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September 23, 2013


Dear Girl Scout Family  


One of the things I find so unique and effective about the Girl Scout program is the hands-on learning. This provides girls great business and life skills. One of our first hand-on learning programs is coming up with the Fall Product Sale.

Very soon your Girl Scout will be given the opportunity to operate her own business through the Fall Product Sale. Through this program, she'll have the opportunity to sell magazines, nuts, and chocolates to fund her Girl Scout activities. Plus, she'll earn some neat recognitions for herself (depending on amount of products sold). 

Items are delivered by Thanksgiving, which many girls have told me works great as a selling point for their customers! Want to learn more about the Fall Product Sale? Visit our website to learn more...

Parent permission slips are due on September 30. If you haven't received information about the Fall Product Program, let us know and we'll help your girl get started!   




Have you seen our 2013-14 Program Events & Activities Guide?  View it online today.

Keep the fun coming! If you haven't re-registered for the 2013-14 membership year, try our new convenient online registration process!

North Country Rock-N-Wilderness

To the wilderness and back again: Challenge yourself on this multi-sport adventure in the Northland! Picture yourself on a ropes course and scaling a rock wall, sea kayaking on a beautiful lake and then take off on a multi-day canoeing adventure through one of the most pristine wilderness areas in the country.


Lakes and Pines will once again be hosting a Girl Scouts of the USA  destination through our Northern Lakes Canoe Base. Girls from our council receive a special rate on this adventure. Learn more...




Fall Product Sale
Is your troop ready?

Lakes and Pines 2013 Fall Sale kicks off on October 1 with the email portion, while in person order taking begins on Saturday, October 5, is your troop ready? The Product Sales Team will be offering phone training on Monday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. for anyone who missed out on the in person trainings. Contact your Product Sales Specialist to "sign up". Community Product Sales Managers sale materials - girl packets and special print - arrived here last week. If yours hasn't arrived yet, please let us know.  


Cookie Program:

The Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread sample cookies arrived on September 5! Each troop will receive a sample package - regardless of the troop's participation in the pilot program. Please visit our Gluten Free webpage for more information; it's not too late to participate in the pilot, sign up today!  


Community Product Sales Managers...It's that time of year again, are you able to hold this position again for the 2014 Cookie Program? If you haven't held the position before and you are interested in learning what's involved, please contact your Product Sales & Finance Specialist. We need to forward contact information to our baker by September 25.



In the Shop

New! Fleece Vests for Adults!


Keep cozy in our new heavyweight fleece vest as summer fades to autumn. Full-zip front in navy, black tape trim, embroidered with our council name. Available sizes L - 2X. $20.00.


Great Start Set - everything girls need to get started in Girl Scouts!

Volunteer Resource Pack for adults - everything needed to be a great troop leader!


Browse our virtual Fall Catalog

Shop online at www.girlscoutshop.com




Safety for One and All

The safety of girls, volunteers and staff is always our number one priority.


Background Studies at GSMWLP:


The volunteer team is pleased to announce that they have developed one combined employee and volunteer policy for background checks.


All GSMWLP staff and volunteers will have a background checks completed this year and no less than every three years thereafter.


To align with our goals we have made this process simple.

  1. Review the attached policy
  2. Follow the online instructions
  3. Follow the instructions if you do not have computer access
  4. Ask your regional volunteer specialist if you have any questions.


  1. The background study is only one tool in our mission of safety.
  2. When working with girls always follow the rule of (3). Never be alone with a girl
  3. Keep yourself safe as you are very import people


In This Issue
Fall Product Sale Training
In The Shop
Safety for One and All
Volunteer Training
Contact us
Volunteer Updates

Volunteer Training 
Our volunteer
learning sessions are designed to enhance your leadership experience and support your role as a volunteer. Sign up today!

Fall Product Sale Training by conference call will be offered on Monday,
September 23, 6:00 p.m. for those who did not attend in person trainings. This training is suggested for Troop Product Sales Managers, Troop Leaders, and Community Product Sales Managers.  The training will be approximately one hour in length. 
To sign up and receive call in information, please contact Julie Bode by email jbode@gslakesandpines.org
by noon on September 23. It will be a great opportunity for you to get your questions answered by the Product Sales Team!

Bronze Cross Award

1:00 pm, Sunday, September 29, 2013 | Calvary Lutheran Church 112 Park Ave S, Park Rapids MN

Girl Scout Brownie Julia Harmon, daughter of Kim and Mark Harmon, will receive the Girl Scouts of the USA Bronze Cross lifesaving award for her efforts to save her little sister from drowning in January 2013. The Bronze Cross is a nationally recognized award and is presented when a girl had shown special heroism or had faced extraordinary risk of her own life to save another's life. A reception with punch will follow the ceremony.  Please contact Kim Harmon at 317-442-8145 for details or to RSVP.



Region 2  

UMD Bulldogs vs. North Dakota
Sunday, Feb. 9, 3:07pm 


The University of Minnesota Duluth Women's Hockey Team is proud to welcome area Girl Scouts to be part of the 4th Annual "Girl Scout Day with the Bulldogs" as they host the University of North Dakota on Sunday, February 9, 2014 in Duluth. In conjunction with the event, UMD will also celebrate the 28th Annual "National Girls and Women in Sports Day" at the game. All Girl Scouts, family members, and friends are invited to attend this special event and experience the fun and excitement of women's college hockey!More... 


Important Volunteer Dates

Sept. through Dec. 2013

Region 2 volunteers, mark down these important dates in your calendar for future reference!



GSUSA and AT&T Team Up to End Texting and Driving


GSUSA and AT&T are teaming up for It Can Wait, the national movement to end texting and driving. As It Can Wait advocates, Girl Scouts across the nation will educate their friends, family, and local communities about the dangers of texting while driving. GSUSA and councils will raise national awareness for the It Can Wait campaign by equipping girls to be role models at home, at school, and in the world.


This year, we're excited to help take the It Can Wait movement one step further with "Drive 4 Pledges Day" on September 19, 2013. While this Thursday is the launch of It Can Wait, girls can get involved and share their stories after the 19th. It Can Wait advocates will be asking every driver to join us in making a personal commitment not to text and drive-and recruiting others to do the same. To succeed in making texting and driving a thing of the past, we're going to need everybody's help. 


Why should you participate? The influence of just one person can have a tremendous impact. If you're not convinced, consider the results of a recent survey of teen drivers conducted by ConnectSafely.org and AT&T. The survey found that 78 percent say they're likely not to text and drive if friends tell them it's wrong or stupid. Furthermore, 90 percent say they would stop texting while driving if a friend in the car asked them to, and 93 percent say they would stop if a parent in the car asked them to.



Comfy Giveaway


Custom Comfort Beds has donated three $250 gift certificates! To put your name in the drawing email Michelle Hedgren (mhedgren@gslakesandpines.org) with "Comfy Giveaway" in the subject line.  You must be registered for the 2013-14 membership year to win. Winners will be notified via email and names will be announced in E-Weekly.


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