Be an Early Bird for 2014-2015

Renew your membership by June 2, 2014 to be an Early Bird!

Five reasons why it’s great to be an  Early Bird. Logo_Color

  1.  You receive a special 2014-2015 Early Bird patch.
  2. This year includes new incentives:
    • Troops earn an Early Bird Bill worth $10 AND are entered into a drawing for an Early Bird Bill worth $100!
    • Girls are entered into a drawing to win one of fifteen Early Bird Bills worth $50!
  3.  You receive an automatic invitation to any of the Early Bird Hoedowns or Early Bird Baths!
  4. You’ll be set to start troop meetings right away in the fall.
  5. It’s a great way for girls to be self-sufficient by using their recently-earned Girl Scout Cookie Credit!

Register now and be an Early Bird! If you need more information on how you can be an Early Bird, contact your Membership Marketing Specialist or call 877-312-4764

 

 

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GSMH Holiday Open House & Winter Weather Policy

December 13, 2013

Due to inclement weather the Joplin and Springfield Service Centers are closed.

 

December 10, 2013

Due to inclement weather our Dexter, Joplin, and Springfield Service Centers are closed today. Staff are available to assist you via email and voicemail.

 

December 9, 2013

Due to weather and road conditions our Cape, Dexter and Springfield Service Centers are closed today.

 

December 6, 2013

Due to the weather and road conditions, the Holiday Open Houses scheduled for Saturday, December 7 at our Dexter, Joplin, and Springfield Service Centers will be rescheduled. The Jefferson City Open House will continue as planned.

December 6, 2013

Due to inclement weather the Cape, Dexter, Joplin and Springfield Service Centers are closed.

December 5, 2013

 

Due to inclement weather our Dexter Service Center will close at 1:00 p.m. today. The Joplin and Springfield Service Centers will close at 4:00 p.m. today.

December 4, 2013

The weather forecast is calling for a wintery mix throughout GSMH Thursday through Friday. We feel this is a good time to remind everyone of the inclement weather policy for all of our service centers.

If the public school system in a city where a service center is located cancels school for the day due to inclement weather, the service center in that city will also be closed (Cape Girardeau, Dexter, Jefferson City, Joplin or Springfield public schools only).

Many of you have plans to attend the GSMH Holiday Open House events happening at our service centers (except in Cape Girardeau) this Saturday, December 7. We will make every effort to have these as scheduled. However, this will be dependent upon factors such as electricity and roads. Please call our offices first at 877-312-4764 for updates prior to driving to a service center.

We hope you all stay safe and warm!

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GSMH 2014 Signature Event

STEM

 

Join us for a fun-filled, STEM-tastic day! Girls of all ages can explore science, technology, engineering, and math through fun and educational activities. There will also be interactive exhibits and live demonstrations.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy this event—but it might just inspire you to become one! Girls and troops will have a chance to show off their talents too! Mini competitions will be taking place throughout the day.

  • There will be concessions available for purchase.
  • Troops are allowed to tent camp on Saturday night at the location of the event.
  • Discounted hotel rates are available at hotels in Columbia and Jefferson City.

DATESaturday, April 12, 2014
LOCATIONAshland Optimist Club, 511 Optimist Dr., Ashland, MO 65010
TIME10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
COST$20 (includes admission, patch, and t-shirt)

Information packets and registration forms will be available on the GSMH website mid-November.

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Strategic Learning in Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is currently engaged in its second cycle of the Strategic Learning process.  This work will set the direction for the council for 2014-2017.  Strategic Learning is a process that was developed by Willie Pietersen, Columbia University Business School, and adopted by Girl Scouts of the USA several years ago.  The key to Strategic Learning is to help build adaptive organizations ready to meet the challenges facing them and prepared to achieve their mission.

The Council Strategy Team, comprised of operational volunteers, board members, community volunteers and council staff members, began their work in April 2013.  They did intensive research to discover the “brutal truths” facing Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland and began to develop the strategy that will help the council move forward in achieving the Girl Scout mission.  The work of the team was approved by the council board of directors in September 2013.

This work has produced five Strategic Priorities that will drive all of the efforts of GSMH during this upcoming three-year period.  These priorities are:

  • Recruit, develop, retain, recognize and inspire volunteers who are equipped to support the Girl Scout program.
  • Develop and implement fun, quality, outcomes-based leadership experiences for girls.
  • Create sufficient and sustainable council funding by developing the potential of all council revenue streams and increasing contributed income.
  • Develop and implement flexible strategies to increase retention of girls in grades 1-7.
  • Build upon Girl Scouts’ iconic brand to educate the public on the value of the Girl Scout program.

