Monday, May 7, 2018

May Leader's Meeting

Meeting is May 7. Don't forget it is GARAGE SALE day.  No actual cash required; bring your unwanted items and pick up some things you might want. I guess it's more of a material swap.

Don't forget, if you do not want to keep your "Awesome Leader" sign, you can bring it back to Lee for recycling.  

  • Metal Awards (Kelly/Lee)

Pima Event Planning Guide
  • Linked to the blog
  • What's in it?
Open Service Team Positions
  • School Organizers needed for Redfield, Desert Canyon, and maybe Anasazi 
Early Registration 
  • 5 girls, 2 leaders by May 31 = $25
  • PLUS, Service Units that renew 60% or higher by June 30, will receive 50% off their 2019 encampment fees (discount is limited to building reservations only).
  • We are currently at 36.6%.
2018-2019 Activity Planning

* Recruitment Activities (public events, open to non-members)

* Pool Party (Terri) Targeting August 11?
* August 17, Ice Skating, August (Diana/2256) 

* Ice Cream Social (tentatively claimed by 2064)
​* September 23, 2 pm, Theater Event: Narnia (Kelle/Diana; 2010/2256)​
Feed my Starving Children (Tracey Locke/2307)

Community Service Day (Kelly O'Rourke)
October 26-28Encampment (Lee)

Juliette Lowe Birthday Party (Maria/4402; Weekend of November 2)

Songfest (Terri; 83)
November 17, Powder Puff Derby (Michelle)​
November 17: Older Girl Event: Own the Night at ASU East 
​(Vista del Camino Adopt a Family)​


(​Gift Wrapping)
(Angel Tree)
January 11, Cookie Rally (Marilyn/Maria; 2064) 

February 24, Thinking Day (Diana; 2256)
​Father/Daughter Hike + Breakfast (Cindy?)​
March 1-3, Spring Encampment at Shadow Rim
Camp BASIC (Lee/2010)
Father/Daughter Dance (?)
​April 1, Leader's Gala (Michelle/Pat/Diana)​
* April 7Theater: James and the Giant Peach (Kelle/Diana; 2010/2256)​

May 1, Older Girl Celebration/Bridging (Michelle/Diana​​)​

* Day Camp/PA Training (Diana/Lee)

Other Potential Events
Parada del Sol
Skills Day
Mother/Daughter Event
Brownie Badge Day

Leader Meeting Dates 2018-2019

Please mark the following dates on your calendar now for our leader meetings next year.  Meetings will once again be held at the Boys and Girls Club at 10 am and 7 pm.  The evening meeting will be followed by a social hour, starting at 8:15 pm, generally at Goldies.

The Boys and Girls club is located at 10515 E. Lakeview Drive, Scottsdale AZ 85258. 

  • August 27
  • October 1
  • October 29 
  • November 5 **COOKIE TRAINING** (cookie training will be held 10-11:30 and 6:30 to 8 pm)
  • December 3
  • January 14
  • February 4 
  • March 4
  • April 1 **LEADER'S GALA** (location: TBA)
  • May 6

Finance Reports Due May 31

In a effort to streamline Financial Reports this year, Council is requesting that all Financial Reports be completed on line.  To do this, you must log onto the Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pines website and go to "My GS."  Once logged in, select "Volunteer Toolkit" and then "Finances."  The online form will then load to fill in.

The Financial Form (MS-23) can be found in "Forms Library."  It is not a mandatory requirement this year to complete your detailed cash summary or include your bank statement.  However, you should know all your income and expenses for this current year; random audits will occur.  Please keep copy of your MS-23 and your bank statement.  I will accept hard copies to submit should you feel more comfortable. 

Troop Finance reporting is a condition of auditing and must occur yearly.  Due dates for Troop Finance Reports should be turned in at time of troop renewal.  GSACPC is requesting all reports must be submitted to them by September.  

I strongly suggest that you complete your MS-23 by end of May.  It is the completion of your Girl Scout Year, and your year's accomplishments are fresh in your mind.

Friday, May 4, 2018

2019 Older Girl Bridging and Recognitions

Pima Neighborhood

Girl Recognition 

Wednesday, May 1, 7-8 pm
 Laguna Elementary School Cafeteria

Pima is proud to host its fifth girl recognition event. If you have girls who have earned the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award or are seniors in high school, please invite them to this event. This is an opportunity for you to present their awards (that you have purchased) or to publicly acknowledge their accomplishments. Pima will provide flowers for Ambassador bridgers and Silver and Gold Award recipients. There will be a reception for girls and their supporting troops and families.

Girls who have earned their Gold Award should plan to bring their gold notebook and board to the event. 

If you have a girls who are in eighth, tenth, or twelfth grade, they may bridge at this event.  All girls will bridge together with girls from other troops in their grade.  Please send me a list of names of girls who are bridging. 

This is a formal, "uniform" event.  Please ask your girls to wear white shirts and black bottoms plus a vest or sash.

For the program, I need the following:
  • Troop #
  • Correct spelling of all girls' names
  • A list of awards.  We recognize "metal" awards earned in since the beginning of the current Girl Scout year. "Metal" awards include Presidential Service Awards, service bars and leadership torches, as well as the Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards.  If you wish to recognize other accomplishments, please check with Diana.  
  • A complete record of neighborhood event volunteer service to the neighborhood by each girl
Graduating Seniors! Please to submit a headshot (in uniform).

