Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Community Service

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Community Service has long been a major focus of Girl Scouts. To help you to find ways to make the world a better place, we have designed the Community Service page.
"Operation: Cookie"continues to deliver Girl Scout cookies to our military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan . Once again, DHL provides the personnel and equipment to ensure that our cargo of Girl Scout Cookies arrive safely and quickly. Thanks to all who have supported this program in the past, and remember that there is still time to donate.

Send Your Cards and Notes to Our Military Personnel

thank you card
Our first shipment of 2011 Girl Scout Cookies will be leaving Nassau County in April. Along with the cookies we send to our military men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan, we would like to send them our good wishes, too.
Please deliver your cards and notes to Girl Scouts of Nassau County Service Center by Friday, April 15. We will include them in our shipment of Girl Scout Cookies.
Please remember: Handmade cards are the most cherished. Girls should not include last names or other identifying information. Leader can include an email address - so that soldiers can send their thanks.

Earth Day Beach Clean-up at Jones Beach logo
Sponsored by the Striper Surf Club, all community members are invited to join together to celebrate Earth Day 2011 with a beach clean-up. The club is also collecting needed items for our U.S. military serving overseas.
Who: All Girl Scouts, families and friends
Date & Time: Saturday, April 23, 2011, 8:30 am to 12 noon
Place: Jones Beach West End (Construction Dock) No parking fees for event participants.
Coffee and donuts, as well as lunch, will be provided for volunteers.
Get the flyer with all the details
Questions? Contact Chris Sippel at 516-395-1959 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              516-395-1959      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Volunteer at the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's Walk
The walk takes place on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa. Click here for a detailed list of the volunteer jobs available for older girls and adults.
Note: Girl Scouts cannot raise money for other organizations, but may give their time to support the cause. 
Questions? Contact Kate Butler, Walk Manager
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Inc.
Long Island Chapter at 516-222-5530 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              516-222-5530      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Girls Needed to Volunteer at Local Nursing Home
Girls ages 14 and older are needed to interact with patients (push wheelchairs, play games, talk to them, and other light duties) at the Cold Springs Hills Nursing Home.
For more information, and to volunteer, contact Carol at 516-622-7840 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              516-622-7840      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or Jennifer at 516-622-7841 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              516-622-7841      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Turn Trash Into Cash
Sign up online to recycle common items through Terracycle.  Once you've registered at their website, (download the flyer for more details) you will receive all the information and materials you need to help them to turn what would become trash, into trendy consumer items. 

Playing Online to Feed the Hungry
Visit the website FreeRice.com to play an online knowledge challenge game, in a variety of subjects, from vocabulary to math to geography. For every correct answer, 10 grains of rice will be donated to the UN World Food Program. We know that Girl Scouts possess a plethora of erudition. Put it to good use.
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Join the Catalog Canceling Challenge
Is your mailbox full of catalogs that you don't want, don't need, and don't read? Join with Girl Scouts from around the USA and learn how to cancel delivery of unwanted catalogs. Save a tree (or 2 or 3!). Learn more about the Catalog Canceling Challenge
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Birthday Bash on the Bay

Run an Activity Table at the Birthday Bash on the Bay
Troops are needed to plan activities and host them at our Council's "Birthday Bash on the Bay" event.
Use your imaginations and creativity to come up with your activity. The activity you choose can be either "birthday themed" or it can be an activity from one of the journeys that you would like to share with other girls.
Who: All levels of Girl Scouts, Daisy through Ambassador
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2011 (raindate Sunday, October 30, 2011)
Place: Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Oyster Bay
Troops who run tables will receive 5 free admissions to the event.
Get the flyer with more details
Click here to sign up
Questions? Contact Patty Donohue-Brown at 516-741-2550 ext. 273

Monday, April 11, 2011

Scholarship Info

My sorority Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc.’s (SIA)  foundation (Solidaridad, Inspiracion, Amistad Community Foundation)  gives out a $1,500 Excelen-ΣΙΑ Academic Scholarship. Each year we award a scholarship to an individual embarking upon their first or second academic year at a 4-year institution of higher learning.

Eligibility Requirements

Attached is the scholarship application for 2011.  Please forward to your networks (ROSE program participants would be ideal). The submission deadline is June 31, 2011. 

FYI… SIA’s R.O.S.E (Reach Others through Service and Education) Mentorship program has collaborated with GS through the Hispanic/Latino Task Force and we would love to see ANY GS who qualifies to apply for this application.

Forward this to any graduating senior coming this June.  I will be posting this on our Facebook page.

