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Meet the New GSUSA CEO   

    

 Girl Scouts of the USA proudly welcomed its new Chief Executive Officer, Anna Maria Chvez, at this month's National Convention. Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas is happy to have a fellow Texan leading the Girl Scout movement. Please join us in welcoming her!  

 

100th Anniversary  


2012 is the Year of the Girl and GSNETX is celebrating all year!
 
Click here 
to see a list of our 100th Anniversary events.

 

SHOP UPDATES

PLACE YOUR ORDERS FOR HOLIDAY DELIVERY! DEADLINE IS DEC 5!  

If you have a daughter, granddaughter, niece, or just a wonderful little friend who should receive a Girl Scout Doll for their holiday gift, there is still time to order and receive the dolls in plenty of time for gift giving.  Click here for the order form.  You can email it to the shop manager, fax or drop off at any store.  Make sure you have your order to us by December 5 to ensure timely delivery!

 

cookCookie Updates

NEW! ONLINE TROOP COOKIE MANAGER TRAINING IS LIVE!  

NEW! Online Troop Cookie Manager Training is live! TCMs have the opportunity to train from the comfort of their own home while reducing their impact on the environment. Troop Cookie Manager training will provide you with a thorough look at the 2012 Cookie Program. The training is divided into two parts - the Cookie Program Overview and the eBudde module. The Cookie Program Overview will provide you with the information needed to confidently lead troops through a successful Cookie Program. The eBudde module will take participants step-by-step through the user-friendly software that you will use to do everything from ordering cookies to signing up for booth sales. This training is approximately two hours long. Troop Cookie Managers will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. This certificate should be presented to your Service Unit Cookie Coordinator before they may distribute troop materials. If your troop has already chosen a Troop Cookie Manager for the 2012 Cookie Program, please ensure that he/she has completed a Volunteer Application and Criminal Background Check at www.gsnetx.org/applynow as an updated volunteer record is required to register and complete the course.

 

  

programProgram Updates

The Secret Life of Worms

Come get dirty with us as we do a bit of digging. If your Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts want to experience something different, or just love digging in the dirt, this one is for you!

Can you picture the smiles on their faces as they learn how to turn items we normally throw away into food for worms to compost into a healthy addition to any lawn or garden?

If so, then you won't want to miss "The Secret Life of Worms" which will be held at Camp Whispering Cedars on January 7, 2012 from 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Please submit all  registration forms by December 16, 2011.

 

Dallas Heritage Village 100th Birthday Celebration

It's PARTY time!! You're invited to Girl Scouts' 100th Birthday Celebration! Come join us on March 31, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Dallas Heritage Village for our very own Girl Scout Living History Day where you will experience all that Girl Scouts have been doing for the last 100 years.


Come out to get your "Ticket through Time" stamped as you play games, create crafts, exchange SWAPS, sing old and new Girl Scout songs, act in performances, explore historical uniforms and memorabilia, tap out some Morse code and wave a signal flag, compete in the Wagon Decorating Contest, see the sights and sounds of the Parade of Decades, meet Juliette Gordon Low and eat a yummy birthday treat! This is open to families, troops, alumnae, and individuals. Come one, come all! 

 

Bring in the 100th year of Girl Scouting with us! This celebration is one you won't want to miss! Click here to purchase your tickets.

 

 

Troop Scoop
Check out the latest edition of the Troop Scoop at www.gsnetx.org/troopscoop for S.W.A.P. and crafts as well as to see what other troops in the council have been up to. This is a great place to share ideas!

 

 

 

Check out the My Reasons 100th Anniversary Contest
The first 300 participants will get a FREE patch.  Upon entering the contest, participants will also have a chance to win the following items for entering the contest:

  • One night stay for a family of 4 at Great Wolf Lodge
  • 2 Six Flags of Texas season passes
  • American Girl Tea Party for a Girl Scout Troop, up to 10 girls
  • Day passes to Hawaiian Falls Waterpark for a Girl Scout Troop, up to 10 girls
  • Bowling party at Main Event, valued at $100
  • Family of 4 movie passes

More entries equals more chances to win! Girls can enter as a group or an individual.  Visit www.gsnetx.org/100 for all the details. Winning entries in every contest category listed will be featured in the spring and fall 100th celebrations.


