GSMH ESTABLISHES SPECIAL RELIEF FUND FOR MEMBERS

Update (August 11, 2011): The response to help those affected in our area due to recent natural disasters has been overwhelming! The level of generosity we’ve seen from people who want to help has been inspiring, and has greatly helped those affected.

If you would still like to contribute, as need still exists, we ask that you visit http://www.joplinmo.org to see if there are agencies still accepting items/donations or consider contributing to our GSMH Relief Fund, rather than sending items directly to our service centers.

Again, thank you for your help!

 

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland continues to send its thoughts and prayers to those who have suffered from recent natural disasters across our area. We are proud of our Girl Scout members, sisters, and friends who have reached out to each other in this time of great need.

To assist Girl Scout members who are struggling in the wake of flooding in eastern and southern Missouri and tornadoes in western and central Missouri, we have established a special Disaster Relief Fund. 100% of donations earmarked for this fund will be used to provide:

  • Replacement uniforms, books, patches, and supplies for girls and adults
  • 2011-2012 membership fees for disaster-area members
  • Summer camp and program event financial assistance for girls
  • Training fee financial assistance for adults

Contributions to this fund may be mailed to the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Administrative Service Center at: Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, 210 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield, MO 65802. Please write “Disaster Relief Fund” in the memo section of your check.

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High Waters Cause Suspension of Activities at Camp

Update: Activities have resumed — please see the June 19th blog post: “Activities to Resume at Latonka Program Center

Safety is number one priority

With Lake Wappapello’s water level at 35 feet above normal on May 9, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland (GSMH) is forced to suspend all activities hosted at the Latonka Program Center until the water recedes and clean-up and restoration at the property can be completed.  Latonka Program Center is located in Wayne County and home to summer, troop and family activities, as well as council sponsored activities, such as summer resident camp.

“It is unfortunate that the historic flood has created this tough decision,” states Jennifer M. Orban, CEO for GSMH, “but parents depend on us as an organization to provide a safe environment for their girls.”

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is offering summer camp at three additional locations, including Cherokee Ridge Program Center, also located in Wayne County.  Valarie Moseley, Chief Membership/Leadership Program Officer for GSMH understands the disappointment for the girls saying, “I know that many girls were looking forward to an outdoor camp experience this summer.  Therefore, we will be adding additional weeks of resident camp at the Cherokee Ridge facility for those who would like to participate in activities such as horseback riding, aqua sports, and the science behind the solar system.”  Go to www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org for more information on the additional sessions added at Cherokee Ridge.

If you would like to offer donations to help with the clean-up and restoration of Latonka Program Center, please contact Angie Sullivan at 877-312-4764 ext. 1343.

For additional information: http://www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/pages/camp.php

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Earth Hour and GSMH Team Up to Honor the Planet

Earth Hour and Girls Scouts of the USA announced a collaboration to increase environmental education, awareness and action. This collaboration is part of the Earth Hour global campaign, launched today in Singapore, that marks the beginning of a new phase for Earth Hour to “go beyond the hour” – encouraging people to capture, share and inspire environmental conversation and action year-round.

Earth Hour is a global initiative that invites individuals, businesses, governments and communities to turn off their lights for one hour – 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 – to show support for environmentally sustainable action. In the United States, Earth Hour is partnering with the Girl Scouts to bring the movement to life.

“Our organizations have a common purpose – to create a better environment for future generations,” said Earth Hour Co-Founder and Executive Director Andy Ridley. “Girl Scouts make a tangible difference in their communities. The support of such a respected organization helps us contribute to the environmental education of young people and spread this global movement across generations and geographies.”

Initially a single-city initiative in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, Earth Hour has become a global movement in which hundreds of millions of people from every continent join together to acknowledge the importance of protecting and improving the planet. Earth Hour 2010 was the world’s largest global climate change initiative, with millions of participants in more than 4,600 cities across nearly 130 countries and territories. Since its inception in 2007, Earth Hour’s iconic “lights out” event has seen some of the world’s most recognized landmarks switch off their lights, including the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Buckingham Palace in London, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and the Forbidden City in China.

