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:email@example.com
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!
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
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!
Get 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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-312-4764 x1113. Submission form located at www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/100th.
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.