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					                                                                                                                Volume 1 - Issue 1
                                                  The Girl Scout


                                                  Circle
                                                                                                              Spring/Summer 2010




                                                                 A Newsletter for Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.


                                          Why Leadership? Why Girl Scouts? Why Now?
     INSIDE THIS ISSUE
                                                                              Girl Scouting is the premier personal leadership
                                                                            development experience for girls of today who will impact
                                                                            our community, our country and our world for tomorrow.
Girl Scout Journey                                                             For parents, donors and volunteers, to place trust in Girl
Whether going through the Daisy                                             Scouting is to invest in the life of a girl who will demonstrate
Flower Garden, on a Brownie Quest,                                          courage, confidence, and character as a leader of self,
or an Ambassador’s discovery of                                             family and community. At a time when the world around
Justice for our planet Earth, the new                                       us is changing, when the principles of right and wrong are
Journeys explore real-world issues and                                      sometimes blurred, when business and personal ethics may
measureable achievements.                                                   be compromised, and when each of us wonders how just
                                                                            one person can make a difference, Girl Scouting is our call to
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                                          Susan R. Stewart, CEO, Girl
                                                                                I began my journey as a Chief Executive Officer within
                                          Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.
                                                                            the Girl Scout movement four years ago. As the mother of
Cook-ie-Offs and Denim & Pearls           a son, with little prior direct connection to girls, I imagined most girls were experiencing
The tradition of the Cook-ie-Off and      possibilities for personal, educational and career development and satisfaction that I only
the newness of Denim & Pearls. Event      dreamed of growing up in the 70’s. It seemed to me that girls today were benefitting from
successes and milestones.                                                                                              Continued on page 3
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                                          411 on Middle School
Girl Scouts Go for the Gold!                  Do you remember your first
Nine Girl Scouts go above and beyond      day of middle school? Did you
to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, the    get lost changing classes? Were
highest award in Girl Scouting.           you unable to open your locker
                                          on the first, second or even
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                                          the first time you had to dress
                                          out for gym class? Don’t you
Getting Girls in the Pool                 wish you could have had a
Our girls have asked for a pool at camp   dress rehearsal before the first
and now we finally are on our way. What   day of school? One of several
is happening and how you can help!        programs provided by the Girl
                                          Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.
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                                          through the school system, “411
                                          on Middle School” is exactly what girls transitioning to middle school are looking for.
                                              The transition to middle school can be a very intimidating experience for students,
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.    especially girls as they move to a new larger school with new people, new teachers, and
        4780 Cattlemen Road               a whole new schedule for their school day. “411 on Middle School” eases the fears of
       Sarasota, Florida 34233            incoming 6th graders by giving them a forum with their peers to ask all the questions they
    800.232.4475 • 941.921.5358           have about this new and exciting time in their lives.
                                                                                                                       Continued on page 5
           www.gsgcf.org
                                   Letter From the President
                                    Tradition + Change = Transition           transition of girls from childhood to responsible adulthood. Our
                                          Tradition and change. Two           mission statement reflects this: “Girl Scouting builds girls of
                                      words that are always butting           courage, confidence and character who make the world a better
                                      heads. Tradition means preserving       place.”
                                      values – change is no good.                  Today, more than 3.3 million girls and adults are Girl Scouts.
                                      Tradition means being stuck and         Over 50 million women in the United States are Girl Scout
                                      outdated – change is progress.          alumnae. What a powerful network of tradition AND change!
                                          When I was a little Girl Scout in   Adult Girl Scouts serve as positive mentors and role models.
    Linda Getzen, President, Girl
                                      the 60’s, I wore my uniform to my       They work closely with the girls to guarantee that they are truly
    Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.
                                      weekly Brownie and Junior troop         benefiting from the modern Girl Scout leadership experience.
    meetings. Brown dress/green dress, belt, beanie/beret, bowtie,            Do you remember an adult who made a big difference in your
    badge sash, pins, and KNEE SOCKS! Because our meetings                    life? Think about those adults who were your role models.
    were mostly right after school, that meant wearing my Girl Scout               Girl Scouting is all about encouraging girls to shape their
    uniform TO SCHOOL. Sundays at camp required full camp                     own experiences by setting age-appropriate goals and
    uniform – green shorts, white camp shirts, string bolero ties,            achieving them. Through Girl Scouting Journeys (read more
    green knee socks with flashes. Flag ceremonies required white             about Journeys below), girls are exposed to life expanding
    gloves.                                                                   opportunities -- from community service projects and arts and
         Am I nostalgic? Yes. Looking back, I see that we were                educational programs to travel and career exploration. Girl
    something special in those uniforms. Yet, the world has changed           Scouting, through the powerful programs it offers, transitions
    and that’s good. I am a walking contradiction when it comes to            girls into becoming the exceptional women they were born to be.
    uniforms. The desires for tradition and change both reside in             It’s an exciting time to be a Girl Scout!
    me.
         I suppose I am all about transition. The dictionary says             Yours in Girl Scouting,
    it as: “a passage from one state, stage…or a movement,
    development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to
    another.” Transition describes my need to preserve valuable
    traditions while I embrace positive change.
         Transition is one reason why I am so proud of Girl Scouting.         Linda Getzen
    We are a thriving organization that plays a vital role in the             President
                                                                              Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida



    Girl Scout Journeys
        A key part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is the             Bradenton tells us, “Britteni and Brooke combed through their
    Leadership Journey, a coordinated series of activities around             Breath Journey to learn about how clean air is made, that is
    a central theme to empower girls to test their leadership skills          actually what inspired them to develop an Environmental Fair.”
    with their peers and in their community. With this model of               (for the girls’ Silver Award). Addressing to the state of Florida
    leadership, the Girl Scouts have developed the Girl Scout                 Sunshine Standards, the book helps girls understand the
    Journey Book series customized to each grade level and based              “Practice of Science” from testing hypothesis, understanding
    on how girls learn. The activities in Journey Books support the           the scientific method, and how to complete and prove science
    state of Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.                experiments. Pamela sums it up, “Journey Books, I love them.”                                                                                                                                                                                                    JunG-FinalA-p018-040708




        Janet Dattilo, a Girl Scout Junior Troop Leader from Naples
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And this                                                    The girls
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         news is                                              than 200 hours of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Girl Scouts goes                                                                                                            volunteer time to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the community                                                          just in:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                donated to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    achievement       for                                                                                                            shelter!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       plaque—   rallying   the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 entire community
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                around a cause, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             leading the way to making
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    agrees, “It’s like it was created especially for our troop this year!
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Why leadership? Why Girl Scouts?
Why now? Continued from page one.

