Rock the Mall
June 9, 2012
Contact: Troop Leader:
Rosi Southee 520.249.2077, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sierra Vista- Six Cadettes from Girl Scout Troop 1770 are on a mission to rock the mall! Not the shopping mall, but the National Mall in the nation’s capital. As part of Girl Scouts of the USA’s 100th anniversary celebrations, 200,000 girls and adults from around the world are expected to gather on June 9th for the world’s largest Sing-Along. The Girl Scouts are also aiming to break the Guinness World Record for the largest flash mob. Since the Girl Scout movement was founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scouts have turned to the power of song to celebrate friendship and express commitment to girls’ leadership.
Troop 1770’s “AZ 2 DC” girls have been actively raising money since last October to join fellow Girl Scouts for a week of song, friendship and exploration. After receiving approval from the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona’s headquarters in Tucson, they hosted a “Santa’s Workshop” where the girls offered babysitting services to allow parents to go Christmas shopping. The girls have also partnered with local restaurants including Peter Piper Pizza and Chili’s to hold Troop 1770 nights where the participating restaurants donated a percentage of proceeds to the Troop’s project. In addition, these go-getters have also been out in the community becoming skilled spokeswomen for their cause, visiting local businesses and making presentations about the Girl Movement and the upcoming 100th Anniversary Rock the Mall trip. To date, the Troop has raised over $2,800 and need only $2100 more to reach their goal.
“The dedication of these girls is inspiring” notes Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona’s CEO Debbie Rich. “They have been strategic in their planning and have received Council approval for all their fundraising efforts. Moreover, the “AZ 2 DC” girls worked from all angles, cookies and bake sales to meeting with community officials and perfecting their business pitch. I am extremely proud of their hard work and the skills they’ve acquired through the process.”
If you’d like to help these young ladies earn their way to D.C. and become part of the history books, there is still time. During Sierra Vista’s Heaping Helping on April 16-18th Lucky Wishbone has partnered with the Troop and will donate 10% of each check when a customer mentions Heaping Helping. On May 1st Chili’s will once again partner with the troop for a Girl Scout Night. On May 6th Troop 1770 will hold an “AZ 2 DC” car wash at Discount Tires. Lastly, the Troop will hold a Spaghetti Dinner at the Landmark Café on May 26th. Tickets for the Spaghetti Dinner will go on sale May 15th.
The young ladies of the troop have been overwhelmed by the community’s response and willingness to help. To show their appreciation the Troop will personally write thank you cards to all contributors and include a write up about their experiences in the nation’s capital.
For information please contact Maria DeCabooter at 520.319.3175 or email@example.com.
Note: Troop 1770 is part of the Girl Scout’s of Southern Arizona’s jurisdiction. All fund raising activity by troops must be submitted to the Council, documented, and approved before troop money-earning activity may begin. For more information on financial policies, please contact Kristen Hernandez, Chief Operating Officer at (520) 319.3172, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honoring the Leaders of Today and Tomorrow at Girls and Women of Distinction
April 21, 2012
The Historic Manning House
450 W Paseo Redondo #212
The Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona will recognize over fifty amazing girls and women from across Southern Arizona at the 2012 Girls and Women of Distinction on April 21st at the Historic Manning House. This annual event is part of a national Girl Scout program that celebrates the accomplishments of girls and women for their Girl Scout achievements and the impact they make in their communities.
At the ceremony four girls will receive their Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest achievement a girl can be given. In order to earn this prestigious award, which only 5% of all eligible Girl Scouts receive, girls must demonstrate their leadership skills as they plan, promote, and manage a service project that has a sustainable impact in their community and beyond. In recognition of their achievements, Gold Awardees who join the armed services enter at one rank higher than other recruits. The recipients from Troop 484 earned their Gold Award through their Hearts for Diamonds Project, through which they raised $36,000 to outfit classrooms for young cancer patients in the Bone Marrow Transplant Ward at the Diamond Children’s Medical Center.
