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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CEO Search/Selection Task Group establishes timeline

The CEO Search/Selection Task Group met March 16 to review the CEO Selection Criteria Survey results and establish a timeline for the search process. The council is using Girl Scouts of the USA’s Executive Search Services to conduct the national search for a CEO.

After the job announcement is posted for 60 days, Evergreen Executive Source, LLC, which partners with Girl Scouts of the USA on executive searches, will screen the applicant pool, conduct preliminary interviews, and recommend finalists for the Search/Selection Task Group to interview in July or August. The task group anticipates hiring a CEO by September.

Members of the Search/Selection Task Group are Vicki Myers, Board member and task group chair, Jefferson City; Parker McKenna, Springfield Public Schools; Brigitte Marrs, Board member, Springfield; Dr. Julie Middleton, Board member, Columbia; Valerie Richardson, Board Development Committee chair, Springfield; Ginger Schneider, operational volunteer, Rolla; Terri Tomlin, Board member, Jackson; Kristen Westerman, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce; and Mike Wolfe, Board treasurer, Springfield.

The task group appreciates your feedback regarding the competencies our next CEO should demonstrate in order to be successful.  Thank you for all you do every day to provide and support leadership experiences that prepare our girls for a lifetime of limitless opportunities.

Tina Stillwell
Board Chair

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2012 Cookie Program Extension

You may be aware that some areas of our council were recently affected by tornadoes. This natural disaster has impacted the ability for troops in those areas to fully participate in the cookie program this year. For this reason, GSMH has decided to extend the cookie program throughout the entire council for 2 additional weeks. Please read this information in full for complete details. If you have any questions, please contact your local Product Program Specialist.

  • The final day of the cookie program is March 25. Troops can continue with direct selling until this day.
  • Service Center cookie cupboards will be open 11:00-4:30 M-F while they have cookies in stock. Note: Closed on Saturdays
  • Cookies of most varieties are still available at all cupboard locations.
  • Cookies will continue to be $4/box throughout the sale.
  • Girls can continue to accumulate recognitions throughout the extended sale.

 Money deadlines:

  • March 14: Troop deposits for all cookies ordered through March 11.
  • March 28: Final troop deposits for cookies ordered March 12-25.

Note: If your service unit has been piloting the ACH auto-withdraw plan, your final deadline still applies. If your troop participates in the extended program, you will need to make a final deposit into a council account. These monies will not be removed from your individual troop accounts.

Recognition deadlines:

  • For troops not participating in the extended sale: March 14.
  • For troops participating in the extended sale: March 27.

Note:  If additions/changes  are made that will affect the girl totals toward recognitions please remember to update any information when doing transfers and placing the recognition order.

 Paperwork deadline:

  • Final paperwork will be due Friday, March 30.

 

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Exhibit opportunities at the Believe In Girls Expo, March 31

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Do you believe in girls?

Don’t miss out!
Join the largest girl-centered expo in Missouri, hosted by one of the most iconic brands for girls.

This event will encourage girls to explore leadership in five initiative areas (see below), and give parents, families, and community members a chance to show that they believe in girls and support girls’ growth and learning.

BELIEVE IN GIRLS EXPO
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Springfield Expo Center

why exhibit with us?

• Associate your brand with the advancement of girls and girl leadership.
• Engage thousands of youth and families.
• Be a part of history – commemorate 100 years of Girl Scouting

choose from 5 initiative areas:

• Healthy Living
• Environmental Stewardship
• Financial Literacy
• Science and Technology
• Global Citizenship

make your booth your own with:

• Interactive games
• Giveaways and prizes
• Product demonstrations
• Other brief activities

(See all this information as a flyer.)

Business rate: $125. Non-profit rate: $25.
For more information, contact Stefanie McCall at 877-312-4764 x1137 or smccall@girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

Hurry! Booth registrations are due February 29, 2012.

Click here for the booth sponsor registration PDF!

 

 

 

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Register for Annual Meeting & 100th Anniversary Events

Register for the Annual Meeting & 100th Anniversary Events

Join Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland in celebrating 100 trailblazing years!

scoutsSaturday, March 31, 2012 in Springfield, MO.

Our celebration will include:

  • Believe in Girls 5K
  • GSMH Annual Meeting
  • Believe in Girls Expo
  • Girl Scouts Forever Alumnae Gathering
  • One Hundred Fun Hundred Party
  • 100 Years of Dreams Party

Look inside the PDF brochure for details and
mail-in registration form!

You can also register online for the meeting, the 5K, and any of the eciting events using your credit/debit card or PayPal account.

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Join us for a focus group discussion on our council structure.

Be part of the solution.

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

Space is limited. RSVP by Friday, January 6.

Springfield/Joplin
Shandon Hill: shill@girlscoutsmoheartland.org or x1121

Houston/Sikeston/Cape/Poplar Bluff
Alyx Chevalier: achevalier@girlscoutsmoheartland.org or x1420

Jefferson City/Sedalia/Columbia/Miller/Maries
Sherrey Young: syoung@girlscoutsmoheartland.org or x1331

Light refreshments will be provided.

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