Sunny Palms Community

December 2015 Update

Hello Sunny Palms Troop Leaders

Here is a brief summary of events in our community. Please contact me with any ideas, comments or questions. In this update, you'll find:
  • Meeting Schedule--next meeting is December 7th
  • December 7th Agenda
  • Cookie Season is Coming!
  • Parent Registration and Background Checks
  • Upcoming Events in our Area
  • Pictures
  • Share the Seasons Patch
  • Adult Awards
  • Contacts and Resources
  • Contributing to Future Updates
  • Past Updates

-Liz

Sunny Palms Community Leader Meeting Schedule and Key Dates

Mark your calendars! Our leader meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at St. John's Episcopal Church Parish Hall at 902 S Orleans, Tampa, FL 33606 from 7-8pm.

December 7th

January 4th
February 1st
March 7th
April 4th
May 2nd
June 6th

Key Dates (see Upcoming Events section for more details):
Cookie Pre-Sale Begins: January 4, 2016
Encampment: February 5-7, 2016
Daisy Day: Saturday, February 13, 2016. All Cadettes and older troops encouraged to participate. More details to come regarding planning meetings.
Sweetheart Dance: Sunday, March 6, 2016
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Cookie Season is Almost Here!

  • Jan. 4 - 24 - Girls take cookie pre-orders
  • Feb. 1 - Mar. 13 - Girls sell cookies online (Digital Order Card)
  • Feb. 12-14 - Cookie delivery to troop cookie chairs
  • Feb. 19 - Mar. 13 - Direct sales (cookie booths)
  • Nov. 14-16 - Nuts/candy are delivered to troops (troop pickup)

Parent Registration and Background Checks

It's hard to believe, but Girl Scout Cookie season is just around the corner! And we all know that you will need a lot of help manning those cookie booths. That's why now is a great time, before the holiday hustle and bustle sets in, to get parents registered and background checked, to verify the background check status of any already registered adults, and get those who need to renew their screenings up-to-date. Doing so now ensures they won't be caught in the mad rush when cookie season starts!

You received the current status for your troop in the monthly updated roster (showing which adults have valid background checks). Please be sure to have new parents register and to double check the expiration dates of those already registered.

Anyone who needs assistance getting registered for the first time, or getting a new background screening can contact Customer Connections at 813-281-4475, or customerconnections@gswcf.org.

Upcoming Events in Our Area

Here are great activities for our troops and adults in December here.

The 2015-2016 Program Events are Online Now! Click here.

Pictures from our Troops!

If you have pictures you'd like to share from your Troop, please send to: sdheine@me.com, with a brief description and we'll feature in a future update.

Troop 2200

AHN Junior Troop 2200 created amazing Empowerment Boards while working on their aMuse Journey.
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Cookie Booth Ideas!

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Share the Seasons Patch

The Share the Seasons Holiday Patch Program was created more than 20 years ago for girls to learn about the holidays that take place in November and December. Girls learn about holiday customs, cultures and religions. They participate in local community activities and learn about community needs for Community Service or Take Action projects.

The order deadline for patches is Dec. 11. These patches will not be available at the resource center, please send order forms to the address listed on the Patch Program document.

Adult Awards

Showing love and appreciation for volunteers is a must. After all, our volunteers are ah-mazing! They (you) do it all for the girls and often work extra hours on top of busy schedules and hectic lives. Girl Scouting wouldn't be the same without you! Let's be sure to shout it from the Girl Scout rooftops!

The deadline for award nominations is February 22, and the nomination forms will be accepted online only. Click here to view the forms.

Contacts and Resources

From GSWCF: Here are contacts of people in the GSWCF office who can help you with Troop questions.
Robin RoupExternal Recruitment Manager-- 813.262.1692 / RRoup@gswcf.org

Tiffany WingardInternal Recruitment Specialist-- 813.262.1809 / TWingard@gswcf.org

Layne GregoryCommunity Membership Manager-- 813.262.1599 / lgregory@gswcf.org

Troop Support -
K-5th Contacts are Erin Hollen Ehollen@gswcf.org and Lisa Ranon LRanon@gswcf.org
6-12th/STEM Contacts are Alison Wenickie awernickie@gswcf.org and Alice Benefiel abenefiel@gswcf.org

Customer Connectionscustomerconnections@gswcf.org

Camp Reservations - camp info / 813-262-1770 / campreservations@gswcf.org

2015-2016 Volunteer Essentials: Volunteer Essentials

Sunny Palms Check Reimbursement - here

Guidelines for Troop Travel: here.

Future Updates

If you have anything to contribute to future updates, please contact Liz at: landmand3@aol.com
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