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By Tricia Andrews

Join us for a fall festival Saturday, October 4th from 1:30-4:30 at Pla-Mor Roller Rink located at 1422 E. Hwy 169 in Grand Rapids!  This event is open to all girls in grades K-12.  The cost is $5 per girl, adults free.  Girls new to Girl Scouts will pay a registration fee of $15; scholarships are available.  
 
Birthday cake and punch will be served as we also celebrate the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, the woman who started Girl Scouts!  Adult volunteer information and training will also be available.  To sign up RSVP by Wednesday, October 1 to Becky Dean at bdean@gslakesandpines.org or call 218-308-8880.  We hope to see you there!

By Amanda Morrow

Great opportunity coming up September 27, 2014.  Check out the flyer for more information!

 

By Allison Hand

You don’t have to
wait any longer.  The fun starts
now! 

Girls:  Gather your friends and two or more fun
adults and discover your next adventure!

A year with us will be filled with new friends,
tons of fun, and more “wow” moments than you’ve ever imagined.

Troops allow girls to work as a team and build lasting friendships.  Girls in Girl Scouts need supportive adults and families to form troops. Each troop needs two lead adults to ensure safety & fun.

Adults:  Are you that fun, caring role model?  Picture the fun you will have discovering and connecting with girls – your own special girl and her friends or as a non-related adult who just cares about girls and their world.

Learn more - join us at:

A Girl Scout Information and Recruitment Event

By Tricia Andrews

Girls and families are invited to attend the Bemidji Dance Party on Thursday, September 18th from 6-7:30pm at Bemidji Middle School.  Girls will dance the night away and families will have the chance to learn what being in Girl Scouts is all about!  Don't miss out on this free event open to all girls in grades K-12.  For more details click here.  We hope to see you there!

By Tricia Andrews

Girls and families are invited to attend the Bemidji Dance Party on Thursday, September 18th from 6-7:30pm at Bemidji Middle School.  Girls will dance the night away and families will have the chance to learn what being in Girl Scouts is all about!  Don't miss out on this free event open to all girls in grades K-12.  For more details click here.  We hope to see you there!

By Allison Hand

We had an excellent turn out and meeting on August 19th!  We had 55 Leaders, Volunteers, Community Coordinators, and Service Unit Managers attend.  We had fun dressing up in active wear!  Check out Diana Brown, Service Unit Manager for Service Unit 24 all decked out!

Diana Brown

If you missed the meeting, don't worry!  You can find all of the information from the meeting here

We also distributed our Region 5 Calendar!  If you would like a printed copy mailed to you, please contact me at: ahand@gslakesandpines.org

Thank you again to everyone that attended the meeting!  We look forward to seeing you all again soon!     

By Amanda Morrow

Attention Girl Scout troops!  CHUM needs some help with the SHARE Food Drive which will take place on Saturday, October 25.  Shifts are available at SuperOne, Whole Foods Co-op, and Cub Foods.  Please contact Meg at 218.727.2391 or megkearns@chumduluth.org for more information or to sign up.  What a great way to help out an important cause!

 

By Michelle

Girl Scout Troop 599 ivites you to their Bronze Award ceremony at Shingobee Timbers Girl Scout Camp. We will be presenting an AED (Heart Defibrillator machine) to the Girl Scout Camp with a skit. You can learn hands-only CPR, how to use the AED and earn part of your First Aid badge!

We hope you can join us on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Refreshments will be served.  RSVP by Sunday, October 5 to our troop leader, Susan, at 829-9754 or chefsuzy@juno.com.  


Printable Flyer 

 

By Amanda Morrow

Join us Saturday, October 11 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon for the third annual Shop & Learn at the Duluth Girl Scouts office!  Shop at the Girl Scout Shop and meet with Region 2 team members to discuss:

  • Exciting council program opportunities
  • Membership registration, forming troops, and troop pathways
  • Questions about troop finance, fall product, cookie program and troop sponsorships
  • New Leader training begins at 9:30 am (Advanced registration required for training, sign up here 
  • And more--bring your questions!
By Maureen Graham

We are excited to once again be hosting one of the largest council events in our Region!  Our World, Our Family is one of the most unique, volunteer-driven and girl-led events, and we are so grateful to the volunteers and other partners that help us make great memories for girls all over our state each year. There are still Saturday Only spots available for late registration—get yours in today!

