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 October 6, 2011
In This Issue
National Proposals & Point of Interest Meetings
Upcoming Girl Activities
Troop Banking Account Update
Membership Registration Reminder
New Online Registration System
Fall Product Program Starts Oct. 17
Moving & Shaking for the 100th
Family Champion Kicks Off
Adult Learning Opportunities
National Council Proposals & Point of Interest Meetings! 
Calling all Girl Scout adults and girls ages 14 and up:
Make your voice heard...delegates from GSMISTS will be voting on three (3) important proposals, and we want your input. Join us to discuss each proposal at one of the meeting times below! 
And, at the same meetings we're bringing back the Point of Interest Meetings where we'll be asking you to share thoughts, input and ideas for your National Council Delegates and Council. 
Meetings are from 6:30 - 8:00 PM in the six regions. Meetings start Oct. 10 - click here for all meeting dates and locations. 
If you can't make it to a meeting - no worries; you can download all the proposals and add your comments to our online forums here 
Upcoming Activities!  

On Time Registration Event

Oct. 9, 2011

1 PM - 4 PM

CAB, Greenville

Learn more here!


Michigan Legacy Art Park

Family Day

Oct. 10, 2011

1 PM - 4 PM

ML Art Park, Thompsonville

Learn more here!


Fall Camp Pride 

Weekend - Saki

Oct. 14-16, 2011

4 PM (Fri.) - 3 PM (Sun.)

Camp Saki, TC

Learn more here!


Fall Camp Pride Weekend - CAB

Oct. 21-23, 2011

4 PM (Fri.) - 3 PM (Sun.)

CAB, Greenville

Learn more here!


Be the Change

Oct. 29, 2011

1 PM - 3 PM 

CAB & Camp Saki

Learn more here!


Dazzling Masks

Oct. 29, 2011

3 PM - 5 PM *New Time

CAB & Camp Saki

Learn more here


Juliette Gordon Low Birthday Masquerade Party

Oct. 29, 2011

5 PM - 7 PM

CAB & Camp Saki

Learn more here



Nov. 5, 2011

1 PM - 4 PM 

Betsy Cutler House

Learn more here!


Girl University

Nov. 12, 2011 *New Date

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

Gilda's Club, GR

Learn more here


Anatomy of a Badge

Nov. 19, 2011

10 AM - 12:30 PM 

Muskegon, GR & TC

Learn more here!


Discover Nursing

Nov. 19

1 PM - 4 PM 


Learn more here!


Troop Banking Account Update
In the September Shore Essentials there was information regarding troop bank accounts. It's our intention to provide a portfolio of banks for use by troops/groups that will allow us the opportunity to provide support with your banking needs. 
We've listened to you...and many established troops/groups have expressed that they have strong and supportive business relationships with financial institutions that are not included on the list of GSMISTS banks. Therefore, we've made the exception to accommodate existing troops. If your troop has an established bank account and are willing to handle banking issues on your own, you will NOT be required to switch to the list of banks we provided
New troops/groups and Service Units with a new Director and Treasurer will still be required to use one of the GSMISTS approved banks.  
For questions or more information please contact
Membership Registration - Sign up today! 
Make sure to sign up today for the 2011-2012 Girl Scout Membership Year! You can download registration forms here


You may turn in your registration forms to a Service Center near you, fax it, mail it, or give it to any Council staff person


It's never been a better time to be a Girl Scout! 
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We've had a busy September gearing up for the new Girl Scout Membership Year, and are certainly looking forward to October...we hope you are too!
This past September some of our Girl Scouts from the Gerald R. Ford Middle School in Grand Rapids had a unique opportunity. These girls (22 of them) have been participating in the Kent County Prevention Coalition's Above the Influence Program, helping teens say no to drugs and alcohol, and instead, focus on achieving their dreams. 
Through this program
the girls had the chance to make "iCreate" pieces, which were included in an ArtPrize entry - a large quilt made from all these fantastic pieces.

