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Coronado's Troop 1, the first troop west of the Rockies: 1917 and 2017.

Girl Scouts San Diego turns 100!

What an exciting time in Girl Scouts San Diego history! Join us in celebrating our 100th Anniversary this year by attending events and activities infused with centennial elements, including "100 Days of Girl Scouts" (starting on Sunday, March 12, our national birthday).

Juliette Gordon Low would be proud of her legacy. She founded the Girl Scout movement in 1912 to serve "the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all of the world." Just five years later, her vision extended to San Diego, when Troop 1 met for the first time in Coronado. Today that troop, and Girl Scouting as a whole, is still going strong. Our dedication to inclusivity continues, as well.

In a recent blog post, Girl Scouts of the USA Interim CEO Sylvia Acevedo spotlighted our enduring commitment to making every girl feel welcome. Here are some excerpts:

"We are aligned to make our world a reflection of Juliette Gordon Low's dream from so long ago — one where we come together, celebrate our common bonds, champion our unique heritages and shared history, and make the world a better place. We stand for inclusivity. We stand for unity, patriotism, and a commitment to the country we all share.

"We stand for the skills and resources that girls need to discover their talents and gain the courage, confidence, and character they need to be leaders. We stand for being honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, and courageous and strong. We stand for sisterhood. And we stand for making the world a better place, one girl at a time."

Thank you to each of you — our caring members, volunteers, community partners, supporters and staff — for helping us stay true to our mission. As we advance into the next century of Girl Scouting in San Diego and Imperial counties, let's team up to reach more girls.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Carol M. Dedrich, MBA, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer


Meet the Cool Women Class of 2017
Co-chairs Julia Brown and Judge M. Margaret McKeown invite you to join us as we honor Girl Scouts San Diego's Cool Women of 2017. Tickets are now available for our 17th annual awards luncheon and celebration, set for Tuesday, April 4 at Paradise Point Resort's Pavilion.

This year's honorees are Mary Jean Anderson (president/owner, Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air), Marcela Celorio (Consul General of Mexico in San Diego), Carol Rowell Council (co-founder, SDSU Women's Studies Department), Phyllis Epstein (community volunteer and philanthropist), Felena Hanson (founder, Hera Hub), Lorie Hearn (executive director/editor, inewsource), Patty Maysent (CEO, UC San Diego Health), Brittney Reese (Olympic silver medalist; coach, San Diego Mesa College), Lynn Schenk (former U.S. Congresswoman, attorney) and Wendy Urushima-Conn (president/CEO, Asian Business Association). For information, contact Annie Revel, (619) 610-0807.

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Girl Scout "cookie models" Carissa and Giselle celebrate the unveiling of our new billboards with Girl Scouts San Diego CEO Carol Dedrich and RJS Law Principal and CEO Ronson J. Shamoun.

Biting into the cookie program
To help whet customers' appetites for Thin Mints, Samoas and Trefoils — and encourage Operation Thin MintSM donations — our tax attorney friends at RJS Law sponsored a billboard campaign for the second year. A big thank you to RJS and everyone who supports the Girl Scout Cookie Program!

Our local cookie bosses are here, there and everywhere — working hard to reach their goals, raising funds for local Girl Scout adventures and learning business skills. Whether going door-to-door, using the Digital Cookie platform or selling cookies at stores, these young entreprenuers are on a mission. Our Cookie Finder app will help you locate the nearest booth. Sales end on Sunday, March 12, so stock your freezer now.

Last chance to buy cookies!


Campers enjoyed quality time together during University City Service Unit's recent "She & Me" weekend at Camp Whispering Oaks.

Girl Scouts: A family affair!
Our Tagalong cookies are a delightful symbol of how our organization helps families spend time together. When little brothers and sisters "tag along" on a Girl Scout outing, they join in the memory-making fun. Other quality-time-centered options include the "She & Me" and "He & Me" outings girls attend with a parent or other adult. In addition, grown-ups can help out at Girl Scout day camp, and benefit from "child of volunteer" discount rates, as an added bonus. To learn about upcoming family-oriented Girl Scouting opportunities, contact Outdooer Education Manager Gabby Coburn, (619) 610-0816.

Girl Scouts at One San Diego

March 7: Neighborhood Experience to bring San Diegans together
Residents from all zip codes will meet up for One San Diego: 2017 Neighborhood Experience, Tuesday, March 7, 5:30-8 p.m., at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. The third annual, family-friendly celebration is an all-inclusive opportunity to taste, see and be part of what makes San Diego "America's Finest City." The event features food samples from 15-plus restaurants, along with entertainment by groups ranging from mariachi bands and Chinese dragons to the Girl Scout String Quartet and Girl Scout Irish dancers from the Clan Rince studio. Admission is free to Girl Scout friends on a first-come, first-served basis (maximum four per household). RSVP by noon, Monday, March 6.

The Neighborhood Experience event benefits One San Diego, a nonprofit organization launched by San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and First Lady Katherine Stuart Faulconer (a Girl Scout alumna and honorary chair of our 100th Anniversary celebration). One San Diego is dedicated to creating stronger and more beautiful communities, enhancing economic opportunity and improving the lives of San Diego youth.

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Dues increase to fund advances
To ensure that Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has resources to support the Girl Scout mission, annual dues will increase to $25 for girls and adults for the 2018 membership year (which begins Oct. 1, 2017). All dues go to GSUSA for program development, research, training, technology and services to councils nationwide. For more information, see FAQs. We will continue to provide families in need with financial assistance for dues and other Girl Scout expenses.

Featured events
Finish Chelsea's Run — Saturday, March 4
100 Days of Girl Scouts — March 12-June 19
Incredible Race — Saturday, March 25
Operation Thin MintSM Sendoff — Friday, May 5
Councilwide Bridging Ceremony — Saturday, May 20
Urban Campout: Celebrate 100 Years — Friday, Sept. 15
100th Anniversary Sunset Celebrations — Saturday, Sept. 30