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Update on Asheville Service Center Shop

The Asheville Service Center Shop is still under construction and is taking longer than expected to complete. Some major deliveries (such as carpeting) have been delayed, and this has prevented staff from restocking the shop.

Initial plans were to re-open the shop December 1, but this deadline is unfortunately impossible to meet. We will continue to offer free shipping to all mountain area customers on phone orders. Please call our Hickory Office at 800-828-8388 or 828-328-2444 to place your order (we are not able to extend this offer to online shipping). We will keep you posted on the new opening date.

Thank you, in advance, for your patience!

GSCP2P becomes tobacco-free March 12, 2015

On January 27, 2014, the Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Board of Directors approved a tobacco-free property policy.

Effective March 12, 2015, GSCP2P will be a tobacco-free organization and will prohibit all tobacco use on all GSCP2P property. This means that smoking and tobacco products, including but not limited to smoking devices (i.e., cigarettes, cigars and pipes), chewing tobacco, snuff and electronic/vapor cigarettes, will not be allowed to be used on any of the owned or rented council properties, including camp properties, service centers or vehicles, or any place while Girl Scout program is taking place. Events that are sponsored by GSCP2P where girls are present will also be required to be tobacco-free.

The Board of Directors believes this policy is important to 1) to promote a healthy lifestyle and model that to our Girl Scouts and 2) to provide a safe and healthy work environment. As Girl Scouts, it is our responsibility to model behavior that discourages tobacco usage.

This policy is being announced a year in advance in order to facilitate a smooth transition, with understanding that there will be challenges for employees, volunteers and visitors. During the next twelve months, GSCP2Pwill support employees, volunteers and visitors in the transition to a tobacco-free worksite through educational materials and tobacco cessation resources. Appropriate signage will be placed and our membership will be educated on the policy. It is expected that all employees, girls, volunteers and visitors will be aware of the policy and will help educate others when necessary.

This policy is not intended to be a punishment to tobacco users and should not be viewed in this way. Instead, it should be seen as a benefit to all employees in a safe, clean, healthful environment, and to our membership as we can begin to lead the way in healthy role modeling.

For those of you who want to quit using tobacco, QuitlineNC provides free cessation services to any North Carolina resident who needs help quitting tobacco use. Quit Coaching is available in different forms, which can be used separately or together, to help any tobacco user give up tobacco. You can visit www.quitlinenc.com or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to enroll or learn more.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation, understanding and support as we transition to a tobacco-free environment.

We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 26-28

Our service centers and shops will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 26-Friday, Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, Dec. 1.

Girls choose new outdoor badges coming to Girl Scouts!

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Exciting News! Girl Scouts is going to offer NEW OUTDOOR BADGES starting in Fall 2015 and girls decide what those badges will be! VOTE NOW!

Girls will choose between the categories Outdoor Adventure, Outdoor Environment and Outdoor Recreation until November 30 in a phase one voting. From December 1-31, girls will vote on specific topics in a phase two vote.

There is no limit to how many times a girl can vote. For girls without internet access, a troop leader or other adult can collect her vote and enter it into the online survey for her.

Upcoming closings for service centers and shops

Th Asheville, Gastonia, Hickory and Triad Service Centers and Shops will be closed for the upcoming events:

  • Thursday, November 6 – Staff Development Meeting
  • Wednesday, November 26 through Friday, November 28 – Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Wednesday, December 3 – Staff Development Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 24 through Friday, January 2 – Winter Holiday

2015 destinations application available!

Hot off the press! The 2015 destinations trips and application are now available!

Destinations are adventures designed just for Girl Scouts ages 11-17 and are as diverse as outdoor experiences in the Costa Rican jungle or learning about the aquatic biology of the Great Lakes – there is truly something for everyone! Read more about a sister Girl Scouts’ experience this past summer.

Girl Scouts in grades 7-12 may apply for Girl Scout destinations. Learn more about the program and to access the application.

Deadline to apply is November 16, 2014.

Girl Scouts invited to enjoy “The Nutcracker”

Are you looking for a fun and easy holiday outing with your troop? Come earn a participation patch and enjoy the timeless holiday classic of “The Nutcracker” either Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 2 p.m.  or 7 p.m., or Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. The event will be at Halton Theater-CPCC Main Campus, Charlotte. Tickets are $11 per Girl Scout and can be ordered through the Halton Box Office at 704.330.6534.

Don’t miss the special “Before the Curtain” presentation prior to the matinee performances! E-mail Cindy Gruber or call 704.845.0752 to reserve your seats.

Plus, it’s not too early to plan ahead for the spring production of “Cinderella” on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. or Sunday, March 29, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Learn more.

