<![CDATA[Region-1-Volunteer-Update]]> <![CDATA[Troop Finance Update]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Troop-Finance-Update/
   By April Rasmussen              (0) Comments

Thank you to all of you for a great Cookie Season!  You made my 1st year run smoothly, and I hope we can work together to make next year even better! 

By now everyone should have  received their recognitions & cookie dough!! If not please contact me at  




Your troop finance Report is due to Product Sales & Finance specialist by June 15th. You have been e-mailed a letter with a attachment but you can also find them on our website at http://gslakesandpines.org and go to volunteer / forms for volunteers / finance forms / troop financial Form (4702). You can send me a copy of this or e-mail at arasmussen@gslakesandpines.org

<![CDATA[Cookie Sale Recognition Items]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Cookie-Sale-Recognition-Items/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

Community Product Sales Managers should have been receiving shipments of cookie sale recognition items this week.  Unfortunately it appears that the duffle bags which girls earned at the 650 - 749 package level were omitted from this shipment.  Our vendor is making a separate shipment of the duffle bags and we have heard they should be going out today.  So if your shipment is missing a duffle bag or bags, they should arrive very soon.  If you have any questions, please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist.

<![CDATA[Overnight with the Otters DATE CHANGE!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Overnight-with-the-Otters-DATE-CHANGE/
   By Kelsey Parker              (0) Comments

The Great Lakes Aquarium has recently informed us that they are unable to host our Overnight with the Otters program that was scheduled for June 26-27, 2015.  The good news is we were able to reschedule the event for June 20-21, 2015.  We hope to see you at this wonderful program.  Girl will get a behind the scence tour and hand-on animal encounters and they can choose their own campsite on the exhibit floor...they even get to watch the otters eat their breakfast in the morning!  The program is open to girls in grades 2-5 and the cost is $40 per girl, $20 adult.

<![CDATA[Minnesota Lynx Girl Scout Day]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Minnesota-Lynx-Girl-Scout-Day/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

Minnesota Lynx Girl Scout Day| Friday, June 5, 2015 | Target Center | Girl Scoutsand Families |$20 or $25 Girl Scouts Packages

Celebrate Minnesota Lynx Girl Scout Day by watching Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore and the rest of the Minnesota Lynx take on the Tulsa Shock!  Don't miss the Lynx and their home opener!  All Girl Scouts will receive a gift with a Lynx Girl Scout patch and other fun prizes!  Party Zone activities include Girl Scout March Across the Court, face painting, pop-a-shot, games and photos with Lynx mascot Prowl.  Click here for registration details, or contact Kate LaFerriere at 612-673-1686 or laferriere@timberwolves.com.

<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ April 2015]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--April-2015/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  Thank YOU and please extend our thanks to your parents, cupboard managers, community product sales managers, and anyone else who did extra work during the 2015 Cookie Sale Program to help girls achieve their goals. It is much appreciated!


Now that the sale is completed, please close any open Cookie Apps you have been using (COCO, Cupboard, etc.) so that during the next cookie sale when the app is re-opened, all of any upcoming updates will be readily available to you.


2014 Cookie Dough expires on April 30, 2015. 


2015 Cookie Dough is currently being printed and put together.  This will be sent to the 01 Troop Leader as soon as we can get it out the door.  Adventure Points will be mailed directly to girls.  We should have both the Cookie Dough and Adventure Points out before the end of the month. Recognition items will be sent in early May to community product sales managers for distribution to troops.


The Buy 5 Packages Win 5 Cases promotion was a success. We had over 4300 entries!!!  One winner was drawn per region.  Congratulations to our winners!:

Region     Name                   City

R01            Sam F.                  Becida

R02            Greta Q.              Finlayson

R03            Elizabeth W.     Mora

R04            Amy K.                 Avon


It’s not too early to start thinking about putting together your Annual Troop Financial ReportAn accurate accounting of troop funds is required every year. Complete and return this entire form, to your Troop Finance Consultant (TFC) or Service Unit Manager (SUM) or Treasurer (SUT) by June 15. (Please do a file, save as to your computer before entering information.  This form will automatically calculate income, expenses, and final balance.  Please enter expenses as negative numbers. You may print out and fill in the form if you prefer.) Attach the most recent troop bank statement and a copy of your checkbook register that corresponds to the dates of this report. The troop leader should keep all receipts and canceled checks on file for seven years. Make a copy of this report for your troop’s records. Questions about the Annual Troop Financial Report?  Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist. 



<![CDATA[College Bound?]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/College-Bound/
   By Kelsey Parker              (0) Comments


 Girl Scouts of the USA offers great ideas for preparing girls – even middle school girls – for college, and even has suggestions for incorporating college prep into troop or group activities.   Visit http://www.girlscouts.org/for_adults/leader_magazine/2006_summer/college_bound.asp for scholarship and college readiness resources. 


