Skip the Paperwork-Register Online!

GSMH is pleased to introduce the all new Online Registration system! Beginning in time for Early Bird, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland girls and adults will be able to renew, or create new, their memberships through the web.

ROSE is our new little owl friend who will be helping us roll out the Online Registration ROSE-with-bubblesystem. ROSE stands for Registration On-line Simple & Easy, and she’s coming soon to the GSMH website. When you see ROSE on the website click on her to take you to the Online Registration system.

Volunteers, this is a great opportunity to finally be done with all the hassle and paperwork that come with membership registrations! No more collecting and sending in forms. Encourage your girls’ parents and guardians to use the easy Online Registration system to renew their memberships beginning with Early Bird.

(Never fear: All completed Online Registrations still count toward Early Bird totals and patches. Additionally, girls who have their registrations completed online will receive a special Online Registration patch that features ROSE!)

Here are some of the reasons why you’ll want to have your parents and guardians completing Online Registration instead of you, the volunteer:

  • They will be able to register from home, any time of day.
  • Information at the council will be more accurate than ever as the parents and guardians themselves will be responsible for entering all information without it being copied and entered by someone else.
  • Families will feel more involved in their daughter’s Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
  • When a parent or guardian registers their girl, the leader does not have to collect and send any signatures to the council—it’s an entirely paperless system! (Alternatively, when a troop leader registers a girl, a paper registration and signature from that girl’s parent or guardian would still have to be collected and sent in to the council.)
  • Volunteers will be free to spend more time working with girls instead of with membership registration.
  • No backlog! Online Registration memberships are active and counted in the system immediately without the delays of passing the registration from person to person to council staff.

Of course, parents and guardians won’t have all the fun. Troop leaders (01s) will be able to use Online Registration to print troop rosters and manage multiple troops.

To experience Online Registration, simply go to www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/rose beginning April 15,  2013. There you will also find guides, videos, and an FAQ to help you use the Online Registration system.

 

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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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Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Meet Fiona, the pink flamingo mascot for the 2012 Fall Product Program. While Fiona is certainly a beautiful bird and is sure to stir up the excitement of girls everywhere, I couldn’t help but wonder why our Girl Scout product program is being represented by a flamingo. So, I did some research and discovered that Fiona and her flamingo friends have far more in common with Girl Scouts than one would think!

Did you know that with their bright feathers and hooked bills, flamingos are among the most easily recognized water birds?

Flamingos have long legs that allow them to courageously wade into deeper water than most other species of birds.

Flamingos like Fiona can fly, but they need to get a running start to gather speed before they can take off for flight. In flight, flamingos are quite distinctive, with outstretched long necks in front, and those long legs trailing behind.

Are you following me here?

Did you know that flamingos are social birds and prefer to live in groups, ranging in size from a few pair to sometimes thousands or tens of thousands? The size of these flocks adds to the impressiveness of ritualized flamingo displays.

At first glance, you might be saying to yourself “What is she talking about? I’m not making the connection.” Stick with me!

If you’ve ever seen a troop selling cookies at a booth outside of Wal-Mart or marching in their local homecoming or holiday parade while proudly wearing their Girl Scout uniform, “easily recognized” rings true to you.

If you were one of the fifteen hundred Girl Scouts that gathered in Springfield last March for our 100th Anniversary Believe in Girls Expo, you’ve seen a distinctive group gather to create an “impressive display!”

If you’ve been lucky enough to watch a largely numbered group of young, excited Daisies learn and grow together into a small, cohesive group of High School Ambassadors who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award, then you understand the tie-in for “running start” and “quite distinctive.”

These distinguishing facts about flamingos like Fiona might bring a special Girl Scout you know to mind. Give her the opportunity to continue her own journey as part of the Girl Scout flock, and encourage her to participate in the Fall Product Program!

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Girl Scouts Annual Phonebook Recycling Project

Project Pet Litter

Would your troop like to help the environment, the community and put a little money in your troop bank account?  This year troops in the Joplin, Branson & Springfield areas can do just that by participating in Project Pet Litter.  All you have to do is collect old phone directories from August through September 30, 2012 and put them in designated collection bins  and Nestle Purina will pay your troop $25 for every ton of phonebooks you collect.  They will use the phone directories and turn them in to “Yesterday’s News” which is a pet litter made from recyclable materials.  This project has been taking place for over 10 years! Area businesses call the Girl Scout service center looking for troops to pick up their old phonebooks and we put them in touch with you! It’s an easy way to help encourage recycling and earn money for your troop.