decades of change and so many more
options for “success” available to them.
     Yet, as I began to see the way girls and
women are negatively portrayed in the
media as victims and objects, overheard
the way girls taunt and bully each other,
and learned of teen stressors resulting             Want to share the Girl Scout
in high pregnancy and suicide rates, my
sense of advocacy, and passion for the Girl
                                                    story with others?
Scout movement and mission was born.                Request more copies for your friends!
     What if all girls had access to life-
                                                    Email melissab@gsgcf.org and request more
changing experiences that would
                                                    copies or call 941-921-5358 x 307.
help develop courage, confidence
and character? What if all girls could              Mail your request to: Melissa Burtless, CDO
experience the positive benefits of adult           Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.
role models who coach and mentor in new             4780 Cattlemen Rd
and inspiring ways?                                 Sarasota, FL 34233
     Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has
impacted the lives of more than 43 million
women since its inception in 1912. GSUSA
has long contributed to success among
girls and women by offering opportunities         leaders “in command and control.”               County), a girl member of the council
for personal and leadership development,              The newly launched Girl Scout               Board of Directors, has been accepted
exposure to role models, and community            Leadership Experience, introduced               to attend the United World College in
involvement.                                      through GSUSA and launched at Girl              India. Dianne will be living and learning
     According to one study, Girl Scout           Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. in 2008,      with teens from around the world about
alumnae have “strong positive memories”           gives young women the opportunities,            international issues and concerns.
of a number of important experiences              tools and confidence to discover who
                                                  they are, connect with others, and take              Working together in an all girl
offered through Girl Scouting - such as
                                                  action to make the world a better place.        environment encourages girls to feel a
trying new things, working with a group to
                                                  Girl Scouting provides opportunities            sense of mastery, to be emotionally and
accomplish a common goal, setting and
                                                  for participation through a variety of          physically safe, and experience a sense of
achieving goals, and doing good things for
                                                  pathways: troops, events, series, camp,         belonging even in the most diverse groups.
the community. Most Girl Scout alumnae
                                                  virtual (online), and travel.                   I am proud to be the new Chief
believe that experiences in Girl Scouting
                                                                                                  Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of
had a positive effect on their adult lives. (1)
                                                  Girl Led                                        Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. Our nearly 50-
A recent study initiated by the Girl Scout
                                                  Girl Scouting believes that girls play an       year history has produced over 200,000
Research Institute (GSRI) through GSUSA
                                                  active part in figuring out the what, where,    Girl Scouts - leaders of today and
identified that two-thirds of girls want to
                                                  when, how and why of their activities.          tomorrow. We continue to offer positive
be leaders, but only one in five believes
                                                  Girl Scout Daisy Troop #663 in Lee County       youth development and leadership
she has the skills to lead. 41% of girls are
                                                  loves animals. The girls decided to use         opportunities with open access to all girls
uncomfortable speaking to a group and
                                                  a portion of their cookie proceeds to buy       in kindergarten through 12th grade, living in
39% have been put down by peers when
                                                  much needed items for shelter animals           our ten county region.
they try to lead. (2)
                                                  with the Gulf Coast Humane Society in Fort           Girl Scouts in our community are
     Girls see leadership as the qualities one
                                                  Myers.                                          bright, curious, excited, and having fun.
has as well as about one’s actions. Girls
                                                  Cooperative Learning                            Our work is only beginning as we reach out
also describe a model of leadership and
                                                  Girl Scouting believes that girls work          to the 90% of girls in our community who
the acquisition of leadership skills that are
                                                  together toward shared goals in an              are not yet Girl Scouts and part of this life
a blend of what they want for themselves
                                                  atmosphere of respect and collaboration         changing movement.
(what they are going to get) and what they
                                                  that encourages the sharing of skills,               Let’s work together to provide
give to others (to make a difference).
                                                  knowledge and learning.                         opportunities for the next generation of
     Girl Scouts helps every girl discover
                                                  GET ANOTHER COUNTY HERE (east?)                 leaders. An investment in Girl Scouting is
the leader she can be; leader of self, peer
                                                                                                  a commitment to one girl who will make a
group, community, church, business, and           Learning by doing                               difference and to all girls working together
family. The possibilities are endless. Away       Girl Scouting believes that hands-on            to change the world.
from the social pressures of school, girls        learning allows girls to experience
can “try on” a variety of roles including                                                         *Defining Success: American Women, Achievement,
                                                  continuous cycles of action and reflection      and the Girl Scouts. Louis Harris & Associates, Inc.,
leader. The GSRI also identified that girls       that result in deeper understanding of          (date)
value communication, relationships and            concepts and mastery of skills.                 ** Exploring Girls’ Leadership. Research Review. Girl
teamwork as their leadership model which          Girl Scout Senior Dianne K (Sarasota            Scouts of the USA. 2007
stands apart from the perception of                                                                                                                       3
       Thank You For Making our Girl Scout Events a Success!
             Collier County Cook-ie-Off                                      Charlotte County Cook-ie-Off
              March 14 at Naples Beach Hotel                                       March 21 at Isles Yacht Club




    Executive Chef, Brian Roland of M Waterfront Grill awarded      Chef Tony Edgar of Dillard’s Inc. placing first for his outstanding
          for “Innovative Girl Scout Cookie Napoleon.”                               “Samoan Baklava” dessert.


                                                         Denim and Pearls
                                                    March 6 at Camp Honi Hanta




    Pictured from left: Terry and Chris Behling, Mel Klein, Betsy                   Anne and Bill Lee from First Bank
               Benac, Rae Dowling, and Bob Benac.




                                             We Thank Our Event Sponsors!
        Bradenton Herald  First Bank  FPL  Gold Coast Eagle Distributors  Kohl’s  LECOM University
              Little Brownie Bakers  Neal Communities  Phyllis Siskel  Publix Super Market Charities
                        Sea Breeze Wines  State Farm  Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen

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                                 Memories: First Troop in Collier County
       While we all are looking forward to                                                  with Merle as a young Brownie.
   celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl                                                    Merle recalls spending a lot of time at the
   Scouting on March 12, 2012, we also are                                                  beach and holding meetings at each other’s
   celebrating the events, people, and changes                                              homes as money was scarce. Merle points out
   made within our council since its beginning in                                           that Mrs. Ball was instrumental in influencing
   the early 1920’s. We are very fortunate to have                                          the wealthy families to pay for uniforms for
   Merle Surrency Harris, a lifelong Girl Scout and                                         the less fortunate and to help fund activities
   member of the first Naples troop still residing                                          for the troop. Mr. Crayon, who they called the
   in our council. Mrs. Harris graciously shared                                            Czar of Naples, owned almost the entire town.
   stories with us about the days gone by.                                                  He and his wife did not have any children but
       Merle came to Naples with her family on                                              were a large supporter of the troop. The girls
   a barge before any roads had been built and                                              were given more opportunities because of
   much of Naples was cattle and pineapple                    Merle Surrency Harris         their generosity.
   farms. Her father ran the barge from Fort Myers                                              Who would have thought the first
   delivering cattle and supplies to Okeechobee and returning              Collier troop would have been established in the remote
   with fresh fruits and vegetables for Fort Myers. After a                Everglades City in 1927? Merle reminisced about the growth
   hurricane, the family moved to Everglades City as her father            of Girl Scouting in Collier County as Naples continued
   got a job working for Mr. Barron Collier.                               registering girls and building programs to fit the girl’s needs.
       Mrs. C.E. Ball, a part-time resident of Naples, attended            Camp Timberford, in operation from 1960 to 1986 was the
   an event held at the home of Thomas Alva Edison. There she              only Collier camp facility built and was only available to older
   met Mrs. Dorothy Wagner, a National Girl Scout Association              Girl Scouts, not Brownies. New troops formed in Immokalee
   member. Mrs. Wagner explained to Mrs. Ball about the                    in 1956 and joined in with Naples troops on many events and
   program being made available to girls everywhere who                    outings as sister Girl Scouts.
   wanted to learn about cooking, sewing, shelling, sports,
   survival skills, and exploring the outdoors. Intrigued with the           Look for other interesting stories about council
   concept, Mrs. Ball organized the first troop in Naples in 1929                history to be published in the near future.


