In celebration of the third Girl Scout journey, It’s Your Story – Tell It!, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is having an essay contest for girls!
Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies
What have you learned in Girl Scouts?
What do you love about Girl Scouts?
Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors,
How has your life changed because of
What does Girl Scouts mean to you?
Length: Essays should be 1 page long or less.
Deadline: December 15, 2010
E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Essay Contest” as subject or mail it to:
- Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland
Attn: Marketing/PR Specialist (Essay)
210 S. Ingram Mill Road
Springfield, MO 65802
There will be one winner selected from each of the following groups: (1) Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior; (1) Girl Scout Cadette, Senior, Ambassador.
Winning entries may be featured in a GSMH publication. Winners will receive a copy of the new It’s Your Story- Tell It! journey for their age level and a special writer’s kit from the GSMH retail shops.
NEW! Every girl who shares her story of Girl Scouting by entering this contest will receive a sister patch to add to her circle of friends.
All entries become property of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, Inc. and may be used or reproduced in informational or promotional materials.
For more information, contact the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland council office at 877-312-GSMH (4764).
When the fourth grade Girl Scouts at Richland Elementary School in Essex, Missouri found a
stack of “lost and found” coats collecting dust in their meeting room, they came up with an idea.
Why not share those coats with kids who need them? “We asked the school if we could clean
up the coats and give them away,” said volunteer troop leader Janie King. But they didn’t stop
there; the Girl Scout troop also sent a note home with all the students at school announcing
their coat drive. “I think I have 250 coats in my truck right now” said King. The girls spent two
evenings at the Laundromat, cleaning the coats and sorting them into sizes.
It was important to the girls that they give back to the school, which allows them to meet in one
of the classrooms. “This project is a great example of girls taking action as advocates for their
peers,” said Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland CEO Jennifer M. Orban. The fifth grade Girl
Scouts also joined the project, helping with the distribution of the coats to families. The coats
were available for families, kids and adults, to take at parent-teacher conferences on Thursday
and the rest will be left at school for distribution as the weather gets even colder. “Everyone has
been supportive,” said King, “the girls want to do this every year now.”
Thanks to a generous grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, Girl Scouts of the
Missouri Heartland is offering Pemiscot County girls in grades 6-12 the opportunity to help make
a difference in their community by joining a special Girl Scout group called “Challenge and
“The goal of this program is to get girls involved as advocates for themselves and their peers,”
says CEO Jennifer M. Orban, “The girls will take action by planning youth services projects for
their community.” Projects could include movie or karaoke nights, holiday parties, and other
activities. “It really depends on what the girls choose to do,” says Orban.
Girls who are interested in joining this group may attend the next meeting on Monday, October
25 at 5:00 pm at Oasis Worship Center in Caruthersville. For more information, please contact
contact Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland staff member Melody Hutchison at 877-312-4764
x1510 or email@example.com.
Longtime community volunteer Brigitte Marrs has been named to the Board of Directors for Girl
Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. Currently the Director of Alumni and Development at Drury
University, Marrs received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Drury University and her Master of
Education from Lincoln University.
“We are thrilled to have such a distinguished and experienced role model for girls as Ms. Marrs
on our Board of Directors,” said CEO Jennifer M. Orban, “Her experience and skills will help us
advance our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character.” In addition to
excellent leadership and problem-solving skills, Marrs brings sixteen years of experience as a
volunteer with various organizations, including Girl Scouts, the Junior League, the Springfield
Ballet Guild, and multiple parent-teacher associations. She joins a nineteen-member board as a
Longtime community and national volunteer Dr. Annette Sobel has been named to the Board of
Directors for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. Currently Assistant to the Provost for
Strategic Opportunities and an Adjunct Professor in three departments at the University of
Missouri-Columbia, Sobel’s professional experience includes two years as New Mexico’s
Homeland Security Director and retirement from the Air National Guard at the rank of Major
General. She received her Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University, her Master of Science
from Wright State University, and her Medical Doctorate from Case Western Reserve School of
“We are thrilled to have such a distinguished and experienced role model for girls as Dr. Sobel
on our Board of Directors,” said CEO Jennifer M. Orban, “Dr. Sobel’s experience and skills will
help us advance our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character.” In addition
to extensive skills in strategic planning and humanitarian causes, Sobel brings experience as
board member of both Girl Scouts of the USA and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl
Scouts. An advocate for girls, particularly for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and
math) programs, Sobel joins a nineteen-member board as a member-at-large.