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February 4, 2013

Dear Girl Scout Family,


Yesterday afternoon I went to a Superbowl Party put on by a radio station (a friend of mine won tickets). While I was getting ready for the game to start I was chatting with other attendees. You might be surprised (or maybe you wouldn't... ) how many people asked me why there weren't Girl Scouts there selling cookies!  Around this time of year everybody's hungry for their favorites, I guess.



This coming Friday, February 8, Booth Sales start. It just so happens that Girl Scouts of the USA has announced Friday is Girl Scout Cookie Day. There's been a lot of interest in the national media covering the event, so you'll probably be seeing and hearing more about it.  If you were going to bring your Girl Scout to your office for a "milk & cookie break" to sell cookies, Friday might be the perfect day to do it.  Don't forget that there's nametags, posters, and flyers to use at your Booth Sales on girlscoutcookies.org.

Other things to keep in mind  ...

Have a great week, Girl Scouts! 



Regional Blogs

Check out our blogs for updates from your regional staff team. Click on your region # below for updates specific to your area, or check out what's happening around the council. We've highlighted updates of interest to multiple areas. 


Region 1 Bemidji/Hibbing offices 

Women in Herstory  |  Central Lakes College,  Saturday, March 2

Region 2  Duluth Regional Center 

Region 3 Brainerd & Mora offices

Region 4 Alexandria & Willmar offices

Region 5 Waite Park Regional Center

New Thank You e-cards 

Region 5 Spring Training  |  April 27  



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Every girl who participates gets a patch ... one lucky girl will get $100 off her Summer Camp adventure!   
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!

Girls Night Out: SPA-tacular Hibbing Mall Sleepover Hibbing, MN  |  Feb 23  |  8:00 PM to 7:00 AM

Grades: 4-12  |  Hibbing, MN

(Complements the It's Your World- Change It! Journey) Explore the impact of sights and sounds, create and use your own spa concoctions, and enjoy a night of SPA-tacular fun. Cost includes breakfast, program supplies, patch.

Registration extended to February 11, 2013 $2 late registration fee will apply. More information...  



Girls Night Out: Pajama Party! Irongate Mall, Hibbing  |  Feb 23  |  6:30 PM to 9:00 PM  |  Grades K-3 

Come in your pajamas and be ready for a fun night at the mall! Bring a friend to the Best Pajama Party ever where you will take part in a Girl Scout sing-along, pizza party, "pamper yourself" time and do a cool art project. Registration Deadline Extended to February 11, 2013 $2 Late registration fee will apply.More information... 


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Join us for the It's Your Business, Run It Series 


Start Date Changed for Bemidji Series...

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013

It's Your Business, Run It!

United Methodist Church; Bemidji

3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Join us for 6 sessions of after school fun (plus an additional service project day)! Learn to earn by running a Girl Scout cookie booth business and setting personal and group goals to do great things!  Each session includes program time and homework help, plus you'll operate your own Cookie Business and earn your way towards future fun!


Girl's Night Out: Spa-Tacular Mall Sleepover at the Kandi-Mall in Willmar 
Enjoy a night of SPA-tacular fun. Then dance the night away to a local DJ!
$30/girl, $5/adults - girls can use up to $10 in Cookie Dough. Cost includes evening snack, breakfast, custom patch, and all program supplies. There will even be the option to purchase mall sleepover t-shirts! More Information... 

Saturday, February 9 is National Girls and Women in Sport Day at St. Cloud State University. Girls in 8th grade and under get in FREE to the women's hockey game vs. the University of Wisconsin Badgers. More Information... 


Volunteers make the difference

Timely updates for GS volunteers.   


Volunteer Recognition
Thank You

Please take time to submit your nomination for someone in your community in recognition of being an awesome Girl Scout volunteer.

Help us honor our local volunteers.

Recognition of our awesome volunteers is always on our mind. How do we show individuals that they are changing the lives of girls and impacting their communities and our world for years to come, and how important they really are? What can we say that will speak as loudly as the smile and giggle of one girl? What token can we buy that will last longer than the memory of one girl's gold award project?

Recognizing that we can not and will not compete with the true meaning and satisfaction that volunteering for Girl Scouts brings,  it is still important for  staff and volunteers  to  have an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the dedication and service our volunteers freely give to the girls in their communities.

Our adult recognition celebrations are  held in the spring  each year. Please fill out a nomination form  with your suggestion as to whom you would like to nominate to receive one of the following awards: Thanks Badge, Thanks Badge II, Honor Pin, Appreciation Pin, President's Award or Volunteer of Excellence.


Check out the descriptions for all of these awards at Volunteer Recognition


SUN News  

Check out the latest edition of the Service Unit News (SUN) with important updates for all GSMWLP Volunteers. Read SUN News  


New Leader Training

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


Special Note to Troop Cookie Volunteers
Great resources for Cookie Professionals to use with their business. Visit the Tools for Selling section of  www.girlscoutcookies.org.

For more details about the 2013 Cookie Program check out the Answer Book distributed at Training or visit the Cookies for Volunteers page of our website.

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Upcoming Event

Join us at
Dreams to Reality! 

St. Cloud Area:  

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Blackberry Ridge in Sartell


Twin Ports Area:  

Tuesday, April 2, 2013  

at the Kitchi Gammi Club in Duluth


The event runs from 5:30 p.m. -  

8:30 p.m. and is an opportunity to celebrate and support leadership development for girls. Please join us for reception Hors d'oeuvres, wine tasting, silent auction, and live entertainment!  

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, visit our website.  



In the Shop


World Thinking Day Awards at Lakes & Pines Shops! World Thinking Day Patch


Every year on Feb. 22, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world celebrate their international sisterhood. We "think and remember" our shared values and seek to learn about the diverse cultures we live in. World Thinking Day awards are in stock in Duluth and Waite Park Girl Scout shops, $1.25 each. Because of their seasonal demand, World Thinking Day award returns will be accepted through March 8. For background information and award activities, click here . World Thinking Day patches can be worn on the front of a Girl Scout's tunic, sash, or vest.


February E-Shopper for Girl Scout volunteers


Countdown till 2012 cookie dough expires on April 30: 12 weeks + 1 day



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


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  Duluth 218 726-4715  

  All other offices 866 295-3820


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