Monday, October 24, 2011

Program Fun!

Aviation Day 2011 was a great success with over 45 girls and adults attending. Girls learned from the California 99's Aviation group about the different kinds of air travel from planes, and gliders to hot air balloons as well as the history and heritage of female pilot's in flight. Girls were able to sit in the pilots seat and listen to the tower, handled plane parts, toured a WWII plane  and worked on the vintage Aviation Badge.  Aviation Days are being planned for the Central and Northern Regions as well.
**Check our Events Calendar frequently as amazing program events will be added throughout the 100th  year!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Council Office/ Shop Hours & Notice for Today

Please note that the Ventura office/shop will close at 1:00 p.m. today, 10/21, due to staff illness.  We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Shop orders can be placed via:, or by visiting the online store at, or call 800-822-2427 x101 to reach our Castroville office/shop location.

Please also note that council offices and shops are closed on Mondays, but phone/online support is open M-F each week. On Monday, October 31st, however, phone/online support will end at Noon for a Fall All Staff In-Service meeting.

Tue-Fri:  9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tue & Thu thru December:  11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed & Fri:  9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Castroville can support council central and southern hub email/phone/fax/online orders when the Ventura shop is not open.

Please share this notice with volunteers and families.

Thank you.
800-822-2427 x101

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Charles G. Alvarez Named CFO of GSCCC

MONTEREY, CA, October 19, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast today announced the appointment of Charles G. Alvarez as Chief Financial Officer. With over 30 years in financial management, Mr. Alvarez has held a number of executive-level financial positions in the Silicon Valley and will now be responsible for the long-term business and financial strategies of the council.

"We are thrilled that Mr. Alvarez will be bringing his breadth of financial management experience to the council," said Sherry Sybesma, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast. "His style based on experience as an instructor, as well as his leadership in financial planning, investing and operating strategies are essential to the goals of the council to grow and serve 18,000 girls as we move into the second century of Girl Scouting."

Alvarez most recently held the Vice President/Chief Financial Officer position with Alien Technology Corporation where he was responsible for all financial and accounting functions, planning, investor relations, business processes and information technology. His career has encompassed both technology and service sectors in managing all levels of fiscal policy, strategy and investor relations.

Mr. Alvarez has an MA in Business and Economics from San Francisco State University and has completed the Executive Financial Management Program at Stanford, as well as the Executive Management Program at the University of California, Berkeley.

Friday, October 7, 2011

October Starts New Girl Scout Year

Reports are coming in with numerous new troops, and hundreds of new girls becoming members throughout the the six-county area.  Somewhere a girl is waiting and it looks like we are finding ways to serve her.  Thank you for your enthusiasm in recruiting new leaders and girls, finding extra room in your troop to take just a few more girls, and starting the 100th Anniversary Year out on such a positive note. 11,000 girls, here we come!

Girls who have not yet registered can have their parents go to:   Credit/debit card is necessary to register online.

Membership Cards

Troop Leaders –Want to print membership cards, create & print troop rosters…and so much more?  If you are registered as 01 and have an Active e-Biz Account,* check out what the Troop Management System can do for you:

*Call Tanya Carelli for assistance: 800-822-2427 x313

New Volunteers: Application Requirement

All new volunteers should be completing the Volunteer Application (includes background check) located on the council website:

Leaderama Training Dates & Locations

Mark you calendars for Leaderama.  All leaders, new & returning, will find basic adult learning courses, as well as enrichment courses at Leaderama!  Visit: to find Leaderama dates and locations in addition to other Face-to-Face Adult Learning courses.

Troop Banking

Despite council upper management changes, troops should be able to open new accounts at all three council-sponsored banks (Rabobank, Wells Fargo, Santa Barbara Bank & Trust).  Every account needs to have three (3) signers on each account, ONE BEING EITHER THE SU MANAGER or SU TREASURER, who should be receiving the monthly bank statements.  **Any problems that may arise at Rabobank branches, please ask the teller to call the Castroville branch: 831-633-3302 for clarification. Other concerns or problems, please contact Karen:

Council Event Calendar

Looking for council-sponsored events?  Visit: to see the new Program Calendar - a dynamic living resource - which will be updated frequently as more programs are added.  Most council-sponsored events include activities that link to badge requirements tied to Journey’s and the new Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting (GGGS).

Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting

The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting program books actually arrived EARLIER from GSUSA than promised. Pre-orders are now available in the Castroville and Ventura Shops.  A second shipment has been ordered from GSUSA and is scheduled to arrive some time in December.  For more information:

Fall Sale Program

The Fall Sale - nuts, candy & QSP Magazines - began September 30.  Check-out the information on our product page: Contact Desiree for any questions, or support:

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for young people across the country who have distinguished themselves through volunteer activities in their communities. They need your help to find as many as possible by the beginning of November!

The application period for the 17th year of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards will conclude on November 1. To be considered, young people in grades 5-12 must complete an application online at or, and then submit it to a middle level or high school principal, Girl Scout council, county 4-H agent, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or an affiliate of HandsOn Network.