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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Join the Doodle 4 Google!


Exciting news! Girl Scouts of the USA has the opportunity to participate in Doodle 4 Google, a contest where students in the United States are invited to use their artistic talents to think big and redesign Google’s homepage logo for millions to see. This year, students are asked to exercise their creative imaginations around the theme, “If I could travel in time, I’d visit…” One lucky student artist will see their artwork appear on the Google homepage and take home some cool prizes—and as a special bonus, the winning artwork will appear on a limited edition of Crayola’s iconic 64 box!

The Doodle 4 Google competition is now open to all K-12 students in U.S. schools (including homeschoolers). Parents, teachers, or after school programs may submit doodles on behalf of their child or student as long as they are accompanied by a completed and signed entry form. Completed entry forms must be received by March 23rd and can be found here http://www.google.com/doodle4google/request.html for download or regular mail.

We encourage all Girl Scouts to get creative and apply for Doodle 4 Google right away! There are exciting prizes, including the opportunity to win a $30,000 college scholarship, and much more!

Additionally, Girl Scouts of the USA is encouraging troops to submit videos of girls engaged in Doodle 4 Google to their council office. These videos will be forwarded to GSUSA and might be seen nationally! In order to maintain consistency, all videos need to be shot on an iPhone and the video files sent to the council. To submit completed Doodle 4 Google videos, upload the video file using the GSMH file uploader page: http://www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/photos .

Remember to keep clips short and the camera as stable as possible. Please don’t forget to have everyone sign release forms, which can be found here http://www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/pages/policies.php#prpolicies.

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Joplin Service Center to Move to New Location.

The recent disaster in Joplin has left many businesses without operating space, many of which are looking to reopen as quickly as possible. As many of you are aware, our Joplin Service Center has been on the market since June 2010, after the board of directors voted last year to sell it and move operations to a storefront facility. A sales contract for our service center was submitted to us on Friday, May 27, and the board of directors approved it on Wednesday, June 1.

We recognize that this catastrophic event has disrupted many lives, and we are dedicated to make the transition process as seamless as possible for the girls, volunteers and staff in Joplin. The board also approved a lease for space one mile from the current service center location, in the Crown Plaza at 1202 S. Rangeline Road, Suites 8 & 9. This space will accommodate our staffing needs, house retail operations and a seasonal cookie cupboard, and provide a location for members to drop off paperwork.

We have received a closing date of June 30 regarding the sales contract for the Joplin Service Center. The last day for operations at this building was close of business on Friday, June 17. As you are aware, we will be leasing a space at 1202 S. Rangeline Road. We will need to do some remodeling before the office can be opened for business. We are working as quickly as possible to make this a quick turnaround, but there will be some transition time in which we will not be able to conduct business from the new facility, including retail shop services. To help provide good service to our members, customers in service units 701, 702, 703, 704, 705, 706, 707, 710, and 711 will receive free shipping on GSMH retail orders through our GSMH web site or through our mail order/phone order process. Free shipping will remain in effect until the retail services are up and running at the new facility on Rangeline.

If you need to turn in registrations or other paperwork, continue mailing them to the current Joplin Service Center address of 1029 E. 7th Street, Joplin, MO 64801. Please do not bring anything to the 7th St. address or the Rangeline address.

We are working hard to make this a smooth transition, and we appreciate your patience during this time.

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Happy Girl Scout Week 2011!

This year, from March 6 through 12, Girl Scouts celebrate Girl Scout Week. Since 1912, Girl Scouting has helped some 50 million women grow up courageous and strong. Continually evolving, while remaining true to core goals, Girl Scouting cultivates values and social conscience in girls – teaching them real-life skills to succeed.

Swing by the Girl Scout Shop and check out the 2011 Girl Scout Week Sew-on Fun Patch!

What are your plans for Girl Scout Week 2011?

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Girl Scouts Give A Gift, Get A Better One In Return

When the Girl Scout Cadettes in Girl Scout Troop 50088 heard that there would be girls living in the new Habitat for Humanity home in Marble Hill, they knew they wanted to do something special for those girls. They saved $250 from troop fundraisers to support their service project idea. But when they asked the girls who lived in the Habitat for Humanity home what they needed for their rooms, the girls said they had everything they really needed – but that they had a neighbor in Marble Hill who had just moved, and had no furniture or decorations in her room.

