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By Maureen Graham

The 2014 Fall Product Sale Program has begun, but it’s not too late to DIVE IN and BE ACTIVE!!!  Girls can earn recognition credit until October 19 by selling nuts and chocolates, magazines and photo keepsakes.  Troops earn 20% in proceeds on items sold; an easy way to gain start up funds for your troop!  Interested? Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist today to get started. 

 

Volunteers who took the Fall Product Sale Program Training received a certificate for FREE Digital Troop Photo Book for their troop.  If you have tried to redeem your troop’s certificate and have gotten an error message – do not be alarmed.  There are some delays as the vendor gets this exciting new program up and running.  Missed one of the council’s in person Fall Sale Trainings and interested in receiving a certificate for a FREE Digital Troop Photo Book?  Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist to find out how – while supplies last!

 

In search of excellent Express Cookie Cupboards! Looking ahead to the 2015 Cookie Sale Program, we find that there are a number of openings for Cookie Cupboards in our council.  Consider volunteering to take on this vital role of our Cookie Sale.  Hosting an Express Cookie Cupboard does not take a great space or time commitment.  Receive a cookie shipment once a week during the sale, only when your area troops place a planned order and choose your cupboard as their pick up site.  After delivery, troops come and pick up just the cookies that they ordered and there is not much more to do for the week.  If troops do not place any orders that week, no cookies are delivered.  And there is no additional product on hand to store!  This volunteer position would be great for retired or work/stay-at-homes with internet access.  Interested? Know someone who could host an Express Cupboard?  Need more information? Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist. 

 

Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered the new gluten free Trios cookie for the 2015 Cookie Sale.  Did your troop miss the opportunity to place a pre-order and participate in this year’s pilot program?  It’s not too late!  We still have a limited number of cases available.  Interested in participating in the Gluten Free Cookie Pilot Program?  See all of the details on our website and contact us today!

By Allison Hand

Walk to support a violence free community!

8th Annual Taking Steps Against Domestic Violence

Tuesday, October 14th @ 5:00pm


Check out the details HERE!

By Allison Hand

Walk to support a violence free community!

8th Annual Taking Steps Against Domestic Violence

Tuesday, October 14th @ 5:00pm


Check out the details HERE!

By Allison Hand

Walk to support a violence free community!

8th Annual Taking Steps Against Domestic Violence
 
Tuesday, October 14th @ 5:00pm


Check out the details HERE! 

By Amanda Morrow

Exciting Kaleidoscope preview: author Erin Soderberg Downing will be presenting “The Magic of Writing: Turning Your Life into Stories”!  Check out her awesome series The Quirks, and don’t forget to register for the second annual Kaleidoscope, happening May 2, 2015 in Superior, WI.

Join us for Kaleidoscope on May 2, 2015 in Superior!  More information and registration materials are here.  $5 early bird registration runs through December 1!

 

By Michelle

Calling all Royalty! Join us at the Hinckley Community Center to discover the fun and power of being a Girl Scout "Princess" through activities, songs, stories and crafts.

Wear you favorite Princess Dress-Up Clothes!

Parents will learn more about Girl Scout programs, summer camps and volunteer opportunities.

WHO:     Girls in grades K-3
WHEN:   Saturday, October 11, 2014
TIME:     9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Hinckely Community Center

Please print and complete this flyer and bring it to the event!         

By Michelle

Six lively, hands-on sessions led by trained, caring facilitators. Girls take on the challenge of the It's Your World - Change It! Leadership Journey. They also earn the Girl scout Safety Award as they learn how to stay safe in their home, shcool and community. Each session includes a healthy snack, fitness fun, and homework help as well as activities on teamwork, community, and safety. Girls receive the It's Your World - Change It!  Journey book, Journey award, and the Girl Scout Safety Award.

DATES:  Thursdays - October 9, 23, 30 & Nov 6, 13, 20
PLACE:   Little Falls Middle School - HomeEc Room
TIME:     3:30-5:30
COST:    $54 for current Girl Scouts ($25 in cookie dough may be used)
             $69 for non-Girl Scouts (includes annual G.S. registratioin - scholarships available)

PRINTABLE FLYER & REGISTRATION FORM     

By Michelle

This is an event for current Girl Scouts AND girls who want to join Girl Scouts.  Join us for fun, laughter and trying new things! Choose from three different locations:

Click the location you would like to attend for a printable flyer.

Camp Ripley Environmental Center - October 3, 2014


McGregor Elementary School - October 5, 2014


Pequot Lakes Legion - October 12, 2014     
    

By Keri Lynn

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy is coming to the Xcel Energy Center the weekend of December 12.  They are once again offering a special just for Girl Scouts! Check out the flyer here to order tickets.  

By Tricia Andrews

Join us for a fall festival Saturday, October 4th from 1:30-4:30 at Pla-Mor Roller Rink located at 1422 E. Hwy 169 in Grand Rapids!  This event is open to all girls in grades K-12.  The cost is $5 per girl, adults free.  Girls new to Girl Scouts will pay a registration fee of $15; scholarships are available. 

Birthday cake and punch will be served as we also celebrate the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, the woman who started Girl Scouts!  Adult volunteer information and training will also be available.  To sign up RSVP by Wednesday, October 1 to Becky Dean at bdean@gslakesandpines.org or call 218-308-8880.  We hope to see you there!

By Tricia Andrews

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

By Allison Hand

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more - join us at:

A Girl Scout Information and Recruitment Event

By Tricia Andrews

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

By Tricia Andrews

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

By Allison Hand

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

Diana Brown

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

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

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

By Michelle

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

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

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


Printable Flyer 

 

By 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 Tricia Andrews

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

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

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

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

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

By Tricia Andrews

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

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

By Valerie Goerlitz

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

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

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

Fall Product Training Options 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Get Your Troop on Board to Sell Gluten Free Trios!

 

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

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

Participation Guidelines:

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

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

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

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

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

6.        Absolutely no returns – no exceptions!

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

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

 

Digital Cookie with COCOdirect

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

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

By Maureen Graham

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

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

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

Fall Product Training Options 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Get Your Troop on Board to Sell Gluten Free Trios!

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

By Maureen Graham

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

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

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

Fall Product Training Options 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Get Your Troop on Board to Sell Gluten Free Trios!

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

By Valerie Goerlitz

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Important Fall Product Sale Program Dates:

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

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

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

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

·         December 1 – Girls turn in Money to Troops

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

 

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

By Michelle



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

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

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




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