February 2013 Newsletter

In this issue:

Young Women of Distinction Luncheon

Southeast Auction


Summer Camp 2013


Membership Connections Committee

Bronze Award


Girl Scout Silver Dollar

Council Shop Sale

Upcoming Events - Southcentral, Southeast, Southwest Alaska

Pen Pal Requests

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A note from the Board Chair

In this first issue of Council News for 2013 I want to say Happy New Year, and thank all you remarkable volunteers for the work you did in 2012 to make Girl Scouts happen for our 6,000 girl members in Alaska.  I and the board of directors look forward to the amazing things we are all going to do for our girls in 2013.  

Mary Siroky, Board Chair
Girl Scouts of Alaska

Don't Forget these Important Upcoming Dates

February 28 - Encampment patch design entries due (link to full patch article)
February 28 - Orders due for Girl Scout Centennial Silver Dollar
March 1 - Summer Camp online registration begins
March 2 - Cookie booth sales begin
March 9 - Women of Science (Bethel)
March 11-15 Girl Scout Week Online Sale at the Council Shop
March 12 - Girl Scout Day!
March 23 - Southeast Auction
March 27 - Young Women of Distinction Luncheon

Young Women of Distinction Luncheonalt

Girl Scouts of Alaska is pleased to announced our annual Young Women of Distinction Luncheon

March 27, 2013
11:30 - 1
Dena'ina Center - Ballroom

This annual event honors Alaska's 2013 Gold Awardees and raises funds to support Girl Scouts of Alaska's mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

$100/person or $1,000/table suggested donation.
To reserve your seat, or to become a table captain and help us fill a table of ten, contact Rachael at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Cookies are Coming!  alt

Congratulations to all our Girl Scout cookie Go-Getters! One of you will win an iPad mini, and the winner will be announced on March 8 by email and o Facebook.

We are proud of every Girl Scout selling cookies, no matter what goal she's set, or how many cookies she sells.  Selling cookies takes courage, and we know it's helping girls build confidence and character -- traits that will help her succeed in life.

Girl Scout cookie sales are important for so many reasons. Selling cookies helps girls learn important life skills, like people skills, money management, business ethics, goal-setting, and decision-making. Selling cookies can help girls attend camp. It can help them travel. And, it can girls make a difference in other people's lives.

Cookies sales also provides vital funding for the council office to ensure that we can continue to provide support to our girl members and volunteers, and continue to offer great programming and events, like Women of Science, and Encampment.

Here are some great ideas for how you can attract more customers to your cookie booths, and sell more cookies! Check our website here for some templates you can print to create your own poster and signs! 

-  Add signs, banners, and displays to call attention to your sale
-  Decorate your booth with colorful stencils
-  Use email, Facebook, and Twitter to spread the word about where you'll be selling cookies
-  Use our goal and cause posters to track your progress and show your customers how their cookie purchase is helping you reach your goals

Summer Camp!Camp Catalog

Check your mailboxes for the 2013 Summer Camp Catalog, or go online here and check it out today!

Online registration begins March 1. 


Southeast Auction

Join us on Saturday, March 23 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center for our annual Southeast Auction, which raises money to support Girl Scouts in Southeast Alaska, and to help Southeast girls attend Girl Scout camp.

WHEN: Saturday, March 23, starting at 6pm

WHERE: Juneau Arts and Culture Center (JACC - The Old Armory)

Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at the JACC or by calling 907-586-2787. 

Must be 21 or older to attend.

Robotics Teams Aim High

Whether you tried robotics for the first time this year, or you're an experienced Lego Robotics veteran, we are so proud of the Girl Scouts who participated in robotics this year!

Six Girl Scout teams advanced to Alaska's First Lego League robotics championship in Anchorage this year, and every team did really well!  (Complete results can be found here)

The Electronically Overdressed Senioritas earned some of the highest awards in the championship.  Many members of this team have been together for several years, and they've been working hard to perfect their skills.  Their hard work paid off this year with a 2nd place overall finish, and 1st place finish in the robotics portion of the competition. 

Their performance earned the team the chance to compete in the First Lego League North American Open Tournament of Champions in Carlsbad, California in May! Getting the team and parents and coaches to the event and paying for food and accommodation will cost almost $12,000 dollars, so the girls are working hard to sell cookies to help cover the cost.  They've also been asking friends and family for contributions.

