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Real Women -
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Congratulations to Lifetime Achievement Recipient, Georgia Weddle, of Paris! We are thankful of her dedication to the Girl Scout movement and are so proud of her achievements! We are looking forward to recognizing Georgia at the Real Girls Real Women- East Texas luncheon on March 30, 2011. Thank you for all you do, Georgia! To read more about Georgia and the rest of our honorees, please click here.
Project Earth 
Participate in 2011 GSNETX Project Earth: 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 of 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, click here.

Camp Property Planning Project

Click here to learn more about the Camp Property Planning Activities and Highlights. If you have any comments or suggestions on the future of our outdoor properties, please send us an e-mail today.


Shop News   

Wondering what's new at Girl Scout Shops?  Come check out our NEW spring t-shirts in colors of gorgeous azalea, luscious lavender and dazzling sky blue.All come in both youth and adult sizes.  What a great way to celebrate spring! Also, come by for our new Leader's Day t-shirt!



ProgramPROGRAM UPDATES   
GS Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award Deadline
   
Just a reminder that September 30, 2011 is the deadline for those who want to complete their GS Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards under the old Studio 2B guidelines.  For more information, click here.
NOTE: If you are applying for the GS Gold Award, the final day to submit your application under the old guidelines is April 15, 2011.  

Statewide Gold Award 2011 Scholarship

A minimum of five scholarships will be awarded: two at $1,000 each and three at $500 each. Requirements to Apply: 

  • Earned the Gold Award in the state of Texas and received approval for Gold Award final project by Friday, April 29, 2011.
  • Graduating Girl Scout Ambassador in year 2011.
  • Currently registered as a Girl Scout in a Texas Girl Scout Council.
  • Need for financial assistance.
  • Planning to attend a university or higher education institute during a calendar year from June 1, 2011 - May 31, 2015.

    For more information,
    click here.

Young Women of Distinction- Deadline -Thursday, March 31, 2011 
The National Young Woman of Distinction (NYWOD) is the designation conferred by GSUSA on ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose final projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that related to a national or global issue. Any Girl Scout who completed her Gold Award between July 1, 2009 - December 31, 2010 is eligible. For more information, click here . 

 

Girl Scout Leadership Institute 
GSUSA will be hosting the Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) in conjunction with the Girl Scout Convention November 10-13, 2011 in Houston.  Girl Scouts 13-18 are invited to apply for an amazing experience with Girl Scouts from across the country and the world.  GSNETX will be selecting 10 girls from our council.  If selected, GSNETX will pay 50% of travel and conference expenses.  The application and FAQ including pricing will be posted by March 15 and applications are due by April 15, 2011. For more information, click here. 

 
Help Us Begin the Celebration of Our 100th Birthday
  
We are looking for people who would like to help in the creation of the 100th Birthday activity patch.  We will meet in person or through conference call to discuss ideas, define badge requirements and design the patch.  The patch and its requirements will be unveiled at GSNETX Administrative Kickoff in August.  If you are interested, please contact Gerri Gordon at 972.349.2436 or ggordon@gsnetx.org. 
 

 

Day/Twilight Camps  

Looking for something fun and affordable for your daughter to do this summer? Or do you have want to have a great time as an adult volunteer for a week? Be sure to check out the GSNETX Day/Twilight Camps at our website and click on the Volunteer-Run Day/Twilight Camps for great opportunities throughout June.  Day/Twilight Camps are only $50/girl and are a great way to create long lasting memories she will cherish! For more information, contact each specific camp or e-mail  program@gsnetx.org. 

 

Summer Camp 2011

Ready to swim, ride horses, do science investigations, and have fun with friends this summer? Already registered for camp? Good for you! Thinking about it? Now is the time! Camp spots are allotted on a first come, first served basis and camps are filling fast! For more information on all of the exciting offerings in store this summer, refer to your 2011 Summer Camp Guide or click here.


Girl Scout College Journey- July 10-15, 2011 - Texas Woman's University, Denton

Girl Scout College Journey, previously called Interest Project 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 the Girl Scout in the year 2011. For more information visit our website at www.gsnetx.org/collegejourney.

 

 MVP Program

Thank you to all who participated in the MVP program! We are so appreciative of your time and feedback and are working to implement many of your suggestions as soon as possible. Stay tuned for more MVP information at the 2011 Administrative Kickoff! 

 

Women's Museum Upcoming Opportunities

The Women's Museum has several Summer Enrichment Camps (Science, Career, Art, & Environmental Leadership Camp) and the Texas Girls State Fair program for the fall.  For more information, click on one of the links below:

 

ADADULT DEVELOPMENT UPDATES   

Volunteer Trainers Wanted

Volunteer Trainers really are vital to fulfillment of the Girl Scout Mission!  Why? Because the promise of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is only as strong as our leaders' understanding of what that means, and rests entirely upon how prepared they feel to deliver the program.  It takes trainers to make that happen.  


