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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What Exactly is World Thinking Day?

World Thinking Day is a day of friendship, advocacy and fundraising for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world.

On 22 February each year, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world celebrate World Thinking Day by:

  • Learning about their international sisters in designated focus countries for the year.
  • Doing fun and educational activities based around an advocacy theme for the year.
  • Fundraising for the World Thinking Day Fund.
  • Earning the World Thinking Day badge.

Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have been celebrating World Thinking Day since 1926.

How does your troop or group celebrate Thinking Day?  Every year the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts chooses specific countries to represent each of the geographic regions of WAGGS. The 2013 countries are Ireland, Malawi, Venezuela.,

How does your uniform compare to the uniforms in Pakistan?

Pakistan

What about Malawi?

Malawi

Or Ireland?

Ireland

One of my first memories of being a Girl Scout was as a Brownie at our celebration on Thinking Day.  The mother of my good friend Thao was at our party.  This was unusual because Thao’s mother rarely came to anything.  You see Thao was from Vietnam.  As a child I did not know what that meant, all I knew was that Thao did not look like the rest of us and that when her mother was there, she spoke in words I did not understand.

Now here she was sitting in front of us as our leader was arranging us in a circle.  It turned out that the words I did not understand were actually spoken in the language of another country!  As a girl from a small town this was quite intriguing to me.  Thao’s mother smiled at us and in halting English began to tell us stories from when she was a girl in Vietnam.  I remember the fascination my entire troop had that day as our leader helped Mrs. Nguyen with her stories of what she wore, what she ate, where she lived and especially what she did for fun. We had so many questions for her!

I don’t know where Thao and her mother are today.  I feel quite sure that had it not been for World Thinking Day it would have been some time before this small town girl learned that it is a large and fascinating world out there.

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Tell Us What You Think! Strategic Learning 2013

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To Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Girls, Parents and Volunteers:

We are very glad to have you involved in Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.  Providing an exciting Girl Scout program that gives girls opportunities to grow, learn and have fun is very important to us.  And we need your help to make sure our council keeps up to date with what is important to our girls.

Over the next year our council will be going through a process called Strategic Learning.  We will be using the proven best practices of Strategic Learning to gather and review a lot of information from girls and adults across our council.  Girls and adults will have the opportunity to tell us what they like about Girl Scouts and what they would like to see happening in Girl Scouts.  Girls, parents and volunteers are encouraged to complete the online surveys listed below.  You may complete a survey in more than one of the categories if applicable.  Please encourage any girls, Girl Scout parents or Girl Scout volunteers that you know to complete the survey on-line.  The more people that participate, the richer the pool of data we will have to use in our Strategic Learning process.

Girl Survey 

Parent Survey

Volunteer Survey

Thank you for helping us with this very important project.  Your information will help lead Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland into the future.

Sincerely,

 

Anne Soots, Chief Executive Officer

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

 

 

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Registration Gets Easier with the Arrival of Online Registration!

There’s something new and exciting coming to Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland which will revolutionize membership registration and make registration faster, and everything more accurate! It’s called eBusiness, or “eBiz,” and it will make your life as a volunteer a lot easier–allowing you to spend more time providing a rewarding experience for your girls and less time doing paperwork!

In brief, “eBiz” is a collection of online tools that allows girls, guardians, and volunteers to take advantage of online registration via the web. When we release eBiz, it will include the following features:

For individuals:

  • customer profile management
  • membership renewals
  • new member registration
  • family giving donations
  • self reporting

For troop leaders:

  • troop maintenance
  • troop rosters and email communications

Later in 2013, we will be implementing additional features which will allow:

  • adult training registration
  • program/event registration
  • camp registration
  • troop program registration

Imagine that! Parents able to register, re-register, pay for registration, all online! No more rushing and scrambling to collect registration forms, no more trying to read handwriting and figure out mistakes, no more hassle getting troop information changes made and rosters sent. With eBiz, parents and girls can be responsible for their own registrations, and you have more power as a leader to manage your troop’s information. It’s a win-win for everybody!

Unfortunately, something like this doesn’t just *poof* into existence overnight. It has taken a lot of work on the part of many individuals to bring online registration to our council, and the job isn’t done. We need our volunteers to help to make sure it is rolled out early this year with little trouble. Whenever possible, please make sure that you have collected the correct email addresses of everyone in your troop who has one, adult and girl alike, and send them to your membership marketing specialist. An email address is the key to accessing the online registration system! (Make sure to let your adults know that having their email address for eBiz is to allow them to use the upcoming online registration tool and not for marketing purposes.)

