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the latest Girl Scout news for GSMH volunteers   october 15, 2011

News & Updates

GGGS spines

Hot off the Presses!
The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting

The first shipment of The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting has arrived! Pre-orders are currently being filled, and books are now on retail shop shelves! (Please note that quantities are very limited; additional shipments are expected by mid-October.) Check out what people are saying about these awesome new books:

"read thru the cadette one last night! love it! it's better than what i had imagined." -- Jamie, volunteer

"My daughter spent an hour looking at it and said "this is so cool!" at least five times." -- Stefanie, staff member and Girl Scout mom

Can't wait to sneak a peek? Take a look at the video:



New Staff

Carla Aufdenberg -- Receptionist/Retail Assistant, Cape Girardeau

Lori Malvitz -- Business Services Coordinator, Cape Girardeau



Training News

Training Date Rescheduled

The Basic Outdoor Skills training scheduled for Saturday, October 8th at Sacajawea West Program Center in Sedalia has been rescheduled to Saturday, November 5th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at the same location.


Training Deadlines and Confirmations

The training registration deadline is 10 days before the training date. Please make sure to allot enough time for your registration to reach its destination if you mail it. If you sign up for training, you should receive an email confirmation approximately a week prior to the training date. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the Volunteer Development Department. Only those who are registered will be notified of any cancellations or changes to the training.


New Online Training Available! Girl Scouting 101

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is happy to announce a new training opportunity available online. Girl Scouting 101 is a 45-minute, self-paced online orientation to Girl Scouting. This training should be utilized by new Girl Scout volunteers/leaders or returning volunteers/leaders who want to brush up on areas of interest.

Just visit the website and click on "Girl Scouting 101." The password for this training is: aboutGS101. You will be prompted to enter your contact information along with selecting our council name, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. Your information will be sent to us so we will know you have completed the course.

Girl Scouting 101 will cover Girl Scout basics, Girl Scout safety, the National Program Portfolio, the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting and much more. Girl Scouting 101 training is replacing Orientation Part 1 and the Leadership Essentials Trainings since all components are now included in the Girl Scouting 101. Coming soon, look for information regarding a DVD version of this training for those without internet access.


Volunteer Training Checklist

  • Orientation Training (in-person)
  • Girl Scouting 101 (online now or on DVD coming soon)
  • CPR/First Aid*
    *Because emergencies require prompt action and quick judgment, Girl Scouts recommends that at least one adult volunteer be first-aid/CPR certified. Courses offered by chapters of the American Red Cross, National Safety Council, EMP America, and American Heart Association are approved.  First Aid/CPR training that is available entirely online does not satisfy Girl Scouts’ requirements, as they do not offer enough opportunities for technique practice and feedback. 
  • Basic Outdoor Skills (required for one-day outings, backyard or cabin camping at a council program center)
  • Basic Troop Camping (required for camping at an established campsite; pre-requisite: Basic Outdoor Skills and sufficient time to practice skills)






Programs & Events


Juliette Low's Birthday-in-a-bag Service Project

Girl Scout Troop 40710 from our neighbor, Girl Scouts of the Kansas Heartland Council, invites you to join in a special community service project in honor of Girl Scout founder Juliette Low. The service project, called "Birthday in a Bag," helps provide a happy birthday to people going through a hard time. Girl Scouts can participate in putting together one or more "Birthday-in-a-Bag" and delivering them to their local food pantry by October 31, Juliette Low's birthday.

What items make up a Birthday-in-a-Bag? Fill a large gift bag with: cake mix, frosting, foil cake pan, cake decorations, candles, balloons, plates and napkins. Additional items could also be a birthday banner, party invitations, wrapping paper and ribbon, crepe paper, party hats or noise makers.

For more information, visit


Looking for Volunteers to Help Girls See the World!

In June of 2012, GSMH is taking a group of teen Girl Scouts to Europe for 10 days! We are in need of 2 adult chaperones and one RN or doctor to go with us. The adult chaperones will serve as assistant group leaders to the staff leadership program specialists during the trip. The RN or doctor will serve as group first aider, dispense necessary medications to the girls, provide first aid as needed, and accompany girls to the doctor or hospital if needed.