If you would like to make a donation to help this team represent Alaska, and Girl Scouts, at the tournament in California, please contact Bruce Sexauer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Rachael McPherson at Girl Scouts of Alaska at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  You can also make an online donation or send a check to Girl Scouts of Alaska, 3911 Turnagain Boulevard East, Anchorage, Alaska 99517.  PLEASE NOTE ON YOUR CHECK OR ONLINE DONATION THAT YOUR GIFT IS FOR TROOP 9170 or the Elecronically Overdressed Senoiritas.  Thank you!

Membership Connections Committee

We hear you!  That is the message that the GSAK Adult Membership Connections Committee would like to share with all members, volunteers, and staff.  

What is the MCC?  The Adult Membership Connections Committee (MCC) advises the Girl Scouts of Alaska board of directors on operational and policy issues based on input and feedback from girls and volunteers.  The MCC provides a conduit for communications between the girls and volunteers and the board.  We are a new committee within our council, and as far as we know, the first of our kind to take shape in any Girl Scout council.  The members of our committee applied to and were approved by the board Development Committee, and over the past six months, we have worked out the mechanics of our new committee-- bylaws, position descriptions, term lengths and rotation, etc.  Now we are ready to get to work!

What does the MCC do? Girl Scouts of Alaska board may ask us for feedback on various policy considerations, and we may bring new ideas or concerns to the board's attention.  We hope to help our vast and diverse membership build a sense of common understanding and connection, and we would like to celebrate our successes and work toward finding solutions to our challenges throughout all of our communities.

As we move forward, we plan to establish an email address or other means for you to share your stories, ideas, questions, and concerns.  Our next in-person meeting will take place with our counterpart, the Girl Membership Connections Committee at the Palmer State Fairgrounds at the beginning of Encampment this June.  If you would like to know more about the Adult MCC or have feedback to share, please contact co-chair Anne Kurland ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Shari Paul ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Congratulations to...

Beth Nordlund, Girl Scouts of Alaska board member, who is one of ten nominees for the annual Anchorage Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Society ATHENA award. The ATHENA Society honors women who have demonstrated success in their profession, give back to the community, and open doors for women in business. Sounds a lot like a Girl Scout, doesn't it? Beth was a Girl Scout in Juneau, and is now the mother of a Girl Scout in Anchorage. The ATHENA Award winner will be announced at a luncheon on March 25.

ATHENA Scholarships for Teens

The Anchorage ATHENA Society supports women leaders, and promotes leadership in young women. Each year, the AATHENA Society awards scholarships for local girls (ages 14-18) to attend the Camp $tart-Up business camp, an eleven day program designed to teach entrepreneurial skills and encourage attendees to become self-sufficient young businesswomen, and Alaska Business Week, a business management program hosted by the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. During Camp $tart-Up and Alaska Business Week, young women discover how their interests and dreams translate into enterprise and independence. Scholarship recipients meet successful business owners, learn leadership and business skills, then apply those skills in life.  Find out more about ATHENA scholarships here.

Bronze Award

Congratulations to Girl Scout Troop 500 for earning their Bronze Award.  Their story was featured in the Seward City News, written in the girls' voices.  Much of that article is paraphrased here.

Girl Scout Troop 500 worked hard in 2012 to earn their Bronze Award, the highest award you can achieve while being a Junior Girl Scout.
First, the girls had to earn their Amuse Journey Award. There are three different steps to this award: Reach Out, Speak Out, and Try Out. For Reach Out, they had to interview women role models. The troop chose four women in their community that they admire: Peggy Jackson, a grandmother, Terri McKnight, a teacher, Emily Mechtenberg, a school nurse, and Susan St. Amand, who worked in the school cafeteria . For the second part of the award, Speak Out, the girls learned about stereotypes. They created a play and performed a play about how some boys think they are better at sports than girls, but through effort and lots of practice, we can all do our best. For the Try Out part, the girls had to wear something that we would not normally wear. Also for Try Out they had to throw a party to tell people about what they did to earn their Journey Award. The girls invited younger and older Girl Scouts to come and hear their our story.

After Troop 500 completed the Amuse Journey, they had to explore the community and think about things they could do that might make a difference. Lots of girls in the troop wanted to help animals and the ocean. So, the project the troop chose was to tell people about marine debris and how it hurts animals.

