November 2016



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Attention Parents and Leaders!  Your girls can still qualify to earn a once-in-a-lifetime "100 Years of Girl Scouts Selling Cookies" patch with their own personalized Avatar.
 
Even if they have not participated in fall sales yet, please encourage them to go to www.gsnutsandmags.com/gsccc , create their Avatar and send 12 emails to friends and family members. Doing this by November 27 is the first step to earning the personalized patch.  In addition, they will need to sell 250 boxes of cookies in the Spring.
Dear Members:

As we embark on the holidays, I want to share how honored I am for the opportunity to lead and serve as GSCCC's Interim CEO for the next year.  Gina Jaeger, GSCCC 
Jody Skenderian
CEO for the past three and a half years, leaves us for an exciting GSUSA post in Italy where she will lead a regional team as North Atlantic Regional Director of USA Girl Scouts-Overseas. We wish Gina luck and we will miss her. Thank you for your leadership and contributions to our council, Gina!

As Interim CEO, my first priority is to ensure a smooth transition as we implement the Volunteer Engagement Initiative (VEI), a new technology platform that will make registering, training and planning easier for volunteers through new online resources, scheduled to go live as follows in the VEI update.  I also look forward to the opportunity of meeting you through a  Listening Tour to be scheduled at various Service Unit Meetings in the coming months so I can hear your thoughts and ideas during this time of transition. Feedback is a gift and I look forward to hearing from you!

I am proud to work for an organization that has touched my life in so many ways - from my own Girl Scout days growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota where my love of camping was born, to my daughter recently earning her Bronze Award, to now working with all of you as we prepare girls for a lifetime of leadership.
 
Thank you for your hard work, passion and commitment to the Girl Scout Movement. We could not do it without you!

As I settle in, please feel free to reach out.

Sincerely,

Jody Skenderian
Interim CEO
805-232-3963  

VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE
 
NEW CUSTOMER CARE TEAM IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS   Exciting changes are happening at the council to better support our volunteers and girls. GSCCC's Customer Care Team will be your BGSFF - Best Girl Scout Friend Forever.  All questions should be sent to them at info@girlscoutsccc.org or 800-822-2427. Consistent solutions will be provided typically within 24 hours.
 
STAFF ADDITIONS We have a team of 42 council staff to support you. Some names you will recognize and some are new. You'll meet a variety of staff at your monthly Service Unit meetings throughout the year.  Basically, the former Membership Manager position has been replaced by the following departments led by Camille Jaque, Marcy Reed and Kim Summers-Everett:
  • Recruitment: Sylvia Kuaea, Michelle Ortiz, Rachel Parsell, Maris Gentry, Georgina Valles, and Raymond Salazar.
  • Troop/SU Support: Dana Bolotin, Lauren Hanson, Karen Ellis, (open position).
  • Program: Lisa Dart, Amanda Hoffman-Handy, Manny Rojolemus, Sheila Walsh.
  • Community Outreach: Jessica Sanchez, Myrna Arriaga, and Hayley Slobodzian.
  • Adult Training: Shane Meserve.
  • Customer Care: Kim Summers-Everett, Maria Ramirez, Tammie Trejo, and Gina Luke.
KEY VEI DATES TOWARD GO-LIVE

November 15, 2016
  • SOME EBIZ FUNCTIONS ARE LIMITED, such as the ability to self-select a new/different volunteer role. Need to add or change a volunteer role? Contact: info@girlscoutsccc.org  
  • REGISTRATION for girls and adults IS accessible throughout November.
December 2016
  • DATA MIGRATION WEEKEND BEGINS on December 2.  Access to eBiz functionality will be limited. eBiz membership functions, such as registration and renewal, will be replaced by the NEW Volunteer Systems. Our Customer Care Department can assist you with all membership needs during the transition.  Contact: info@girlscoutsccc.org
  • NOTE: The systems migration will happen in phases.  Membership-related functions migrate in December/January.  The new Activities (Events) registration module will launch on February 1, 2017.  In December and January, you will still need to log into eBiz for event registration - so hang on to your password.  Need assistance registering for events?  Contact: info@girlscoutsccc.org.
January 2017
  • GO-LIVE FOR NEW VOLUNTEER SYSTEMS: We "go live" around January 3.  The new system will make it easier for members to register, volunteers to join and form a troop, get trained, access materials, and stay connected.
  • VOLUNTEER TOOLKIT: Online resource that provides Troop Leaders detailed plans for Journey and Badge-work for the entire year. Easy email communication to all Troop members.
February 2017
  • NEW ACTIVITIES MODULE goes live. Transition to our new technology platform will be complete!  We will have entered a brave new world of digital Girl Scouts.
Questions or concerns about this transition? Contact: info@girlscoutsccc.org .
 
