Alumnae Weekend Retreat
November 2 – 3, 2018
The 10th annual Alumnae Weekend Retreat, held the first weekend of November 2018 at Mah-Kah-Wee, was fun-filled and relaxing with a smorgasbord of activities. Friday evening was a hilarious time playing “Minute To Win It“ games and discovering some odd talents among the group.
On Saturday, Ranger Rose and Courtney revealed many hidden talents of alumnae while teaching basket-weaving and painting. Diana Huntress helped folks relax with Qi-Gong. Activity tables for drop-by crafts included rock painting, wine glass painting, and making holiday picture frame decorations and marbled paper. Trish Bergelt introduced the world of essential oils and at-home facials. Traditional camp activities included hiking, swimming, archery, kayaking and canoeing. Janina Kulzer led a service project of painting the staff house back porch and clearing weeds and overgrowth at the front of camp. At a beautiful campfire presented by Citrus Gold on Saturday evening included singing, an ash ceremony by Patti Goss and her daughter Alli, and of course… S’mores.
Our CEO, Maryann Barry, gave an update on recovery from the fire and hurricane, and camp rebuild plans. Susie Marsh, Ranger Rose and Lydia Sealey led tours of the West Side; everyone was excited to see the progress and regrowth.
Sunday morning’s Girl Scouts Own gave everyone the opportunity to reflect on their Girl Scout experience and be thankful for the many new first time attendees. It was a joy to share song and story by extending the ceremony to include the youngest and oldest Girl Scouts, Daisy GS and Senior GS.
Fabulous meals were provided by Phoebe Engle and her staff. They spoiled us with their culinary skills and traditional Snickerdoodles.
Overall, it was a delightful, relaxing, invigorating weekend of coming together, meeting new friends, and reuniting with old friends. Planning for next year has already begun, so watch the Alumnae website for the event announcement so you can “save the date”!
October 11 – 14, 2018
Fourteen members of GSC Alumnae traveled to Savannah, GA, October 11 – 14, 2018. They began their weekend with a tour of Downtown Savannah, learning not only Savannah History, but how our Founder, Juliette Low, and her family played a big part in that history.
During their amazing tour of the First Africans Baptist Church, they learned how area slaves paid for and built the church, and the part that it played in the Underground Railroad. They traveled to Tybee Island Marine Science Center that featured species native to Georgia’s coast, a few invaders, and exotics from other oceans, where they enjoyed a beach walk and trying to seine.
After a lunch at the pier, it was off to the lighthouse and 7 brave souls climbed to the top. And of course, they visited Girl Scout favorites – The First Headquarters, Laurel Grove Cemetery, and the Birthplace of Girl Scouts. They were joined by 2 Cadette Girl Scouts from our council, who happened to be visiting the same day, for a Pinning Ceremony in the Courtyard of Juliette’s childhood home.
Everyone stuffed themselves with traditional southern cooking from local favorites – Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, Lady and Sons and The Pirate House. All had a great time laughing, getting to know each other and making new friends.
Would you like to go to Savannah? Our next trip is scheduled for October 3 – 6, 2019. Visit the GSC Alumnae Travel page to register.
Juliette’s Tea at Riverpoint
September 16, 2018
What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon but to have a Tea Party, just like the ones Juliette had. Wearing their beautiful and creative hats, 26 Alumnae members attended the Juliette’s Tea at Riverpoint on Sunday September 16th. Alumnae members brought their teacup and shared their stories. Some stories brought tears with fond memories and others laughter, like Martha’s rendition of facetime teacup pictures. Other teacups were definitely antiques, while some were last minute purchases. The tables were covered with white lace tablecloths, the chairs were adorned in white covers with blue ties to match the blue napkins. Centerpieces were made with yellow and white daisies in past years’ candy tins.
Old friends got to see each other and reminisce over camp days at Riverpoint. The dock is still gone from the hurricane, but Maryann reported that repairs are being scheduled. The lodge has had some major improvements (air conditioners and windows to mention a few). All and all it was a beautiful afternoon on the Banana River, sipping tea and laugh with Girl Scout friends.
Thank you to the Archive Team for the sandwiches, fruits, scones and tea and all their hard work planning this event.
Capone’s Dinner Theatre
April 21, 2018
The GSC Alumnae hosted an AWESOME event at Capone’s Dinner Theatre on April 21st. Capone’s, is a gangster themed comedy dinner show, which will have you in stitches. Members of GSC Alumnae had front row seats which put Martha Spruitenburg and her husband Rik in all the action. The show was entertaining and hysterical, in an all-new show that delivered loads of laughs, gangster action, audience interaction and toe-tapping musical productions. The dinner show included an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet, dessert, and drinks.
Citrus Gold’s Work Hard, Then Play Day
February 16-18, 2018
The “Work Hard, Then Play Day” at Riverpoint, hosted by Citrus Gold Alumnae, was held February 16- 18, 2018. The weekend included service projects, good food and fun activities. Twenty-three people attended. During three hours of work on Saturday morning, much was accomplished – an overall cleaning of the lodge; debris removal from the waterfront including the oyster beds that were destroyed by Hurricane Irma; and the clearing of a major portion of the nature trail. Afterwards the group played and relaxed the rest of the weekend. The fun included a lesson in making monkey bread, crafts, brain exercises, a variety of games, relaxation, reflexology and so much more!!!
Good Friends + Beautiful Weather + Hard Work + Fun + Laughs + Great Food = PERFECT WEEKEND
January 5-8, 2018
The GSC Alumnae Second Annual Cruise was held January 5-8, 2018, with 46 members aboard Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas. From Friday evening through Monday morning, days and nights were filled with fun activities, spending time with old friends and making new friends. Highlights were a scavenger hunt, door decorating contest, games session and karaoke.
With our CEO, we greeted the captain of the ship and introduced him to Girl Scout Cookies. Many enjoyed a variety of Nassau excursions like pub crawl and sailing with snorkeling. The games session of “Doodle Dice” and “Left, Center, Right” had everyone laughing and cheering so much that people walking by had to see what was so exciting. For anyone unable to cruise with us this year, we look forward to seeing you on the 2019 Third Annual Alumnae Cruise!
Girl Scouts of Citrus Alumnae Tea Party
October 30, 2017
GSC Alumnae were joined by members of the Winter Park Antique Society for a lovely tea at the Council Service Center on October 30, 2017. The Tea Party was sponsored by the Archive Team who served 28 attendees with cucumber or egg salad sandwiches, homemade scones, and a variety of hot teas. Many stories about tea cups were shared, some from great grandparents to foreign collections. Girl Scout history was discussed and everyone was able to tour Juliette’s Place and view displays throughout the building.