|NEWS & UPDATES
Cookie Program Extended to March 17
In support of all of our troops affected by the recent winter weather, we will be extending the Girl Scout Cookie Program by one week. GSMH Service Center cupboards will be open until Friday, March 15 for troops that are in need of cookies for directs sales and booths. Some community cupboards may need to close prior to March 17, so please check their availability prior to pick up.
All final paperwork is due to your Service Unit Product Program Manager by March 20. Also, recognition orders are due in SNAP by March 20--this means that all cookies owned by the troop will need to be allocated to girls by this date as well. For troops participating in the ACH pilot program, the GSMH Finance department will ACH the final remaining balance due to the council from the troop account on March 22. We have created a revised deadline sheet and posted it at girlscoutsmoheartland.org/cookie-extension for your convenience.
Additionally, if you have unsold cookies after March 17, you may continue to sell those until April 14. Please note: selling during this time period does not change any of the paperwork or finance deadlines (girlscoutsmoheartland.org/cookie-extension). The time between March 18 and April 14 has been provided for those troops who may not have been able to sell all of their cookies prior to March 17 and want to recoup their troop proceeds.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact your Product Program Specialist.
Girls Can Still Reach Their Girl Scout Cookie Program Goals!
There's more than two weeks left of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, and your Girl Scouts can still meet their goals, if they haven't already. Here are some tips to keep girls going for a strong finish:
- Girls can ask everyone if they would like to buy Girl Scout cookies. The number one reason why people do not buy cookies is because they were not asked.
- Girls can encourage people to buy enough cookies to last them all year. Thanks-A-Lots make great s'mores in the summer, but if you run out before then you won't get to try them!
- Girls can still team up with Girl Scout friends and an adult volunteer to canvas neighborhoods with cases of cookies in tow.
- Girls can have recipe cards with them and ask if customers would like to get an award-winning recipe that uses Girl Scout cookies and the cookies needed to make it. Adorable, two-sided recipe cards are available for your use! Download them from our website at girlscoutsmoheartland.org/justdesserts.
- Know a business owner? Girls can ask business owners if they'd like to purchase a few cases of cookies to give to employees or customers as thank you gifts.
Annual Meeting/Adult Recognition Ceremony
Don't forget to register for the 2013 Annual Meeting and Adult Recognition Ceremony which will be held at the Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau on Saturday, March 23. All registered adults and girls ages 14 and older should have received an invitation in the mail. You can also register online at girlscoutsmoheartland.org/registration/. Registration deadline and the deadline to reserve a room from the GSMH room block at the Drury Lodge is March 9. See you there!
Sign Up for the Believe in Girls 5K!
You don't have to be a great runner to participate in the Believe in Girls
5K! Register online at girlscoutsmoheartland.org/5k/
and just do your best. All proceeds benefit Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. The event takes place at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, April 6 in Springfield. The flat route starts at Missouri State University Campus, Lot 24 (1034 East Grand). Prizes will be awarded for winners in female and male youth, adult, and master categories. The course is USATF certified.
Skip the Paperwork! Register Online Beginning Soon!
GSMH is pleased to introduce the all-new Online Registration system! Beginning in time for the 2013-2014 Early Bird registration process, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland girls and adults will be able to renew and create new memberships through the web.
ROSE is our new little owl friend who will help us roll out the Online Registration system. ROSE stands for Registration Online Simple and Easy, and she's coming soon to the GSMH website. When you see ROSE on the website click on her to get to the Online Registration system.
This is a great opportunity to finally be done with all the hassle and paperwork that come with membership registrations! No more collecting and sending in forms to the council. Encourage your Girl Scout parents and guardians to use the easy Online Registration system to renew their memberships beginning with Early Bird.
Read other great reasons why you'll want your Girl Scout parents and guardians completing Online Registration instead of paper registrations at blog.girlscoutsmoheartland.org
2013 Girls Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar
On Sale Now
Girl Scouts of the USA announces that the long-awaited 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar went on sale to the public February 28 at noon (EST).
The coin is available at $55.95 for uncirculated and $59.95 for proof quality. Orders placed prior to 5 p.m. March 29 will receive a special introductory pricing of $50.95 for uncirculated and $54.95 for proof quality.
The commemorative coin honoring 100 years of Girl Scouting was designed and produced by the United States Mint as one of two commemorative coin programs this year. It will be available through the United States Mint at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468) and on its website. It will feature three Girl Scouts on the obverse (heads) side and the iconic organization's trefoil logo on the reverse (tails) side.
Register Now for Leader's Weekend
All GSMH volunteers are invited to Leader's Weekend April 12-14 at Finbrooke Program Center. But hurry; registrations should be postmarked by March 4! Complete program information and registration packet are available at girlscoutsmoheartland.org/training#leaderweekend.
Printing the Volunteer Connections e-Newsletter
We hope you enjoy the Volunteer Connections and get a wealth of information and ideas from this regular publication. This newsletter is designed to be viewed on the computer screen with the goal of being "green" and using our resources wisely. However, we recognize that there are occasions in which you may need to print the newsletter. The emailing service we use to send our many newsletter recipients their copy, unfortunately, does not have a "printer friendly" option. So, here are some tips for doing so while saving as much ink and paper as possible.
Printing the Volunteer Connections as an original email can sometimes cause a lot of extra, unneeded text to be printed. Instead of printing the newsletter right from your email program, click the link at the top of the message body that says: "Having trouble viewing this email? Click here." This will open the newsletter into your web browser, which will eliminate printing the email "header" information, and often reformat the images to look nicer. This alone should improve the appearance of the printed newsletter and save on paper.
