Monday, August 31, 2015

Message from our CEO - August Town Hall Recap

Hello,

It warms my heart to think about how many of you attended the August 2015 Town Hall meetings throughout our area - a testament to the extraordinary work you have already done for our girls, and of your dedication to be ready to do what it takes to move our organization forward together.

Since the spring Town Hall  meetings, we have been working very hard to develop solutions designed to address the challenges that you expressed you are having – challenges that keep you from doing what you signed up to do: serve girls.

End of Year Round-Up

Service units can earn big rewards for on-time membership renewal!
Make sure your troop renews their 2016 membership by Friday, September 25, 2015, at 4 p.m., and your service unit can earn a free or discounted encampment or a cookie costume. Learn more here.

Great News for Graduating Seniors
A discounted Girl Scout Lifetime membership is available to girls who have graduated from high school in the spring of 2015 at a cost of $195. Because this is a one-time discount opportunity, the 2015-16 Adult Membership paper form must be used. You may access the adult registration form on our website here. Print and mail your completed form along with your payment to GSCCC, 912 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322. The final date for ensuring that payment can be processed and sent to GSUSA is September 15, 2015.  All graduating Girl Scout Ambassador Lifetime registration forms are to be received by GSCCC no later than 4 p.m. on September 15, 2015.

Family Partnership Change, Beginning October 1

At Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, volunteers deliver learning experiences to girls by encouraging them to reach for the stars. We appreciate all that you do to foster this community of discovery and support. Because of you, girls come together to share stories and experiences and make new friends that last a lifetime. And because of you, girls have exceptional role models who inspire them to do great things.

Beginning October 1, 2015, the Family Partnership program is being eliminated to relieve service units and troops of the burden of asking for support.

2015 Volunteer Support Team Position Training and Leadership Conference

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Oak Grove United Methodist Church
472 N. Battlefield Blvd.
Chesapeake, VA 23320
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This Volunteer Support Team Position Training and Leadership Conference will provide the position training you need. Whether you are a community-level volunteer or a member of the service unit volunteer support team, you’ll learn something new! Join us for lunch, and in the afternoon attend an enrichment class of your choice.

See the flier on our website for more information and register today.

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra at cherylm@gsccc.org or 757-410-0595.

Product Sales News!

As we near the beginning of the Fall Product Program we are sending a plea to parents/guardians and leaders to take some time to review the following key fields needed to sell nuts/candy and cookies online. Login to your online account in eBiz and make sure these fields are populated with the up to date information for your family and/or troop:
  • Girl name
  • Girl date of birth
  • Girl grade (for this coming school year)
  • Parent/Guardian name
  • Parent/Guardian email
Thank you for taking the time to help ensure the success of our Council sponsored product programs.

For help accessing and updating eBiz please email support@gscccc.org.

Take Action on the Beach

First Landing State Park
Shore Drive, Virginia Beach
September 19, 2015
10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$5 (includes community service rocker patch)

Join us for a day of environmental education with a geologic and geographic view of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn about its importance as a nursery and estuary in the area. We will use nets to sample the organisms in the bay and identify many different species. Another portion of this day will be beach combing, learning about beach/dune migration and learning about maritime forest succession.

Minimum: 30
Maximum: 60
Deadline: September 7, 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

Join Us at August Town Hall Meetings

Attend any of six upcoming town hall meetings. Tracy Keller, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast will report on the ideas and feedback you provided about challenges with GSCCC’s communication, staff consistency, training, girl awards, and customer service.

The feedback provided at the spring town hall meetings spotlighted the need for improved processes and communication, and a more effective volunteer support system. Join us to learn about the adjustments we will make as we launch the new Girl Scout year.

Go here to RSVP for one of the following Town Hall meeting locations.

Monday, August 24, 2015 - Episcopal Church of the Ascension (Rear Entrance)
6:30-8 p.m.
405 Talbot Hall Rd
Norfolk, VA 234505

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - Thalia United Methodist Church
6:30-8 p.m.
4321 Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Student Night at the Opera

2015-2016 Season
Student Night at the Opera
Harrison Opera House
Norfolk, VA

4 Shows (Student/Chaperone): $30
4 Shows (Adult): $60

Orpheus in the Underworld
Jacques Offenbach
September 23, 2015
7 p.m.

