Silver Award for Renea Serota and Sofia Serbicki

Sofia Serbicki and Renee Serota have been Girl Scouts since Second Grade. As Cadettes, they decided to do the Silver Award Project for the Sonoma Valley Library because they both love books and were aware that the Library needed help. Initially they wanted to raise funds for the Library to be open on Mondays again. They chose Clare O’Brien as their Silver Award Advisor and she told them that the Library would not be able to open Mondays again, because they are part of a county wide system that chose to close Mondays. Also the girls discovered that fund-raising is not an acceptable project for the Silver Award. So they decided to create ways for teens to use the Library more. After doing research the girls discovered that other near by Libraries had a Youth or Teen Advisory Board so they decided to create one for our local Library. They created polls, and emails and letters, finding teens who were interested. The Board is called the “Teen Leadership Council” or TLC for short. The Council meets monthly, and sometimes every other month. The Leadership Council recommends books and writes book reviews in a binder that Clare has at the Library for all teens to make  contributions of  book reviews. The TLC will send a member to the adult Library Board Meetings to hear what they are doing and to give Teen advice on books, activities and suggestions to increase teen presence at the Library. Teens who are interested in joining the TLC can get an application from Clare at the library desk.

Congratulations to Renea & Sofia!

Clare O’Brien (Librarian) with Renea Serota and Sofia Serbicki

Service Unit Recognitions and Awards, Nominations due 3/16

Everyone likes to feel appreciated for their volunteer service. Whether in the form of a simple thank-you for a small job well done or a formal commendation for years of faithful service in a key position of an organization, such acknowledgment is a signal to the recipient that she or he is noticed and appreciated–that she or he is….RECOGNIZED!  Families, parents and girls can all help to nominate their hardworking volunteers!!!

Please click here and help to nominate a leaders, parents, volunteer or local businesses that made a difference for you in Girl Scouting this year.

Click here to see:
SU Adult Recognitions Overview_2012

How to Nominate Someone for an Award: Complete the required form listed after each award on the SU103 Award Page. Clearly state the personal achievements of the candidate, and specifically state the reasons that the candidate’s achievements meet the criteria for this particular award. Return all forms and endorsement letters to: SonomaGirlScouts@gmail.com by Friday March 16, 2012.

Forms can also be mailed to:
Sonoma Girl Scouts- Awards
PO Box 299
El Verano, CA 95433

 Who will you nominate???

Juliette Low pinning one of the first Girl Scouts

Town Square Celebration on Monday, March 12th

Girl Scouts from Sonoma enjoyed a fun evening in the downtown Plaza amphitheater for our Town Square Celebration of the 100th Birthday of Girl Scouting. Mayor Joanne Saunders was our featured guest and read a Proclamation from the City Council.  Along with some traditional Girl Scout songs, a candlelight ceremony preceded the countdown to 7:12pm (19:12 military time) with a Happy Birthday song to Girl Scouting.  A great event and lots of fun memories.

Our Service Unit Director tells the story of Juliette Low and the how Girl Scouts were started in 1912

Mayor Joanne Saunders reads the Proclamation naming this week “Girl Scout Week” in Sonoma

Sonoma Girl Scouts join in the candlelight ceremony and countdown to 7:12pm (19:12 military time).

After the event, many families went to the Black Bear Diner for a special Girl Scout dessert and continued the celebration.

Visiting with the Bear (dressed in Girl Scout uniform) at the Black Bear Diner after our celebration

Girl Scouts posing with the Black Bear

The Black Bear created a special Thin Mint Cookie Sundae just for Girl Scouts on Monday. It was delicious!

Special thanks to the City of Sonoma, Mayor Joanne Saunders, the entire Rank Family, and all the volunteers who helped with tonight’s program.  We also want to recognize the Black Bear Diner for hosting a special Dine & Donate all day, with a percentage of the proceeds going to Girl Scouting in Sonoma.   Happy 100th Birthday Girl Scouts!

Troops Helping Troops

A special thank you to Troop 10032 for hosting a very fun cardmaking afternoon.  The Girl Scouts of Sonoma Valley got together on a friday afternoon to make holiday cards for the Military Troops overseas.

From left, 6-year-olds Ashlynn Armitage, Sydney Gamble and Carlie Maxwell of Daisy Troop 10112 display some of the festive cards they made at the workshop.

More than 300 cards will be sent to U.S. Troops along with care packages sponsored by the local American Legion.  Girl Scouts donated bags of candy that will be sent along with the cards.

New Girl Scout Troops Forming

Join us on either of the following events to join Girl Scouts, or learn more about forming a new troop in Sonoma:

Scout Night at Farmer’s Market.
Sept. 6th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Look for our booth behind City Hall.  Bring your daughter for some fun activities and learn more about Girl Scouts in Sonoma Valley.  Sign up to join a troop, or learn more about starting a new troop.

Parent Information Night
Sept. 15th, 5:30-7:30pm, Sassarini School Multipurpose Room
Drop in anytime to register your daughter and learn more about Girl Scouting in Sonoma Valley.

Girl Scouts is open to girls of all ages from Kindergarten to 12th Grade.  It’s never too late to join girl scouting!  Older girl troops are now forming, join us for more information on either of the above information nights.

If you are ready to start a new troop now, please give us a call at 205-1233 or by email to: SonomaGirlScouts@gmail.com and we’ll help you get started.

School Starts Soon!

School begins soon and that means that troop meetings will start up again too. With the beginning of the new Girls Guide to Girl Scouting materials, we’ll have lots of training opportunities available for current and new leaders. It’s an exciting time for Girl Scouts and the new materials will make your meetings and outings even more fun.

For an overview of the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting, take a look at resource information here on GirlScoutsNorCal.org.

Service Unit Meetings will be held on the 2nd Monday of each month. Each troop will need to send a representative to these very fun and informative meetings. We promise you’ll go home with some great ideas to use with your troop. Our first SU Meeting will be on September 12th.