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September 16, 2013


Dear Girl Scout Family  


Registration nights are happening all over the council. Every year we welcome several thousand girl and adult Girl Scout sisters. When you see new faces please join me in saying 'Hello'!  Girl Scouts has something to offer every girl and we sure appreciate your help in telling your friends about the GREAT things happening Girl Scouts in your area and encourage them to get involved!


In addition to volunteers attending open houses at school and putting up posters around the community, I've seen some really neat ways people tell their friends about Girl Scouts and I thought I'd share a few examples I've seen recently ...

  • Heather shared a picture of a thank you note her daughter Erin gave her when she signed up for Girl Scouts. (I couldn't resist sharing Erin's artwork below. It makes me smile every time I look at it!)
  • Terry volunteered to do a recycling activity for Girl Scouts. She used her social media network to invite her friends to support Girl Scouting by recycling items they may normally throw away. When the project was done, she showed them a picture ... and I bet at least one girl or adult learned something new about what Girl Scouts do through this!  
  • Sara is attending a program about canoeing at a nearby museum where she can tell attendees about wilderness canoe tripping with Girl Scouts.        
"Thank you for putting me in Girl Scouts"

As for me, I continue to say "yes" to every community event I can attend and tell the public about the amazing things our girls and volunteers are doing. Thanks for being part of Girl Scouts and Thanks for spreading the word! 




Have you seen our 2013-14 Program Events & Activities Guide?  View it online today.

Keep the fun coming! If you haven't re-registered for the 2013-14 membership year, try our new convenient online registration process!

Win 4-Pack of Twins tickets!

If you're registered for Girl Scouts' 2013-14 year through GSMWLP you can win a family 4 pack of tickets to a Minnesota Twins game! We have 12-4 packs to giveaway! Game date Friday, September 27, MN Twins vs. Cleveland Indians.


Register HERE



Fall Product Sale
Is your troop ready?

Lakes and Pines 2013 Fall Sale kicks off on October 1 with the email portion, while in person order taking begins on Saturday, October 5, is your troop ready? The Product Sales Team will be offering phone training on Monday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. for anyone who missed out on the in person trainings. Contact your Product Sales Specialist to "sign up". Community Product Sales Managers sale materials - girl packets and special print - arrived here last week. If yours hasn't arrived yet, please let us know.  


Cookie Program:

The Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread sample cookies arrived on September 5! Each troop will receive a sample package - regardless of the troop's participation in the pilot program. Please visit our Gluten Free webpage for more information; it's not too late to participate in the pilot, sign up today!  


Community Product Sales Managers...It's that time of year again, are you able to hold this position again for the 2014 Cookie Program? If you haven't held the position before and you are interested in learning what's involved, please contact your Product Sales & Finance Specialist. We need to forward contact information to our baker by September 25.



In the Shop
 Great Start Sets! Easy and Convenient! Pink & Black Starter Bags
Girls Scouts who have bridged to a new level and girls who are new to Girl Scouts - this is for you! We offer starter kits with everything you need for your Girl Scout journey. A free canvas bag is included with our Great Start Sets too! Options include choice of uniform - tunic (for Daisies only), sash, or vest and choice of Journey book - World, Planet, or Story. The
Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting (girls love this book!) and membership pins can also be added to your set. Get all the details here and get ready for a great year in Girl Scouting!


Browse our virtual Fall Catalog

Shop online at www.girlscoutshop.com



Safety for One and All

The safety of girls, volunteers and staff is always our number one priority.


Background Studies at GSMWLP:


The volunteer team is pleased to announce that they have developed one combined employee and volunteer policy for background checks.


All GSMWLP staff and volunteers will have a background checks completed this year and no less than every three years thereafter.


To align with our goals we have made this process simple.

  1. Review the attached policy
  2. Follow the online instructions
  3. Follow the instructions if you do not have computer access
  4. Ask your regional volunteer specialist if you have any questions.


  1. The background study is only one tool in our mission of safety.
  2. When working with girls always follow the rule of (3). Never be alone with a girl
  3. Keep yourself safe as you are very import people


In This Issue
Win Tickets!
Fall Product Sale Training
In The Shop
Safety for One and All
Volunteer Training
Reaction from the Crowd
Contact us
Volunteer Updates

Volunteer Training 
Our volunteer
learning sessions are designed to enhance your leadership experience and support your role as a volunteer. Sign up today!
  Coleraine  |  Oct 19, 2013 Save the Date!

Meeting and Training 

10 am - 4 pm  l  Saturday, October 19, 2013

Coleraine Public Library

Registration will open on Sept 13 & close Oct 9

Minimum - 20

Luncheon, Food & Beverages & Fun provided! No cost to you--

Your input is valued!  We will provide opportunities to discuss and to learn. More...

Region 2 Important Volunteer Dates

Sept. through Dec. 2013

Region 2 volunteers, mark down these important dates in your calendar for future reference!



Great reaction from the crowd at Our World, Our Family!

"... A big thanks goes to all the volunteers (most of which I don't know) who gave of their time and talents this weekend... wanting nothing in return except to give glory to the name of Girl Scouts. Wow, I am humbled by these folks.  It gives me something to aspire to when the day comes that my daughter is out of the house and I'm no longer a troop leader. Their service to our Girl Scout community as a whole is truly outstanding. Thank you for finding them and cultivating them-- they are like individual pots of gold at the end of the Girl Scout rainbow." ~ An Our World, Our Family participant 


Got a great Girl Scout Story to share? Send it in today! 


Contact us

Our phone system can transfer you to any office. 


  Waite Park    

    320 252-2952 

  Duluth   218 726-4710


    320 759-1196

  Bemidji   218 751-4886

  Brainerd   218 828-3515

  Mora   320 679-6807  

  Virginia   218 263-1596

  Willmar   320 235-2125


Toll Free

Please help us keep our phone costs down by using the toll free number only when needed, 800 955-6032.



General inquiries 



Waite Park 320 253-9403

Duluth 218 726-4715  

All other offices 866 295-3820


Shop and Office Hours

 M-F  |  8:30-5:30




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400 2 Ave S / Waite Park, Minnesota 56387 / 800-955-6032