News & Notes for Leaders
The new year is about to begin. Be sure you have completed your TFR from last year and that you have used the new and improved portal to register your troop.
It's Troop Financial Report (TFR) Time!
New GSNorCal website address: www.gsnorcal.org
New GSNorCal registration process/site will be up in July. We hear it's much simpler and a great improvement over eBiz. More details to follow when they become available.
News from the May Leader Meeting
Thank you to those who attended the last Leader meeting of this school year, I know this is an extremely busy time for everyone so I am very grateful you took time out of your busy schedules to join us to celebrate being a Super Service Unit and enjoy the cupcakes provided.
Super Service Unit
This is a new award that the Service Unit team completed the form for and WE ARE A SUPER SERVICE UNIT, we have had notification that I can still take orders for more patches to those already placed so if you would like to order patches for your troop, please email me your order including your troop # to me and then send a check made payable to Crossroads Service Unit with Super Service Unit and troop # in the memo line to Super Service Unit (click here for my address).
Presentations this meeting were:
Camp Arendelle – Friday October 9th to Sunday October 11th
This event is open to Brownies and Juniors $40 per girl $35 per adult safety wise ratios Limited to 90 Girls and 30 adults email interest ASAP, registration and deposit due August 24th
Older girls can volunteer at this event to run workshops cost is the troop supplies the materials for the workshop that the troop picks for the badge steps listed on flyer. Staff is limited to only 25 girls and 10 adults again email interest ASAP. Registration due August 25th.
Be a STEM Videographer – July 20th to July 31st
This is open to girls going into 8th – 12th grades in the fall, it is a two week camp put on by Girl Scouts of Northern California in conjunction with NASA Ames Research Center cost is $165 per girl (Financial aid is available) Registrations are due by July 6th.
Questions email email@example.com or call 510-562-8470 x 6019
Girl Rising film showing – May 20th at 5pm
This event is open to the public and is for girls 13 and older due to the film being PG 13. Location is Amador Valley High School, MPR, at 5pm. There will be a discussion after the film, this film fits nicely with the Mission Sisterhood Journey.
Please RSVP to Senior Girl Scout Sandhya.
Troop Financial Reports(TFRs)
Everyone must complete a TFR found here http://www.girlscoutsnorcal.org/assets/upload/files/admin/Troop_Finance_Report.pdf and turn in 2 copies of the completed signed form and two copies of the May Bank Statement to Demaris Brown to CRSU Treasurer, here address can be found here, if you need last year’s balance or have any questions please email Demaris she is more than happy to work with you to get this completed and in on time.
Please complete the Troop Disbandment form found here http://www.girlscoutsnorcal.org/assets/upload/files/forms/disbanded_troop_form_and_process.pdf, and TFR and send two copies of each along with two copies of your Account closed statement to Demaris Brown to CRSU Treasurer, her address can be found here.
All graduating Ambassador Girl Scouts are eligible to apply for Lifetime Membership at a Discounted rate $195 instead of $375, they must use the 2014/2015 adult membership registration form found here http://www.girlscoutsnorcal.org/assets/upload/files/forms/15_AdultMembershipForm_W.pdf and must have the form and monies submitted to Council by September 15th 2015.
Have you submitted your Super Troop form to get your patches? No? We are sure there are more troops out there who have qualified for the patch! Did you register on time? did you have representation at 5 Leader meetings or more? Did adults do trainings? Did you complete a Service Project? Did you Celebrate a Girl Scout Holiday? Go on a field trip? If you answered yes to all of these then you may have qualified so check out the Crossroads Website for the application form and check it out. The patches are free. Super Troop applications are still being accepted by Susan Gold for pick up at her house in Pleasanton. Please turn in application after completing ALL requirements.