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or feedback.
En Solidaridad/In Solidarity,

Yari DeLeón
Community Initiatives Manager
Girls Scouts of Nassau County
110 Ring Road West
Garden City, NY 11530
office: 516-741-2550 ext 272
fax: 516-741-2207

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Local Girl Scouts perform “Hairspray” - Franklin Square - LIHerald.com - Nassau County's source for local news, breaking news, sports, entertainment & shopping

Local Girl Scouts perform “Hairspray” - Franklin Square - LIHerald.com - Nassau County's source for local news, breaking news, sports, entertainment & shopping

Volunteer Positions Open for 2011-2012 Girl Scout Year

  • Chair of Association Volunteers                         
  • Association Program Resource Liaison               
  • Association Registrar                                          
  • Association Treasurer                                          
  • Troop Organizers  needed for: John Street, Polk St., St Catherines       
  • Consultants           needed for:Brownie, Junior Cadette,Senior /Ambassador         
  • Family Campaign                                                 

                                                      Event Positions Available

  • Adult Volunteer End of the Year Dinner  
  • Caroling-         John Street School   
  •                         Polk Street School                               
  •                         Washington Street School 
  •                         West Hempstead              
  •                         St. Catherine of Sienna    
  •                         St. Thomas                       
  •  Brownie Try-It Night                                 
  • Junior Badge Night                                                                           
  • Thinking Day Event                                                                        
  • Halloween Bingo                                         
  • Leader/Volunter/Daughter Event               
  • Library Display for both  Franklin Square and West Hempstead
  • Parade Chair West Hempstead                  
  • Square Dances/Line Dancing                      
  • Work with girls weekly in a troop/group setting
  • Be a short-term volunteer for a girl program (trip chaperone, Junior Achievement, Sports Day, etc.)
  • Share your professional expertise with girls at career days
  • Work with girls on a project
  • Serve on a committee or task force
  • Help with fund-raising or special events
  • Who can become an adult volunteer? People like you who wish to share their time and talent to help girls grow strong through the Girl Scout Movement.
    You can work with girls directly, or you can help with the "operations" on the Service Team, helping to make our programs exciting, timeless, and fun for girls of all ages.

    Join the more than 5,000 adults in our Council and over 200 in WH/FS Girl Scouts who contribute their time, energy, and enthusiasm to Girl Scouting. It's challenging, worthwhile and fun!
contact us at: whfsgirlscout@gmail.com for more information.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Girls Go The Distance Walkathon

walk 2011 patch

Are you interested in joining
Girls Go the Distance Walkathon
on Sunday, June 5, 2011?
What is Girls Go the Distance?
Girls Go the Distance is a walkathon and fund raiser that brings together families, Troops, community and local corporations to support GSNC’s Healthy Living Initiative.
Join us for a 2 mile walk, entertainment, activities and education - all centered around the Healthy Living theme! Girl Scouts can participate in fun activities that can help them learn about healthy choices, while our Girl Scout Alumnae and corporate teams can meet today's Girl Scouts, network with peers and be real-life role models for our girls!
We are thrilled to have the inspiring Amy Palmiero-Winters as our Grand Marshal.
 Click here to find out why Amy is a phenomenal role model for Nassau County's girls.
Preview the Team Captain Handbook by clicking here.
View Sponsorship Opportunities by clicking here.
If you have questions about the event or would like to register over the phone instead of online, please contact Girl Scouts of Nassau County at 516-741-2550 x240 or e-mail walk@gsnc.org.

forever green - Earth Day Art Contest
Sponsored by Vornado Realty Trust
To celebrate Earth Day 2011, we invite Girl Scouts of Nassau County to participate in the forever green – Earth Day Art Contest at the Broadway Mall and Green Acres Mall.  Inspired by Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts who loved nature and the outdoors, we’d like you to create a work of sculpted art using recycled materials to address one of these three environmental themes:
            *Reduce Plastic Waste
            *Use Energy Efficiently
            *Plant a Garden
Who: Girl Scout Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Troops
*Only one entry per Troop
Registration Fee:  $15.00 per Troop
Grand Prize Winner at each Mall will:
     Receive $500 check for Troop funds.
     GSNC Gift Card for $25.00 for the Girl Scout Shop
     Earth Day Patch for each Troop participant**
Second Place Winner at each Mall will:
      Receive $250 check for Troop funds.
      GSNC Gift Card for $20.00 for the Girl Scout Shop
      Earth Day Patch for each Troop participant**
Third Place Winner at each Mall will:
     Receive $125 check for Troop funds.
     GSNC Gift Card for $15.00 for the Girl Scout Shop
     Earth Day Patch for each Troop participant**
Sign up and bring your Troop's sculpture to the Mall of your choice. You must register by 5:00 PM on Monday, April 11, 2011.
**The first 100 registered participants will receive a Girl Scout Earth Day patch.
Troop Leaders: Please register ONE adult for the event ($15 charge will be for the adult with the troop). Please then enter the number of girls attending (for patch count)
Click here to register your Troop for the Broadway Mall Art Contest
Click here to register your Troop for the Green Acres Mall Art Contest
Sculptures should be brought to the Malls on Saturday, April 23, 2011 between 11:00 am and noon. Judging at 2:00 pm
Click here for the flyer with more details

