Introducing the Cool Women of 2017 and their Girl Scout presenters: (front row, from left): Patty Maysent, Brittney Reese, Felena Hanson, Carol Rowell Council, Lorie Hearn, Wendy Urushima-Conn, Mary Jean Anderson, Phyllis Epstein, Lynn Schenk and Marcela Celorio; and (back row) Shreya Huilgol, Jaiden Phillips, Caroline Sanborn, Sierra Harvey, Roni Nelson, Amira Walia, Reagan Cloutier, Adrianne Santa Romana, Maya Kota and Rebecca Ebling.
Cool Women in the spotlight
Congratulations to the Cool Women Class of 2017! It was an honor to pay tribute to these exemplary role models during our 17th annual Cool Women luncheon and celebration. Girl Scouts San Diego board member Julia Brown and Judge M. Margaret McKeown (Cool Women of '05 and '04, respectively) were co-chairs. Emcee Marcella Lee covered the event, creating a feature story that aired on CBS News 8.
During the awards ceremony, each Cool Woman was introduced by a teen Girl Scout who had interviewed the honoree. New to the Cool Women program this year: a morning mentoring session where older Girl Scouts had an opportunity to meet Cool Women inductees and alumnae, learning how these inspiring women forged their careers.
We appreciate everyone who took part! Special thanks to our Gold Sponsor, Mission Federal Credit Union, as well as partners KPBS, SDG&E, Southwest Airlines and Paradise Point Resort. Event proceeds will help keep Girl Scouting available and affordable for more than 35,000 local members. Visit our Cool Women page for photos, the event program and a San Diego Union-Tribune article.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Carol M. Dedrich, MBA, CFRE
Volunteers empowering girls to grow
Throughout this month, and on National Leaders Day (Sunday, April 22), let's collectively celebrate the invaluable contributions of our volunteers. Find ideas on our website … like entering our You Help Me Grow photo contest, spotlighting leaders during a meeting or donating to our SHARE campaign in their name. Another way to honor champions who bring the Girl Scout mission to life is to nominate them (by Sunday, April 30) for an adult recognition. We'll present awards at our 2017 Volunteer Conference and Celebration, Saturday, Aug. 26. In the meantime, a big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers!
San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts presents the county proclamation to Girl Scouts San Diego.
Whereas … Girl Scouts turns 100
In addition to a proclamation by Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey, Girl Scout officials accepted two others initiated by County Supervisor Ron Roberts and San Diego City Council Members Chris Cate and Lorie Zapf. Visit our website to read the proclamations, see photos and video of the presentations, and get the details about upcoming 100th anniversary events.
OTM Sendoff: Evening picnic and museum tour
This is a wonderful opportunity to salute the men and women who protect and serve our country. During the event, top cookie sellers will arrive and depart by helicopter. Since 2002, generous San Diegans have donated more than 2.7 million boxes of OTM cookies. Ooh-rah!
Four stars, four years in a row
Incredible Race lives up to its name!
All girls received a patch and finisher medal. The following teams earned awards: First place (Courageous & Strong), Troop 3904 (pictured); Teamwork (Considerate & Caring), Troops 3049 and 3079; Most Spirit (Friendly & Helpful), Troop 4794. High fives to these teams and all the competitors!