Congratulations to the Super Troops of 2014-15 (to date May 11, 2015)
Troop 32102 Kelly Knabe leader, 9 Cadettes 7th grade
Troop 32020 Jan Krzesinska leader, 18 Daisies
Troop 33265 Wendy Keller leader, 16 Brownies
Troop 33510 Emily Garguilo leader, 8 Brownies
Troop 32973 Angie Maurer and Tiffany Procopio leaders, 26 Girl Scouts multi-level troop grades 1-11
Troop 33264 Jennifer Alfonso leader, 10 Brownies
Troop 32550 Jennifer Alfonso leader, 11 Cadettes
Troop 32019 Meghan Cronin leader, 8 Brownies
Troop 33027 Holly Shore leader, 9 Daisies
Renewals will not be starting until July when we have the new system online. Girl membership is remaining at $15 to GSUSA, girls will also pay a $15 Council fee to GSNorCal, adults will pay just the membership fee of $15. Emails have been sent to all registered members announcing this so it won’t be a surprise to parents. We suggest that leaders let their parents know that renewals will be having in July and suggest that you collect the membership and council fee during May and June and then the troop leader can renew everyone when the system is available. All registered adults will need to be volunteer screened under the new system so if you have adults who are not screened in your troop ask them to do that now(you will not be able to renew their membership until they do). If you would like to know the screening status of the adults in your troop please email Tina Marshall with your troop number and request screening status of adults.
With the new system comes new features. Initially Daisy to Junior leaders with single level troops will have access to the full toolkit which will enable them to:-
From what we know so far all other Troop leaders will be able to view who is screened and when that screening expires, send emails, track finances. We do not know yet when other features will be available to everyone.
To view more information on this please follow this link, read the information and watch the short videos http://www.girlscoutsnorcal.org/volunteers/volunteer-systems
There will be a new registration and interest system for interested families to be directed to. This new system is call the Online Catalog where parents will enter details of their daughter and themselves and the either a specific troop number if they know it or a zip code and distance, the system will show them either that the troop has spaces or not and refer them to select a zip code, from the zip code search they will be presented with a list of troops with available spaces with details of meeting place, times and how many spaces there are. They will then select an appropriate troop and register.
We have some New troop numbers already to go with general details input and these troops will have 12 girls spot and need at least 2 adult volunteers to sign up, once girls are signed up in a troop the adults are asked if they would like to volunteer, the system makes it clear that we are a volunteer run organization and need volunteers, if no adults sign up then the parents of the girls will be automatically contacted by council. New volunteers are walked through the registration and training process all online and will be put in contact with the Service Unit team as well.
Existing troops can opt to join the Online Catalog later if they want too. They can let the SU Team know they want to join, how many spaces they have, etc. Other troops can continue the way we do now and just work offline where the Service Unit team collects the information on whether they are open or closed and if they are open we share that with Council who when an interested family can’t find a match in the online catalog will contact us to say you have a troop that meets this families needs can you take them.
More details of this can also be found here. http://www.girlscoutsnorcal.org/volunteers/volunteer-systems
We are looking for a few new faces for our Service Unit team if you or someone you know are interested in taking on a little more responsibility, please let me know and I can get you a full list of the positions we would like to fill, examples are more School Organizers, Secretary, Travel Coordinator to name a few.
LAST SERVICE UNIT TEAM MEETING IS ON MONDAY, JUNE 1ST AT LYDIKSEN ELEMENTARY, TEACHER’S WORKROOM 7pm
If you have flyers to present please send them to Tina Marshall by Friday May 29th.
Thank you all for a wonderful year, complete those TFRs and enjoy your summer!
News from the April Leader Meeting
Thank you to all the adults who attended our Leader Appreciation meeting on Monday, it was so nice to see you and thank you for your dedication to Girl Scouts. It was also a pleasure to have 6 of our Graduating Ambassadors join us and share their favorite experiences of Girl Scouts and to also hear from Ashley about her Gold Award project which was connected to another interest of hers figure skating.
I would like to say a big Thank You to Laura Andrews for organizing the evening and all that entailed, I know it was a lot of work.
Patty Frankson – Heart award
Ron Frankson – Father of the Year
Alma Avalos – Rookie of the Year
Bill Herbert – Volunteer of Excellence Pin
John Krzesinski – Volunteer of Excellence Pin
Michelle Pieralde – Volunteer of Excellence Pin
Michelle Guidi – Volunteer of Excellence Pin
Joyce Tahira – Volunteer of Excellence Pin
Cynthia Jackson – Volunteer of Excellence Pin
Susan Raphael – Volunteer of Excellence Pin
Deanna Sanchez – Volunteer of Excellence Pin
Margo Tschirky – Volunteer of Excellence Pin
Demaris Brown – Volunteer of Excellence Pin
Patti Eichhorn – Volunteer of Excellence Pin
Lynn Shinn – Green Angel Patch and Volunteer of Excellence Pin
Please thank all of these fantastic volunteers for their time and dedication to Girl Scout and for going above and beyond for our Girls.
