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This year, from March 9 through 15, Girl Scouts celebrate Girl Scout Week—a commemoration of the organization’s beginning 102 years ago. Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on Saturday, and it always includes the Girl Scout Birthday, March 12.

The Girl Scout Birthday on March 12 commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. With now 3.2 million members, this year, 2014, represents our 102nd birthday!  There are many ways to celebrate the Girl Scout birthday.  How is your troop marking Girl Scout Week and celebrating Girl Scouts Birthday? Please send photos and a brief description of the activity to

Whatever you do … make sure to have a Happy Girl Scout Birthday!




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Girl Scouts of USA is partnering with LeanIn.Org  for a public service campaign, Ban Bossy, that helps girls flex their leadership muscles (and have fun doing it)—something Girl Scouts has been doing for more than a century. The goal of this public service campaign is to not only ban the word bossy and its negative connotations which can hold girls back from speaking up but to encourage leadership in girls.

As part of the Ban Bossy launch this week, Parade Magazine features a cover story and interview with Condoleezza Rice, Sheryl Sandberg and Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chávez. To learn how this powerful trio aims to change the conversation about girls and leadership, click here.

More information about Ban Bossy including troop leader, girl and family resources can be found at



Important – Please read: GSSEF ‘s staff can not receive telephone voice mail messages at this time – Monday, March 10, 2014. This is temporary and we are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.  In the meantime, we ask that you please send email messages to our staff.  Once the voice mail message system is back up, we will post an update.

The 2014 GSSEF Annual Recognition Ceremony will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014. This incredible ceremony honors our top adult volunteers for Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks and Thanks II – as well as girls who earn the Silver and Gold Awards too. If you are looking for inspiration – this IS the place to BE!


Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33316

The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. If you have a question, email

Please use the following link to register: Ticket questions should be directed to: Kathy Darlington,

DIRECTIONS: Florida Turnpike or I-95. Exit I-595 East to US-1 North (Federal Highway). US-1 (Federal Highway) to SE 17th Street (East). Follow SE 17th Street to Eisenhower Blvd. (South). The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center main entrance is SE 20th Street.


GSSEF service centers and retail stores will be closed Wednesday, February 12  due to an offsite staff meeting.  Service centers and retail stores will reopen on Thursday, February 13 and resume their normal hours of operation.

Grimaldi's GS Cookie Cheesecake posterGrimaldi’s Pizzeria, famous for its award-winning, hand-tossed, coal-fired brick oven pizzas and calzones, is partnering with Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida by featuring Girl Scout cookie-inspired cheesecakes to celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Day on Friday, February 7.

Starting February 7, Grimaldi’s will introduce the Thin Mint Cheesecake along with the Samoa Cheesecake made from the delicious Samoa cookie. The Thin Mint Cheesecake will be a chocolate mint cheesecake with pieces of Thin Mint cookie mixed in, a Thin Mint crust and topped with whipped cream. The Samoa Cheesecake will be a caramel cheesecake topped with caramel glaze and toasted coconut, on top of a Samoa cookie crust and finished with a chocolate drizzle and whipped cream. These special cheesecakes will be available for $5 a slice while supplies last at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, located in Palm Beach Gardens at the Downtown at the Gardens complex, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. All proceeds from the sale of the Thin Mint Cheesecake and Samoa Cheesecake will be donated to Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida.

“We are pleased to partner with Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida for National Girl Scout Cookie Day,” said Cory Lattuca, food & beverage director/corporate chef. “With the addition of the Samoa Cheesecake along with the iconic Thin Mint Cheesecake, we invite the community to taste these extraordinary cheesecakes, where every delicious bite benefits girls in Southeast Florida.”

“It’s wonderful to be able to collaborate with a local restaurant like Grimaldi’s Pizzeria,” said Denise Valz, CEO of Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida. “Their support helps showcase our Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program, which is the largest girl-led financial literacy program in the country.” At just $4 a box, the Cookie Sale Program provides an important ingredient for leadership by helping girls develop five key skills: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics. Girl Scout Cookies are on sale through February 16th. To find the cookie booth nearest you, please visit

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will continue to offer its traditional dessert menu for guests to choose from which includes: Tiramisu, housemade Cheesecakes—New York Style or Oreo Cookie—priced at $5 each and Grimaldi’s Famous Cannoli for $4.50.



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