Hello Lime Green Giraffe readers!

Our August 2014 issue is here!! Go to the Table of Contents to find all of our awesome articles and start reading!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

LGG Talks with GSGATL’s Senior Director of Membership

At the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Volunteer Leadership Conference, GSGATL’s Senior Director of Membership, Patricia Frederico sat down for an interview with Lime Green Giraffe Reporter Sydnie C. Here’s a bit of their conversation.

Lime Green Giraffe: What is the role of the membership executive?

Patricia Frederico: To support the volunteer experience department and work with membership staff to reach out to all girls who want to be a Girl Scout.

LGG: What’s the membership goal for the upcoming year?

PF: 43,750 girls

LGG: Is there a particular level of Girl Scouting where the numbers are down? 

PF: Sixth grade and up. 

LGG: How are you planning to overcome that?

PF: We’re planning to expand Gamma Gamma Sigma, which is the Girl Scout sorority club.

LGG: What is your favorite Girl Scout cookie?

PF: Thin Mints

LGG: What is your advice to the girls of Girl Scouts?

PF: Enjoy the moments that you get to be a Girl Scout. 

Patricia Frederico: What’s your advice to the girls of Girl Scouts?

Sydnie: My advice to the girls is not to be embarrassed about being a Girl Scout. Being a Girl Scout is too beneficial to be something that you try to hide from your peers. 

To learn more about Gamma Gamma Sigma, click here.  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Hosts Volunteer Leadership Conference

By: Sydnie C.
     On August 9th, over 400 people donned in Girl Scout attire overtook the Cobb Galleria for the It Starts with Us Volunteer Leadership Conference. In this day filled with fun as Girl Scout volunteers attended various classes that honed their volunteering skills and broaden their networks with other volunteers from around greater Atlanta. They also got to taste delectable brownies, and partake in the biggest friendship circle I’ve ever seen.              
     The day started with the opening ceremonies, where the attendees of the conference were introduced to Mr. and Mrs. Boling, the master/mistress of ceremony. They spoke about their Girl Scout troop, and Mr. Boling mentioned how he was a proud Girl Scout dad of Troop 13319. He says his involvement was encouraged by an adage he coined himself: “Having dads involved in Girl Scouts helps to build the courage in girls.”        After getting acquainted with the master/mistress of ceremony, the conference proceeded with a few announcements. If you’re technologically savvy like me, then you will fangirl over this news. Girl Scout Cookie season is going digital this year! It will no longer be a hassle to sell Girl Scout Cookies to distant relatives and friends. Your faraway customers can now order cookies online and have them shipped to their homes. 
     Another high tech development you can look forward to in the upcoming Girl Scout year is the digital photo book. The photo book allows you to customize your pictures with Girl Scout templates and carry a scrapbook load of troop memories on your electronic device.  The digital photo book is part of the Treats and Keeps sale that starts on September 2nd.                      
Mary Ann Milton
 While roaming around the conference as an LGG reporter, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing dozens of Girl Scouts, but one in particular caught my eye. She was clad in a uniform that didn’t quite resemble the ones of today. Instead of a vest or sash and khakis, she wore a hunter green dress. Not being able to pass up the opportunity, I asked her for a 
quick interview. From the interview, I gleaned that her name was Mary Ann Milton and she joined Girl Scouts in the 1950s at the age of ten, making her an Intermediate, or a Girl Scout Junior, as they’re called today. Since she joined in 1950, Ms. Mary Ann Milton has been a part of the girl-strengthening organization for 54 years! Before parting, she left me with a word of advice for girls involved in Girl Scouts, “Stay in Girl Scouting for as long as you possibly can.”                 

     Later in the day, I got to have a conversation with Ms. Patricia Frederico, the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Senior Director of Membership. My interview with Ms. Frederico will be published tomorrow at limegreengiraffe.org.
     At the end of the event, everyone congregated back to the ballroom area for a question and answer session with the executive panel and to hear the vision Amy Dosik, a former tax attorney, has for the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta as the new CEO. 

    To conclude the day, the participants formed a large friendship circle. In Girl Scout fashion, we each placed our arms right over left and chanted “Make New Friends.”  

