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NBC’s Today Show will air a segment on Girl Scouts on Tuesday, March 12 between 8am &  9am Eastern Time, featuring an interview with Anna Maria Chavez, CEO Girl Scouts of the USA, coverage of the recent leadership breakfast in Washington, and girls from the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey learning about robotics. What a great way to kick off the celebration of our 101st birthday. Be sure to watch or record this segment.

Also, check out the GSUSA Blog  written by  Anna Maria Chavez regarding Girl Scout Week – click here.

 

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida’s Oakland Park and Jupiter Service Centers and Retail Stores will be closed Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Day. The Service Centers and Retail Stores will resume their normal hours of operation on Tuesday, January 22. 

Wozniak-STEAM 1-31-13final_Page_1Don’t miss this awesome Girl Scout-only opportunity! If you are working on these passions (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) in your current education, you may want to shoot the breeze with one of America’s great modern innovators.

Who’s Steve Wozniak? He is best known as the co-founder of Apple Computer, with his friend Steve Jobs, which helped shape the personal computer industry forever! For his achievements at Apple Computer, Steve was awarded the National Medal of Technology, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.

Presented by Palm Beach State College, this incredible opportunity is for ONLY 9 GSSEF girl members to join our CEO Denise Valz for
A Conversation with Steve Wozniak” at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Performing Arts Cohen Pavilion on Thursday, January 31, 2013 beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Girls are you:

  • Currently Registered Girl Members of GSSEF?
  • Girl Scout grade-level Cadette, Senior or Ambassador?
  • Now pursuing /seriously considering secondary education in a STEAM field?
  • Available for lunch on January 31, 2013? (Families are responsible for transportation to/from the Kravis Center)

If you answered YES! to these 4 questions, complete and submit the following application (page 2) to program@gssef.org or Fax 954-735-2402 BY FRIDAY JANUARY 11, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Attendees will be notified by Friday, January 18, 2013. Girl Scout uniform is preferred on January 31, but not required.
Learn more about Steve! http://www.forbes.com/sites/danschawbel/2012/11/26/steve-wozniak-his-career-challenges-steve-jobs-tech-trends-and-advice/

A New Year… A New Website

Happy New Year! Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is thrilled to be celebrating the start of 2013 with the launch aof our brand new website. We have been working on this website for many months and gathered feedback from hundreds of volunteers, girls and staff as to what they wanted the new site to have and how they wanted it to look. We have brought these visions together in this new site. As we launch today, we are excited about some of the new features our site already offers. Among the special additions…

The Brag Board - the perfect place for girls to share their successes! We look forward to having girls post their fun times in Girl Scouts, their ideas and their progress on such things as Gold and Silver Awards, reaching cookie sale goals, and more. Have something to share… please do!

New Videos - Check out your GSSEF staff team as they tell you what Girl Scouts means to them In Three Words. Make sure to take a peek at our new Donate video–providing compelling reasons to support Girl Scouting. We are also working on virtual tours of our Council Stores as well as our Camps… stay tuned.

Great New Navigation – whether you know where your going, or you are new to our website, our enhanced navigation should make it easy for everyone to find just what they are looking for. Navigate by topic (Program, Membership, Cookies & More, Camps & Facilities, Shop, Donate) or by audience (Girls, Parents, Volunteers, Leaders and Alumnae). There is also a handy search tool and an easy-to-view navigation at the bottom of each page. See our sitemap to view where content is located.

New and Improved Home Page Features – Our new home page allows us to feature coming events and programs, new site features and additions, the latest Council news, and much more. You’ll want to come back often to see What’s New!

More coming soon – As the site launches, we are still hard at work adding new features every week. We are working on new and enhanced content, great new Council maps, more videos, interactive forms, and yes, online shopping, which will start with GSUSA merchandise, but we will be adding our Council’s own merchandise as well. Look for online shopping in just a few weeks.

Is there something you’d like to see? Tell us about it… Email our webmaster, Kate Dillon at kdillon@gssef.org. Or post on our Facebook page and tell us what you think. We would love to get your feedback on the new site–what you love and what you would like to see as we continue to work on your GSSEF online experience.

Thank you for all you do for girls!

 

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A century ago, Juliette Gordon Low embarked on a journey to bring girls of all backgrounds into the out-of-doors, giving them the opportunity to develop self-reliance and resourcefulness.

She encouraged girls to prepare not only for traditional homemaking, but also for possible future roles as professional women – in the arts, sciences and business – and for active citizenship outside the home.

A lot has changed over the last hundred years, and while Girl Scout program has evolved to keep up with the changing needs of girls today, we have remained committed to Juliette’s vision and to our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

And as we celebrate a Century of Leadership, it is the perfect time to reflect on the impact we have had on the lives of so many girls and to renew our promise to the girls of today and tomorrow so that they can reach their fullest potential.

As the world’s most successful organization dedicated to creating girl leaders, Girl Scouts has served more than 50 million girls over the last century. We’ve shaped the lives of 80 percent of female senior executives and business owners, two-thirds of women in Congress and virtually every female astronaut. We have also helped develop the leadership skills of countless teachers, nurses, social workers, mothers and women in every profession. We know that every leadership journey takes a different path, and Girl Scouts is proud to be a part of that journey, providing a foundation for success in whatever role a girl chooses.

The next century of Girl Scouts will combine a deep commitment to timeless values with a modern approach to programming in order to give girls what they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Through our programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Match, Financial Literacy, Healthy Living, Environmental Leadership and Global Citizenship, girls will have ever expanding opportunities to learn and grow into the leaders we know they can be.

It is an exciting time to be a Girl Scout and at Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, we recognize that it is the leadership experiences that make us unique. For the thousands of girls we currently serve and for the thousands more we haven’t met yet, we look forward to what the next century will bring. But there is one thing I know for sure. We have a responsibility to foster the development of every girl—so that she can become the leader she wants to be and the leader the world needs her to be. Let that be our legacy—A Legacy of Leadership.

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Denise W. Valz

From one Ambassador to Another

Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 in Who We Are

We love hearing from our alumnae, especially the newest ones, as they start a new chapter in their life. Hearing about what they are up to and how Girl Scouts “sneaks in” is always inspiring and enlightening. Here’s a snippet from Rebecca Perez, currently a freshman at Eckerd College.

It was a warm fall afternoon when I decided to open a bank account with the Wells Fargo on campus at my college. I had finished with just enough time to head to “The Pub” for lunch. On my way, I passed a small family that looked a bit lost. The father asked where “The Pub” was. I smiled politely; I wasn’t good at giving directions, so instead I offered to personally show them the way, since I was going there myself.

Along the way, the mother asked me questions about the school. I assumed her son would be graduating from High School soon and looking for a college to attend to. So I told
the Mom the little information I knew about the school, how
the meal blocks worked and the difference between the main Cafeteria and “The Pub” while we walked. My little tour ended once we reached “The Pub” and I said my goodbyes and wished them a good day.

Later that week I received an e-mail on my student account, stating that I had been nominated as a candidate for the school’s Ambassador Program. I was curious, since I was
pretty sure the college didn’t have an on-campus Girl Scout troop (I had already looked.) It turned out that the Ambassador Program provided student-lead tours around the campus –
just like the mini tour I had successfully given to the lost family earlier that week.

How funny things work out sometimes. I had gone from being an Ambassador Girl Scout to an Ambassador for my school. I couldn’t wait to give my leader (AKA my mom) the ironic story later on that day. Girl Scouts once again helped me prepare for my future in ways I hadn’t even realized.

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