December 3, 2012
Dear Girl Scout Family,
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.
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
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 Chávez, 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!
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.
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...
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.
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:
Plus, bring in extra supplies for our supply swap, Daisy's Closet.
- Program level training
- Travel & event planning
- Cookie Sale training
- Leadership Awards
- Rainy Day activities
- ... and much more!
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.
Work With Us
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!
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
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
Please help us keep our phone costs down by using the toll free number only when needed, 800 955-6032.
Waite Park 320 253-9403
Duluth 218 726-4715
All other offices 866 295-3820
Shop and Office Hours
M-F | 8:30-5:30
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