Thursday, January 31, 2013

Office Space Relocation


Cherry Hill and Newfield Offices/Shops will be closed Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9th.

If you have had the opportunity to visit the Cherry Hill Service Center in the past year, you may have noticed that the number of staff based in CHSC has drastically grown and that we are literally bursting at the seams. Every available closet, nook and cranny has been converted into workable office space to accommodate staff, volunteers and programs that take place in our corporate office. We have done as much as re-configuring as possible to accommodate the now 25 staff who consider 40 Brace Road their home base.

After careful evaluation of space usage, a cost analysis and by looking at the needs of our members, GSCSNJ's volunteer Board of Directors and senior staff have made the decision to lease space at 20 Brace Road. This short term solution was determined after exploring several other commercial possibilities in the Cherry Hill area. Our goal in relocating administrative services staff across the parking lot, is to continue to offer services in areas where they will be most utilized by the largest numbers of our membership. We are proud to announce that starting February 11, 2013, Finance, CES, Communications, Office of CEO, COO and other administrative services staff will be relocated to a 3rd floor office space at 20 Brace Road. GSCSNJ will retain 40 Brace Road as our official corporate address and it will be staffed primarily with Juliette's Closet and Direct Services staff (Membership, Community Development and Program). SUM meetings and board meetings will continue to take place in the CHSC for the foreseeable future. Cherry Hill Service Center phone and fax numbers will remain the same, however staff extensions may change.

The move in Cherry Hill also precipitates changes in the Newfield Service Center.  Keeping in mind that divesting of the NFSC location was part of our council’s long range property plan introduced 3 years ago, effective February 11th, the majority of staff currently working out of Newfield will be relocated to the 40 Brace Road location. SUM meetings will continue to take place in Newfield until the end of June.  For the time being, our valuable archives will remain in Newfield until ultimately moving to Cherry Hill.  Any council programs scheduled at NFSC will continue as till Sept 1st.  Any Service Units who use the NFSC, may continue to do so till Sept 1st, after which time alternate locations will be found.  Although there will be no administrative services available in the NFSC, there will be a lap top with phone available in the conference room to call other offices, or to access the council web site.  The facility will primarily serve as a pickup and drop-off site. The doors will be locked, and visitors will need to be buzzed in to gain access to the building.

In an effort to make services more readily available to our southernmost counties, GSCSNJ is actively searching for a storefront property to house a new satellite store and service center. This new site will be easily accessible by major roads so that our membership will have better access to staff, council resources and program facilities.  Until the new site is found, Juliette’s Closet Newfield shop will remain open to members. 

CHSC and NFSC offices & shops will be closed during the transition on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9 as those days will be dedicated to the move. Our phone systems may experience some technical difficulties in the morning hours as our new system in put into place. 

GSCSNJ would like to thank you for your patience and cooperation as we make changes in order to better serve the needs of our members.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Congratulations WAGS Robotics Team!



Congratulations to the nine girls of the WAGS Robotics Team! They were highly successful at the last qualifier of their season.  With their wins on Sunday, January 20th, three in total, the girls will be competing at the State Championships at NJIT on February 9th.

WAGS won a spot at the States on three criteria.  First, on points earned on the field of play itself (how well the robot did), as a Team Alliance Captain (how well their robot played with others) and finally and most importantly, the girls won the impressive Inspire Award.  This award is the top award to win in First Tech Challenge (FTC), because it covers all aspects of FTC. Below is the criteria for the Inspire Award that WAGS meet. Job well done ladies! 

Guidelines for the Inspire Award
  • Team must demonstrate respect and Gracious Professionalism both for team members and fellow teams
  • Engineering Notebook must be submitted, and must impress the judges
  • Team must work beyond their robot to help spread awareness of the team, FIRST, and the FIRST Tech
  • Challenge within the community
  • Team displays good communication and teamwork skills within the team as well as with their alliances
  • Team communicates clearly about their robot design to the judges
  • Team presents themselves well in the judges interview
  • Robot effectively competes in the game challenge and impresses the judges
  • Team and Robot consistently performs well during matches
  • Team is a strong contender for all other judged awards

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

REMINDER: Calling All Girl Scouts: The White House Equal Futures App Challenge


REMINDER: Calling All Girl Scouts: The White House Equal Futures App Challenge


Do you know any Girl Scouts who use apps on their smartphones, tablet computers, or other mobile devices? If you do, the White House has a fun and educational challenge for them! The Equal Futures App Challenge asks girls to create an app that promotes civic education and/or inspires other girls to serve as leaders in our democracy.

Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, will serve as a judge in the White House's Equal Futures App Challenge, alongside some great people like Jack Dorsey, creator and co-founder of Twitter, Representative Barbara Ballard, Andrew Shue, co-founder of dosomething.org, Senator Lisa Murkowski, and many more. Notable apps will be highlighted on the White House website and in the White House blog. For more on the challenge, go t ohttp://equalfutures.challenge.gov/

Building on President Obama’s challenge at the UN General Assembly in September 2011, the United States will be working with countries around the world as part of a new international effort – the Equal Futures Partnership – to politically and economically empower women.

Individuals can submit their app on http://equalfutures.challenge.gov/ until January 12th, 2013 at 12:00am EDT.  Individuals whose app will be hosted in an app store must submit the app to the store by January 12th, 2013 at 12:00am EDT.  Individuals should submit screenshots or video of their working app as well as a link to the app itself.  Please provide continuous access to the app, a detailed description, and system requirements.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Kate Bozzelli - Road to Safe Driving


Kate Bozzelli

One American life is lost every 17 minutes because of driving related accidents. This startling statistic led me to create the program, “The Road to Safe Driving.” I decided to approach the issue of driving safety from a different angle. Instead of discussing proactive driving behaviors with veteran drivers, I thought I’d talk with the audience sitting in the backseat of the car – the kids. Children, ages 10 to 14, are a few short years away from getting their license and are at a prime age for building a strong foundation for good driving habits. By structuring my program like a D.A.R.E. program, I could impact their view of driving during a very developmental stage in their life.
I spent two years researching, conducting interviews, and listening to life-altering stories. It all came together to form my educational DVD and website which addressed four main topics: street racing, unseen pedestrians, distractions while driving, and driving under the influence. With each topic, students and I discussed the main issues that exist and how they could deal with them. My goal was to help children realize their responsibilities as a pedestrian, a passenger in a vehicle, and a future driver.

I've learned that it is important to take the time and make smart driving decisions, because they really do save lives. It’s better to lose one minute in life, than to lose life in a minute.

For the past couple of years, I have been able to continue with the mission of my Gold Award even after achieving it, and I’d hope that other girls are able to do the same. My Gold Award Project evolved into the platform that I use with the Miss America Organization. As Miss Gloucester County, I currently use the program that I created to promote my messages across the state of New Jersey, and I plan to do it across the country as Miss America one day.

In addition to the driving education program I created, I aim to make driving safer in America by working with other organizations, like the National Hot Rod Association, Oprah’s “No Phone Zone”, and many state and city offices for highway and transportation safety.

Advice for Future Awardees
Make sure that you choose an issue that is close to your heart. You'll be much more passionate about it, and you will be more inclined to continue with it after achieving your award.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Coffee with Communications


Coffee with Communications

Join your friendly Council Communications team online Saturday, January 12 at 9:30 AM for our first ever "Coffee with Communications." This webinar only event will review strategies for marketing your cookie program, local booths and more. We will review the resources available for marketing the cookie program and give you tips on spreading the word. Space is limited to register online today!
Saturday, January 12, 2013
9:30 -10:30 AM
Register Online
Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/705652998


System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
 
Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
 
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet 
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