Sunny Palms Community

May 2016 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 May 2nd
  • Action Required: Send in your Troop Status Update--Due June 1st
  • Troop Finance Reports--Due June 15th
  • Bridging and Award Ceremonies
  • Early Bird Renewals
  • Stop Summer Hunger Campaign
  • Camp Registration and Info
  • Congratulations to Emma Platt!
  • Pictures
  • Upcoming Events in our Area
  • Contacts and Resources
  • Contributing to Future Updates
  • Past Updates


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.

May 2nd
June 6th

Key Dates (see below for more details):

5/22/16 - Sunny Palms Bridging, 3:00 - 4:30p at Hyde Park United Methodist Church

Troop Status Update Form--ACTION REQUIRED--send in your update

Update your troop status with online form, or by filling out this paper form and returning it to your community membership manager or emailing it to Forms are due no later than June 1st.

Finance Reports

It is that time of the year when troops finish up the school year and leaders pull out their receipts and fill out the Finance and Budget Sheet. Accounting coordinators will collect and review the report. Once reviewed, it should be sent to community membership managers by June 15. If leaders need help, please have them contact the accounting coordinators.

Remember: profits made on cookies and fall sales are on the report sent from the community's service unit product manager(s).

  • If you have cookies leftover and are still selling or donating them, please note this on the report and the troop profit from the cookie report will be different.
  • Contributions made from cookie booths should be entered on this report. If used for military donations, then it is an income and goes back out as an expense.


Questions? Contact your community membership manager, Layne Gregory.

Bridging and Award Ceremonies


Your 1st, 3rd, 5th, 8th, & 10th graders are ready to Bridge!

It is that special time of year when our troops bridge to the next Girl Scout Level.

Sunny Palms is hosting their annual combined Troop Bridging Ceremony and your troops are invited. Hopefully, you have already received an email and invite from Jacque Griggs, but if not, please contact her if you are interested in participating. Our event this year will be on Sunday, May 22nd from 3:00 - 4:30 at Hyde Park United Methodist Church. Attached is an invite you can forward to your troop families.

Jacque will be at the leader meeting on Monday, May 2nd to discuss logistics!! If you can not make the leader meeting, please contact Jacque at

Please note that the Sunny Palms Bridging ceremony is: 5/22/16, 3:00 - 4:30pm at Hyde Park United Methodist church.

Early Bird Renewal

It's that time of year again - time to register for another year of Girl Scouts! Summer is dawning and troops are preparing for year-end activities like bridging and awards, while looking forward to a fun summer (perhaps, with lots of camping!) Fall seems like a long time away, but it will be here sooner than you think, making this the perfect time to renew for another year of fun times in Girl Scouts with friends. Plus, did we mention the awesome incentives for Troop Leaders and communities?!

This year, girls receive a cool patch with our 2016-2017 early bird being a swan for our friends in Lakeland. The first 750 troops who register 80% of their girls and 2 troop leaders will receive a $15 voucher to use at GSWCF Girl Scout Store, troop camping or towards girl programs!

Plus, you can earn BONUSES and more money from the cookie and fall product sales - learn more.

Here is a step-by-step guide for renewing that you can forward to your troop parents: The page where payment info is entered will also have a Family Partnership donation option--please encourage supporting this cause--our community won a free encampment by having the highest contribution this past year!

Contact: For more information about Early Bird contact your Community Membership Manager, Layne Gregory.

Stop Summer Hunger Campaign

It's not too late to participate in the Stop Summer Hunger Campaign! One-in-six people in west central Florida live with daily hunger and there are people in our community who won't eat enough over the weekend, during school vacations, or the summer months. These students might be sitting right next to you in class every day without you ever knowing. Find out more about how you can help: click here.

If your troop participated in the Sunny Palm's Metropolitan Ministries volunteer event, don't forget to send in for Stop Summer Hunger patches! Info here.

Register Today for Girl Scout Summer Camp

Are girls in your troop registered for #CampLife yet? They get to enjoy cool adventures on hot days making instant memories and friends that last a lifetime. It's a place where they'll be encouraged to try new things and take risks in safe, supportive environment.

Quick clicks:

Congratulations to Emma Platt--Elected to the GSWCF Board of Directors!

On April 16, 2016 Emma was installed at the Annual Meeting to serve a One-Year Term 2016-2017 on the Board of Directors for GSWCF. In this role, she will have the opportunity to participate in the Board Meetings, serve on a council committee, and participate in celebrations honoring Gold Award recipients and adult volunteers. Emma hopes "to obtain more leadership experience and give back to the organization that has given her so much."

Read about Emma here.

Pictures from our Troops!

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

Stop Summer Hunger at Metropolitan Ministries

Our community volunteered by sorting food and clothing and other activities in the kitchen. Many troops participated. A few are pictured below. Please send in your troop photos for the next newsletter to:

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 /

Tiffany WingardInternal Recruitment Specialist-- 813.262.1809 /

Layne GregoryCommunity Membership Manager-- 813.262.1599 /

Troop Support -
K-5th Contacts are Erin Hollen and Lisa Ranon
6-12th/STEM Contacts are Alison Wenickie and Alice Benefiel


Camp Reservations - camp info / 813-262-1770 /

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:
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