Closer to home, girls are invited to “college camp” put on by Bemidji State University and GSMWLP.  Girls will have the opportunity to get the inside scoop on how to prepare for college from university experts;  admissions, financial aid and career services.  Girls will have the opportunity to choose which majors they would like to explore when the visit departments like nursing, psychology, education and criminal justice.  They will also get to stay in the campus residence halls, eat in the university dinning center and take part in other fun activities on campus.


Cost includes meals, snacks, overnight accomodations on campus, activity supplies and t-shirt.  

Grades:  6-12

Cost:  $75 girl, $50 adult

Date:  August 4-5, 2015, from 10am-4pm

<![CDATA[Be Anything, Do Everything Barbie Party]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Be-Anything-Do-Everything-Barbie-Party/
   By Kelsey Parker              (0) Comments

Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? What's your dream? Maybe you know or maybe you don't. Either way is fine! But one things is true: you can be anything you want to be! Explore your future and Girl Scouts at this Barbie themed career exploration program. Join us this Thursday, April 9th there will be a Be Anything, Do Everything Barbie party at the Community Room at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids from 5:30-7:30pm.  All girls in grades K-3 are invited to attend!  Cost is $5, please RSVP to Kelsey Parker at kparker@gslakesandpines.org by Wednesday, April 8th.

<![CDATA[World Thinking Day]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/World-Thinking-Day/
   By Kelsey Parker              (0) Comments

World Thinking Day will be held in Bemidji, April 18th from 3-5pm at Bemidji Middle School.  The cost is $3 per girl.  This will be a wonderful event for girls and adults to learn more about the Ojibwe and other Native American peoples.  This event will be specifically for girls by women of both Native and Non Native culture.  You will be able to learn about the Moon Daughters from our Keynote Speaker:  Lenore Barsness, make a friendship pouch or spend time learning about Native American stories and the rolls that girls and women play in the tribe.  


Please RSVP to Kelsey Parker either to kparker@gslakesandpines.org or by phone 218-308-9051 by Monday, April 13th.


<![CDATA[Chicago 2016 Dates are Set!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Chicago-2016-Dates-are-Set/
   By Kelsey Parker              (0) Comments

Calling all Girl Scouts! The dates for the 2016 Chicago trip have been set!  Join us for 5 days of fun in the windy city, June 23-27. 2016.  Attractions may include:  Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile, Willis Tower Sky Deck and much more!  We will be staying at the Quality Inn Schaumburg located just outside of the city check it out here: http://www.qualityinn.com/hotel-schaumburg-illinois-IL321.

The trip is open to girls going into grades 4-8 and HALF of the trip could be paid for in cookie dough!  We already have 9 participants signed up and you don't want to miss out.  The cost of the trip is $550 and includes motocoach transportations from Baxter/Brainerd and Waite Park through the duration of the trip, most meals, all overnight accomodations, entrance fees, t-shirt and patch!

<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ MARCH 20, 2015 EDITION]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--MARCH-20-2015-EDITION/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

March 22, the last day for girl credit, is fast approaching.  Thank you to everyone who has helped girls to succeed in running their cookie business this season!  We have several updates to help you through the next stage of the cookie sale.


COCOdirect packages were uploaded to Snap this week.  Our girls have sold 2,306 online so far, which is exciting for a first year program.  Congratulations girls!  We will make sure that any additional packages sold online this weekend are credited to girls before the recognitions orders are placed next week.


Gluten Free Trios have also been transferred in Snap. Troops will notice that Trios are showing up as Cranberry Citrus Crisps. This will have the smallest impact on next year’s orders.  The key in distinguishing which are Trios is that they are being transferred from the Gluten Free Cupboard.  Because Snap is not currently set up for two different price points, we are not able to increase the dollar amount for Trios so they are currently billing at the same price as the other cookies.  Please note that we will add the extra dollar per Trios package and enter that as a Gluten Free Bank adjustment after the final ACH debit.


The last day for RETURNS is Tuesday, March 24.

·         Troops may only return full unopened/unmarked cases (up to the number of girls selling in the troop) if the troop met the requirements of 120 packages per girl selling on the initial order (this can be done at your local cookie cupboard, also). 

Not sure if your troop met this requirement?  Go into ABC Snap > Reports > Troop Balance Summary (make sure to filter by packages)…look for the initial order line – this will tell you how many packages the troop had on the initial order – and divide it by the number of girls selling for the troop.

·         This is a one time return per troop and has to be completed by Tuesday, March 24 (no exceptions).