NATIONAL DELEGATES NEEDED FOR THE GSUSA NATIONAL MEETING -OCTOBER 2017
Registered Girls ages 14+ and Adults can apply to represent GSCCC at the GSUSA National Convention in Columbus, Ohio from October 2-8, 2017.  Applicants must be active members, and be able to attend delegate training sessions and attend the convention. Applicants should write a short paragraph describing their qualifications for the position as outlined in the  job description , and the reason why they are interested in the position. The deadline is December 15, 2016.
Membership
RE-REGISTER NOW FOR 2017 GS YEAR
GSUSA Membership Fee is $15.
Questions? Contact info@girlscoutsccc.org
 
CURRENT REGISTRATION AND BACKGROUND CHECK NEEDED FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS
Reminder that all volunteers need to be registered in the current year and have passed a background check within the past 3 years.  If your background check has expired, you should have received an email giving you a link to renew online.  Misplace the link? Contact Customer Care Team  info@girlscoutsccc.org
 
REFER-A-FRIEND VOLUNTEER PROMOTION 11/15/16 to 12/15/16 - EARN $50 ONLINE SHOP CERTIFICATE
 
During this time of year, we are asking volunteers to recruit a friend to start a new K-5 troop. 
  1. Invite your friends to start a new Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop and let us know by completing a quick form. (Email with link coming soon!)
  2. Council confirms new troop start-up.
  3. You receive a code for $50 to shop at the online Girl Scout Shop for each referral that ends with a new K-5 troop (max of two), and new leaders receive a code for free new leader resource packs to get them up and running with their new troops. Order deadline is 3/3/2017.
  4. More girls get to be Girl Scouts-YES!
  5. Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of the fun! Share now!
Questions: Camille cjaque@girlscoutsccc.org

ALL-NEW GIRL SCOUT VOLUNTEER DIGITAL BADGE...
...acknowledges our dedicated volunteers and allows you to show the (social media) world how awesome you are for being devoted to girls as they make the world a better place. We want all Girl Scout volunteers to know about this digital badge so you can proudly share it across all of your social media profiles. Here is the link to get yours!
 
2016 GIRLS NIGHT OUT 
A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make this year another success.

This was a team effort and it is thanks to you that now more girls and their families are a part of Girl Scouts. Welcome to all of our new members. We feel privileged to know that you have joined a movement where your daughter can take risks in a safe place, learn leadership skills, make friends, and so much more!
Program

TAKE THE 2016 GIRL SCOUT CHALLENGE AND YOU COULD WIN A $500 SCHOLARSHIP!
Participate in the 2016 Girl Scout Challenge Today Let's show 'em how it's done-like a Girl Scout! Tell us how you take the lead to build a better world (challenge five Girl Scout friends to do the same!), and enter for a chance to win a $500 scholarship from MetLife Foundation! Your amazing stories can help inspire others to join Girl Scouts in creating positive change . 
Learn More and Enter  
 

Get inspired. Here are a few awesome stories of Girl Scouts taking the lead to build a better world, to get you pumped to 
join the 2016 Girl Scout Challenge today!  
 
DESTINATIONS - APPLICATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 4
Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older! With different trips every year, there's something remarkable  for everyone to experience. Make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states, see and learn new things. Check out GSCCC Destinations page . Applications for Round-1 are due to council offices no later than Friday, November 4, 2016. Questions?  Contact Manuel Rojolemus programs@girlscoutsccc.org
 
PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARDS APPLICATION DUE NOVEMBER 8
This award recognizes young people by encouraging volunteerism and drawing attention to the good work being done by the youth in our community.  All girls in grade 5-12 are eligible to submit an application.  Click here to find out more and submit an application .  Questions? Contact: Marcy mreed@girlscoutsccc.org .

