GSMH Supporting relief for Haiti

Tragedy in Haiti
The Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland joins the world in expressing our condolences to the millions of Haitians affected by the recent earthquake. It is at times like these that Girl Scouts throughout the world pitch in to help in many different ways. We know, however, that after natural disasters like these, sending funds is often the best way to help.

The Girl Scout Cookie program is one such way. Girls can choose to contribute a portion of their troop proceeds to the Haiti relief efforts. This is an opportunity to educate girls about how their generosity and acts of kindness can make the world a better place, especially in times of such extreme tragedy.

Additionally, the Executive Committee unanimously adopted, and the National Board ratified a special rule of order allowing girl members to support emergency relief for the January 12 earthquake disaster. This temporary suspension makes it possible for Girl Scouts to raise much needed funds for relief efforts in Haiti and remains in effect until September 8, 2010.  Some suggestions for money-earning projects include bake sales, car washes, collecting and recycling cans, babysitting night, etc.  Please take note that the money our girls raise can be contributed only to those agencies on the list below.
List of Agencies

  • Pan American Development Foundation
    The foundation is encouraging people to donate through its Web site at
  • Mercy Corps
    Donate online, call 1-888-256-1900 or send checks to:
    Mercy Corps Haiti Earthquake Fund
    Dept NR
    PO Box 2669
    Portland, OR 97208
  • Doctors Without Borders
    Doctors Without Borders has set up clinics to treat people in Haiti. Donate to Doctors Without Borders.
  • The UN World Food Programme
    The UN World Food Programme is gathering all available resources to deliver food to the recently homeless and impoverished in Haiti. Donations can be made through
  • CARE
    CARE is deploying emergency team members to Port-au-Prince to assist in recovery efforts. It’s focusing its efforts on rescuing children who may still be trapped in schools that collapsed. Donate to CARE
  • The International Rescue Committee
    The International Rescue Committee is deploying an emergency response team to Haiti. Donate to the IRC Haiti Crisis Fund.
  • United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
    This fund is used for emergencies like the earthquake in Haiti. Donate online.

Ten Girl Scouts Honored as 2009 National Young Women of Distinction

Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to announce its 2009 National Young Women of Distinction honorees. Each of the ten young women has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award—the highest award in Girl Scouting—and has been selected as a National Young Woman of Distinction for demonstrating extraordinary leadership in the completion of her community action project. The Girl Scout Gold Award is earned by fewer than six percent of all Girl Scouts.

Each honoree spent one to two years on a community action project that has had far-reaching effects in her community and beyond. Among the honorees this year are authors, advocates, and environmentalists with projects based in a wide range of locations—from India, Africa, and China to neighborhoods in Louisiana and California.

The young women will be honored at a special awards ceremony on February 27 during the Girl Scout National Corporate Leadership Meeting in St. Louis.

“Earning the Young Women of Distinction designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms,” said Kathy Cloninger, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA. “They saw a need in their communities and around the world and took action. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership, is making the world a better place.”

To learn more about these girls and their great accomplishments, read the official Girl Scouts of the USA release.


Girl Scout Cookie Program Kicks Off: Girls Learn Skills and Give Back

From now through mid-March, community members are invited to indulge their sweet tooth – and to support local Girl Scouts as they participate in the United States’ leading entrepreneurial program for girls. During the past several months, girls have been learning about goal-setting, budgeting, and customer service. They have set individual goals, and will earn recognition items such as Girl Scout Cookie Credit, which they can use to help pay for Girl Scout summer camp, program events, uniform pieces, and more. Each Girl Scout troop also sets goals, and earns proceeds for learning activities, field trips, and service projects.

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Three Fires Weekend

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is proud to offer the Three Fires Weekend for members of Cherokee Ridge’s Ikhato, Latonka’s Osage Society and Mintahama’s Tribe of the Silver Arrow. Also invited will be those who have attended summer camp at Finbrooke Program Center for at least 4 years and are in at least the 7th grade.

  • GSMH supports the idea of these organizations, but because we are one council now, we need to have one consistent organization, not several. Opportunities, requirements and basic initiation procedures need to be the same across the board.
  • GSMH wants members of the current organization to be the ones who lay the foundation for the new organization.  Discussions on this subject and planning for the future will be the major focus of discussion during the Three Fires event.
  • One organization will be stronger than three — by working together to plan this merger, we will be able to maintain those parts of our traditions that are most sacred to us.

Event details: Friday, Feb. 26, 6:00 pm – Sunday; Feb. 28, 1:00 pm, at the Latonka Program Center, Wappapello, MO.  Cost (for girl or adult) is $30, and the registration deadline is February 12th, 2010.  All participants must be currently registered Girl Scouts.  Program event registration forms and girl and adult membership forms may be found here: