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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 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 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 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 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 Michelle

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!

By Michelle

The summer is almost half-way over, and we have been very busy with three trips so far, and one left!  If you have been thinking about going on a trip with your girls, email us (program@gslakesandpines.org) for details and sign up today!  This summer, we have trips planned to Duluth, New York, Chicago, and Salt Lake City in the fall for the National Convention.  Traveling with Girl Scouts is a great way to see the world!  Remember that at Our World, Our Family participants who register for a GSMWLP trip will receive a reduced deposit, and all girls will be asked to vote on the 2018 council trips.

Brainerd just wrapped up their annual Day Camp—thanks to every one who helped make this great tradition such a success!  And a special thank you to the Day Camp Directors, you do so much and the girls always have a wonderful time!

Have a safe and fun 4th of July!!

By Maureen Graham

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. 

By Lisa Lundberg

Hello from the Girl Scout Program Team!

 We hope that you are enjoying your
summer!  If you have already registered
for Our World, Our Family this year, thank
you!
  We are excited to see so many familiar--and
new--faces each year, and love being able to
share this very special tradition with all of you. Please watch for initial
confirmations later this month, if you have
not already received one. The final confirmation will be sent in August,
and will include preliminary cabin assignments, packing lists, and directions. 

 If you have not gotten in your registration yet, we still have openings for both
Friday and Saturday night--so send yours today!
  Note that
there is no late fee for this event, but we expect that it will be full
very soon!  All forms and the packet of
information can be found on our website (http://gslakesandpines.org/pages/OurWorldOurFamily11/). 
If you need printed copies of these forms, please let us know. Remember that
full payment is due with registration (include Cookie Dough and Adventure Point
Vouchers with forms).

 Once again, we are offering a
discounted deposit for all girls and adults who register for a GSMWLP trip at
OWOF--bring your trip
registration forms!  Girls will also be able to vote on trips for
2018!

Remember that all pre-orders for
OWOF apparel are due by July 11.  Order
your glow in the dark t-shirt or hoodietoday!

Have a fun and safe summer!

Thanks
Amanda Strobel   


By Michelle

Hello from the Girl Scout Program Team! 

We hope that you are enjoying your summer!  If you have already registered for Our World, Our Family this year, thank you!  We are excited to see so many familiar--and new--faces each year, and love being able to share this very special tradition with all of you. Please watch for initial confirmations later this month, if you have not already received one. The final confirmation will be sent in August, and will include preliminary cabin assignments, packing lists, and directions.  

If you have not gotten in your registration yet, we still have openings for both Friday and Saturday night--so send yours today!  Note that there is no late fee for this event, but we expect that it will be full very soon!  All forms and the packet of information can be found on our website (http://gslakesandpines.org/pages/OurWorldOurFamily11/). If you need printed copies of these forms, please let us know. Remember that full payment is due with registration (include Cookie Dough and Adventure Point
Vouchers with forms). 

Once again, we are offering a discounted deposit for all girls and adults who register for a GSMWLP trip at OWOF--bring your trip registration forms!  Girls will also be able to vote on trips for 2018!

Remember that all pre-orders for OWOF apparel are due by July 11.  Order your glow in the dark t-shirt or hoodie today! 

Have a fun and safe summer!

By Michelle

This training is open to Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and Adults.


When: Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Where: Crosby, MN


Cost: $10.00 or $19.50 with Outdoor Education Book


For more information and to registration, click here.       

By Maureen Graham

TROOP FINANCIAL REPORTS ARE COMING DUE


Every troop must submit their annual Troop Financial Report (TFR) to their Community Coordinator, Service Unit Manager or
Service Unit Treasurer by June 15 who needs to submit them to their Product Sales and Finance Specialist no later than July 1.  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.  Please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist if you have any questions.  Thank you!