DISCOVER, CONNECT, AND TAKE ACTION 
UPCOMING PROGRAM EVENTS
The following is a partial listing of programs going on in the coming months. Visit the GSCCC Activities List for more information, and to register!
  • Kaleidoscope Skills Day (J, C, S, A), November 6, Santa Barbara
  • Of Giants and Grizzlies (all program levels), November 6 or December 4, Arnaz
  • STE(A)M Workshop (all program levels), November 12, Santa Cruz
  • Artist Legacy Badge (all program levels), November 19, Newbury Park
  • Elkhorn Slough Interactive Learning Experience (C, S, A) - December 10, Watsonville
  • Brownies & Kitchen, October 22, Salinas

WEB RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR ALL AGE LEVELS
NEW online patch programs are on Council's Own page .

Forever Green online patch program dedicated to water conservation is sponsored by The AMGEN Foundation and Girl Scouts Go Green conservation program is sponsored by Samuelsson Foundation. Both patches are FREE!  Participate in either program, submit an online form, and pick up FREE patches at your nearest GSCCC Shop. 
 
Looking for fun and easy-to-use resources for your next troop meeting? Check out a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Kit. With options for several age levels, find out more at our new DIY Kit page .

MEET THE AUTHOR: "OF GIANTS AND GRIZZLIES" IN  NOVEMBER OR DECEMBER
 
"Of Giants and Grizzlies" is an award-winning children's book by author Mary Weyand. Come engage with Mary while she delights the audience with an interactive program based on her book.
·   Understand the true size of a Giant Sequoia and why they are called living fossils.
·   Just how important is the woodpecker?
·   Take home a copy of "Of Giants and Grizzles."
·   Make a native craft and earn a program patch!
 
Visit GSCCC Activities List . QUESTIONS?  Contact: programs@girlscoutsccc.org

FIRST-HAND REPORT FROM ASTRONOMY CAMP
"Under a dark, cobalt sky outside Tucson, AZ, a group of Girl Scout Leaders and I huddled together observing white dwarf stars, Saturn, Mars, and other galaxies through a 61-inch telescope.

We were there because of GSUSA's partnership with NASA and the University of Arizona's Astronomy Camp. In this two-and-a-half-day experience, we were shown the wonders of the universe. We learned all about astronomy, the science behind it, and best of all - programming for Girl Scouts!

"I cannot wait to share this knowledge with Girl Scout Leaders and STEM volunteers council-wide! Together let's show girls the wonders of the sky and introduce them to the visible light spectrum, our moon's phases, the difference between asteroids and comets, and how to safely observe the sun during the upcoming full solar eclipse in August 2017." - Amanda Hofmann-Handy, Manager of Outdoor Experience & STEM.

Interested in becoming a STEM volunteer? Want to learn more? Contact: programs@girlscoutsccc.org !

KALEIDOSCOPE 2017 - 
 "OH, THE PLACES WE'LL GO!" - 
FRIDAY, APRIL 28 TO SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017

 
The Kaleidoscope Handbook is now online!  If you are thinking of attending this event, we recommend you begin reading the handbook right away.  There is a LOT of information which you will need to make this a successful event for your troop!

For troops without enough girls in the same age-group to form a patrol (4 to 8 girls for Juniors and Cadettes, 3 to 8 girls for Seniors and Ambassadors) - we have created a system for helping you join-up with others so you too can enjoy the skills challenges. This "dating service" is something you should sign-up for now so you have time to practice together to perfect your skills. Juliettes may also use this service. See page 30 in the Handbook for more information.

The Kaleidoscope Steering Committee is still looking for one outstanding volunteer to serve as Parking Coordinator.  We will train you! 

Registration opens February 1, 2017 and closes 9:00 pm, March 1, 2017.
QUESTIONS? Contact Kaleidoscope Committee: Kaleidoscope2017@outlook.com

OutdoorExperience

 

TENT OR TREAT FAMILY EVENT AT CAMP ARNAZ - A HOWLING SUCCESS! 
Girl Scouts, families, and members of the local community arrived in droves to participate in the first ever Tent or Treat Event last weekend. A big thank you to all our volunteers, service organizations, and especially Ventura Troop 61105!
 
Sponsored in part by the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation, SoCal Gas, and the Ventura Rotary.

NEW BACKPACKING PROGRAM is about to launch. Volunteer Backpacking Learning Facilitators are still needed! One of the requirements for leading backpack excursions is to become certified in Wilderness First Aid.
 
