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Girl Scouts of Nassau County Update Newsletter - June 2014
The Latest Girl Scout News from Nassau County
June Issue

Happy Father's Day to our Girl Scout Dads!

Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) - Thank You Girl Scout Volunteers

Girl Scout Dads Step Up to Help Daughters’ Get the Girl Scout Experience

In honor of Father’s Day, we are reminding everyone that Girl Scout volunteering is not just for moms. Girl Scouting would not be possible for many girls throughout Nassau County if it wasn’t for the many fathers who volunteer to be Troop Leaders, Girl Scout Cookie volunteers or members of GSNC governance.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 report, nearly 60 percent of American families with children under 18 have two working parents, so it’s no surprise that some Troops are led by mothers and some by fathers. Girl Scouting provides fathers with the opportunity to volunteer to make a difference in girls’ lives as well as provide unique opportunities to strengthen their relationship with their daughters.

“My involvement started when my daughter was in kindergarten. She took me to a Girl Scout moms’ meeting at school and they asked for someone to volunteer to be a leader,” said Farmingdale, NY resident Jim Hopper. “We had received a letter from GSNC in the mail saying that there was no local Troop for my daughter, and seeing the disappointment in her face, I volunteered to be a Troop Leader right away.”

Farmingdale, NY resident Christopher J. Pendergast currently serves as a member on the Board of Directors for GSNC, but it wasn’t until his daughter, Lauren, graduated, that Pendergast saw the benefits of Girl Scouting and decided to take a leadership role.

“While Lauren was a Girl Scout, my wife was a Troop Leader so my role was helping and supporting in every way possible by volunteering my time to go to beach clean-ups, laying out Christmas trees, moving boxes, loading up the van with Cookie boxes and participating in the Girls Go the Distance walkathon,” said Pendergast.

His involvement with GSNC took flight after Lauren graduated and he realized that there was an opportunity to influence a much bigger group of girls.

As a member of the Board, Pendergast enjoys participating in as many Girl Scout programs as possible.

Read the full story of some men who are proud to be Girl Scouts>>

If you are a Girl Scout Dad and you would like to share your story, email it to us at webemail@gsnc.org or share it with us on the GSNC Facebook page.


GSNC OnLine Community Update!

Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) OnLine Community (OLC)

By Saralynn Kupperberg
OnLine Community Intern

The GSNC OnLine Community (OLC) is a platform that allows you to have all of your Girl Scout information and resources in one convenient place. The OnLine Community is only available to registered girls and their parents, and all registered volunteers. Make sure that you are registered, so that you never lose access to this new powerful tool.


GSNC has designed a new and expanded home for the Association web pages. The GSNC OnLine Community is a great place for Girl Scout volunteers to connect with each other, while having plenty of resources right at their fingertips. This new website will soon become the go-to place for volunteers, parents, and girls to connect and discover information, news, and events regarding their Troop and Association.

Login information and a quick start guide has already been sent to all registered volunteers via email. If you haven’t received it, please email us at community@gsnc.org so we can help you get started.

Find more resources and login>>

View the GSNC OLC Quick Start Guide>>


Girls and Parents
Currently the OLC is only available to volunteers, but coming this fall, registered girls and their parents will also have access to information and features available on the platform. The OLC will allow girls to participate under the watchful eye of their parent’s account, giving girls the ability to connect with others by using all of the features the OnLine Community has to offer. There are some new features created just for girls!

Learn more about the GSNC OnLine Community>>


Become an OnLine Community Coordinator!
Volunteer to become an OnLine Community Coordinator for your Association and be one of the first to access this new platform. As the coordinator for your Association you will support others in learning and using this powerful tool. For more information about becoming an OnLine Community Coordinator for your Association contact Sue Carter, at carters@gsnc.org.

Questions? Contact us at community@gsnc.org

GSNC Volunteers: Have you logged into the GSNC OLC? Log in TODAY>>


Give the Gift of a Leadership Experience!


