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By Ben Carey

Celebrate World Thinking Day with Service Unit 28 Saturday, February 28, from 9:00am - 3:30pm at St Francis Xavier School in Sartell.

Girls will fill out their passport as they travel from country to country through the school participating in games and activities from other countries. Many of these activites will be led by exchange students!

Cost is $8 per attendee and lunch is provided.

Register by 2/19/15 by contacting Wendi Haas at
wendijhaas@yahoo.com.

Would you like to have your World Thinking Day event highlighted on your Regional Blog? contact your regional support team. Just click on their names to the left for their emails!

By Tricia Andrews

Gold Award Workshop| Monday, February 16 | Noon-2 PM | Waite Park Regional Center | Girls grades 9-12/ interested adults | Cost: Free

Have some free time on President's Day?  Interested in learning more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, including the role of adults, the approval process, and the characteristics of a successful Take Action project? This is your chance to learn more about the Gold Award and get feedback on your project ideas.  RSVP with Director of Program Tricia Andrews, 320-252-2952 ext 8879 or tandrews@gslakesandpines.org.

Girls must attend a Gold Award orientation before they submit their project proposa. While we offer monthly telephone conferences as a convenient way to fulfill this requirement, this in-person meeting also meets this requirement.  Additional details are at http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/LeadershipAwards/.

By Tricia Andrews

Gold Award Workshop| Monday, February 16 | Noon-2 PM | Waite Park Regional Center | Girls grades 9-12/ interested adults | Cost: Free

Have some free time on President's Day?  Interested in learning more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, including the role of adults, the approval process, and the characteristics of a successful Take Action project? This is your chance to learn more about the Gold Award and get feedback on your project ideas.  RSVP with Director of Program Tricia Andrews, 320-252-2952 ext 8879 or tandrews@gslakesandpines.org.

Girls must attend a Gold Award orientation before they submit their project proposa. While we offer monthly telephone conferences as a convenient way to fulfill this requirement, this in-person meeting also meets this requirement.  Additional details are at http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/LeadershipAwards/.

By Maureen Graham

Buy 5 Boxes for a chance to WIN Girl Scout Cookies for a Year! 

Girls can sell more cookies all at once by sharing information about the Buy 5 Promotion with each of their customers and by inviting them to buy five packages for a chance to win five cases of Girl Scout Cookies!  Four winning entries will be selected, one winner from each of our four regions.  Each winner will receive 5 cases of their favorite Girl Scout Cookies – cookies for a year! 

1.       Customer purchases five packages of Girl Scout Cookies in a single transaction between February 14 and March 22. (All transactions qualify whether direct from a girl, at a booth sale, or through COCOdirect.) 

2.       Customer receives a code from the Girl Scout.

3.       Customer enters their information by March 25 by clicking on the Buy 5 Boxes icon on the Lakes and Pines home page.

4.       Four winning entries selected week of March 30; winners notified by April 6, 2015

So, as a troop leader, you’re wondering, “What is this mysterious code that my girls will be sharing with their customers?”  It’s simple.  Please use the following formula to create unique codes for each customer. Use your troop number, followed by the girl’s initials, followed by the customer number.  So, for example, if you are from Troop 45321, and Maggie Lemonade is the name of the girl who has three customers who each purchased five packages of Girl Scout Cookies, the codes she will distribute to them will be as follows:  Customer #1 – 45321ML1, Customer #2 – 45321ML2, Customer #3 – 45321ML3.  Have two girls with the same initials in your troop? No problem.  Just add their middle initial or another letter to distinguish the two, for example MEL or MML.   

 

A good way for your troop to prepare to implement this promotion would be to have business cards or slips of paper printed up with the website link, then a line for each girl to write her individual code – adding a 1, 2, 3, etc., at the end of her code for each customer that she has that purchases five packages.  Girls can give a slip to each customer that qualifies. 

 

Questions?  Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist.   

 

Service Unit Finance Reports DUE February 15.

 

Just a friendly reminder that your Service Unit Financial Report is due to your Product Sales and Finance Specialist by February 15.  You can find the form here:  http://gslakesandpines.org/pages/FinanceForms.  The instructions are there as to how to use this writable form, otherwise you can print it out and fill it in before sending.  Thank you!

 

By Maureen Graham

Buy 5 Boxes for a chance to WIN Girl Scout Cookies for a Year! 

Girls can sell more cookies all at once by sharing information about the Buy 5 Promotion with each of their customers and by inviting them to buy five packages for a chance to win five cases of Girl Scout Cookies!  Four winning entries will be selected, one winner from each of our four regions.  Each winner will receive 5 cases of their favorite Girl Scout Cookies – cookies for a year! 

1.       Customer purchases five packages of Girl Scout Cookies in a single transaction between February 14 and March 22. (All transactions qualify whether direct from a girl, at a booth sale, or through COCOdirect.) 

2.       Customer receives a code from the Girl Scout.

3.       Customer enters their information by March 25 by clicking on the Buy 5 Boxes icon on the Lakes and Pines home page.

4.       Four winning entries selected week of March 30; winners notified by April 6, 2015

So, as a troop leader, you’re wondering, “What is this mysterious code that my girls will be sharing with their customers?”  It’s simple.  Please use the following formula to create unique codes for each customer. Use your troop number, followed by the girl’s initials, followed by the customer number.  So, for example, if you are from Troop 45321, and Maggie Lemonade is the name of the girl who has three customers who each purchased five packages of Girl Scout Cookies, the codes she will distribute to them will be as follows:  Customer #1 – 45321ML1, Customer #2 – 45321ML2, Customer #3 – 45321ML3.  Have two girls with the same initials in your troop? No problem.  Just add their middle initial or another letter to distinguish the two, for example MEL or MML.   

 

A good way for your troop to prepare to implement this promotion would be to have business cards or slips of paper printed up with the website link, then a line for each girl to write her individual code – adding a 1, 2, 3, etc., at the end of her code for each customer that she has that purchases five packages.  Girls can give a slip to each customer that qualifies. 

 

Questions?  Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist.   

 

Service Unit Finance Reports DUE February 15.

 

Just a friendly reminder that your Service Unit Financial Report is due to your Product Sales and Finance Specialist by February 15.  You can find the form here:  http://gslakesandpines.org/pages/FinanceForms.  The instructions are there as to how to use this writable form, otherwise you can print it out and fill it in before sending.  Thank you!

 

By Maureen Graham

Buy 5 Boxes for a chance to WIN Girl Scout Cookies for a Year! 

Girls can sell more cookies all at once by sharing information about the Buy 5 Promotion with each of their customers and by inviting them to buy five packages for a chance to win five cases of Girl Scout Cookies!  Four winning entries will be selected, one winner from each of our four regions.  Each winner will receive 5 cases of their favorite Girl Scout Cookies – cookies for a year! 

1.       Customer purchases five packages of Girl Scout Cookies in a single transaction between February 14 and March 22. (All transactions qualify whether direct from a girl, at a booth sale, or through COCOdirect.) 

2.       Customer receives a code from the Girl Scout.

3.       Customer enters their information by March 25 by clicking on the Buy 5 Boxes icon on the Lakes and Pines home page.

4.       Four winning entries selected week of March 30; winners notified by April 6, 2015

So, as a troop leader, you’re wondering, “What is this mysterious code that my girls will be sharing with their customers?”  It’s simple.  Please use the following formula to create unique codes for each customer. Use your troop number, followed by the girl’s initials, followed by the customer number.  So, for example, if you are from Troop 45321, and Maggie Lemonade is the name of the girl who has three customers who each purchased five packages of Girl Scout Cookies, the codes she will distribute to them will be as follows:  Customer #1 – 45321ML1, Customer #2 – 45321ML2, Customer #3 – 45321ML3.  Have two girls with the same initials in your troop? No problem.  Just add their middle initial or another letter to distinguish the two, for example MEL or MML.   

 

A good way for your troop to prepare to implement this promotion would be to have business cards or slips of paper printed up with the website link, then a line for each girl to write her individual code – adding a 1, 2, 3, etc., at the end of her code for each customer that she has that purchases five packages.  Girls can give a slip to each customer that qualifies. 

 

Questions?  Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist.   

 

Service Unit Finance Reports DUE February 15.

 

Just a friendly reminder that your Service Unit Financial Report is due to your Product Sales and Finance Specialist by February 15.  You can find the form here:  http://gslakesandpines.org/pages/FinanceForms.  The instructions are there as to how to use this writable form, otherwise you can print it out and fill it in before sending.  Thank you!

 

By Maureen Graham

Buy 5 Boxes for a chance to WIN Girl Scout Cookies for a Year! 

Girls can sell more cookies all at once by sharing information about the Buy 5 Promotion with each of their customers and by inviting them to buy five packages for a chance to win five cases of Girl Scout Cookies!  Four winning entries will be selected, one winner from each of our four regions.  Each winner will receive 5 cases of their favorite Girl Scout Cookies – cookies for a year! 

1.       Customer purchases five packages of Girl Scout Cookies in a single transaction between February 14 and March 22. (All transactions qualify whether direct from a girl, at a booth sale, or through COCOdirect.) 

2.       Customer receives a code from the Girl Scout.

3.       Customer enters their information by March 25 at http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/5for5Program/

4.       Four winning entries selected week of March 30; winners notified by April 6, 2015

So, as a troop leader, you’re wondering, “What is this mysterious code that my girls will be sharing with their customers?”  It’s simple.  Please use the following formula to create unique codes for each customer. Use your troop number, followed by the girl’s initials, followed by the customer number.  So, for example, if you are from Troop 45321, and Maggie Lemonade is the name of the girl who has three customers who each purchased five packages of Girl Scout Cookies, the codes she will distribute to them will be as follows:  Customer #1 – 45321ML1, Customer #2 – 45321ML2, Customer #3 – 45321ML3.  Have two girls with the same initials in your troop? No problem.  Just add their middle initial or another letter to distinguish the two, for example MEL or MML.   

 

A good way for your troop to prepare to implement this promotion would be to have business cards or slips of paper printed up with the website link, then a line for each girl to write her individual code – adding a 1, 2, 3, etc., at the end of her code for each customer that she has that purchases five packages.  Girls can give a slip to each customer that qualifies. 

 

Questions?  Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist.   

 

Service Unit Finance Reports DUE February 15.

 

Just a friendly reminder that your Service Unit Financial Report is due to your Product Sales and Finance Specialist by February 15.  You can find the form here:  http://gslakesandpines.org/pages/FinanceForms.  The instructions are there as to how to use this writable form, otherwise you can print it out and fill it in before sending.  Thank you!

 

By Tricia Andrews

Girl Scout Gold Award Mentor Committee Training | Saturday, April 18 | 9 AM-4:30 PM |Caribou Coffee, St. Cloud

Why consider being part of the Girl Scout Gold Award committee?  Those who are already on the committee will tell you that it is fun.  Really!  They might also tell you how rewarding it is to see girls develop through the Gold Award process.  We see such a transormation. Something magic happen between their first sometimes shaky interview  with the committee to that final meeting several months later.  When girls return to present  their final report, we see articulate, poised and confident young women.  Young women who know that through their hard work, creativity and determination, they truly and concretely made the world a better place.  

We are seeking additional committee members from all corners of our council; consider joining us April 18 in St. Cloud to part of this dynamic and purposeful goup.  Meals and volunter mileage reimbursement provided. For more information, please contact Director of Program Tricia Andrews at tandrews@gslakesandpines.org.

By Tricia Andrews

Girl Scout Gold Award Mentor Committee Training | Saturday, April 18 | 9 AM-4:30 PM |Caribou Coffee, St. Cloud

Why consider being part of the Girl Scout Gold Award committee?  Those who are already on the committee will tell you that it is fun.  Really!  They might also tell you how rewarding it is to see girls develop through the Gold Award process.  We see such a transormation. Something magic happen between their first sometimes shaky interview  with the committee to that final meeting several months later.  When girls return to present  their final report, we see articulate, poised and confident young women.  Young women who know that through their hard work, creativity and determination, they truly and concretely made the world a better place.  

We are seeking additional committee members from all corners of our council; consider joining us April 18 in St. Cloud to part of this dynamic and purposeful goup.  Meals and volunter mileage reimbursement provided. For more information, please contact Director of Program Tricia Andrews at tandrews@gslakesandpines.org.

By Tricia Andrews

Girl Scout Gold Award Mentor Committee Training | Saturday, April 18 | 9 AM-4:30 PM |Caribou Coffee, St. Cloud

Why consider being part of the Girl Scout Gold Award committee?  Those who are already on the committee will tell you that it is fun.  Really!  They might also tell you how rewarding it is to see girls develop through the Gold Award process.  We see such a transormation. Something magic happen between their first sometimes shaky interview  with the committee to that final meeting several months later.  When girls return to present  their final report, we see articulate, poised and confident young women.  Young women who know that through their hard work, creativity and determination, they truly and concretely made the world a better place.  

