September 2013
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   2014 National Council Session Updates


2014 National Council Session Updates

The 2014 National Council Session of Girl Scouts of the USA will be held October 16 - 19, 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The purpose of the meeting is to:

1)    Hear the report of the National Board of Directors.

2)    Act on proposals and information presented to the delegation.

3)    Elect the Board of Directors and Board Development Committee for the next three-year term.

4)    Help set the direction for GSUSA, focusing on new strategies for success, growth and expansion in the 21st century.


Each council sends a delegation to the convention.  As a National Council Delegate, all expenses (registration fees, air fare, housing, meals, etc.) are paid for by the council.  If you are interested in being a National Council Delegate, please submit an application by December 20, 2013. Applications and additional information will be posted on our website. We will continue to update our website as information is received from GSUSA.


If you are interested in attending the National Council Session as a visitor, please contact Jenifer Moreau,  Please note that visitors are responsible for their own expenses.



On Time Membership Renewal for Fall 2013

  • "On time" membership renewal paperwork is due to SU registrars on Wednesday, September 18th. (This allows for memberships to stay current as we begin our 2013- 2014 membership year on October 1st!)
  • Graduating Seniors purchasing a discounted Lifetime Membership must have paperwork turned into Council no later than September 18.
  • Girls and Girl Scout troops are not considered registered until the paperwork and membership dues reach a Council representative. Please deliver all monies and paperwork to your volunteer coordinator or SU Registrar within ten days upon receiving membership registration and/or Family Partnership donations.
  • If a member does not have a pre-printed form, use a blank Membership Registration Form and make sure they include the $15 membership fee.    

Online Membership Renewal

  • Check out our latest updates to the online registration process on eBiz or contact our Help Desk for more information. Please email us at anytime or call 972.349.2403 Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 5:30 pm and Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Individuals renewing online may purchase an Online Patch in one of our Girl Scout shops.



Journeys with a Healthy Living Twist 

Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, kick your year off right with the Healthy Habits Journey Supplements. There are 8-10 session plans to help you complete a Journey. Click here to get the booklet or pick one up for FREE at any of our Girl Scout Shops.

Bronze Blitz

Juniors, come work on the Get Moving Journey and get

ready to earn your Bronze Award! Click here for more information.


Cookie Box Creations

Girl Orientation: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 6:30 PM at the JoAnn Fogg Service Center. Click here for more information and the application. 


MetLife/GSUSA Hispanic Leadership Fund:   GSNETX is pleased to announce that the 2014 membership year will mark our second year accepting the MetLife/GSUSA Project! Using the Be a Friend First (BFF) curriculum and the aMAZE! Cadette Leadership Journey, volunteers will conduct 6-8 week series focusing on bullying prevention in selected middle schools across the council that serve largely Hispanic populations, with the goal of transitioning participating girls into traditional troops. We are currently seeking adult volunteers that would like to facilitate a series and support long-term sustainability. For additional information on the series, schools or how to get involved, please contact Erin Pearce at, or call 972.349.2435.




Whistle Stop Training Events 

A special event out of the ordinary, featuring workshops that tackle the sticky topics. This training event includes the "Letting Girls Lead"
workshop, lunch and learn grade level round tables, as well as options for new & older girl leaders in the afternoon.PLUS all attendees take home a flash drive with more than 800 files on it. On top of that, it's also a money earning opportunity for an older girl troop who is making the food. Will you come? Register here.


New Leader? Got Questions? We've Got Answers!

Visit our Troop Leader Frequently Asked Questions page for quick information on topics such as how to divide up responsibilities with your co-leader, what training is required, who should fill out a volunteer application, and preparing to meet the girls' parents/guardians for the first time.


What Would Doubling the Amount of Support You Receive From Your Troop Families do For You?

National studies show that the more clearly you define the ways that parents can help, the more likely they are to step in. If done correctly, you will build a solid support base, strengthen the girls' chances of longevity with your troop, and potentially even increase participation from your dads. Click here to learn more. 


Did You Know?

GSUSA has some great stuff on their website!  If you are working with Daisies on the Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden Journey you might like to know how the song goes that can be found on page 75 of the How To Guide for adults. You can download an MP3 file and play it in your meetings.  Not part of a Daisy troop?  Check out other tips and fun freebies at


Save the Date!

Adult Retreat

Roping the World

November 1-3

Watch for registration opening soon! 



Starter Kits

Starter Kits are now available for Girls as well as Leaders.  Your GSNETX shop has everything you need to get your new year started.


Girl Starter Kit contains Girls Guide to Girl Scouting, a Journey of choice, uniform piece and all official insignia.  When purchased as a complete kit, you also receive a free drawstring bag ($12 value).  Starter Kits range from $52.50 - $69.50 depending on age level and uniform piece chosen.


New Leader Kit is exclusive to GSNETX!  It contains large  GS Promise & GS Law posters, clipboard printed with the GS Mission, a dry/erase Troop Kaper Chart, 2" binder with dividers to organize Troop paperwork, Adult tab & pins and a tote bag printed with the Girls Scout Promise to carry it all!  The entire kit is only $30. 


An additional bonus for each kit.  If you purchase a complete Girl's Starter Kit, we will also give you $2.00 off the purchase of a GSNETX Troop T-shirt. (regular price $10).  If you purchase a New Leader Kit, we will also give you $2.00 off the purchase of a GSNETX Leader Polo (2 styles to choose from and regular prices are $27.00 - $32.00)



Volunteer Opportunities

Be on the lookout for the launch of our Retail Volunteer In Partnership (VIP) opportunities coming to each of your GSNETX Stores!


Make sure to watch your council Facebook page for upcoming special offers at your local GSNETX shop! 



North Texas Giving Day is Just Around the Corner! 

This year's North Texas Giving Day is September 19 at 7:00 a.m. - midnight. If you donate $25 or more to GSNETX through on September 19, your donation will be matched by a percentage! Last year we raised $17,055.05, and we know
 this year we can raise even more! 


Mark your calendar and GET UP AND GIVE on September 19.