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December 3, 2012

Dear Girl Scout Family,


Cookie with Sash This past week we announced 5 council sponsored Cookie Rallies  will be held around our council. At only $4 per girl, these events will draw hundreds of girls from around our council who want to become Cookie Professionals. Like our other programs, we're even opening up the events so any girl in kindergarten through grade 6 can launch a Cookie Business by paying $16 and attending a Rally. 


I was working on the announcement when Forbes Magazine was releasing their November 28 issue. Inside Forbes was an article  called 5 Lessons Girl Scouts Can Teach Women Entrepreneurs About Social Media. The article shared that "80% of the 8.3 million women who own businesses in the United States were Girl Scouts." The article goes on to share the tips for small businesses to grow social media.  


When those two things came together at the same time I let out a "Whoop!" you could probably hear from your place. Girl Scouts couldn't ask for better promotion of what our Cookie Program offers for girls!   


In just a few days we'll be announcing our second round of Series programming called It's Your Business - Run It at several locations throughout our council service area. I've got my fingers crossed that another national news story will be there to back us up. 


Have a great Girl Scout week, my friends. Here's hoping you have a "Whoop!" week!





All Girl Scout Offices will be closed Dec 24-Jan 1.


E-Weekly will take a break--no issues Dec 24 & Dec 31.   

Blog Network

Check out our blogs for updates from regional staff teams:

Region 1 Bemidji/Hibbing offices

     Reading Club Fun

     Be a Cookie Rock Star! 

Region 2 Duluth Regional Center/Wisconsin

Region 3 Brainerd & Mora offices

Region 4 Alexandria & Willmar offices

     It's Your Business--Run It!  

Region 5 Waite Park Regional Center      


Connections Newsletter

The Winter 2012 issue of Connections Newsletter is on its way to you. Can't wait? Visit www.gslakesandpines.org to view a copy online.


Equal Futures App Challenge

The Equal Futures App Challenge asks girls to create an app that promotes civic education and/or inspires other girls to serve as leaders in our democracy.


Anna Maria Ch�vez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, will serve as a judge in the White House's Equal Futures App Challenge. Notable apps will be highlighted on the White House website and in the White House blog. For more on the challenge, go to http://equalfutures.challenge.gov/.  



Discount Tickets: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

For our Girl Scout Friends & Family we have a few discount tickets left for the Minneapolis Children's Theater rendition of How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Saturday December 8. Only $32/girl or $40/adult. Contact Anastacia to get yours today!  


Add a friend 

Don't forget about our Add a Friend program. When your Girl Scout invites a friend to join, complete & send in this form with the application and each girl receives a free patch (plus gets entered into a drawing for other valuable prizes!). Check it out...  

What did you do today?
Whether your girl is involved in a troop or participates in events, camp, or series, Lakes and Pines offers an array of activities to help her discover, connect, & take action in Girl Scouting. View all council sponsored programs....

Below are exciting updates for our coming events!  

Cookie Rallies
There are 5 council-sponsored Cookie Rallies being planned. Cost is only $4 per girl for fun interactive games to help girls learn about operating their own Cookie Business. We are currently seeking adult and teen volunteers in all areas to help plan and/or be part of the events. More information will be forthcoming, but we hope you will SAVE THE DATE & plan to join us!

High School  |  Brainerd MN

January 5, 1-4 p.m.


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church  |  Duluth MN

January 28, 530-8 p.m.


Lincoln Elementary School  |  Hibbing MN

January 12, 12-230 p.m.


Senior High School Gym  |  Sauk Centre MN

January 12, 12-3 p.m.


Rivers Edge Convention Center  |  St Cloud MN

January 5, 1-4 p.m


Ready to register? Use the Council Program Registration form     


Volunteers make the difference

Timely updates for GS volunteers.  


Delegate Training Cancelled 

Due to the absence of proposals to amend the By-Laws, the Delegate Training has been cancelled for both December 6 and December 11. Any questions, contact Katie Koester at 320-247-4560.


Delegates Needed 
Want to be a part of the democratic process of our Girl Scout Council?  Perhaps you would serve as a delegate representing your area. Learn more...


New Leader Training

Learning sessions help you in your role as a Girl Scout volunteer. Session dates & registration...  


Fall Regional Training Day | December 8 

Let us treat you to lunch and workshops that enhance your volunteer experience! Session choices include:
  • Program level training
  • Travel & event planning
  • Cookie Sale training
  • Leadership Awards
  • Rainy Day activities
  • ... and much more!
Plus, bring in extra supplies for our supply swap, Daisy's Closet.


Don't miss this! Register today!  


NEW! GSMWLP Finance Policies have been updated Guidelines for everything from  managing the Girl Scout Bank Account to securing sponsors. 
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Join our staff team

We have an opening for Director of Finance and Technology. The Director of Finance and Technology manages all aspects of the Finance and Technology for the Council.  Resumes due December 12.   


In the Shop


FREE GIFT with $45 Purchase! Free Gift with Purchase

Receive a free Girl Scout 6" plush pal ($6.25 value) when your purchase from Lakes & Pines Girl Scout shops totals $45, now through Dec. 21. Choose from assorted styles including: panda, giraffe, frog, tiger, black bear, wolf, pig, buffalo, and alligator. Keep your free gift or share it with a Girl Scout friend!


20% off Holiday Gifts for Girl Scouts!

  • All Adora 18" Girl Scout dolls and fashion outfits - 20% off!
  • All Precious Moments Girl Scout figurines - 20% off!
  • All Colorbӧk Girl Scout craft kits - 20% off!

Holiday shopping is fun and affordable at Lakes & Pines Girl Scout Shops!


November "E-Shopper" for Girl Scout Volunteers




Contact us

Our phone system can now transfer you to any office. 


  Waite Park  320 252-2952 

  Duluth  218 726-4710

  Alexandria  320 759-1196

  Bemidji  218 751-4886

  Brainerd  218 828-3515

  Hibbing  218 263-1596

  Mora  320 679-6807  

  Willmar  320 235-2125


Toll Free

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General inquiries 



  Waite Park 320 253-9403

  Duluth 218 726-4715  

  All other offices 866 295-3820


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