiter, FL

The local chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is hosting a Fish Like a Girl Workshop on December 9 at the River Center in Jupiter from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Girls will learn the basics of fishing including knot tying, tackle and casting. Other topics that will be covered include conservation, regulations, fish anatomy (dissection) and fish identification. And, of course, girls will be fishing, too. Registration cost is $15 per girl. Register here.

               
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  On the Move at GSSEF

 






Please help us in congratulating Allyson Maharaj who has accepted the position as Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida's Chief Financial Officer as we bid farewell to Jeff Vanier. Allyson began her Girl Scout journey 13 years ago this coming November in legacy Palm Glades as a Finance Assistant. Throughout her tenure, Allyson has demonstrated her dedication and commitment to our organization's mission, and is ready and highly capable of taking on this new challenge.

 





Please join us in welcoming Alese Cauley to the role of Finance Assistant in the Finance Department. Alese has been working with us for the past 5 months on a temp to hire basis, and has very quickly proven herself to be an asset to the department and to our organization! Alese brings many years of accounting experience to our team, and is just as pleasant as she is efficient.

Welcome, Alese and congratulations Allyson!





Please welcome our new Get Real Program Facilitator, Denise Simmons! Denise will be working alongside of Patricia Brooks and replaced Rhonda Rogers to deliver the Get Real program curriculum to girls attending Lauderdale Lakes Middle School.

Denise has spent several years as a Community Health Educator for Planned Parenthood in their Teen Outreach program and as a Program Manager for the University of Miami. She currently volunteers as a Senior Program Director for Impart Kingdom Ministries and is the Youth Department Director at her Church. She also operates two small businesses following her other passion in media and photography.

Please help us in giving her a warm Girl Scout welcome as she began her journey with our council in late September!
   
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Shout Out to Military Members: Did You Receive Cookies?
Calling all active members or veterans of our armed forces - and their families. Have you ever received Girl Scout cookies while you were deployed either domestically or overseas? Or did you receive cookies while at the VA or through other veteran outreach programs? If so, we'd love to hear from you. As we countdown to the kick-off of our annual Cookies for the Military program, we'd love to feature you in our campaign and thank you for your service. We want our donors to know that cookies really are delivered far and wide, and that even the small things can make a difference. Help us reach our biggest goal to date of 70,000 boxes of cookies sent. Please send your name and contact information to Melinda Glasco at mglasco@gssef.org if you are interested in being featured.

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The 2017 Fall Product Online Program Continues Until November 15
By participating in the Fall Product Online Program, girls can have those Nut, Candy and Magazines and More orders count towards reaching their overall Fall Product Program goal.  
 
If your Girl Scout doesn't have her online store yet, help her set up her online store now so she can start sending emails to those not normally reached during the friends and family campaign. The online-store is easily set-up; click here to begin. She can earn a variety of patches by sending emails.  
 
The Fall Product Online Program sales also count towards Girl Rewards. Check out all the Girl Rewards you can earn here and the patches here.

   
Holiday Favorites can be ordered online
With the gift-giving season just around the corner, the delicious chocolate-covered pretzels in the Holiday Tin make for a great gift.





Another gift idea is a collectible Girl Scout Tin featuring an outdoor theme with delicious Mint Treasures chocolates.



The  online store features many other gift ideas, including magazine subscriptions.

If you have a question, contact Gabriella Gaita, Director of Product Sales, at ggaita@gssef.org.
 
               
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Thank You For Helping Our Camps Recover!
A big "THANK YOU"  to our wonderful GSSEF volunteers and their amazing friends who helped us make Hurricane Irma repairs at Camp Nocatee and Camp Welaka! You heard our call for assistance and we are SO appreciative!

Bryan Radke
Jennifer Goldfarb
Christine Eubanks
Mark Camp 
Dewey Budro
Angie Parker
Aaron Degelsmith 
Bambi Williams

Terry Williams
Otis Rojas
Amanda Rojas
Christine Earle
David Earle 
Lisa Cook
Jessica Cook 
Kathy Doan

   
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Business Networking with a Cause at Ethos Greek Bistro
Please join us for an evening of networking and giving back to the community. Merchant Processing Solutions will host Business Networking with a Cause to benefit Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida and Highland Food Resources on Tuesday, November 28, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Ethos Greek Bistro in Wilton Manors.
 
Tickets: Online Registration: $20 person 
Tickets: At the Door: $25 per person 
Tickets include one complimentary drink and appetizers
 
Questions? Contact: Rebecca Schaffer at rschaffer@gssef.org.

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A Take Action Opportunity: November 18
The Treasure Coast Chapter of the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals (TCC-FAEP) invites you to join them in cleaning up Boynton Beach Oceanfront Park on Saturday, November 18 at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers will remove litter from the public beach alongside members of the TCC-FAEP and have the opportunity to engage in conversations about the environment and environment-related careers. Girls will also be able to tour and learn about the sand transfer plant located at the Boynton Beach Inlet. For additional information, see flyer.