2015 COOKIE RECOGNITION VOTING IS OPEN

Do you and your girls want a say in what recognitions are chosen for the next cookie sale?  Voting is open NOW.  Click the link to begin.  Our council uses YOUR choices to make our final selections.  We need to hear from you today!  Lead the Change! Voting closes June 30th

 
THANK YOU!!!
 

We are already well into the planning of the 2014 Fall Sale and the 2015 Cookie Sale Programs.  Know that we have some great things in store for these sales, but for now we hope that troops are enjoying the warmer weather and reaping the benefits of their past sales in order to do the things they planned to do.  For a little light reading, for those troops that are not yet self sustaining, we recommend the following to help your troop plan for the upcoming year: What is a Self Sustaining Troop? Enjoy the start of summer and know that we appreciate all that you have done and continue to do for Girl Scouts.  THANK YOU from all of us.

 

By Michelle

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!

Enjoy another great year with Girl Scouts and Jump into spring with our spring membership renewal campaign Jump Start!

All the details to help guide you through the re-registration process were included in a mailing to all 01 Troop Leaders and Juliette families at the beginning of April.

Girls get a free Jump Start patch if forms are turned in to the Waite Park Regional Center by June 15, 2014!

·         New this year for 01 Leaders:  A Girl Scout shop gift certificate for your own Girl Scout polo shirt (comes in all sizes) if you return your completed troop roster as indicated and re-register all continuing girls and adults by June 15, 2014.

·         Easiest renewal ever!  Find your troop’s 2013-14 Troop Roster with a simple check off to renew membership that is included in the mailing.

·         The simple steps to renew are included on your roster.

·         Use this roster to have parents/guardians review, update information as needed and provide permission – then mail in with Dues Summary or go online as instructed and just update the information.

·         Note: 01 troop leader’s can register the entire troop at one time with online registration if done prior to Sept. 30, 2014.

·         Girls and families worked hard to sell cookies.  Use those proceeds to pay their $15 membership fees!  (It will be one less thing to pay for during back-to-school time!)

o   Troops have always been encouraged to include membership renewal in their troop budget as part of being a self sufficient troop.

·         Other great benefits to your troop and your Service Unit:

o   Your troop will be ready to start right away in the fall and you will know who is returning!

o   Placing new girls at fall registration is easy because troops know the number of new girls they can add to their troop.

o   The recruitment of new adult leadership can start right away because you will know if an adult leader is not returning.

o    A “Say You’ll Stay Response Form,” (#3603) is available on the council’s website for you to print and distribute at your next SU leader’s meeting to find out if volunteers will be returning.

If you have any questions, please contact us for assistance.  We are happy to help!

 

Are you a fun loving person who loves Girl Scouts?  Read on…

Your Membership Specialist is seeking volunteers who like to have fun to establish Recruitment Teams within each service unit. 

What do SU Recruitment Teams do?  They have fun getting the word out about Girl Scouts!

Where do you start?

1.    Contact your Membership Specialist today to join your Service Unit’s Recruitment Team! 

2.    Share ideas to make recruitment in your school or town tons of fun for girls and families.

3.    Partner with you Membership Specialist to set dates and plans for your Service Unit’s Fall Kick-off and your Fall Recruitment events.

 

Membership Stats as of May 27, 2014

Girls                             6,718              
We are 1,552 girls away from
reaching our girl goal of 8,270.


Adults                          2,538              
We are 272 adults away from
reaching our adult goal of 2,804

Total Membership    9,256               
This includes 452 lifetime members.

 

 

 

By Bonnie Reeves

Hello!

 

Jump Starts are underway across our council! I request volunteers to complete
the Volunteer Self Assessment form which was included in the Jump Start packet 
Completed forms can be returned to me your Volunteer Specialist! 

To those of you who have completed the background check
‘Thank you” some of you have not and here is your gentle reminder to please go
to the website and authorize the background check now if you have not done so: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/LetsGetStarted/

Volunteers who have authorized their background check this
year or the 2012-2013 Girl Scout year do not need to do the authorization.

Questions/concerns please pop me a e mail or give me call.

Thank you for all you do for Girl Scouts!

Bonnie

By Lisa Lundberg

 

Summer is just around the corner, and the Program Team is hard at work planning and
getting ready for OWOF this fall.  We hope that you are able to join us
this year, either as a family or with your troop, for a weekend full of
adventure and fun!  Join over 1,000 Girl Scouts from all over the country
for this one of a kind weekend packed with traditions and new friends!

 

Remember to place your advance-order shirts and hoodies by July 11!  All shirts and
hoodies will feature glow in the dark ink!  Limited supplies of shirts
will be available in the shop during the weekend, but hoodies are only
available by advance order.

 

The Teen Volunteer Program is filling up quickly! Get your registration in as soon
as possible if you would like to be a part of this program just for girls who
are looking for a new way to experience OWOF! This is a great option if you are
thinking about being a CIT in the future or if you are looking for ways to take
on leadership roles. If you have questions about TVP, please email Program
Specialist Amanda Strobel (astrobel@gslakesandpines.org).

 

The Program Team, as well as the whole staff, would also like to thank a few of our
volunteers who were not on our original list: Russ Bennett, Mary Wyman-Goenner,
Kristen Gangl, Christine Benson, Maddison Moyer, Lolita Meyers, Leave No Trace,
Katie Koester, Morgan Carlson, Crow Wing County Master Gardeners, Vicki Foss,
Laura Billman, and Wynn Podratz. We would not be able to offer so many choices
to girls without all of your efforts and we cannot thank you enough!  Our
volunteers make OWOF possible!

If you are interested in being a volunteer or have questions about volunteering,
please email Program Specialist Nikki Revier (nervier@gslakesandpines.org).

By Michelle

May 17, 2014 | McGregor

Attention adventurous girls!  You are needed to explore a new planet!  Join your fellow explorers to discover a new star, and use your team’s outdoor and team work to solve the challenges you encounter!

Day Program:
Grades K-12 | 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.
$20 girls and adults | $5 safety-ratio adults
Includes a special space dinner, program materials and a patch.

Saturday Overnight:
Grades 4 – 12 | 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 a.m.
$30 Girls and Adults | $5 Safety-Ratio Adults

Register by 2 May 2014.

Questions? Ask Amanda! astrobel@gslakesandpines.org | 320-252-2952

By Michelle

Sunday April 27, 2014 | Brainerd

Grow your leadership skills and become prepared for summer Day Camps and to take the lead at Girl Scout events and programs. 

Details are in the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for Cadettes, page 30.  In order to become a certified Program Aide, girls complete the Leader in Action award, attend this Program Aide training, then work directly with girls for an extended period of time. 

Cost includes training, supplies, and light meal.  Girls will enjoy up to 4 hours of programming.

Cost:
$20 girl, adult free

By Bonnie Reeves

Hello! 

It's really me your Volunteer Specialsit for R03!  I've been crisscrossing our Region and Region 4 offering New Leader Training!  It's been awesome meeting new volunteers and seeing the committment of Mom's who are recruiting friends and Grandmothers or former Girl Scouts to come back and help lead a troop!  Can you beleive we are still recruiting new volunteers?!!


I will be offering another New Leader Training in Brainerd April 26th, 10am-1pm - check out the website to regsiter:http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/LearningDevelopment/


Join us for our third Annual Regional Celebration   April 24th 6:30-8:30 at the Brainerd High School. RSVP to Bonnie

We will recognize twenty adult award receipents, R03 top cookie sellers, three honorable mentions for the Leaders Day Card Contest and any girl or troop who earned their Bronze, Silver ot Gold Award.   Girls or Troops who earned the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award and want to be recognozed should contact Bonnie!


