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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Girl Scout Troop 71134: A Wish for a Cure

Girl Scout Troop 71134, from Campbell MO, didn’t let a little rain ruin their plans. They celebrated Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday in style while giving back to their community. They spiced up the community parade with a Girl Scout float, decked out in pink.

The girls wanted to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness month, so during decoration discussion they talked of how they could demonstrate their involvement.  The girls decided they would be fairies, princesses, and superheroes that all have one wish in common: “A Wish for a Cure.

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After selecting their theme, the girls divided into groups to work on character selection, decorations, and signage that reflected their ideas.

Girl Scout Troop 71134 also made parade give-away bags that held personally designed handwritten letters of interest, Girl Scout information, and treats in hopes of encouraging more girls to join Girl Scouts.

The girls of Girl Scout Troop 71134 had a great time coming up with the decoration ideas, working together to finish the project, riding in the parade, and supporting their community.  Later this year, Girl Scout Troop 71134 will stay busy with nursing home caroling, the Christmas parade (where they will debut another float), and a community betterment project in the spring.

Girl Scout Troop 71134 hopes that this peek into their troop’s activities will interest and inspire you to become involved in Girl Scouting which builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

 

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I Can’t Wait To…..Invite a Friend to Volunteer!

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As a volunteer, you introduce girls to new experiences that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined. You’re their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop skills and confidence that will last a lifetime.

 

This fall, if you’re one of the first 500 volunteers to invite a friend to volunteer, and they join Girl Scouts as a new troop leader or assistant troop leader for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors (kindergartners through fifth graders), you’ll win $50 for you and your troop to use at the National Online Store.

And the new volunteer will win the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting, as well as a Journey, adult guide, and badge pack of their choice to jump start the fun with Girl Scouts!

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Invite as many friends as you can to volunteer with Girl Scouts. Once they’ve completed their membership form and volunteer application, notify us by filling out this short form, and if you’re one of the first 500 volunteers to invite a friend, you win! Offer ends 11/20/13.

Have a question? Don’t be shy! Contact Valarie Moseley at vmoseley@girlscoutsmoheartland.org or 877.312.4764, ext. 1308.

 

 

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GSMH 2014 Signature Event

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Join us for a fun-filled, STEM-tastic day! Girls of all ages can explore science, technology, engineering, and math through fun and educational activities. There will also be interactive exhibits and live demonstrations.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy this event—but it might just inspire you to become one! Girls and troops will have a chance to show off their talents too! Mini competitions will be taking place throughout the day.

  • There will be concessions available for purchase.
  • Troops are allowed to tent camp on Saturday night at the location of the event.
  • Discounted hotel rates are available at hotels in Columbia and Jefferson City.

DATESaturday, April 12, 2014
LOCATIONAshland Optimist Club, 511 Optimist Dr., Ashland, MO 65010
TIME10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
COST$20 (includes admission, patch, and t-shirt)

Information packets and registration forms will be available on the GSMH website mid-November.

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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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Strategic Learning in Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is currently engaged in its second cycle of the Strategic Learning process.  This work will set the direction for the council for 2014-2017.  Strategic Learning is a process that was developed by Willie Pietersen, Columbia University Business School, and adopted by Girl Scouts of the USA several years ago.  The key to Strategic Learning is to help build adaptive organizations ready to meet the challenges facing them and prepared to achieve their mission.

The Council Strategy Team, comprised of operational volunteers, board members, community volunteers and council staff members, began their work in April 2013.  They did intensive research to discover the “brutal truths” facing Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland and began to develop the strategy that will help the council move forward in achieving the Girl Scout mission.  The work of the team was approved by the council board of directors in September 2013.

This work has produced five Strategic Priorities that will drive all of the efforts of GSMH during this upcoming three-year period.  These priorities are:

  • Recruit, develop, retain, recognize and inspire volunteers who are equipped to support the Girl Scout program.
  • Develop and implement fun, quality, outcomes-based leadership experiences for girls.
  • Create sufficient and sustainable council funding by developing the potential of all council revenue streams and increasing contributed income.
  • Develop and implement flexible strategies to increase retention of girls in grades 1-7.
  • Build upon Girl Scouts’ iconic brand to educate the public on the value of the Girl Scout program.

Staff Gap Teams are working now through early January 2014 to develop strategies to “close the gaps” we have identified and move the council toward the achievement of these Strategic Priorities.  They are eager to have more input from the volunteers.   Any input regarding these five priorities and strategies to achieve them can be emailed to the following addresses:

Volunteer Support Gap Team

Program Delivery Gap Team

Funding Gap Team

Girl Retention Gap Team

Perception and Awareness Gap Team

Anne Soots, Strategic Learning Project Manager

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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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