411 on Middle School, continued from page one
    In the program, girls get a chance to practice opening                    Teachers who have been impressed with the program
lockers, talk about time management, changing classes, bullying          express how they recognize the confidence it gives the girls.
and peer pressure. One girl said, “I love the program because            As one teacher stated, “The instructors were wonderful and
you can really talk to them and they will listen to everything you       engaging.  They presented the lessons in a clear manner that
have to say.  And they do cool exercises.” Girls get a chance to         had practical real-life applications for our girls.” As we all
ask questions and discuss topics about goal setting, homework,           remember, middle school can be a big change for everyone but
and making new friends – both with boys and girls. Another girl          the Girl Scout “411 on Middle School” program gives girls the
said, “I learned that to achieve a high goal you have to have a          confidence they need to make the transition a lot easier. As one
high goal.”                                                              girl states, “They should give it at every school.”
                                                                              Due to the generosity of the following supporters, we have
                                                                         raised nearly $10,000 to run “411 on Middle Schools” throughout
                                                                         six counties in our 10-county jurisdiction:
                                                                                Cape Coral Elks Lodge # 2596
                                                                                Cape Coral Kiwanis Foundation
                                                                                District School Board of Collier County
                                                                                Fraternal Order of Eagles #4028
                                                                                The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs Foundation
                                                                                Southwest Florida Community Foundation
                                                                                Tice Elementary School

                                                                         With additional support, it is our hope that we can make this
                                                                         program available to more schools and reach more girls in all
                                                                         of the communities we serve. For more information about this
                                                                         and other important programs provided by the Girl Scouts of
                                                                         Gulfcoast Florida, Inc., please call us at 941-921-5358 or visit our
                                                                         website, www.gsgcf.org
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                                            Meet Our New Board Members




                                            Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. Board of Directors


    Francine Brown, North Central Region                                   Sophia Peavy, Eastern Region
        Francine is retired and a graduate of Farleigh Dickinson with          Sophia is the Branch Manager at Riverside Bank and a
    a M.B.A. and Roosevelt University with an Ed.D. She is currently       graduate of Webber International University with a B.S. in
    completing term of service on the board development                    Business Administration, as well as a M.B.A. from Saint Leo
    committee. Formerly she served as a member-at-large on the             University. She is new to Girl Scouts and currently a member
    board of directors and was a former troop leader through the           of the local advisory board for the United Way in Sebring and
    Citrus Girl Scout Council.                                             serves as a mentor for Take Stock in Children.
        Francine is President of UNIFEM/USA/Gulf Coast Chapter,
    board member of All Faiths Food Bank, and member of                    Megan Shepherd, South Central Region
    Sarasota Women’s Alliance.                                                Megan is a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) at
                                                                           Walmart. She graduated from Edison Community College with
    Carolyn Griffin, Northern Region                                       an A.A. Business Administration, as well as Nova Southeastern
        Carolyn is the Assistant Director at the State College of          University with a B.S. in Business Administration. Megan is
    Florida. She is a graduate of Alabama State University with a          new to Girl Scouts and currently serves as the treasurer of the
    B.S. in Accounting. Her daughter was an active Girl Scout in our       Glades County Women’s Club.
    area. Carolyn currently serves as the secretary on the board of
    the Central Economic Development in Bradenton.                         Christine B. Yekel, Northern Region
                                                                               Christine is a CPA and Tax Principal for Shinn & Co., P.A.
    Patricia Mahaney, North Central Region                                 She received a B.A. in accounting from Auburn University
         Patricia is an accountant at William D. Mahaney, CPA. She         and attended Fifth Year of Accounting at the University of
    is a graduate of Daemen College with a B.S. in finance. She            South Florida. Christine was an active Girl Scout. Because
    is serving as a member of the audit committee and was a                of her wonderful experiences, including a memorable trip to
    former member-at-large on the board of directors, chair of             Cuernavaca, Mexico, she is proud to give back as a GSGCF
    the finance management committee, member of the Sarasota               board member. She is involved with Palma Sola Presbyterian
    County capital campaign committee, member of the county                Church as an Elder, Women’s Leadership Initiative, and serves
    service team, and member of the membership development                 on the Small Business Committee for the Manatee Chamber of
    committee.                                                             Commerce.
         Patricia was formerly a troop leader for Girl Scout Daisies
    through Girl Scout Seniors, neighborhood manager, Gold Award
    adult workshop facilitator, Sharps Instructor at leader/daughter
    campouts, and chair of numerous county committees. She
    is the recipient of the Appreciation Pin, Outstanding Leader
    award, and Green Angel.
         Patricia is the current auxiliary board member for SPARCC,
    past president and current committee chair of Manasota
    Chapter FSEA, past board member of the Sara-Keys Chapter
    and past State Auditor of the IAAP, as well as the former board
    secretary for New Gate School, Inc., Relay for Life American
    Cancer Society team leader, and Red Cross disaster team
    member.
                                                                                                    Board Retreat
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                                            Meet our New Staff Members

Cathy Brown, Shop Manager                                               Melissa Burtless, Chief Development Officer
                                 Cathy Brown is from Indianapolis,                                   Melissa Burtless started as the new
                             Indiana. The warm weather, sunshine                                 Chief Development Officer. Originally
                             and love for all things beach related                               from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she
                             lured her to this area. She graduated                               moved to Florida in 1993. She obtained
                             with a B.A. from The University of South                            a B.A. with honors in creative writing in
                             Florida.                                                            2000 from Eckerd College and a M.A.
                                 In 2009, Cathy joined AmeriCorps/                               in 2002 from University of Phoenix in
                             VISTA. As a VISTA Volunteer, she was                                organizational management.
                             partnered with Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast                                 Melissa has worked in the non-profit
                             Florida, Inc. Her focus was capacity                                sector for over 12 years, 10 of which
building within the organization. Her own experiences as a Girl         was spent at Sarasota Opera. “I’ve come to realize that it was
Scout, aided her success. She was a Girl Scout Brownie, Junior,         Girl Scouts that gave me the confidence I needed to reach my
and Cadette.                                                            educational and career goals; and now it is a pleasure to be able
     Still a kid at heart, she is a Disney fan-atic. At home, she       to give back using those acquired skills and talents.”
enjoys time with family, friends, and her pets.                             Melissa remained a Girl Scout until she was 16 years of age
     Cathy brings a wealth of retail and customer service               and remembers, “My mother raised four girls in Girl Scouts. As
experience to our organization. Using this experience, she looks        the youngest, I was a ‘tag along’ from day one and was excited
forward to providing learning and leadership opportunities for          when I could finally be called a Brownie.”
Girl Scouts. Together, with the assistance of a girl-led advisory           Melissa has two boys – 6 and 18 years old - and a husband of
board, watch as the shop evolves into “THE” place today’s girls         nearly 14 years. She is a Red Sox fan, is active in her church, and
will want to shop!                                                      enjoys time with her family.

Alison Kelly, Membership Specialist, Southern Region                    Ann-Marie Mathews, Program Specialist
                             Alison Kelly is the new Membership                                       Ann-Marie Mathews is a native
                         Specialist for Collier County. Prior to                                  of Sarasota and former Girl Scout
                         joining the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast                                     Brownie.  She graduated from
                         Florida, Inc. she worked with volunteers                                 Southeastern University in Lakeland,
                         at Newberry College in Newberry, SC.                                     where she studied Business Leadership. 
                         Alison is a graduate of Baker College                                    Throughout high school and college,
                         (Muskegon, MI) and earned her B.B.A.                                     she spent many summers working
                         with a concentration in Business                                         with youth of various organizations
                         Management. In her spare time she                                        and venues.  Her favorite job was the
                         enjoys reading, traveling, and playing                                   summer before her senior year in
volleyball. “I’m passionate about serving the Girl Scout mission        college, when she was a counselor at an all-girls camp in Berry,
and I am looking forward to a great year ahead”, says Alison.           GA.
                                                                            She enjoys spending time outdoors, especially on the boat
                                                                        and in the water.  She is an explorer by heart, and naturally
                                                                        enjoys learning and traveling.
                                                                            She is excited to be with the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida,
                                                                        Inc. because it combines her background in business and
                                                                        children with her passion for equipping and empowering girls
                                                                        and young women to become tomorrow’s leaders.


                                                 We Say Farewell to Kathleen O’Leary
                       Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. wishes Kathleen O’Leary the very best as she moves to Montana to
                       pursue new adventures.  Kathleen gave ten years of dedicated service to the Girl Scouts in Southwest
                       Florida.  Whatever the question, Kathleen was quick to answer, “Let’s ask the girls!”    She demonstrated the
                       girl-led process in everything she did.  Like Juliette Low before her, Kathleen believed and demonstrated in
                       her actions that the Girl Scout program belonged to the girls and that they would always rise to the occasion
                       when given the opportunity to lead.  There are many young women who are proud to call Kathleen their
  mentor and credit her with the success they have achieved both inside and outside Girl Scouting.
      Not only did Kathleen believe in the girls, but she worked diligently to ensure that grant funding was available to support their
  Girl Scout program activities.  Over her years with Girl Scouts Gulf Coast Florida, Inc., she wrote grants securing hundreds of
  thousands of dollars to ensure Girl Scout programs were available to all girls.
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                    Our Gold Award Girls Shine!
      A Girl Scout Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into
      "going for the Gold." It is something that a girl can be passionate about – in thought,
      deed, and action. The project must involve a minimum of 65 hours and fulfill a need
      within a girl's community (whether local or global) creating change, and hopefully,                     Embrace
      is something that becomes ongoing. It is more than just a good service project – it
      encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. Following are the girls
                                                                                                              the
      who most recently have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award.                                                Journey!


    Jennifer Carlson                                                 Laurabeth Goldsmith
                         Jennifer Carlson teamed up with                                   Laurabeth Goldsmith rallied her
                         Students Against Destructive Decisions                            community and classmates to build a
                         to get the message out at Riverview High                          school for 300 children in Bangladesh.
                         School about the effects of alcohol on                            The school will provide clean water, food
                         students. She wrote and distributed                               ,and double as an emergency shelter in
                         pamphlets called “Alcohol: What to                                the local village. With the help of local
                         Know and What to Do” to the staff and                             Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs and hundreds
                         students at Riverview. Jennifer also                              of students and community supporters,
                         hosted an assembly on the dangers of                              construction has began on the school.
                         drunk driving at Riverview, bringing in                           Laurabeth plans on traveling to
                         guest speakers.                                                   Bangladesh this summer for the opening
    “My father died of alcohol-related reasons and I wouldn’t want                         of the school.
    anyone else to suffer the same fate as my father.”               “I now know that I would like to go into the non-profit world as
                                                                     my eventual career and I believe I would like to work on similar
                                                                     international projects.”

    Lindsay Cobb
                         Lindsay Cobb gathered data on tree
                         species in area parks in Cape Coral.        Jessica Gross
                         Data collected will be used by FEMA                               Jessica Gross worked to certify her
                         after hurricanes in case any of the trees                         church as a Safe Place location. After
                         are damaged and destroyed. Several                                the staff training and certification was
                         other city departments are using her                              complete, she held a safety festival at
                         data for other projects and have created                          the church to promote it as a new Safe
                         a new volunteer position with city                                Place. Working with several community
                         government.                                                       collaborators, Jessica provided
    “I was the first non-city employee to use city equipment. Now                          educational material about children’s
    all the trees have name plates; and a plaque shows an aerial                           safety to parents and helped provide
    map of the park with a description of all the trees and their                          fingerprinting and bike helmets to 75
    locations which is placed near the entrance of each park.”                             children in her community.
                                                                     “Many families were in attendance. It was a fun and
                                                                     educational day for everyone.”




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Frances Perry                                                      Stefani Sanford
                      Frances Perry wrote, produced,                                    Stefani Sanford worked with the children
                      and directed three public service                                 at Littleton Elementary School in Fort
                      announcements about Girl Scouts to                                Myers to create sign markers for the
                      educate girls about Girl Scouting. Using                          tortoise nature trail. Stefanie worked
                      Girl Scouts from the teen board they                              with the children to create signs to
                      created several concepts, wrote, stared                           identify the native plants and provide
                      in, and edited the videos that will be                            information about the wildlife that lives
                      used in schools to advertise Girl Scout                           on campus. Working with teachers
                      recruitment.                                                      at the school she was able to teach
                                                                                        children about wildlife through the
 “I plan on attending the University of Central Florida to major                        making of the nature trail signs.
in film and teach other girls the beauty of film.”
                                                                   “I learned that working with children is a joy! Also, it’s not
                                                                   always easy trying to organize things and make them all work
                                                                   out how you want them.”
Amanda Sanford
                      Amanda Sanford created a tortoise trail
                      at Littleton Elementary School in Fort       Caroline Templeton
                      Myers. The trail provides a safe place for
                      wildlife away from the playground and                             Caroline Templeton created a
                      children while allowing students, faculty,                        Green Roof Educational Exhibit to
                      and the community to learn more about                             demonstrate the benefits of green
                      the natural ecosystem on the school                               roofs for the environment and society.
                      campus without destroying it.                                     The exhibit was featured at the 7th
                                                                                        Annual Green Rooftops for Sustainable
                                                                                        Communities Conference in Atlanta,
                                                                                        GA and has been shown at the Rotary
“I think this project was successful because it created a safe
                                                                                        Club of Sarasota Bay, Laurel Park
place for the tortoises to live and the community can continue
                                                                                        Eco-Fair, and to the Sarasota County
to benefit from it.”
                                                                                        water management officials, reaching
                                                                                        over 400 people. Caroline was also
                                                                                        featured in the fall 2009 issues of Living
                                                                                        Architecture Monitor.
   Have You Joined the NEW Girl Scouts
                                                                   “I plan on attending Wellesley College to study Geosciences.”
      Alumnae Association Today?