From here, the options for what you can do to make the printing more efficient are as many and as restrictive as there are types of printers. Different printers have different settings--check your printer settings or preferences for some of these options:
- Print double-sides pages
- Do not insert blank pages
- Use less/conserve ink; and, use black ink only
- Print text only--no images
- Turn off header/footer information
Don't forget that at the bottom of each Volunteer Connections there is a "forward this email" link which allows you to easily send the newsletter to other people, without sending additional, cluttered email header information to each person. This may be another option you can use to share the newsletter while also conserving resources.
THE GIRL SCOUT PATHWAY NEWS
New! Additional Archery Program Event at Finbrooke
Outdoor skills are a great tradition in Girl Scouts, and archery is no exception. Girls will learn safety basics and have the chance to shoot a bow and arrow multiple times--maybe even hit the bulls-eye! Take advantage of this additional archery offering at Finbrooke Program Center on Saturday, April 6, 2013. There are two options: 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Registration deadline is March 19 and cost is $7.00. Adults are free to observe.
Summer Camp Session Prices
The cost for all sessions of Sea Horses and Saddles and Paddles are incorrectly listed on page 27 of the camp edition of the girl newsletters. Both sessions cost $290 per camper. These newsletters are available online at girlscoutsmoheartland.org/pages/girlnews or you can view the online camp guide with only camp information at girlscoutsmoheartland.org/camp.
NASA-sponsored Astronomy Camp for
Girl Scout Adults
Girl Scout adults are being recruited for the next Astronomy Camp for Girl Scout volunteers and staff on April 5-7, 2013. Held in Tucson at the Hacienda Center of the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona Council, this weekend workshop is a science education program sponsored by the James Webb Space Telescope which is NASA's next large space telescope.
Training includes topics in basic astronomy (night sky, phases of the moon, the scale of the solar system and beyond, stars, galaxies, telescopes, etc.) as well as in "cosmology", i.e. the study of the origin of the universe itself to pave the way for adults and their girls to understand the first images from JWST. This telescope will study other planetary systems and will record images of the first stars and galaxies that formed in our universe.
All major expenses (transportation and lodging) will be paid by the JWST/NIRCam team. If you are interested in participating in the next camp scheduled for April 5-7, please email Dr. McCarthy at email@example.com as soon as possible for information.
Do You Have a Great Girl Scout Field Trip Destination in Your Area?
We would love to hear about it! Email the details to Karen Lawrence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminders for Upcoming Girl Event Deadlines
Don't miss out--registration deadlines are just around the corner! Age levels are denoted by initial after each program title (D=Daisy; B=Brownie; J=Junior; C=Cadette; S=Senior; A=Ambassador).
To see what other event registration deadlines are coming up this month check out your copy of the Volunteer 411 or read it online at: girlscoutsmoheartland.org/resources.
De-Stress from Cookie Success! (DBJCSA)
3/16/13 Pittsburg, KS
Registration Deadline: 3/1/13
4/6/13 Boone County (Silver Meadows)
4/6/13 Christian County (Finbrooke)
Registration Deadline: 3/19/13
College 101 (CSA)
Registration Deadline: 3/25/13
Butterfly Palace Exotic Exploration (DBJCSA)
Registration Deadline: 4/1/13
All Brownie Camp Day (B)
4/20/13 Latonka Program Center
Registration Deadline: 4/5/13
Horse Fun at Hartman Farms (JC)
Registration Deadline: 4/12/13
SHOP WITH US
The Girl Scout Birthday Discount Drawing is Back!
On March 12-13, go to any of the GSMH retail shops to pick a candle from the Girl Scout birthday cake. As you make your purchase at the register, you'll draw a candle that is worth either 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25% off your purchase!
Get Your Girl Scout Cookie Glass Set Now
Enjoy Girl Scout cookies and your favorite beverage with these specially designed cookie glasses. A set includes a Thin Mint Cookie Glass and Shortbread Cookie Glass with cookie screenprint on front. The back of each glass is screenprinted with the 5 skills. Each set is $12.00 and supplies are limited, so hurry!
|DISCOVER, CONNECT, TAKE ACTION
Executive Chef Keith W. Yonker and Girl Scout Troop 50336 Present Taste of Spring Lemonade Chiffon Cupcakes at Just Desserts in Cape Girardeau
Girl Scout cookie enthusiasts gathered in Cape Girardeau on February 7 for the Just Desserts fundraising event hosted by GSMH. It's safe to say that many a sweet tooth were sated at the event. You can try and share the recipes yourself! Get the award-winning recipes at girlscoutsmoheartland.org/justdesserts.
Just Desserts Awards
Judge's Choice Award: Matt Wilson, West Bank Bistro & Troop 70038 for the Brownie Special
People's Choice Award: Palmi Henry, Lil Miss Muffin's Café & Troop 64001 for the S'mores-a-Lots
Sponsor's Choice Award: Nicole Henry, SugarBuzz Bakery & Troop 50021 for the Savannah S'mores
| Quick Notes |
|TO DO THIS MONTH |
- Help your Girl Scout cookie professional meet her goal
- Register and make hotel room reservations for Annual Meeting
- Sign up for the Believe in Girls 5K
VOLUNTEER WEB PORTAL
Do you need something from the Volunteer Resources CD? A product program order form? The tax exempt certificate?
Get what you need from the Volunteer Web Portal. Access it from the council website, or the link above, and use the following username & password for the 2012-2013 year:
These passwords are also valid for all online forms that require a password.
Service Centers &
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed (except Springfield)
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday Retail Shop Hours
Shops in all locations will be open Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
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