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For the fifth year in a row, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida (GSSEF) is participating in the Cookies for the Military program. The program provides an opportunity to donate boxes or cases of Girl Scouts cookies to our service men and women domestically or overseas. Cookies for the Military is a great way for our community to support Girl Scouts while sending a “taste of home” to our troops. This year the goal is to collect enough donations for 37,500 boxes of cookies. Because of the generosity of our community members, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida has sent more than 116,000 boxes of cookies to our troops since 2009. GSSEF works with Forgotten Soldiers Outreach and America’s Moms for Soldiers to coordinate the delivery of cookies to be included in care packages they send to military personnel. Girl Scout cookies are $4 per box or $48 per case. Customers can make a donation to Cookies for the Military at any cookie booth location or by visiting www.cookiesforthemilitary.org.

About Girl Scouts
For 100 years, Girl Scouts has built girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world better place. More than any other organization in our community, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida empowers girls ages 5 to 17 with vision and voice—girls who command their future, engage their communities and inspire others.

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is committed to meeting the needs of today’s girls by providing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience that will help her develop skills and create a strong foundation for future success. Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, a United Way of Indian River County partner agency, serves more than 15,000 girls in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties. To explore opportunities to volunteer or partner with Girl Scouts, call 866 -727- 4475 or visit www.gssef.org.

Media Inquiries:
Contact: Melinda Glasco
Director of Marketing & Communications
Phone: 561-427-0176
E-mail: mglasco@gssef.org

When are cookies more than just a tasty treat? When they are Girl Scout Cookies!  From January 24 through February 17, when South Florida and Treasure Coast residents indulge in their favorite cookie they are helping local Girl Scouts learn business and entrepreneurial skills that prepare them to be leaders now and in the future.The $700 million Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates immeasurable ben­efits for girls, their councils and communities nationwide.

At just $4 a box, the simple purchase of Thin Mints, Samoas or any one of the eight delicious varietiesprovides an important ingredient for leadership by helping girls develop five key skills: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics.

Here are some examples of what these five key skills can do:

GOAL SETTING: Girl Scouts set cookie sales goals individually and with their troop, create a plan to reach them and develop Cooperation and Team Building skills all along the way!

DECISION MAKING: Girl Scouts help decide how their troop will spend their cookie money, furthering their Critical Thinking and Problem Solving skills that will help in many aspects of their life.

MONEY MANAGEMENT: Girl Scouts take cookie orders, handle customers’ money and gain valuable and Practical Life Skills around financial literacy.

PEOPLE SKILLS: Girl Scouts learn how to talk to, listen to and work with all kinds of people while selling cookies. These experiences help develop their Healthy Relationship and Conflict Resolution skills they can use throughout life.

BUSINESS ETHICS: Girl Scouts are honest and responsible at every step of the cookie sale. Their business ethics reinforce the Positive Values they are developing as a Girl Scout.

The Cookie Sale Program has made Girl Scouts famous not only for providing delicious desserts but for teaching girls valuable leadership, business and marketing skills.It also helps them discover their talents and strengths, connect with their community and take action to make the world a better place.

The 2013 Cookie Sale Program highlights these attributes with the theme “What Can a Girl Do? A World of Good!”  Every year, many troops use their proceeds to make a difference in their local community.  In 2012, a Junior troop from Palm Beach Gardens combined their love of animals and the environment and donated money to the Loggerhead MarineLife Center and cleaned up the beach in front of the Center. A Daisy troop from Stuart donated $500 of their cookie proceeds plus wish list items to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. And yet another troop from Ft. Lauderdale purchased a rain barrel for the school where their troops meets on a weekly basis. Last year more than 9,000 girls honed their sales pitch and earned more than $1 million for their troops.

Press Inquiries: Contact Melinda Glasco, Director of Marketing at  561-427-0176 or mglasco@gssef.org.

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. 

Jupiter, FL(January 16, 2013)– If you’re going to break your New Year’s resolution, then do it for a good cause. For the third year in a row, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida teams up with South Florida Duffy’s Sports Grill restaurants to create a special Samoa Cookie Cupcake dessert.

Samoa Cookie Cupcake photo 1This limited edition dessert, available from January 15th through February 15th only, features a chocolate cupcake with chocolate ganache, buttercream icing and a Samoa Girl Scout cookie on top.The cupcakes will be available at all Duffy’s Sports Grill restaurants in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Brevard counties, and can be purchased for just $1, with $.50 being donated back to Girl Scouts. In the last two years, Duffy’s Sports Grill has donated more than $12,500 to Girl Scouts.

“Duffy’s Sports Grill is proud to partner with Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida and their Cookie Sale Program for the third year in a row,” said Paul Emmett, president of Duffy’s Sports Grill. “Besides bringing in a great dessert for all of our customers, the Girl Scouts program teaches our youth valuable business and entrepreneurial skills that prepare them to be leaders now and in the future.”

Girl Scout cookies will also be available for purchase on select weekends at select Duffy’s Sports Grill locations during the Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program, which runs from January 24 through February 17, 2013.

To find the Duffy’s Sports Grill location nearest you, visit Duffys MVP.com.

About Girl Scouts
For 100 years, Girl Scouts has built girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. More than any other organization in our community, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida empowers girls ages 5 to 17 with vision and voice—girls who command their future, engage their communities and inspire others.

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is committed to meeting the needs of today’s girls by providing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience that will help her develop skills and create a strong foundation for future success. Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, a United Way of Indian River County partner agency, serves more than 15,000 girls in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties. To explore opportunities to volunteer or partner with Girl Scouts, call 866-727-4475 or visit www.gssef.org.

For Media inquiries, please contact Melinda Glasco at mglasco@gssef.org or 561-427-0176.

About Duffy’s Sports Grill
Duffy’s Sports Grill, based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida operates 24 full-service, casual-dining restaurants, all of which are located on the Southeast coast of Florida. Established in 1985, the company has become a regional market leader known for top quality casual dining with an emphasis on freshly prepared ingredients and grilled items. Duffy’s boasts a distinctly upscale sports environment complete with all the satellite programming available, over 50 TVs per location, and framed authentic sports memorabilia throughout each restaurant. For more information about Duffy’s Sports Grill, please visit the company’s website at  www.DuffysMVP.com.

 

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!

 

It’s about girls, goals, games and…COOKIES! At the first ever National Girl Scout Cookie Sleepover on Saturday, January 12th, girls from across the country can go online to experience an exciting virtual event that will deliver a brand new kind of cookie fun and learning. The cookie finale will be in 3D!  Brought to you by Little Brownie Bakers, this 60-minute web program will inspire girls and help them set an achievable cookie goal. It will also be a lot of high-energy fun!

 

The show will feature:

  • Stories of real girls doing A World of Good
  • Powerful sales tips
  • Action-packed games
  • “Samoas Shout” song and dance girls can learn
  • Interaction with girls across the country via Twitter and Facebook
  • Hands-on direction and Cookie Breaks that allow your girls to set their own cookie goals during the program

Click here to get all the details on how you can join the fun.

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