We had one presentation on Monday from Troop 32405 who are collecting gently used children’s books, new stuffed animals 20” or smaller and new blankets for children in need. These items can be brought to the May Leader meeting on Monday, May 11th or dropped into the donation boxes at Valley View Elementary, Vintage Hills Elementary or Pleasanton Middle School or you can contact Stacey Allen
Announcement for Camp Butano Creek act quickly!
Camp Butano Creek is looking for just two more adult (preferable 21+ driver) volunteers to staff at third session this summer. Dates are August 6 -15 and although most camper units are full, placement for children of staff is guaranteed. Come and see what everyone has been raving about. Camp is unbelievably fun and rewarding, which is why we say Life Is Just Better at Camp. For more information, contact Clover (925) 216-4146 or Cookie (925) 321-0490 or go to our website: www.CampButanoCreek.org.
Please contact Tina Marshall if you took part in Amazing race as she has your patches now.
Here is an invitation from a sister Service Unit for older girls.
Hello East Bay Girl Scouts! You are invited to a Sisterhood Movie Day Saturday, May 16th! Come have a great time with other older Girl Scouts at this special screening of Pitch Perfect 2! Please see the attached flyer and registration information. Deadline to register is May 1st - so don't delay!
If you are waiting for patches not listed above please check your troops folder in the boxes on the porch of 2527 Corte Belle, Pleasanton, CA 94566. If what you are looking for are not there then please email the organizer of the event.
The next SU Team meeting is this Monday, April 27th at 7pm at Lydiksen Elementary School in the Teacher’s Workroom located to the right of the office building, passed the Kindergarten area. If you have flyers that you would like to present please get them to Tina Marshall by the weekend so she has time to review them before the meeting.
The Final Leader meeting of this school year will be on Monday, May 11th at 7pm at Lydiksen Elementary School in the MPR, please have at least 1 person(does not need to be the leader) from your troop attend this meeting as there will lots of new announcements about the new things coming including renewals, also ask your Treasurer to attend as we will be giving time to helping them through the TRF process. TFRs are due June 15th to Demaris Brown as paper forms along with your latest bank statement, two copies of each of these are needed and the TFRs need to be signed both by the treasurer and the troop leader.
Crossroads Service Unit flyers can be found on our website along with all our contact information
Archery Training Course is FULL!
Report from the March Leader Meeting
Council thanks us for all our hard work during the Cookie Sale and appreciates all the effort you and the girls put in even though there were shortages of the top seller items. We are now in the home stretch of Cookie Season.
Some good news from our Fall Sale Manager is that the Service Unit was award a Bonus from Fall Sales, this is because of the outstanding job all of you, your girls and your troop helpers did in this last Fall Sale and we really appreciate all you did to help us receive this. Please pass on our thanks and congratulations to all your girls and troop helpers for a job well done!
Please allocate all boxes to girls and confirm rewards earned and submit so it saves by tomorrow. Final paperwork due this Friday, March 13th to Deanna Sanchez, paperwork includes signed Troop Sales report printed from eBudde, Troop transfer receipts and all Gift of Caring receipts. Place all these in a sealed envelope and turn into the box on Deanna’s front porch at 3838 Yosemite Court North in Valley Trails, Pleasanton.
The second ACH pull will happen this week sometime (for some this may already have happened) and the final pull with be during the week beginning March 23rd. ACH discrepancy form needs to be submitted by 9am March 23rd for this final pull.
Events happening locally.
First Aid and CPR training this Thursday, March 12th 5pm – 10pm at Lydiksen Elementary, taught by our very own Tina Amber, still had a few space if you would like to attend please email now and bring $50 to pay on the night.
Dublin St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 14th, if you are interested in taking part in this please contact Natalie Mattei her troop is taking part and they would love some company.