Staff Gap Teams are working now through early January 2014 to develop strategies to “close the gaps” we have identified and move the council toward the achievement of these Strategic Priorities.  They are eager to have more input from the volunteers.   Any input regarding these five priorities and strategies to achieve them can be emailed to the following addresses:

Volunteer Support Gap Team

Program Delivery Gap Team

Funding Gap Team

Girl Retention Gap Team

Perception and Awareness Gap Team

Anne Soots, Strategic Learning Project Manager

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GSMH Property Update

We asked for your feedback on the recommendation for GSMH program properties and we definitely received it. Many people expressed their love for the properties and asked for an opportunity to be able to retain them. As announced after the June 14 Board of Directors meeting, the Board voted to allow volunteer/community groups the opportunity to develop and submit sustainable, viable long-term plans for supporting Girl Scouting including retaining and maintaining all of the GSMH program properties that were recommended for divestment.

We know that many people are anxious to begin work on their plans. We will announce the criteria/expectations for those plans very soon. Therefore, we want to share some dates with you now. We will hold meetings in August to meet with volunteers/community members that will be involved in developing sustainable plans to retain properties to submit to the Board. We will provide information and answer questions about plan development. Each of these meetings will be from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and there is no registration required. The meetings will be held at the respective program properties, except the Sacajawea East meeting will be held at the Cape Girardeau Girl Scout service center. The schedule is:

Monday, August 5 – Latonka Program Center
Tuesday, August 6 – Sacajawea East at Cape Girardeau service center
Thursday, August 8 – Mintahama Program Center
Tuesday, August 13 – Sacajawea West Program Center
Wednesday, August 14 – Greenberry Acres Program Center

Anne Soots, GSMH CEO, and council Board member representatives will attend all of the meetings to give input into the discussion. We are looking forward to thoughtful, constructive dialogue about the future of Girl Scouting and program properties in GSMH.

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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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Tell Us What You Think! Strategic Learning 2013

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To Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Girls, Parents and Volunteers:

We are very glad to have you involved in Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.  Providing an exciting Girl Scout program that gives girls opportunities to grow, learn and have fun is very important to us.  And we need your help to make sure our council keeps up to date with what is important to our girls.

Over the next year our council will be going through a process called Strategic Learning.  We will be using the proven best practices of Strategic Learning to gather and review a lot of information from girls and adults across our council.  Girls and adults will have the opportunity to tell us what they like about Girl Scouts and what they would like to see happening in Girl Scouts.  Girls, parents and volunteers are encouraged to complete the online surveys listed below.  You may complete a survey in more than one of the categories if applicable.  Please encourage any girls, Girl Scout parents or Girl Scout volunteers that you know to complete the survey on-line.  The more people that participate, the richer the pool of data we will have to use in our Strategic Learning process.

Girl Survey 

Parent Survey

Volunteer Survey

Thank you for helping us with this very important project.  Your information will help lead Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland into the future.

Sincerely,

 

Anne Soots, Chief Executive Officer

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

 

 

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New Council Staff Structure

It is important that all of our council resources are aligned toward helping Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland achieve the competitive focus and the five strategic priorities that emerged from our Strategic Learning process. One of our largest resources is our council staff. We needed to make some changes to our staff structure to better position us to achieve our competitive focus of building council capacity to provide quality service delivery to service units and troops. Our new staff structure will take effect on July 2.

In our new staff structure, we eliminated eleven positions and added twelve positions back. The positions we eliminated were Sr. Membership Manager, Sr. Leadership Program Manager, Sr. Volunteer Development Manager, Leadership Program Specialist (6), Volunteer Development Specialist and E-Media Specialist. We are taking a new approach to delivering membership, volunteerism and program (MVP) services to our membership. These services will now be delivered through three regional teams, one assigned to each of our three council regions. These teams will be led by the new position of regional manager, who will be responsible for ensuring quality service delivery in their regions. These regional managers will supervise teams of membership and marketing specialists (MMS) and leadership and learning specialists (LLS). There will be two LLS in each region – one specializing in the delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and the other specializing in volunteer development.  The three regional teams are:

Central Region
Regional Manager – Carolyn Imhoff
Membership and Marketing Specialists – Angela Peth, Sarah Smith, Megan White and Sherrey Young

Leadership and Learning Specialist (GSLE) – Karen Lawrence
Leadership and Learning Specialist (Volunteerism) – Julie Wall

