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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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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Competition & STEM Program Opportunity for Girls

Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to be an outreach partner with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media to introduce the second annual National STEM Video Game Challenge open to Girl Scouts! This challenge invites game makers to show their passion for playing and making video games and aims to motivate children’s interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Up for grabs is almost $200,000 in cash and prizes, with multiple ways to win! The entry period is open through March 12th, 2012. Finalists will be selected by a distinguished panel of judges and winners will be announced in the spring of 2012 at a major public event.

For more information on how Girl Scouts can enter the Youth Prize competition (middle school & high school) look here!

Challenges like this support Girl Scouts’ already strong commitment to STEM activities that are relevant to everyday life. Whether they’re discovering how a car’s engine runs, becoming math whizzes, or learning about careers in STEM fields, girls are moving forward into the future. Please look here for more information on all of our science offerings.

This challenge also compliments the Entertainment Technology Badge, where girls can dig into video game development! If you have girls earning this badge, encourage them to enter the STEM Video Challenge as well!

(originally posted by Joshua at GSUSA)

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New Girl Scouts Research Exposes the Impact of Reality TV on Girls

As reality TV has become staple entertainment for young people and adults alike, tween and teen girls who regularly view reality TV accept and expect a higher level of drama, aggression, and bullying in their own lives, and measure their worth primarily by their physical appearance, according to Real to Me: Girls and Reality TV, a national survey released today by the Girl Scout Research Institute.

The study found that the vast majority of girls think reality shows “often pit girls against each other to make the shows more exciting” (86 percent). When comparing the propensity for relational aggression between viewers and non-viewers of reality TV, 78 percent vs. 54 percent state that “gossiping is a normal part of a relationship between girls.”

Regarding romantic relationships, reality TV viewers are more likely than non-viewers to say “girls often have to compete for a guy’s attention” (74 percent vs. 63 percent), and are happier when they are dating someone or have a boyfriend/significant other (49 percent vs. 28 percent).

“Girls today are bombarded with media – reality TV and otherwise – that more frequently portrays girls and women in competition with one another rather than in support or collaboration. This perpetuates a ‘mean-girl’ stereotype and normalizes this behavior among girls,” states Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Ph.D. Developmental Psychologist, Girl Scouts of the USA. “We don’t want girls to avoid reality TV, but want them, along with their parents, to know what they are getting into when they watch it. Our national leadership program equips girls with the skills to decipher media fact from fiction and make healthy decisions for their own lives-separate from their sources of entertainment.”

Girls who view reality TV regularly are also more focused on the value of physical appearance. 72 percent say they spend a lot of time on their appearance vs. 42 percent of non-viewers, while more than a third (38 percent) think that a girl’s value is based on how she looks.

At the same time, girls surveyed who regularly view reality TV are more self-assured than non-viewers when it comes to an overwhelming majority of personal characteristics, with the majority considering themselves mature, a good influence, smart, funny, and outgoing. They are more likely than non-viewers to both aspire to leadership (46 percent vs. 27 percent) and to think they are currently seen as a leader (75 percent vs. 63 percent). In addition, they are more likely to see themselves as role models for other girls (75 percent vs. 61 percent).

The study revealed that reality TV has many upsides as well. 68 percent of girls agree that reality shows “make me think I can achieve anything in life” and 48 percent that they “help me realize there are people out there like me.” Seventy-five percent of girls say that reality TV depicts people with different backgrounds and beliefs.

“We also want to emphasize the many positive benefits to reality TV, including its role as a learning and motivational tool,” states Kimberlee Salmond, Senior Researcher, Girl Scout Research Institute. “For example, we know that many girls receive inspiration and comfort from reality TV and that 62 percent of girls say that these types of shows have raised their awareness of social issues and causes.”

Since its founding in 2000, the Girl Scout Research Institute has become an internationally recognized center for research and public policy information on the development and well-being of girls. Not just Girl Scouts, but all girls.

(source: Joshua on GSUSA blog)

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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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