LGG FUN FACT #1: The Girl Scout Thin Mint was the most favored Girl Scout Cookie at the conference, with Girl Scout Samoa trailing behind in a close second.

FUN FACT #2: There are over 3500 troops in the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta.

FUN FACT #3: On February 14 and 15, Girl Scout Samoa will be celebrating its 40th birthday!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Our August 2014 Issue is Here!!!

By: Edie W.
2014 LGG Copy Editor
Fall is here, and with Fall 2014 comes the 10th anniversary issue of Lime Green Giraffe! In this issue, you’ll read many exciting articles, including personal stories, embarrassing pet moments, and how to make your own muscle shirt.
            In one personal piece, one of our reporters interviews a guidance counselor about how Girl Scouts changed her life for the better. She shares how she learned to have courage, confidence, and character- the three parts of the Girl Scout mission!
            In How Not to Write an Article, LGG’er Madison spills the beans on what it’s like to be a reporter for Lime Green Giraffe, and just how hard it is to get a story for the magazine.
            Finally, this issue marks the unveiling of LGG’s 10th Anniversary writing contest! The winners will be posted in our February issue, so be sure to enter this fun challenge for a chance to earn awesome prizes and see your work posted in the Lime Green Giraffe! Here's a link to the contest details. 
            If you’ve enjoyed this issue, be sure to check out some of our past issues in the archives section! ! So are you ready to start reading? Click here:

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Model Shout-Out!

Thanks to all of our wonderful models in our May photo shoot! We had a great time working with you, and hope you had fun!
Here are all of the girls who helped us make this issue’s photos:

Isabella F.
Pearl H.
Catie C.
Sherry S.
Simone D.
Emily S.
Marinda H.
Megan N.
Natalie N.
Madison K.
Riley T.
Epiphany H.

If you would like to be part of our October 2014 photo shoot, please stay in contact with us though social media. Remember this opportunity is only for registered GSGATL Girl Scouts in the 6th-12th grades.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The August 2014 Issue is Almost Here!

We've been teasing you with photos of our stories list for a few months now. Well, in just two weeks you can read all of the articles from our August issue. See you soon!

GiGi & the Lime Green Giraffe Staff 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Longtime GSGATL Volunteer to Throw Out First Pitch

By: Edie W.
2014 LGG Copy Editor

A longtime Girl Scout volunteer was selected to throw the first pitch at Girl Scout Night at the Gwinnett Braves game on Friday, June 6. Several Girl Scout employees who showed up to surprise Deanna Simmons, who has been volunteering for over 35 years, at her door last week with balloons and flowers to ask her to throw the first pitch for the baseball game. To the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta employees, however, it was no surprise that she was chosen to throw the pitch.
            Ms. Simmons has done many extraordinary things in all her years as a Girl Scout volunteer. After completing 10 years of Girl Scouting as a child, she was the leader of her daughter’s troop, 884. Soon after, she became a Service Unit Director for seven years. She also founded Lilburn Day Camp, and worked 15 years as camp director. She also started the Gwinnett County Bake-Off, and coordinated county leader retreats and Global Gathering. Most recently, Ms. Simmons has served as the Area Registrar for Gwinnett County. So, with all of this experience under her belt; Ms. Simmons was an obvious choice to represent the East Region's committed Girl Scout volunteers. 

            If you would like to come and see Ms. Simmons throw the first pitch, bring your whole family to Coolray Field on Friday, June 6th, at 7:05 pm. Ask your leader how to get tickets for your troop for this fun volunteer appreciation event!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Scenes from our May Photo Shoot

On Sunday May 18th the Lime Green Giraffe hosted its Spring photo shoot at Georgia Institute of Technology with Becky from 2Be Photography. Here are some behind the scenes photos. Be on a look out for the final photographs in our upcoming August issue.

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta's New CEO Sits Down with the LGG

Interview by: Edie W.

I had the opportunity to sit down with our new CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Amy Dosik. I asked her some questions about her past experience and future plans. 

Lime Green Giraffe: Were you a Girl Scout when you were younger?

Amy Dosik: I was a Girl Scout. I was a Brownie, and a Junior Girl Scout. I was a Girl Scout for four years.

LGG: Where did you work before coming to Girl Scouts?