Southeast Region
Regional Manager – Kara Glaus
Membership and Marketing Specialists – Casi Cameron, Alyx Chevalier, Amber Moyers and one position to be filled
Leadership and Learning Specialist (GSLE) – April Isbell
Leadership and Learning Specialist (Volunteerism – Shirley Stevens

Southwest Region
Regional Manager – Anne Hyde
Membership and Marketing Specialists – Shandon Hill, Dawn Irvine, Becky Ledbetter, Melissa Stark, Candice Wolf and one position to be filled
Leadership and Learning Specialist (GSLE) – Stefanie McCall
Leadership and Learning Specialist (Volunteerism ) – Melody Hutchison

Three new positions have been included to provide better services for our membership:

  • Leadership and Learning Specialist (Outdoor) – Keely Elfrink – responsible for resident camp management and providing increased outdoor opportunities across the council
  • CES Manager/Website Administrator – Liam Watts – responsible for council data management and website administration
  • PR/Digital Media Manager – Lori Enyart- responsible for social media and localized public relations efforts
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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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GSMH Council CEO position posting

CEO

Job Location: MO – Springfield
Employment Type: Full-Time (Regular)

Job Summary

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is the product of the joining of resources and ambitions of five
legacy councils. The council is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic executive to continue to unify
and lead the council by embracing its vision as the premier leadership development experience for
girls in central and southern Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma. Girl Scouting helps
girls discover their own sense of self, connect with others in an increasingly diverse world, and take
action to make the world a better place.

The new CEO, in partnership with the board, will be charged with expanding opportunities for girls in
the communities served. While honoring the traditions of Girl Scouting, the CEO will provide highly
visible and dynamic leadership to advance a vibrant and challenging environment for girl and adult
members and volunteers from all the communities it serves.

Reporting to the council’s board of directors, the CEO will bring leadership, strategic direction, and
vision to the council, capitalizing on the strengths of its 4,900-plus volunteers and 62 staff to meet the
needs of 17,400-plus girls. The CEO promotes Girl Scout visibility and is an ambassador of Girl
Scouting in the council’s jurisdiction, the “go-to” person on girls’ issues in central and southern Missouri.
Key objectives include increasing membership in all communities, building a foundation of fiscal strength
based on diversification of income, and taking the council to a new level of operations in a digital and
media-savvy environment. Essential is the ability to engender support in the various communities
encompassed by the council: small cities, suburbs, and rural areas. In addition to a normal office
schedule, this position requires evening and weekend meetings and event participation as well as
travel for professional conferences and leadership and management development opportunities.

The CEO will have significant functional responsibility for fundraising and development initiatives,
management of senior leadership staff, and the achievement of established diversity goals for council
operations. Additional responsibilities include financial accountability for the $4.7 million annual
budget and substantial property accountability for its headquarters, a satellite office, four service
centers, and 11 camp properties. The successful CEO will inspire staff to work to their fullest potential
and make maximum use of the strong volunteer base of the council. EOE

Job Qualifications

The CEO will possess solid C-level business skills as well as demonstrated dedication and support for
the advancement of young people. A minimum of 10 years senior level experience is desired, with five
or more years of executive experience leading organizations through transformational change. In
addition, we seek excellence across a broad range of executive and managerial functions, including
financial management, fund development, business development, planning, board relations,
staff/volunteer relations, and the use of social media for business communications. It is expected that
candidates will possess a minimum of an undergraduate degree or equivalent mix of education,
training, and experience with advanced education and training in fields relating to nonprofit leadership
preferred.

Personal attributes of the CEO will include a girl-centered attitude, dedication to the mission of Girl
Scouting at all times, and the drive to be the voice for girls throughout the communities served. The
CEO will be a person of strong ideals, integrity, and vision who has strategic and operational planning
abilities and who can serve as a role model of best management practices and solid decision making.
The new CEO will possess a style of leadership that embraces partnerships, that is collaborative, and
that empowers stakeholders to achieve their highest potential, all the while meeting mutually agreed
upon accountability measures.

Special Instructions

We encourage expressions of interest as early as possible to accommodate the council’s urgent need
to fill this important position.

How to Apply

For consideration, please email your cover letter and resume (preferably MS Word attachments) along
with salary requirements to:

Bob Perodeau, Principal
800-221-6663
evergreen.source@att.net
Evergreen Executive Source, LLC
P.O. Box 412
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Fax #: 800-451-1451

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