·         Remember, Exchanges may still be done if you have a full unopened/unmarked case of cookies for a different full unopened/unmarked case of cookies, as long as we have the varieties in stock.


March 25th: Troop Recognition Order due in SNAP.  Remember to transfer packages to girls before creating the recognition order. 


The second ACH debit will occur March 25.  The amount being withdrawn will be 50% of the remaining balance owed.  The final ACH debit will be April 8 for the remaining balance due.  Troops having difficulty collecting money from families must fill out an Outstanding Money Report and notify the council at least seven days prior to the ACH date to have their debit amount adjusted.  Outstanding Money Reports must be sent no later than April 3, 2015.  Questions? Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist. 

The Waite Park and Duluth Cookie Cupboards will be open the following for the rest of the cookie season:

Saturday, March 21 – 9:00am-12:00pm

Monday, March 23 – 8:30am-5:30pm

Tuesday, March 24 – 8:30am-5:30pm

Wednesday, March 25 - 8:30am- 5:30pm

After Wednesday, March 25, the cookies at the Waite Park and Duluth Cupboards will be moved to the Waite Park and Duluth Girl Scout Offices.  Troops may still get cookies after March 25 as long as varieties are available.


Evaluations on this year’s Cookie Sale, found in the back of your Answer Book(s), are due by April 15 at the Waite Park Regional Center.  Please take the time to fill these out and return them.  They are helpful in planning next year’s sale!


Happy Cookie Season and Thank You again for all that you do!


<![CDATA[Important Cookie Dates!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Important-Cookie-Dates/
   By April Rasmussen              (0) Comments

March 20th: SNAP opens for recognition orders

March 22nd: Last day for Girl Credit for Recognitions and to earn Troop Bonus!

March 23rd: Update Girl Information and transfer cookies to girls

March 24th: LAST DAY for returns of factory sealed/unmarked FULL cases*

March 25th: Troop Recognition Order due in SNAP
Turn in Super Sister Seller forms to CPSM 

* For questions about returns, etc, contact April Rasmussen at arasmussen@gslakesandpines or 218-302-3185

<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ March 2015]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--March-2015/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

THANK YOU to all who are helping girls to reach their goals by running their very own cookie business.  Cupboard managers, community product sales managers, troop leaders, other volunteers, parents, and most especially cookie eaters all play an important role in helping girls learn and succeed have fun. Thanks again for all you do!


March ACH Debit

What is an ACH debit? It is a financial transaction where funds are electronically withdrawn from a bank account.  We have three ACH debits scheduled to occur during the 2015 Cookie Sale where we plan to withdraw funds electronically from troop bank accounts:


- Due March 4: 45% of initial order (or 45% of packages owned by February 17, if no initial order was placed.) March 4 ACH calculations include quantities of Initial order gluten free.  We added initial order packages for the traditional and gluten free cookies; figured amount due to council (excluding the extra $1 for gluten free.)   Example: in packages 144 (in Snap) + 12 (gluten free) = 156 X 3.40 – $530.40 x .45 = $238.68 amount of March 4 ACH.

- Due March 25: 50% of remaining balance troop owes.

- Due April 8: Remaining balance due.  The extra $1.00 for Gluten Free will be collected on the final ACH.


If your troop is having trouble collecting the amount which will be withdrawn, please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist no later than the Friday before the ACH debit is to occur.


Controlling Inventory

Need more cookies? Have too many cookies? Controlling cookie inventory can be tricky.  Remember, the goal is to get to a zero inventory for your troop and our council by the end of the sale.  We want all cookies to be sold because leftover packages that are owned by the troop or council still must be paid for. 


How can you help?  The obvious – sell cookies while the demand is there; so help girls to sell early and often.  Next, if you need more cookies, place a planned order in Snap by Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. for exactly what your troop needs for the following week.  Our council relies heavily each week on reports that show where planned orders need to be filled throughout the council.  This information helps us determine where cookies are needed and when. So if your troop does not place a planned order, your local cupboard may not have the cookies on hand that you need.  PLEASE, help us help you by placing a planned order in Snap each week that you need cookies.  Finally, if your troop has too many or the wrong kind of cookies – reach out!  Contact families in your troop, other community troops, your Community Product Sales Manager and your Cupboard Manager and let them know what you have too much of.  Transfer cookies between girls or troops wherever possible. Remember that unopened, factory sealed cases can be exchanged for another variety at cupboards where additional inventory is available.  Need more tips on preventing left over cookies? See page 30 of the Answer Book for Troop Product Sales Managers.


