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Finish Chelsea's Run race

And they’re off! Girl Scouts Board Chair Debbie Rider and Junior Troop 3811 team up at the start line.

March 2014

Girl Scouts fill Balboa Park to Finish Chelsea's Run!

Following two days of stormy weather, the skies cleared and the sun came out, just in time for the race start. Nearly 7,000 participants (a record turn-out!) took part in Finish Chelsea’s Run in Partnership with Girl Scouts San Diego.

Rain showers later in the morning — during a surprise flash mob performance to a lively reggae tune — simply added to the festive mood. It was a great day to honor the memory of Chelsea King, a former Girl Scout. As NBC 7’s Artie Ojeda put it, “Chelsea’s spirit’s in every personality out here. The joy of being around people trying to make a difference just shines through.”

In addition to a competitive 5K run and one-mile shortcut, the Balboa Park event included a family festival with a live band, face painting and STEM activities. (See U-T article, special section and photos.)

Jo Dee C. Jacob

Jo Dee C. Jacob
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Shelley Zimmerman


Board member Shelley Zimmerman assumes historic role
Congratulations to Shelley Zimmerman, the City of San Diego’s first woman police chief — and the only female chief currently serving in one of the country’s top 10 cities. Chief Zimmerman is an active and engaged member of the Girl Scouts San Diego Board of Directors. During her 31 years of service, the veteran law enforcement professional has worked in a wide variety of commands and investigative units. We salute you, Chief!


Cookies in a freezer


Last chance for cookies
It’s time to stock your freezer: Girl Scout cookie season is in the final stretch! Booth sales at stores end Sunday, March 9 (locate one near you!), with the last day of door-to-door sales set for the following Sunday. Thank you to all the girls, parents, volunteers and customers who make the Girl Scout Cookie Program possible. (See photo album, articles and TV clips.)




Happy 102nd birthday, Girl Scouts!
Our organization turns 102 on March 12 — the anniversary of the day Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouting in 1912. Join us in celebrating our birthday during Girl Scout Week, which starts with Girl Scout Sunday on March 9, and concludes with Girl Scout Sabbath. Juliette suggested filling the days in between with kind deeds and service activities.


OTM Spirit

Sleepover on the Midway


Show your OTM spirit on May 3
Join us for our 10th annual Operation Thin Mint® (OTM) Sendoff Celebration on board the USS Midway Museum. Girl Scouts, friends, families, military troops and cookie customers are all welcome at this free event on Saturday, May 3, 8:15-10 a.m. Enjoy live music, skydivers, girl activities and great photo opportunities, and greet our top cookie sellers as they arrive by helicopter. OTM Sendoff sponsors include Cox Communications; for additional sponsorship opportunities, contact Annie Revel, (619) 610-0807.

Bunk aboard USS Midway on "Sendoff Eve"
New this year: a Girl Scout sleepover on the Midway on Friday night, May 2. Girls will learn about the crew — almost all women — that built this world-class aircraft carrier, and they’ll get a taste of Navy life, including sleeping in berths. Space is limited, so register now.




Slam dunk fun with Harlem Globetrotters
Girl Scouts San Diego board member Denise Scott, her daughter Kalea, and members of troops 94, 6056 and 5955 presented cookies to the Harlem Globetrotters during the world-famous performers’ recent show at Valley View Casino Sports Center. Other girls enjoyed a pre-game visit to our Balboa Campus from Globetrotter Bull Bullard — captured by Fox 5 and in photos. And yes, Bull can spin a ball on a box of Thin Mints!


World Thinking Day


Celebrating World Thinking Day
How ancient Egyptians mummified bodies and whether American Girl Dolls® can dance Russian ballet were among the topics that fascinated Girl Scouts on World Thinking Day (see pictures). During events hosted by the Coronado, Tierrasanta and Rancho Vista (Oceanside and Vista) service units, girls learned to play Spanish castanets, say bonjour and ciao bella, stage international fashion shows, and make flags representing nations from countries like Brazil, Greece, Japan and Bulgaria. Other service units will host similar events in March and April. In addition, the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation funded World Thinking Day festivities at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (co-hosted by KPBS).


Girl Scout leader


Upcoming events with Girl Scouts
Conversation of Consequence: Half the Sky — Friday, March 21
National Volunteer Week — Sunday-Saturday, April 6-12
National Girl Scout Leaders Day — Tuesday, April 22 
San Diego’s 10 Cool Women of 2014 luncheon — Tuesday, May 13
Operation Thin Mint® Sendoff Celebration — Saturday, May 3

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