Giving Tuesday #OneMoreGirl

GivingTuesday3Today kicks off our 2014 #GivingTuesday campaign-“One More Girl!” You and your daughter are enjoying all the wonderful opportunities and leadership experiences that Girl Scouting has to offer.

As part of the holiday giving season, we are asking our families to give that opportunity to another girl. Your $15 gift will allow “One More Girl” to become a Girl Scout. A girl whose financial circumstances might otherwise prevent her from participating. A girl whose self-esteem is low because she doesn’t have the chance to explore her dreams and goals. A girl who is afraid to try new things because she doesn’t have the support of friends and adults who can help her expand her horizons. A girl who doesn’t see the leader she can be.

I hope you will take this opportunity to share the gift of Girl Scouting this holiday season! Each girl whose life is forever changed by Girl Scouting learns to “help people at all times” and “to make the world a better place,” ideals emphasized in our Girl Scout Promise and Law. Your gift today will make a lasting impression on a girl, on your community, on our council, and across the globe!

Support GSMH and make your donation today. Thank you for helping just “One More Girl!”



2013 JUST DESSERTS: Recipe for Success

By Renee Trout


8 varieties of Girl Scout Cookies

4-5 Girl Scout Troops (any age level)

4-5 local chefs

1 panel of judges

Unlimited amount of community supporters

1 evening of delicious fun

Mix all ingredients with creativity, flair, and ambition.  Serve on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau, MO and you have created something fabulous that we call Just Desserts!

More than a fundraising event, this exciting evening allows Girl Scouts a chance to work with renowned chefs to create a totally new recipe using Girl Scout cookies.  Participants can sample all the delicious entries and vote on their favorite dessert by purchasing a vote for $1 each (you can vote as many times as you like).  The entry with the most votes is named “People’s Choice” winner.  Our panel of sponsors will also pick their favorite dessert, judging each entry on texture, flavor, use of Girl Scout cookie, and creativity. Just Desserts 2013- for VC and blog

This is the third year that Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland has hosted the Just Desserts event.  TV shows like Cake Boss, Cupcake Wars and Sweet Genius were the inspiration for creating this unique fundraising opportunity.  The combination of a cook-off and Girl Scout cookies was too good to pass up!

As with everything we do in Girl Scouting, it is not just about the money we raise–it’s about what we are able to teach our girls in this process.  All the chefs are local business owners who offer the girls some real world advice and show them how to use their imaginations to create something totally new.  The girls must also come up with the name for their new recipe that will motivate people to vote for their dessert.

As we celebrate another Girl Scout cookie season, we encourage everyone in the area to come out and see what great things our Girl Scouts are learning and doing.



New Research Affirms Lifetime Benefits Of Girls’ Participation in Girl Scouting

According to a new Girl Scout Research Institute report, Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study, women who were Girl Scouts as children display significantly more positive life outcomes than non-Girl Scout alumnae.

Approximately one in every two adult women (49%) in the U.S. has at some point been a member of Girl Scouts; the average length of time a girl spends in Girl Scouting is four years. There are currently an estimated 59 million Girl Scout alumnae living in the U.S.

The study, which was not identified to participants as a Girl Scout project, surveyed a sample of 3,550 women aged 18 and older, roughly half of whom were Girl Scout alumnae and half drawn from the general population. The sample was chosen to be representative of the US population in terms of race/ethnicity, household income, education, marital status, and type of residence.

Compared to non-alumnae, Girl Scout alumnae display significantly more positive life outcomes on several indicators of success. These success indicators include:

  • Perceptions of self. Of Girl Scout alumnae, 63% consider themselves competent and capable, compared to 55% of non-alumnae.
  • Volunteerism and community work. Of Girl Scout alumnae who are mothers, 66% have been a mentor/volunteer in their child’s youth organization, compared to 48% of non-alumnae mothers.
  • Civic engagement. Of Girl Scout alumnae, 77% vote regularly, compared to 63% of non-alumnae.
  • Education. Of Girl Scout alumnae, 38% have attained college degrees, compared to 28% of non-alumnae.
  • Income/socioeconomic status. Girl Scout alumnae report a significantly higher household income ($51,700) than non-alumnae ($42,200).