You may also email this information to
Deadline for submission is April 24
Absolutely NO Exceptions
If information is not submitted by April 24, it will not be included in the program

Back-to-School Ice Skating

Come one, come all to cool off at the annual back-to-school ice skating event. This is a great event to invite potential new Girl Scouts to attend! 

When: August 17
Arrival Time: 7
Skate Time: 7:30-9:30
Where: Ice Den,  9375 E. Bell Road
Cost: $5 (includes skate rental)

  • Each troop should have at least one adult in attendance (adults generally sit in the lobby and socialize).  Collectively we will then have enough leaders to meet ratio guidelines.
  • Payment is made at the window at the Ice Den. Lines can be long so come early.
  • Siblings may attend as well, since this is a public skate but parents are responsible for their supervision.
  • If you have a Girl Scout t-shirt, wear it to the skating rink!
  • Please drop a note to with a guess on attendance and also let me know if you are interested in me ordering participation patches.  Cost will be $1.  
Patches will be available at the Ice Den.  If you are not doing troop orders for patches, please convey to your parents that they have to find Diana in order to order and pay for and get a patch!  

Limited change is generally available, so it's easier if everyone brings exact change (or a check made out to Pima Neighborhood) for patches.

Neighborhood Recruitment Pool Party

Neighborhood Recruitment Pool Party!

Bring your friends who may want to join Girl Scouts to this wet and wild, fun event.

WHERE: McDowell Mountain Ranch Park and Aquatic Center: 15525 N Thompson Peak Pky, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

WHEN: August 12

TIME: 2 Tto 4 PM

COST: Scottsdale Residents: $4 per child, $6 per adult

Non-Scottsdale Residents: $6 per child, $9 per adult

Patches can be picked up or ordered at the event. Please bring $1 per patch. Limited change MAY be available.

Pima Thinking Day Celebration 2019

Thinking Day 2019

WHAT: Each year on February 22, World Thinking Day, girls honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts by taking time to give thanks for their international friendships and remember that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community—one of nearly 150 countries that are members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). 

WHEN & WHERE: February 24th, 1:30-4:30 pm

COST: $5 per girl and includes a patch and passport.  No charge for leaders. Troops will be issued a refund of up to $3 per girl who attending after the event for those who attend. Last day to register is February 4, 2019.  The neighborhood subsidizes this event.

ATTENDANCE LIMITATIONS: the space will only accommodate 150 participants.  Please bring only enough adults to meet ratio guidelines. Tagalongs cannot be accommodated at this event. As always, for the safety of the girls, no unregistered adults should attend this or any other Girl Scout event.

Slots will be filled and countries assigned on a first-come, first-paid basis and then registration will be closed.  Please submit your check made out to Pima Neighborhood with the registration form below. It is really important that you actually fill in the form.  I lose track of verbal "can I have this country?" inquiries.

DIRECTIONS: Each troop needs to pick a country and prepare (and decorate) a booth that includes information, a food, a craft, a SWAP, and a physical activity (game or song, generally) related to their country.  Girls will be issued passports to travel from booth to booth, so a stamp or sticker is needed to have to mark those passports.  Your country choice will be confirmed as soon as you turn in your registration form.

Materials (mostly SWAPS) available for the following countries: Scotland, England, Eqypt, Japan, and Brazil

TAKEN: Japan, France, Hungary, Turkey, India, Greece, England, China, Italy, Russia, Ireland, Germany


Set up: 1:30 to 2:00 (PLEASE DO NOT SHOW UP BEFORE 1:30)
Rotations: 2:00 to 4:00
Clean up: 4 to 4:30

(Mail to Diana: see neighborhood roster for address)

Troop #____________________ Level__________________________________

Leader Name______________________ Phone Number____________________

Leader Email_______________________________________________________

Number of Girls______________ X $5 = ________________________________ 
(Make checks payable to Pima Neighborhood)

1st Country Choice________________2nd Country Choice__________________ 

Theater Event: James and the Giant Peach

Young James Henry Trotter's resilience is tested when he is sent off to live with his mean aunts, Spiker and Sponge, after a chain of unfortunate incidents. Life is no fun at all there until he accidentally spills some tiny green things on a tree, and…voilĂ , a giant peach! When James and his new oversized friends - Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Earthworm, and Spider - snip the stem of the peach, the quest for happiness and great adventure lands them in New York City and at the center of attention.

Pima is heading to the theater on April 7 for a 2 pm showing of James and the Giant Peach at the Fountain Hills Theater: 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

There will be a talk-back after the show with the actors, director, and stage crew.

Cost is $8 and includes a theater patch for all girls.

Seating is limited to 90.

Troops should RSVP to and make checks out to Pima Neighborhood. 

This event is open to non-Girl Scouts, including family members and friends who may be interested in joining Girl Scouts.

Theater Event: Narnia!

TICKET STATUS: 88/90 sold

Follow us through the wardrobe into the enchanting world of Narnia to meet unforgettable characters who demonstrate lessons of courage, love, and giving. It’s a thrilling adventure in which good triumphs over evil, family bonds are strengthened, and everyone learns valuable lessons in heroism as fulfill an ancient prophesy.

Pima is heading to the theater on September 23rd for a 2 pm showing of Narnia at the Fountain Hills Theater: 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

There will be a talk-back after the show with the actors, director, and stage crew.

Cost is $8 and includes a theater patch for all girls.
Seating is limited to 90.

Troops should RSVP to and make checks out to Pima Neighborhood. 

This event is open to non-Girl Scouts, including family members and friends who may be interested in joining Girl Scouts.