These roles are very important to the success of the trip. Volunteers must be available to the girls and leadership program specialists 24 hours a day and will need to be prepared to deal with any problem that arises. This will be a working trip; therefore, these adults will be traveling at a substantial discount. Interested volunteers should contact Stefanie McCall at or 1-877-312-4764 x1137 or Lori Enyart at or 1-877-312-4764 x1111 for an application. Volunteers must be 21 years of age and in good health. Applications must be submitted by October 31, 2011.



Magic of Chemistry

Girl Program Events

Don't miss out. Registration deadlines are just around the corner! 
Age levels are denoted by initial after each program title (D=Daisy; B=Brownie; J=Junior; C=Cadette; S=Senior; A=Ambassador).


event dates where reg. deadline
Household Wonders (DB) 11/4 Springfield, MO 10/21
321 Blast Off! (JCSA) 11/5 Hallsville, MO 10/21
Archery (JCSA) 11/5 Rogersville, MO 10/21
Magic of Chemistry
(J/6th grade C)
11/5 Columbia, MO 10/14
Back in the Saddle (B) 11/5 Cape Girardeau, MO 10/19
Disc. the Daisy Flower Garden
11/5 Dexter, MO 10/21
  11/12 Rogersville, MO 10/28
Fashionistas (CSA) 11/5 Springfield, MO 10/24
Sleep with the Sharks (DBJC) 11/5 - 11/6 Jenks, OK 10/21
Cheer Girls Lock-In (BJ) 11/18 - 11/19 Jefferson City, MO 10/28
Yoga 4 U (JCSA) 11/19 Springfield, MO 11/7
Daisy Divas (D) 11/19 Rogersville, MO 11/7
Global Action Team (DBJ) 11/19 Cape Girardeau, MO 11/4
  West Plains, MO  



Success For Tomorrow patch

Fall Product Program Dates

Month of October SUs train troop leaders
November 1-15  Order Taking
November 16 Orders are due to troop leaders
November 18 Paperwork due to ST manager
November 21 Paperwork due to council by 4:30 pm
December  4-10 Deliveries to SUs

Save the Date! SU Cookie Manager Training Dates
(Note: Only service unit cookie managers need to attend; troop leaders do not.)

November 15 Cape Service Center 6:30 pm
November 16 Dexter Service Center 7:00 pm
November 17 Houston, MO
Houston Plaza, 1593 N. Hwy 63
November 17 Springfield Service Center 6:30 pm
November 18 Joplin TBD
November 19 Jefferson City Service Center 11:00 am



Governance News & Updates


Board Approves 2012 Council Budgets, Attends Retreat

The Board of Directors approved operating and capital budgets for the 2012 council year when it met September 16 at the Rickman Center in Jefferson City, Mo. The FY12 operating budget consists of about $5.1 million in public support and revenue and $5.6 million in expenses. The Board authorized a capital budget of nearly $167,000 for technology enhancements and property maintenance. The Board also approved the DeLappe operating budget in the amount of $19,175.

In her report to the Board, CEO Jennifer Orban noted that girl membership has surpassed 17,000 this year. Retail sales are up, with the largest increase being in online sales. Board Chair Tina Stillwell discussed a conference call from Girl Scouts of the USA and the results of council board review surveys.

Following the September meeting, the Board attended a two-day retreat facilitated by three consultants from GSUSA. The retreat focused on raising the bar on nonprofit governance and fund development. The facilitators were Monna Loftis, governance; Rori Lindo-Britton, fund development; and Naomi Lippin, council partnerships. The next Board meeting will take place November 18 via conference call and webinar.

The Board Development Committee, chaired by Valerie Richardson of Poplar Bluff, is seeking candidates for the Board of Directors to complete the slate which will be voted on at the annual meeting in March 2012. Applications for Board positions are available on the council website or by calling the Springfield administrative center.






What Did You Do Today?

Girl Scout Travel

Girl Scouts encourages girls to dream big, and the six Girl Scouts from troop 30356 got to realize one of their dreams this summer: a trip to New York City, which they funded and planned entirely on their own! "The girls worked for three years to raise money," wrote troop leader Karen, "It was a wonderful trip!" The six day adventure was packed with cultural, educational, and just-for-fun stops -- the perfect mix for a great Girl Scout experience. They visited world-famous museums, took in two top-rated Broadway shows, and spent time at historical landmarks like the Empire State Building, Ellis Island, and the 9/11 Museum. Of course, no trip to New York would have been complete without a visit to the national Girl Scouts of the USA headquarters and museum!

girl scout travel - NY

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100th Anniversary Info

100th anniversary

Help Us Find Girl Scout Alumnae!

