Vote for Outdoor Badge Activities

Girls voted and GSUSA listened! Outdoor Recreation has been chosen as the theme for the next set of Outdoor badges.

The second phase of Girls’ Choice voting has begun. Girl Scouts is adding one new badge for the Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior levels. Take this short survey and help choose the badge activities that most appeal to you. This survey runs from December 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014.

Girls Choice Badges

You can vote as often as you like! The badge activity with the most votes wins! The winning badges will be announced on March 12, 2015.

If you have any questions email Leadership and Learning Specialist-Outdoor Program, Melody Hutchison  or call 877-312-4764 x1122.

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Nominate a Volunteer for a Council Recognition

We love our volunteers and we know you do, too! Help GSMH recognize the greatness of our volunteers and thank them for the contributions they make in developing girl leaders.

Tell us about the amazing and inspirational Girl Scout volunteers you know. Council awards are given to adult members who go above and beyond the expectations of their volunteer role and make a positive difference in the lives of girls.  Think of the volunteers you know, consider all they have done over the past year for Girl Scouts, check out the descriptions of  the council awards, and nominate that special volunteer today!

Don’t delay! Nominations for council-level adult recognition awards are due on December 5, 2014 to your regional Leadership and Learning Specialist—Volunteerism.

New this year, we will have regional recognition events to celebrate and recognize the achievements of our volunteers:

    • Central Region: Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9 a.m., Columbia.
    • Southeast Region: Saturday, April 25, 2015, 12 p.m., Cape Girardeau.
    • Southwest Region: Saturday April 18, 2015, 11 a.m., Springfield. 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your regional Leadership and Learning Specialist—Volunteerism or 877-312-4764.

 

 

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Service Unit Membership Registration Bonus

New this year, we are excited to announce the 2014-2015 service unit membership registration bonus!  Each service unit is eligible for a $150.00 bonus if it meets the following criteria:
  • At least one recruitment or registration event planned and implemented by the service unit.
    • Must be advertised and open to new members.
    • Event must have been held between 9/1/14 and 1/30/15.
  • The service unit must meet a specific goal for 2014-2015 troop/Juliette membership registrations by 1/30/15. Contact your Membership Marketing Specialist for the specific membership goal.
  • Service unit financial report must be submitted for 2013-2014 year.
  • Service unit must have bank account information on file.
    •  Account must have three non-related signers.
    • All signers must have current volunteer application/background checks on file.

For more details contact your Membership Marketing Specialist.

 

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Our MEdia Journey

By Rolla Girl Scout Troop 62505

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Recently, we had the opportunity to make a Public Service Announcement and tour a local television station.  Our Cadette and Senior members were able to themselves, record some of the footage.  This helped the Cadettes finish their MEdia Journey.  All girls from out mulit-age level troop were welcomed to tour the television station.

Girls of all ages truly enjoyed the tour of the television station.  We also were able to learn a lot!  We learned that they have the words that you need to say right under the camera, which was extremely helpful.  And, if they have the green screen on and you are wearing a green shirt, it changes the color of your shirt to black!  They also explained to us why they have carpet on the walls (it helps the sound from echoing).

The Cadettes had fun filming and learning about media.  Basically, they went around recording footage of each of the groups.  Then, we sent the footage to the television station.  When we went for the tour, they  recorded some more.  After we left, the station put it all together, and sent it back to us.  They plan on airing it on a local station soon!

Here is the finial version of our PSA:

All the girls, especially the Cadettes, had fun and learned a lot! If you have Girl Scout Cadettes and are getting ready to do the MEdia Journey, we highly recommend contacting your local television station.

-Cadettes and Senior of Rolla Girl Scout Troop 62505

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Inspire Tomorrow’s Leaders, Join Girl Scouts

By Anne Soots, CEO Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Anne SootsA question I’m often asked is “What do girls gain through their participation in Girl Scouts?”

This question brings back memories of when I was a young Girl Scout. I’ve been a Girl Scout since I was seven years old.  Every Tuesday afternoon, I couldn’t wait until school was over and I could go to my Girl Scout meeting to see what fun thing we were trying next.  It might have been planting an egg carton garden as a Girl Scout Brownie or planning a camping trip and having my first s’more as a Girl Scout Junior, or volunteering in the hospital as a nurse’s aide as a Girl Scout Senior – it was a wonderful adventure lead by amazing troop leaders.  As I grew older, I knew I wanted to help girls have the same great Girl Scout experiences that I did.

So what do girls gain when they join Girl Scouts?  Girls gain courage to try new adventures. Girls become confident in their abilities to lead. Girls develop character and give back to their communities. Girls discover new skills and learn about the outdoors. Girls develop friendships and make memories that will last a lifetime.

At Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, we serve just over 16,000 girls and 5,000 adults across 68 counties in central and southern Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma. We want to reach more girls than ever before, but in order to do that, we need more volunteers.

Girl Scouts provides a wide range of amazing opportunities for girls and for adult volunteers.

Recent Girl Scout research shows that 94 percent of Girl Scout volunteers and 97 percent of girl members believe Girl Scouts provides them with new, fun and exciting experiences.