Aslo note if you haven't done so it's not to late to nominate a business or service group for the Beacon Award: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/Recognition/

You are winding down on the  cookie sale  and I'm hearing that girls did a fantastic job selling cookies.  A special Thank you to the Mom's and Dad'd who helped make it happen.   


I hope you take a moment to check out the Kaleidoscope Events being offered in Duluth and Bemidiji - these events were planned as a direct reposne to volunteer feedback.  The programming is awesome!

I hope you take a moment to reflect on the postive impact you are making on girls  and don't forget to enjoy your own journey! 
 
    
I'll be seeing you soon!   

Bonnie

By Michelle

Hello Friends!

I know it's a really busy time of year... Hope you are working on Adult Recognitions please submit by March 1st if you are wanting to present at spring recognitions.  Remember you can nominate someone for an award any time of the year.

Leader's Day Card Contest entries are due to the Duluth Office March 1st.  Will Region 3 have another winner?

Save the Date and stay tuned for details - Region 3 Celebration will be held at the Brainerd high School on April 24th.

Check our website for updated trainings.

I'll be doing a New Leader Training March 29th in Cromwell.  it's ok to register if you are a tried and true volunteer who wants a refresher!

Thank you for volunteering for Girl Scouts!

~Bonnie Reeves 

By Michelle

The deadline to attend the Girl Scout National Convention has been extended to March 1!  Read more about it on page 17 of your Program Guide or at the following link:  http://www.gslakesandpines.org/files/4154.pdf

By Michelle

Bonnie has not seen any Adult Award Nominations yet.  We accept nominations year round and there are many deserving volunteers out there.  Please, check out the Awards page on our website for descriptions and criteria:  http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/Recognition/

You may also request numeral year pins from our website on the same link! Remember to include your years as a girl when you are adding them up!

By Michelle

Teleconference Offered in Three Easy One-Hour Sessions

January 7, 2014 NLT 1

January 14, 2014 NLT 3

January 21, 2014 NLT 2

See session descriptions and register on our website: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/LearningDevelopment/

By Julie Bode

Snowflake Adventures

Do you love winter adventures & camp?

Join Girl Scouts as we go outside and explore winter adventures at Camp Shingobee Timbers.  Try your hand at winter sports including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sliding and depending on the weather ice skating!  We will spend most of our time outside but will have time to create a wintery craft and Minnesota sweet treat!  All participants sleep in a heated dormitory style four season program center! Girl Scouts can sign up for this program with a friend who is new to Girl Scouts—each girl will get a $5 discount off the program cost!

Place: Camp Shingobee Timbers, Walker, MN

Grades: 2-8 Overnight Program; K-8 Day Program

Date :

Day Program: Feb 8,  9am-4:30pm

Overnight Program: Feb 8 – 9, 2014 9am Saturday – 11am Sunday

Cost:

Day Program: $25 per girl / $10 per adult / $5 per volunteering adult

Overnight Program: $35 per girl /$25 per adult/$10 per volunteering adult

Non-Girl Scouts are welcome!  Please add $15 for annual membership.

Register by Friday, January 24, 2014!

Questions? Contact Melissa “Gator” Garza at 218-302-3183 or mgarza@gslakesandpines.org

By Tauna

Are you looking for some tropical fun this winter? Escape the snowy blues and join us at the Westgate Mall in Baxter, MN on January 11, 2014 for an evening of Hawaiian games and crafts! 

 

Grades K - 3 will start at 6:30 pm, enjoying games and activities at the Sneak Peek Pajama Party until 9pm. $8 Girl Scouts, adults free

Grades 4 - 12 will arrive at 8:00 pm and leave at 7:00 am. ($30 Girl Scouts, $5 adults)

 

All ages are invited to shop late at several mall shops that will stay open late just for us, as well as at the Girl Scout Shop, that will stay open until 10:00 pm. Join us for lots of fun and a great service project that will benefit a local women's shelter. 

               

Bring a new friend (new to Girl Scouts) and you each get $5 off of your fee!

Register today!




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