Be an Early Bird for 2014-2015

Renew your membership by June 2, 2014 to be an Early Bird!

Five reasons why it’s great to be an  Early Bird. Logo_Color

  1.  You receive a special 2014-2015 Early Bird patch.
  2. This year includes new incentives:
    • Troops earn an Early Bird Bill worth $10 AND are entered into a drawing for an Early Bird Bill worth $100!
    • Girls are entered into a drawing to win one of fifteen Early Bird Bills worth $50!
  3.  You receive an automatic invitation to any of the Early Bird Hoedowns or Early Bird Baths!
  4. You’ll be set to start troop meetings right away in the fall.
  5. It’s a great way for girls to be self-sufficient by using their recently-earned Girl Scout Cookie Credit!

Register now and be an Early Bird! If you need more information on how you can be an Early Bird, contact your Membership Marketing Specialist or call 877-312-4764

 

 

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Girl Scouts Honored with National Awards

On Saturday, March 22, 2014, GSMH was pleased to honor two Girl Scouts who have exemplified the Girl Scout Promise and Law in their recent actions.

Girl Scout Cadette Hannah received the Girl Scout Medal of Honor. This national Girl Scout Award is given to a Girl Scout who has saved someone’s life.

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When Hannah was eleven years old she and her father, Michael, were in a remote area and involved in a truck roll-over. It was such a remote area that only one car went by within the two hours after the accident. This brave Girl Scout climbed out of the vehicle, found the cellphone – which was thrown from the vehicle, and called for help.

Hannah informed 911 that a helicopter was needed. Her father’s arm was severed, and he was losing blood fast.Hannah2

 

She remained calm, flagged down that one passing vehicle – whose driver put on a tourniquet. It was 45 minutes before the helicopter arrived. The doctor informed the family afterwards that Michael had lost so much blood, he was only minutes away from not being with us anymore. “I am alive today because of Hannah. If she had panicked, I would not be here,” said Michael.

Congratulations, Hannah!

 

Olivia is a Girl Scout Ambassador who in thirteen years as a Girl Scout has never missed a meeting. Olivia was the recipient of two special awards, the Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and The President’s Volunteer Service Award.Olivia1

The Certificate of Excellence signifies that Olivia was in the top 10 of all applications from the state of Missouri for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a national award that  recognizes Americans of all ages who volunteer significant amounts of time to serve their community. This year, Olivia has volunteered over 650 community service hours to Girl Scouting and other organizations… and over the past four years, she has given over 2,000 hours.

Congratulations, Olivia!

 

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GSMH Holiday Open House & Winter Weather Policy

December 13, 2013

Due to inclement weather the Joplin and Springfield Service Centers are closed.

 

December 10, 2013

Due to inclement weather our Dexter, Joplin, and Springfield Service Centers are closed today. Staff are available to assist you via email and voicemail.

 

December 9, 2013

Due to weather and road conditions our Cape, Dexter and Springfield Service Centers are closed today.

 

December 6, 2013

Due to the weather and road conditions, the Holiday Open Houses scheduled for Saturday, December 7 at our Dexter, Joplin, and Springfield Service Centers will be rescheduled. The Jefferson City Open House will continue as planned.

December 6, 2013

Due to inclement weather the Cape, Dexter, Joplin and Springfield Service Centers are closed.

December 5, 2013

 

Due to inclement weather our Dexter Service Center will close at 1:00 p.m. today. The Joplin and Springfield Service Centers will close at 4:00 p.m. today.

December 4, 2013

The weather forecast is calling for a wintery mix throughout GSMH Thursday through Friday. We feel this is a good time to remind everyone of the inclement weather policy for all of our service centers.

If the public school system in a city where a service center is located cancels school for the day due to inclement weather, the service center in that city will also be closed (Cape Girardeau, Dexter, Jefferson City, Joplin or Springfield public schools only).

Many of you have plans to attend the GSMH Holiday Open House events happening at our service centers (except in Cape Girardeau) this Saturday, December 7. We will make every effort to have these as scheduled. However, this will be dependent upon factors such as electricity and roads. Please call our offices first at 877-312-4764 for updates prior to driving to a service center.

We hope you all stay safe and warm!

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Girl Scout Troop 71134: A Wish for a Cure

Girl Scout Troop 71134, from Campbell MO, didn’t let a little rain ruin their plans. They celebrated Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday in style while giving back to their community. They spiced up the community parade with a Girl Scout float, decked out in pink.

