NEWS & UPDATES
Help Your Girl Scout Meet Her Cookie Program
Goals in 2013
If you've attended Girl Scout Cookie Program training for service units, then you already know that "What can a girl do?" is this year's Cookie Program
theme. You also learned that there's more to Girl Scout cookies than what's in the box. Selling Girl Scout cookies teaches goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics--all essential life skills.
Now the service units are passing that information on to everyone else! Service units will be conducting troop cookie trainings all month, so don't miss yours! Initial order-taking begins January 4 and service units will be holding cookie rallies during that month.
Other dates to remember
- Initial order taking ends January 21.
- Initial orders due to troop January 22.
- Direct sales will run February 9-March 10. This includes cookie booths, caravans, and cookie stands. Cookie booths should have 3-4 registered girls accompanied by 2 registered adults.
- Girls can continue to take orders to be filled when cookies are delivered.
- Cookies delivered to service units and troop pick-ups scheduled February 11-16.
Essay Contest: We Want to Know Your Story!
We always want to hear from Girl Scouts; but, since it's time for a GSMH essay contest, we especially want to hear from you! Volunteers are encouraged to participate by answering the guiding question: How have your Girl Scouts grown during their Girl Scout Leadership Experience? And don't forget to encourage your Girl Scouts to submit an essay answering the guiding question for her age category. Guiding questions can be found on the cover of the just-mailed girl newsletters.
Essays should be 1 page long or less and submitted by January 15, 2013. You can email your submissions to email@example.com with "Essay Contest" as the subject or mail to GSMH, Attn: Marketing/Brand Manager (Essay), 210 S. Ingram Mill Rd, Springfield, MO 65802. Please remember to include your first and last name, address, city and state, and troop number (if applicable).
Each category winner will receive her choice between a GSMH hoodie or a $20 gift certificate for any GSMH retail shop. All entries become property of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, Inc. and may be used or reproduced in publications, informational and/or promotional materials, or online.
It's Not Lunch or Dinner; It's Just Desserts!
The Just Desserts fundraiser benefiting the financial assistance program at Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is back! Join us for this delicious contest featuring dessert creations by local chefs using Girl Scout cookies. Bring your sweet tooth because you'll get to sample all the tempting treats and then vote for your favorite!
February 7, 2013
5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Tickets are available for purchase at the Girl Scout Cape Girardeau Service Center, 1432 Kurre Lane or by phone at 877-312-4764 x1418. Ticket prices are $25 per person. Proceeds from this tasty event will help more girls discover a strong sense of self, connect in a diverse world, and take action in their communities.
Your troop can still participate!
Troops will be paired with local Cape Girardeau chefs and asked to create a unique dessert recipe using Girl Scout cookies. Interested troop leaders should contact Resource Development Manager Renee Trout by December 21, 2012 via firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-312-4764 x1418.
Plan to Attend the Council Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Event
All registered Girl Scout members ages 14 and older are invited to the 2013 GSMH Annual Meeting. This year's meeting will be held on March 23, 2013 at Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau. An invitation and registration form will be mailed in late January and will provide further information regarding price, lodging and time.
In conjunction with the Cape Girardeau location, the annual meeting will be made available via conference call from three additional locations--the Joplin Satellite Office, Springfield Service Center and Jefferson City Service Center.
We hope you will be able to join us!
Save the Date for Annual Young Women of Distinction Celebration!
The GSMH Young Women of Distinction Celebration will be held on June 1, 2013 in the southeast region. Stay tuned for more location information and details coming soon!
THE GIRL SCOUT PATHWAY NEWS
Let a Perfectly Effortless Program (PEP) do your planning for you. Information about 11 PEPs is available on page 18 of the Volunteer 411, but we're always adding new themes and resources for you. This month we are excited to introduce the Mathtastic PEP!
STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is hot right now and Girl Scouts is right in the mix with our programs like Magic of Chemistry and Engineering for Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes. Get your troop excited about math and have a lot of fun at the same time. Ask your local membership marketing specialist or leadership and learning specialist about the Mathtastic PEP. Questions? Contact Leadership and Learning Specialist-GSLE Karen Lawrence at email@example.com or 877-312-4764 x1329.
Service Unit Spotlight:
Cole County Service Unit
By Angie Peth
Membership Marketing Specialist
This fall, the Cole County Service Unit hosted its annual Trick or Treat 4 Cans Drive. Girl Scouts collected 3,600 pounds of food for Samaritan Center, which will reach 1,900 people locally! This was an excellent collection. We increased last year's donation by 300 pounds! Samaritan Center was very excited for the donation and, more importantly, the formation of this annual project will continually assist families in the fall before the busy holiday season.
On November 10, the service unit volunteers pooled together the efforts of many state, federal, and local agencies to put on a Safety Day Badge Workshop. Girls learned many new skills ranging from first aid, CPR, Stranger Day, nature skills, emergency management, and so much more. Girls also had the chance to see the ins-and-outs of how an ambulance works, how a fire truck operates, the daily tasks of a police officer, and SEMA's emergency management. The day's success was truly a model of the mission of what we strive to teach the girls every day. More than 175 Girl Scouts participated, along with the siblings and family, making the day's attendance more than 300.
We are still making strides in growing our membership. Registrations continue to arrive on a daily basis and as our fall product program has come to a close; we thank everyone who helped support that project. Leaders are now gearing up, getting trained, and are excited for our upcoming Girl Scout Cookie Program. The new Mango Crèmes are surely something to get excited about!
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.
Advanced Cookie Chefs (CSA)
1/11/13 Finbrooke Program Center
1/22/13 Cape Girardeau, MO
1/27/13 Silver Meadows Program Center
1/29/13 Dexter, MORegistration Deadlines: 12/21/12, 1/4/13, 1/11/13, 1/15/13
Girl Scout Brownie Science Day at Missouri State University (B)
1/26/13 Springfield, MORegistration Deadline: 1/14/13
Health + Happiness = Hy-Vee (DBC)
2/2/13 Springfield, MORegistration Deadline: 1/25/13
Engineering for Juniors (J)
2/9/13 Columbia, MO
Registration Deadline: 1/25/13
Engineering for Cadettes (C)
2/9/13 Columbia, MO
Registration Deadline: 1/25/13
2/9/13 Joplin, MO
2/9/13 Pittsburg, KS
2/16/13 Cape Girardeau, MO
2/16/13 Perryville, MO
2/23/13 Dexter, MO
3/2/13 Hallsville, MO
3/9/13 Rogersville, MO
Registration Deadlines: 1/21/13, 1/28/13, 2/8/13, 2/15/13, 2/22/13
SHOP WITH US
Adult Volunteers Save 33% Off Adult Guides/Journey Book Sets!
GSMH is pleased to offer a special promotion in support of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) and adult volunteers. Through December 31, 2012, adult volunteers and facilitators will save $5 off the regularly priced $15 Adult Guides/Journey book sets.
Watch for New Clearance Markdowns in January!
|DISCOVER, CONNECT, TAKE ACTION
Girl Scout Troop 70222 Participate in Living Windows Event in Jefferson City
Girl Scout Troop 70222 in Russellville wave to the passing crowd after performing a routine the night of November 30 in the window at Tolson Drug during the annual Living Windows event in downtown Jefferson City. Photo by Kris Wilson.
| Quick Notes |
|TO DO THIS MONTH |
- Attend Your Troop Cookie Program Training
- Encourage your Girl Scouts to write a submission for the essay contest and write one yourself
- Begin making plans for your January Cookie Rally
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:
Service Centers &
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Closed (except Springfield)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Saturday Retail Shop Hours
Shops in all locations will be closed on Saturdays in January.
Service centers and retail shops will be closed in all locations December 24 through January 1, January 7, and January 21.
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