Where do you fit in?
Girls Scouts in your own town and surrounding towns look to leaders who want to step up to the challenge and need to be trained. One common misperception about being a council trainer is that you have to travel large distances far from home and can train only council sponsored events published in Connections. The reality is that working through the Adult Education Manager, certified Volunteer Council trainers can schedule training sessions and invite their local and neighboring service units. Yes, that means as a certified Volunteer Trainer you can schedule classes in your own town.  Sound interesting? Want to know more about how to help Girl Scout Leaders in your own area thrive?  Here are the steps:  


1.
The Facilitating Adult Learning Workshop is the first step toward becoming a certified Council Volunteer Trainer. This 5 hour class will give you a basic introduction to trainer platform skills, adult learning principles, classroom management, and lay out the responsibilities and commitment of the role. Some follow up reading is required; we do not send you in to a classroom unprepared.

 

2.If you choose to move forward, you will sign up to go out and shadow three classes within the next 6 months to observe and analyze how what we covered in the workshop is being applied in the learning environment. You will discuss your observations with an assigned mentor and debrief on your experience which gives you the opportunities to ask questions and learn from other trainers.

 

3.Upon completion of three shadow experiences and review with your mentor, obtain the level of Apprentice Trainer as you "partner teach" on 2 different Training dates.

 

4.  After completion of 2 partner teaching experiences, and within one year of attending the workshop, attend an Adult Education Skills Workshop or attend a Trainers' Retreat and become officially pinned in front of your peers as an official Apprentice Trainer.

 

Training and presentation skills will serve you well in all areas of your life, especially on a resume. Upon pinning, we ask for a commitment of training a minimum of four council trainings per year. You choose the classes based upon what is available that fits your schedule and interests, and yes, can choose to deliver training sessions that are in your local service area. Topics of specialization include:  troop leadership fundamentals, grade level enrichment classes, troop camping certification, or higher level award overviews.

     

Interested? Four opportunities to get started lie ahead. Please forward your Candidate Application to the  Adult Education Manager and specify in your email which session you would like to attend.

   

Facilitating Adult Learning

Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 12:00 pm - 5:00pm

East Texas Regional Service Center

9126 Hwy. 271, Tyler, TX 75708

Saturday, April 9 , 2011 - 12:00 pm - 5:00pm
Southern Sector Service Center
8705 South Hampton Road, Dallas, TX 75232

Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 12:00 pm - 5:00pm
JoAnn Fogg Service Center
6001 Summerside Drive, Dallas, TX 75252

Saturday May 28, 2011 - 12:00 pm - 5:00pm
Paris Service Center
3920 Lamar Avenue, Paris, TX 75460 


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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

 

If you haven't sent us the names of your Council Delegates, 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.  

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Are you an adult volunteer that really loves nature, camping and outdoor activities?  If so, we've started planning a new outdoor event for adult volunteers.  This event will take place April 27-29, 2012 at Camp Rocky Point.  If you would like to be a part of making this event a success, contact Pat Sherwood, psherwood@gsnetx.org.

GSUSA has updated the requirements to earn the bridging awards for girls. As we transition away from the current handbooks and badge books to the new Guide to Girl Scouting, the bridging requirements are changing.  To find the most up to date requirements, click here

 

While the requirements found in many of the current handbooks are still ok to use, be careful in your planning so that awards your girls may be earning are still relevant after they have moved up.  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! Remember, bridging awards are an optional award girls can choose to earn when they move up to the next program grade level.

   

Want the newest information about the Girl Scout Program?

Visit www.gsnetx.org/newinformation  to learn the newest information about National Proficiency Badge Categories, How the National Girl Scout Program Portfolio Works, Examples of National Proficiency Badges, the Anatomy of a Badge, What's new with Girl Scout Daisies Petals, Awards and Leaves, and The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.

 

 

FDFUND DEVELOPMENT UPDATES 

Spring Re-Registration is Just Around the Corner

As a reminder, all donations made before 6/30/2011 will count towards the 10/11 Family Partnership year. We want thank 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. Family Partnership supports quality services to over 35,000 girls and nearly 16,000 adult members in all of our 32 counties.

 

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.


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.

 

 

MMEMBERSHIP UPDATES 

2011-2012 Spring Re-Registration

Spring re- registration packets are now being distributed to Girl Scout troop leaders to begin re-registering girls and adults for the 2012 membership year.  Contact your Service Unit Manager or Membership Specialist if you have any questions or concerns.   We are asking all adults and girls to re-register now for the 2012 membership year.


Advantages of Spring Re-Registration:

  • It increases girl and adult membership retention.
  • It allows troop monies, which were earned from the GS Cookie Program, to be used for all or part of the girls' registrations.
  • This GS troop payment is one less expense for parents.
  • It allows GS troops to develop long range plans for summer and early fall activities.
  • It reduces the volume of stress and paperwork for the GS troop leader in the fall.
  • It gives parents the opportunity to contribute to our annual Family Partnership Campaign.

Bridging Activities and Ceremonies- Plan Now for Spring!

Ask your Service Unit Team for assistance in providing you information about planning a Bridging Ceremony that celebrates the transition from one program age level in Girl Scouting to the next. For additional information click here