La Boheme
Giacomo Puccini
November 4, 2015
7 p.m.

Romeo & Juliet
Charles Gounod
February 3, 2016
7 p.m.

The Flying Dutchman
 Richard Wagner
April 6, 2016
7 p.m.

For tickets and more information call 757-213-4550 or visit www.vaopera.org/snato.

Take Action on the Beach

First Landing State Park
Shore Drive, Virginia Beach
September 19. 2015
10:30 a.m - 2 p.m.
$5 (includes community service rocker patch)

Join us for a day of environmental education with a geologic and geographic view of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn about its importance as a nursery and estuary in the area. We will use nets to sample the organisms in the bay and identify many different species. Another portion of this day will be beach combing, learning about beach/dune migration and maritime forest succession.

Minimum: 30
Maximum: 60
Deadline: September 7, 2015

Product Sales News!

As we near the beginning of the Fall Product Program we are sending a plea to parents/guardians and leaders to take some time to review the following key fields needed to sell nuts/candy and cookies online. Login to your online account in eBiz and make sure these fields are populated with the up to date information for your family and/or troop:
  • Girl name
  • Girl date of birth
  • Girl grade (for this coming school year)
  • Parent/Guardian name
  • Parent/Guardian email
Thank you for taking the time to help ensure the success of our Council sponsored product programs.

For help accessing and updating eBiz please email support@gscccc.org.

Join Us for the Volunteer Outdoor Sampler Event

Saturday, October 3, 2015
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA

Calling all volunteers! You are invited to attend the Volunteer Outdoor Sampler event on Saturday, October 3, 2015. Join us as you explore the world of outdoors, choosing the classes you want to attend.

Register here through eBiz. This is an adult only event.

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra at cherylm@gsccc.org or 757-410-0595.

Join Us for a Community Learning Event - More Than S'mores - Helping Volunteers Remain Relevant in This Ever-Changing World

Saturday, October 10, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Shiloh Baptist Church
105 Goosley Road
Yorktown, VA 23690

Everyone is invited to attend the adult learning event in Yorktown, presented by the Heritage Community. Attend new leader classes or attend one of the enrichment classes free of charge. You’ll have the opportunity to browse displays during lunch and explore materials that can help you and the girls you mentor.

See the flier on our website for more information and register today.

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra at cherylm@gsccc.org or 757-410-0595.

Join Us for the Third Annual Leader Launch

Saturday, September 19, 2015
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Church of the Holy Family
1279 N Great Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Calling all volunteers! You are invited to attend the third annual Leader Launch, presented by the Coastal Connection Community.

Join us as you browse displays, learn about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and explore materials that can help you and the girls you mentor. New volunteer classes as well as enrichment classes will be offered free at this event.

See this flier for more information and register today.

For questions, please contact Cheryl McGrenra at cherylm@gsccc.org or 757-410-0595.

Adult Learning Event in North Carolina

Saturday, September 19, 2015
8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church
803 W. Kitty Hawk Road
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

Everyone is invited to attend the adult learning event in Kitty Hawk. Attend new leader classes or attend one of the enrichment classes free of charge. You’ll have the opportunity to network with other volunteers during lunch, which will be provided.

See the flier on our website for more information and register today.

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra at cherylm@gsccc.org or 757-410-0595.

2015 Famous Former Honorees

Join us in congratulating our Famous Former Honorees for this year. They will be honored at our Famous Former Luncheon on Thursday, October 29, 2015, at the Norfolk Yacht & Country Club. Tickets are available for purchase at www.gsccc.org.
  • Peggy Birkemeier, Retired Senior Associate with the North Carolina Community Foundation
  • Emma Jean Brady, Retired Branch Manager with the Blackwater Regional Library
  • Susan Colpitts, Founder, Chief of Client Engagement at Signature Family Wealth Advisors
  • Barbara Hamm Lee, Executive Director and Host of Another View at WHRO Public Media