We are seeking additional committee members from all corners of our council; consider joining us April 18 in St. Cloud to part of this dynamic and purposeful goup.  Meals and volunter mileage reimbursement provided. For more information, please contact Director of Program Tricia Andrews at tandrews@gslakesandpines.org.

By Tricia Andrews

Girl Scout Gold Award Mentor Committee Training | Saturday, April 18 | 9 AM-4:30 PM |Caribou Coffee, St. Cloud

Why consider being part of the Girl Scout Gold Award committee?  Those who are already on the committee will tell you that it is fun.  Really!  They might also tell you how rewarding it is to see girls develop through the Gold Award process.  We see such a transormation. Something magic happen between their first sometimes shaky interview  with the committee to that final meeting several months later.  When girls return to present  their final report, we see articulate, poised and confident young women.  Young women who know that through their hard work, creativity and determination, they truly and concretely made the world a better place.  

We are seeking additional committee members from all corners of our council; consider joining us April 18 in St. Cloud to part of this dynamic and purposeful goup.  Meals and volunter mileage reimbursement provided. For more information, please contact Director of Program Tricia Andrews at tandrews@gslakesandpines.org.

By Tricia Andrews

Cirque Ziva Special Offer for Girl Scouts! | Mitchel Auditorium, 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth MN | Saturday, February 14, 2015 | Doors Open 7 PM, Show 8 PM | Girl Scout Discount $5 off per Girl Scout or adult family member (regular prices children $19.50 adults $39.50)  | Contest for two free tickets – details below!
 The Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque Ziva, a new world-class cirque spectacular that has been thrilling audiences across the United States since its creation in 2011, is offering a special Girl Scout discount for its February 14th Duluth performance. 

Ticket Contest: Lakes and Pines have TWO FREE Cirque Ziva tickets to any girl or adult registered to attend Kaleidoscope coming up  May 2nd in Duluth.  To qualify for the contest, just sign up for Kaleidoscope by 9 AM Thursday, February 12; tickets will be drawn at 11:00 that morning.  Our thanks to JADE PRESENTS for their generous support of  Girl Scouts!

The Girl Scout discount will be honored via phone at 800-447-5444 or in person, 1200 Kenwood Ave, as well as at the box office day-of show. Just mention that you are a member of Girl Scouts or are a member of the Girl Scout community when purchasing your tickets.

This fast-paced, technically-innovative performance showcases traditional Chinese acrobats, dance and costumes, ancient and contemporary music and modern theatrical techniques. The renowned acrobats dazzle with amazing feats of athleticism, daring heart-stopping stunts and the grace of their centuries-old art form. For more details, visit  http://jadepresents.com/cirque-ziva-duluth/

 “There is a precision and beauty about everything they do,” says The Washington Post. The large cast and dazzling production designs illustrate just how breathtaking Chinese acrobatics can be. Cirque Ziva is sure to entertain, delight and keep audiences of all ages in suspense.

By Tricia Andrews

Cirque Ziva Special Offer for Girl Scouts! | Mitchel Auditorium, 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth MN | Saturday, February 14, 2015 | Doors Open 7 PM, Show 8 PM | Girl Scout Discount $5 off per Girl Scout or adult family member (regular prices children $19.50 adults $39.50)  | Contest for two free tickets – details below!
 

The Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque Ziva, a new world-class cirque spectacular that has been thrilling audiences across the United States since its creation in 2011, is offering a special Girl Scout discount for its February 14th Duluth performance. The Girl Scout discount will be honored via phone at 800-447-5444 or in person, 1200 Kenwood Ave, as well as at the box office day-of show. Just mention that you are a member of Girl Scouts or are a member of the Girl Scout community when purchasing your tickets.

Ticket Contest: Lakes and Pines have  TWO FREE Cirque Ziva tickets to any girl or adult registered to attend Kaleidoscope coming up  May 2nd in Duluth.  To qualify for the contest, just sign up for Kaleidoscope by 9 AM Thursday, February 12; tickets will be drawn at 11:00 that morning.  Our thanks to JADE PRESENTS for their generous support of  Girl Scouts!

