Join the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge!

The mission of 100 Missouri Miles is to get more Missourians moving in the beautiful Missouri outdoors. Whether you run, walk, bike, rideswim, or roll, there is a trail or other outdoor venue that can help you achieve the challenge of 100 Missouri Miles.

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland and many other Missouri businesses and organizations  have joined Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon in the effort to challenge all Missourians to complete 100 Missouri Miles of physical activity by the end of the year.

Create your own profile at the www.100MissouriMiles.com and then join the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Group. Girls, volunteers, staff and friends of GSMH can all join the group and then compare progress on the leaderboard.

Missouri has been named the “Best Trails State” by American Trails, a national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of the nation’s hiking, biking and riding trails. The national award is presented every two years to the state that has made tremendous contributions to promote and improve their trails system.

Missouri State Parks offers almost 1,000 miles of managed trails and the state claims more than 500 miles of National Recreation Trails designated by the U.S. Department of Interior.  The state lives up to its reputation as “Gateway to the West” with significant trails including the Lewis and Clark, Trail of Tears, and the Santa Fe National Historic Trails passing through the state and the Pony Express, California, and Oregon National Historic Trails beginning on the western border. Missouri is also the home of the Katy Trail, the longest developed rail-trail in the nation.

The miles completed do not have to be at a state park or on a trail, they can be anywhere you get out for physical activity. Do you walk or run every day for exercise? You can log a lot of miles that way. Let’s see how many miles Girl Scouts can accomplish this year!

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Happy Girl Scout Leader’s Day!

MagnetOutlineGirl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is so grateful to have you on board as a valued volunteer as, together, we embark on our second century of building girls of courage, confidence, and character.On behalf of our girls and staff across sixty-eight counties, I’d like to thank you for your dedication to the cause of growing the next generation of female leaders who will make our communities, our states, our country, and our world a better place.

 

For the countless hours you spend supporting Girl Scouting, your tireless devotion, your
leadership, and the positive example you set for girls, we offer our deepest appreciation. Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland salutes you and looks forward to building a brighter tomorrow for girls, with your help. We invite you to think about the difference you make by providing a place for girls to be safe, to belong, and to thrive. Think about it, smile, and be proud.

 

With gratitude on Girl Scout Leader’s Day,

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Anne Soots, CEO

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Be an Early Bird for 2014-2015

Renew your membership by June 2, 2014 to be an Early Bird!

Five reasons why it’s great to be an  Early Bird. Logo_Color

  1.  You receive a special 2014-2015 Early Bird patch.
  2. This year includes new incentives:
    • Troops earn an Early Bird Bill worth $10 AND are entered into a drawing for an Early Bird Bill worth $100!
    • Girls are entered into a drawing to win one of fifteen Early Bird Bills worth $50!
  3.  You receive an automatic invitation to any of the Early Bird Hoedowns or Early Bird Baths!
  4. You’ll be set to start troop meetings right away in the fall.
  5. It’s a great way for girls to be self-sufficient by using their recently-earned Girl Scout Cookie Credit!

Register now and be an Early Bird! If you need more information on how you can be an Early Bird, contact your Membership Marketing Specialist or call 877-312-4764

 

 

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Girl Scouts Honored with National Awards

On Saturday, March 22, 2014, GSMH was pleased to honor two Girl Scouts who have exemplified the Girl Scout Promise and Law in their recent actions.

Girl Scout Cadette Hannah received the Girl Scout Medal of Honor. This national Girl Scout Award is given to a Girl Scout who has saved someone’s life.

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When Hannah was eleven years old she and her father, Michael, were in a remote area and involved in a truck roll-over. It was such a remote area that only one car went by within the two hours after the accident. This brave Girl Scout climbed out of the vehicle, found the cellphone – which was thrown from the vehicle, and called for help.

Hannah informed 911 that a helicopter was needed. Her father’s arm was severed, and he was losing blood fast.Hannah2

 

She remained calm, flagged down that one passing vehicle – whose driver put on a tourniquet. It was 45 minutes before the helicopter arrived. The doctor informed the family afterwards that Michael had lost so much blood, he was only minutes away from not being with us anymore. “I am alive today because of Hannah. If she had panicked, I would not be here,” said Michael.

Congratulations, Hannah!

 

Olivia is a Girl Scout Ambassador who in thirteen years as a Girl Scout has never missed a meeting. Olivia was the recipient of two special awards, the Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and The President’s Volunteer Service Award.Olivia1

The Certificate of Excellence signifies that Olivia was in the top 10 of all applications from the state of Missouri for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a national award that  recognizes Americans of all ages who volunteer significant amounts of time to serve their community. This year, Olivia has volunteered over 650 community service hours to Girl Scouting and other organizations… and over the past four years, she has given over 2,000 hours.

Congratulations, Olivia!

 

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2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program Extended through March 16, 2014.

In support of all of our troops affected by the recent winter weather, we are extending the Girl Scout Cookie Program. GSMH Service Center cupboards will be open until Saturday, March 15 for troops that are in need of cookies for directs sales and booths. Some community cupboards may need to close prior to March 15, so please check their availability prior to pick up.

