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By Amanda Morrow

We are so excited to announce that Duluth is hosting the 2014 US Capitol Christmas Tree...and the community needs the help of local Girl Scouts to pull off the celebration!  Troops and families both are welcome to participate in the free event celebrating the Capitol Christmas tree as it passes through Duluth from the Chippewa Forest on its way to Washington DC.  

The community-wide celebration will take place Wednesday, November 5 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Bayfront Park in Duluth, MN.  For more information about the event, click here

You can be an important part of the celebration!  Girl Scouts and adult volunteers are needed to help with the ornament decorating station at the event. Volunteers will earn a free specially-designed, one-of-a-kind Capitol Christmas Tree patch, compliments of Advantage Emblem.

Want to volunteer?  Please contact Amanda Morrow at amorrow@gslakesandpines.org or 218-302-3182. 

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 Amanda Morrow

Help Needed:  Troop willing to decorate 1 to 6 large collection boxes for the LSS Crisis Nursery December Diaper Drive.  These will be used by businesses who are collecting donated diapers and wipes from employees or the general public.

Boxes (you can get them or we can provide them) should say "December Diaper Drive" on them, and can be done in baby/diaper themes in any media you want.  We can provide you later in the year with a flier via email that you can print off and use on the box to identify it.

We can give you names and locations to drop the various boxes off at the end of November or we can pick up and deliver.

Contact:  Laura Zahn, Diaper Drive volunteer organizer, 728-1445, or email DiaperDrive@aol.com

 
Upcoming community events to check out: 

Free Family Day
Saturday, September 27
11AM - 2 PM
DAI Lincoln Center for Education
Make and take projects for all ages and abilities – for the young and young at ART.

Bugs are being featured throughout October at the Duluth Children's Museum!  A great idea if your Brownies are working on their bug badges.

 

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

 

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 programs@gslakesandpines.org. 

By Keri Lynn

Troops in Superior: Did you know the City of Superior’s Environmental Services Division can partner with you for a program?  Their staff can bring these or other water-related activities to your troop meeting, or perhaps you’d like to set up a joint event with the other troops at your school--especially if you’re working on the Brownie WOW or Daisy Flower Garden Journey.  Options include:

 

  1. Water Cycle game . . . A fun, active game where you are the water droplet--roll the dice and learn where the water goes.
  2. Water cycle bracelets . . . Make a bracelet where each bead represents a water reservoir (lake, stream, ocean, etc.)
  3. Puppet show!  Themes such as keeping water clean and mercury bioaccumulation
  4. Make seed paper. . . Make paper with native plant seeds. Use the paper as you wish – bookmark, cards, etc. Then you can tear a piece off, plant it, and watch your seeds sprout!
  5. Wastewater treatment tour . . . Get behind the scenes to find out how sewage is treated.

 

Because of funding, these programs are only available to troops and groups based in Superior.  For more info or to set up a program, contact Ada Tse, Research Assistant, at 715-394-0392 x1018 or tsea@ci.superior.wi.us




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