NEWS & UPDATES
Is Your Girl Scout Registered?
It's almost cookie time! Did you know that more than 80 percent of Girl Scouts say that they love being part of the Girl Scout Cookie Program? They do! Don't let paperwork keep them from being able to sell this year. In order to participate in the Cookie Program, all girls must be registered for the 2012-2013 Girl Scout year. Leaders will not be given packets for unregistered girls at their trainings.
There are several easy ways to submit your registration forms:
- Registration forms may be mailed or delivered by hand to any GSMH service center.
- If you are paying with a credit card, you may also email or fax your completed registration form.
- Your membership marketing specialist can pick up your registration forms and give you a receipt at a service unit meeting or event.
We look forward to every registered Girl Scout working towards her own Cookie Program goals in 2013!
Put a Basket in the Fourth Annual Basket Auction!
How would you like to create and donate an original basket of goodies to benefit girls who may not otherwise get to participate in Girl Scouts? The Annual Basket Auction is coming soon and benefits the financial assistance program at GSMH! Be part of our annual celebration and raise funds for girls in the GSMH service area.
How it works:
1. Choose a theme for your "basket."
2. Complete the 2013 Basket Auction Submission Form with information about your "basket" and submit it to Resource Development Manager Renee Trout by January 31, 2013.
3. Collect treats, toys, or any items relating to your theme from your service unit and put them in a basket, box, or some sort of container.
4. Submit your completed basket to a GSMH service center by Friday, March 1, 2013.
Baskets will be auctioned off at the GSMH Council Celebration and Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 23, 2013. The financial assistance program is available for annual membership dues and most GSMH programs.
If you have questions, contact Resource Development Manager Renee Trout
at 877-312-4764 x1418.
GSUSA Lifts Restrictions on Money-Raising Efforts for Sandy Recovery
In response to all the outpouring of offers to help, GSUSA has lifted fundraising restrictions to enable girls to raise money for Girl Scouting recovery efforts in the eight councils affected by Hurricane Sandy. This means that interested troops will be able to submit applications for money earning activities to raise funds on behalf of our sister councils in New Jersey and New York. Please note that all current GSMH money earning guidelines still apply and all activities should be completed by December 31. If you have any questions about the money earning application process, please contact Chief Development Officer Angie Robinson Sullivan at 877-312-4764 x1343 or via email.
GSUSA has also established a Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund to help address the needs of councils affected by the storm. To give, go to https://donate.girlscouts.org/hurricanerecovery where you will find links to the online giving sites for all eight councils, as well as the giving form for the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.
Adult Recognition Forms Now Available
Do you know someone that is doing outstanding service in their area? If so, now is the time to recognize them! Council and service unit award nomination forms are available online and we're waiting for your nominations. Go to girlscoutsmoheartland.org/recognitions to review the available awards, criteria, and nomination procedures.
Council awards include the Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks and Thanks II Badges along with a new pin this year called the Volunteer of Excellence. Council awards criteria has been revised, so please review it carefully before completing a nomination. In addition, volunteers with 25 or more adult years of service (in 5-year increments) will be recognized at the Volunteer Recognition Ceremony in March.
Service unit awards include the Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Volunteer, Juliette Low Community Partnership Award, and Years of Service from 5-20 years in 5-year increments.
Please review the nomination procedures for each award. Submission deadline is December 28. If you have questions, please contact Leadership and Learning Specialist - Volunteerism Shirley Stevens via email or 877-312-4764 x1513.
CPR and First Aid Training Available
A CPR and First Aid Training is scheduled for Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Jefferson City Service Center. The training will be from 8:00 am-12:00 noon and cost is $35. The registration deadline is January 5, 2013 and there is an 8 person minimum to hold the training. Please note the training time has changed from what is listed in the 2012-2013 Volunteer 411.
To register, complete the Training Registration Form and submit it with payment to any GSMH service center. Please use a separate form for each individual. Participants should bring pencil, paper, a blanket, sack lunch/drink, and their Girl Scout training card.
THE GIRL SCOUT PATHWAY NEWS
Are you looking for a great holiday gift that helps a good cause? The Cooking for Europe Cookbook is now on sale for the only $5.00 and all proceeds will go toward travel scholarships for Girl Scouts at GSMH! Girls who went on the council-sponsored Europe trip in 2012 created the cookbook to raise funds. Now that their trip is over the cookbooks will raise money to send other girls on the trips of their dreams. Books are limited, so get to a council shop to get yours while they last!
GSMH Goes to Washinton DC
The deadline to apply for the Washington DC trip is just around the corner. Girls have until January 4, 2013 to register and pay a $100 deposit to hold a spot. Girls can use cookie credit to help pay for the trip and can apply for financial assistance. There are two travel options for girls on this trip:
- Fly from St. Louis to Washington, DC July 6 and return July 10 - $1,200
- Ride the Amtrack from St. Louis on July 5 to arrive in Washington, DC July 6 and return on July 10 to arrive in St. Louis July 11 - $990
Cost includes transportation, hotel with four people per room, breakfast and dinner, and some attractions.
To register, please complete an Event Registration Form
and return it to a service center by January 4, 2013. A $100 deposit is required to hold your spot and the balance is due June 15, 2013. Please contact Leadership and Learning Specialist - Travel Pathway Stefanie McCall with any questions via email
or 877-312-4764 x1137.
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 (DB)
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
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 $15 Adult Guides/Journey book sets.
Have Some Holiday Shopping to Do?
Be sure to stop by the GSMH retail shops - they're full of great gift items and fun patches for your Girl Scout! New Adora Dolls are available as well as Precious Moments ornaments and gift certificates. Ask a customer service assistant at any location for more information.
|DISCOVER, CONNECT, TAKE ACTION
Girl Scout Troop 61024 Raises Awareness of Bullying Prevention Resources
Girl Scout Junior Troop 61024 earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award focusing their project on bullying prevention. The girls developed badges and worked to raise awareness of the issue in their community. Watch this webinar to learn more about bullying: Healthy People 2020 Spotlight on Health: Bullying Among Adolescents Webinar.
| Quick Notes |
|TO DO THIS MONTH |
- Look at the Girl Scout Cookie Program merchandise and decide what to order for the upcoming program!
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 open Saturday, December 1 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Service centers and retail shops will be closed in all locations December 24 through January 1.
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