October 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, jmoreau@gsnetx.org.  Please note that visitors are responsible for their own expenses.



Please join us for the 2013 Women of Distinction Luncheonpresented by AT&T, on Thursday, October 24 at the Hilton Anatole. Doors open at 11:30am.


Two amazing women will be honored: Lindalyn Adams, founder of the Sixth Floor Museum, and Nicole Small, the Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.  Additionally, two extraordinary Girl Scouts will be recognized: Grace Charlotte Cooper, an education advocate and  Alexandra Villareal, a Gold Award Honoree.


The keynote speaker is 18-year-old Talia LemanCEO and founder of RandomKid, a nonprofit organization that leverages the power of youth to solve problems in the world.


Funds raised during the luncheon support Girl Scout programs for more than 33,000 girls and 17,000 adult members in Northeast Texas.


To purchase tickets, become a table sponsor, or for more information on our honorees, click here.




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 application.


Breathe Weekend at Camp Whispering Cedars

Cadettes are invited to work on their Breathe Journey and spend a fun weekend at camp. Click here to register.


Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Adult Equipping Webinars 

We want to help you get ready to support your girls on their leadership journey as they earn their Higher Awards! Join us for these one hour, informative webinars on the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Requirements and steps for earning each award will be discussed, and there will also be the opportunity to ask questions. Adults only, please. Click here for more information.

Let's go Camping!

All GSNETX camps are hosting special campouts and would love you to be a part of them! From A World of Girls Brownie Journey Fiesta at Camp Gambill to Compass Kapers at Camp Whispering Cedars, GSNETX has something for everyone at camp this fall. Click here to search all of our outdoor offerings! 


Girl Starter Kit

Yes, it's Back to Troop time and every girl deserves her own Starter Kit. Click here for the order form. Send to your store and we will have your order ready for you to come in, pay and be on your way. With the purchase of a complete starter kit, the backpack is free ($12 value) and we will also take $2 off a GSNETX troop t-shirt. (reg price is $10)


New Leader Kit 

It will help get organized for troop 

meetings and to start some Girl Scout traditions. Available in all GSNETX stores for $30. Includes 11X17 posters of the GS Promise and GS Law, a Kaper Chart, a binder, clip board, leaders tab & pins and a great tote to carry it all.


Fun Patches!

Don't forget about fun patches as well.  We place an order on the first Monday of each month to arrive by mid-month.  Over 1300 designs to choose from.  Get a catalog from your GSNETX store.  $1.25 per patch whether you  order 1 or 1000.  


Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in joining the Retail VIP Program? Click here to learn more and sign up to help!


Sleep Experts - Share the Warmth

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas can give back to the community through Sleep Experts' 10th Annual Share the Warmth Blanket Drive. Girl Scouts are asked to collect and drop off new or gently used blankets to any of the retailer's more than 50 North Texas locations starting the last week in October and through Thanksgiving Day. More information can be found here.


Are you participating in Share the Warmth? We are looking for a compelling/engaging story to share with our media partner. Please email us how your troop is participating in a meaningful way,media@gsnetx.org.


Goodwill Dallas- Good Turn Project 

Collect and donate items to Goodwill to receive a FREE Patch. Click here for details and dropoff locations.


Whistle Stop Training Events 

Looking for a training opportunity like no other? Wondering how to let girls lead without things getting craa-zy? Want to know about leadership opportunities for older girls? Want to have fun, make friends, and gain tools to use NOW to make this year in Girl Scouts the best one yet? Then you need to register for a Whistle Stop Training Event - so useful, right on point! Registration for the following events is live now:

Adult Volunteer Retreat 2013

Roping the World at Camp Bette Perot

November 1-3

Registration now open! Click here to register and see course descriptions.

2014 Awards Presentation & Annual Meeting
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Tejas Riders
April 12, 2014 at Eddie Deens 

Mold the future... Be a Troop Leader Today!

As more girls look to join Girl Scouts, we need individuals who are willing to give a few hours of their time and provide a great Girl Scouting experience. At Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas we are always on the lookout for new troop leaders to join in our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Becoming a troop leader is a simple five step process that is paired with the joy of watching girls reach their full potential!


As a troop leader you will be equipped with all the tools and training needed to help our girls become young leaders. You will also get to meet new people, build new friendships and give back to our community. 


Visit our website to find a recruitment event near you or contact your Recruitment Coordinator for more information. 


VIP Meetings

What are VIP meetings? VIP (Volunteer in Partnership) meetings are a way for Girl Scout service unit team members, troop leaders, and other volunteers to learn about what is going on across our council, share ideas and best practices, network with others and have a great time. We will have light refreshments and door prizes at all our VIP meetings and the first 25 people to RSVP for each location will receive a special thank you gift just for attending. Click here to RSVP.


We are so excited about our new-and-improved meeting format this year, which will be consistent across our entire council. What does that mean for you? You can choose ANY location on ANY date that works for YOU and attend. The following dates and locations are-

  • Tuesday, October 1st: Murphy
  • Thursday, October 10th: Crandall
  • Tuesday, October 15th- Dallas (Lake Highlands)
  • Thursday, October 17th- Dallas (DeSoto Area)
  • Thursday, October 24th- Sherman
  • Saturday, October 26th- Flint* (South Tyler)
*The October 26th VIP meeting will take place in tandem with our amazing Whistle Stop special event learning opportunity! To register for this Whistle Stop, click here.


Membership Incentives

Be on the lookout for more information about some exciting membership incentives for our girls, our leaders and our service unit team volunteers! Girls who are registered will be eligible to receive a free patch bracelet exclusively available to GSNETX Girl Scouts! Self-reported leaders will receive a discount card for our GSNETX shops and service unit teams who reach their goals will receive a special prize pack. All of these incentives will be connected to who is registered by October 31st. For more information, please reach out to your Volunteer Coordinator!


Online Membership Renewal

Renew online today at www.gsnetx.org/myaccount

If you (or your daughter) are existing Girl Scout members, please use your full name and the e-mail address you always use for Girl Scouting when setting up your eBiz account for the first time since August 10th. If your existing account is not found, contact the GSNETX Help Desk at helpdesk@gsnetx.org anytime or call 972.349.2403 Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 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.