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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 for more information or to sign up.  What a great way to help out an important cause!


By Amanda Morrow

Are your girls working on the "It's Your Planet, Love it!" journey?  Then check out the Adopt a Beach website to see how your troop could help clean up Lake Superior on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

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 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 

By Amanda Morrow

You're invited!  

Please join us for a retirement open house to say goodbye to shop manager Julie Igo.  Julie has been with the Girl Scouts for 11 years and we know that volunteers and staff alike want to wish her a happy retirement.  

When: Thursday, August 28 from 8:30-5:30
Where: Duluth Girl Scouts office, 424 W. Superior Street, Suite G3, Duluth, MN

Light refreshments will be available.  Hope to see you there! 

If you aren't able to make it at this time, please feel free to stop by the Duluth office and wish Julie well anytime during the week of August 25th.

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 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 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:  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 Valerie Goerlitz

Please join us for the Fall Product Training and Region 2 Meeting in Duluth on September 11! Dive in and come on down to the Ordean Building from 6 - 8:30 dressed in your favorite 80's or active wear for regional Girl Scout Info and the Fall Product Sale Training! Samples of the products will be provided, information will be given, questions will be answered and we will even have Jimmy John's sandwiches and chips catered in! Please click the link for our fun flyer!
New products this year are the photo keepsakes, so bring your favorite or best photo to the meeting for our photo contest - prizes will be awarded! Can't wait to see you all there!

By Amanda Morrow

True North Americorps is seeking applicants for the fall--one opportunity includes working with Girl Scouts in our afterschool program, Girl Scouts in Action!  AmeriCorps is an amazing opportunity to serve your community while gaining job skills and an education award upon successful completion of a year of service.  For more information or to apply, visit

By Keri Lynn

We would like to welcome two new staff members to the GSMWLP Region 2 team:


Valerie Goerlitz, product sales and finance specialist for regions 1 & 2, started with our council on April 17 and has been busy learning about the cookie sale, getting all the remaining recognitions sorted out, and has become an expert on adventure points in a short time! Looking towards the end of the school year she is gearing up to receive all the Troop Finance Reports and learn about the fall product sale – Duluth Training will be on September 11, 2014. 


Amanda Morrow has been in the program specialist role since the end of March and has really enjoyed building new programs and working with girls during Programs on the Go and Kaleidoscope.  She is gearing up for two Duluth trips this summer and a College 101 Road Trip and is looking forward to meeting girls and volunteers from across the Council!


Stop by and meet them in the Duluth Office!














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