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.

 

Press release

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Register for Annual Meeting & 100th Anniversary Events

Register for the Annual Meeting & 100th Anniversary Events

Join Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland in celebrating 100 trailblazing years!

scoutsSaturday, March 31, 2012 in Springfield, MO.

Our celebration will include:

  • Believe in Girls 5K
  • GSMH Annual Meeting
  • Believe in Girls Expo
  • Girl Scouts Forever Alumnae Gathering
  • One Hundred Fun Hundred Party
  • 100 Years of Dreams Party

Look inside the PDF brochure for details and
mail-in registration form!

You can also register online for the meeting, the 5K, and any of the eciting events using your credit/debit card or PayPal account.

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Property Surveys

Update: The surveys are now available to be taken online through the new posting: Property Program Surveys.

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, the property marketing research team wants input from you!

There are three different surveys: Girl Survey, Volunteer Survey, and Parent Survey. You may download the surveys and return them no later than February 15, 2012 via mail, fax, email or drop off at any service center.

Mail: Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, Springfield Service Center,
210 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield MO 65804
Fax: 417-862-4120
Scan & Email: bscott@girlscoutsmoheartland.org

For a completely paperless option, we will have an online version of the survey available on our web site by January 20.

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

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Join us for a focus group discussion on our council structure.

Be part of the solution.

Help us kick off the Year of the Girl by joining us for a focus group discussion about our council structure.

Volunteers and service units are vital to the execution of our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place… As we move forward into a second century of Girl Scouting, we want to ensure that our structures are aligned with our goals of increased growth and effective service delivery.

We hope you will take this opportunity to be heard and to be a part of the solution.

Share your thoughts and ideas at one of the following:

• Life Church, Sikeston 1/9/12 at 6:30 pm
• Cape Girardeau Service Center 1/10/12 at 6:00 pm
• Jefferson City Service Center 1/10/12 at 6:00 pm
• Springfield Service Center 1/10/12 at 6:30 pm
• Sacajawea-West, Sedalia 1/12/12 at 6:00 pm
• Infinite Entertainment, Houston 1/12/12 at 6:30 pm
• Joplin Satellite Office 1/12/12 at 7:00 pm
• Temple Baptist Annex, Poplar Bluff 1/14/12 at 1:00 pm
• Columbia TBA
• Miller or Maries County TBA

Space is limited. RSVP by Friday, January 6.

Springfield/Joplin
Shandon Hill: shill@girlscoutsmoheartland.org or x1121

Houston/Sikeston/Cape/Poplar Bluff
Alyx Chevalier: achevalier@girlscoutsmoheartland.org or x1420

Jefferson City/Sedalia/Columbia/Miller/Maries
Sherrey Young: syoung@girlscoutsmoheartland.org or x1331

Light refreshments will be provided.

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2012 Teen Conference: Take Action for Yourself

IMPORTANT NOTE: The dates of the event have been moved back to April 28 and 29, and the registration deadline has been extended
to April 13!

forever greenGet ready for 25 hours of fun, discovery and friendships as you “Take Action for Yourself” at the Teen Conference! The conference is designed to help you tap in to the powerful person you are, as you learn and try new things and have a whole lot of fun with other girls your age from all over the council area.

The conference is open to Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. It begins on Saturday, April 28 at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, April 29. The cost of the conference is $50 per girl and $45 per adult. Cost includes 3 meals, a hotel room with three other people, program supplies and a gift bag for all girls!

 

Conference Highlights

  • Workshops
  • Fabulous free time
  • Make your voice heard
  • Be independent
  • So much more!

 

See the registration packet for more details, workshop descriptions, information for adults, and registration forms.

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GSMH Interim CEO Announcement

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Anne Soots, Chief Operating Officer for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, has been appointed Interim CEO effective December 1.   We will be conducting a national CEO search over the next several months and will keep you informed of the process as we progress.  I look forward to working with Anne as we begin our 100th year as a Girl Scout Movement.

Tina Stillwell
GSMH Board Chair

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GSMH CEO Resignation Announcement

Jennifer M. Orban, who has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland for over three years, has announced she will resign effective November 30th to pursue avenues outside of Girl Scouting.

During her time as CEO, Jennifer led the organization through a time of change as five Girl Scout Councils merged to establish Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. In its third year of existence, GSMH achieved record growth with an 18% increase in girl membership and a 1.4% increase in adult membership. Out of 112 councils, this positions Missouri Heartland third in overall membership growth across the country.

“Partnering with Jennifer during the past three years to develop a high performing council and board of directors has been a pleasure,” said Tina Stillwell, board chair. “Under Jennifer’s leadership GSMH has completed a Strategic Learning process which resulted in new strategic priorities for the council; was awarded a new three-year charter from Girl Scouts of the USA; and has laid the foundation for a successful 100th Anniversary Campaign and Celebration in 2012. On behalf of the board, I thank Jennifer for her advocacy for Girl Scouting and her service and dedication to the over 17,000 girls and 4,900 volunteers in southern and central Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma.”

An interim CEO will be appointed, and we hope to make that announcement very soon.

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Tina Stillwell, Chair of the Board
Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

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Joplin Satellite Office Opening Soon

Update, 2:
The Joplin Satellite Office is officially open! Girls,
volunteers and community members were excited
to attend the open house on Saturday, December 10.
They enjoyed shopping, discounts, refreshments,
and a tour of the facility.

 

 

 

 

 

Update: The Joplin Chamber of Commerce and the Carthage Chamber of Commerce will co-host a ribbon cutting ceremony which will take place at 10:00 am that morning.

We are very excited to announce that the Joplin Satellite Office will be open for business starting Friday, December 9! The Joplin Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting ceremony which will take place at 10:00 am that morning. Additionally, on Saturday, December 10 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, we will be conducting an open house for volunteers, girls and community members to come see the building, take advantage of shop specials, and enjoy refreshments. Everyone is invited to attend both events. Hope to see you there!

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A Long Range Property Plan

The GSMH Property Committee met on October 15 to continue their work of developing a long range property plan for the council.  This plan will include recommendations for both the council service centers and program properties.  They approved a project plan and timeline for their work (see timeline below).  The plan will result in a property recommendation being submitted to the council Board of Directors in September 2012.  The Property Committee will be using three sub-groups to conduct research and make recommendations to the committee for the overall long range property plan.  The three sub-groups are made up of volunteers and staff members and are: program, marketing and property.  The sub-group chairs are recruiting a limited number of volunteers for their groups.

If you are interested in volunteering on a sub-group, please contact Anne Soots, COO, at asoots@girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

Click here for the “Long Range Property Planning Project” plan.

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