GSCP2P Names New CEO

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) has named Lane D. Cook as its new Chief Executive Officer of the Lane Cook's Headshotcouncil following a thorough national search. Cook is a senior executive with more than two decades of non-profit experience.

Cook will replace Marcia Cole, who announced her retirement to the council’s Board of Directors in January 2014. Cole will work with Cook for a brief period of time to transition the operations to Cook’s new leadership.

Cook, who will assume her new position on November 10, was most recently Vice President of Advancement at Alexander Youth Network in Charlotte, N.C., where she was responsible for the development of fundraising and volunteer services, as well as strengthening staff structure. Under her leadership, the organization exceeded its annual fundraising goal each of the last two fiscal years.

Although she spent much of her career focused on non-profit work, Cook said, the draw was compelling for her to work in a non-profit organization that has a focus on girls.

“I am excited to lead GSCP2P and to bring the Girl Scout leadership experience to more girls, engaging more adult volunteers to serve as role models and creating innovative and effective programming that will keep Girl Scouting relevant and exciting for the next generation,” Cook said. “I look forward to working with the council’s dedicated staff, volunteers and board members to ensure the council can maximize revenue streams and develop new ventures that provide financial sustainability.”

April Broadway, board member who led the CEO search committee, said “In Lane we have found a strategic leader who understands that Girl Scouting is more than camps, crafts and cookies. Her strengths are the qualities GSCP2P needs right now: commitment to exemplary customer service, strong financial management, expertise in multi-site operations, team-building and staff development, and an authentic commitment to our mission. A difficult decision with several exceptional candidates, I am confident in the board’s choice to appoint Lane as the next Chief Executive Officer.”

Previously, Cook was Vice President, Legacy Giving and Advisor Relations from 2010 to 2011 and Vice President, Development from 2007 to 2010 at Foundation for the Carolinas, where she supervised and supported the Foundation’s development efforts across a 12-county region and raised more than $7.5 million in new gifts, resulting from more than 400 face-to-face visits and group presentations.

Prior to her career at the Foundation, Cook served as Deputy Director for Institutional Advancement Culture & Heritage Museums in Rock Hill, S.C. She executed daily operations of a $60.4 million capital campaign and served as primary liaison to campaign volunteer steering committees and teams. She has additional experience in non-profit fundraising as the Vice President for Resource Development from 1998 to 2003 for Alexander Children’s Center, now Alexander Youth Network. From 1996 to 1998, she served as Development Director for Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, and from 1994 to 1996 as Senior Staff Associate at United Way of Central Carolinas.

Cook’s volunteer experience includes serving as a board member for the York County Community Foundation, a tutor and lunch buddy for several children at Alexander Youth Network, and past Vice Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Charlotte Chapter. She also has served as a troop leader for Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council since 2009.

Cook holds a master’s degree in business administration from Wake Forest University and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of South Carolina. She also earned a Financial Planner Program Certificate from Queens University.

A native of South Carolina, Cook currently resides in Fort Mill, South Carolina, with her husband, Michael. They have two daughters – Cate and Caroline.

Girl Scouts and Inmar partner to form NC FIRST Robotics team

Inmar will sponsor the Triad’s first (and North Carolina’s second) all-female team at the NC FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in partnership with Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont.

An informational meeting will be held Tuesday, September 23 at 6 p.m. at Inmar, 635 Vine Street, Winston-Salem. N.C.

All girls and parents are invited to join us at this meeting to learn more about this opportunity and to help in the formation of this team. We will have a past robot on hand to display and FRC team members who will share their experience with this program.

The team will meet once week beginning in October at Inmar. The kick-off to build season is on Saturday, January 3 and the team will most likely meet more often for the six-week build season of January 3 to February 17. Competition is March 18, 19 and 20, 2015 in Raleigh at the Dorton Arena.

If you have questions, e-mail Valerie Wooten with GSCP2P, or Marie Hopper with NC FIRST Robotics.

FRC is the premier engineering challenge for high school students. Teams of students, working closely with teachers and volunteer mentors, have six weeks to conceptualize, design, build, program, modify and test a robot to participate in a competition that changes each year.

Learn more about Inmar.

Travel and Tour the Globe to Europe in 2015

Come join the Tarheel Triad Trefoil Guild as they “Travel and Tour the Globe” to Europe in 2015. The trip will depart September 6 and return September 21. The itinerary includes the cities of London, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Adelboden, Lucerne, Lake Como, Venice and Rome with stops in Cologne and Varona. While in London, adults will visit Pax Lodge and the Girl Guides’ Girl Scout World Center and shop. Our Chalet and a visit to the woodcarver will be part of the trip to Adelboden. The price depends on the number of travelers. Please join us as we explore Europe together.

For more information, contact Barbara Morris.