Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore's Shore Essentials
GSMISTS  I  December 12, 2016
 
"I'm Prepared" PSA


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"Watch Me Shine"
Anthem 



Celebrate with us! Check out our  new Girl Scout anthem and sing along at the top of your lungs.
Community Partners
We are honored to work with community partners who offer opportunities for girls to enhance their Girl Scout Leadership Experience. To check out the latest offerings, click here.
Calendar of Events
Be sure to check out our

* Get Moving!  on January 7 at Hope College. Juniors will have the opportunity to earn three prestigious Girl Scout leadership awards - Energize, Investigate, and Innovate. Girls will have hands-on participation in learning about energy and energy issues. 

on January 7 at Van Andel Arena. Girl Scouts are invited to attend our 2017 Cookie Kickoff at the Grand Rapids Griffins' Hockey Game. For questions or to sign up by phone, please contact Zack Krywyj at 616-774-4585 ext. 3060.

Movie Madness
CKC Service Unit will be hosting a Movie Madness event on January 20-21. In this overnight event, girls will enjoy three movies, music patch, and activities. The cost includes unlimited pop & popcorn! 

* Michigan Winter Try-Athlon on February 5. The Try-Athlon is a family friendly event for people who want to try the sports of luge, ice speed skating, and cross country skiing. This event is geared towards people who have never tried these sports. No big awards. No pressure to win. Just fun experiencing a sport you have never tried before. Questions?  Mark Jastrzembski at  madmarks@frontier.com  or call (231) 828-4627.
 
 * Grand Rapids Drive Girl Scout Night on February 25.  Join us for a fun night of basketball for all girls!  Custom patch will be available along with a voucher for hot dog/soda and there will be a post-game free throw shot. To sign up, contact Tess Russo at trusso@nbagrandrapids.com or 616-328-7092.

Open Your Eyes: The Power of Art on February 25 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Scouts will practice their critical thinking skills as they explore the art of Ai Weiwei, internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist. This event is a natural tie-in to Girl Scout World Thinking Day, a day of international friendship that focuses on issues that affect girls and young women.
Community Events
A Scout is Reverent Cub Scout Retreat   on January 14,  join other Catholic Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls and their families for a day of faith and age-appropriate activities.
Troop Management
Troop Management Sessions have been added. Night & weekend dates are available! Click here  for details.
Day Camps
Interested in having a Day Camp in your area? We are looking for Day Camp Directors. Please email mvp@gsmists.org if you are interested in learning more.
Service Unit Troop Events
If you are holding local events that are open to the entire council, we would love to help you promote it! We are looking for events that are Girl Scout badge based, financial literacy, healthy living, etc. Please complete and submit this form for consideration.
Save the Date
Save the date for these upcoming events. More information coming soon.

* Gold Award Ceremony - March 18 at Camp Anna Behrens.

 * Adult Recognition & Annual Meeting - April 22 at Camp Anna Behrens.
The December 
Snowball Sale is here!
Cookie Dough expires 1/29/17 
 

On-Time Tees Are Here
On-time registration T-shirts are at the Service Centers and are ready to be picked up. They can also be mailed with paid shipping charges. Please contact us with questions.

Check out our Website!
 
Our council website has recently been updated to help simplify the navigation for both families and volunteers. 

Please note: The link to our eBiz registration system is now located under For Adults/Current Volunteers  here .
 

 
Additional changes include:
  • About Us - GSMISTS governance, 2017 national convention, staff directory, and council newsletters.
  • For Girls - Girl Scout Journeys, Badges, and other activities by age and grade level.
  • For Adults - Resources for new and current volunteers, adult membership, alumnae and adult education/recognition.
  • Programs - STEM, community partners program, Girl Scout awards & scholarships, travel, and Mackinac Island Honor Scouts.
  • Cookies & More - Information and resources in support of the Girl Scout cookie sale.
  • Calendar of Events - Information and registration for upcoming council events.
If you have any questions or feedback regarding the website, please don't hesitate to contact us
Volunteer Invite-a-Friend

As a Girl Scout volunteer, you introduce girls to fun, new, and unique experiences every day, and help them find their spark as they prepare to practice a lifetime of leadership.

From November 15 to December 15, invite a friend to start a new Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop, and everyone wins! 

Plus, when you double the friends, you double your prize-$100 for you to spend at the online  Girl Scout Shop. GSUSA also gives a  Volunteer Resource Pack (a $50 value) to each friend.

Membership News
The following service units have met at least:
 
85% of their girl membership goal: (these Units will receive .50 per registered girl in the December payout as stated in the Service Unit Scorecard)   
  • Rogers City/Onaway (107%) - GOAL!!!!
  • Oscoda (90%)
  • Byron Center/Rabbit Run (108%) - GOAL!!!
  • White Lake (89%)
  • Charlevoix (86%)
  • Belding/Greenville/Five Cities (86%)
        Great work to all!
 
65% of their girl membership goal : (these Units will receive .25 per registered girl in the December payout as stated in the Service Unit Scorecard)
  • Riverbend/Hudsonville/Allendale/Wyoming (67%)
  • Flat River (76%)
  • CKC/North Park (72%)
  • Rockford/North Kent (80%)
  • Forest Hills (82%)
  • Ionia/Portland/Tri-Cities/Lakewood (71%)
  • Mecosta/Chippewa Hills/Morley/Stanwood (76%)
  • Greater Montcalm (78%)
  • Reeths Puffer/North Muskegon (78%)
  • Fremont/Holton/Hesperia (73%)
  • Ravenna (70%)
  • Mason County (72%)
  • Otsego (78%)
  • Kalkaska/Antrim (79%)
  • Cheboygan (80%)
  • EBO/West  (82%) 
  • Muskegon Metro/West Muskegon  (71%)
  • Cherry Valley/Kentwood (67%)
  • Norton Shores/Fruitport (66%)
  • Zeeland (65%)
  • Grand Haven/Spring Lake (67%)
  • Alpena/Montmorency (74%)
Keep going, we are almost there!

