NEWS & UPDATES
Register for the Annual Meeting and Adult Recognition Ceremony
It's time to recap the year and celebrate the much appreciated dedication of volunteers. The 2013 Annual Meeting and Adult Recognition Ceremony will take place in Cape Girardeau, MO at the Drury Lodge. A few highlights of the morning include delegate voting on the new GSMH Board Members, a state of the council address by Board Chair Tina Stillwell, Treasurer's Report by Board Treasurer Mike Wolfe, and the fabulous annual silent basket auction. After a buffet lunch, volunteers who have been nominated by their peers and approved by a board recognition committee will be recognized for their dedication and service to GSMH.
An invitation with registration form was mailed today to all Girl Scout members ages 14 and older. You can also register online. We hope you will join us in person at Cape, but if you can't make it to Cape, you can join us for the Annual Meeting portion (only) at one of the conference call locations which include the Joplin Satellite Office, Springfield Service Center and the Jefferson City Service Center. (New this year, a few baskets will be positioned at the conference call locations for your silent auction bidding.) The Cape location cost is $18 and the conference call location cost is $5. There is also a kids program for 13 and under at the Cape location for an additional cost.
And we're looking for photos of you and other volunteers with your Girl Scouts! Please submit photos from the 2012-2013 Girl Scout year to Marketing/Brand Manager Brandi Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you there!
What Can a Girl Do Cookie Program Update
By now, initial orders have been placed and troops are waiting on deliveries ... but that doesn't mean that the selling has to stop! During the time between placing the initial order and the direct selling period, girls can continue to take pre-orders (using their mini order cards) for customers they may have missed. Did you know that most customers who are approached will buy Girl Scout cookies? And those who don't buy say they were not approached?
These additional pre-orders can be filled by extra cookies the troop has or by a visit to a local cookie cupboard. As always with cookies, there are multiple deadlines to keep in mind over the next few weeks:
Week of February 11
Cookie Delivery! Your service unit product program manager will notify you regarding the date, time, and place of your pick-up. At pick-up, you'll also receive deposit slips for council accounts, as well as any early recognition eco-totes that your girls may have earned for selling 155+ boxes during the initial selling period. Remember, when your girls pick up cookies from you, parents must sign a receipt to confirm that they received those cookies! Documentation is critical with the Cookie Program!
National Girl Scout Cookie Day! Keep your eyes open and ears perked because Girl Scouts will be in the media talking about cookies all day. And there will be all kinds of fun contests on Facebook and Twitter.
Booth and direct sales start! Service Center Cookie Cupboards are also open (they open February 8). If you're planning a booth on this first weekend, be sure to call ahead to a service center and have your cookies waiting for you to pick up in advance!
Next deadline to order cookie merchandise
What can you do now?
- Place a cookie merchandise order!
- Reserve a cookie booth kit with a tablecloth and costumes at your local service center.
- Enter your booth information in the Online Booth Locator tool in SNAP so that customers can find you!If your troop hasn't already scheduled a booth location and date with a local business, there is still time! Check with your service unit coordinator for more information. Your troop can also start brainstorming other direct selling activities. If you need ideas, check out your troop CD for a list.
- Keep taking pre-orders!!
- Strategize with your troop about how to reach their Cookie Program goal.
Council Crisis Phone Number - Changing
We will be changing the way crisis phone calls are handled for the 2013-2014 membership year. Currently, the neon green council Crisis Contact Card contains phone numbers by which council staff members may be reached in case of a crisis situation. These numbers will no longer be effective as of July 31, 2012. We have made it easier for you should a crisis situation occur. The new crisis cards will contain only one number available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and holidays. Once it is determined that this is a crisis situation, the operator will contact key staff members from the council until someone is reached. This will eliminate the need for you to continue calling different phone numbers should the first person be unavailable. Once reached, the council staff person will contact you via the phone number you left with the answering service, as well as institute the crisis management plan. New cards will be distributed with Early Bird Packets, Leader Packets, and given to all new leaders for the upcoming year. Although, the new phone number is active now and may be used, the phone numbers on the current neon green crisis cards will remain valid until July 31, 2013. If you would like to update your green card this year to the new number, it is 417-447-1265. Help us spread the word so that the new phone number is out there as we approach July. Please remember, this service is for true crisis situations. If it is not a crisis situation, you will be instructed to contact someone during regular GSMH business hours.
Certificates of Insurance and Non-Member Insurance
Please make note that all requests for certificates of insurance and non-member insurance should now be sent to email@example.com.
Sign Up for Service Days at GSMH Program Centers
Come out to camp for a day of fun with other Girl Scouts and their families to help ready our program properties for summer camping! There will projects for the whole family such as painting, cleaning, raking, carpentry and more.
There are four options:
- Saturday, April 27 from 9:00am to 1:00pm, Mintahama in Joplin, Missouri
- Saturday, May 4 from 9:00am to 1:00pm, Finbrooke in Rogersville, Missouri
- Saturday, May 11 from 9:00am to 1:00pm, Cherokee Ridge in Patterson, Missouri
- Saturday, May 18 from 9:00am to 1:00pm, Latonka in Wappapello, Missouri
A light breakfast and lunch will be provided along with childcare services for children ages 5 and under.
Registration is required. We want to have enough food for everyone!
To participate, complete a GSMH Event Registration
form and return it to any GSMH service center by April 19, 2013
Contact Property and Risk Manager Sandy Vaughn at 877-312-4764 x1514 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Are You a Delegate? Want To Be?
Are you interested in having a voice concerning governance issues facing GSMH? Be a delegate! There's still time - contact your membership marketing specialist or service unit manager today or go to girlscoutsmoheartland.org/pages/repsdelegates for information about delegates.
