Effective 10/24, the Asheville Service Center will be relocating

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Effective 10/24, the Asheville Service Center will be relocating

As you probably heard earlier in the summer, the Asheville Service Center was successfully sold. And now, we are finalizing our lease arrangements for the new office.

As a courtesy, we wanted to inform you that the last day the Asheville Service Center will be open at 64 W.T. Weaver Boulevard is Thursday, October 23.  

There will be a period of time (anticipated through the month of November), in which a new location will be secured and up-fitted for Girl Scout business! And although the announcement of this service center moving to a new location may not impact you directly, as part of our P2P family, we want to share the news with everyone.

If you are a P2P member living in this area, please know that you can still get your questions answered and Girl Scout supplies purchased! Continue to call 828-252-4442 as you normally would or you can also reach staff through e-mail. (October 26-28 staff will be involved with final packing of the office so please understand if there is a delay in our response.)

You can also make purchases through the online shop (shipping is free during the month of November!) or you can contact one of our other three service center shops with questions about merchandise.

As a new location is secured, we will keep you informed, and we look forward to serving you from a new office soon!

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.

Hendersonville Girl Scout Travels to Costa Rica with Destinations Program

Girl Scout Ambassador Andrea Kolarova of Hendersonville traveled to Costa Rica this summer as part of a Girl 175Scout destinations experience. Her two-week journey took her from the Costa Rican mountains of San Jose to the coast at Quepos. She traveled with nine other girls and two instructors, experiencing new things every day.

“Each day offered something different: we tried new food, met many people and explored the beautiful country by backpacking, white water rafting, zip lining and swimming,”  said Andrea. “One of my favorite experiences was waterfall rappelling. We walked to a nearby waterfall where we were harnessed in and rappelled down. It was so much fun!”

Along with her different adventures, Andrea also got to experience the culture and family life of Costa Rica firsthand by staying with different host families as she traveled the countryside. “At one home stay, we got to process sugar cane by hand to produce the sugar juice that we used to make candy and brown sugar,” she said.

131 Another experience that stands out to her was the day they arrived at the beach after eight days of  hiking through the mountains. “It was so satisfying to finally reach the end! We were allowed to  spend the day swimming and boogie boarding in the wonderfully warm water. We also got to try  coconut flavored sno-cones with milk- so delicious!”

Andrea chose to do a Girl Scout destinations trip because she wanted the opportunity to practice  speaking Spanish in a new culture, with new adventures.

“These trips are a great way to explore new sights, meet like-minded people and try new activities.  I’ve made lasting friendships, grown mentally and physically and gained a sense of independence  and confidence in myself,” she said. “If you want to open yourself to a new world, as well as  challenge yourself, these trips are for you!”

Andrea, daughter of Roman and Holly Kolarova, is a junior at Hendersonville High School, where  she is an honor student, as well as involved with track, cross country, ski club, orchestra, FRESH  and mock trial.  Having already earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Award, she is currently  working toward her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

For more photos from Andrea’s trip, please click here.

Girls earn special patch and charms!

We are very excited to share an opportunity with you and your girls! Your girls can participate in an Add-A-Friend Campaign this year to build their own special patch with charms and spread Girl Scouting to others!

Learn more on how to participate in the Add-A-Friend campaign.

P2P offers new program – Taken Charge

Part of the Virtual Pathway is an exciting new program called Taken Charge™.

Taken Charge™ is a browser based video game that teaches the National Education Technology Standards. Taken Charge™ teaches students the fundamentals that span all technology topics by equipping students, increasing confidence and preparing students for advanced topics such as coding and robotics. Taken Charge™ provides the building blocks of a quality technology education to students of any age but is ideal for grades fifth to twelfth.

During 14-18 Hours of learning; 49 Unique levels, and earning 36 digital badges, our girls will be able to learn about: PC Parts, Operating System and File Skills, Internet Skills, Networking Skills, Social Network Safety, Cyberbullying and Problem Solving.

Please fill out this Taken Charge Interest form for account information.

This will be on a first come first serve basis for serving 2,000 girls with at least a 4th grade reading level. Questions? Contact Valerie Wooten.

Girl Scout Troop 2574 creates blog

Girl Scout Troop 2574 has completed a Take Action project for their aMaze Journey. They have created a blog page to provide advice for other girls on handling relationship issues.

Girl Scouts can e-mail their questions to the troop and read the response on the blog.