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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 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 Tricia Andrews

Girl Scout Dance Party | 6 pm-8 pm | Thursday, August 21 | Irongate Plaza, Hibbing | All girls grades K-12 | Free! Admission is 2014-2015 Girl Scout registration.  Already registered? Come join in the fun!

Summer is once again flying by!  It is time to get together with your Girl Scout friends for a fun Girl Scout Dance Party Thursday, August 21st at the Irongate Plaza in Hibbing.   

Open to all girls going into grades K-12 and adults. Other family members welcome.   Please check out the attached flyer with more information to share with your friends.  

Check out the flyer here for additional details.

Please make sure to ask a friend to join you at this Dance Party.  Remember you and your friend get an Add A Friend patch and a chance to win some great prizes if you both register for 2014-15 Girl Scouts.

Hope you will join us and bring a friend!    A DJ, dancing, hula hoop and limbo contests - what fun! If you cannot attend but have questions about Girl Scouts, please contact Membership Specialist Becky Dean at 218-751-4886 or 800-955-6032 ext 8880 or bdean@gslakesandpines.org.

By Tricia Andrews

To help Girl Scouts take action and make a difference in their communities,  GSUSA has launched an exciting Free Being Me PSA contest for girls to share what beauty means to them. Winning participants will even receive an iPad Air! To check out the rules and vote on current entries, view the contest here on Facebook- and don’t forget to sign in.  

 

Hurry and submit now before the contest ends August 30th! If you have any questions- please contact freebeingme@girlscouts.org. Can’t wait to see what the girls create!

 

By Nikki

Join Kristen in her upcoming Gold Award Project!

 

 

My name is Kristen Bussmann. I am 15 and
will be a sophomore at Melrose high school.
For my Girl Scout Gold Award I chose to do
a run/walk to raise funds for a suicide
prevention seminar. I wanted to do my Gold
Award on suicide prevention because I've
seen firsthand how suicide affects people. I
have lost my cousin and a couple of close friends of my family to suicide. I also
wanted to do my project on suicide prevention because it's not only a growing
concern in our community, but in Minnesota and The United States. The
program will be aimed at bringing awareness of depression and suicide to
the area, and to reach out to those who might be struggling with depression
or coping with the loss of a loved one.

First Annual Run/Walk (held rain or shine)
Date: September 27, 2014
Time: Registration - 7:30 a.m Walk starts at 9:00 a.m
Place: Melrose High School
Register before Sept. 1st to guarantee a T-shirt $20 reggstration fee.
Register after Sept. 1st for $25 ( t-shirt not guaranteed)

Registration forms avaliable at healinghearts2014.weebly.com

Contact us: healingheartsmelrose@gmail.com or 320-285-7151

Healing Hearts Seminar                                            

Date: October 29, 2014

Time: 7pm

Place: Melrose Elementary Gym

Contact us if you would like your loved one remembered the night of the seminar.

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 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 http://www.truenorthamericorps.org/

By Amanda Morrow

Girls from all over the council traveled to Duluth for not one, but two, council trips featuring the city!  Younger girls visited the Great Lakes Aquarium, the zoo, and stayed overnight at the Duluth Children's Museum.  Older girls came two weeks later and traveled to Gooseberry Falls, Brighton Beach, the Glensheen Mansion, and more!  Despite chilly weather, the girls saw lots and got to know other Girl Scouts from different areas.  Below, the girls brave the waves of Park Point Beach!

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!

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 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 Denise Paulisich

Background checks are required for all volunteers.  If you have recently completed your background check for Lakes and Pines, thank you.  It only took a few minutes and we appreciate your doing it.  That's our best step to make sure that all of our girls and volunteers are kept safe.

If you have completed your backgrouond check by going online to our Lakes and Pines website in the past year (or getting a 7 page paper copy with the same information - offered for those without internet access) you will not have to complete a background check again until 3 years from the date of your first one. 

Just an FYI - if you have done a background check for your employer or another organization, you still need to complete the Girl Scout one. 

Still wondering if you have completed a background check with us?  A simple clue is that you had to enter your social security number. 

Our goal is to have all volunteers complete their background check before school starts.  We have budgeted to pay for yours, so please take a few minutes and go to https://gslakesandpines.volunteerportal.net/  The password is juliette1912.

Questions can be directed to Denise at dpaulisich@gslakesandpines.org or 218-208-0236 or Martha at mlivingston@gslakesandpines.org or 218-302-3186.

By Allison Hand

The Membership Department needs your help!  We need to meet our goal!  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. A total of 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. Interested to see how your Service Unit did?  Check out your numbers here!

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

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 bdean

Sign up now for Day Camp, July 14-16 at Bemidji State Park.  Campers will do a variety of activities including flag ceremonies, kayaking, outdoor cooking, hiking, field games, arts and crafts, swimming, paddle boarding, canoeing and more.  This is a wonderful opporunity to experience camp!  For more details and the registration information click here.

By Tauna

Northwest Technical College in Bemidji would like to invite Girl Scouts and families to a Community Celebration on June 26, 2014 from 11- 3 pm.  There will be free food, games and a bounce castle!  More information will be found soon on the main page of their website found here:  http://www.ntcmn.edu/

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 Michelle

Girl Scouts receive a special rate at Paul Bunyan Amusement & Frontier Park on June 14!               

Address:  17553 State Hwy 18, Brainerd               
Time:    10:00 am – 6:00 pm               
Cost:      $14.95

Families and troops are welcome!  Forward to any families who might be interested!

Please RSVP to Laura Billman 218-251-4820 or ly679@brainerd.net

 

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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