By Tricia Andrews

Cirque Ziva Special Offer for Girl Scouts! | Mitchel Auditorium, 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth MN | Saturday, February 14, 2015 | Doors Open 7 PM, Show 8 PM | Girl Scout Discount $5 off per Girl Scout or adult family member (regular prices children $19.50 adults $39.50)  | Contest for two free tickets – details below!
 

The Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque Ziva, a new world-class cirque spectacular that has been thrilling audiences across the United States since its creation in 2011, is offering a special Girl Scout discount for its February 14th Duluth performance. The Girl Scout discount will be honored via phone at 800-447-5444 or in person, 1200 Kenwood Ave, as well as at the box office day-of show. Just mention that you are a member of Girl Scouts or are a member of the Girl Scout community when purchasing your tickets.

Ticket Contest: Lakes and Pines have  TWO FREE Cirque Ziva tickets to any girl or adult registered to attend Kaleidoscope coming up  May 2nd in Duluth.  To qualify for the contest, just sign up for Kaleidoscope by 9 AM Thursday, February 12; tickets will be drawn at 11:00 that morning.  Our thanks to JADE PRESENTS for their generous support of  Girl Scouts!

By Keri Lynn

Would you like to work at the Duluth Cookie Cupboard?  We are seeking a temporary, part-time cookie cupboard assistant for mid-February through late March, to work Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Hours are 8:30am - 5:30 pm.  Earn a little extra money and help with the behind-the-scenes tasks to make the cookie program run!  For more information, email April at arasmussen@gslakesandpines.org

By Tricia Andrews

 

Volunteer Opportunity | Our World, Our Family | Camp Lake Hubert | Nisswa, MN | September 11-13, 2015

Have skills to share, such as tree identification, water craft, fishing, geocaching, art, or jewelry making?  Or do you simply like the idea of committing one weekend this fall to making a difference in the lives of girls?  Close to 1,000 girls and adults from Minnesota and Wisconsin come to our Our World, Our Family, Lakes and Pine’s largest signature event, and you are needed!  For more information and volunteer options, please contact program specialist Nikki Revier at nrevier@gslakesandpines.org, 800-955-6032 ext 2109 or 320-403-2109. 

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By Hannah McCabe

Calling all interested day camp directors! The curriculum and information packets have been printed and are ready to be sent out. If you would like to put on a day camp in your service unit this summer, please contact Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.orgwith questions or to request a packet. Previous day camp directors keep an eye on your mail, 2015 packets are being mailed to you!

By Hannah McCabe

Calling all interested day camp directors! The curriculum
and information packets have been printed and are ready to be sent out. If you
would like to put on a day camp in your service unit this summer, please
contact Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org
with questions or to request a packet. Previous day camp directors keep an eye
on your mail, 2015 packets are being mailed to you!

By Maureen Graham

·         REMEMBER: ~On your Honor~ Girls can begin taking cookie orders on Monday, February 9th.  No cookies will be available for delivery to customers until February 14thPlease be a sister to every Girl Scout by adhering to these dates and keeping it fair for all.  Thank you.

·         New Council Cookie Cupboard Locations:

DULUTH - 500 S 59th Ave West, Duluth

WAITE PARK - 230 2nd Ave S, Waite Park

Complete list of cookie cupboard locations coming soon.

·         Cookie Booth Updates:

Due to the Cub Foods Booth Sales agreement, booth sales will be allowed throughout the council beginning on February 19th instead of February 20thGo for it! :)

When entering booths in Snap, please do not enter your troop for the Cub Foods locations, as a Requested Cookie Booth.  These are part of the Cookie Booth Lottery.  Lottery details have been sent through Snap email to troops in areas which have the lottery. 

For troops in areas which are not part of the lottery or for booths not included in the lottery, please schedule cookie booths on your own.  Once you have your booths scheduled, please help us help your troop by entering all of your booths in Snap so we can upload them to the Cookie Finder.  This helps to drive additional customers to your booth sale. Remember, they won’t find you if they don’t know about your sale.

·         Cookie Delivery throughout the council begins February 9th.  Shipping schedules have been sent to Community Product Sales Managers.  For troops that placed an Initial Order, please be in touch with your Community Product Sales Manager to find out when your cookies will arrive. 

