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Tricia Andrews

Director of Program

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Volunteer Specialist

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Becky Dean

Membership Specialist

Bemidji Office

 

April Rasmussen

Product Sales & Finance Specialist

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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 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!

By Tricia Andrews

 

President's Volunteer Service Award

The President's Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime. To qualify, youth volunteers simply submit a record of their service hours to YSA, and they verify the service and award the PVSA.  Girls may apply the time they spend on a Take Action project, including the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, toward the Preseident's Volunteer Service Award.  For details, visit http://www.ysa.org/pvsa.

 

By Tricia Andrews

Stars on Ice | xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN | Sunday, March 22 | 4 pm | $13.50 per person (reg. $27.50)

Girl Scouts and their families are invited to the 2015 Stars on Ice "Dancing for Joy" Tour, celebrating our love of dancing on ice with many of the top medalists of the past two Winter Olympic games.  This year's tour features 2014 Olympic Ice Dance Gold Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who captured the hearts of fans with their near perfect performances in Sochi last February. Click on Stars on Ice for ticket info and special incentives for large groups. 

By Tricia Andrews

Worlds Toughest Rodeo | January 31, 2015 | Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN | Girl Scouts and their families | Orders due January 21 and are based on ticket availability | Ticket prices range from $10.25 to $25.25 for youth 12 and under, adult discounted tickets $13 to $43

Hang on to your cowgirl hasts for a special Girl Scout Saturday Night Rodeo at the Xcel Energy Center!  The special offer includes a ticket and access to the "Cowgirl Camp" prior to the rodeao (5:30-6:30 PM.  Girl Scouts will also receive a patch.  Download the event flyer here or go to excelenergycenter.com/girlscouts.  For more information call 651-312-3486.


Volunteer Updates


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 at http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/5for5Program/

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 Kelsey Parker

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.

 

 

 

By Kelsey Parker

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

By Kelsey Parker

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

By Tricia Andrews

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.


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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March 12, 2015 | 5:30 - 8:30pm 

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