This year, nearly 20 Girl Scout Councils from across the country will be organizing Earth Hour activities, and Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is one of them. “Our girls care deeply about the environment, and this partnership gives them a simple way to share this passion with their friends, families and communities,” said Kathy Cloninger, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the USA. “It’s important that we all do our part to protect the environment.”
Thousands of Girl Scouts across the country will be participating in community activities to support Earth Hour on March 26. In addition, many Girl Scouts are taking activities beyond the hour by installing ENERGY STAR®-qualified or other energy-efficient light bulbs in homes, schools and businesses during the month of March.

Share your Girl Scout activities in picture or video! http://earthhourblog.posterous.com/share-your-earth-hour-photos-and-videos

  • Earth Hour has also set up the following user name and password so that Girl Scouts can upload pictures, video, and audio files to the Earth Hour global media centre www.earthhour.org/media.aspx. Attached is the instruction guide.
Username: girlscoutsusa
Password: passw0rd (note the zero)

The link is now posted http://earthhourblog.posterous.com/share-your-earth-hour-photos-and-videos on the Earth Hour page of our GSFG Web site. (near the bottom,  third to last paragraph, last sentence reads:)

The Earth Hour collaboration is one part of the Girl Scouts’ broader commitment to environmental sustainability. Girl Scouts Forever Green (GSFG), the Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary Take Action Project, is a national effort of girls leading their families, schools and communities in improving the environment and protecting natural resources. The effort offers a meaningful leadership experience that makes a positive impact on the environment through three key projects: 1) using reusable water bottles and bags to reduce plastic waste; 2) planting and maintaining rain gardens at schools, homes and other sites; and 3) participation in Earth Hour events. Participants are also encouraged to take an online pledge stating their yearlong commitment to GSFG efforts. Beginning in July, all 112 Girl Scout councils and USA Girl Scouts Overseas will be invited to participate in Girl Scouts Forever Green.

“The Girl Scouts Forever Green project is a great example of how organizations can take Earth Hour beyond the hour and make a positive difference for the future of the planet,” Ridley added.

There currently are only 2 days until Earth Hour 2011, which asks the world to:

  • Switch off lights for Earth Hour at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 26, and celebrate a commitment to the planet with the people of the world;
  • Sign up and share stories of actions that benefit the planet on www.earthhour.org; and
  • Sustain environmentally focused actions beyond the hour and share your act with the world at www.earthhour.org/beyondthehour.

For more information, visit www.earthhour.org or www.girlscouts.org/forevergreen.

About Earth Hour
Earth Hour is a global initiative in partnership with WWF. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 8:30 p.m. to show their support for environmentally sustainable action. The event began in Sydney in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights. By 2010, Earth Hour had created history as the largest voluntary action ever witnessed with participation across 128 countries and territories and every continent, including the world’s most recognized man-made marvels and natural wonders in a landmark environmental action.

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Enjoy Girl Scout Cookie Desserts

Local chefs from Jackson, Cape and Kelso to create Girl Scout Cookie Desserts to help raise funds for Girl Scouting.

Join us for a fun evening with three local chefs, Ray Ressel of Ray’s in Kelso, Michael Reitman of Chartwells in Cape, and Palmi Henry of Lil Miss Muffin and Stuff in Jackson. They will be creating desserts made with Girl Scout Cookies and competing for your votes during the Just Desserts fundraiser to support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for girls. The event is sponsored by Southeast Missouri Hospital and will be held on Tuesday, March 15 at the Dempster Hall Atrium on the SEMO campus in Cape Girardeau from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Participants will be able to sample all of the yummy Girl Scout Cookie creations and purchase $1 votes for their favorites. “We are very excited about this event,” states Jennifer M. Orban, CEO for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. “It is support from our local communities that allow us to provide high-quality, educational events for girls, safe and secure program properties, and financial assistance to families in need.”

