Trefoil High Tea Fundraiser for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Trefoil High Tea Fundraiser for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Share togetherness and special memories with your favorite ladies.

Nestled in the heart of Springfield, with a beautiful view of the skyline, is the Tower Club. Refresh your soul as music is artfully played on the baby grand piano, while a delightful meal of savories and sweets is professionally served to you and your favorite ladies. All ages are invited to join us as we take tea in support of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
11:00 am (tea service at 11:30 am)
The Tower Club – Springfield, Missouri
Enjoy a relaxing and elegant three-course luncheon, complete with fine china and fresh flowers.
Hats and gloves are encouraged!

Please RSVP by April 15, 2011.

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For more information, contact the Resource Development Department at 877-312-4764 x1343 or commitee member Jane Earnhart at jkearnhart@sbcglobal.net.

Hosted by the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Resource Development Committee with assistance from the local chapter of the Kappa Delta Sorority and alumnae.

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Earth Hour and GSMH Team Up to Honor the Planet

Earth Hour and Girls Scouts of the USA announced a collaboration to increase environmental education, awareness and action. This collaboration is part of the Earth Hour global campaign, launched today in Singapore, that marks the beginning of a new phase for Earth Hour to “go beyond the hour” – encouraging people to capture, share and inspire environmental conversation and action year-round.

Earth Hour is a global initiative that invites individuals, businesses, governments and communities to turn off their lights for one hour – 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 – to show support for environmentally sustainable action. In the United States, Earth Hour is partnering with the Girl Scouts to bring the movement to life.

“Our organizations have a common purpose – to create a better environment for future generations,” said Earth Hour Co-Founder and Executive Director Andy Ridley. “Girl Scouts make a tangible difference in their communities. The support of such a respected organization helps us contribute to the environmental education of young people and spread this global movement across generations and geographies.”

Initially a single-city initiative in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, Earth Hour has become a global movement in which hundreds of millions of people from every continent join together to acknowledge the importance of protecting and improving the planet. Earth Hour 2010 was the world’s largest global climate change initiative, with millions of participants in more than 4,600 cities across nearly 130 countries and territories. Since its inception in 2007, Earth Hour’s iconic “lights out” event has seen some of the world’s most recognized landmarks switch off their lights, including the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Buckingham Palace in London, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and the Forbidden City in China.

This year, nearly 20 Girl Scout Councils from across the country will be organizing Earth Hour activities, and Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is one of them. “Our girls care deeply about the environment, and this partnership gives them a simple way to share this passion with their friends, families and communities,” said Kathy Cloninger, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the USA. “It’s important that we all do our part to protect the environment.”
Thousands of Girl Scouts across the country will be participating in community activities to support Earth Hour on March 26. In addition, many Girl Scouts are taking activities beyond the hour by installing ENERGY STAR®-qualified or other energy-efficient light bulbs in homes, schools and businesses during the month of March.

Share your Girl Scout activities in picture or video! http://earthhourblog.posterous.com/share-your-earth-hour-photos-and-videos

  • Earth Hour has also set up the following user name and password so that Girl Scouts can upload pictures, video, and audio files to the Earth Hour global media centre www.earthhour.org/media.aspx. Attached is the instruction guide.
Username: girlscoutsusa
Password: passw0rd (note the zero)

The link is now posted http://earthhourblog.posterous.com/share-your-earth-hour-photos-and-videos on the Earth Hour page of our GSFG Web site. (near the bottom,  third to last paragraph, last sentence reads:)

The Earth Hour collaboration is one part of the Girl Scouts’ broader commitment to environmental sustainability. Girl Scouts Forever Green (GSFG), the Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary Take Action Project, is a national effort of girls leading their families, schools and communities in improving the environment and protecting natural resources. The effort offers a meaningful leadership experience that makes a positive impact on the environment through three key projects: 1) using reusable water bottles and bags to reduce plastic waste; 2) planting and maintaining rain gardens at schools, homes and other sites; and 3) participation in Earth Hour events. Participants are also encouraged to take an online pledge stating their yearlong commitment to GSFG efforts. Beginning in July, all 112 Girl Scout councils and USA Girl Scouts Overseas will be invited to participate in Girl Scouts Forever Green.

“The Girl Scouts Forever Green project is a great example of how organizations can take Earth Hour beyond the hour and make a positive difference for the future of the planet,” Ridley added.

There currently are only 2 days until Earth Hour 2011, which asks the world to:

  • Switch off lights for Earth Hour at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 26, and celebrate a commitment to the planet with the people of the world;
  • Sign up and share stories of actions that benefit the planet on www.earthhour.org; and
  • Sustain environmentally focused actions beyond the hour and share your act with the world at www.earthhour.org/beyondthehour.

For more information, visit www.earthhour.org or www.girlscouts.org/forevergreen.

About Earth Hour
Earth Hour is a global initiative in partnership with WWF. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 8:30 p.m. to show their support for environmentally sustainable action. The event began in Sydney in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights. By 2010, Earth Hour had created history as the largest voluntary action ever witnessed with participation across 128 countries and territories and every continent, including the world’s most recognized man-made marvels and natural wonders in a landmark environmental action.

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Helping Japan in a Time of Need

We have all been shaken by the waves of terrible news from Japan over these past few days.  Many have asked what we can do to help.  Here are some suggestions:

•    USA Girl Scouts Overseas: As many of you know, we do maintain an office and staff in Japan to support the families of military personnel stationed there.  Reports are that our office has suffered minor damage – and that all the staff and their families are “shaken,” but fine.

•    Fund Raising Policy: It is fine for troops/groups/girls to raise money to aid victims of this horrible disaster.  Please remember that in the early stages of disasters like this, money is more helpful than “care packages.”

•    Helping Girl Scouts of Japan: We are very concerned about our Girl Scout sisters who are members of Girl Scouts of Japan and we would like to provide some movement-wide support to them.  Details are not available yet, but an account will be set up at Girl Scouts of the USA to collect donations to go to Girl Scouts of Japan so that we can send one large donation on behalf of all Girl Scout sisters in the USA.

Other organizations you can contribute to:

Convoy of Hope

American Red Cross

International Medical Corps

Shelterbox

Americares

We will keep you informed as we receive information from GSUSA.

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How Can You Help Japan?

The 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan on Friday claimed hundreds of lives, destroyed cities, and triggered tsunami waves in Japan, Hawaii and other parts of the Pacific. 88,000 people are now reported missing following the tsunamis. Below are some reputable organizations through which you can help.

In response to the quake, The Red Cross has launched efforts in Japan. Visit Redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone.

Save the Children is currently organizing efforts and donations to their Children’s Emergency Fund will support their outreach.

The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund was launched at GlobalGiving.org to garner funds for relief organizations helping victims and has already raised thousands, particularly from concerned Twitter users around the world.

For any who have loved ones abroad, Google has stepped up to help. Along with a tsunami alert posted on their front page, they’ve launched the Person Finder to help connect people that may have been displaced due to the disaster.

Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by this disaster.

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Girl Scouts Forever Green: Earth Hour

New York’s Auburnpub.com reports that On March 12, Girl Scouts of the USA will celebrate its 99th birthday. In preparation to celebrate the centennial, many activities and events are being planned both locally and nationally to celebrate our history. A nationwide take-action project entitled “Girl Scouts Forever Green” will allow Girl Scouts of all ages, volunteers and alumnae to participate in a meaningful leadership experience that makes a huge positive impact on the environment.

On Wednesday, Earth Hour and Girls Scouts of the USA announced a collaboration to increase environmental education, awareness and action. This collaboration is part of the Earth Hour global campaign, launched today in Singapore, that marks the beginning of a new phase for Earth Hour to “go beyond the hour” – encouraging people to capture, share and inspire environmental conversation and action year-round.

Earth Hour is a global initiative that invites individuals, businesses, governments and communities to turn off their lights for one hour – 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 – to show support for environmentally sustainable action. In the United States, Earth Hour is partnering with the Girl Scouts to bring the movement to life.

In what ways are you contributing to make a positive impact on the environment?

(ht: GSUSA)

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Girl Scouts Forever Green

Girl Scouts Forever Green

Our 2011 Girl Scouts Forever Green Signature Project is “Power Down and Unplug.”  The purpose of this project is to encourage people to save energy and lower our carbon footprint. Girls can participate in one of four ways:

  • Encourage your school or community business to power down and unplug during the noon hour on Friday, March 11th.
  • Encourage your family to power down and unplug at home from 8 pm-9pm on March 11.
  • Have your family participate in “Earth Hour” by turning off their lights from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26.
  • Replace the light bulbs in your home with Energy Star, energy efficient light bulbs.

Whatever option girls choose, we encourage them to go to www.girlscouts.org/gsforevergreen to share their results with the world and take the Girl Scouts Forever Green Pledge.

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Happy Girl Scout Week 2011!

This year, from March 6 through 12, Girl Scouts celebrate Girl Scout Week. Since 1912, Girl Scouting has helped some 50 million women grow up courageous and strong. Continually evolving, while remaining true to core goals, Girl Scouting cultivates values and social conscience in girls – teaching them real-life skills to succeed.

Swing by the Girl Scout Shop and check out the 2011 Girl Scout Week Sew-on Fun Patch!

What are your plans for Girl Scout Week 2011?

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Enjoy Girl Scout Cookie Desserts

Local chefs from Jackson, Cape and Kelso to create Girl Scout Cookie Desserts to help raise funds for Girl Scouting.

Join us for a fun evening with three local chefs, Ray Ressel of Ray’s in Kelso, Michael Reitman of Chartwells in Cape, and Palmi Henry of Lil Miss Muffin and Stuff in Jackson. They will be creating desserts made with Girl Scout Cookies and competing for your votes during the Just Desserts fundraiser to support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for girls. The event is sponsored by Southeast Missouri Hospital and will be held on Tuesday, March 15 at the Dempster Hall Atrium on the SEMO campus in Cape Girardeau from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Participants will be able to sample all of the yummy Girl Scout Cookie creations and purchase $1 votes for their favorites. “We are very excited about this event,” states Jennifer M. Orban, CEO for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. “It is support from our local communities that allow us to provide high-quality, educational events for girls, safe and secure program properties, and financial assistance to families in need.”

Tickets for the event are $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Renee Trout at 877-312-4764 x 1418. Tickets will also be available at the door.

See this and more press releases on the Council News Page.

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It’s Your Story, Illustrate It!


Self expression is a large thread throughout the latest Girl Scout leadership journey It’s Your Story-Tell It! which has its’ very own comprehensive website that allows you to get involved in a number of awesome activities! One fantastic activity suggestion is making a mural, through which you can express yourself, educate and inspire others and boost confidence in the process!

Follow this link for a step by step guide to creating your own mural with fellow Girl Scouts. Team up with your Girl Scout sisters to create a mural that shares a story about an important issue. Jot down notes and sketch potential images for your story. Tell your story on canvas! Unveil the mural at a community center, at school during lunchtime, or at a place of worship after a service, which will give you a chance to discuss with the public the meaning and creative process behind your work. When you have the opportunity to express yourself in a way that engages members of your community, you’ll gain confidence and feel empowered to continue to make positive changes in the world!

Another fantastic opportunity for self expression and storytelling through art is the Doodle 4 Google contest, which Girl Scouts of the USA has partnered with. Open to K-12 students in the U.S., Doodle 4 Google is an opportunity of a lifetime: design the Google.com homepage doodle for millions of people to see, and while you’re at it, take home a $15,000 scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for your school or your Girl Scout troop/council. Once scouts have been registered online by a Troop leader and submitted their doodle artwork via mail by March 16th, Google employees and Guest Judges, including Whoopi Goldberg, gold medal ice skater Evan Lysacek and “Garfield” creator Jim Davis, will narrow down the submissions.

To get started, whether you’re a Troop leader, a teacher, a school educator, or a parent, you must register your student(s) by March 2, 2011. Then get out the crayons, paints and markers and throw your own doodle party. Please note that all entries must be postmarked by March 16, 2011. Check out suggestions specific to Girl Scouts – see the Info for Participants page (blue box on the right). Tell your story through art and you could be the next Doodle 4 Google contest winner!

Girl Scouts of the USA and Dove®, the leading personal care brand, partner to deliver Girl Scout leadership and self-esteem programming to millions of girls nationwide and abroad with the latest Girl Scout leadership journey It’s Your Story-Tell It!.

(ht: GSUSA)

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Journey to Confidence with Deborah Hearn Smith

The Indianapolis Star, IN, has a column penned by Deborah Hearn Smith, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, titled “My View: Journey to confidence begins with a cookie”. With cookie season well under way in her community, Smith states that “with every season of the Girl Scout cookie program, another generation of girls learns to set goals, make a plan and manage money. As women, they’ll need these skills, whether their goal is to start a business or a family. The cookie program is just one of the many ways that Girl Scouts provides skills for girls to use in the real world.”

Also rolling out nationwide is the most recent Girl Scout leadership journey, It’s Your Story, Tell It!. Smith states that, “The Girl Scout Leadership Experience, for girls in grades K-12, provides caring adult mentors, practical life skills and tools to build courage, all of which help girls grow into confident, healthy, decision-making adults… The activities a girl participates in will help her gain confidence and a better sense of self. Girl Scouts who belong to a troop learn how to work well with others as they navigate a Girl Scout journey. Each journey is not only fun, but the activities support what girls are learning in the classroom. The journeys also help girls explore the three keys to leadership: discovering themselves and their values, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place.”

As stated by Smith, each journey is fun! It’s Your Story-Tell It! has its’ very own comprehensive website that allows you to get involved in a number of awesome activities! It has quizzes and games, video examples and templates plus a whole lot more. Girl Scouts of the USA and Dove®, the leading personal care brand, partner to deliver Girl Scout leadership and self-esteem programming to millions of girls nationwide and abroad with the latest Girl Scout leadership journey It’s Your Story-Tell It!.

Take the quiz called “What’s Your Eco-Style” – and find out your eco-style today!

(ht: GS Blog)

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