Mark your calendars for Girl Scouting celebration on the Martha Stewart Show!

The Martha Stewart Show is featuring Girl Scouts in an episode that will air at 10 a.m. on May 7 on the Hallmark Channel. The entire show is devoted to Girl Scouting and a celebration of our 100 years.

The show, which was taped on March 21, begins with a conversation about Girl Scouting between GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chávez and Martha Stewart, who was a Girl Scout while growing up in New Jersey. The program also features Girl Scouts engaging with Martha Stewart in various cooking and craft segments, and there’s even a segment on Girl Scout uniforms through the decades.

The show will air again on May 7 at 2 p.m. and on May 8 at 1 p.m., and you’ll be able to watch clips from the show at www.marthastewart.com beginning on May 8.

We hope you’ll tune in for a wonderful celebration of Girl Scouting.

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Volunteer Feedback Sessions Regarding the Property Plan

Update: locations updated 20 June 2012

The council Property Committee has been working very hard for several months to develop a long-range property plan for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. The recommendations from that plan will be shared with the Board of Directors at their June meeting. In July, we will hold 11 volunteer feedback sessions across the council to give our membership the opportunity to provide feedback on the recommendations. The final recommendations will go to the Board of Directors for approval at their September meeting.

Dates and locations of the feedback sessions are listed below. Council Property Committee members, Board members and staff members will be at the sessions to listen to comments and answer questions. All sessions are from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Exact locations will be shared as soon as they are confirmed. We will post those locations in May. We want to share the dates and towns now so that people can put them on their calendars.

  • Monday, July 9 — Joplin
  • Tuesday, July 10 — Springfield
  • Thursday, July 12 — Columbus, KS
  • Monday, July 16 — Sedalia
  • Tuesday, July 17 – Jefferson City
  • Wednesday, July 18 — Columbia
  • Thursday, July 19 — Rolla
  • Monday, July 23 – Mountain View
  • Tuesday, July 24 — Dexter
  • Wednesday, July 25 — Cape Girardeau
  • Thursday, July 26 — Poplar Bluff

For previous property info news and announcements, see our properties info page.

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And the Winner of the Girls Expo Cake-Off is….

We had six incredible participants to the 2012 “Believe in Girls” Expo Cake-Off presenting simply fantastic works celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts. Unfortunately, only one could be chosen as the winner — and what an unbelievable work of art it was!

Winning the Cake-Off with the beautiful (and tasty!) work pictured here: Sugar Loft Cake Shoppe of Osage Beach, MO!

(Click to enlarge; you'll want to see this in full size!)

Thanks so much to the other participants who worked so hard on their entries, and provided the Expo with a delicious afternoon. And thanks to all the attendees! You all helped make this event an amazing success!

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Fashion Show at Silver Dollar City Girl Scout Weekend

This year in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts we will have a Fashion Show at Silver Dollar City Girl Scout Weekend. The fashion show will be in the Riverfront Playhouse from 12:15pm -12:45pm on Saturday, May 5, 2012. We need 10-15 models to wear historical Girl Scout Uniforms and they will need to be available starting at 11:30. These historical uniforms do run a little small and are best suited for Daisy, Brownie or Junior Girl Scouts. We also have a few adult uniforms that older girls could wear. If you are planning to attend Girl Scout Weekend at Silver Dollar City and have girls who would be interested in being in the fashion show please contact Lori Enyart at 877-312-4764 X 1111 by April 13, 2012.

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Girl Scouts Celebrates 100 Years Of Leadership Development

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland – with members throughout central and southern Missouri,
southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma – joins Girl Scouts around the country to celebrate
the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts in 2012. March 12, 2012 will mark 100 years from the day
that the first Girl Scout troop was established in the United States.

Self-discovery and community service were core values that Girls Scouts founder Juliette
Gordon Low sought to instill in girls from the earliest days. In 1912, many girls’ paths in life were
limited and Low’s vision was to establish an organization where any girl could expand her
personal horizon by having fun while exploring new interests and contributing to society. With
3.2 million members, Girl Scouts is today’s preeminent leadership development program for
girls.

“This special anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate the long and proud history of Girl
Scouting and to engage our girls in making our communities and the world a better place,” said
Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s interim CEO, Anne Soots. “It is also an opportunity to
thank the countless committed volunteers in our community who give so much to Girl Scouting
all year long. The encouragement, coaching and resources from adults are crucial for girls to be
able to develop their leadership skills.”

Girls will be celebrating through the end of 2012, including at the Believe in Girls 5K and Expo in
Springfield, Missouri on March 31, 2012 and Camporees in Sikeston, Sedalia, and Nevada in
September. They will also, as always, give back to their communities in big ways. During this
year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program, many Girl Scout troops have participated in the Cookie Share
program, through which Girl Scout Cookies are shared with military organizations or food
pantries. At summer camp and locally, girls will also be participating in Girl Scouts Forever
Green projects to promote environmental stewardship.

For information about 100th anniversary initiatives, including the Believe in Girls 5K and Expo
and Girl Scout summer camp, call 877-312-4764 or visit www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

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2012 Cookie Program Extension

You may be aware that some areas of our council were recently affected by tornadoes. This natural disaster has impacted the ability for troops in those areas to fully participate in the cookie program this year. For this reason, GSMH has decided to extend the cookie program throughout the entire council for 2 additional weeks. Please read this information in full for complete details. If you have any questions, please contact your local Product Program Specialist.

