NEWS & UPDATES
Joplin Girl Scout Accepts the Bronze Cross Award
Alexis (Lexi) Prater of Joplin accepted the Bronze Cross award, the highest lifesaving honor bestowed by Girl Scouts of the USA, at a ceremony this month at Mintahama Program Center.
Lexi trusted her gut instincts that something terrible was about to happen on May 22, 2011 when she insisted that her family immediately leave their home when she saw a storm brewing. Minutes later, the Prater's home was leveled by the EF-5 tornado that devastated the community.
Thanks to Lexi's persistence, her parents, sister, and pets escaped the tornado, which left their home decimated. They sought refuge in her grandparents' basement a few blocks south, and although that home was damaged, they were unharmed. Lexi took three things with her as she fled her home: her dog, guinea pig and her Girl Scout Brownie sash.
The Bronze Cross is a Girl Scout Lifesaving award which has been part of the Girl Scout program since the start of the Movement 100 years ago. Lexi, then a Girl Scout Brownie with Troop 26271, was nominated by her leader, Holly Crane, with the approval of the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland council and Girl Scouts of the USA. The national award is given for saving a life or attempting to save a life with risk to the candidate's own life.
"Lexi demonstrated amazing courage and leadership in the face of a very dangerous and scary event," said Anne Soots, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland CEO. "We are proud of her for following her instincts and helping her family find safety in the midst of a devastating storm."
Does Your Troop Want to Work with a Pro Chef?
The Just Desserts fundraising event is back! The contest features professional chefs working with Girl Scout troops to create delicious treats each featuring a different variety of Girl Scout cookie. Just Desserts benefits Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland and will be Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau.
Your troop can 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 Renee Trout, resource development manager, by December 21, 2012.
Meet Your Product Program Specialists
In July, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland reorganized the staff structure to help provide clear direction and efficient service for our girls, parents, and volunteers. Our staff structure includes a product program specialist for each of our three regions. These specialists act as your staff go-to-person for things relating to the fall product program and Girl Scout Cookie Program.
Mary Beth Schwenck (Central Region), x1346
Jessica Hillis (Southeast Region), x1415
Karen Taylor (Southwest Region), x1126
February 1: Final Day for QSP Late Orders
Please note that February 1, 2013 is the final day to submit any late paper QSP orders, as well as resolve any recognition issues from the 2012 fall product program.
Order Girl Scout Cookie Program Merchandise Now
Girl Scout Cookie Program troop training for parents and girls begins next month. If you're interested in ordering Girl Scout Cookie Program patches, tablecloths, stickers, signs, and other merchandise, you can place your order now. Merchandise orders are due December 7, 2012, January 11, 2013, February 15, 2013, and March 15, 2013. The initial selling period for girls begins January 4, 2013.
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 a.m.-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
End 2012 with a Blowout Bash!
The Year of the Girl has been a memorable year for Girl Scouts, so we're ending it with a blowout bash! The 2012 Blowout Bash Lock-in will be the final celebration of our 100th Anniversary year. It will be held in each region, so all GSMH Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes can participate in this jam-packed event with a wide range of activities!
Cost is $20 for girls, $10 for adults, and includes a snack and patch. Register today! Contact your regional leadership and learning specialist-GSLE for details on the activities planned in your region.
2012 Blowout Bash Lock-in (BJC)
Sikeston - 12/7-12/8
Contact April Isbell, leadership and learning specialist-GSLE, SE region, with specific questions. Registration deadline extended to 11/21!
Jefferson City - 12/8-12/9
Contact Karen Lawrence, leadership and learning specialist-GSLE, Central region, with specific questions. Registration deadline extended to 11/16!
Springfield - 12/14-12/15
Contact Stefanie McCall, leadership and learning specialist-GSLE, SW region, with specific questions. Registration deadline 11/30
Cookie Chefs is now a PEP- Act Quickly!
Kick off the Girl Scout Cookie Program with your very own Cookie Chefs or Cookie Rally! In Cookie Chefs, girls will become culinary artists as they work as a team to follow a recipe or build a cookie creation, and then get to eat their masterpieces! The Five Skills Cookie Rally Ideas Program gives leaders ideas for making cookie rallies a learning opportunity for girls.
All leaders interested in ordering cookies for these PEPs should do so through their service unit cookie manager. Service unit cookie managers will submit the 2013 Service Unit Cookie Rally Extra Cookies Order Form to the council with payment. The deadline for ordering cookies is November 30, 2012 and the cost is $2.00 per box. All Girl Scout cookie varieties are available, but cookies may not be resold. Boxes will be marked to prohibit the reselling of cookies. Any questions about this process can be directed to your local product program specialist.
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: http://www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/pages/resources.
2012 Blowout Bash Lock-In (BJC) *Overnight
12/7 - 12/8 Cape Girardeau, MO
12/8 - 12/9 Jefferson City, MO
12/14 - 12/15 Springfield, MO
Registration Deadlines: 11/21/12, 11/16/12, and 11/30/12
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.
Holiday Shop for your Girl Scout at GSMH Shops
The GSMH retail shops will host the annual Holiday Open House during regular hours from November 29-December 1. The customer service assistants have planned to give away special treats and play holiday music. If you received a coupon between October 15 and November 28, it will be honored during this special event. Don't miss it!
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Troop holds rededication ceremony
Trinity Lutheran Girl Scout Cadette Troop 30758 recently completed a rededication ceremony to renew their pledge to live by the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
| Quick Notes |
|TO DO THIS MONTH
- Encourage your Girl Scout in the fall product program to turn orders into the troop leader by November 16.
- 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 Web site, 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 November 22 and 23, and December 24 through January 1.
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