As we approach our 100-year anniversary, we want to make sure that we stay in touch with our many members. If you or someone you know is a Girl Scout alumna, please use this form to tell us!


100th Anniversary Quilt Project

Does your troop want to be part of a memorable quilt for the 100th Anniversary? If so, gather your Girl Scouts and talk with them about making a quilt square that they can send to the council office. It will become one of many used to create a large quilt that will be displayed throughout the 100th Anniversary year! All you have to do is get one quilt block for the entire troop (individual Girl Scouts may submit one separately) and together decide how you would like to represent yourselves on the square. Think about what Girl Scouting means to your troop, or maybe represent something special your troop has done or even a goal your troop has within the next few years. Whatever you choose, have fun!

Details include: 9 1/2" X 9 1/2" quilt block, 1/4" border on all sides for seams, high quality cotton fabric, and do not wash it prior to sending.

Submission information: To help control the cost of quilting, we respectfully request a limit of one block per troop (or individual girl member), as we anticipate many submissions. Quilt blocks will be accepted until January 5, 2012. Mail to: Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, Attn: Quilt Project, 210 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield, MO 65802. If you have additional questions, please contact Brigitte Scott at or 877-312-4764 x1113. Submission form located at


100th Anniversary Patch Contest

As we get ready to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland wants your help in designing its 100th Anniversary patch. Get creative as you demonstrate the accomplishments of Girl Scouting or what Girl Scouts means to you. The 100th Anniversary Patch Contest judges panel will select 1 overall winner and 5 runners-up. The winning entry will be made into a 100th Anniversary patch that will be debuted at the Council Celebration on March 31, 2012. There are several details, so go to to get the entry form and complete contest rules. Hurry -- entries should be postmarked by January 5, 2012.

If you have questions, contact Angie Robinson Sullivan at 877-312-4764 x1343 or





Staff Spotlight


Volunteer Development Department

Serving close to 16,000 girls per year is no small task! Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland relies on nearly 5,000 adult members to serve as volunteer leaders, program facilitators, and mentors to girls throughout the council. With a new membership year just getting underway, fall is a popular time for volunteers to take their basic trainings. The volunteer development department helps make that happen! From leadership essentials to basic outdoor skills to service team positions - Julie Wall and Shirley Stevens schedule dates, secure locations, and prepare materials for more than 100 training opportunities annually. We are lucky to have about 50 volunteer facilitators who are able to facilitate many of the trainings, especially new leader orientation, but you may very well catch Shirley or Julie out facilitating a training themselves! To contact the volunteer development department, call Shirley at 877-312-4764 x1513 or Julie at x1328.

volunteer development dept

Pictured: Julie Wall (Jefferson City Service Center) and Shirley Stevens (Cape Girardeau Service Center), checking out the new Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.





Shop News


custom tee-shirts



Custom T-Shirts

New this year! The GSMH retail shops can order customized shirts for your service unit or large troop. Designed and printed by an officially-licensed vendor from Girl Scouts of the USA, these shirts are a great, easy way for your group to identify itself.

Check out details and this year's design options here!




in this issue

News & Updates

Programs & Events

Governance News & Updates

What Did You Do Today?

100th Anniversary Info

Staff Spotlight

Shop News




  • Talk to your girls about the awesome program events listed in their girl newsletter!

  • Do a troop training for fall product program.



Do you need something from the Volunteer Resources CD? A product program order form? The tax exempt certificate?

Get what you need from the Volunteer Web Portal. Access it from the council Web site, or the link above, and use the following username & password for the 2011-2012 year:

  • Username:

  • Password:





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Service Centers & Retail Shops
Monday -Friday 8:30 am -
4:30 pm
Closed (except Springfield)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Retail Shops Open Saturday, November 5, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
(except Joplin):

(Shops will be open the first Saturday of each month through December)

All Service Centers/Shops Closed:
November 24-25





"Each smile, every pat on the shoulder, every praise, every time we tell a girl, 'Go ahead and try it, you can do it!', every time we show a girl she matters -- we make a difference."

-- Kim, Girl Scout leader


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