·         The Girl Upload is coming to Snap!  On February 9th we will upload girl data from our membership system into Snap.  This year we need for girls to be listed exactly the same in our membership system, Snap, and COCO.  The girl data must be in sync in these systems in order for girls who use COCOdirect to get credit for the cookies that they sell.   If you have not entered your girls into the system, please wait for the upload and then check to make sure that everything is correct.  If you have already entered your girl information, then please check Snap after the upload to make sure there are not duplicates. 

Girls should use their first and last names in COCO.  If the girl’s name in COCO is not aligned to her name in Snap, please have her change it to match what is in Snap.  See the troop Answer Book on page 12 for more details. If you have trouble or see any discrepancies in Snap, please let us know.

·         Gluten Free Cookies still available to qualifying troops.  If you are interested, please contact your Product Sales & Finance Specialist.  If after the sale starts you run out and need more, please let us know.They are available on a first come first serve basis.

·         Buy 5 Get 5 Promotion:  Your customer will qualify to have their name placed in a drawing if they purchase five packages of cookies in a single transaction.  We have just a few details to work out yet so that this promotion will run smoothly for all.  Please watch the blog for full details prior to the sale start date.  Thanks for your patience!

·        The USDA, Nutrition & Smart Snack Standards: Selling Girl Scout Cookies at School:  The USDA recently released a document regarding fundraisers at school of items which do not meet their Smart Snack Standards.  This, alas, does include Girl Scout cookies and they are specifically named in the document.  Please read on for more information. 

By Maureen Graham

·         REMEMBER: ~On your Honor~ Girls can begin taking cookie orders on Monday, February 9th.  No cookies will be available for delivery to customers until February 14thPlease be a sister to every Girl Scout by adhering to these dates and keeping it fair for all.  Thank you.

·         New Council Cookie Cupboard Locations:

DULUTH - 500 S 59th Ave West, Duluth

WAITE PARK - 230 2nd Ave S, Waite Park

Complete list of cookie cupboard locations coming soon.

·         Cookie Booth Updates:

Due to the Cub Foods Booth Sales agreement, booth sales will be allowed throughout the council beginning on February 19th instead of February 20thGo for it! :)

When entering booths in Snap, please do not enter your troop for the Cub Foods locations, as a Requested Cookie Booth.  These are part of the Cookie Booth Lottery.  Lottery details have been sent through Snap email to troops in areas which have the lottery. 

For troops in areas which are not part of the lottery or for booths not included in the lottery, please schedule cookie booths on your own.  Once you have your booths scheduled, please help us help your troop by entering all of your booths in Snap so we can upload them to the Cookie Finder.  This helps to drive additional customers to your booth sale. Remember, they won’t find you if they don’t know about your sale.

·         Cookie Delivery throughout the council begins February 9th.  Shipping schedules have been sent to Community Product Sales Managers.  For troops that placed an Initial Order, please be in touch with your Community Product Sales Manager to find out when your cookies will arrive. 

·         The Girl Upload is coming to Snap!  On February 9th we will upload girl data from our membership system into Snap.  This year we need for girls to be listed exactly the same in our membership system, Snap, and COCO.  The girl data must be in sync in these systems in order for girls who use COCOdirect to get credit for the cookies that they sell.   If you have not entered your girls into the system, please wait for the upload and then check to make sure that everything is correct.  If you have already entered your girl information, then please check Snap after the upload to make sure there are not duplicates. 

Girls should use their first and last names in COCO.  If the girl’s name in COCO is not aligned to her name in Snap, please have her change it to match what is in Snap.  See the troop Answer Book on page 12 for more details. If you have trouble or see any discrepancies in Snap, please let us know.

·         Gluten Free Cookies still available to qualifying troops.  If you are interested, please contact your Product Sales & Finance Specialist.  If after the sale starts you run out and need more, please let us know.They are available on a first come first serve basis.

·         Buy 5 Get 5 Promotion:  Your customer will qualify to have their name placed in a drawing if they purchase five packages of cookies in a single transaction.  We have just a few details to work out yet so that this promotion will run smoothly for all.  Please watch the blog for full details prior to the sale start date.  Thanks for your patience!

·        The USDA, Nutrition & Smart Snack Standards: Selling Girl Scout Cookies at School:  The USDA recently released a document regarding fundraisers at school of items which do not meet their Smart Snack Standards.  This, alas, does include Girl Scout cookies and they are specifically named in the document.  Please read on for more information. 