                                                                   Chelsea Torres
                                                                                        Chelsea Torres created informational
                                                                                        flyers about the proper disposal of
                                                                                        electronic waste to distribute to her
                                                                                        community. Working with Lee County’s
                                                                                        Solid Waste Department, she publicized
                                                                                        local drop-off days and locations for Lee
    Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout!                                             County Hazardous Waste. Chelsea also
                                                                                        provided educational materials about
    Be counted as we move together towards the Girl                                     the environmental impact of improperly
    Scouts 100th Anniversary in 2012!                                                   disposing of electronic waste and
    Share memories . . . Tell your story . . .                                          educated the community about
                                                                                        organizations that provide home pick up
    Reconnect with others!
                                                                                        of electronic waste.
    Check in on Alumnae newsletters and blogs.
                                                                   “I evaluated what I was capable of doing and focused my
    Be informed on all that is happening at Girl Scouts            project on what I thought was necessary. It took on a new
    on a national and local level.                                 goal: spreading awareness.”
    Sign up today at http://alumnae.girlscouts.org
    Check out the GSUSA video on our rebranding!


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     Donor Spotlight                                                       Ways to Give
     All donations to Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida are so              Giving your way is the best way!
     important. Here are a few of the notable and distinctive              Here are some options to consider:
     contributions we have received recently.
                                                                           Annual donations made to the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast
                                Thank you to Bernard (Bernie)              Florida supports general operations which helps serve over
                                Shapiro for his extensive                  11,000 girls and 3,000 volunteers in a 10-county jurisdiction.
                                contribution of jewelry hardware,          Today’s Girl Scout makes their leadership journey through a
                                tumbled stone, and interesting             number of pathways including: camp, travel, events, series,
                                rocks and coral. With this in-kind         troop, and virtual programs. More than ever, your annual
                                contribution, we are able to give a        contribution is needed to maintain these programs and
                                fun, jewelry making activity for girls     inspire more girls to discover who they are, connect with
                                who will be attending summer camp.         others, and take action in their community and around the
     Bernie and his late wife owned and operated a jewelry store           world.
     about 30 years ago. The carefully stored items were given to us
     by Bernie as a way to give our girls a fun activity. Pictured above   Endowment funds can support the ongoing operating
     is Bernie and his beloved wife. Thank you so very much, Bernie!       expenses of the organization or for purposes such as
                                                                           scholarships, projects, programs, institutes, professorships,
     We also wish to extend our gratitude to Gary Leatherman               or any aspect of its charitable work. Endowments offer
     for the large donation of arts and crafts items. Doll patterns,       organizational stability in that they supply revenue in years in
     ribbons, needlepoint material, and more. They will go a long          which donations are down, or charitable need increases, and
     way for our camp and troop activities.                                they can be a resource for new programs and innovations in
                                                                           prosperous years.
     A special thank you to Dianne Belk and Larry Calder for
     providing six middle and high school aged Girl Scouts with            Planned Giving
     exclusive access to view the premier showing of Dreamworks,           Have you or are you considering including Girl Scouts of
     How to Train Your Dragon, at the Ringling School of Art and           Gulfcoast Florida in your estate plan or will? Bequests, both
     Design. The day included hands-on clay animation workshops.           small and large, will positively affect girls in our area and give
     Unfortunately, no photography was allowed during the event to         them the rewards of the Girl Scout leadership experience.
     illustrate to everyone how much fun the girls had; however, they      Other benefits to choosing a planned giving option may
     did have a great time and we thank you Dianne and Larry!              include a needed tax deduction; or in the case of annuities - a
                                                                           source of income now, with the benefit of giving later; and
     Thank you to Kitty Heusner for her contributions to Creativity        finally, a way of leaving an impactful legacy that can continue
     Weekend….. We also thank you for inspiring others to support          in perpetuity.
     our efforts!                                                          Wish List Donations
                                                                           You may wish to donate one of the following items in new or
     Disney Give Back Days                                                 excellent condition to the council for camp and programs:
     Over 500 volunteers registered to give of their time through                Kayak trailer
     the Disney Give Back Days to Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida.              Bike trailer
     These hard workers, as pictured below, raked paths and camp                 Camp stoves (need up to 10)
     sites, painted buildings, and trimmed back overgrown plant                  Picnic tables
     life at Camp Caloosa in Lee County and Camp Honi Hanta in                   Seven, four-person tents
     Manatee County. Participants came in clans so that all family               Laptops
     members, young and old, could take advantage of Disney’s                    Waterproof, digital camera
     offer for a free park ticket.                                               12-passenger van

                                                                           Volunteer Time
                                                                           Volunteers are always needed as leaders of troops, presenters
                                                                           for day events or series, as adult learning facilitators,
                                                                           administrative help, and more. Your time and talents are
                                                                           invaluable to our girls!

                                                                           Please contact Melissa Burtless at 941-921-5358 or by
                                                                           email at melissab@gsgcf.org, regarding your Way to Give
                                                                           to Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida.




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                                                           Tribute Fund
A contribution made to the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida as a tribute is a wonderful way to honor or
memorialize a loved one, friend, or community member who has made a special impact on you through Girl
Scouting or at some point in your life. We acknowledge the following tributes made since the fall of 2009:

              In memory of Darlene Puckett                                   In honor of Kari Mitchell
                 Barbara and David Donnelly                                      Patricia K. Taylor
                 Mary Ellen Felker
                 Ruth and William Getzen                                     In honor of Sally Trout and Tom Ross on their wedding
                 Elaine F. Gregg                                                 Sindy and Mike Carr
                 Isabel and Randy Norton
                 Marie Putnam                                                In memory of Eve E’Neill
                 Naoma Rhyne                                                    Drs. Kitty and Henry Heusner
                 Gayle and Bernard H. Salmon
                 Mrs. Grace Tyner                                            In memory of Bill Brown, husband of Francine Brown
                                                                                Marsha and David Alleman
              In honor of Pat and Frank O’Day                                   Francine Brown
                  Dr. Mary Patricia O'Day and Dr. John Grabowski                Drs. Kitty and Henry Heusner
                                                                                Jenny L. and Sterling Ronk
              In memory of Sammy Wyas                                           Sandi and Don Stewart
                 Phyllis Crews