Keep an eye out for more information about online registration in the weeks to come, along with specific dates for its official release. There will be incentives to girls and troops to encourage online registration and re-registration for the 2014 membership year!

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GSMH CEO Announcement

Anne Soots named CEO for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

 

I am excited to announce that Anne Soots, current Interim CEO/COO for GSMH, has been named Chief Executive Officer effective August 1. During a special meeting of the board of directors on July 19, the selection committee recommended that Anne be hired as the second CEO of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. This recommendation followed a rigorous six-month process in which Evergreen Executive Source, a national executive search firm which partners with Girl Scouts of the USA, received over 100 applications and recommended four individuals for the council’s search committee to interview.

 

Former board member and current board development committee member Vicki Myers led the candidate search for the position. Myers stated, “Anne Soots was the unanimous choice of the committee. Anne has a vision for the council which emphasizes the value of volunteers, the importance of meeting the needs of the girls so they can achieve their leadership potential and working with staff who are motivated and inspired to deliver extraordinary services.”

 

Anne has resided in southwest Missouri for 17 years and brings more than 30 years of Girl Scout experience to the position. Additionally, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Relations from High Point University in North Carolina, as well as certifications in Nonprofit Management from both Mandel School of Management-Case Western Reserve University and University of Missouri at St. Louis.

 

On behalf of the board of directors, I want to thank Anne for the outstanding work she has done as interim CEO. I look forward to partnering with her in the years ahead as the council provides progressive leadership experiences that prepare girls for a lifetime of limitless opportunities.

 

Thank you again for all you do for Girl Scouting.

 

Tina Stillwell
Chair of the Board

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New Council Staff Structure

It is important that all of our council resources are aligned toward helping Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland achieve the competitive focus and the five strategic priorities that emerged from our Strategic Learning process. One of our largest resources is our council staff. We needed to make some changes to our staff structure to better position us to achieve our competitive focus of building council capacity to provide quality service delivery to service units and troops. Our new staff structure will take effect on July 2.

In our new staff structure, we eliminated eleven positions and added twelve positions back. The positions we eliminated were Sr. Membership Manager, Sr. Leadership Program Manager, Sr. Volunteer Development Manager, Leadership Program Specialist (6), Volunteer Development Specialist and E-Media Specialist. We are taking a new approach to delivering membership, volunteerism and program (MVP) services to our membership. These services will now be delivered through three regional teams, one assigned to each of our three council regions. These teams will be led by the new position of regional manager, who will be responsible for ensuring quality service delivery in their regions. These regional managers will supervise teams of membership and marketing specialists (MMS) and leadership and learning specialists (LLS). There will be two LLS in each region – one specializing in the delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and the other specializing in volunteer development.  The three regional teams are:

Central Region
Regional Manager – Carolyn Imhoff
Membership and Marketing Specialists – Angela Peth, Sarah Smith, Megan White and Sherrey Young

Leadership and Learning Specialist (GSLE) – Karen Lawrence
Leadership and Learning Specialist (Volunteerism) – Julie Wall

Southeast Region
Regional Manager – Kara Glaus
Membership and Marketing Specialists – Casi Cameron, Alyx Chevalier, Amber Moyers and one position to be filled
Leadership and Learning Specialist (GSLE) – April Isbell
Leadership and Learning Specialist (Volunteerism – Shirley Stevens

Southwest Region
Regional Manager – Anne Hyde
Membership and Marketing Specialists – Shandon Hill, Dawn Irvine, Becky Ledbetter, Melissa Stark, Candice Wolf and one position to be filled
Leadership and Learning Specialist (GSLE) – Stefanie McCall
Leadership and Learning Specialist (Volunteerism ) – Melody Hutchison

Three new positions have been included to provide better services for our membership:

  • Leadership and Learning Specialist (Outdoor) – Keely Elfrink – responsible for resident camp management and providing increased outdoor opportunities across the council
  • CES Manager/Website Administrator – Liam Watts – responsible for council data management and website administration
  • PR/Digital Media Manager – Lori Enyart- responsible for social media and localized public relations efforts
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The Early Bird Catches the Worm…

Stop by one of our Early Bird events in June! Submit troop registrations, receive help with financial reports, and enjoy light refreshments and a few surprises!

           Thursday June 28 – Open until 6:00 pm in Dexter, Joplin, and Springfield

And don’t forget: The retail shops are also open until 6pm! Stop in while you drop off your registrations, and see what’s new.