The girls wanted to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness month, so during decoration discussion they talked of how they could demonstrate their involvement.  The girls decided they would be fairies, princesses, and superheroes that all have one wish in common: “A Wish for a Cure.

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After selecting their theme, the girls divided into groups to work on character selection, decorations, and signage that reflected their ideas.

Girl Scout Troop 71134 also made parade give-away bags that held personally designed handwritten letters of interest, Girl Scout information, and treats in hopes of encouraging more girls to join Girl Scouts.

The girls of Girl Scout Troop 71134 had a great time coming up with the decoration ideas, working together to finish the project, riding in the parade, and supporting their community.  Later this year, Girl Scout Troop 71134 will stay busy with nursing home caroling, the Christmas parade (where they will debut another float), and a community betterment project in the spring.

Girl Scout Troop 71134 hopes that this peek into their troop’s activities will interest and inspire you to become involved in Girl Scouting which builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

 

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I Can’t Wait To…..Invite a Friend to Volunteer!

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As a volunteer, you introduce girls to new experiences that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined. You’re their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop skills and confidence that will last a lifetime.

 

This fall, if you’re one of the first 500 volunteers to invite a friend to volunteer, and they join Girl Scouts as a new troop leader or assistant troop leader for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors (kindergartners through fifth graders), you’ll win $50 for you and your troop to use at the National Online Store.

And the new volunteer will win the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting, as well as a Journey, adult guide, and badge pack of their choice to jump start the fun with Girl Scouts!

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Invite as many friends as you can to volunteer with Girl Scouts. Once they’ve completed their membership form and volunteer application, notify us by filling out this short form, and if you’re one of the first 500 volunteers to invite a friend, you win! Offer ends 11/20/13.

Have a question? Don’t be shy! Contact Valarie Moseley at vmoseley@girlscoutsmoheartland.org or 877.312.4764, ext. 1308.

 

 

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GSMH 2014 Signature Event

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Join us for a fun-filled, STEM-tastic day! Girls of all ages can explore science, technology, engineering, and math through fun and educational activities. There will also be interactive exhibits and live demonstrations.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy this event—but it might just inspire you to become one! Girls and troops will have a chance to show off their talents too! Mini competitions will be taking place throughout the day.

  • There will be concessions available for purchase.
  • Troops are allowed to tent camp on Saturday night at the location of the event.
  • Discounted hotel rates are available at hotels in Columbia and Jefferson City.

DATESaturday, April 12, 2014
LOCATIONAshland Optimist Club, 511 Optimist Dr., Ashland, MO 65010
TIME10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
COST$20 (includes admission, patch, and t-shirt)

Information packets and registration forms will be available on the GSMH website mid-November.

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Strategic Learning in Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is currently engaged in its second cycle of the Strategic Learning process.  This work will set the direction for the council for 2014-2017.  Strategic Learning is a process that was developed by Willie Pietersen, Columbia University Business School, and adopted by Girl Scouts of the USA several years ago.  The key to Strategic Learning is to help build adaptive organizations ready to meet the challenges facing them and prepared to achieve their mission.

The Council Strategy Team, comprised of operational volunteers, board members, community volunteers and council staff members, began their work in April 2013.  They did intensive research to discover the “brutal truths” facing Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland and began to develop the strategy that will help the council move forward in achieving the Girl Scout mission.  The work of the team was approved by the council board of directors in September 2013.

This work has produced five Strategic Priorities that will drive all of the efforts of GSMH during this upcoming three-year period.  These priorities are:

  • Recruit, develop, retain, recognize and inspire volunteers who are equipped to support the Girl Scout program.
  • Develop and implement fun, quality, outcomes-based leadership experiences for girls.
  • Create sufficient and sustainable council funding by developing the potential of all council revenue streams and increasing contributed income.
  • Develop and implement flexible strategies to increase retention of girls in grades 1-7.
  • Build upon Girl Scouts’ iconic brand to educate the public on the value of the Girl Scout program.