Thank you to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for sponsoring the Sandi Stewart’s retirement
party and all those who attended. To honor Sandi’s 23 years with the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. the
following individuals made a gift to the council’s endowment fund:

Mrs. Pat Alba                     Gulf Coast Community                      Mr. and Mrs. Ricky C. Horne             Ms. Debbie McDowell-Tate
Ms. Jeraldine Baggett               Foundation of Venice                    Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hosmer               Mrs. Nancy Moss
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Benac            Mrs. Terri Halbach                        Mr. and Mrs. William Humphrey           Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Peeples
Ms. Linda M. Bonnett              Peter J. Hayes                            Ms. Sharen Kerber                       Mrs. Alisa Peters
Charla, Celina,                     of Tandem Construction                  Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kessel              Mr. Bart Tryon and
  and Richard Burchett            Mr. and Mrs.                              Dr. and Mrs. Robert King                  Ms. Julie Taylor
Melissa and Chris Burtless          F. Thomas Hopkins                       Mr. and Mrs. William Mahaney            Mr. and Mrs. Al Purmort
Ms. Carol Butera                                                                                                    Ms. Susan Ratcliff
Mr. and Mrs.                                                                                                        Mr. and Mrs. James Ritchey
  Ronald Cardamone                                                                                                  Mr. and Mrs. Jack Robine
Ms. Grace Carlson                                                                                                   Sterling and Jenny Ronk
Dr. and Mrs.                                                                                                        Ms. Fran Sadlo
  Thomas Carrasquillo                                                                                               Ms. Peggy Simone
Ms. Diana Davis                                                                                                     Mrs. Phyllis Siskel
Ms. Deb Deacetis                                                                                                    Mrs. Carol K. Spalding
  and Ms. Elayne Dorsey                                                                                             Mr. and Mrs. Greg Stewart
Mr. and Mrs. L. Victor Desguin                                                                                      Ms. Susan R. Stewart
Mr and Mrs. James Disher                                                                                            Ms. Patricia Thomas
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ezzell                                                                                         Mrs. Betty J. Webb
Ms. Suellen R. Field                                                                                                William G. and
Mrs. Barbara Ford-Coates                                                                                              Marie Selby Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Forkgen                                                                                          Dr. and Mrs. Art Young
Mr. Larry Geimer, CPA, PA                                                                                           Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Zimmerman
Ms. Linda Getzen                                                                                                    Ms. Patricia Zuzolo
Mr. Richard Gonnering             Pictured from left: Ruth Nash, Charlotte County, Sandi Stewart, former CEO Girl
                                  Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. and Martha McKenzie, Charlotte County.




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     Grants and Foundations                                                     Corporation Matching Gifts and
     F The Franklin G. Berlin Foundation of Northern Trust Bank                 Volunteer Hour Match
     F The Edward E. and Lillian H. Bishop Foundation                           Thank you to those donors, volunteers, and parents who
     F Lawrence Calder & Dianne Belk Foundation                                 support Girl Scouts through their employers. Many companies
                                                                                have matching gift programs through which they match dollar-
     F Chester Cole Estate
                                                                                for-dollar employees’ donations or have grants available
     F The Community Foundation of Sarasota from the                            for employees who volunteer their time. Check with your
       Norman & Phyllis Siskel Advisory Fund                                    company’s department of human resources for company
     F GoodSearch                                                               matching opportunities.
     F Gerald A. & Karen A. Kolschowsky Foundation, Inc.                        F Bank of America Matching Gifts
     F Girl Scouts of the USA                                                   F Groutmasters of Manasota, Inc.
          	 Forever Green Project                                              F Illinois Tool Works Foundation
          	 Healthy Girls Initiative
                                                                                F Regions Bank
          	 Uniquely Me!
          	 Forestry Service – Linking Girls to the Land
             US                                                                 F Sam’s Club 6445
          	 VIVA                                                               F State Farm Foundation
     F Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice                                F Walmart Foundation
     F Weichel Family Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation
     F The Mary E. Parker Foundation
     F Naples Woman’s Club, Inc.
                                                                                 Girl Scouts Go Green!
     F Publix Super Market Charities, Inc.                                       Help us reduce our carbon footprint by
     F William G. and Marie Selby Foundation                                     reducing the amount of paper we use! Sign
                                                                                 up to receive our newsletters via email.
     F UHC Heroes Project Hope Grant                                             Email melissab@gsgcf.org and tell us you
     F Wilson-Wood Foundation, Inc.                                              want to GO GREEN!
       Also see 411 on Middle School acknowledgements on page 4



                                 Getting Girls in the Pool - Coming Spring 2011!
        Girl Scouts love the water! And,                                                                           Alternative and new technologies
     what better way to experience fun                                                                             are being considered for filtering,
     and healthy activities, learn new                                                                             heat, and lighting sources.
     skills, and “chill” with friends than                                                                            The pool will allow Girl Scouts
     in an inground, year-round pool at                                                                            of Gulfcoast Florida to enhance
     Camp Honi Hanta in Bradenton.                                                                                 the Camp Pathway experience
        Originally designed and                                                                                    (day, resident, and specialty
     constructed during 2006-2008,                                                                                 programs), to collaborate with
     the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida                                                                          community groups, and highlight
     experienced a disappointing set back                                                                          leadership experiences for current
     during the opening of the pool when                                                                           and prospective Girl Scouts and
     a leak was discovered, rendering the                                                                          families.
     pool unusable due to a crack in the                                                                              We thank the donors who
     foundation. Legal proceedings were                                                                            generously “dove in” to support
     initiated against contractors and                                                                             the initial pool plan in 2006. And
                                                 Melissa Burtless, CDO, GSGCF; Karen Miller, Manatee Community
     subcontractors, including mediation, Foundation Board Member; Sue Stewart, CEO GSGCF; Betsy                   gratefully acknowledge the recent
     and a settlement agreement was              Benac, Board Member GSGCF                                         support of the William G. and
     reached in February 2010.                                                                                     Marie Selby Foundation and
        Currently a team of staff, girls, volunteers, and board                    Manatee Community Foundation. Are you interested in
     members are working with new engineers and contractors with                   supporting our girls “keeping cool” and learning water safety at
     a spring 2011 “splash” anticipated. Girl Scouts and volunteers                camp? Naming opportunities include personalized medium-
     desire an inclusive, safe, and “green” pool environment, with                 sized pool tiles for gifts of $100 to $499, larger-sized pool tiles
     options for swimming, playing games, hanging out on floats,                   for gifts of $500 to $999, and wall recognition for gifts of $1,000
     and training (lifeguard, kayak, scuba). Using resources wisely,               or higher. Contact Melissa Burtless at 921-5358, ext. 307 to learn
     the team anticipates re-use and recycling of certain features.                more.
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                                Annual Gifts ~ October 2009 to June 2010
                        Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. gratefully acknowledges the following
                        individuals, corporations, and organizations for their support. Thank you!