In addition to collecting quantitative data, the researchers conducted a series of live interviews with Girl Scout alumnae. Overall, alumnae say Girl Scouting was positive and rewarding for them. Former Girl Scouts:

  • Rate their Girl Scouting experiences very highly. The average rating among all alumnae on a 1–10 scale is 8.04.
  • Fondly recall their experiences in Girl Scouting. Fun, friendships, and crafts are the most frequently cited positive aspects of Girl Scouting.
  • Say they’ve received concrete benefits from Girl Scouts, such as being exposed to nature and having a safe place to try new things.
  • Actively recognize the influence of Girl Scouting on their lives. Three quarters of alumnae report that the Girl Scout experience has had a positive impact on their lives in general. 

The positive effects of Girl Scouting seem particularly pronounced for women who were Girl Scouts longer, as well as for African American and Hispanic women.

“As Girl Scouts turns 100 years old, and we couldn’t ask for a better birthday present than this,” says Anne Soots, interim chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. “We declared 2012 as the Year of the Girl to help bring attention to girls and the value of encouraging and supporting them. To strengthen that support beyond the boundaries of Girl Scouting, we’ve launched ToGetHerThere, with the goal of reaching gender-balanced leadership in one generation. One kind of support we know girls need is role models—successful older women they can learn from and emulate. There is no group of women better suited to do that than our Girl Scout alumnae. So Girl Scout, phone home. We need you.”

To learn more about Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact study, or to obtain a copy, visit To join the Girl Scout Alumnae Association (where you may also obtain a copy of Girl Scouting Works), visit To learn more about ToGetHerThere—and to take the pledge to support girls and girls’ leadership—visit



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 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.


Trefoil High Tea Fundraiser for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Trefoil High Tea Fundraiser for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Share togetherness and special memories with your favorite ladies.

Nestled in the heart of Springfield, with a beautiful view of the skyline, is the Tower Club. Refresh your soul as music is artfully played on the baby grand piano, while a delightful meal of savories and sweets is professionally served to you and your favorite ladies. All ages are invited to join us as we take tea in support of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
11:00 am (tea service at 11:30 am)
The Tower Club – Springfield, Missouri
Enjoy a relaxing and elegant three-course luncheon, complete with fine china and fresh flowers.
Hats and gloves are encouraged!

Please RSVP by April 15, 2011.


click for RSVP card (PDF)

For more information, contact the Resource Development Department at 877-312-4764 x1343 or commitee member Jane Earnhart at

Hosted by the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Resource Development Committee with assistance from the local chapter of the Kappa Delta Sorority and alumnae.

See the full size invitation…

Tea Invite


Laura Hinkebein Retires After 27 Years of Service

GSMH’s Chief Development Officer, Laura Hinkebein, will retire on October 8, 2010. Please join us in wishing her the best as she and her husband retire to Arkansas, where she says they plan to “do all those things we say we will do when we have time.”

Words from Laura:

I am honored to have worked for an organization that supports and advocates for children and provides experiences for girls to grow into caring, confident, and strong women.  What an important way to spend your life’s work!

Thank you to the many donors who have supported the Girl Scout program over the years.  How rewarding it is to see that they understand the importance of girls and women as leaders and make them a philanthropic priority.  Donors, your trust and investment in Girl Scouting have paid off.  Your financial gifts have created generations of girl leaders who are making the world a better place.

I have met so many wonderful volunteers, donors, and staff members over my 27 years with the organization — all working together to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Special thanks to my mentors, Denise Stewart and Jennifer M. Orban.  These Chief Executive Officers epitomize the qualities we want for “our girls” –  smart, strong, kind, supportive and encouraging women.

“Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold.”  Thank you to my many silver and gold Girl Scout friends.


July ’10 of The Promise: A Newsletter for Supporters of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

The PromiseThe latest edition of The Promise: A Newsletter for Supporters of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is now available for download!

Click here to find it.

Included in this edition are articles about the Trefoil Tea Fundraiser, the 2010 Young Women of Distinction, Property Update Information, and a whole lot more!

Learn how you can help support your area Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland council and help build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.