Staff Gap Teams are working now through early January 2014 to develop strategies to “close the gaps” we have identified and move the council toward the achievement of these Strategic Priorities.  They are eager to have more input from the volunteers.   Any input regarding these five priorities and strategies to achieve them can be emailed to the following addresses:

Volunteer Support Gap Team

Program Delivery Gap Team

Funding Gap Team

Girl Retention Gap Team

Perception and Awareness Gap Team

Anne Soots, Strategic Learning Project Manager

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GSMH Property Update

We asked for your feedback on the recommendation for GSMH program properties and we definitely received it. Many people expressed their love for the properties and asked for an opportunity to be able to retain them. As announced after the June 14 Board of Directors meeting, the Board voted to allow volunteer/community groups the opportunity to develop and submit sustainable, viable long-term plans for supporting Girl Scouting including retaining and maintaining all of the GSMH program properties that were recommended for divestment.

We know that many people are anxious to begin work on their plans. We will announce the criteria/expectations for those plans very soon. Therefore, we want to share some dates with you now. We will hold meetings in August to meet with volunteers/community members that will be involved in developing sustainable plans to retain properties to submit to the Board. We will provide information and answer questions about plan development. Each of these meetings will be from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and there is no registration required. The meetings will be held at the respective program properties, except the Sacajawea East meeting will be held at the Cape Girardeau Girl Scout service center. The schedule is:

Monday, August 5 – Latonka Program Center
Tuesday, August 6 – Sacajawea East at Cape Girardeau service center
Thursday, August 8 – Mintahama Program Center
Tuesday, August 13 – Sacajawea West Program Center
Wednesday, August 14 – Greenberry Acres Program Center

Anne Soots, GSMH CEO, and council Board member representatives will attend all of the meetings to give input into the discussion. We are looking forward to thoughtful, constructive dialogue about the future of Girl Scouting and program properties in GSMH.

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Skip the Paperwork-Register Online!

GSMH is pleased to introduce the all new Online Registration system! Beginning in time for Early Bird, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland girls and adults will be able to renew, or create new, their memberships through the web.

ROSE is our new little owl friend who will be helping us roll out the Online Registration ROSE-with-bubblesystem. ROSE stands for Registration On-line Simple & Easy, and she’s coming soon to the GSMH website. When you see ROSE on the website click on her to take you to the Online Registration system.

Volunteers, this is a great opportunity to finally be done with all the hassle and paperwork that come with membership registrations! No more collecting and sending in forms. Encourage your girls’ parents and guardians to use the easy Online Registration system to renew their memberships beginning with Early Bird.

(Never fear: All completed Online Registrations still count toward Early Bird totals and patches. Additionally, girls who have their registrations completed online will receive a special Online Registration patch that features ROSE!)

Here are some of the reasons why you’ll want to have your parents and guardians completing Online Registration instead of you, the volunteer:

  • They will be able to register from home, any time of day.
  • Information at the council will be more accurate than ever as the parents and guardians themselves will be responsible for entering all information without it being copied and entered by someone else.
  • Families will feel more involved in their daughter’s Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
  • When a parent or guardian registers their girl, the leader does not have to collect and send any signatures to the council—it’s an entirely paperless system! (Alternatively, when a troop leader registers a girl, a paper registration and signature from that girl’s parent or guardian would still have to be collected and sent in to the council.)
  • Volunteers will be free to spend more time working with girls instead of with membership registration.
  • No backlog! Online Registration memberships are active and counted in the system immediately without the delays of passing the registration from person to person to council staff.

Of course, parents and guardians won’t have all the fun. Troop leaders (01s) will be able to use Online Registration to print troop rosters and manage multiple troops.

To experience Online Registration, simply go to www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/rose beginning April 15,  2013. There you will also find guides, videos, and an FAQ to help you use the Online Registration system.

 

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Sacajawea East resumes Horseback Riding Sessions

Horseback riding sessions will resume at the Sacajawea East Program Center on Monday March 11th.  Registration required in advance. Submit a Horseback Riding Registration form or call 1-877-312-4764 ext. 1515 for placement and or registration questions.

Individual Girl/Troop-Group Horseback Riding Registration Form

Individual Girl/Troop-Group Program Registration Procedures

We offer Individual Girl session sign up every Monday through May; the advanced class runs from 4:00-5:30 and the beginner class runs from 6:00-7:30.

Troop or group sessions are available Tuesday –Thursday from 4:00-5:30 and 6:00-7:30. Saturday sessions are available on the first and third Saturday of each month through May. Session times are 9-10:30, 10:45-12:15, 1-2:30 and 2:45-4:15.  Troop and group sessions have a five participant minimum for registration.

If you have additional questions please contact Leadership and Learning Specialist-Outdoor Program, Keely Elfrink at 1-877-312-4764 ext. 1515 or kelfrink@girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

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