The Girl Scouts didn’t miss a beat, taking this new friend shopping for  bedroom furniture and accessories. They even set up the room and did a suspenseful room unveiling for her. “The look on her face was priceless,” wrote troop volunteers BJ Grindstaff and Cherly Dowd, “[We] all learned a very important lesson that day.” And they’ll continue to learn lessons together; the new neighbor is joining Girl Scouts!

“This is such a wonderful example of Girl Scouts taking action in their local community,” says Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland CEO Jennifer M. Orban, “These girls, and the girls who generously passed up the troop’s gift, really demonstrate the power that girls have.” For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, contact Community/Membership Development Specialist Amy Ybarra at 877-312-4764 x 1525 or aybarra@girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

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FIRST Lego League needs you!

GSMH is pleased to announce openings for our inaugural FLL robotics team.  We are looking for six to eight girls in grades 4 through 8 who would be excited to take part in this challenge!

What is FLL?

The purpose of FIRST teams is to engage girls in exciting robotics programs that build leadership skills in science, engineering and technology.  You will learn to build and program a LEGO robot to do tasks on a course and you will compete with your team against other young people and their robots!

What is the commitment?

The commitment is to meet once a week (perhaps more often right before competition) and the ability to travel with us to at least one competition.  The competitions begin in November.  You will also have a chance to put on programs during and after school to show other students what FIRST Lego League and robotics is about!

When and where will we meet?

We will meet once a week at the Hallsville Elementary School in Hallsville, MO.  This is north of Columbia, MO.  We may increase our number of meetings as we get closer to a competition.

How much does it cost?

We are asking that the girls participating pay 20 dollars for the entire program.  You may also need to buy your food on the days of competitions.

I have a friend who wants to do this too but she is not a Girl Scout.  Can she be part of the team?

That is just fine!  Because of all of the different pathways in Girl Scouting, this Series pathway is a great way to participate!

Can my parents help?

We would love to have parent involvement!  Parents are great support when preparing for and traveling to competitions.

How do I sign up?

We would like to have the team in place within a couple of weeks.  Please submit a short essay by Friday, September 24 on why you would like to participate on the GSMH Robo-Girls team to:

Karen Lawrence by email:

klawrence@girlscoutsmoheartland.org

or by mail:

230 Metro Drive

Jefferson City, MO  65109

or by fax:

417-862-4120

Please feel free to contact us for more information!

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Girl Scouts use resources wisely with annual phonebook recycling project

Project PetLitterIt’s nearly time for new phone books to land on front porches and in business lobbies. Local Girl Scouts have a creative way for your old phone books to be re-used! Now through July 31, Girl Scouts will be collecting old phone books for Nestle Purina’s Project PetLitter. “Yesterday’s News” is pet litter made from recycled newspapers, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, and other paper. “This is a great, hands-on way for girls to connect with community members and to practice the ‘use resources wisely’ part of the Girl Scout Law,” says Jennifer M. Orban, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. Girl Scout troops also benefit by receiving proceeds from Nestle Purina PetCare rewards for each book collected. Last year Girl Scouts collected more than 67,000 phonebooks and earned more than $3,000 in proceeds to use toward leadership activities and service projects.

The drop-off locations in Springfield include all Dillon’s grocery stores and the Girl Scout Administrative Service Center at 210 S. Ingram Mill Road. Area businesses may also call Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland toll-free at 1-877-312-4764 x1137 or email smcall@girlscoutsmoheartland.org to have a Girl Scout troop assigned to pick up old phonebooks.

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GSMH Shop Sale: March 11th & 12th

Girl Scout Week Sale

Girl Scout Birthday Week: March 7th to 13th

Girl Scout Birthday Sale: March 11-12

On March 11th and 12th come to a GSMH Retail Shop to pull a candle out of the birthday cake and receive 5% to 25% off your total purchase! This special will include all in-stock items and clearance items.

Thursday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Friday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Stop in to take advantage of the wonderful discounts and to help us Celebrate National Girl Scout Week!

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