Ridgewood Savings Bank Offering Individual Girl Scout Savings Accounts

Ridgewood Savings Bank – 1010 Hempstead Turnpike Franklin Square has invited all girls to come in and open savings accounts and take a tour of the bank.  They will teach girls about credit cards, checking accounts and savings accounts. Call the manager Mary at 775-1010 to set up a tour. 

Girl Scout Sunday Report

            Girl Scout Sunday – Eleanor Molina
Sunday, March 6, 2011 – Father Dennis Whelan presided at Mass.  151 girls and 41 leaders attended.  37 girls received the “Ave Maria" Medal. 

Eleanor attended Diocesan Catholic Committee meeting and they were very impressed at the number of Girl Scouts at Mass.
Patches, $1.25, still available.

Congratulations Ladies


The Awards Ceremony was held on Sunday, March 13th at the DeMatteis Center.  There were seven Honor Pin recipients, 15 Appreciation Pin recipients, and 24 Continuing Service  recipients. West Hempstead/Franklin Square Association was honored in each category.  Eleanor Molina received the Honor Pin, Francine Brocco and Diane Hansen received the Appreciation Pin and Elizabeth Cardenas received the Continuing Service Pin.

Annual Association Meeting

Annual Association Meeting
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Agenda will be mailed.

Association Bridging and Awards Ceremony

The Association Bridging and  Awards Ceremony will be held on June 3, 2011 at Washington Street School at 7pm.
  •   If you have girls who are going to the next level of scouts and would like to be part of this ceremony please rsvp to Denise at prplpooh@optonline.net.
  • If you have girls who are receiving their Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards please contact Denise Voda at prplpooh@optonline.net with the girls name, address and name of the award she's receiving. 
  • We are currently excepting nominations for Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Volunteer, Years of Service and Years of Tenure Pins.  Forms can be found on the GSNC.org website. 
Please think about nominating a parent who helps out in your troop or your own co leader.  Nominee must be a registered Girl Scout.
Outstanding Volunteer Award is for a volunteer in a position other than a leader who meets the following criteria:Outstanding Volunteer
  • Is currently registered as a Girl Scout Adult Member
  • Completes appropriate training or demonstrates ability / skills for the position
  • Perform at a level that exceeds the expectations of the position as outlined in the position description agreement in one of more of the following areas: Membership, Program, Fund Development, Pluralism, Marketing and Communications, Strategic Leadership / Governance, Human Resources
  • Actively recognize, understand and practice the value of inclusive behavior Nomination Form for Outstanding Leader & Volunteer Awards
Outstanding Leader Award is for a Troop Leader, Co-Leader, or Outstanding LeaderCoordinator for outstanding performance in working with girls and meets the following criteria:
  • Is currently  registered as a Girl Scout Adult Member
  • Demonstrates competence in at least two of the following;
  • Involving adults in the community to help broaden opportunities for girls
  • Increasing girl membership to support the council membership goal
  • Helping girls to recognize, understand, and practice the values of inclusive behavior
  • Building an effective Girl Led Leadership approach with girls

The following two Pins are not awarded by nomination. Each Leader / Volunteer should complete their own application and either send it in or drop it off at the front desk.
Year of Service
Volunteer Years of Service Pin - Recognizes an adult member registered with GSUSA for her /his years of active volunteer service at five year intervals 25 years and above at a Council Event.
GSUSA Years of Service Application

Tenure Pin - Is awarded to a Registered Adult member for years in Tenure PinScouting including years as a Girl Scout and as an adult in 5 year intervals 25 years and above at a Council Event.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Girl Scouts of Nassau County Presents for 4th and 5th Grades

                                           The Properties of Water

A workshop in Collaboration with Hofstra University Department of Chemistry for girls in 4th and 5th grades.  "It is the international Year of Chemistry Celebrating the achievements in chemistry and to the well being of humankind"

Learn how important water is to life on Earth as well as its may amazing uses and properties.
Have Fun!!! Learn lots of fun fact about water.

Date  Friday April, 15, 2011
Time 5-6 pm or
         6-7 pm pick one session

Place:  Hofstra University, Chemistry and Physics Bldg. Hempstead, NY

Cost :   free

Includes National Chemistry Week Patch
Bring a quart of water from a local lake or pond.  We'll test for PH
email questions to deliam@gsnc.org to reserve your spot.  Don't delay first come first served.