Leaders $10,000 and Up                      Mrs. Lydia McIntire                       Ms. Roberta Hamilton
Getzen Family Charities, Inc.               Mrs. Jeanne Monaghan                      Ms. Catherine Hook-Shea
                                            Ms. Leslie A. Moore                       Mrs. Edith Kingsley
                                            Ms. Nancy Myers                           Mrs. Julie Krueger
Ambassadors $2,500 to $5,000                Mrs. Cathleen Nadeau                      Mr. and Mrs. Dan Kumarich
Ms. Linda Getzen                            Ms. Marianne Owen                         Mrs. Kathy Leydon-Conway
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Valentine              Ms. Stephanie Person                      Dr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Maggiore, The
                                            Mr. John G. Putta                           Joseph J. Maggiore Revocable Trust
Adventurers $1,000 to $2,499                Mrs. Gloria Rapport                       Yolanda Mancha
Drs. Kitty and Henry Heusner                Ms. Betty Rittgers                        Dr. and Mrs. Durfee Marshall
Mrs. Ellen Lojinger                         Mr. John Robinson                         Mr. David Martin and Mrs. Jo Fenn-Martin
Ms. Peggy Simone                            Ms. Jennifer M. Saslow                    Ms. Melissa Mason
Lawrence Calder and Dianne Belk             Mrs. Anne Simpson                         Ms. Isabel McDuffie
  Gulf Coast Community Foundation           Sarasota Chapter of Kappa Delta           LT. Col.Tony and
  of Venice                                   Alumnae Association                       Mrs. Mary Beth Mediavilla
Mrs. Sandi Stewart                          Ms. Barbara Van Essen                     Ms. Jacqueline Middleton
                                            Mr. and Mrs. David Waite                  Ms. Josephine Morse
Lifesavers $500 - $999                      Ms. Kathleen R. Walker                    Mrs. Lorraine B. Mueller
                                            Ms. Cathy Wilson                          Ms. Betty Lou Murphy
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Carrasquillo
                                                                                      Ms. Kathleen O’Leary
Ms. Betty Flora, The Flora Family
                                            Friends $25 to $99                        Dr. and Mrs. David Poeltl
Foundation of Fidelity Brokerage
                                            Dr. and Mrs. Michael Alpern               Dr. and Mrs. Murray Renfrew, M.D.
  Services, LLC
                                            Ms. Peggy Becerra                         Mr. and Mrs. James Ritchey
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Goldstein, The Alfred
                                            Ms. Yvonne M. Bras                        Mrs. Staci Rutt
  and Ann Goldstein Foundation, Inc.
                                            Ms. Karen Kiki” Brewsaugh”                Dr. George A. Sanchez, DMD
Mr. Richard Gonnering
                                            Mrs. Natalie Brown                        Ms. Edwina Sanders
Mrs. Debbie McDowell-Tate
                                            Charla, Celina and Richard Burchett       Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Schumacher
Ms. Susan Patton
                                            Ms. Kathleen M. Carol                     Seminole Tire Co., Inc.
Mrs. Anita Scott
                                            Ms. Nancy C. Crawford                     Mrs. Ann M. Shelton
Ms. Susan R. Stewart
                                            Marian S. Dailey                          Ms. Jane Sturges
                                            Mr. and Mrs. Walt Deptula                 Ms. Betty Sulfridge
Campers $100 to $499
                                            Mr. and Mrs. L. Victor Desguin            Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Swain
Mr. Rock Aboujaoude,                                                                  Ms. Evelyn S. Turner
                                            Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Dickson
  Rock Enterprises, Inc.                                                              United Way of
                                            Ms. Dolores Donnelly
Ms. Doris J. Atteberry                                                                  Southeastern Pennsylvania
                                            Ms. Elaine Enoch
Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Bailey, Jr.                                                   Mrs. Margarete Van Antwerpen
                                            Mrs. Amy Gainey
Ms. Karen Bogues                                                                      Ms. Jeanne Wade
                                            Mr. Scott Gearity
Mr. Gilbert B. Bosse                                                                  Dr. and Mrs. Charles Carl West
                                            Ms. Deborah Gittes
Melissa M. Burtless                                                                   Ms. Gloria Wood
                                            Ms. L. Kim Gradwell
Ms. Darleen Chase                                                                     Mrs. Corinne Wright
                                            Mrs. Megan Fasig
Mr. and Mrs. William Coen                                                             Ms. Liz Yerkes
Ms. Rae Dowling
Ms. Nancy Ferraro
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Forkgen
Mrs. Lynn Frankel                                                                 Publix Super Market Charities
Ms. Alexandra Gornik                                                              2010 Contribution to Girl
Marie Graziosi
Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Grimes
                                                                                  Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida
Joe L. Davis, Groves & Ranch
Ms. Marjorie J. Joder                                                             Presenting on behalf of Publix Super
Ms. Sherry Kessel                                                                 Market, Inc.: Wendy Smith, District Manager
Mr. and Mrs. Edward O. Koch Jr.                                                   Southwest Region (left) and Richard Cyphers,
Ms. Mary M. Koessler                                                              Retail Coordinator Customer Service (right)
Mr. and Mrs. Justin Land                                                          to Sue Stewart, CEO, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast
Ms. Maurine Martin                                                                Florida (middle)
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                           College Scholarships Awards and Recognitions




     Dr. Elinor Crawford College Scholarships of the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida were presented by Dr. Katherine “Kitty”
     Heusner at this year’s Annual Meeting. Eight $1,000 scholarship awards were presented to Girl Scouts (pictured above, left to
     right) Patricia Woolfe, Lindsay Cobb, Kallin Horne, Alyssa Heere, Caitlin Monaghan, Emily Prettyman, Caroline Templeton, and
     Laurabeth Goldsmith, not pictured.




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                                                Family Support Plan
We wish to thank all the families who participated in the Family Support Plan. Your gift, beyond the $12 annual membership, helps the
council provide the best Girl Scout Leadership Experience for members, as well as for girls who without your added support may not
be able to join. The following families contributed at levels of $25 and higher:

Mr. and Mrs. Ulysses Alcantara               Mr. Landon Greaves and Mrs. Lori Greaves      Mr. and Mrs. D.J. Myers
Mr. Dennis Alvaro and Mrs. Christie Alvaro   Mrs. Rena Greenberg                           Ms. Linda O’Connor
Ms. Elaine Barker                            Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Grozier                  Mr. Daniel Oliva and Ms. Nichole Sobr
Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Berger                 Mr. and Mrs. Rick Guajardo                    Ms. Lisa Palso
Mrs. Yvonne Berger                           Mr. and Mrs. Atilano Guerrero                 Mrs. Barbara Panellino
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Berish                Mr. Pete Haight and Mrs. Ginny Haight         Mr. Mark Parrish and Mrs. Nancy Parrish
Mrs. Mary Berndt                             Mrs. Karla Hale                               Mr. Alex Perez
Ms. Debra Blake                              Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hanleck                     Ms. Cherie Picerno
Mrs. Theresa Boland-McKenna                  Mrs. Tracy Hansen                             Ms. Christina Pitchford-Perez
Mr. and Mrs. William Bonner                  Ms. Laurie Harris                             Ms. Dana Ponder
Ms. Anna Borchers                            Ms. Seryna Haun                               Mr. and Mrs. Matt Ponzio
Ms. Shirley Bracero                          Mrs. Susan Barrett Hecker and                 Ms. G. Angie Portelli
Ms. Phyllis W. Breeden                         Mr. Dave Hecker                             Ms. Sharon Potter
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bursik                   Ms. Karen Hill                                Ms. Valerie Powell-Stafford
Mr. Craig Cappello and                       Mrs. Grace Hood                               Mr. and Mrs. Bill Robinson
  Mrs. Elizabeth Cappello                    Ms. Catherine Hook-Shea                       Sam’s Club, Port Charlotte, FL
Mr. and Ms. Carter                           Mrs. Tracy Huston                             Dr. Eulogio Sanchez and
Ms. Susan L. Cekuta                          Mr. Steve Johnston and                          Mrs. Mirella Sanchez
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Cioffi                         Mrs. Barbara Johnston                     Ms. Nannette Santrock
Mr. Dennis Cooley and                        Ms. Polly Kopituk                             Mr. Eric Schultz and Mrs. Cristina Schultz
  Mrs. Amylynn Cooley                        Mr. and Mrs. James S. Kraut                   Mr. Kenneth Scott
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Cotton                    Mr. and Mrs. C. Oliver Kyte                   Mr. Calvin Scudder
Ms. Susan Crawford                           Mr. James Lance and Mrs. Lori Lance           Mr. Jacob Serna
Mr. and Mrs. David F. Cuadra                 Mrs. Rayne Lanzing                            Ms. Kathy Shafran
Ms. Patriciq Davies                          Mr. and Ms. Wayne Lea                         Mr. and Mrs. Dave Shoemaker
Mr. and Mrs. Carlos De Quesada               Mr. Harold Leboeuf and                        Ms. Michelle Silva
Mrs. Langley Dean                              Mrs. Jackie Leboeuf                         Mr. David Spicer and Mrs. Gina Spicer
Mrs. Cyndie DeBlock                          Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Legiec                    Mr. and Mrs. Matthew St. Onge
Ms. Kristine Dittmann                        Mrs. Raquel Lima                              Ms. Rebecca Staples
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Downey                   Mrs. Jennifer Loche                           Mrs. Lori Stelzer
Ms. Lavonne L. Ellis                         Ms. Claudia Lopez                             Mr. and Mrs. Blake Steuber
Ms. Theresa Etchison                         Mrs. Tami Maneovitch                          Mrs. Lisa Stone
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Farina                     Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Marino                   Mr. and Mrs. Darren L. Swain
Ms. Elsa Feikert                             Ms. Angela Martin                             Ms. Alysia Taylor
Mrs. Catherine Feminella                     Mr. David Matta                               Troop 344
Mrs. Sandra Ferris                           Mrs. Michelle Maxwell                         Troop 604
Mr. Steven Floto and Mrs. Sandra Floto       Ms. Karen McCormack                           Ms. Amy Ulman
Ms. Angela Fracalossi                        Mr. and Mrs. Michael McVey                    Mrs. Karla J. Van Beek
Mr. Don Fuchs and Mrs. Trisha Fuchs          Mr. Edward H. Mench                           Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Walker
Mrs. Arsie Fusco                             Mrs. Angela Miguel                            Ms. Wendy J. Warner
Ms. Lynne Gallagher                          Mrs. Tracy Millis                             Mr. and Mrs. Robert Webster
Mr. and Mrs. Les A. Gibson                   Mr. and Mrs. David Mitzel                     Mr. and Mrs. Henry Weeks
Ms. Cathleen Gillies                         Ms. Bridget Mobley                            Mrs. Kristen Widunas
Mr. and Mrs. Ryan M. Gobiel                  Mr. Mark Morgan                               Ms. Jennifer D. Young
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Goldberg                  Ms. Dawn Murcia                               Mrs. Yvonne Zaccone
Mr. Don Gourlay and Mrs. Tara Gourlay        Mr. Kevin Murdoch and                         Mrs. Mary K. Zimmerman
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Grattenthaler                 Mrs. Andrea Murdoch
                                                                                           Mrs. Paula A. Zuluaga and Mr. Jose Terrero
                                             Mrs. Lisa Murphy
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                                                                                                                                Organization
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 4780 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, Florida 34233                                                                              Manasota, Florida 34260
 Email gsgcf@gsgcf.org                                                                                                         Permit No. 355
 Melissa M. Burtless, CDO
 Megan Fasig, Development Specialist

 Officers of the Board of Directors:
 President, Linda Getzen - North Central Region
 First Vice President, Ann Carrasquillo - South Central Region
 Second Vice President, Cecelia Hill - Central Region
 Treasurer, Nancy Gorski - North Central Region
 Secretary, Beverly Duff - South Central Region
 CEO, Susan Stewart

 Board Members - Northern Region
 Betsy Benac (Sarasota)
 Rae Dowling (Bradenton)
 Carolyn Griffin (Bradenton)
 Christine B. Yekel (Bradenton)

 Board Members - Eastern Region
 Sophia Peavy (Wauchula)

 Board Members - North Central Region
 Francine Brown (Sarasota)
 Richard Cyphers (Sarasota)
 Patricia Mahaney (Venice)

 Board Members - Central Region



                                                                 Gulfcoast
 Mary Disher (Port Charlotte)
 Patricia Weston (Port Charlotte)
                                                                                                                4740 Cattlemen Road
                                                                                                               Sarasota, Florida 34233

                                                                 EVENT &
 Board Members - South Central Region
 Rock Aboujaoudé (Alva)                                                                                        Conveniently located off I-75
 Reneé Armstrong (Cape Coral)
 Megan Shepherd (Clewiston)




                                                                                                              FLEXIBLE,
 Board Members - Southern Region
 David Alleman (Naples)                                           of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.
 Barbara Church (Naples)
 Bonny Eads Dery (Naples)
 Shane McIntosh (Naples)
                                                                     941-921-5358                             ACCOMMODATING
 Board Development Committee
                                                                         www.gsgcf.org                        & IN YOUR BUDGET!
 Reneé Armstrong - South Central Region
 Barbara Church - Southern Region
 Rae Dowling (Chair) - Northern Region
 Francina Hollaway - North Central Region
 Johnette Isham - North Central Region
 Antonio Perez - South Central Region
 David Rolls - South Central Region

 Girl Representatives
 Dianne Kaiyoorawongs - North Central Region
 Stevie Peacock - North Central Region




Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. is chartered by Girl
Scouts of the USA and serves nearly 11,000 girls in Manatee,      Features auditorium with large stage
Hardee, Highlands, Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte, Glades,
Lee, Hendry, and Collier counties.
                                                                  Audio/visual equipment
                           A United Way Member Agency             Available for business meetings and conferences

				
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