If you haven’t already, check out our new Program Guide to see all of the great programs that will be offered all over our council next year.  It is online right now, and will be sent out in the month of September.  Sign up early for the program your troop picks!

By Amanda Morrow

The 2014-2015 Program Events & Activities Guide will arrive in the mailbox of last year's troop leaders and Girl Scout Juliettes as well as to currently rgistered adults and Juliettes in early September. For a quick peek, check out the publication on our website - or click here.   Please use and share this guide as you brainstorm and plan with girls this fall.
Your program team is very excited to begin another year of Girl Scouts, and we look forward to seeing you at our events and programs. For assistance with planning Service Unit events or organizing a Program on the Go, just check in with any member of your regional team or contact us at programs@gslakesandpines.org. 

By Tricia Andrews

2014-2015 GSMWLP Program Events & Activities Guide

The 2014-2015 Program Events & Activities Guide will arrive in the mailbox of  last year's troop leaders and Girl Scout Juliettes as well as to currently rgistered adults and Juliettes, in early September. For a quick peek, check out the publication on our website - or click here.   Please use and share this guide as you brainstorm and plan with girls this fall. Your program team is very excited to begin another year of Girl Scouts, and we look forward to seeing you at our events and programs. For assistance with planning Service Unit events or organizing a Program on the Go, just check in with any member of your regional team or contact us at programs@gslakesandpines.org.

By Tricia Andrews

Health Habits | Journey Cpmpanion Resource | Gir Scout Daisies, Brownies and Juniors | downloadable for free

With summer winding down, families are beginning to plan their back to school routines and get ready for Fall. For troop leaders and volunteers, it’s a natural time to plan for the year ahead and look at incorporating new activities into troop meetings.

Using the Healthy Habits Journeys companion booklets, it’s easy to find fun, practical ways to bring healthy living into the scouting experience for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. The booklets contain tips and activities that correspond to the “It’s Your Planet – Love it!” Journeys. They are free to download and available in Spanish too!

Download your copy of the free Healthy Habits booklets using this link: http://www.girlscouts.org/program/journeys/booklets/

Across the nation, rain or shine, sun or snow,  troops have used the Healthy Habits booklets to add easy and engaging activities that encourage nutritious eating and physical activity. For inspiration, check out their stories here: http://www.girlscouts.org/program/journeys/booklets/slideshows/

By Tricia Andrews

Healing Hearts First Annual Run/Walk | September 27, 2014 | Register before September 1 to guarantee a T-shirt $20 fee | Register after September 1 T-shirt not guaranteed $25 registration fee | registration forms at healinghearts2014.weebly.com | More information at healing heartsmelrose@gmail.com or 320-285-7151

Kristen of Melrose High School is pursuing the Girl Scout Gold Award.  She invites community members to support her efforts to bring awareness of depression and suicide to the area, and to reach out to those who might be struggling with depression.  The purpose of the September 27 run/walk is to raise funds for her Healing Hearts Seminar to take place October 29 at Melrose Elementary Gym.  Additional details found here.  Best of luck, Kristen!

By Valerie Goerlitz

The Fall Product Sale is a great way to earn start-up funds for troop activities. Girls run their own business: taking orders for nuts, chocolates, and magazines beginning in mid-September and delivering products in late November. Troops earn 20% profit from sales plus girls earn recognitions for selling as few as 10 nut/chocolate items or 2 magazine subscriptions!

We've got some exciting changes to the Fall Product Sale program this year which can help girls increase sales and earn more troop profit!

Every troop who wants to sell Fall Product needs to have an adult volunteer participate in the Training.  Volunteers can come to any of the six locations listed below.

Fall Product Training Options 

·         St. Cloud, MN, Rasmussen College, Wed, September 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

·         Brainerd, MN, Public Library, Mon, September 8, 6:30-8:30 pm 

·         Bemidji, MN, United Methodist Church, Tues, September 9, 5:30-7:30 pm

·         Spicer, MN, Camp Sanderson, Tues, September 9, 6:30-8:30 pm

·         Mora, MN, United Methodist Church, Wed, September 10, 6:30-8:30 pm

·         Duluth, MN, Ordean Building, Thurs, September 11, 6:00-8:30 pm    

 

Please register today by clicking on the link on our calendar/home page, or contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist for more information.  We look forward to connecting with you and sharing more details about the 2014 Fall Product Sale!

