November 2013
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Girl Scout Troop 30 Year Reunion

The 2013 Women of Distinction Luncheon, presented by AT&T will take place this Thursday, October 24th 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.

 

If you are unable to attend, you can still participate in our raffle drawing and you do not need to be present to win. Winners will be drawn after the luncheon and will be contacted directly to claim their prize.

 

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

 

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014 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.

 


 

         


 

GiRL Power Event at SMU

A fun-filled event to strengthen the bond between girls and their mothers (or other important women), build confidence and improve health. Olympic Gold MedalGymnast, Carly Patterson will inspire girls! Internet safety, bullying and nutrition will be hot topics of the day!

Sunday, November 17th  

 www.TexasHealth.org/GirlPower

 

Dallas Stars Girl Scout Nights!

Come out and enjoy a night with the Dallas Stars! Choose from these great games: December 29 at 6:00pm or March 1 at 2:00pm. Benefits include: commemorative Dallas Stars Girl Scout Night patch, Pre Game Party on the plaza 2 hours before gametime, and Fun post-game activities on March 1. Don't forget to purchase the Girl Scout Bundle package! With this package, bring your troop to BOTH games for ONLY $25 per person! Contact Amber at 214-387-5514 or aslone@dallasstars.com.  


 

You Asked and We Listened  

Starting Nov 2, we will now place 2 orders a month for fun patches!  Orders will be due by the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. 

  

We are getting ready for Cookie Season.  

Come in and check out all the exciting merchandise we have to help you promote your cookie business.  2014 Cookie pins will start arriving in December, so make sure to get them for your girls.

 

Don't forget to check Facebook for Secret Word promotions.  
We'll send out a secret word and give you the discounts you can receive by coming to your GSNETX shop and just saying the secret word.
 
Girl Starter Kits and New Leader Kits

Girl Starter Kits and New Leader Kits are still available in all of your GSNETX stores.  If you are in a rush, just call or email your GSNETX store and we'll get everything pulled together in advance.  You can just come in, pay and be on your way.

 

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 October 28 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.

Share Your Success Stories and Photos with Us!

We've made it easy for you to upload and share your Girl Scout success stories with our media team! Submit and your stories/images could be featured on our: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blog, e-newsletters, or our website! Share your service project story, tell us about activities you participate in, or share an everyday troop or Girl Scout photo! Submit today at  www.gsnetx.org/share.


 

Fall is the best weather for Troop Camp Training
NOW is the time to get certified in advance of Spring.  Are your girls first time campers? The November 9th 
 301: GSNETX Camping course at Camp Rocky Point still has room.  Seats sell out quickly, so don't delay!

 

Are you new to leading a Girl Scout Troop and wishing to connect with other leaders at your program grade level in order to share "best practices"?  

The following Program Grade Level courses on November 16th at Jo Ann Fogg Service Center still have room for you:

 

 

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.
 

Volunteer In Partnership (VIP) Meetings, Oct. 24 & 26 - Open to All Volunteers

VIP meetings are council organized meetings which offer ALL volunteers an opportunity 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 serve light refreshments and give fun door prizes at all our VIP meetings. If you missed our scheduled VIP meeting near you or you are unable to physically attend, we have set up virtual VIP meetings on Tuesday, October 29, where you can call in from the convenience of your home or office.  To RSVP, please click here

* The October 26th VIP meeting will take place in tandem with our amazing Whistle Stop special event learning opportunity.

 

Membership Incentives - Act Now: Deadline is October 31

Have you registered and/or self-reported? Registered girls will be eligible to receive a free patch bracelet, exclusively available for our girls! Self-reported leaders will receive a discount card for our GSNETX shop! Service unit teams who reach their goals will receive a special prize pack! You must be registered by October 31 to take advantage of our popular and snazzy incentives. For more information, please visit Can't wait, or reach out to your area Volunteer Coordinator. Who is my Volunteer Coordinator? Member Relations Team Contact List.

 

Online Membership Renewal

If you (or your daughter) are existing Girl Scout members we highly encourage you to renew your membership online as soon as possible. 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, please contact the GSNETX Help Desk at helpdesk@gsnetx.org anytime or call 972.349.2403, Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Individuals renewing online are eligible to purchase an Online Patch in one of our Girl Scout shops.