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GSMH Council CEO position posting

CEO

Job Location: MO – Springfield
Employment Type: Full-Time (Regular)

Job Summary

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is the product of the joining of resources and ambitions of five
legacy councils. The council is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic executive to continue to unify
and lead the council by embracing its vision as the premier leadership development experience for
girls in central and southern Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma. Girl Scouting helps
girls discover their own sense of self, connect with others in an increasingly diverse world, and take
action to make the world a better place.

The new CEO, in partnership with the board, will be charged with expanding opportunities for girls in
the communities served. While honoring the traditions of Girl Scouting, the CEO will provide highly
visible and dynamic leadership to advance a vibrant and challenging environment for girl and adult
members and volunteers from all the communities it serves.

Reporting to the council’s board of directors, the CEO will bring leadership, strategic direction, and
vision to the council, capitalizing on the strengths of its 4,900-plus volunteers and 62 staff to meet the
needs of 17,400-plus girls. The CEO promotes Girl Scout visibility and is an ambassador of Girl
Scouting in the council’s jurisdiction, the “go-to” person on girls’ issues in central and southern Missouri.
Key objectives include increasing membership in all communities, building a foundation of fiscal strength
based on diversification of income, and taking the council to a new level of operations in a digital and
media-savvy environment. Essential is the ability to engender support in the various communities
encompassed by the council: small cities, suburbs, and rural areas. In addition to a normal office
schedule, this position requires evening and weekend meetings and event participation as well as
travel for professional conferences and leadership and management development opportunities.

The CEO will have significant functional responsibility for fundraising and development initiatives,
management of senior leadership staff, and the achievement of established diversity goals for council
operations. Additional responsibilities include financial accountability for the $4.7 million annual
budget and substantial property accountability for its headquarters, a satellite office, four service
centers, and 11 camp properties. The successful CEO will inspire staff to work to their fullest potential
and make maximum use of the strong volunteer base of the council. EOE

Job Qualifications

The CEO will possess solid C-level business skills as well as demonstrated dedication and support for
the advancement of young people. A minimum of 10 years senior level experience is desired, with five
or more years of executive experience leading organizations through transformational change. In
addition, we seek excellence across a broad range of executive and managerial functions, including
financial management, fund development, business development, planning, board relations,
staff/volunteer relations, and the use of social media for business communications. It is expected that
candidates will possess a minimum of an undergraduate degree or equivalent mix of education,
training, and experience with advanced education and training in fields relating to nonprofit leadership
preferred.

Personal attributes of the CEO will include a girl-centered attitude, dedication to the mission of Girl
Scouting at all times, and the drive to be the voice for girls throughout the communities served. The
CEO will be a person of strong ideals, integrity, and vision who has strategic and operational planning
abilities and who can serve as a role model of best management practices and solid decision making.
The new CEO will possess a style of leadership that embraces partnerships, that is collaborative, and
that empowers stakeholders to achieve their highest potential, all the while meeting mutually agreed
upon accountability measures.

Special Instructions

We encourage expressions of interest as early as possible to accommodate the council’s urgent need
to fill this important position.

How to Apply

For consideration, please email your cover letter and resume (preferably MS Word attachments) along
with salary requirements to:

Bob Perodeau, Principal
800-221-6663
evergreen.source@att.net
Evergreen Executive Source, LLC
P.O. Box 412
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Fax #: 800-451-1451

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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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CEO Search/Selection Task Group establishes timeline

The CEO Search/Selection Task Group met March 16 to review the CEO Selection Criteria Survey results and establish a timeline for the search process. The council is using Girl Scouts of the USA’s Executive Search Services to conduct the national search for a CEO.

After the job announcement is posted for 60 days, Evergreen Executive Source, LLC, which partners with Girl Scouts of the USA on executive searches, will screen the applicant pool, conduct preliminary interviews, and recommend finalists for the Search/Selection Task Group to interview in July or August. The task group anticipates hiring a CEO by September.

Members of the Search/Selection Task Group are Vicki Myers, Board member and task group chair, Jefferson City; Parker McKenna, Springfield Public Schools; Brigitte Marrs, Board member, Springfield; Dr. Julie Middleton, Board member, Columbia; Valerie Richardson, Board Development Committee chair, Springfield; Ginger Schneider, operational volunteer, Rolla; Terri Tomlin, Board member, Jackson; Kristen Westerman, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce; and Mike Wolfe, Board treasurer, Springfield.

The task group appreciates your feedback regarding the competencies our next CEO should demonstrate in order to be successful.  Thank you for all you do every day to provide and support leadership experiences that prepare our girls for a lifetime of limitless opportunities.

Tina Stillwell
Board Chair

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