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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100th Anniversary Patch Contest

As we get ready to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland wants your help in designing its 100th Anniversary patch.  Get creative as you demonstrate the accomplishments of Girl Scouting or what Girl Scouts means to you.   The 100th Anniversary Patch Contest judges panel will select 1 overall winner and 5 runners-up. The winning entry will be made into a 100th Anniversary patch that will be debuted at the Council Celebration on March 31, 2012. There are several details, so go to www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/100th to get the entry form and complete contest rules.  Hurry – entries should be postmarked by January 5, 2012.

If you have questions, contact Angie Robinson Sullivan at 877-312-4764 x1343 or asullivan@girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

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100th Anniversary Quilt Project

Does your troop want to be part of a memorable quilt for the 100th Anniversary?  If so, gather your Girl Scout friends and talk with your troop leader about making a quilt square that you can send to the council office.  It will become one of many used to create a large quilt that will be displayed throughout the 100th Anniversary year!  All you have to do is get one quilt block for the entire troop (individual Girl Scouts may submit one separately) and together decide how you would like to represent yourselves on the square.  Think about what Girl Scouting means to you and your troop, or maybe represent something special your troop has done or even a goal your troop has within the next few years.  Whatever you choose…have fun!

Details include: 9 ½” X 9 ½” quilt block, ¼” border on all sides for seams, high quality cotton fabric, and do not to wash it prior to sending.

Submission information: To help control the cost of quilting, we respectfully request a limit of one block per troop (or individual girl member), as we anticipate many submissions. Quilt blocks will be accepted until January 5, 2012. Mail to: Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, Attn: Quilt Project, 210 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield, MO 65802. If you have additional questions, please contact Brigitte Scott at bscott@girlscoutsmoheartland.org or 877-312-4764 x1113. Submission form located at www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/100th.

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Joplin Office Update

Progress is moving forward with the new Joplin office at 1202 S. Range Line Road.  The contractor is working to complete the remodeling project as soon as possible.  We understand that many people are eager for the new office to open and so is Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.   We are projecting that the new office will open in late Fall  2011.  We will keep everyone posted as we move closer to this much anticipated opening.

Update: For mail for the Joplin center, please use the Springfield center address.

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Backpacking Interest Group

If you are interested in exploring the great outdoors and sleeping under the stars, we’ve got a group for you!

Becky Miller and Mara Teeslink aka “Chiknhead” and “Hershey” are starting a backpacking interest group. This group is for girls and adults alike! Troop leaders can bring their girls to learn along with them, or try it out on their own without the girls. Girls need to be at least in the 7th grade and everyone must weigh at least 100 lbs (so they can carry the packs!). Interested girls and adults will first attend a Shakedown to cover some basics about what equipment is needed, menu planning and a practice hike. There is basic equipment available for use and the destination of the trip will be determined by the group.

Shakedown is planned for September 24, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Finbrooke Program Center Rogersville, MO and the backpacking weekend is planned for October 8-9th somewhere south of I-44! If you are interested, or have any questions please contact Becky Miller at talknwaters@cebridge.net.

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Assistance available through the Disaster Relief Fund

Thanks to sister Girl Scout troops across the country, volunteers, community members, businesses, United Ways, GSUSA and staff, the Disaster Relief Fund has generated available funding to help our sister Girl Scouts who have been affected by the tornadoes and flooding in our council area. With these funds, we have been able to help girls, volunteers and staff with basic need items and Girl Scout items.

These funds are available to help girls replace handbooks (with Journey books), sashes, patches, badges, uniforms, as well as provide membership and program fee financial assistance.  We will also replace leader books and provide volunteers with membership and training fee assistance.

To receive this assistance, leaders or family members should call Vivian Glover at 877-312-4764 x 1106 .

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Service Project Opportunity!

food drive

Ozarks Food Harvest needs to re-stock its shelves after receiving many requests from the Joplin area this spring and summer. Please bring donations to the Ozarks Food Harvest 2810 N. Cedarbrook in Springfield. Donations are accepted year-round, but are especially needed this August, September, and October.

If you need more information, please call the Ozarks Food Harvest directly at 417-865-3411.

link View the flyer for more information.

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Phase 2 registration info: Natl. Council Session and Convention

PHASE 2: FOR GIRL SCOUTS NOT REGISTERING THROUGH THEIR COUNCILS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC

 Phase 2 of convention registration will open on Monday, August 8th, at 1:00 pm EDT.  We would appreciate your sharing this information with those members of your council who were not or will not be included as part of Phase 1 of registration.  This link is being provided to you so that you may publish it for use by official visitors or other interested individuals who may want to attend the convention and have not registered through the council:  https://girlscouts.wingateweb.com/portal/newreg.ww.

Prior to actually registering, these individuals may want to learn more about the convention program.  Details on the content, as well as information about Houston and housing, is available on the Girl Scouts convention website – www.girlscouts.org/convention.

During Phase 2, the general public or individuals or groups (e.g., troops, etc.) who do not register through their Girl Scout council may register themselves for any of the following: Official Visitors who are not Alternate Delegates, Day Passes, Hall of Exhibits Only Passes, 100th Anniversary Parties, Girl Scouts University @ Convention Tracks 1 and 2, and the History Conference.  These individuals must meet the Girl Scout membership and minimum age requirements.

These registration categories must continue to register via Council Group Registration: Delegates, Official Visitors who are Alternate Delegates, Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) registrants, and Girl Scouts University (GSU) @ Convention: Track 3 – Board Governance registrants.  Anyone who registers for any of these packages must do so through their Girl Scout council.

IMPORTANT!

If the council has already registered an attendee as a delegate, official visitor, purchased a day pass or admission to the Hall of Exhibits, and the attendee wishes to add an event (e.g., 100th Anniversary Party, GSU @ Convention), the council must add these additional registration packages to the attendee’s original registration.  This will avoid duplication of registration records and will allow the council to pickup all registration materials at one time onsite in Houston.

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Activities to Resume at Latonka Program Center

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland will resume activities at Latonka Program Center on August 1, 2011.  Activities had been suspended during the restoration process from the historic flooding that affected the Lake Wappapello area in May.  All facilities at the program center – including the waterfront, challenge course and camping units – will be available to Girl Scout groups and community groups.

Much of the clean-up work required debris removal and hauling large loads of sand and gravel and will be completed by August 1.  Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland appreciates the numerous offers from volunteers to help clean-up Latonka from the flooding.

Latonka Program Center, just like all GSMH program properties, can always use clean-up help such as raking leaves, clearing trails, cleaning cabins and bathrooms, etc.  Volunteers, girl members and Girl Scout parents that would like to provide this kind of help can come to the Latonka Program Center Clean-up Day on Saturday, August 13.  The clean-up day will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.  Volunteers may want to bring work gloves and tools such as rakes and pruning shears if you have them.  Everyone can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the clean-up is finished and GSMH will provide beverages, watermelon and ice cream for dessert.  Registration is required for the clean-up day so that we know how many people to expect.  Adults will need to attend with the girls to provide supervision.  To register, please contact Sandy Vaughn, Property/Risk Manager, at svaughn@girlscoutsmoheartland.org or call 1-877-312-4764 ext. 1514 no later than Wednesday August 10.

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