August 2012
Week 4

Fall Opportunity Sale (FOS) 2012 

Cashews, peanuts, and chocolates. Oh My!      


Cashews September 21, 2012 marks the start of the Fall Opportunity Sale (FOS). Girl Scouts sell tasty nut and candy products to earn funds for their troop to friends and family. With attractive new packaging this year, the products make even better gift items and do a great job promoting Girl Scouts. 


Don't delay! Sign up now to attend a FOS meeting in your area to pick up your materials and learn more about how simple it is to participate in FOS.  FOS is a great way to help defray some of the Troop cost between start-up and the Cookie Sale.


Click here for a complete listing of FOS trainings. To register online from, click on "Online Registration", then "Adult Event Registration."


Focus On: 

Product Sales Service Unit Organizer 

Positions available across the council       


Are you nuts about nuts?  You may be interested in facilitating the Fall Opportunity Sale (FOS) in your Service Unit, helping to ensure that girls are able to participate in FOS and earn funds for Girl Scouting while learning valuable skills about business and leadership!  Talk to your MVP Specialist to get started.   


Volunteer Leadership Conferences 

Don't miss out!  


On August 11, Girl Scout volunteers gathered at Starwoods for the South Central Leadership Conference.  After an invigorating day, an overwhelming number of participants answered "YES" when asked if they would attend another conference.  Take it from them - check out the rest of our upcoming 2012-13 Leadership Conferences below.


Here are some of the comments from South Central attendees, many of whom were first-time visitors to Starwoods:

  • All Wonderful!
  • Lots of good ideas!
  • I feel more confident about taking my troop on overnights!
  • I feel very motivated!
  • Wonderfully organized.
  • I will take a renewed love for nature, a new artwork method, and a better understanding of how to navigate the website!


You can also check out a wrap-up from one of the presenters here.



  • October 13, 2012:  North Central Leadership Conference - Salina.
  • October 20, 2012:  2nd Annual Southwest Leadership Conference - Garden City.
  • November 3, 2012: 3rd Annual Northwest Leadership Conference - Sternburg Museum, Hays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • January 5, 2013: 3rd Annual S'mores University (Southeast Leadership Conference) - Wesley United Methodist Church, Parsons from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Volunteer Application Process  

Please reapply every three years!  


For the safety and security of the girls and volunteers we require that all adults complete a GSKH Volunteer Application and criminal background screening when interested in volunteering in direct service roles. Beginning with the 2013 membership year we will be rescreening volunteers every three years. If you are a current volunteer who has been with us three or more years and have not recently re-submitted a GSKH Volunteer Application we will be contacting you to complete this process. If you want to be proactive and get this done before you are contacted, please feel free to go online to complete the application.


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100 Years of Girl Scouts and Kansas State Fairs 

Girl Scouts Invade the State Fair!  


Twenty twelve marks the 100th Kansas State Fair, as well as the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting. Gates are open September 7-16, 2012.


This year, we have found ways for hundreds of Girl Scouts to invade the Kansas State Fair!




They include:

  •  Volunteer Opportunities
  •  Competing  for ribbons and cash prizes
  •  Signing up to do a demonstration at the on-site Girl Scout cabin
  •  Showing your pride by wearing your uniform

Read here for more details and to see the exclusive patch/bracelet for 2012.


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Jennifer Amrein
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