Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore's Shore Essentials
GSMISTS  I  October 24, 2016

Upcoming Events

Explore the World!
Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for girls ages 11 and older! With different trips every year, there's something amazing for everyone to experience. Make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states and pack your bags full of inspiring, life-changing experiences. The deadline for Round 1 applications is November 28th. To learn more, click here or sign up for the info session on November 11.
Community Partners
Are you looking for new events for your girls? Reach out to one of our Community Partners , they are ready to work with Girl Scouts!
Calendar of Events
Be sure to check out our events calendar!

Need Troop Management Training to get your troop started? New dates and times have been added to our calendar  Sign up here.

* The first Gold Award Training of the season will be held on October 26 th  in Boyne City. If you would like a Gold Award Training in your area, please email  with your request.
Art Van Santa Parade on November 19.  The West Michigan holiday season will officially kick-off with the Art Van Santa Parade, presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees. The Jaycees are excited to announce the theme for this year's parade will be "Unwrap the Magic." The deadline to register is November 7.Sign up here.
Community Events
 * United Veterans Council of Kent County Veterans Day Parade - November 11   
Route: Monroe to Monroe Center, Monroe Center to Division, Division to Fulton, Fulton to Veterans Memorial Park. Ceremony held after parade. Girl Scouts will be lined up between Boy Scouts and Camp Fire Girls.Contact Coordinator Jerry Dennis at  (616) 901- 1667 or with questions. 
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.
Shop Hours
As a reminder, the Retail Shop will be open during the following hours:

8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Closed, Office by phone or appointment

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

October and November promotions: Buy a starter kit and receive 20% off a polo or tee. Download the Starter and Essentials Kits and Fall Coupon - Spend $75, receive $10.
Help Her 
Lead Like a G.I.R.L. 

Here is a great opportunity to share with your girls! 

Girl Scouts has been helping girls take the lead for more than 100 years, and we've taken that legacy to the next level by collaborating with Disney Channel to create a leadership guide that can help all families develop leadership traits and   encourage their girls to be G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders) ™.
We know leadership isn't about who you are, but what you do. That's why Disney Channel and Elena of Avalor are a perfect match for Girl Scouts as we work to change the conversation around leadership and help girls see that everyone has the potential to lead.

Like your girl, Elena might be young, but as crown princess of Avalor, Elena is learning to be a collaborative, communicative, and confident leader. By following Elena's adventures-and taking on a few of her own-your girl will uncover the leader within herself and feel empowered to help others do the same. Filled with 12 simple but proven tips designed to enhance your girl's critical thinking, goal-setting, and problem-solving skills, it's a must-read for any parent or caregiver looking to give their girl the best. 

To learn more, check out the  Leadership Guide.
Membership News
Please submit membership registration forms at your earliest convenience. This will ensure up-to-date rosters to our Service Units. Please contact your membership staff for assistance in turning in your registrations. Parents or troop leaders may register girls/adults online through   our website. 
Recruitment News
Recruitment Flyers
We still have flyers available. Please let us know of any public, private, or parochial schools who have not yet been invited to attend a recruitment event.  We'd love to invite more girls to join Girl Scouts.  

Recruitment Events
Please let us know of any assistance needed in setting up and holding recruitment events in your area. Check out our website for the list of registration events scheduled to date. 

Yard Signs
We have a new supply of Girl Scout yard signs coming soon.  There will be a few extra available for purchase through our Service Center Shops. Cost is $8 each.
Troop Sponsorship
Local businesses and other organizations may help support troops with contributions up to $250 per year In order to process payment and gift acknowledgement, please submit the sponsor/partnership agreement form , with a check made payable to:  Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore, 3275 Walker Ave NW, Grand Rapids MI 49544.   A check will be sent to the  requester , less the Council's 6% administrative processing fee .
Regional Governance Meetings - November
All Delegates and Alternate Delegates are invited and needed to attend their respective Region meeting per the schedule here

The tentative agenda for Delegates is:
  • Review the Region Girl Delegate applications and vote for two (2) to represent your Region
  • Receive an update from a Board of Directors member
  • Give feedback regarding potential change(s) in the Bylaws
  • Participate in a SHORT Delegate training
All registered Adult Girl Scouts are invited to attend their region's meetings. Why attend? Hear and review updates given by the Board of Directors and Mary Charles, Interim CEO; hear and learn about our vision process; and meet volunteers from around your region.
The meetings will include: election of girl delegates, ratification of Service Unit Delegate elections, governance/board update, review of suggested Bylaw changes and property updates. Immediately following the meeting, delegate training will be held for all newly elected delegates. 

Unable to attend your region's meeting? You are welcome to attend another region meeting that fits your schedule.  Don't know what region you're in? Click here for our region map.
Calling Girls 14 Years and Older!
If you have a daughter or are a Cadette, Senior or Ambassador Leader, we have an opportunity we want you to share with your girls. Each year we elect two girl delegates from each region of the council. These girl delegates participate in the annual meeting voting and help to determine to direction of the council. The annual meeting will be held on April 22 at Camp Anna Behrens. Interested girls need to submit an application by Monday Oct 31st. The application can be found here.
2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Award
The 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is available to our 5th-12th graders.

This unique youth recognition program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, has recognized more than 115,000 middle and high school students - including thousands of Girl Scouts - at the local, state and national level for outstanding acts of volunteerism over the past 21 years. Top winners receive a sizable cash award, engraved medallions and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. for the national awards ceremony in May, 2017.
Girl Scouts can apply online by clicking here. Applications must be submitted by November 8, 2016. We will review applications and select one or more to represent this council in the state-level judging. If you have any questions please call The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards at 877-525-8491.
Product Sales
Fall Product Sales ended on October 23. Download the Fall Sale Calendar here. Delivery will be November 15-18, just in time for holiday giving.  Rewards will be shipped at this same time but will come through UPS or FedEx, depending upon your region and amounts.
Please make sure that all girls and adult members are re-registered for the 2017 Membership season if they wish to participate in either of the Product Sales. Please also remember, before a girl receives a selling packet, 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.
Online training is still available for the Fall Sale. Please watch this informational video to learn more. Selling Materials may be obtained through your local Service Unit Product Sale Manager or the Council office.
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." We 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!

Online Cookie Training will be available the first week of November and it will be recorded for anytime viewing. In-person training will be November 7
th Grand Rapids, November 8th in Muskegon and November 9th in Traverse City. Locations will be announced soon but please save the date if you plan on attending. Service Unit and Troop Product Sale Managers are all welcome to attend.
As local United Way employee giving campaigns are kicking off in communities throughout the GSMISTS service areas, please be sure to check with your employer and see if your company is participating and whether you have the opportunity to designate donations to Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore. We appreciate your support!