Gluten Free

For any troop who would like more gluten free Trios; we have product available!  Troops are now able to take Trios in either ½ case or full case quantities.  Please know that the no return policy still applies.  If your troop hasn’t tried the gluten free please consider taking a ½ case (6 packages).  We are hearing that customers are asking about Trios at many cookie booths.  Remember that your troop can earn regular troop proceeds of .60 (for the recognition plan) or .65 (for the cash plan) per package, and packages will also count towards girl recognitions.  Please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist on how to get Trios for your troop. 


5 for 5 Program

We have had a great number of entries in the Buy 5 Packages Win 5 Cases promotion and hope it is helping girls to sell even more cookies.  We are aware that customers putting in their entries continue to get an error message.  While we are currently trying to fix this issue, please let customers know that their entry is still getting through and that they should ignore the message.  If customers are told in advance that they may get an error message when putting in their entry, but that we will still receive it, this would be helpful.  Thank you!


Also, to answer a common question we have been getting about the 5 for 5, yes, girls need to give customers a unique code for each five packages which are purchased in a single transaction.  So if a customer purchases ten packages, they will then receive two unique codes from the girl.  Hope this makes things clearer. 


Bling Your Booth! 

Plain is boring! We have seen a few blinged booths and they have looked fabulous.  There’s still time to Bling Your Booth and win!  Remember to take a photo of your cookie booth and upload to the GSUSA Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GirlScoutCookieProgram by April 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Your troop has the potential to win $500 cash! See the Winter 2014 Connections for additional details. Good luck!

<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ February 2015 PART TWO]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--February-2015-PART-TWO/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

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!


<![CDATA[Help Girl Scout Troop 15046 Save the Monarchs!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Help-Girl-Scout-Troop-15046-Save-the-Monarchs/
   By Kelsey Parker              (0) Comments

Caitlin Cowan leader for troop 15046 in Minneapolis says, "We'll purchase a large number of Milkweed seed packets from SaveOurMonarchs.org Save and then set up tables at neighborhood festivals this spring to teach people about monarchs and the girls will hand out seed packets."


SaveOurMonarchs.org distributes Milkweed seed packets to help to save the Monarch Butterfly from extinction.  Milkweed is the ONLY sustenance that the Monarch caterpillar can consume.  


Troop 15046 is working to save monarachs as the project for their Bronze Award.  They are trying to raise awarness and invite other Girl Scout troops to do the same.  For more information or to join them in their campaign contact Caitlin Cowan at 612-385-2331or by email at girlscouttroop15046@gmail.com.




<![CDATA[Earn Free Tickets to a Bemidji Axeman Game!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Earn-Free-Tickets-to-a-Bemidji-Axeman-Game/
   By Kelsey Parker              (0) Comments

Girl Scouts have been invited to come and lead the pledge of allegiance at an upcoming Bemidji Axeman game!  The currently have the following games available for Girl Scouts to participate:

Sunday February 8th
Saturday February 28th
Friday March 13th
Saturday March 21st
Saturday April 18th
Saturday May 2nd
Sunday May 31st

Participation includes a complimentary ticket to the girls. If there is more then ten family members or friends that also wish to attend they can also offer a discounted ticket to them as well. 

They do ask that there is a minimum of one adult per four children.

To sign up or if you have any questions contact Sam Navratil at 952-358-1084 or by email at snavratil@bemidjiaxemen.com

<![CDATA[Choose your own adventure]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Choose-your-own-adventure/
   By Kelsey Parker              (0) Comments

Calling all Brownies and Juniors!  Join your fellow Girl Scouts for a fun weekend getaway this summer to the Twin Cities.  YOU get to help decide what we will do during our time together.  We could visit the Science or Mill City Museum, check out the animals at the zoo, attend a Twins game, shop at the Mall of America, go swimming, take a group photo at the Sculpture garden, have a picnic, the choices are endless!  Register by March 1st to vote on our locations during the trip. 

For all the details click here

Ready to sign up!?  Final registration deadline is June 1st.  Registration form (printable) or Register Online

<![CDATA[Ice Castles ]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Ice-Castles-/
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Ice Castles | Eden Prairie, MN | All Ages | Admission $6.95-$12.95, kids 3 and under free | Opens December 26 |

Imagine a magical collision of the Apostle Island ice caves, frozen waterfalls, and glaciers, formed into towering organic archways, tunnels, canyons and thrones.  By day this frozen wonderland glimmers with glacial blues and frosty whites.  After dark the ice formations cast a multi-colored glow with the help of thousands of LED lights embedded within the ice.  Experience Ice Castles with your family or Girl Scout troop! Visit www.icecastles.com for fees, hours and directions.  Groups of 11 or larger may contact groupsales@icecastles.com for group rates. For more information contact Amanda Roseth, director of event operations, at 952-240-9316 or amanda@icecastles.com.