For 1st grade Daisies and all Brownies FAIR PLAY BADGE WORKSHOP hosted by Troop 32486 as their Bronze Award event, Monday, April 20th, 2015, 4pm – 5:30pm $5.00 per girl and limited to 50 girls activities, badge and snack included. Register by Friday, April 3rd 2015. Contact Carrie Simpson with questions firstname.lastname@example.org
Older Girl PJ Midnight Bowling – Under the Sea Saturday, April 25th, 2015, Bowling from 11pm to 1:30am. $19 per bowler(includes bowling, shoes, goodie bag, water and patch). Service Project – Toiletry items for donation to charity. Register by Friday, April 10th, 2015. THIS IS NOT A DROP OFF EVENT. Contact Kim Van Lare at or Kindra Mendall with questions.
Bridging Event for 5th, 8th, 10th and 12th graders Saturday, April 11th, 2015, 5:30pm to 9:30pm. $8 per girl (includes dessert, drinks, program and bridging patch). There are two flyers for this event one for 5th graders and the other for the older girls. Register by Friday, March 27th, 2015. Contact Karen Zengel with questions.
Archery Training for Adults Sunday, May 3rd, 2015, 8am to 4pm. $50 per person(includes USAA certification, booklet and training). Space is limited to 12 participants and is filling fast. Register by Monday, March 16th 2015, after which it will be opened to other Service Units if not already filled. Contact Margo Tschirky
Service Opportunities in our Community
Backpack project – Friday, March 13th 2015 1pm to 4pm and Saturday, March 14th 9am to 4pm at Harvest Park Middle School MPR. The project is to fill backpacks with school supplies. Please contact either Karen Rodriguezor Jan Krzesinska and we will put you in touch with the coordinator Cindy Williams.
Dublin Pride Celebrations – Saturday April 25th 2015 various opportunities throughout the day working with Dublin City to put on this event, this will be coordinated through Kathy Southern at Dublin City, please contact her with any questions or to volunteer at
Memorial Day – Saturday, May 23rd and Monday, May 25th, 2015 these are two opportunities to be part of the Memorial Day remembrances on the Saturday the Veteran’s and American Legion Post 237 would like Girl Scouts to volunteer to help with the flag and medallion placement on the grave sites at the Cemetery on Sunol Blvd. and on Monday there is a Memorial Day Program that they would like the Girl Scouts to be a part of starting at 9:30am. If you are interested in either or both of these opportunities please contact Jan Krzesinska
Service to Girl Scouts Opportunities
These are ways in which Girls can give back to their younger sisters and earn Service to Girl Scouting patches and pins, including LiA, PA, ViT and LiT.
Community Troop – organizing activities for girls who are waiting for troops so they get to experience what Girl Scouts is really like.
Mini Camporee – hosting this event for the Daisy Girl Scouts within our Service Unit and letting them experience some of the fun things that happen at camp while staying in town.
Badge/Journey Workshops – plan activities to meet the requirements of your favorite badge at their level in a fun event.
Working with Younger Troops during their meetings.
If you have girls who would like to do any of these please contact either Tina Marshall or Jan Krzesinska
Information and discussion Event on Immunizations hosted by Troop 31230 from Berkeley
At our next troop meeting, 23 March, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church,
400 Grizzly Peak Blvd in Berkeley, we will have a special guest speaker. Lan Hyunh, the City
of Berkeley Immunization Coordinator, will visit our meeting, make a presentation and take
questions. Since this is an important issue that's been in the news, I'm linviting everyone to
consider coming to the meeting. While it might be hard for some of the younger girls to follow,
if you think their parents would be interested in coming, they are welcome to come on their
own. Adult volunteers are also welcome. I'd like to thank Trudi Peterson for helping me make this
connection and thus the presentation possible.Troop 31230 looks forward to welcoming you on the 23rd.
For our planning purposes, I'd be grateful if you could let me or Kristina know if you're coming
by replying to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next SUT meeting is Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at Lydiksen Elementary Teachers Workroom, Presentations at 7pm. Please get flyers to Tina Marshall by Friday, March 20th.
Next Leader meeting on Monday, April 20th, 2015 at Lydiksen Elementary, will be our Adult Appreciation and Graduating Seniors and Gold Awardees recognition Event details will follow as soon as confirmed.
New Contacts for our Service Unit...
Report from the February Leader Meeting
CAMPOREE 1 @ CAMP BOTHIN
CAMPOREE 2 @ CAMP ROYANEH
TREASURER REPORTING FOR EVENTS
BRONZE & SILVER AWARD CEREMONY
OLDER GIRL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY / Fall Brownie/Junior Campout
Thanks and see you March 9 at our next Leader Meeting!
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