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.



Exhibit opportunities at the Believe In Girls Expo, March 31

click for the full PDF file

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.

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!





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.


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.

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.


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


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


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!


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!


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.


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 .