(GSMISTS staff member Mary pictured with the quilt). 
To celebrate their hard work and dedication to the Above the Influence program the girls celebrated with an Above the Influence Black and White party at Celebration Cinema on 
September 15 where the ArtPrize entry was unveiled!
We're so proud of these girls for becoming amazing community role models and truly living out what it means to be a Girl Scout. Through this program and the work with these exceptional girls, Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore was also selected as a 2011 exemplary honoree and received the award at the Kent County Prevention Coalitions's annual meeting on September 27. Way to go girls!  


New Online Registration - eBiz!  

Starting October 6, GSMISTS will have a new online registration system called eBiz. All registered members of GSMISTS (who have a valid, council-verified email address) will now be able to register for programs and trainings, as well as RENEW your Membership Registration online.



Please visit our website and click the link to the eBiz portal on the homepage or contact our help desk to learn more.



Fall Product Sale Starts Oct. 17! 

Are you ready for the Fall Product Sale Program!? Just a friendly reminder that this year's program kicks off October 17 and runs through November 7, and it's not too late to jump on board! 


Don't miss out on this great opportunity - girls can participate in many different ways:

Girls Can Take Orders & Payment For:
  • Hundreds of magazines (new subscriptions & renewals).
  • Nuts, chocolates, collectible tins & gift boxes.
Mail-In Address Booklets:
  • Receive an address booklet & complete 11 addresses for family & friends.
  • $2 is earned for turning in a completed address booklet!
Online Orders & Learning Activities:
  • Visit us online here to learn more! 
  • No money to collect, no product to deliver - easy, fast & fun!
Optional Booth Sales (New this year!):
  • Troops can organize nuts/candy booth locations of their choice November 14 - December 4. 
  • Contact your Retail & Product Sales Manager to sign out product - return whatever doesn't sell!
For more information on all that's happening with the 2011 Fall Product Sale Program visit us online here
Moving & Shaking for our 100th!  
The Girl Scout 100th Anniversary is just around the corner and we're gearing up to celebrate this historic moment in a BIG way! The 100th Anniversary Planning is underway, and we have a group of dedicated adults spearheading four main committees:
  • Girls: Ensuring that girl-led and girl-inspired activities take place throughout the council in 2012 to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting!
  • Alumnae: Creating ways to connect and re-connect our alumnae to Girl Scouting. 
  • Gala: Planning for our big 100th celebration by organizing a celebration gala - in two locations (GR & TC) held at the same time and connected via video feed! 
  • PR/Communications: Ensuring our members and the community know about all our great 100th celebrations.
Be sure to look out for an Alumnae Facebook group and our 100th Anniversary Microsite by the end of October - details coming soon!
Family Champion Kicks Off!  
October 1 was the kick off to our 2011-2012 Family Champion Campaign, and we already have lots of donations coming in! But, it doesn't stop there - this year, our Family Champion Campaign has a few changes to help you with your fundraising goals. 
The campaign runs from October 1 - December 31 and each Service Unit will receive 10% of the funds they raise for the campaign. 
Also, new this year is the Family Champion website designed to help each Service Unit maximize their fundraising efforts. Service Unit Directors have already been given their websites, but you can find all SU pages and donate to your specific SU here. You're always welcome to donate the old fashioned way too! 
Thanks for your continued support!! 
Adult Learning Opportunities   

Make sure to check out all our Adult Volunteer Learning Opportunities in the VolunteerZone under "Adult Trainings." 


Click here to access the VolunteerZone Adult Trainings Calendar. (Please note: you will need to login to the VolunteerZone to access.)


Need a VolunteerZone login? Fill out this online form here to register.


Featured Upcoming Trainings:

It's Your Journey - Customize It Workshop

October 12, 2011

Allendale Township Library

6:30 PM - 8 PM 

Learn more here


Girl Scout Brand & Social Media 101 Workshop

October 22, 2011

Traverse City Service Center

9 AM - 1 PM 

Learn more here

October Coupon


25% OFF

One t-shirt when you purchase any vest/sash/tunic OR 

25% OFF one accessory item when you purchase
a t-shirt (if you already have a vest/sash/tunic).

Offer Valid: 10/06/2011 - 10/31/2011

Coupon only valid at Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore council shops. One coupon per customer. Cannot be combined with other coupons, discounts or sale items, including Club Shop coupons. Coupon must be present at time of purchase. Coupon NOT valid on phone or online orders. Other restrictions may apply.