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March 2012
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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.

 

Texas GS Council 100th Events 

2012 Girl Scouts of Central Texas Camporee

April 21-22, 2012 - Sherwood Forest

McDade, Texas.

$20 per person for overnight camping,

$10 per person for Saturday only

Girl Scouts and their families across the state of Texas can register online at http://www.gsctx.org/events/centennialevents.

$100 for the 100th   

    

As we celebrate the100th year of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place, please consider making a gift of $100 to Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. It comes out to only 27 cents/day or $1.92/week - and you can split it up into quarterly pledges of $25 or 10 monthly pledges of $10. Please visit our website for more information and to make your gift today. 

 

SHOP UPDATES

Bridging Kits will be available April 1! We will be offering single Bridging Kits which will include a certificate to be personalized for the bridging Girl Scout, bridging rainbow award, membership star & disc. For Girl Scout Brownies, we will also include the Brownie wings. You will be able to purchase 1 or as many as you need for a large troop bridging.

 

Spring starter kits are available now! Kits will include a Vest/Sash, wavy flag patch, 4 troop numbers, council id, insignia tab, 100th Anniversary pin, Girl Scout pin, World Association pin and a Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting. When the entire kit is purchased, you receive a free drawstring bag (valued at $10, while supplies last). The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting is going back to its regular price of $22.50 on April 1, but if you purchase your Girl's Guide as part of the starter kit, GSNETX will discount the price to $16.87, until June 30.

 

Camp packages are now available to order. The package includes a camp specific tee shirt, GSNETX baseball cap and backpack, camping fun patch and a GSNETX flexible water bottle. The complete package is $40, but orders received by April 20 will receive a $5 discount. Packages will be ready to be picked up after May 21.

STEM Corner

 

Programs in a Page

Looking for a fun activity to do with your Girl Scout troop? Try out one of our new Programs in a Page. They are easy, hands on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities that complement the Girl Scout Journeys. Click here for more information.

2012 Year of the Girl - Tyler Honorees

We are pleased to announce that the Real Girl for Tyler is Katie Pearl Rozell and the Real Woman is Lori Gorenflo. Katie is a Gold Awardee who lives in Whitehouse. Lori is a dedicated Girl Scout volunteer since 1995 who has helped build girls of courage, confidence and character who will make this world a better place.

 

The Keynote Speaker for the Year of the Girl - Tyler luncheon is Kathy Cloninger, Chief Executive Officer Emeritus, Girl Scouts of the USA and author of Tough Cookies.

 

The 2012 Tyler luncheon will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the Hollytree Country Club. To learn more about the 2012 Honorees and to purchase tickets visit www.gsnetx.org/2012tyler. For additional information about the luncheon, please contact Lindsay Thompson at lthompson@gsnetx.org.

 

ADevAdult Development Updates

Have you set up an eBiz account?
Visit www.gsnetx.org/activate today and activate your eBiz account.  eBiz access makes it easier to register for camp, events, training and to print your membership card, update emergency contact & personal information, and contribute to our annual Family Partnership Campaign! eBiz account activation assistance? Email us at helpdesk@gsnetx.org. 

 

Is your Troop Camp Training Still Current?
With spring weather come spring camping plans. Don't wait until the last minute to make sure that your camping certification is still up to date!  Camping certifications are good for 3 years from the time you took the class. Leaders whose certifications are still current can take the Recertification Exam online and cover themselves for the next three years. (Don't wait until the last minute - take the online exam, even if you have several months to go before expiration!) If your certification has lapsed, simply take the in person class again. To find out if your certification is current, check with your Service Unit Adult Recognition Specialist. If you need further assistance finding your expiration date or need a new copy of your certification card send an email to adulteducation@gsnetx.org with the subject heading: "TCT Inquiry".

