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Tricia Andrews

Director of Program

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Denise Paulisich

Volunteer Specialist

Virginia Office

 

Becky Dean

Membership Specialist

Bemidji Office

 

April Rasmussen

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 Kelsey Parker

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!

By Hannah McCabe

Have you been considering one of our international council trips, but just haven’t had time to register yet? Here’s a little incentive! If you register for Costa Rica 2016 or England, Ireland, Scotland 2017 before March 31st, you’ll save $200 off of the total tour price! Plus, you can use any expiring cookie dough if turned in before April 30th. For more information and to register, contact  Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org or (218) 302 – 3182.

By Hannah McCabe

March is already underway, so  now is the time to sign up for Free Being Me, a
program happening at Camp Shingobee on Saturday, March 28th. Girl
Scouts has partnered with Dove to create activities designed around positive
body image and self esteem. Come just for the day, or stay the night and
continue making friends and building confidence! Register online at https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/Default.aspx?pid=92.

Any questions contact Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org or (218) 302 – 3182.

By Hannah McCabe

Have you registered for Kaleidoscope yet? Would you like to travel with your troop and other girls from your area? Sign up today to catch a FREE ride from Bemidji to the University of Wisconsin – Superior and enjoy a worry free trip! Simply add the transportation option to your registration when you sign up online here: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/Kaleidoscope/

Or contact Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org or (218) 302-3182 with questions and to reserve your seat. Spaces are limited so register now to guarantee a spot! 

By Denise Paulisich

Entries must be received in the Duluth Regional Girl Scout Office by March 7 for the Leader's Day Card!  Make a design for this year's Leader's Day Card and you might be a winner!  Girl Scout Leader's Day is April 22.  Designs are due March 7, 2015.  Any girl member of Lakes and Pines is eligible to participate.

Here's what you do: 

1.  Create a 3.5" X 8" card representing Girl Scouts.

2.  Write a greeting to Girl Scout volunteers on the front.

3.  Leave the inside blank.

4.  Use as many colors as you like.  No glitter, stamping, or computer generation.

5.  Include a description explaining why you chose your design, your name, address, troop number, and program level on the back of the card.

6.  Mail to:  Girl Scouts of MN & WI Lakes and Pines, 424 W Superior St, Suite G#, Duluth, MN 55802

Sorry, card entries will not be returned to you.  One overall design will be chosen and used for the Leader's Day Card 2015.  One winner for each program level will be chosen.

By Keri Lynn

Running Sap is cause for celebration in the Northland Sugarbush!  Did you know it takes 40-45 gallons of sap to make just one gallon of the delicious sweet stuff we love on pancakes and waffles – Maple Syrup ?!

 

There are at least one hundred species of maple trees in the world.  Fourteen are native to the United States, and in Minnesota four species are used for producing maple syrup!  They include Sugar, Red, and Silver Maples, as well as Box Elders.

 

The sap flows early in the spring when the daytime temperatures rise above freezing and drop back down below freezing at night.  In our region that could be anytime from mid to late February through March and early April.

 

Identify, tap and boil down your own maple syrup at our upcoming program Tap to Table!  Try your hand at making hard maple candy/taffy and earn a fun patch after attending this SWEET program.  Consider staying overnight on Friday or Saturday and enjoy a Ojibwe inspired meal and learn about the traditions during this time of spring renewal.  Find all the details on page 7 of the Program Guide, and sign up today!

By Hannah McCabe

Interested in a Travel Pathway this summer? Register now for our Atlanta and Savannah trip to experience the rich histories of these two cities and tour Girl Scout First headquarters. Need more information? Check out this years Program Guide or contact Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org or (218) 302-3182.

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!


Volunteer Updates


By Kelsey Parker

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.

 

By Kelsey Parker

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!

By Maureen Graham

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!

 

By April Rasmussen

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

By Maureen Graham

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!

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 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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