I hope you will join me in making those fun, exciting Girl Scout opportunities available to girls in your community.  Let’s provide more opportunities for more girls to explore, discover, and give back. To join or volunteer, please visit: www.girlscouts.org/join.

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2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program Extended through March 16, 2014.

In support of all of our troops affected by the recent winter weather, we are extending the Girl Scout Cookie Program. GSMH Service Center cupboards will be open until Saturday, March 15 for troops that are in need of cookies for directs sales and booths. Some community cupboards may need to close prior to March 15, so please check their availability prior to pick up.

GSUSA_Thinmints_Sash_RGBThe 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program has been extended through March 16, 2014.
• Troops can continue to conduct all direct sales through March 16.
• Troops can continue to get more cookies (subject to availability) from their local cupboards through March 15.
• Service Center cookie cupboards will be open from 11:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, March 10 through March 14.
• All service center cookie cupboards will remain open through the extended cookie program. Please check with your local community cupboard for hours of operation.
• The price of cookies will remain $4.00 a box throughout the extended period.
• Recognitions, including eligibility for the bonus recognition drawings, will accumulate on all sales through March 16.
• Monies for all sales through March 16 are to be deposited by March 19.
• For troops not participating in the extended cookie program, recognition orders must be created in SNAP by March 12. For troops that are participating in the extended cookie program, recognition orders must be created in SNAP by March 19.

You will find updated program dates & deadlines on our website. For all other questions, please check with your local product program specialist or membership marketing specialist.

Service Center Cookie Cupboard Hours
(March 10, 2014 – March 15, 2014)
Monday-Friday 11:00 am-4:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am-1:00 pm

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Giving Tuesday

By Anne Soots

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, and today is Giving Tuesday - a day to kick off the season of giving.  As Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland reaches out to our friends and alumnae, today I would like to tell you why I believe in the mission of Girl Scouting, and why I’m proud to be a donor.

As the CEO of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, let me express my excitement to be involved with an organization with such a rich history of providing leadership development opportunities to girls. Every day I learn about a new community service project or troop experience centered around leadership, and I’m reminded of one simple thing - Girl Scouting works!

Last year, because of generous donors like YOU, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland:

  • Served over 16,000 girls with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience
  • Provided nearly $100,000 in financial assistance to girls who could not otherwise afford Girl Scouting
  • Trained over 3,000 adult volunteers in all aspects of the Girl Scout program

These gifts supported the work we do every day and are so passionate about – building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place!  I look forward to a time when each and every girl realizes her leadership potential – and I know you do too. With your help we can accomplish this goal.

As you consider your gift to Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland on Giving Tuesday,please know your gift of $30, $50, $100, $250 or the largest contribution you can personally make will ensure Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland can continue to provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to each and every girl who wishes to join. 

To make an immediate gift, visit girlscoutsmoheartland.org/donate. I appreciate your consideration of our request.

 

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Nominate a Volunteer for Recognition

Recognize the Girl Scout volunteers you know by nominating them for a Council or Service Unit Award!

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Review all the different awards and submit completed nomination form(s) either via e-mail, no later than December 6, 2013, to Shirley Stevens , or postmarked by December 6, 2013 to:

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland
Attn: Council Awards – Shirley Stevens
1432 Kurre Lane
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Awards will be presented at the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Volunteer recognition Ceremony on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Tips for nominating a volunteer for recognition:

  • Review the award description, especially the criteria, in its entirety to best match the volunteer and their service with the appropriate award. See full descriptions here.
  • Remember that the committee is looking for service above and beyond the expectations for their volunteer role.
  • The person making the nomination cannot submit a letter of endorsement for the nomination. These must come from additional people who can attest to the level of service the volunteer provides.
  • Provide as much supporting information as possible. The committee is relying solely on what is provided when reviewing and voting on nomination, so give specific examples.
  •  Ensure that all supporting documentation is submitted along with the nomination form.

LINGO to know:

GSLE – Girl Scout Leadership Experience: Encompasses everything we know and love about Girl Scouts – troops, camp, events, patches, cookies, etc. – and enhances these elements with critical leadership processes and outcomes.

National Program Portfolio (NPP) – Has two main parts: the National Leadership Journeys and the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. This is complemented by the Girl Scout Cookie program, Girl Scout travel, and Girl Scout awards. The NPP is designed to help girls develop as leaders and build confidence by learning new skills. It also ensures that Girl Scouts at every level are sharing a powerful, national experience – girls together changing the world!

Council Recognitions Committee – A committee consisting of fellow volunteers from around the council’s jurisdiction. These volunteers review all nominations, approve or make recommendations if necessary and submit them to the Board of Directors. The committee works in partnership with the Leadership and Learning Specialist – Volunteerism.

Supporting Documentation – Any additional “proof” that supports the nominations, such as membership reports, product sale reports, pictures, program reports, etc. 

Geographic Area of Service – A specific county or service unit.

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Child Abuse Prevention Training

Girl Scouts and the Junior League of Springfield are partnering to host a Darkness into Light child abuse prevention training in November. The program is for any responsible adult who cares about the welfare of children. Sessions are FREE and last 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Space is limited.

Nov. 19   Springfield Service Center        6:30pm – 8:30pm

Please RSVP via email to Missy Cravens or call her at 877-312-4764 x 1124 no later than November 15.

 

 

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