While the event is titled Girls and Women of Distinction, one man will also be honored. Martin Landon, known affectionately as “the Cookie Dad,” will receive the CEO Award in recognition of his outstanding service to Girl Scouts. Notes Megan Black, the Council’s Cookie Program Manager, “Martin supports new and returning troops as they grow in the Girl Scout movement. He has grown cookie sales in the Tri-Star Service Unit by 5,000 boxes, a 21% increase. He also visits booths to show support for local troops and basically goes out of his way for Girl Scouting.”
This year’s ceremony coincides with the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts. As part of the 100th celebration efforts, Girl Scouts of the USA recently launched an ambitious campaign, ToGetHerThere. The campaign’s focus on girl leadership greatly excites CEO Debbie Rich, who believes that “leadership experiences are what make Girl Scouting unique. Girls need wise adults who not only inspire them but trust them. The adult volunteers being recognized have all shown their deep commitment to supporting girls and helping girls reach their leadership potential. For that we cannot thank them enough.” As for the girls, Rich emphasizes that “they have mastered our traditional 3 C’s: cookies, camps, and crafts, and they exemplify the modern 3 C’s: the courage to act, the confidence to achieve, and the character to change the world. Watch out, because these girls have a very bright future!”
Girl Scout awards will also be presented in the following categories: Silver Award, Pray Award, Graduating Seniors, Top 10 Cookie Sellers, and Top Selling Cookie Troop. Adults volunteers will be honored in the following areas: New Found Treasure (New Volunteer), Treasured Gem (Seasoned Volunteer), and CEO Award (exemplifies the Girl Scout Promise and Law).
A Day of Giving: Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona Chosen as Recipient of Comcast Cares Day
Comcast Cares Day
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Time: 7:00am – 1:00pm
Location: 3001 N Sabino Canyon Road, Tucson 85715
T-Shirts, food and beverages to be provided by Comcast
Tucson- Every year on Comcast Cares Day, Comcast brings together tens of thousands of Comcast employees, their families and friends to make a positive impact in neighborhoods across the country. On April 21, 2012 more than 150 local Comcast employees and their families and friends will volunteer to improve Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona’s Hacienda facility as part of Comcast’s 11th annual Comcast Cares Day.
The Girl Scouts, who serve over 14,000 girls in Southern Arizona, are thrilled to be this year’s recipients. Girl Scouts, Council staff, and volunteers will join Comcast Tucson for a day of on-site projects and improvements that will include painting, landscaping, construction of a new volleyball court and more. The Hacienda, home to the Girl Scout’s day camp and special events, also serves as the organization’s in-town environmental education and program center and is available for community use including conferences, corporate retreats, company picnics, and festive get-togethers.
The weekend will have special meaning to the Girl Scouts. Not only will the Hacienda receive a good dose of spring cleaning, Comcast Cares Day falls on the same weekend as both Global Youth Service Day and Earth Day. Kristen Culliney, Girl Scouts Chief Operating Officer, notes that “the timing of this is just perfect and illustrates the circle of giving. Comcast Cares Day will result in an improved facility and the ability to better serve girls and our community. It will also allow girls to see sustainability in action, to make tangible contributions to their community, and to draw inspiration from the work of those they meet on this day!”
“We are proud to be committed to improving the quality of life in the local communities where our customers and employees live and work,” said Alan Price, General Manager/Director of Operations for Comcast Tucson. Comcast Cares Day is a great way for our employees to get their hands dirty for a great cause, and help out non-profits like the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona.
“Growing up as a Girl Scout helped me learn so many valuable leadership skills and helped shape me into the person I am today,” said Kelle Maslyn, Corporate Affairs Manager for Comcast Tucson. “Giving back to an organization that helps so many girls become powerful leaders and to work side-by-side with these of the future leaders is fantastic.
Comcast Cares Day has grown enormously since its inception in 2001 and is now one of the largest single-day corporate volunteer efforts in the county. Last year nearly 70,000 Comcast volunteers participated at more than 659 project sites spanning 39 states and Washington, D.C. At the end of this year’s campaign, Comcast volunteers will have served almost 2.5 million hours since 2001 and the company will have awarded more than $11 million in grants to community partners.