 

Get Your Troop on Board to Sell Gluten Free Trios!

 

We are participating in ABC Bakers’ gluten free cookie pilot program in 2015.  Last year’s gluten free cookie sold out quickly. Please sign up now so your troop can say, “Yes, we do offer gluten free cookies!” 

The 2015 cookie is called gluten free Trios.  This delicious cookie combines oatmeal, peanut butter, and real chocolate chips, comes packaged in a 5 oz. re-sealable pouch, and has no artificial flavors, artificial colors, no high fructose corn syrup, no palm oil, and no hydrogenated oils. It retails for $5 per package.

Participation Guidelines:

1.        Troops, girls and adults, must be registered by October 1, 2014.

2.        All required financial forms must be current, on file, and in good standing with the council.

3.        Order 1, 2, or 3 cases (maximum). 12 packages per case.

4.        Troops receive standard proceeds for the pilot cookie.  Girls receive credit toward recognition items for the pilot cookie. 

5.        The gluten free Trios Girl Scout Cookie will not be listed on order forms.

6.        Absolutely no returns – no exceptions!

7.    Same start date as the regular cookie sale – February 14. Pick up at your regular delivery station during the week of February 9-13.

Troop orders must be placed by September 15, 2014. If your troop would like to participate, please e-mail Jess Hoffmann at jhoffmann@gslakesandpines.org with your name, troop number, and number of cases.

 

Digital Cookie with COCOdirect

Brand new this year, customers will be able to purchase cookies from girls digitally and have the cookies shipped directly to them.  Girls can now sell online/digitally using GSUSA approved methods of online/digital selling only.  Girls in Lakes and Pines can sell online/digitally by using COCOdirect either by using the COCOmobile app or by sending a secure link in an eCard through COCO Online Marketing. Customers make their selections (options include an eight-pack sampler that includes one of each variety, a half dozen of any one variety, or a dozen of any one variety.)  Customers pay all shipping and handling.  This is a great option for girls who wish to sell to friends and family that live further away, in addition to their local customers. 

Continue to watch the blogs for more details on the upcoming Fall and Cookie Sales!  

By Maureen Graham

The Fall Product Sale is a great way to earn start-up funds for troop activities. Girls run their own business: taking orders for nuts, chocolates, and magazines beginning in mid-September and delivering products in late November. Troops earn 20% profit from sales plus girls earn recognitions for selling as few as 10 nut/chocolate items or 2 magazine subscriptions!

We've got some exciting changes to the Fall Product Sale program this year which can help girls increase sales and earn more troop profit!

Every troop who wants to sell Fall Product needs to have an adult volunteer participate in the Training.  Volunteers can come to any of the six locations listed below.

Fall Product Training Options 

·         St. Cloud, MN, Rasmussen College, Wed, September 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

·         Brainerd, MN, Public Library, Mon, September 8, 6:30-8:30 pm 

·         Bemidji, MN, United Methodist Church, Tues, September 9, 5:30-7:30 pm

·         Spicer, MN, Camp Sanderson, Tues, September 9, 6:30-8:30 pm

·         Mora, MN, United Methodist Church, Wed, September 10, 6:30-8:30 pm

·         Duluth, MN, Ordean Building, Thurs, September 11, 6:00-8:30 pm 

Please register today by clicking on the link on our calendar/home page, or contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist for more information.  We look forward to connecting with you and sharing more details about the 2014 Fall Product Sale!

 

Get Your Troop on Board to Sell Gluten Free Trios!

We are participating in ABC Bakers’ gluten free cookie pilot program in 2015.  Last year’s gluten free cookie sold out quickly. Please sign up now so your troop can say, “Yes, we do offer gluten free cookies!” 

By Maureen Graham

The Fall Product Sale is a great way to earn start-up funds for troop activities. Girls run their own business: taking orders for nuts, chocolates, and magazines beginning in mid-September and delivering products in late November. Troops earn 20% profit from sales plus girls earn recognitions for selling as few as 10 nut/chocolate items or 2 magazine subscriptions!

We've got some exciting changes to the Fall Product Sale program this year which can help girls increase sales and earn more troop profit!

Every troop who wants to sell Fall Product needs to have an adult volunteer participate in the Training.  Volunteers can come to any of the six locations listed below.