Tickets for the event are $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Renee Trout at 877-312-4764 x 1418. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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Girl Scout Cookie Program Continues With Direct Sales

If you’ve already ordered your favorite Girl Scout Cookies, they’re here and delivery has begun! If you missed the first round or would like more, don’t worry. From now until March 13, girls will continue to sell Girl Scout cookies through direct sales, including door-to-door and at booths outside local merchants.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches lifelong leadership skills, such as goal-setting, decisionmaking, money management, people  skills, and business ethics. “The direct sales component of the Girl Scout Cookie Program is an important one for girls,” says Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland CEO Jennifer M. Orban, “they get hands-on experience in customer service, accounting and teamwork.” Customers also benefit from the instant gratification of walking away with their favorite Girl Scout cookies!

This year, there are eight cookie varieties available: Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Shortbread, Thanks-A-Lot, Lemonades and – new this year – Shout Outs. All proceeds support leadership program activities, financial assistance, volunteer training and other resources for area Girl Scouts. Find a Girl Scout cookie booth near you by using the booth locator tool at www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/pages/cookieprogram.php or call 877-312-4764.

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Girl Scouts Welcomes New Chief Development Officer

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is excited to announce the recent hiring of its new Chief
Development Officer, Angie Robinson Sullivan. Sullivan brings more than thirteen years of
professional experience, and was most recently the Associate Director of Development for
Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Sullivan also spent three and a half years working for the
Girl Scouts – Heart of Missouri Council, first as a Membership Marketing Manager and then as
Director of Fund Development. “We are thrilled to welcome Angie back to the Girl Scout family,”
says Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland CEO Jennifer M. Orban, “Her background in
fundraising and advocacy make her a great fit for this new role.”

With Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from William Woods,
Sullivan says she looks forward to the challenges and surprises of her new position, which will
include cultivating donor relationships, building a major gifts program, and helping to celebrate the
100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of the USA in 2012. “The Girl Scout story is such a great story
and I’m excited to get out there and tell it!” says Sullivan.

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Annual Girl Scout Cookie Program Begins: Girls Become Young Entrepreneurs

It’s a much-anticipated time of year – Girl Scout cookie time. Through mid-March, girls will go door-to-door and set up booths at local merchants to sell eight delicious varieties of Girl Scout cookies to eager customers. All proceeds from Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s Girl Scout Cookie Program benefit girls in the area; girls earn troop proceeds and Girl Scout Cookie Credit that can be used to pay for Girl Scout camp, leadership programs, uniforms, and more. Additional proceeds help to fund needs such as financial assistance, volunteer training and support, and program resources.

More long-lasting than monetary proceeds are the leadership skills that girls learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which is the leading entrepreneurial program for girls in the United States. By managing their own cookie sales, from initial goal-setting at the beginning to evaluation at the end, girls have a hands-on experience in business. They decide how many boxes of cookies they want to sell, and are then responsible for managing their own resources of time, energy, and family support in order to reach their goals.

The tangible business and life skills that girls learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program include goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. “As Girl Scouts learn these skills, they are poising themselves for lifelong success,” says Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland CEO Jennifer M. Orban. “When they apply for their first jobs, they can say with confidence that they already have customer-service and teamwork experience. When they head off to college, they will have already had experience with keeping a budget and meeting important deadlines.”

The Girl Scout Cookie Program also encourages girls to give back to their communities. Many Girl Scout troops participate in a “Cookie Share” program, in which customers may purchase cookies for a local organization of the girls’ choosing. In addition, girls are encouraged to utilize some of their proceeds for community service. Last year, Girl Scouts throughout Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland made a difference through projects such as holiday “adopt-a-family” programs, park beautification, visits to nursing homes, blanket-making for emergency facilities and school recycling programs.

Girl Scout Cookies will be sold through mid-March this year, with eight cookie varieties available: Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Shortbread, Thanks-A-Lot, Lemonades and – new this year – Shout Outs. For information about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience or the Girl Scout Cookie Program, please visit www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org or call 877-312-4764.

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