Comcast Tucson and Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona invite you to join them on Saturday April 21st for a great day of community service. T-shirts, food and beverages will be provided by Comcast. For more information contact Kelle Maslyn at 744-5448 or email@example.com.
About Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent leadership development organization dedicated to helping build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. GSSoAz serves over 14,000 girls in Southern Arizona and includes over 1,500 adult volunteers. For more information on Girl Scouting in Southern Arizona, please contact Maria DeCabooter, Advocacy Specialist, 520.319.3175, firstname.lastname@example.org
About Comcast Cable
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq:CMCSA – News) (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.
Contact: Eric M. Esquivel
HEROES AND VILLAINS GIVES AWAY THOUSANDS OF FREE COMICS
Local comic book store gives away free comics to promote the art form
Heroes and Villains plans to give away thousands of comic books on Saturday, May 5th from 10am-7pm, as part of their annual Free Comic Book Day celebration.
Titles include: The Avengers, DC Comics: The New 52, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Transformers, Donald Duck, Sonic The Hedgehog, Yo Gabba Gabba, Peanuts and many more!
Popular fine artist/children’s book author Adam Rex will be in-store from 10am-3pm, signing (FREE!) copies of The Guild–The Dark Horse comic based on the popular web show of the same name, created by writer/actress Felicia Day (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog)–which he painted the cover for.
The Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona will also be on-hand, giving away (FREE!) copies of their promotional comic book Girl Scouts In Space. They’ll be joined by the book’s creators, Eric M. Esquivel, Henry Barajas, and Ernest Romero.
Mary and fellow Girl Scout at the Westside Police Station
We all know the girl scouts for their cookies so one little girl decided they’d be the right treat to lift the spirits of our local first responders.
They call her the cookie queen. Nine-year-old girl scout Mary Ruiz is big on sales, and she’s also big on giving. Mary gathered enough donations to surprise local cops with a sweet gift of girl scout cookies.
“When we were choosing our gift of caring I chose police officers to say thank you for keeping us safe,” says Ruiz.
Throughout the year, Mary asked cookie customers to pitch in a little extra. She wound up with more than 500 donated boxes of treats for police.
“It’s an excellent example of young ladies that are being taught and encouraged to engage in public service,” says Tucson Police Capt. John Stamatopoulas.
Mary has been making the delicious deliveries for several years now.
“I think it’s important because they put their lives on the line,” says Ruiz.
Officers presented the pastry princess with a coin to commemorate her good works.
“Public servants around the world exchange challenge coins as a gift to each other and a sign of comraderie,” says Stamatopoulas
Mary says she plans to continue giving to first responders for years to come. She also has other scheduled deliveries this month to other local police departments and fire departments.
Anna Maria Chavez speaking to Council staff from Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona and Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus Pine
Last week Girl Scouts across Arizona had the amazing opportunity to meet head Girl Scout, Anna Maria Chavez, affectionately known as Eagle One. Ask anyone who had the chance to speak to her, even for a few minutes and they will tell you, she is truly amazing. Whether talking to Girl Scout staff, leaders, Ambassadors or to little Daisies- Anna Maria made all those she met feel special. Her energy and presence lit up the room and when making the rounds, Eagle One continued to ask “how am I doing? Tell me because you’re my boss. I work for girls. I work for you!”
Here’s to the woman leading Girl Scouts into our next century. With her at the table, there is no doubt Girl Scouts will emerge as the preeminent organization for girl leadership and that together, we will get girls there.
In case you missed out on the Anna Maria Chavez fever that has taken over our Council and Southern Arizona, here’s an article from Maria Polletta at the Arizona Republic who sat down with our national CEO for a Q&A.
Question:You’ve had an impressive career in other sectors. How have those roles prepared you for your current position?
Answer: I’ve been very fortunate to have had a career for almost 20 years now as a public servant … and to have worked for a lot of great people, a lot of great leaders who taught me that at the end of the day, it’s about how you give back.
I’ve been able to be part of organizations that, on a daily basis, are thinking about who can they help, who are their customers and how can we make this country stronger. (My current role) allows me to continue this course of public service.
Q: What has changed about the Girl Scouts since the time you first joined?