When the girls started talking to experts, like Tim Lebling, Kira Hanson, and Howard Ferren of the Alaska Sealife Center, about their project they learned about World Oceans Day, and thought that day would be a perfect time to share what they had learned. 

To complete their project, the troop split into four groups. One group wrote a skit and acted out wind, rivers, oceans, and sea otters to demonstrate how trash can end up in the ocean and hurt sea animals. Other groups made posters and games, explaining how long it will take for trash to decompose and how marine debris effects marine animals. One girl in the troop made a short video presentation to show at World Oceans Day.

On Ocean's Day, the girls sold Wrap-n-Mats (reusable sandwich wraps) and handed out reusable shopping bags after performing their skit. They think they made a difference in the world by telling their community about marine debris and what it does to our oceans.
Troop 500’s girls are now Cadette Girl Scouts. Some of them have already started working toward their Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award they can earn as Cadettes.

Encampment is Coming!

Don't forget to register for Encampment 2013!

WHEN - Thursday, June 6, 10am - Sunday, June 9, 11am
WHERE - Alaska State Fairgrounds, Palmer
COST - $90/girl (includes t-shirt and patch) or $65/troop (includes 1 picnic table, shower for adults, 3 adult t-shirts and patches, and refrigerated food storage)

Register now!  Full refunds will be given for any cancellations received by April 5.

You can find everything you need to know about Encampment here.

Girl Scout Centennial Silver Dollar Coin

The council shop is taking pre-orders for the Girl Scout Centennial Silver Dollar Coin. The US is only minting 350,000 coins nationwide, so supplies will be limited! The shop will place our order from the U.S. Mint on February 28, 2013, the national release date for the coin. Orders placed by February 28, 2013 will be shipped to you when we get the coins from the mint, approximately 2-3 weeks after we order them. In mid-March, Girl Scouts of Alaska will have a very limited quantity of coins available for sale in the shop. Pre-orders are recommended!

Coins are priced is as follows:
February 28, 2013 thru March 29, 2013: Uncirculated: $50.95, Proof: $54.95
After March 30, 2013, while supplies last: Uncirculated: $55.95, Proof: $59.95

If you’re interested in ordering the coin, or have questions, please email Amber Adams at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the council shop at 907-248-2250

Girl Scout Week Sale!alt

We're celebrating Girl Scout Week with an online sale at www.girlscoutsalaska.org/shop from March 11-15!

Save 15% off your purchase of any merchandise from Girl Scouts of Alaska’s online store. Use coupon code gsweek to redeem your savings.

Discount does not apply to shipping & handling charges; discount only available on Girl Scouts of Alaska’s online store. For more info, contact the shop at 907-248-2250 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Calendar of upcoming events

Council -Wide

Cookie booth sales begin March 2!

March 11-15 is Girl Scout week!

Encampment is June 6-9 in Palmer. Find out more here.


Young Women of Distinction Luncheon - March 27.  $100 suggested donation. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for tickets and information.


Southeast Auction - March 23, 6pm at the JACC in Juneau. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the JACC.

Juneau Women of Science - April 6
Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ketchikan Women of Science - April 6
Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Bethel Women of Science - March 9
Kuskokwim Campus
Grades K-8
1pm - 5pm
$6 suggested donation
No pre-registration required; just show up!

Pen Pal Requests

I am a Junior troop leader from Boise Idaho. My troop is looking for Junior troops who would be willing to participate in a Dez chain. Here is how it would work: One of my girls would send their Dez spider to the troop. The receiving troop would add something to her costume, write a bit about their troop and town and then send it back to my troop or on to another Junior troop. Please let me know if you have any troop(s) interested in participating. Thank you.
Serena Edson
Junior Troop 157
Boise, ID
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I am a Daisy leader from Ohio looking to connect with a Daisy troop from Alaska. We are working on a petal (be a sister to every girl scout) and would love to share what we do thru pictures and letters to another troop . Thank you, Denise, Troop 567. Contact me at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Our Girl Scout troop is mainly Brownies with two Cadettes.  We are interested in sharing activities and crafts.
If you are interested, my address is:
1107 Moss Grove Dr
Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Hi - I am a Girl Scout leader from New York City.  My Brownie and Junior girls would like to do pen pals with girls from Alaska. Diana Brito  If interested, contact me at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 917-569-8136.


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