 

How do I know if the First-Aid/CPR class I'm considering is acceptable? 
GSUSA recognizes 4 approved providers. From Volunteer Essentials and the GSNETX Volunteer Policies and Procedures document Risk Management section:  

 

First-Aid/CPR:

Approved providers of First-Aid/CPR training are American Red Cross, National Safety Council, EMP America, and American Heart Association. First-Aid/CPR training that is available entirely online does not satisfy Girl Scouts' requirements. Such courses do not offer enough opportunities to practice and receive feedback on your technique.

Use caution when selecting a First-Aid/CPR class. Many fly by night companies have begun offering "cheaper, faster, online" First-Aid/CPR courses. Avoid these as you do not want to waste your time or your money on a certification that does not meet the standards. The average time for an approved certification course is between 4 to 6 hours. A blended learning class is acceptable if practice sessions and testing sessions for certification purposes are in person with an instructor. If considering a CPR class from a third party vendor, ask them if their facilitators are certified instructors from the above organizations.  

 

Save the Date!  Service Unit Team Training
Position training for newly added members to your Service Unit team is scheduled for the following dates and locations. See e-Biz for registration.

-  June 2nd in Rockwall
-  June 9th in Flower Mound
-  June 16th at Southern Sector Service Center
-  June 23rd at JoAnn Fogg Service Center 

 

Register Now!  

2012 GSNETX Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation

Celebrating 100 Years

Dallas Arboretum

April 14, 2012

For more information visit www.gsnetx.org/recogevent.

 

Register Now!

Real Outdoor Women at Camp Rocky Point

April 27-29, 2012

Visit www.gsnetx.org/row and register now!

 

MembershipUpdatesMembership Updates

Don't Miss out! - 2013 Early Bird Membership Renewal

Option 1:

Online Renewal is quicker, easier and more convenient!

Exclusive new patch available this year for those who renew online before the spring campaign deadline (April 27th).

 

Option 2:

Spring Renewal Packets - Be sure your Service Unit Registrar has a date set for the return of paper registrations. Remind Girl Scout leaders of the Service Unit Spring renewal due date. The Service Unit Registrars will be contacted by their Membership Specialist to set a date to receive registrations.  

May 5, 2012: Area 4&6: Celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouts: Honoring the Past and Serving the Future.

Calling all Area 4 and 6 Girl Scouts to Join us as we "Serve the Future" while "Honoring the Past" on May 5th 2012 in Denton for our areas 100th Anniversary celebration. Additional information and forms are attached in both Word and PDF forms below. Please share this information with your leaders and troops. Click here for more information. For questions email: gs100yrs@gmail.com.

 

June 21, 2012: *Please Note New Date: Area 3: Walking in Juliette's Shoes


Visit www.gsnetx.org/100
 for more information about upcoming 100th Anniversary events.

 

HispanicHispanic Welcome Initiative

Exciting Bilingual Volunteer Opportunities

Become a bilingual trainer, translator, or join one of our Hispanic committees; these are just a few fun ways you can support our Hispanic Initiative. Call us today for an opportunity that fits your schedule!

 

Upcoming Events

Register NOW for the Cinco de Mayo Family Day Camp

Sunday, May 6, 2012

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Click here to register.

 

For more details, please contact Mara Rodriguez at mrodriguez@gsnetx.org

 

Have you visited our GSNETX Spanish website lately? Click here to check it out!

 

ProgramPrograms

College Journey - July 15-20, 2012
High School girls are invited to live at the University of Texas -Dallas to earn their SOW What Journey and engage in fun STEM activities.  For more information, visit www.gsnetx.org/collegejourney
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Girl Scouts Forever Green - Don't forget to participate in Forever Green and earn a free patch!  Keep track of how many cans you recycle, how many times you refill your water bottle, how many reusable bags you give away  and how many times you refuse a plastic bag.  Register your results here and take the pledge.  It's that easy! For questions, contact Julie Deshler at jdeshler@gsnetx.org.

It's not too late to register for Family Fun Day at Camp Rocky Pointon April 1.Registrations will be accepted through March 29, 2012.

Registrations will be accepted for the Camp Gambill Family Fun Day until April 11, 2012.

Summer Camp registration is up and running.  Sessions will fill quickly, so register early!