Gloves, garbage bags, and water will be provided. Volunteers will meet by the restroom facilities. Please ensure all girl-to-adult ratios are met and your day trip travel application is submitted 14 days prior to the event:
 
Ocean Inlet Park
6990 N. Ocean Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Please RSVP to tcc.faep@gmail.com by November 15.
   
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2018 American Honda Birdies for Children Donation Link is OPEN!
American Honda Birdies for Children program is a vehicle for GSSEF to team up with The Honda Classic and present you with a chance to win a new Honda automobile.Your donation will be matched at 110% courtesy of The Honda Classic. The minimum donation is $20 for which you will receive one guess. Any size donation can be given through this link and GSSEF will receive an additional 10% on each gift! Donations can be made through late February. Click here to donate.
 
 
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2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Applications are now open for the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and we are encouraging our Girl Scouts who have volunteered over the past year to apply, particularly our Silver and Gold Award Girl Scouts. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors students in grades 5-12 who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

Honors are granted on the local, state and national level. Several Distinguished Finalists in each state receive bronze medallions. State Honorees (the top, middle level and high school volunteer in each state and the District of Columbia) receive $1,000, silver medallions and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. for four days of national recognition events.Ten National Honorees named during the trip receive $5,000 awards, gold medallions, crystal trophies for their nominating organizations and $5,000 Prudential Foundation grants for charities of their choice.
 
Requirements:
Girl Scouts in grades 5-12 who have volunteered within the past year. Application certified by a local Girl Scout council or school principal.
 
Applications need to be submitted to GSSEF by November 7. Girls can apply here. GSSEF will then review applications and select one or more Girl Scouts to represent our Council in the state-level judging.
 
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Find Your Fave G.I.R.L. Gear  
Getting ready for your next awesome G.I.R.L. experience? Find your fave Girl Scout style and swag at our Jupiter Retail Store and r emember that our Broward County Pop-Up Shop in Tamarac is open now. Check out the new Girl Scouts Fall Catalog here.
   
Starting in November, both retail locations will be open the first and third Saturday of each month.  
 
Questions? Please contact Jodi Potter at jpotter@gssef.org.     
   
  
GSSEF Online Store Open 24/7 
You
can shop anytime by visiting our Online Store that is open 24/7.  
               

Back to Troop Coupon: Redeem Until November 21 
Did you earn a $10 Back to Troop coupon? If so, now is the time to redeem the coupon on your next purchase in the retail store. It is good on any item in the store. There are no exclusions, except gift cards. Come shop now through
November 21 and don't forget your coupon.
 
     
Cyber Monday Goes Green
Mark your calendars now. We're going green on Cyber Monday this year. Won't be near a computer that day? Fear not. We have a solution: follow and like our GSSEF Facebook page to learn what in-store Cyber Monday Goes Green specials we will have on November 27.
 
  
    
 
Girl Scout Starter Kit includes an Emoticon Bag while Supplies Last
Are you getting ready for a new year of Girl Scout adventures? A great item to add to your shopping list is a Starter Kit or Essentials Kit that has everything you need to get your Girl Scout year started right. It also includes a super cute Emoticon drawstring bag while supplies last. For additional information, see flyer here
 
               
 
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National Kindness Day: November 12 
As Girl Scouts, we practice kindness every day. Did you know there is actually a designated day to celebrate kindness? Would your troop want to be part of this global celebration? Here is a fun opportunity to celebrate World Kindness Day on Sunday, November 12. You can join Saint Andrew's School for a Freeze-mob and Flash-mob Kindness Event.

Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Where: Don Jones Memorial Football Field at Saint Andrew's School
3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton, FL 33434
Be prepared to Freeze-mob for 3 minutes and Flash-mob for 4 minutes. For additional information, see the flyer.

 
For questions, please contact Tori-Lynn Saraniti at 954-612-7913 or TLC.LPS@gmail.com or Ann Haynes at ann.haynes@saintandrews.net.

 
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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.        


 
     
For the ninth year, G.I.R.L.s of Troop 10514 have taken the lead in the Operation Christmas Child service project. These go-getters invite other troops in their Wildflower Service Unit to participate, too. This year there were 200 Girl Scouts who participated to give Christmas to an orphan child with the loving gift of a shoe box filled with school supplies and life necessities.They donated 345 shoe boxes of love and made another 330 over three full day sessions.
 
 
     
 
   
Taking action, the G.I.R.L.s of Troop 40237 of St. Anastasia Catholic School in Fort Pierce took part in the council-wide service project "Cozy Feets & Covered Seats" and donated items to Hope's Closet.
 
      

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