Joplin Service Center to Move to New Location.

The recent disaster in Joplin has left many businesses without operating space, many of which are looking to reopen as quickly as possible. As many of you are aware, our Joplin Service Center has been on the market since June 2010, after the board of directors voted last year to sell it and move operations to a storefront facility. A sales contract for our service center was submitted to us on Friday, May 27, and the board of directors approved it on Wednesday, June 1.

We recognize that this catastrophic event has disrupted many lives, and we are dedicated to make the transition process as seamless as possible for the girls, volunteers and staff in Joplin. The board also approved a lease for space one mile from the current service center location, in the Crown Plaza at 1202 S. Rangeline Road, Suites 8 & 9. This space will accommodate our staffing needs, house retail operations and a seasonal cookie cupboard, and provide a location for members to drop off paperwork.

We have received a closing date of June 30 regarding the sales contract for the Joplin Service Center. The last day for operations at this building was close of business on Friday, June 17. As you are aware, we will be leasing a space at 1202 S. Rangeline Road. We will need to do some remodeling before the office can be opened for business. We are working as quickly as possible to make this a quick turnaround, but there will be some transition time in which we will not be able to conduct business from the new facility, including retail shop services. To help provide good service to our members, customers in service units 701, 702, 703, 704, 705, 706, 707, 710, and 711 will receive free shipping on GSMH retail orders through our GSMH web site or through our mail order/phone order process. Free shipping will remain in effect until the retail services are up and running at the new facility on Rangeline.

If you need to turn in registrations or other paperwork, continue mailing them to the current Joplin Service Center address of 1029 E. 7th Street, Joplin, MO 64801. Please do not bring anything to the 7th St. address or the Rangeline address.

We are working hard to make this a smooth transition, and we appreciate your patience during this time.


Girl Scouts recognized for earning highest Girl Scout award.

Connecting with the community!

Forty girls from central and southern Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, each girl must complete extensive leadership requirements, including thirty hours in a leadership role and forty hours of career exploration. Girls must also complete at least sixty-five hours of research, preparation, service, and evaluation for a project that serves a need in their community, locally or globally.

“Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of these young women,” said Chief Executive Officer Jennifer M. Orban, “Their dedication and leadership are a testament to the power of what girls can do.” Girls this year took action in a wide variety of ways. Their projects ranged from restoring local parks to developing sensory trails to delivering school supplies for children in Honduras.

Fewer than 5 percent of all Girl Scouts nationwide earn the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award annually. Forty high school Girl Scouts in Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, which has a membership of approximately 16,000 girls, earned the award this year.

About the Girl Scout Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout 14-18 may earn, often described as “what you really want to be remembered for” in Girl Scouting. For many, the leadership skills, organizational skills, and sense of community and commitment that come from “going for the Gold” set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship.

For more information, see the official press release.


Volunteer projects available in Joplin through United Way 2-1-1

United Way 2-1-1 has begun mobilizing thousands of volunteers from across Missouri and across the nation. As you know, the recovery and rebuilding of Joplin is not something that can take place in a week. Volunteers are needed now and will be needed for the weeks and months to come. Please join United Way of Central Missouri in our effort to let our community know they can help the people of Joplin by signing up to volunteer at and/or by forwarding this information to your co-workers, family and friends.

Below is an image that links directly to the Joplin Relief Effort project page where individuals can review projects and sign up to help. The direct link to the project list is:  This list is updated often with new and changing projects. When people sign up, they receive an automated email with specific project instructions. Already thousands have used this system for to volunteer in Joplin, and many more spots are available.

Thank you for your efforts to help those people in need in Joplin. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at (573) 636-4100.


For more information on Joplin relief efforts, see our previous post, Joplin-Area Tornado Relief Efforts.


Girl Scouts Annual Phonebook Recycling Project

Girls learn to use resources wisely

It’s nearly time for new phone books to land on front porches and in business lobbies. Local Girl
Scouts have a creative way for your old phone books to be re-used! Now through July 31, Girl
Scouts will be collecting old phone books for Nestle Purina’s Project PetLitter. “Yesterday’s
News” is pet litter made from recycled newspapers, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, and other
paper. “This is a great, hands-on way for girls to take action within their community and to
practice the ‘use resources wisely’ portion of the Girl Scout Law,” says Jennifer M. Orban, CEO
of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. Girl Scout troops also benefit by receiving proceeds
from Nestle Purina PetCare rewards for each book collected. Last year Girl Scouts collected
more than 64 tons of phonebooks and earned more than $1,600 in proceeds to use toward
leadership activities and service projects.

The drop-off locations in Springfield include all Dillon’s grocery stores and from 8:30 am – 4:30
pm at the Girl Scout Administrative Service Center at 210 S. Ingram Mill Road. Area businesses
with 40 or more phone books may also call Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland toll-free at 1-
877-312-4764 x1137 or email to have a Girl Scout troop
assigned to pick up old phonebooks.

For more information, see the press release.