Dosik: I worked at Ernst and Young, the accounting firm, and I led the not-for-profit group there, so non-profit organizations like Girl Scouts have been my clients for a long time. At some point I decided that my clients were having much more fun than I was having, so I looked around for a place where I could give back to the community and Girl Scouts was a great place to be able to do that.

LGG: Has it been hard to learn the language and culture of Girl Scouts?

Dosik: It’s like coming home. Girl Scouts is a little different than it was when I was a girl, but it’s exciting to be back with the Girl Scouts. Anytime you come to a new place, you have to learn a little bit of a new language and a new culture, but I’ve been very fortunate in that I have so many great people here to help me. I have wonderful adult volunteers, who have been very helpful to me in learning about what they need to serve all of our girls, and I’ve enjoyed spending time with their girls at things like the Cookie Rally. They’ve helped me learn about things like the five scales of cookie sales, and everything else I need to know. So, I’m very grateful to our staff and council members and volunteers, because I have lots of good teachers.

LGG: How has your past work experience prepared you for a job at Girl Scouts?

Dosik: One of the things I always loved doing in all the jobs I had before working for Girl Scouts was developing my teams, and helping to build the lives of young people I mentored on my teams. I used to tell people that my favorite day of the year at Ernst and Young was October 1st, because that’s when all of the people that I mentored got promoted every year. Watching the people that I had mentored and that I had coached get promoted was even better than getting promoted yourself. One of the reasons that our board brought me to Girl Scouts was to be a coach and a team leader for all of our staff members as well as volunteers and girls, and that’s what I really love to do every day and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have the opportunity to interact with them every day.

LGG: What is the most challenging part of your day as a CEO?

Dosik: It’s a challenging time to be a Girl Scout. It’s also an exciting time to be a Girl Scout, but I would say that one of the challenges is making sure we have enough resources to serve all of the girls in our council. In Atlanta, where our council is becoming more diverse,  there are a lot of girls who have financial needs, and we really want to be a home for every girl in our council. One in five girls in our council lives in poverty, and so not every girl can afford to be a Girl Scout. We do offer financial assistance to many girls every year, but that need is greater than our ability to provide. My biggest challenge I would say is “How can we can really be a program for every girl in our council?” because that’s what I’d like to see us do.

LGG: I saw the AJC column that you wrote. You said that you hope to provide financial assistance to 20,000 girls by 2020. That’s amazing! How do you identify people who need assistance?

Dosik: Well, we have a team of membership specialists who work with us in all the different geographies of our council, and they work with schools and other members of the community to identify girls who need financial assistance for them to participate in Girl Scouts. In many cases those girls don’t even have adults to lead them.  We actually have paid facilitators who lead some of those girls in areas where there aren’t any volunteers. Those paid facilitators also help us to identify the girls who need assistance to have a Girl Scout experience. It’s a big goal, 20,000 girls by 2020, but we have a lot of adults with courage, confidence, and character at our council, and that’s something we’re all working very hard to accomplish.

LGG: I love the Ban Bossy campaign through Lean In and GSUSA. How do you feel about this program?

Dosik: I couldn’t be more excited about Ban Bossy. I’ve been called bossy many times over my life, and I’ve been called bossy for as long as I could talk. It’s a label that changes; you don’t get called bossy when you reach a certain age, but those labels change, and they don’t feel any better. It says, “It’s not okay to do what you’re doing. It’s not okay to be a leader.” I think that’s a very bad message that we send to girls when we call them bossy. I think its exciting that this campaign is out there because it tells people that words matter and that labels matter, and the label you put on a behavior really does matter how girls, and later women, feel about those behaviors. In the work place, many people want to discourage women from being leaders. They get called things like “too aggressive” or “not a team player” or “cold” or things like that that become the words to be used instead of bossy when you get older and graduate to a work place. So, I couldn’t be more excited about Ban Bossy. I think it’s a great campaign and I’m thrilled at all the media attention it’s getting.

LGG: Any words of advice for girls who think they might want to fill your shoes someday?

Dosik: You’re on the right track if you’re a Girl Scout!

LGG: Finally, the most important question of all: What is your favorite type of Girl Scout cookie?

Dosik: I have two, and I go back and forth. Straight out of the box, I like Do-Si-Dos, but I also love Thin Mints out of the freezer.