Fall Product Training Options 

·         St. Cloud, MN, Rasmussen College, Wed, September 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

·         Brainerd, MN, Public Library, Mon, September 8, 6:30-8:30 pm 

·         Bemidji, MN, United Methodist Church, Tues, September 9, 5:30-7:30 pm

·         Spicer, MN, Camp Sanderson, Tues, September 9, 6:30-8:30 pm

·         Mora, MN, United Methodist Church, Wed, September 10, 6:30-8:30 pm

·         Duluth, MN, Ordean Building, Thurs, September 11, 6:00-8:30 pm 

Please register today by clicking on the link on our calendar/home page, or contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist for more information.  We look forward to connecting with you and sharing more details about the 2014 Fall Product Sale!


Get Your Troop on Board to Sell Gluten Free Trios!

We are participating in ABC Bakers’ gluten free cookie pilot program in 2015.  Last year’s gluten free cookie sold out quickly. Please sign up now so your troop can say, “Yes, we do offer gluten free cookies!” 

By Valerie Goerlitz

Product Sales staff recently road tripped to Interbake Foods (ABC Bakers) in North Sioux City, SD to continue planning our next Cookie Sale Program.  While there, we were able to see how our cookies are made.  Interbake has 500 employees, and runs three shifts, six days a week.  One third of what they make there is Girl Scout cookies.  It’s no wonder we could smell Thin Mints when we walked in the building!

 

Summer is when we do most of our planning for the upcoming year for both the Fall and Cookie Sale programs.  At this time we are beginning to contact our past Community Product Sales Managers (CPSM) and Cupboard Managers to see if they are willing to assist us this coming year with either the Fall or Cookie Sales or both.  Thank you to all who have worked with us in the past – we hope you will continue to help girls with their upcoming product sales programs!  So far we know of several openings around the council for these volunteer positions.  If this is something you are interested in, please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist for more information. 

 

Fall Product Sale Program dates have been set and there are some new changes to the program which we think will be helpful to troops.  This year, once your Troop Product Sales Manager (TPSM) has been trained, troops can begin selling as early as September 13!  (Watch the blogs for fall training dates to be posted as they become available.)  Each year we hear that troops are competing with other local fundraisers so we hope that having extra time early will help. Start right away or a bit later, depending on what works best for the troop. 

 

Also new this year: customers will have the opportunity to purchase online any of the nuts and chocolates in the Ashdon Farms line (beyond the products on our order card)! Beginning September 13, girls can send customers an email with links for this online option.  Magazines are also included in the online sale.  Online customers make their selections, enter payment information, the product ships direct from Ashdon Farms – and the girl gets the credit!  The in person order taking option is still available, but have your troop send emails as soon as your TPSM is trained to take full advantage of the online option and the longer selling dates. 

 

Important Fall Product Sale Program Dates:

·         September 13 – October 19, 2014 – Online and In Person Order Taking

·         October 20, 2014 – Girls turn in Orders to the Troop / Troop Enters Order in NutE

·         November 12 – November 17, 2014 – Product Delivery to Troops

·         November 12 – November 26, 2014 – Girls Deliver Product to Customers / Collect Money

·         December 1 – Girls turn in Money to Troops

·         December 10, 2014 – Council Debits Troop Accounts for Balance Due

 

Troop Financial Reports were due June 15! If you have not yet completed your report, it is NOW DUE - please complete at this time and mail directly to your Product Sales and Finance Specialist.  Writable forms are available on our website: http://gslakesandpines.org/files/4797.pdf.  Do a file/save as to your computer.  Remember that expenses must be entered as negative numbers for the math to work correctly.  A copy of your checkbook register and a recent bank statement must be included.  Troops who fail to submit their TFR are subject to an audit and/or freezing of their Girl Scout bank account.  Please help us by turning in your troop’s report. in a timely manner.  Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist if you have any questions.  Thank you!

By Michelle



The patches just arrived, and we are so excited to see you all in less than a month!  Our presenters are getting ready, and our shop is stocking up on fun, new items for this year. We are excited to announce that we will have white pillowcases available in the shop to tie dye—they feature an OWOF design in glow in the dark ink!

If you have not signed up already-there is still space available for Friday Night ($65) at both camps, and Saturday Only($45) stays!  Girls can use Cookie Dough and Adventure Points (see registration packet for details).  

