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Region 1 Team

 

Tricia Andrews

Director of Program

Bemidji Office

 

Denise Paulisich

Volunteer Specialist

Virginia Office

 

Becky Dean

Membership Specialist

Bemidji Office

 

Valerie Goerlitz

Product Sales & Finance Specialist

Duluth Office


Region 1

The latest news for Girl Scouts in Bemidji, Hibbing, and surrounding areas. Do you have something to share? Contact any member of our Regional Team.


Family Updates


By Tricia Andrews

March 7, 2015

Join us for a special day dedicated to Daisy through Ambassador Girl Scouts. Wear your sash, vest or Girl Scout pin and be admitted for a discount ($9 per girl and $13 leader).

Additional family members pay regular admission. Zoo memberships will be honored. Parking for non-members is $7.00 per car.

No registration necessary.

There will also be special activity stations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. designed for various levels of scouts. All scouts can earn an exclusive Minnesota Zoo patch by completing an activity sheet during their visit (patches cost $3.00).

Sign up for a Girl Scout Day badge station for 2015!

Hosts Needed! Tables are available for scouts who would like to host their own activity station. Those hosting a station (maximum of five scouts per station) will earn a free patch for participating and be admitted free! Please plan on hosting your station from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information call 952.431.9331.

Scout Activity Packets – We also have Daisy/Brownie and Junior/Cadette Girl Scout Activity Packets available online. Click here to print copies. Scouts will want to print a packet if they wish to do the Activity Packet on Scout Day. Please be green and share a copy with a person or two.

By Amanda Morrow

Do you know a girl who has completed an exceptional volunteer project?  Encourage her to check out the Prudential Spirit of Community Award!  Girl Scouts in grades 5 through 12 who are making a difference through volunteer service are eligible for this prestigious award, which includes up to $11,000 in prize, scholarship, and DC-travel money combined.

 

Click here to apply. The deadline November 4 deadline is just around the corner!

 

Questions?  Please contact Amanda Morrow, program specialist, at 218-302-3182 or amorrow@gslakesandpines.org.

By Tricia Andrews

Sunday, November 2nd

2-4 PM

Bemidji waterfront and downtown

This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree will be harvested from Chippewa National Forest, and Girl Scouts are invited to be part of the celebration.  Area Girl Scout troops are invited to lead an ornament making activity to be held at the Senior Center. The ornaments will be made out of 2 to 3 inch diameter wood slices, at least 200 slices out of small trees or branches.  We are seeking some assistance here – if you are able to help, or know someone who can, please let us know.   Contact Tricia at tandrews@gslakesandpines.org or 308-8879.

By Tricia Andrews

Join the staff at the Headwaters Science Center to examine a crime scence and conduct real forensic tests on the evidence.  YOU become the detective and solve the mystery.  Girls will complete portions of the Junior Detective bade and the Cadette Special Agent badge.  Cost includes a snack, light breakfast and activity patch.  Plan to eat supper before arriving.  Cost is $32 per girl and $8 per adult.  Girls may use up to $15 in cookie dough.  Register by November 7, 2014.

By Tricia Andrews

Join us for one of our upcoming fall festivals!  Girls will enjoy games, crafts, songs and celebrate the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, the woman who started Girl Scouts!  Adult volunteer information and training will also be available.  Birthday cake and punch will be served.

Bemidji:  Friday, October 24th from 6-8:30pm at Bemidji Middle School

Park Rapids:  Saturday, October 25th from 9-11:30am at Century School

These events are 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.  
 
To sign up, RSVP by Tuesday, October 21st to Becky Dean at bdean@gslakesandpines.org or call 218-308-8880.  We hope to see you there!

By Tricia Andrews

Powder Ridge Ski and Snowboard Days | Kimball, MN | Saturdays December 12, 2014, December 20, 2014 and January 3, 2015 | Discounted rates for Girl Scout,  Boy Scout and 4-H groups

 

Powder Ridge Winter Recreation Area offers discounts to Girl Scouts on  tickets, equipment,  lessons, and pizza during selected dates in December and January.  Advanced online registration is required. Powder Ridge also offers to Girl Scout and Boy Scouts Sunday tubing specials on  December 21, 2014 and Jan 11, February 8, and March 1, 2015. Click here for details.  For more information visit www.powderridge.com or call (320) 398-7200. 

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

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

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.


Volunteer Updates


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 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

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

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 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 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 bdean

 

Fall registration has been going well. Thank you to all of the new and returning leaders. Without you there wouldn’t be Girl Scouts!

 

By bdean

 

Fall is upon us and that means Girl Scout registration nights are happening across our council.  Be sure to check our website to find a sign up date in your region.  If you've already signed up, that's great!  Your girls leader will be contacting you soon.  Is your girl wanting to be a part of Girl Scouts but she wants to participate in other ways besides being in a troop?  Check out additional ways for girls to be involved.  They're called pathways. Learn more at www.gslakesandpines.org

By Tricia Andrews

Hello to Region 1 volunteers and families!  Girl Scouts of MN and WI Lakes and Pines has launched regional blogs to give us all an easy way to pass along timely updates and to stay connected to one another.  You will see two categories in our Region 1 blog. One is geared towards adult volunteers and the other one for family updates such as upcoming events and programs. We hope you find this a useful communcations tool, and that you share your own updates and questions as this blog develops and grows.  We hope to hear from you! 
Your Region 1 staff,
Tricia, Denise, Becky and Keri Lynn 



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