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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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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GSMH CEO Resignation Announcement

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

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Joplin Satellite Office Opening Soon

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!

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New CEO Anna Maria Chávez Speaks to Girl Scouts

 

Girl Scouts of the USA celebrated 100 years of history and welcomed its new chief executive officer, Anna Maria Chávez, at its National Council Session/52nd Convention in Houston from November 10-13.
The historic convention, titled Renewing the Promise: Girl Scouts in a New Century, drew some 15,000 girl and adult members, as well as noted celebrities, such as ABC News journalist Katie Couric; Soledad O’Brien, host of CNN’s In America; Robin Roberts, co-anchor of Good Morning America; three-time Grammy-nominated recording artist Sarah Bareilles; Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker; actress and philanthropist Marlee Martin; gospel singer Yolanda Adams; and actress Monique Coleman, who starred in the High School Musical films.
Below is the speech delivered by Anna Maria Chávez. Enjoy!

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Joplin Office Update

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.

Update: For mail for the Joplin center, please use the Springfield center address.

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Assistance available through the Disaster Relief Fund

Thanks to sister Girl Scout troops across the country, volunteers, community members, businesses, United Ways, GSUSA and staff, the Disaster Relief Fund has generated available funding to help our sister Girl Scouts who have been affected by the tornadoes and flooding in our council area. With these funds, we have been able to help girls, volunteers and staff with basic need items and Girl Scout items.

These funds are available to help girls replace handbooks (with Journey books), sashes, patches, badges, uniforms, as well as provide membership and program fee financial assistance.  We will also replace leader books and provide volunteers with membership and training fee assistance.

To receive this assistance, leaders or family members should call Vivian Glover at 877-312-4764 x 1106 .

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Phase 2 registration info: Natl. Council Session and Convention

PHASE 2: FOR GIRL SCOUTS NOT REGISTERING THROUGH THEIR COUNCILS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC

 Phase 2 of convention registration will open on Monday, August 8th, at 1:00 pm EDT.  We would appreciate your sharing this information with those members of your council who were not or will not be included as part of Phase 1 of registration.  This link is being provided to you so that you may publish it for use by official visitors or other interested individuals who may want to attend the convention and have not registered through the council:  https://girlscouts.wingateweb.com/portal/newreg.ww.

Prior to actually registering, these individuals may want to learn more about the convention program.  Details on the content, as well as information about Houston and housing, is available on the Girl Scouts convention website – www.girlscouts.org/convention.

During Phase 2, the general public or individuals or groups (e.g., troops, etc.) who do not register through their Girl Scout council may register themselves for any of the following: Official Visitors who are not Alternate Delegates, Day Passes, Hall of Exhibits Only Passes, 100th Anniversary Parties, Girl Scouts University @ Convention Tracks 1 and 2, and the History Conference.  These individuals must meet the Girl Scout membership and minimum age requirements.

These registration categories must continue to register via Council Group Registration: Delegates, Official Visitors who are Alternate Delegates, Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) registrants, and Girl Scouts University (GSU) @ Convention: Track 3 – Board Governance registrants.  Anyone who registers for any of these packages must do so through their Girl Scout council.

IMPORTANT!

If the council has already registered an attendee as a delegate, official visitor, purchased a day pass or admission to the Hall of Exhibits, and the attendee wishes to add an event (e.g., 100th Anniversary Party, GSU @ Convention), the council must add these additional registration packages to the attendee’s original registration.  This will avoid duplication of registration records and will allow the council to pickup all registration materials at one time onsite in Houston.

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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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Volunteer projects available in Joplin through United Way 2-1-1

United Way 2-1-1 has begun mobilizing thousands of volunteers from across Missouri and across the nation. As you know, the recovery and rebuilding of Joplin is not something that can take place in a week. Volunteers are needed now and will be needed for the weeks and months to come. Please join United Way of Central Missouri in our effort to let our community know they can help the people of Joplin by signing up to volunteer at www.211missouri.org and/or by forwarding this information to your co-workers, family and friends.

Below is an image that links directly to the Joplin Relief Effort project page where individuals can review projects and sign up to help. The direct link to the project list is: http://www.stl.unitedway.org/getinvolved/volunteercenter/volunteer/joplin.aspx.  This list is updated often with new and changing projects. When people sign up, they receive an automated email with specific project instructions. Already thousands have used this system for to volunteer in Joplin, and many more spots are available.

Thank you for your efforts to help those people in need in Joplin. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at (573) 636-4100.

 

For more information on Joplin relief efforts, see our previous post, Joplin-Area Tornado Relief Efforts.

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