Final Confirmations will be sent out later this month-watch for more information on packing lists and other offers at OWOF!

By Amanda Morrow

We can't wait to partner again with the Lake Superior National Estuarine Reserve for our wonderful Girls in Science program. Join successful women scientists in hands-on, real life outdoor experiences that will show you how science helps the natural world. Experience the St. Louis River freshwater estuary by providing assistance with an outdoor research project. Come with an inquiring mind and be prepared to get wet, dirty and have a blast.  

Girls in Science will take place from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, October 4, 2014 and costs $12 per girl.  Since it takes place so early in the Girl Scout year, it's vital that you make plans to attend early and be sure to register.  Questions? Contact Amanda Morrow with questions at amorrow@gslakesandpines.org. 

Ready to register? Great!  Click here for the program registration form.  

Hope to see you there!


By Linda Bear

Region 4 Volunteer Girl Scout Kick Off!

Monday, August 11, 2014
6:30-8pm (6pm - Light supper will be served.)
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Alexandria – Great Hall

Focus:

  • Fall Recruitment Training  -Community Recruitment Packets Distribution
  • Important Product Sales and Program Updates
  • Fall/Winter Regional Event & Training Calendar

Service Unit Managers, Community Coordinators and volunteers who assist with recruitment events in their community are welcomed and encouraged to attend.  RSVP to Linda Bear at lbear@gslakesandpines.org by Monday, August 4.  RSVP’s are needed for training and food planning.  Directions to meeting location will be emailed one week prior to meeting. 

By Allison Hand

Albany Area Girl Scouts will be participating in the Albany Heritage Day Parade on August 2nd.
To join in or for more information please contact Diana Brown DBrownie@clearwire.net

By Michelle

For those of you still thinking about coming to this great annual event - there are limited spaces available yet for overnight accommodations (please call ahead to ensure there will be space for your entire group), and some Saturday-only spaces available.

This is an awesome event for the whole troop, or just a day for you and your girl! Saturday Only stays include four sessions, lunch and two snacks for $45.  

Also, if you live near Nisswa and have a golf cart that you would be able to lend us for the weekend (transporting supplies and older volunteers across the camp), please call Amanda Morrow (320-252-2952).  We would very much appreciate it and have cookies on hand to show our thanks!

By Keri Lynn

Missed the chance to sign up for troop camp at Shingobee?  Additional dates added, by popular demand!  SIGN UP TODAY so you don’t miss out on the fun!  Registration form here.

Questions?  Contact Keri Lynn, kigo@gslakesandpines.org or 320-252-2952 x3191.

 

Mon, July 28 - Wed, July 30

Dorm-style accommodations in the modern Program Center

 

Mon, Aug 4 - Wed, Aug 6

Choose to stay in the Program Center dorms or cabins under the oak trees.

 

By Linda Bear

At Girl Scouts, it’s not just that you get to go – you get to go together.  All your adventures are even more special because your friends are right by your side…imagine what you’ll do next year!

Why wait?  Claim your spot for another year of fun!

Calling all Girl Scouts – girls and adults! 

If you have yet to register for the new Girl Scout year, we ask that you be “on time” and renew your membership before October 1, 2014, the official start of the 2014-15 Girl Scout year.

2,063 girls and 627 adults participated in the Spring Jump Start Renewal Campaign.  Girls participating earned their 2014-15 Jump Start patch for renewing their membership early by June 15. 177 Troop Leaders earned a Girl Scout shop gift certificate for a free Girl Scout polo shirt for registering their troop and submitting their updated troop roster.

Missed the Jump Start deadline for your troop?
Please read on….

Be “on-time” and renew your troop according to the guidelines below by September 1 to be entered into a troop drawing for a free Program on the Go for your Service Unit.  (one winning troop per membership region)

“On Time” guidelines:

1. Dig out your Spring Jump Start Troop Packet mailed to all 01 Troop Leaders in early April or call your Region’s Membership Specialist for a re-print.

2. Complete the new and easy renewal by troop roster as instructed and submit with associated membership fees or register online at www.gslakesandpines.org and click on “Join Girl Scouts.”

3. If registering online, submit your updated roster indicating “online registration with date” to your Membership Specialist or to the Waite Park Regional Office.

4.  Keep a copy of your completed Troop Roster for your records.


If you have any questions, please contact us at membership@gslakesandpines.org. We are happy to help!




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