A: The organization itself definitely has the same core mission, but the things around the girls have changed.
Girls now have technology in a way that we’ve never seen in the past. When I grew up in Eloy, I think the big invention was the microwave. But now, the girls’ world is a global world.
Q: What specific goals or initiatives will you pursue as CEO?
A: We recently launched … the largest advocacy campaign dedicated to girl leadership in the nation’s history, called “To Get Her There” (togetherthere.org). It’s focused on creating a gender-balanced leadership model here in the United States.
What we’ve found is, although girls see leadership in their communities, many of them unfortunately don’t see the (specific) leadership model they aspire to and consequently they sometimes opt out of the opportunity … If half the population isn’t involved in creating solutions to the problems in the United States, then we’re missing the opportunity to groom their intellect, their ideas and creativity around these solutions.
So essentially, what we’re doing with that campaign is engaging adults from across the spectrum, whether they’re military, whether they’re leaders in government, whether they’re CEOs and businesses, whether they’re faith leaders, to … invest time, invest dollars into supporting girls … so that in 20 years, they’ll be prepared and excited to be part of these solutions for the U.S.
I’d also like to ask people to spare some time, some expertise to volunteer for the local Girl Scout councils. When I was in Texas (serving as CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas), I found girls everywhere who wanted to be Girl Scouts, but if I couldn’t get an adult to volunteer and step up and say “I will be there to support them,” we couldn’t bring in more girls.
The reality is, girls are amazing. Sit down and have a conversation with them about some of the issues that they’re tackling within Girl Scouts. They’re thinking big. They’re thinking solutions. And we’re hoping that we can reach more, because right now we only serve 8 percent of girls ages 5-17 in the United States. Imagine if we doubled that percentage.
Q:How do you view your role in terms of influencing local troops?
A: My role is to be external, to be what I would call the “team leader” for our national movement. I truly believe that the Girl Scout story is a quiet story.
Think about the millions of community-service hours they give every year without fanfare. Think about the cookie program — every year, the girls raise $760 million, which they reinvest back into their local communities, into homeless shelters, into animal shelters, meal sites, community-service projects for the parks.
I see my opportunity as a leader of this organization as one to tell their story.
You can also see Anna Maria Chavez interview on CBS here!
Community to Celebrate Happy Homecoming of Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chavez
The Girl Scouts recently celebrated their 100th Anniversary on March 12th, and the party will continue with the arrival this week of an extra special guest: Girl Scouts of the USA’s newest CEO, Anna Maria Chavez. Chavez, who assumed the reins of the all-girl organization last November, is the 19th leader of the organization and an Arizona native.
Chavez’s trip will be her first time back in Arizona since becoming CEO. She was first introduced to Girl Scouting as a 10 year old growing up in Eloy and remains deeply connected to the state. After attending Yale for her undergraduate degree, she went on to earn her law degree from the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law and was the deputy chief of staff for urban relations and community redevelopment for former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. Throughout her career, Chavez has credited Scouting for giving her the confidence needed to go after her dreams.
Chavez has an action-packed itinerary when she touches down in the desert. On Wednesday she is one of four women who will be honored as a 2012 Arizona Latina Trailblazers by Phoenix College’s Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine. On Thursday Chavez is involved in all sorts of Girl Scout fun touring Camp Sombrero in Phoenix and lunching with Council staff from Arizona Cactus-Pine and Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona.
To cap off of her visit and bring her Troop 304 Girl Scouting days full circle, Ms. Chavez heads home to Eloy on Thursday afternoon to be honored by the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona in a homecoming celebration that is open to the community. Eloy Mayor Byron Jackson will proclaim March 29th as Anna Maria Chavez Day and kick off the festivities with Debbie Rich, Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona’s CEO, and of course, those famous girls in green. Rich couldn’t be more excited, “This is a great opportunity for our girls to meet the CEO in person and for our community to rally behind girls and our cause of girl leadership.”
