Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore's Shore Essentials
GSMISTS  -  March 13, 2017
Girl Scout Week
March 12-18 is Girl Scout Week! We are so excited to celebrate the 105th birthday of Girl Scouts. Join us in celebration and don't forget to share your photos/videos with us! 
Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month and it is always an important time for Girl Scouts to reflect on the amazing women who have come before us - blazing trails, setting records, breaking barriers, and generally wowing the world!  Sharing their stories with girls today is important not only in providing phenomenal role models, but also in showing girls the power that each of us has within us to create a better world.

This year, in true Girl Scout spirit, we decided that instead of simply talking with girls about these icons, we'd invite some Girl Scouts to actually be them for a day. By dressing up as some of the most influential and inspiring women, 11 girls were able to actually try historic heroism on for size.

Spring Cleaning at
Camp Anna Behrens
Spring is right around the corner and it's time for some outdoor activity!

What needs to be done: Fire pit clean out, storm shelters swept out, collecting and stocking firewood, stick pick up, cleaning the shower house, cleaning sleeping shelters, and cleaning up the beach area. This is a Super Service Project for adults only and is not a girls program. To sign up, click here.

Contact Gary Lemke, Property Manager, at or (616) 784-6669 ext. 143 with any questions.
National Convention 
On October 6th, G.I.R.L.  2017 will bring together every go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader who cares about girls and their leadership potential-Girl Scouts, girls of all ages, parents, families, caregivers, and influencers.  

Registration opens March 14th! To learn more or sign up, click here.
Community Partners
A special shout-out to our wonderful Program Staff at GSMISTS. Thanks to their hard work, our council has established  over 50 new community partnerships!  These partners help provide exciting troop and girl opportunities for Girl Scouts throughout all areas of the council. 
We are honored to work with these 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

Upcoming Events

Every Dress Has a Story 
March 3-19 
Heritage Woodworks 
March 18th 

Muskegon Lumberjacks Girl Scout Night 
March 25th 

Van Andel and Devos Performance Hall Events 
Times Vary 
Cadette Animal Helper
Badge Day
March 25th 
Senior Voice for Animals Journey Day 
March 25th
Register Here

Discover Nursing
March 25th
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Ferris's Technology Engineering Aptitude
April 1st
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Daisy 3 Cheers for Animals Journey Day
April 22nd
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Brownie Pet Badge Day
April 22nd
Register Here

Air Zoo Aviation Extravaganza
April 29th
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April 29th
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Finding Common Ground
Badge Day

April 29th
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Girl Scout Night at the West Michigan Whitecaps
May 6th
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Brownie Pet Badge Day
May 20th
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October 29th
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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 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.
Shop News
Cookie T-shirts
are still available in all three of our retail shops. Cost is $12 each.

Girl Scout Week  
begins with Girl Scout Sunday on March 12 and ends with Girl Scout Sabbath on March 18. Order your patches and celebrate with FREE shipping on orders of $75 or more through today, March 13.

End of the Year Award Orders 
Place your end of the year award orders early to ensure delivery by date needed.

Shop for these and all Girl Scout items anytime online!
2017 Annual Meeting and  
Adult Recognition Event  
Join us for our 2017 Annual Meeting and Adult Recognition Event on Saturday, April 22 at Camp Anna Behrens, 9841 Colby Road Greenville, MI.
A light lunch will be provided. 

While we will be conducting business of the corporation during the annual meeting segment with delegates, all members 14 years of age and above are invited and encourage d to attend , as the meeting and recognition event have been combined into one big Girl Scout celebration.

Girl Scout Uniforms are appropriate and encourage d, but not necessary.

The annual meeting will begin at 10:00 a . m . , with registration opening at 9:30 a . m.

There will be small $5.00 fee per person to help cover the cost of lunch. You will be asked during your registration to define your attendance as an : elected Delegate, elected Alternate, Board Member, Board Development Committee Member, Nominee or Visitor.

Delegates and Alternates will receive a voter packet via email in the next few weeks , but must register through the online system.

here to register.
Membership News
Coming Soon!! Early Bird 2018 membership registration will take place April 15 - June 15, 2017. Watch for details to come by email, Facebook, and on our website.
Membership Goal Update

The following service units have met at least  80% of their girl membership goal:
  • Rogers City/Onaway (114%) - GOAL!!!!
  • Oscoda (97%)
  • Byron Center/Rabbit Run (117%) - GOAL!!!
  • White Lake (94%)
  • Charlevoix (93%)
  • Belding/Greenville/Five Cities (98%)
  • EBO/West/North Park (94%)
  • Big Rapids/Chippewa Hills/Morley/Stanwood (91%)
  • Rockford/North Kent (87%)
  • Forest Hills (94%)
  • Greater Montcalm (88%)
  • Reeths Puffer/North Muskegon (88%)
  • Alpena/Montmorency (92%)
  • Cheboygan (96%)
  • Otsego (90%)
  • Flat River(88%)
  • Zeeland (81%)
  • Ionia/Portland/TriCities/Lakewood/Grand River (81%)
  • Kalkaska/Antrim (82%)
  • Riverbend/Hudsonville/Allendale/Wyoming (82%)
We appreciate everyone's support in helping to grow membership in all areas.
Keep going! Let's be sure to offer the Girl Scout program to ALL girls.

