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 Letter From
Our CEO

Happy Birthday Girl Scouts! 99 years ago, on March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low organized two patrols of girls in Savannah, Georgia to

start a bold, sweeping movement for the benefit of all girls.  In fact, Juliette defined the "movement" as something sweeping in culture, bringing change, and uniting the world in a sisterhood of girls and women. Click here to read the rest of the Colleen Walker's letter.  

Doodle 4 Google

Girl Scouts of the USA has partnered with Google for the opportunity of a lifetime! Doodle 4 Google is an opportunity to design the Google homepage doodle for millions to see. This year's theme is "What I'd like to do someday..." Registration closes on March 2, 2011, and entries must be postmarked by March 16, 2011 so register now!  Wouldn't it be fantastic if the winner was one of our very own Girl Scouts? For more information click here.

Family Partnership

A big THANK YOU to all Service Unit volunteers for working so hard on raising money to support the girls! Through the Family Partnership Campaign, families who benefit from Girl Scouts are able to give back and help provide amazing leadership opportunities for girls.

 

We encourage 100% of families to give to Girl Scouts and make an impact on the future of tomorrow and in the life of a girl. Family Partnership gifts can be made online at www.gsnetx.org/mygift and on the membership form.


Girl Scout Week  

Girl Scouts is turning 99 years old on March 12! We are wanting to know what your Girl Scout is planning for
Girl Scout Week--
March 6- March 12.


Your story could be featured in the local media, website and Facebook.

 
Please send your stories to media@gsnetx.org  

 


 

PROGRAM UPDATES  
Cookie Box Creations - February 27 - March 20  

Cookie Box Creations teams girls with women architects and engineers, in a design contest to turn empty Girl Scout cookie boxes into free-standing structures. This year's theme is "Dinosaurs Unearthed" and coincides with the Museum's dinosaur exhibit. Come see the Cookie Box Creations dinosaurs at the Museum of Nature & Science in Fair Park between February 27 and March 20, 2011. 
For more information click here.  

GSNETX Project Earth 2011: What's Your Footprint? 

Earth Day is April 22! You can make a difference by participating in GSNETX Project Earth 2011: What's Your Footprint?  This program is an opportunity for Girl Scouts of all ages to get involved in Earth Day in their local communities through the It's Your Planet - Love It! Journey.  If you have never tried a Journey series before, this is a great place to start with accessible program support and unique ideas on how to tailor a Journey to each girl's community and environment that will culminate in a council-wide Earth Day project!  For more information, visit www.gsnetx.org/ProjectEarth.

 

Writing Competition & Scholarship Opportunity  
Calling all Girl Scouts grades 9 - 12! 100 lucky Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to join Girl Scouts of the USA, Chief Executive Officer, Kathy Cloninger for a special dinner in her honor on Friday, May 13, 2011.

 

Kathy Cloninger will be delivering the commencement address at Texas A&M Commerce on Saturday, May 14 and the university will be hosting a reception and dinner in her honor on Friday, May 13, 2011.

 

100 girls in grades 9-12 will be invited to be a part of this amazing opportunity.  

 

Essays can be submitted beginning March 2, 2011 and the deadline is March 15.The winners will be announced by April 1, 2011. Texas A&M Commerce will also hold a drawing during the dinner for a scholarship opportunity for one of the girls in attendance. Scholarship amount to be announced soon. Stay tuned for more information.


Girl Scout College Journey

The Girl Scout College Journey, previously called Interest College (IP College), is for Girl Scout Cadettes (beginning with those entering 7th grade) through Girl Scout Seniors (through those entering the 11th grade).  This program is now being redesigned to fit the needs of Girl Scouts in the year 2011. 

 

The tentative date is June 26 - July 1, 2011 at Texas Woman's University.  The Girl Scout College Journey will be a fun week for girls to work on a Journey, do career shadowing, etiquette and resume building, and learn all about being in college!  For more information please visit www.gsnetx.org/collegejourney or contact Emilie Anderson, eanderson@gsnetx.org or 940-243-1314.

 

Oncor Electric Line Case-Camp Whispering Oaks Two administrative law judges have made 5 electric line routing recommendations to the Public Utility Commission of Texas in the Oncor case that all run to the north or south of Camp Whispering Oaks in Aubrey, Texas, and not adjacent to the camp. 

The  Public Utility Commission will make the final decision on the selected route and is not obligated to follow the recommendations of the administrative law judges that conducted preliminary hearings in the case. 

The Public Utility Commission will hold hearings on February 24 and March 3 (if needed) in Austin to make its final decision in the case.  Thanks to all the volunteers and girls that wrote to the Public Utility Commission in support of running the routes on alternative paths that will not be immediately adjacent to the camp property line.

 

Camp Property Master Planning Project  
Please click here for more information on the camp property master planning project and town hall feedback from meetings held in January. 
At this link you can also find surveys regarding
the outdoor leadership experience and camp properties for girls, parents and volunteers.  

 

Camp for Fun This Summer with GSNETX 

Many exciting programs are in store this summer for all girls, from the outdoor adventurer to the girl who likes a bit more pampering.  Find the session (or two!) that is just right for you by browsing the 2011 Summer Camp Guide, coming soon to a mailbox near you and available online beginning February 25th. Mark your calendar; resident camp registration opens March 1st.

 

Come visit our Camp Open Houses!
Camp Bette Perot- February 27- 2:00- 4:00 p.m.
Camp Whispering Cedars (day camp)- February 27- 1:00- 3:00 p.m.
Camp Rocky Point- April 3- 1:00- 4:00 p.m.
Camp Gambill- April 10- 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Did You Know...
That GSNETX camps will be open for Troop/Service Unit camping during select dates this summer? Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Available locations/dates are:
June 2-5 Camp Gambill
June 9-12 Camp Gambill or Camp Whispering Cedars
June 16-19 Camp Gambill
July 7-10  Camp Rocky Point
July 14-17 Camp Rocky Point
July 21-24 Camp Rocky Point

 

    

ADULT DEVELOPMENT UPDATES  
Have Questions About All The Changing GSUSA Resources? 

If your Girl Scouts are using any GSUSA resources now through March 2011, Summer 2011 or Fall 2011, click here for recommendations about how to plan ahead and prepare for all the changing resources!  For answers to questions about all these changes, please refer to
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

 

Why is Training Important? 
Leadership training goes beyond building skills and sharing information, as important as that may be. Training builds a leader's self confidence.  Confident leaders-who know how to use their resources-naturally feel pride knowing how they play an important role in the development of girls. Training is also fun!

We are seeking volunteers who have the time and desire to invest in developing leader potential by becoming Volunteer Council Facilitators to lead GSNETX classes. Courses include:

                         Troop Leadership Basics

         Grade Level Adventures

         Troop Camping Certification

         And higher award level classes such as Inspiring Action, Silver Award Overview, and Gold Award Overview

 

Trainer On-Boarding Workshops are currently scheduled for:

         Tyler - Saturday 4/2 from 2 - 7 p.m.

         Paris - Sunday 4/3 from 2 - 7 p.m.

         Southern Sector - Saturday 4/9 from 2 - 7 p.m.

         JoAnn Fogg - Saturday 5/14 from 2 - 7 p.m.  

 

You must commit to following GSNETX course curriculum and be able to commit to a progressive Trainer On-Boarding plan. Once graduated, you must commit to teach a minimum of 4 courses per year.  An application and pre-screening interview is required. For more information click here.

 

Save the Date!   2011 ANNUAL MEETING

April 16, 2011 
Union Station, Downtown Dallas

 

 Registration:  8:30 a.m.

Annual Meeting:  9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Volunteer Recognition Luncheon:  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 

Don't miss the excitement of this year's event!

 
Council Delegates will:
  

   Review the work of the Board of Directors for the past year.

     Elect new Board Officers & Board Members, Board Development 

     Committee Members & National Delegates & Alternates

     Greet our new Board Chair

    Be the first to see the Property Master Plan preliminary report

   Learn about exciting plans for GSNETX as we prepare for our 100th

     Anniversary Celebration

 

If you haven't sent the names of your Council Delegates to Council, please do so ASAP! Names and any questions may be addressed to Jenifer Moreau at jmoreau@gsnetx.org.

 

The Annual Meeting is open to all members of GSNETX.  Please visit www.GSNETX.org/recogevent for more information and registration information.

 

 

FUND DEVELOPMENT UPDATES
2011 Real Girl Awards

The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Real Girls Real Women Awards Luncheon celebrates outstanding Girl Scouts and women leaders. Two 2011 Real Girl Award recipients will be selected and honored at the event in October of 2011 at the Hilton Anatole. Award recipients must attend the event.


AWARD CRITERIA: Nominees for the Real Girl Award are high school grade level current girl members of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas who demonstrate courage, confidence and character and make the world a better place. Nominees cannot be previous winners of the Real Girl Award. Deadline for nomination submission is May 2, 2011, winners will be announced by May 31, 2011.


NOMINATE YOUR CANDIDATE: Complete the
Nomination Form and one page narrative. (Guidelines are on the form.)  Please click here to access the nomination form online. For questions contact: Lindsay Thompson, GSNETX, Fund Development Coordinator, 972.349.2438 or lthompson@gsnetx.org.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP UPDATES
Adult Recognition  
There are a variety of ways that you can recognize individual Service Unit team members for their outstanding customer service (for example- Assistant Leaders, Troop Cookie Managers and adults who have developed program opportunities for girls in your troop).  

 
Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas has an Adult Recognition System Guide designed to recognize a variety of adult volunteers. Click here 

to review the guide.If you need assistance, please contact your Service Unit Adult Development Specialist or your Membership Specialist.  You must act now. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2011.

 

 

Early Bird Spring Re-registration

Spring re-registration is designed for existing Girl Scout troops who are currently registered to re-register for the 2011-2012 membership year.  Your GS Service Unit Registrar will be distributing packets beginning in mid-March and will give you the dates to submit your Spring Re-registration to the Service Unit.  Annual membership dues are $12.00 for girls and adults. 


Note: Packets will not be available for troops who have registered after February 1, 2011. They will need to complete a blank form for their re-registration.

 

Benefits of Spring Re-registration:

         It allows Girl Scout Troops to develop long range plans for summer and early fall activities.

         It reduces the volume of stress and paperwork in the fall!  

 

 

SHOP NEWS 
Girl Scout Week is March 6-12! 

Girl Scout Week honors the 99th anniversary of Girl Scouting in the United States.Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers and members of our community for their time and commitment to help build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

To show our appreciation, please use the coupon below and save 10% at any Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas shop. 

Save
10%

Present this coupon at any GSNETX shop for a 10% discount off any single purchase during Girl Scout Week.  Limit one coupon per customer. Cannot be combined with other coupon offers. 

Hurry, offer valid:  March 6 -12, 2011 only!