55%-64% of their girl membership goal:
  • Oceana  (64%)
  • White Cloud/Newaygo/Grant  (60%)
  • Osceola/Lake  (62%)
  • Crawford   (62%)
  • Grand Traverse West  (64%)
  • Manistee   (61%)
  • Emmet (59%)
  • Lewiston/Johannesburg (57%)
Keep going! Let's be sure to offer the Girl Scout program to ALL girls.

Keep in mind we wish to have all interested girls registered as soon as possible so that they are prepared to participate in the Cookie Program beginning on January 13, 2017.
Program News
Housekeeping!
As we go through our records, we have found that some Approved Volunteers have not yet registered to be a GSUSA Member for the 2017 year. We hope that you will consider being a member of our organization again this year, and continue the mission of our Girl Scout program.
 
Please know that if you would like to volunteer with our organization, GSUSA Membership Registration is required. Thank you in advance for being a Member of Girl Scouts of the USA! Register here.

Get Moving!
On January 7 at Hope College, juniors will have the opportunity to earn three prestigious Girl Scout leadership awards - Energize, Investigate, and Innovate. Girls will have hands-on participation in learning about energy and energy issues. Don't miss out, deadline to register is Dec. 19! Sign up here. 

Girl Scout QuestFest  
We can't wait to welcome Girl Scouts from all over the country to Girl Scout QuestFest in Savannah, GA from
Ju ly 13-16, 2017.

We hope you join us for this epic adventure in the city where Girl Scouting began. This three-day festival includes a live concert at the Savannah Civic Center, a movie night at the Historic Lucas Theater , bridging over the iconic Talmadge Bridge, and an opportunity for troops and councils to win cash prizes. 
 
QuestFest will be an experience that creates lifelong memories. Don't miss the fun!  Early Bird registration ends on January 31, 2017. Learn more here. 
Product Sales
Please make sure that all girls and adult members are re-registered for the 2017 Membership season if they wish to participate in the upcoming 2017 Cookie Sale. Please also remember, before a girl receives a selling packet or order card, the parent/guardian must fill out the Parent Permission form for the troop to keep on file. One form is good for both Fall and Cookie sales.

Griffins Hockey Cookie Kick Off event on January 7. 
There will be several interactive booths for girls such as Cookie Selling tips, Crafts, and Money Marketing Games. Register by Friday, December 9 to guarantee an exclusive Girl Scout Cookie Kickoff/Hockey Night PATCH. Every registration to the Cookie Kickoff includes a ticket to the  Griffins game that night.  Register online or contact Zack Krywyj at 616.774.4585 ext. 3060 with questions or to sign up by phone. Registration closes on Monday, January 2.

Online Cookie Training was recorded for viewing and is available anytime here Service Unit Product Sale Managers will be scheduling area trainings for all leaders who wish to attend in-person. Please ask your Service Unit Representative for dates and times.

New this Cookie Season: ONLINE Cookie Dough! There will be an option to chose whether your girls would like to use cookie dough online or still receive a Cookie Dough card to use through our local council shops. All girls in troop do not have to agree on the method. Some may chose online while others may want the card. Once the choice is made, it can not be reversed. Please contact us with any questions.

2016 Cookie Dough cards expire on January 29, 2017. 
Visit one of our council shops to spend any amount that may be left. The girls worked very hard to earn these rewards and we want them to take advantage of their hard work and efforts! Cookie Dough may be spent on anything available in our Council Shops, for girl membership registration and council fee, camp, or Service Unit events.

Check out the new  Gift of Caring Program
this year for Fall Sales and Cookies. All donations stay at your local level with girls distributing the items to their choice of "Hometown Heroes." W e ask that the girls work with their Service Unit to coordinate a designated site, and we would love to see pictures of the girls donating!
Girl Scouts National Convention
I n 2017, we're putting the spotlight squarely on girls and refocusing our Girl Scout convention to make it the premier event for every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ who wants to make the world a better place-and we're calling it G.I.R.L. 2017.

The time is now-time to give girls and young women the tools to empower themselves for a lifetime of leadership, to connect and share ideas with one another in friendship, and to act together in true team spirit to let the world know girls can make awesome, game-changing things happen!

In October 2017, you can join Girl Scouts, the biggest girl-serving organization in the world, as we come together to celebrate girls in a big, big way. From educational sessions to inspiring speakers and tons of one-of-a-kind FUN, this is the girl-power event of the year. You don't want to miss it! Check back here for updates.

National Council Delegates

If you are interested in is being a national delegate (girls and adults) click the Delegate Application button below to learn more and to apply.  National Council Delegate Applications are due 1/31/2017 .
 
What is a National Delegate?
National delegates serve for three years and attend the National Council Session, a meeting of Girl Scouts nationwide, which happens every three years.

What do National Delegates Do?
National delegates attend the National Council Session and vote on measures as representatives of our council. They also generally participate in discussion session before the National Council Session in order to better represent the Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore.