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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Volunteer to Be a National Delegate

National Delegates are appointed for a 3-year term to represent GSMH at the National Council Session which is held every 3 years. The 2014 national session will be held October 16-19, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.Salt Lake City

The council pays for registration, transportation, hotel, and meal costs. To be considered as a National Delegate, you must be a registered Girl Scout member, a citizen of the US, 14 years of age or older, available to attend the national council session, willing to participate in national delegate training, commit to a 3-year term, and be willing to participate in follow-up activities upon returning from the national council session. IMG_4199 (2)

If you are interested, please submit a letter of interest indicating why you feel qualified to be a delegate. Send it to the Springfield Service Center, attention: Board Development Committee. All submissions must be received by December 1, 2013 so that they can be placed on the slate which goes to the Board of Directors in January.

If you have any questions, please contact Executive Assistant Missy Cravens.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Highlights Importance of Girl Scout Volunteers

You know that feeling when one day is over and you can’t wait for the next one to start? When you’re lying in bed and you’re so excited thinking about tomorrow that you can almost see it floating by on the ceiling? That’s the feeling girls get in Girl Scouting.

We want every girl to be so excited about the adventure she’ll have with us that she can hardly wait for it, because she knows she can do anything she sets her mind to. That feeling starts with parents who encourage their daughters, and volunteers who are role models.

Girl Scouting is dedicating the week of September 30-October 6 as National Girl Scout Recruitment week. We are excited to announce that First Lady Michelle Obama has recorded an online video calling upon moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles or anyone else looking to help girls in our community reach their full potential to become a Girl Scout volunteer.

We need your help to spread the word and connect with as many potential volunteers as possible. Share the video. Go to our Facebook page and share the link with your friends, retweet to all your friends, or forward this to five of your friends, family or neighbors and encourage them to go to www.girlscouts.org find out how they can become a Girl Scout volunteer.

Whether 5 or 55, doing something different, out of the ordinary, unexpected, new, makes life more exciting, keeps people engaged-and wanting more. From the girls who want to teach younger girls a new skill, to the adults who want to make a big impact on a little girl’s life, everybody desires to share something new, over and over again.

I can’t wait to see what you will do to help her dream bigger and go further than she ever imagined.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Anne Soots
Chief Executive Officer

 

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Introducing…The 4Her Promise Program

By Kat Rourke

One struggle that many troop leaders face is getting enough support from the parents in their troop. Not having enough support directly affects the quality of the experience that the girls have, and can cause leader burnout. When leaders step down due to burnout no one wins, especially not the girls. That is why I am excited to announce a new program we are rolling out for leaders for use in increasing family involvement.

The 4HER Promise Program is used with permission from the Girl Scouts of North Texas with a few tweaks. 4Her promise is designed to help leaders build needed support and help families become more engaged in their girls Girl Scout experience. All of the program materials can be found  on our website.  http://www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/content/forms-and-resources-library#management.

The guide explains how to better communicate and connect with families in your troop so parents know exactly how they can help. Each family is asked to pledge four hours of service to the troop for the year. Most people would agree that out a whole year, four hours isn’t asking a lot. This request is made of the entire family: moms, dads, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents can all participate. Families are given volunteer menus on which they can list activities they are interested in helping with. This enables the leader to ask for help on specific tasks within a specific time-frame so that families know exactly what is expected of them. When the needs for those tasks arise, the troop has someone who is capable of completing it and takes that task off of the leaders’ shoulders.

Tracking hours that the families give is important so families can be recognized for their contributions. When a family has completed the 4Her four hour pledge, the leader can recognize the family in a variety of ways. For example, the troop can present the family with a Certificate of Appreciation, thank them in the troop newsletter, on the troop Facebook page, etc.

Families can also use any and all volunteer hours they complete to count towards the President’s Volunteer Service Award. All types of service that strengthens the community qualify for this award, including assisting Girl Scouts, PTA, coaching sports, etc. This award recognizes individuals, families and groups that have achieved a certain standard, measured by the number of hours served over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of the lifetime. Take Action projects also count toward this award and so the families can combine service to the troop as well as service with the troop to measure your whole family’s impact. You can register and track your volunteer hours online.