Reminder: Troop Leaders 
Continue to keep your Troop Detailed Cash Report up to date. This will help make submitting the Troop Finance Report a breeze.
Attention Troop Leaders Using PNC Bank 
If your troop uses PNC Bank please visit THIS LINK to learn more about PNC account charges
Program News
We will be recognizing the Girl Scout Members of 50+ years of membership. Congratulations to: 
  • Judy Dennis
  • Susan Hastings
  • Ruth Lorenger
If you know of a Girl Scout volunteer or lifetime member who should be on this list, please email us .
REMINDER!  Events organized by GSMISTS or by any of our Community Partners, may have cookie dough applied to event fees.

New! STEM Spark Events  
Spark Events inspire girls to dream big when they think about their future, and bring girls together with STEM professionals in their work spaces. Each event will introduce girls to a professional field, and will provide an opportunity to learn by doing an engaging activity similar to what the professionals do on a regular basis. There will also be time to ask questions and get a feel for whether this kind of career would be a good fit. Girls will receive a fun Spark patch at the event.

March 23 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Custom Profile in Grand Rapids.  Girls will walk through what a career at Custom Profile looks like. There will be hands on STEM related activities and girls/parents will learn about career paths offered by Custom Profile. Girls will make a key chain, experience what is involved with quality checks and learn about various functions of parts. Register here. 
Brownie & Juniors: 
March 30 at 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. - ITC Holdings in Grand Rapids.  This spark event will walk girls through a career with ITC Holdings, the company that controls the power on Michigan's power grid! Girls will also have the opportunity to contribute to habitats being maintained on the ITC's corporate land, girls will make nesting boxes that will become homes for our local birds!  Register Here .
Seniors & Ambassadors:
May 20 at 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. - Pleune Service Company in Grand Rapids.  Girls will learn about the mechanical contracting industry and misconceptions about STEM careers as well as the technology within the walls of buildings being built in Grand Rapids. Girls who will be 18 years of age this summer, will have the opportunity to submit an application to intern with Pleune Services. Register here.
Wanna be an engineer? Exploring STEM jobs.
May 6 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Registration 9:30 a.m.

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2017
Cost per adult: $10 (includes museum admission)
Cost per girl:  $18 (includes museum admission)

Engineers use science, technology & math to solve problems.  There are many different kinds of engineers.  They design a solution, test it, redesign & test again.  They try to control all variables in their tests for repeatability. Actively explore different engineering careers and strengthen critical thinking skills as you are challenged to innovate and solve problems in various fields, such as mechanical, chemical, electrical, civil, structural, materials, environmental and aeronautical engineering.  Become an engineer, help shape our nation's future and become a more knowledgeable consumer of our earth's resources.  

Program level for event: Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador

To register, contact: Cheri Leach, Director of Programming, Raven Hill Discovery Center, 231.536.3369
Product Sales
Booth Sales: Cookie Booth sales began on February 25 and will run through March 19. Cookies may be picked up from any Council Cupboard and then become the troop's property and responsibility. Cookie Costumes are available in limited supplies, so please contact us as soon as possible.  

Initial Order Bank Sweep:
Please make sure to give any checks deposited to the troop bank account at least a 24 hour time frame to clear before the sweep dates. The Initial order troop bank sweep happened around March 10 for $2.00 per box sold through initial orders only. The second sweep will happen on or after March 17 for $1.43 per box sold through initial orders only. Tiered proceeds will be calculated at the final sweep happening on or after March 24 which includes the payment for all Goal Getter, add-on's and booth sale cookies. Outstanding Money Reports are due by March 8. There will be no late acceptance of these forms for the two Initial order bank sweeps, so please make sure to get these forms to council by the deadline.
Cookie Delivery was February 20-24 . Please make sure to have the girls deliver cookies to their customers right away and collect payment at the same time.   No cookies should ever be left with a customer if payment has not be received.
Goal Getter: Started February 20th, Goal Getter orders can still be taken to get the girls to the next big reward level. Please note, only the super six variety will be available through council cupboards. A list of council cupboards was sent out via ebudde for easy pick up. Goal Getter forms may be used until the end date of March 19, but please make sure to pick up cookies periodically to ensure all ordered varieties are available. Download the 
Permission to Sell forms:   All girls who have sold cookies through the 2017 Cookie Sale must have a Parent Permission form filled out completely for the troop to keep on file. This form will be needed if any delinquent money situations arise.
ONLINE Cookie Dough!  There is an option to chose whether girls would like to use cookie dough online or still receive a cookie dough card to use through our council shops, registration fees and camps. All girls in the troop do not have to agree on the same method. Some may chose online while others may want the card. However, once the choice is made, it can not be reversed. Please contact us with any questions. If a choice is not selected in the ebudde system at the final rewards time frame, a Cookie Dough card will the default method of reward.  
Check out the new Gift of Caring Program
All Troop Gift of Caring donations will stay at your local level with girls distributing items to their choice of Hometown Heroes. We ask that girls work with their Service Unit to coordinate a designated site, or the troops may decide to donate on their own. We would love to see pictures of the girls donating!