  • The final day of the cookie program is March 25. Troops can continue with direct selling until this day.
  • Service Center cookie cupboards will be open 11:00-4:30 M-F while they have cookies in stock. Note: Closed on Saturdays
  • Cookies of most varieties are still available at all cupboard locations.
  • Cookies will continue to be $4/box throughout the sale.
  • Girls can continue to accumulate recognitions throughout the extended sale.

 Money deadlines:

  • March 14: Troop deposits for all cookies ordered through March 11.
  • March 28: Final troop deposits for cookies ordered March 12-25.

Note: If your service unit has been piloting the ACH auto-withdraw plan, your final deadline still applies. If your troop participates in the extended program, you will need to make a final deposit into a council account. These monies will not be removed from your individual troop accounts.

Recognition deadlines:

  • For troops not participating in the extended sale: March 14.
  • For troops participating in the extended sale: March 27.

Note:  If additions/changes  are made that will affect the girl totals toward recognitions please remember to update any information when doing transfers and placing the recognition order.

 Paperwork deadline:

  • Final paperwork will be due Friday, March 30.

 

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Exhibit opportunities at the Believe In Girls Expo, March 31

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Do you believe in girls?

Don’t miss out!
Join the largest girl-centered expo in Missouri, hosted by one of the most iconic brands for girls.

This event will encourage girls to explore leadership in five initiative areas (see below), and give parents, families, and community members a chance to show that they believe in girls and support girls’ growth and learning.

BELIEVE IN GIRLS EXPO
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Springfield Expo Center

why exhibit with us?

• Associate your brand with the advancement of girls and girl leadership.
• Engage thousands of youth and families.
• Be a part of history – commemorate 100 years of Girl Scouting

choose from 5 initiative areas:

• Healthy Living
• Environmental Stewardship
• Financial Literacy
• Science and Technology
• Global Citizenship

make your booth your own with:

• Interactive games
• Giveaways and prizes
• Product demonstrations
• Other brief activities

(See all this information as a flyer.)

Business rate: $125. Non-profit rate: $25.
For more information, contact Stefanie McCall at 877-312-4764 x1137 or smccall@girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

Hurry! Booth registrations are due February 29, 2012.

Click here for the booth sponsor registration PDF!

 

 

 

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Property Program Surveys!

UPDATE: The survey period is closed. Thank you, those who have taken the surveys! And those who haven’t, we’re sorry we missed your input. Please stay tuned to our online channels as we will surely be requesting your feedback in the future.

The online version of the property surveys are here!

As you are aware, this year the property committee is working on developing a long-range property plan. This plan will be presented to the board of directors and will help set the course for GSMH’s future property needs.  In order to help the committee develop this plan, we want input from GSMH Girl Scouts, Girl Scout parents and Girl Scout volunteers.

There was a paper version released earlier this month, so if you’ve already filled it out and sent it in – thanks!  If not, use one of the appropriate links below to fill yours out.

The deadline to submit the survey is February 15.

Thank you so much for your help in setting the future for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland!

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Annual Girl Scout Cookie Program Begins: Girls Become Young Entrepreneurs

It’s a much-anticipated time of year – Girl Scout cookie time. Through mid-March, girls will go
door-to-door and set up booths at local merchants to sell eight delicious varieties of Girl Scout
cookies to eager customers. All proceeds from Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s Girl Scout
Cookie Program benefit girls in the area; girls earn troop proceeds and Girl Scout Cookie Credit
that can be used to pay for Girl Scout camp, leadership programs, uniforms, and more.
Additional proceeds help to fund needs such as financial assistance, volunteer training and
support, and program resources.

More long-lasting than monetary proceeds are the leadership skills that girls learn through the
Girl Scout Cookie Program, which is the leading entrepreneurial program for girls in the United
States. By managing their own cookie sales, from initial goal-setting at the beginning to
evaluation at the end, girls have a hands-on experience in business. They decide how many
boxes of cookies they want to sell, and are then responsible for managing their own resources
of time, energy, and family support in order to reach their goals.

The tangible business and life skills that girls learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program
include goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
“As we enter our one hundredth year of Girl Scouting in 2012, the Girl Scout Cookie Program
reminds us of the great potential of girls” says Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland interim CEO
Anne Soots. “Since 1912, Girl Scouts has taught self-sufficiency, independence, and service.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a fantastic way for girls to learn those skills and more.”
New in 2012 is a council-wide Girl Scout Cookie Share program, in which customers may
purchase cookies to donate. Many troops throughout Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s 68-
county jurisdiction will select a local organization that is special to them, such as a food shelf,
family shelter, or military unit. Others will give customers the option to donate cookies to military
troops and military family groups, which are this year’s council-designated Cookie Share
beneficiary.

Girl Scout Cookies will be sold through mid-March this year, with eight cookie varieties
available: Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich,
Shortbread, Thanks-A-Lot, Lemonades and Shout Outs. The shortbread cookies will feature a
special-edition 100th anniversary box. Cookies are $4 per box, with all proceeds benefitting the
Girl Scout Leadership Experience. For information about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience
or the Girl Scout Cookie Program, please visit www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org or call 877-312-
4764.

 

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