By Maureen Graham

·         REMEMBER: ~On your Honor~ Girls can begin taking cookie orders on Monday, February 9th.  No cookies will be available for delivery to customers until February 14thPlease be a sister to every Girl Scout by adhering to these dates and keeping it fair for all.  Thank you.

·         New Council Cookie Cupboard Locations:

DULUTH - 500 S 59th Ave West, Duluth

WAITE PARK - 230 2nd Ave S, Waite Park

Complete list of cookie cupboard locations coming soon.

·         Cookie Booth Updates:

Due to the Cub Foods Booth Sales agreement, booth sales will be allowed throughout the council beginning on February 19th instead of February 20thGo for it! :) 

When entering booths in Snap, please do not enter your troop for the Cub Foods locations, as a Requested Cookie Booth.  These are part of the Cookie Booth Lottery.  Lottery details have been sent through Snap email to troops in areas which have the lottery. 

For troops in areas which are not part of the lottery or for booths not included in the lottery, please schedule cookie booths on your own.  Once you have your booths scheduled, please help us help your troop by entering all of your booths in Snap so we can upload them to the Cookie Finder.  This helps to drive additional customers to your booth sale. Remember, they won’t find you if they don’t know about your sale.

·         Cookie Delivery throughout the council begins February 9th.  Shipping schedules have been sent to Community Product Sales Managers.  For troops that placed an Initial Order, please be in touch with your Community Product Sales Manager to find out when your cookies will arrive. 

·         The Girl Upload is coming to Snap!  On February 9th we will upload girl data from our membership system into Snap.  This year we need for girls to be listed exactly the same in our membership system, Snap, and COCO.  The girl data must be in sync in these systems in order for girls who use COCOdirect to get credit for the cookies that they sell.   If you have not entered your girls into the system, please wait for the upload and then check to make sure that everything is correct.  If you have already entered your girl information, then please check Snap after the upload to make sure there are not duplicates. 

Girls should use their first and last names in COCO.  If the girl’s name in COCO is not aligned to her name in Snap, please have her change it to match what is in Snap.  See the troop Answer Book on page 12 for more details. If you have trouble or see any discrepancies in Snap, please let us know.

·         Gluten Free Cookies still available to qualifying troops.  If you are interested, please contact your Product Sales & Finance Specialist.  If after the sale starts you run out and need more, please let us know.They are available on a first come first serve basis.

·         Buy 5 Get 5 Promotion:  Your customer will qualify to have their name placed in a drawing if they purchase five packages of cookies in a single transaction.  We have just a few details to work out yet so that this promotion will run smoothly for all.  Please watch the blog for full details prior to the sale start date.  Thanks for your patience!

·        The USDA, Nutrition & Smart Snack Standards: Selling Girl Scout Cookies at School:  The USDA recently released a document regarding fundraisers at school of items which do not meet their Smart Snack Standards.  This, alas, does include Girl Scout cookies and they are specifically named in the document.  Please read on for more information. 

By Amanda Morrow

We are so excited to present a full line-up of fun and exciting sessions for this year's Kaleidoscope, happening May 2, 2015.  More information can be found on the Kaleidoscope page.  If you would like copies of the brochure and registration form mailed to you, please email Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org.

By Amanda Morrow

Check out this great opportunity to see the UMD Basketball Team play on February 21.  Girl Scouts who wear their uniforms will get free admission!

By Allison Hand

The Girl Scouts from Service Unit 28 would like to invite you to their annual cookie kick off! Join them for a fun filled evening where girls will learn about selling cookies, and goal setting. They will move from one station to the next, collecting cookie charms for their bracelet. The event is FREE to currently registered Girl Scouts and only $15 (registration fee) for new girls.  This is all happening on Friday February 6th, from 6:30 to 8:00pm.  The event will be held at St. Francis-Xavier School in Sartell.  For more information or to register, check out the flyer!

By Tricia Andrews

 

President's Volunteer Service Award

The President's Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime. To qualify, youth volunteers simply submit a record of their service hours to YSA, and they verify the service and award the PVSA.  Girls may apply the time they spend on a Take Action project, including the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, toward the Preseident's Volunteer Service Award.  For details, visit http://www.ysa.org/pvsa.

 




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Dreams to Reality

Plan to Join us at...
River's Edge Convention Center | St. Cloud, MN
March 12, 2015 | 5:30 - 8:30pm 

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Click logo above for more information and to purchase tickets!   



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