A limited number of spaces are available in the REI-led Wilderness First Aid course - offered at no cost to those volunteers interested in becoming part of this program. The upcoming training is located in Ventura in November.
 
Interested?  Contact: programs@girlscoutsccc.org

VolunteerServices
VOLUNTEER TRAINING
Check the calendar for new listings  for for Stepping Out, Outdoor Training, Outdoor Skills and other training opportunities.
 
PRESIDENT'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD  (PVSA) recognizes individuals, families and groups that have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period.  All PVSA service hours must be verified by a Certifying Organization, which orders and pays for award merchandise. Our council is a PVSA certifying organization.
 
NEED MORE INFO or TO REGISTER VOLUNTEER HOURS: http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov

To designate GSCCC as your Certifying Organization, contact programs@girlscoutsccc.org .
  ProductSales
 FALL SALE 2016  
IMPORTANT NOVEMBER DATES
  • November 2-5 - Fall Product Delivery dates to SU. Please check with your SU for your Troop pick-up days, times and locations.
  • November 14 - 1st ACH Draft - 50% of balance due to council will be electronically taken from your Troop Bank Account.
  • November 27 - Fall Sale ends.
  • November 28 - Final ACH Draft - the remaining balance due to council will be electronically taken from your Troop Bank Account.

THERE IS STILL TIME TO PARTICIPATE
There i s still time for troops and girls to enroll in the Fall Product Sale to help their troop earn proceeds and fun rewards. Until November 27, girls can go to www.gsnutsandmags.com/gsccc , create their Avatar and send 12 emails to friends and family members who may still want to buy some yummy treats or subscribe to a favorite magazine. As mentioned earlier, this is the first step in the process to receive the rare and unique personalized "100 Years of Selling Cookies" patch which can be earned when they also sell 250 boxes of cookies in the Spring.
 
COOKIES 2017 - SU COOKIE TEAM TRAINING - SAVE THE DATES
 
For SU Cookie Chairs, Booth Schedulers and SU Cookie Cupboard Managers:
  • Tuesday, December 6 - Oxnard Marriott - Oxnard
  • Wednesday, December 7 - Ludwick Center - SLO
  • Thursday, December 8 - Castroville Library - Castroville
Time:  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Refreshments will be provided. More information to come.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact: Michele mlofte@girlscoutsccc.org
  Shop 

 
GSCCC RETAIL SHOPS MOVE TO ONLINE-ONLY  Beginning December 23, 2016
 
As announced last month... 
Since 2012, our customers are showing a significant increase in online shopping due to 24/7 access, mobile device usage and direct-delivery convenience among other benefits.

Moving to an all online shopping experience for Girl Scout basics and merchandise falls right in line with Digital Cookie, the council's new mobile-friendly website, and the new online Volunteer Toolkit coming in January - making it easier for you to volunteer your time and serve girls.

Benefits to Shopping GSCCC Online
  • Your Online Purchase Supports GSCCC! As members, when you shop online, our council receives revenue-share from GSUSA based on the member ZIP Code.
  • 24/7 Shopping Access - Ready when you need to shop without the drive.
  • Complete Virtual Catalog of Merchandise - More items and sizes available; GSCCC council shops carry limited inventory.
  • Direct Delivery to your  Doorstep -Also, FREE shipping promotions are held several times throughout the year.
  • Additional GSUSA Promotions and Special Offers.
Branded Items, Patches & Awards, etc.
  • Program Participation Patches will be distributed via the GSCCC Program Department during program events.
  • GSUSA online shop provides Fun Patches, and GSCCC will provide online catalog resources via council communications for patches and GSCCC branded items for direct purchase.

MOVING TO ONLINE SALES!
GSCCC shop inventory in Castroville and Ventura will be available at 
'moving-to-online' reduced prices while supplies last (excludes uniform basics and pins). All sales are final.  No refunds or returns after October 19, nor during the  moving-to-online  sales.  No email or fax orders will be accepted after November 3, 2016.
 

Regular Shop Hours thru December 22, 2016 - Final Day of Operation:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm  



CHECK OUT THE NEW FALL 2016 CATALOG


COUNCIL HOLIDAY CLOSURES
  • Friday, November 11 - Veteran's Day
  • Friday, November 18 - Staff Meeting
  • Thursday & Friday, November 24-25 - Thanksgiving
  • Monday-Friday, December 26-30, and January 2


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