The homecoming celebration takes place at Mainstreet Park in Eloy from 4pm-6pm. Activity stations featuring “green” themes open at 3:30pm and Santa Cruz Valley Union High School mariachi band Mariachi Cielito Lindo is set to perform. Join us for a fun-filled time and for your opportunity to meet the woman dedicated to helping girls of today become the leaders of tomorrow.
Anna Maria Chavez, Girl Scouts of the USA’s CEO, will be heading west next week.
How was west? To sunny Arizona where she will be visiting Girl Scouts from our Council and Cactus-Pine!
We are so excited for her visit and cannot wait to welcome this Arizona native home. We invite you to join us on March 29th at Mainstreet Park in Eloy, her hometown, for a day of Girl Scouting fun and your opportunity to meet the brains behind Girl Scouting.
In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more, check out the features below:
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Last year, Anna Maria Chávez made history after becoming the first Latina appointed as CEO of the iconic Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). Founded 100 years ago, GSUSA’s mission is to build girls’ self-esteem and leadership skills through a myriad of activities ranging from economic literacy to environmental awareness. At this stage in the game, the organization is much more than the tasty (and profitable) cookies it sells.
Heading a nonprofit organization that now boasts 3.2 million Girl Scouts comes with tremendous pressure. Yet, you’d never know that by the way Chávez carries herself.
During a recent elevator ride inside the organization’s New York City headquarters, the tall and elegant CEO’s cheerful disposition was contagious. With a wide smile painted in magenta lipstick, the 44-year-old introduced herself warmly to others inside the elevator, reaching out to shake everyone’s hands. Several minutes later, she exuded tremendous energy even while seated, ready to share the story of how she went from a small town in Arizona to leading the largest organization for girls in the world.
The Girl Scouts is home to Chávez, who was one herself at the tender age of 10. Raised in the small town of Eloy, Arizona, a young Chávez was the only girl of three in her home. Her Mexican family didn’t know what the Girl Scouts did, but they gave the organization a chance for Chávez, who remembers that time in her life vividly.
“I got to go to Girl Scout camp,” Chávez said. “And for me, growing up, that was a huge thing because we were never allowed to go away from home without parents or cousins or tias, you know, whatever the case may be. And so I got to go with my Girl Scout troop, and it was amazing. I loved it.”
Chávez left Arizona for college at Yale University, and eventually went back to become an attorney. Her professional trajectory since has included positions in President Bill Clinton’s cabinet, with two Arizona governors including now U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, and as a regional director with the Girl Scouts in Texas.
Despite her impressive resume, Chávez says her current position has her living the American dream. “It has been so exciting,” she said. “It’s like being on rollerskates, constantly going.”
In the last decade, GSUSA has undergone a significant change. The organization says Latina enrollment has nearly doubled, and Chávez seems to think there is potential for more engagement among the nation’s largest growing demographic.
“It’s a great growth, but I can tell you, it’s not enough,” she said. “As we move forward, and we continue to grow as an organization, my hope and my desire – our focus – is to ensure that we include more Latinas.”
To help with that initiative, the organization has launched a campaign called “To Get Her There”, intended to help adults understand, and find solutions to, the challenges faced by young girls.
“The majority of girls, unfortunately, don’t see leadership as something that is important to their lives or relevant in their lives,” she said, citing a recent study by the organization. “We want to approach adults around creating a positive environment.”
Leading a movement such as GSUSA’s leaves little time for leisure, but when she’s not working, Chávez dedicates her time to her family and faith. And then there’s her love for golf.
“That’s hard to sneak in just an hour at a time, you know,” Chavez said. “I haven’t had an opportunity to play in a while, but I’m hoping that in a few months I will.”
This Thursday, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will honor Chávez with its 2012 Chairman’s Award at “A Celebration of Women Entrepreneurship in America.” The event will take place in Washington, D.C., during the Chamber’s Legislative Summit Gala, which honors and recognizes the effect that Latina businesswomen have in America.
The award is an honor, but Chávez said it isn’t for her.
“I grew up in a family muy humilde,” she said. “We were taught that anytime that you were given recognition, that it wasn’t about you. It was about the organization you were working for, or the people you were working for. So, when I get this award it won’t be for myself. It will be for the millions of Girl Scouts that I represent.”