To sign up or for more information, contact Stefanie McCall at 877-312-4764 ext. 1137 or smccall@girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

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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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Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Three Women

During the Girl Scout Congressional Aide program, Kate, a Girl Scout, had the opportunity to meet Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The New York Times reports that The Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 was awarded on Friday to three campaigning women from Africa and the Arab world in acknowledgment of their nonviolent role in promoting peace, democracy and gender equality. The winners were Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — Africa’s first elected female president — her compatriot, peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen, a pro-democracy campaigner.

They were the first women to win the prize since Kenya’s Wangari Maathai, who died last month, was named as the laureate in 2004.

Most of the recipients in the award’s 110-year history have been men and Friday’s decision seemed designed to give impetus to the cause for women’s rights around the world.

“We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women obtain the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society,” said the citation read by Thorbjorn Jagland, a former Norwegian prime minister who heads the Oslo-based Nobel committee that chooses the winner of the $1.5 million prize.

(Source: Joshua at GSUSA)

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Register to Receive Future Girl Scout Surveys

The National Program Evaluation System (NPES) registration process is well underway.  We encourage all members – girls and adults – to be a part of this survey system.  It has been developed to assess girls’ progress toward the benefits and outcomes that the Girl Scout Leadership Experience promises to all Girl Scouts.

The first step to participating in the NPES is to complete a registration survey.  Once you have completed the registration survey, you will become a part of the GSMH panel of participants, who may later be surveyed about their Girl Scout Leadership Experience. To begin this process and make sure your voice is heard, go to www.GirlScoutVoices.org.  For a paper version of the registration process, please contact the Senior Manager Leadership Program at 877-312-4764 x1327.

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GSMH trip to the National Council Session and 52nd National Convention

Update: Registration has been extended — have your registration in to Deborah Oglesby by August 26.

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland trip to the National Council Session and 52nd National Convention

We are putting together a girl trip for the 52nd National Convention and would love to have a great group of girls attend!

The dates for the trip are Wednesday, November 9 through Monday, November 14 and will be leaving from the Joplin area.  Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland will provide letters to the schools of participating girls requesting that these days be considered excused absences due to the educational nature of the convention. These dates were chosen to allow girls to attend both the opening and closing ceremonies.  The cost for attendance as part of our council group is $735 per girl and $855 per adult.  These costs include transportation, breakfast each day, convention registration and your hotel room.  We are allowed to have 10 girls attend the Girl Scout Leadership Institute and there would be an additional fee for participation.

At this point in time, we have 16 spots open.  If we have more than 16 people committed to going, the per person cost will be dropped accordingly.

We have to register by August 1, 2011.  Please note that cookie credit and program credit may be used for this trip.  Also, if you would like to make a partial payment, to hold your spot, you may do so.  We would need a deposit of at least $250 per person to hold your spot.  Unfortunately, since we are on such a tight turnaround time, refunds will not be possible.

If you would like to attend, please contact Deborah Oglesby, Leadership Program Specialist at 877-312-4764 ext. 1212 or by email at doglesby@girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

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Volunteer Perspectives, It’s Your Story-Tell It!

As you know, Girl Scouts of the USA and Dove®, the leading personal care brand, partner to deliver Girl Scout leadership and self-esteem programming to millions of girls nationwide and abroad with the latest Girl Scout leadership journey It’s Your Story-Tell It!. It’s Your Story-Tell It! uses a storytelling theme in a fun and relevant way for girls to better understand themselves and their potential.

Keeping with the storytelling theme, I reached out to a volunteer recently to get an on the ground perspective on a journey in progress. “I have enjoyed the journey with the girls. Most of what we did came directly from the journey books, as we didn’t think we could truly test the journey unless we followed it closely,” she states. “As we progressed, the girls were more and more outspoken and confident in expressing their ideas… A number of them said they would try it again. It was evident that the effects of the project are both positive and sustainable, potentially reaching many more students and their families.”

Specifically, the girls were participating in a remake project—taking stock of the media in their lives, of issues in the community, creating a piece of media that better reflects the realities of their world. To continue sharing this message (which is the final step to the Influence Award), the girls were creating a public service announcement.

“I asked the girls what they have gotten out of our journey. They told me that they had never thought about the power of the messages in the media. They said that they gained leadership skills by bringing their media remake into their schools and being guides and leaders for all the other students. It was evident that the girls felt empowered by the fact that so many students followed their lead and participated in their remake project. They reported that they learned how to work with adults, and how important communication is and how difficult at times.”

Do you have any Journey success stories to share?

 

Next Week is National Volunteer Week. The GSMH Blog will be spotlighting stories around Volunteer Week. Stay tuned…

(ht: GSUSA)

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