Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida

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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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We Know The Importance of Girl Scouts
A Message From Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida CEO, Lisa Johnson
Thank you to all of our girls, volunteers, families, and supporters who have spoken out recently about the important role that Girl Scouts plays in a girl's life. The recent decision of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to open its program to girls is not in the best interests of girls. Offering hands-on, girl-led, girl-centered learning in STEM, the outdoors and entrepreneurship and providing girls with the opportunity to develop invaluable life skills, Girl Scouts helps all girls take the lead early and often. And we're backed by more than 100 years of experience and expertise in the field. Mounting research continues to support the unparalleled value of single-gender environments that provide girls a safe space in which to explore their potential and take the lead without the distractions or pressures that can be found in a coed environment.
 
Girl Scouts is the organization creating the female leadership pipeline. Simply put, Girl Scouting works. It is the best experience for girls in the world because it is girl-led. Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is more committed than ever to ensuring that girls take their rightful place as leaders in their communities, their country, and the world. For us, girls are not an afterthought. Everything we do is designed with girls, by girls, and for girls. We are girl experts, and we work every day to help girls develop the courage, confidence, and character so that they will make the world a better place.
 
Never is this more evident than in our Gold Award Girl Scouts. Earned by just 6 percent of Girl Scouts annually, this prestigious honor requires girls to demonstrate their leadership skills by tackling a community or global issue and developing a plan for long-term sustainability.

Earlier this month, I attended our 2017 National Convention: G.I.R.L. 2017 in Columbus, Ohio with an incredible group of girl and adult delegates, Girl Scout volunteers, and more. Meeting this year's National Young Women of Distinction and learning about their Gold Award projects that are truly making a different around the globe was absolutely inspiring and just re-affirms our commitment to providing girls in our community the opportunities and skills to follow in their footsteps.
 
Today we urge our Girl Scout members, alumnae, volunteers, program partners, and supporters to continue to speak up on behalf of our exceptional experiences for girls. For too long, we have been reserved in our approach to talking about the benefits of Girl Scouting, rather than proudly and loudly sharing the stories of impact that our girl members and volunteers make in their communities. Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida looks forward to an outstanding year ahead, and invite all of you to engage with us. Come along as we ensure that even more girls have access to Girl Scouting and that the world understands what a difference it makes in their lives.

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New Dates! The Great Outdoors with Girl Scouts - Presented by Kolter Homes  
In partnership with Kolter Homes, the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida invites 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.
 
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Movie Mania: November 21-22
Don't miss out on this year's Movie Mania. Join us November 21-November 22 at the Cinépolis in Deerfield Beach.This up-all-night movie lock-in party is sure to bring out your inner movie hero. Enjoy new releases like "Wonder", "Justice League", "Thor" and as an exclusive to this year's Movie Mania, be the fist to watch Disney's new movie "COCO" with showings starting at midnight. 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.


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Mall Madness 2018 is Full of Surprises: Registration opens 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.
  • 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

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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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Girl Scout Health Science Expo: November 5
The Broward College Nursing Club will host a Girl Scout Health Science Expo
on Sunday, November 5. As part of the Expo, Broward College is also opening their Health Sciences SIM Center for a special interactive simulation event exclusively for Girls Scouts and their parents. This event is open to Brownies through Ambassadors along with one adult per girl. Space is limited so please RSVP quickly to ensure your spot.  
 
Date:Sunday, November 5
Time:  9:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Location:Broward College Health Sciences SIM Center
3501 SW Davie Road,Davie, FL  
Cost: $7 per participant (adults and children)
 
Girl Scouts will earn at least two components of their grade-level First Aid Badge during the Expo. In addition, they will get to explore different aspects of Health Science careers and interact with nurses, students and health professionals. For additional information, see the flyer here. Please RSVP by Friday, October 20 to: bccentralnursing@gmail.com.
   
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The 2017 Fall Product Program Continues
Even though the date to submit the orders for nuts, candy and coupon books from the Girl Order Card is October 19, the Fall Product Online Program continues through November 15! If you have not started your Online Program, click here to begin.

With the winter holidays just around the corner, the delicious chocolate-covered pretzels in the Holiday Tin make for a great holiday gift! This is sure to be a customer favorite. Watch your orders grow with this seasonal item.

This year's new products - the Salt and Pepper Cashews and the Dill Pickle Peanuts, make for delicious snacks. What a great opportunity to highlight them to your customer so you can reach and exceed your goal even faster.

Did you know with just two coupon book orders, you will earn a cool "Hero Thought Board"?

This year's Fall Product Program features many patches and rewards. Check out all the Girl Rewards you can earn here and the patches here.


Do you like our Super Mascot? You can earn Coco, our  "plush Super mascot" by selling 50 Nut and Candy items or eight Magazines & More items. So earn one, or both. It's all-up to you.

Be Fearless and Reach your Goals!
 
           
   
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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 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.
   
The Jupiter Retail Store and the Pop-Up Shop in Tamarac are open each Saturday in October from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Starting in November, both retail locations, will be open the first and third Saturday of each month.  
 
Please Note: The Jupiter Retail Store will be closing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31. Both retail locations will be closed Thursday, November 2 for an all staff meeting. Questions? Please contact Jodi Potter at jpotter@gssef.org.     
   
  
GSSEF Online Store Open 24/7 
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can shop anytime by visiting our Online Store that is open 24/7.  
 
       
 
Juliette Gordon Low's Birthday  Bash: October 28  
Stop by either the Jupiter Retail Store or the Pop-Up Shop in Tamarac on  Saturday, October 28 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) and help us celebrate Juliette Gordon Low's birthday. It's a great time to check out all the awesome new merchandise in the store. Select a Juliette Gordon Low patch with a surprise discount inside and receive up to 30% discount on your entire purchase. In store only, no phone orders and one per customer. See store for details.  
   
 


Back to Troop - Coupon Extended Until October 28
To help you get your new Girl Scout year off to a great start, the GSSEF Retail Stores are featuring a Back to Troop promotion. Spend $75 or more on a single transaction through October 28, 2017 and earn a $10 coupon. The coupon will be valid on one in-store purchase of $25 or more November 1, 2017 through November 21, 2017.*
 
*See stores for details. 
    
 
 
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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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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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.        


 
     
Girl Scouts took to the night sky at a recent Society of Women Engineers workshop. These go-getters earned their Legacy "Sky" Badge. They enjoyed a fun evening of stargazing, campfire and s'mores, investigated the science of skies and figure out ways to help clear sky pollution.
 
     

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