If you are already a delegate, please take the test online at girlscoutsmoheartland.org/pages/deltrain1. If you have any questions, please contact Executive Assistant Missy Cravens via email@example.com or 877-312-4764 x1124.
Register Now for Leader's Weekend
All GSMH volunteers are invited to Leader's Weekend April 12-14 at Finbrooke Program Center. Complete program information and registration packet is available at www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/leadersweekend. Registration closes March 4, 2013.
Program Centers Opening Soon
Spring is almost here and the program centers will soon be opening and ready for troops to enjoy all they have to offer. Day outings with hot dog roasts and s'mores made with Thanks-a-Lot cookies are always fun! Check out one of our activity boxes that includes planned activities and work sheets for all levels in fitness, fun, and ecology. Overnight outings are another exciting activity whether you're in a lodge, cabin, or tent!
To reserve a program property, complete a Property Reservation Form found at girlscoutsmoheartland.org/forms.
If you have questions, contact Property and Risk Manager Sandy Vaughn at 877-312-4764 x1514 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All winterized program centers will be open by April 12, 2013.
THE GIRL SCOUT PATHWAY NEWS
What's Up with Gold?
Just what is all the buzz about the Girl Scout Gold Award? Why should your girl "Go for the Gold?" The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open only to girls in high school, this prestigious award challenges her to change the world-or at least her corner of it, and be eligible for college scholarships, too. By the time she puts the final touches on her seven-step project, she will have solved a community problem-not only in the short term, but for years into the future.
We want to remind girls and advisers that the Girl Scout Gold Award is done by individual girls. This is different than the Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Awards. Each girl will have a team of people she works with to accomplish her goals, but each girl is in charge of her own project. Take a look at these other Frequently Asked Questions to help you on the quest for the Gold!
National Girl Scout Convention Trip
Hopefully your Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes received a travel postcard from GSMH recently. The year for the National Girl Scout Convention trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, was incorrectly printed. as 2013. The trip is October 15-19, 2014. If you have any questions about your girls attending this trip, please contact Leadership and Learning Specialist-GSLE Stefanie McCall at 1-877-312-4764 x1137 or email@example.com.
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: girlscoutsmoheartland.org/resources.
2/9/13 Joplin, MO DEADLINE PASSED
2/9/13 Pittsburg, KS DEADLINE PASSED
2/16/13 Cape Girardeau, MO SESSION FULL!
2/16/13 Perryville, MO
2/23/13 Dexter, MO
3/2/13 Hallsville, MO
3/9/13 Rogersville, MO
Registration Deadlines: 1/21/13, 1/28/13, 2/8/13, 2/15/13, 2/22/13
Springfield Little Theatre's Seussical The Musical:
Green Eggs and Girl Scouts (DBJC)
2/23/13 Springfield, MO
Registration Deadline: 2/11/13*
*Do not complete a GSMH Event Registration Form for this program. To register, please contact the Springfield Little Theatre box office at 417-869-1334.
Night at the Museum: Discovery Center Lock-in (DBJ)
3/1-3/2/13 Springfield, MO
Registration Deadline: 2/18/13
Brownie Journey Day (B)
3/9/13 Cape Girardeau, MO
4/6/13 Hallsville, MO
Registration Deadlines: 2/20/13 and 3/22/13
Magic of Chemistry: Fun with Polymers (JC)
3/9/13 Columbia, MO
Registration Deadline: 2/22/13
Magic of Chemistry Volunteer Training (CSA)
3/3/13 Columbia, MO
Registration Deadline: 2/22/13
De-Stress from Cookie Success! (DBJCSA)
3/16/13 Pittsburg, KS
Registration Deadline: 3/1/13
SHOP WITH US
Last Chance for 100th Anniversary, Year of the Girl, and Other Clearance Items
Take an additional 50 percent off already reduced 100th Anniversary merchandise! Year of the Girl merchandise is now 50 percent off the original price and don't miss our blowout clearance prices on previously marked down items!
National Girl Scout Cookie Day
February 8 is National Girl Scout Cookie Day and there's a fun patch available for purchase to commemorate the day. Visit the retail shops and check out our selection of the latest cookie-themed items and other fun patches.
New Spring Merchandise is Coming Soon!
|DISCOVER, CONNECT, TAKE ACTION
Girl Scout Troop 70258 helps local Humane Society
The girls of Junior Girl Scout Troop 70258 were inspired to help the local Humane Society while completing the Agent of Change Journey. The girls spent a meeting making no-sew fleece blankets for the animals at the shelter and worked with the parents to gather up supplies the Humane Society needs. On the day of the field trip to the Humane Society, the girls toured the facility and learned the requirements they have about volunteering at the shelter. The girls were very excited to know they could come back with a parent to help socialize the various animals at the shelter. While there, they saw how the blankets they made were used and they asked about how many the shelter could accept. Their leader then included the information in the service unit newsletter to encourage other troops in Columbia, MO, to make blankets to donate. The girls also spread the word to friends and family about the need for people to volunteer at the shelter. Submitted by Lora Brinkman.
| Quick Notes |
|TO DO THIS MONTH |
- Help your Girl Scouts deliver cookies!
- Schedule and begin booth sales
- Update the Council Crisis phone number in your records
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 website, or the link above, and use the following username & password for the 2012-2013 year:
These passwords are also valid for all online forms that require a password.
Service Centers &
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed (except Springfield)
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday Retail Shop Hours
Shops in Springfield and Jefferson City will be open Saturday, February 2 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Service centers and retail shops will be closed in all locations February 6, and February 18. The Dexter and Cape Girardeau Service Centers will close at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5 and reopen on February 7.
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