By Antoinette Agosta
Fund Development Coordinator

Invest in your daughter’s leadership experience through a Family Partnership Gift!

What does my GSNC Family Partnership contribution support?
   - FREE, dynamic Council patch programs for girls in grades K-12
   - Possibilities (Program and Event Guide)
   - GirlFriends (Newsletter)
   - Financial Assistance for membership fees, programs, camp & uniform pieces
   - Dozens of specialized programs
   - Training and support for Volunteers
   - Camp Blue Bay Troop Camping and Summer Sleepaway Camp
   - Summer Fun Day Camp

How do my daughter and her Troop benefit?
In addition to the wonderful opportunities listed above, for each Family Partnership donation of $25.00 to $39.99, your daughter’s Troop will receive a 10% rebate. For donations of $40.00 or more, the Troop will receive a 15% rebate, and the family will receive a patch for each Girl Scout.

Make a donation to Family Partnership>>

View Family Partnership Flyer>>


New Members-at-Large of the Board of Directors Elected at 49th Annual Meeting!

Girl Scouts of Nassau County is proud to announce the election of new Members-at-Large of the Board of Directors and new members of the Council Nominating Committee; all elected at GSNC's 49th Annual Meeting held on May 19, 2014.

New Board of Directors Members-at-Large 2014-2016:
Andrea Elder-Howell
Debra Ieraci*
Christina Mendoza
Beth Meixner*
Susanne Morahan*
Cynthia Perkins-Roberts
Bonnie Porzio*
Carol Ransom
Brandon Ray
Kelly Ann Poole Reed
Barbara Murphy Schwaner*
* Incumbents

New Council Nominating Committee Members 2014-2016:
Jessica Carrasquillo
Carmel Mendoza
Leslyn Williams- Mitchell
Kathleen Rau
Barbara Murphy Schwaner** **Board Member


Long Island Fair

Long Island Fair

Old Bethpage Village Restoration is home to the 172nd Long Island Fair held September 27, 28 and October 2-5. By exhibiting, volunteering, or simply coming in to see what your friends and neighbors have entered makes you a part of this rich tradition. Enter into one or more of the many premium categories and see what the 2014 Long Island Fair has to offer! Call 516-572-8409 or visit www.lifair.org for more information.

View Long Island Fair Flyer>>


Girl Scout aMuse Journey

$2.00 Journey Books

Don’t forget EVERY girl that registers for the 2014-2015 year will be able to purchase a Journey book for only $2.00 from the GSNC Shop. That’s a $5.00 savings!!!


Daisy Dollars and Cents

Daisy Leaders, join us for a new, hands-on workshop that focuses on one of the 5 Skills - Money Management.

At this Daisy level workshop you’ll learn how to help your girls earn one of the Financial Literacy badges, Money Counts.

You will go home with a lesson plan, games, resources and sample supplies to complete the badge with your Troop.


August 12, 2014 at 7-8:30pm
August 14, 2014 at 10-11:30am

Learn About Daisy Dollars and Cents>>


Leaders: Let your Troop know about Cookie Proceeds!

Just about every Troop who sold Cookies has now received their Troop Proceeds check. We know so many of our families worked hard, in sometimes difficult conditions, to support their girls, their Troop and our Council. We urge all Leaders to share how much was earned with your girls and their families and how the funds will be used. And, “stay tuned” to these newsletters over the summer and this fall for some amazing new opportunities with the upcoming Mags&Munchies and Cookie Programs.


Attention Adult Volunteers, Senior & Ambassador Girls!

Our annual adult and older girl weekend known as “Oktoberfest” is just around the corner…this year’s theme is “Vintage TV”! It’s all about TV shows that you may have watched as a child, shows that are old, but have returned, and fun game shows!

SAVE THE DATE: October 10-12, 2014

Learn all about Oktoberfest 2014 "Vintage TV">>


Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) Summer Camp and More Brochure