Hopefully troops and families will find this program useful and work together to provide an amazing Girl Scout experience for all our girls!

 

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Service Unit and District Level Volunteer Position Restructure Research Summary

by Valarie Moseley, Chief Membership Services Officer

In 2010 and 2011, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland embarked on an extensive process called Strategic Learning, where we comprehensively evaluated our internal and external realities. This evaluation brought us to an understanding that it was imperative that we, as an organization, align our internal systems to best support Girl Scouting at the local level. As a result of this process, several volunteers, parents, and girls participated in “Your Voice, Your Council” input sessions throughout the council during January of 2012. There were several topics discussed at each meeting, but the primary purpose and focus of these conversations was to evaluate the current service unit structure. The goal was to determine what changes were needed to best support volunteers in our local communities. Many participants felt that the service unit was essential, but that there needed to be some changes. Concerns regarding the current structure were focused on difficulty filling positions, difficulty in getting accurate and timely information, lack of local training, and challenges related to the differences in culture and geography across the council jurisdiction.

Based on this feedback, a task force comprising volunteers and staff was developed in each region. Task force groups were conducted in mid-June 2012 in each region of the council. Participants were asked to review four suggested volunteer structures from GSUSA and determine which would work best for our council, or develop a new structure if necessary.

The task force participants recognized that our council faces major challenges in relation to geography and felt that it would be beneficial to allow for both regional and local positions. They also thought that fewer layers in the service unit structure would increase communication between the council and volunteers. They believed that there should be avenues for allowing girls to participate in the service unit structure. And, finally, they concluded that there was a strong need for flexibility within the structure that would allow for communities to evaluate their needs and volunteer support.

The result of over two years of evaluation and input is a new volunteer position structure that will be rolled out across the council in the 2013–2014 membership year. Membership marketing specialists will be working with each district they serve to begin the dialogue about how to make this new structure work for their community. They will also begin transitioning current service team members to new positions. We have provided training for the new positions beginning with Learn 2 Lead events in August and October across the council. Training opportunities will continue throughout the year as we take a gradual approach to this exciting new change!

Please take a moment to look over the new structure and the new positions for volunteering with girls and volunteering with adults  that are within the structure and feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have. While we know that this is a substantial change, we sincerely believe that this change will allow us to best support girls and volunteers across the council jurisdiction as they deliver and participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience!

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Resident Camp is Over, But the Camp Pathway has just Begun!

Hundreds of girls enjoyed resident camp this summer at Cherokee Ridge, Finbrooke, Latonka, and Mintahama Program Centers.  But just because resident camp has come to an end does not mean that the camp pathway has slowed down.   If you had the chance to attend resident camp this summer, we would love your feedback so we can make resident camp even better next year.  Please click the links below and complete a short survey.

Camper Survey

Parent/Guardian Survey

Upcoming Outdoor Program Opportunities 

Troop Camping:  Have you reserved a weekend at one of our Program Centers for the fall or winter? Once your dates are set, it’s time to plan what activities you will participate in. Here are some fun options – hiking, canoeing, paddle boating, challenge courses, archery, horseback riding and more.  Contact our Property and Risk Manager Sandy Vaughn at 877-312-4764 ext. 1514 to reserve a weekend.

PublicationsVolunteer 411 and Girl Newsletters were recently mailed out with various outdoor opportunities to choose from this year.  We offer troop camping, horseback riding, archery, challenge courses, and much more.  Check them out and register soon!

Outdoor Days: This is a free camping event sponsored by Bass Pro and Springfield Parks & Recreation Department.  The event is from September 6-8 at Springfield Lake. Choose to camp the whole weekend or just come out for the day.  There will be many villages with outdoor initiative activities.  Follow the link below for more information.

Outdoor Days 

Outdoor Program Input Sessions: Coming to a Service Center near you!  We want to receive input from girls, parents/guardians, troop leaders, and you about what outdoor programming you would like to see in across the council.  Come with ideas about resident camp, day camp, troop camping and outdoor program events. Each session is scheduled from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

September 12–Joplin Service Center

September 16–Jefferson City Service Center

September 18-Springfield Service Center

September 25 -Cape Girardeau Service Center

October 3-Dexter Service Center

 

 

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