Camp With Us!    

The Summer of 2012 may seem like the distant future, but Day/Resident Summer Camp will be here before you know it. GSNETX Summer Camps are the perfect places to spend your summer! So mark your calendars: Summer Camp Guides will be available in February; 
Registration opens March 1 (payment due in full upon registration with down-payment options to secure a spot in cases of financial hardship); June-July: Camp in Session with full and partial weeks available. The Year of the Girl is the perfect time to explore new places, make new friends and learn new skills!

Girls World Forum 2012

GSNETX will be sending two girl members to the Girls World Forum 2012. The event will take place from July 12-16, 2012 in Chicago. The event will be hosted jointly by the Girl Scouts of the USA and WAGGGS. Girl participants will be given an amazing opportunity to meet and interact with a global girl audience and look at the role they can play as global citizens. If you have an interest in learning more about issues that affect girls worldwide, such as global hunger and environmental sustainability, this might be the conference for you. For more information or to apply please contact eanderson@gsnetx.org. Information on the forum can be found at http://www.wagggsworld.org/en/news/21408

 


mMembership Updates

Service Unit Registrars & Team Members:
Girl Scout cookie season is nearly here so please remember that girls must be registered members to participate in the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas cookie program. Remind troop leaders to submit any registration for girls that have not registered up to this point as soon as possible. Thank you!

    

adAdult Development Updates

IS YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS CURRENT?

Did you know your primary email address is used by the system for confirmation of registration and many other communications? If you have already activated access to your "EBIZ" account, visit www.gsnetx.org/myaccount, enter your username and password, and please verify your email address is current. If you have not already activated access to your "EBIZ" account, go to  www.gsnetx.org/activate  and activate now!

 

Now Available!  Adventures Home Study Courses   Program Grade Level Adventures (Daisy - Senior/Ambassador) courses are now available through Home Study.   To order an Adventures course and receive a Home Study packet , go to the GSNETX website > Member & Volunteer Resources > Adult Education &  Search for a Course. 

 

SAVE THE DATE!

Real Outdoor Women at Camp Rocky Point

April 27-29, 2012

Look for more details soon!

Registration will open January, 2012

www.gsnetx.org/row


2012 GSNETX Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation

Celebrating 100 Years

Dallas Arboretum

April 14, 2012

Registration will open February, 2012

www.gsnetx.org/recogevent

 

fdFund Development Updates

GSNETX Alumnae Association Sponsorship Opportunities

Girl Scout Alumnae know firsthand the transformative impact that Girl Scouts has on a girl's life. It is estimated that there are more than 50 million Girl Scout alumnae in the United States today representing the millions of leadership experiences provided by Girl Scouting since 1912. It is time to bring these amazing women back to Girl Scouts! With nearly 1 million alumnae living in North Texas, we embrace the opportunity to engage a significant number of women to support girl leadership as our future volunteers, advocates and donors.


Please help us support this important initiative by becoming an Alumnae Association sponsor. The sponsorship year runs from November 2011 - October 2012. As we embark on the second century of Girl Scouting we will have many exciting opportunities to promote Alumnae Association membership, events, and sponsors.     

 

The Association creates unique ways to bring these women back to their Girl Scouting roots. Whether it is through networking events, mentoring opportunities, camp visits, service projects or other activities, every former Girl Scout wants to re-engage in a special way. We want to provide the opportunity for her to once again embrace the largest all-girl organization in the world and to become part of the largest network of women in the country. The amazing girls of today need the leadership of these amazing women. For more information about the Alumnae Association and or to join now, click here.