GSUSA_Thinmints_Sash_RGBThe 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program has been extended through March 16, 2014.
• Troops can continue to conduct all direct sales through March 16.
• Troops can continue to get more cookies (subject to availability) from their local cupboards through March 15.
• Service Center cookie cupboards will be open from 11:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, March 10 through March 14.
• All service center cookie cupboards will remain open through the extended cookie program. Please check with your local community cupboard for hours of operation.
• The price of cookies will remain $4.00 a box throughout the extended period.
• Recognitions, including eligibility for the bonus recognition drawings, will accumulate on all sales through March 16.
• Monies for all sales through March 16 are to be deposited by March 19.
• For troops not participating in the extended cookie program, recognition orders must be created in SNAP by March 12. For troops that are participating in the extended cookie program, recognition orders must be created in SNAP by March 19.

You will find updated program dates & deadlines on our website. For all other questions, please check with your local product program specialist or membership marketing specialist.

Service Center Cookie Cupboard Hours
(March 10, 2014 – March 15, 2014)
Monday-Friday 11:00 am-4:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am-1:00 pm

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GSMH Holiday Open House & Winter Weather Policy

December 13, 2013

Due to inclement weather the Joplin and Springfield Service Centers are closed.

 

December 10, 2013

Due to inclement weather our Dexter, Joplin, and Springfield Service Centers are closed today. Staff are available to assist you via email and voicemail.

 

December 9, 2013

Due to weather and road conditions our Cape, Dexter and Springfield Service Centers are closed today.

 

December 6, 2013

Due to the weather and road conditions, the Holiday Open Houses scheduled for Saturday, December 7 at our Dexter, Joplin, and Springfield Service Centers will be rescheduled. The Jefferson City Open House will continue as planned.

December 6, 2013

Due to inclement weather the Cape, Dexter, Joplin and Springfield Service Centers are closed.

December 5, 2013

 

Due to inclement weather our Dexter Service Center will close at 1:00 p.m. today. The Joplin and Springfield Service Centers will close at 4:00 p.m. today.

December 4, 2013

The weather forecast is calling for a wintery mix throughout GSMH Thursday through Friday. We feel this is a good time to remind everyone of the inclement weather policy for all of our service centers.

If the public school system in a city where a service center is located cancels school for the day due to inclement weather, the service center in that city will also be closed (Cape Girardeau, Dexter, Jefferson City, Joplin or Springfield public schools only).

Many of you have plans to attend the GSMH Holiday Open House events happening at our service centers (except in Cape Girardeau) this Saturday, December 7. We will make every effort to have these as scheduled. However, this will be dependent upon factors such as electricity and roads. Please call our offices first at 877-312-4764 for updates prior to driving to a service center.

We hope you all stay safe and warm!

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Giving Tuesday

By Anne Soots

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, and today is Giving Tuesday - a day to kick off the season of giving.  As Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland reaches out to our friends and alumnae, today I would like to tell you why I believe in the mission of Girl Scouting, and why I’m proud to be a donor.

As the CEO of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, let me express my excitement to be involved with an organization with such a rich history of providing leadership development opportunities to girls. Every day I learn about a new community service project or troop experience centered around leadership, and I’m reminded of one simple thing - Girl Scouting works!

Last year, because of generous donors like YOU, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland:

  • Served over 16,000 girls with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience
  • Provided nearly $100,000 in financial assistance to girls who could not otherwise afford Girl Scouting
  • Trained over 3,000 adult volunteers in all aspects of the Girl Scout program

These gifts supported the work we do every day and are so passionate about – building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place!  I look forward to a time when each and every girl realizes her leadership potential – and I know you do too. With your help we can accomplish this goal.

As you consider your gift to Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland on Giving Tuesday,please know your gift of $30, $50, $100, $250 or the largest contribution you can personally make will ensure Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland can continue to provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to each and every girl who wishes to join. 

To make an immediate gift, visit girlscoutsmoheartland.org/donate. I appreciate your consideration of our request.

 

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Girl Scout Troop 71134: A Wish for a Cure

Girl Scout Troop 71134, from Campbell MO, didn’t let a little rain ruin their plans. They celebrated Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday in style while giving back to their community. They spiced up the community parade with a Girl Scout float, decked out in pink.

The girls wanted to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness month, so during decoration discussion they talked of how they could demonstrate their involvement.  The girls decided they would be fairies, princesses, and superheroes that all have one wish in common: “A Wish for a Cure.

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After selecting their theme, the girls divided into groups to work on character selection, decorations, and signage that reflected their ideas.

Girl Scout Troop 71134 also made parade give-away bags that held personally designed handwritten letters of interest, Girl Scout information, and treats in hopes of encouraging more girls to join Girl Scouts.

The girls of Girl Scout Troop 71134 had a great time coming up with the decoration ideas, working together to finish the project, riding in the parade, and supporting their community.  Later this year, Girl Scout Troop 71134 will stay busy with nursing home caroling, the Christmas parade (where they will debut another float), and a community betterment project in the spring.

Girl Scout Troop 71134 hopes that this peek into their troop’s activities will interest and inspire you to become involved in Girl Scouting which builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

 

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