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Sept - May
May 30 - Aug
Mon - Thursday
Region 2 Team
Volunteer Specialist, Team Lead
Duluth Regional Center
Duluth Regional Center
Duluth Regional Center
Product Sales & Finance Specialist
Duluth Regional Center
The latest news for Girl Scouts in Duluth, northeast Minnesota, northwest Wisconsin, and surrounding areas. Do you have something to share? Contact any member of our Regional Team.
August 5, 2014 at 03:02pm
We can't wait to partner again with the Lake Superior National Estuarine Reserve for our wonderful Girls in Science program. Join successful women scientists in hands-on, real life outdoor experiences that will show you how science helps the natural world. Experience the St. Louis River freshwater estuary by providing assistance with an outdoor research project. Come with an inquiring mind and be prepared to get wet, dirty and have a blast.
Girls in Science will take place from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, October 4, 2014 and costs $12 per girl. Since it takes place so early in the Girl Scout year, it's vital that you make plans to attend early and be sure to register. Questions? Contact Amanda Morrow with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ready to register? Great! Click here for the program registration form.
Hope to see you there!
July 7, 2014 at 01:36pm
Girls from all over the council traveled to Duluth for not one, but two, council trips featuring the city! Younger girls visited the Great Lakes Aquarium, the zoo, and stayed overnight at the Duluth Children's Museum. Older girls came two weeks later and traveled to Gooseberry Falls, Brighton Beach, the Glensheen Mansion, and more! Despite chilly weather, the girls saw lots and got to know other Girl Scouts from different areas. Below, the girls brave the waves of Park Point Beach!
May 23, 2014 at 12:14pm
Our Kaleidoscope event in Superior, WI was a smashing success! Hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Superior, girls had the opportunity to reach the top of the climbing wall, learn from the UWS cheer and dance teams, try out rugby and build teamwork skills on the low ropes course. Adults learned about Girl Scout camp, tried their hands at leather working, and got to know each other throughout the day. Girls and adults alike tried cake decorating--they had a blast designing and then eating their creations! We also honored Silver Award winners Caitlin Podratz, Ahna Suliin, Lindsey Shykes, and Jara Moir, Volunteer of Excellence award winners Laura Gomez, Laurie Audette, and Jamie White-Farnham, and Thanks Badge winner April Rasmussen. It was a wonderful experience for all!
August 28, 2014 at 10:56am
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!
August 26, 2014 at 09:35am
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 email@example.com.
August 20, 2014 at 02:30pm
Please join us for a retirement open house to say goodbye to shop manager Julie Igo. Julie has been with the Girl Scouts for 11 years and we know that volunteers and staff alike want to wish her a happy retirement.
When: Thursday, August 28 from 8:30-5:30
Where: Duluth Girl Scouts office, 424 W. Superior Street, Suite G3, Duluth, MN
Light refreshments will be available. Hope to see you there!
If you aren't able to make it at this time, please feel free to stop by the Duluth office and wish Julie well anytime during the week of August 25th.
August 15, 2014 at 12:36pm
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
August 13, 2014 at 04:26pm
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!