 

Council Volunteer Opportunities

Girl Scouts is always seeking volunteers/leaders like you for an array of opportunities based on your interest and availability.  We are committed to providing you with an excellent onboarding experience, plus the tools and training that will boost your confidence and equip you to make the world a better place!  Some of our available, exciting positions include:  Service Unit Coach - Description, contact Pat Sandlin at psandlin@gsnetx.org.  To learn about other opportunities or to provide specific support based on your expertise and interest, please contact your area Volunteer Coordinator and find your perfect match!

 

Webinars & Workshops Available - Open to SU Coaches, Troop Consultants, Mentors, School/Church Liaisons & ANYONE who supports GS Troop Leaders

If you provide new and/or experienced leaders with answers to questions about troop leadership, please JOIN US!  This coaching session will empower you to build stronger relationships with GS Troop Leaders, build greater team involvement, be a sister to every girl scout & create the volunteer experience of choice!  Click here to register:  Workshops & webinars.  For more information please contact Pat Sandlin at 972-349-2481 or psandlin@gsnetx.org

 

Juliette Gordon Low's Birthday + Other Holiday Observations

October 31st is our founder, Juliette Gordon Low's birthday!  If you are participating in any Girl Scout event in observation of Juliette's birthday, and/or any upcoming holiday activities this season, our membership team strongly encourages you to remain safe while providing our girls with a fun and purposeful learning experience!  Information on our GS History Juliette  GSNETX Volunteer Policies & Procedures Safety first.  Have a Girl Scout blast!

 

Hello New Troop Leader!

Thank you for joining in our mission here at Girl Scouts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place! Don't forget you need at least five girls and two unrelated adults to begin your troop meetings. If you still need to add more girls to your troop please contact your Recruitment Coordinator to get you connected with new girls in your area! If you are interested in becoming a leader we would love to help you get started! Please contact your Recruitment Coordinator for more details.

 

Don't forget to self report your leadership position through your eBiz account as an 01-Troop Leader. On eBiz you will be able to manage your troop membership, sign up for enrichment opportunities, and renew your membership. You will also benefit from the incentives, recognition, and leadership experiences we offer at GSNETX! 

 

 

COOKIES
Cookies

We are excited to announce that there will be two big changes in the 2014 Cookie Program!

  

1. Cookies in Hand!

A Direct Sale is the exciting new format for our 2014 Cookie Program. From the first day of the Cookie Program, January 10, 2014, girls may have packages of cookies in-hand! This means selling, delivering and money collection is done in one easy step! It's easy for Girl Scouts and customers are instantly satisfied!

 

2.  Cookie Box Retail Price Increase! 4 for $20!

In 2014, the price of Girl Scout Cookies in Northeast Texas and surrounding Girl Scout Councils will increase from $3.50 to $4.00. The cost of running the Cookie Program has increased steadily. The cost of raw materials like sugar and flour, bakery production, and fuel used to transport the cookies have increased over the past few years, yet our council hasn't raised the price per box in some time - eight years to be exact! Increasing the price of cookies will allow us to cover the additional costs and invest more in our girls.

 

Volunteers: Remember before you get started...

  • Complete your Volunteer Application & Background Check at www.gsnetx.org/applynow or update your information at www.gsnetx.org/reapplynow
  • Ensure you are a registered member & Self Report as Troop Product Sales - Cookie through your online eBiz account at www.gsnetx.org/myaccount
  • You should have complete TCM Online Training - Opens November 1, 2014 in ebiz!

Parents Corner:

  • Your Girl Scout must be a registered member of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas to participate in the Cookie Program. Work with your Troop Leader to make sure registration is turned in for the current membership year.
  • Complete the online Cookie Program Permission form at www.texascookietime.com/permission
  • Get any supplies needed from your TCM (For example, a money envelope for collection of payment and an order card to take to school or your parent's workplace!
  • We understand that your loyal customers may promise an order of cookies from your Girl Scout before the official start date but remember that 
    orders, including a transaction of payment for Girl Scout Cookies, may not take place before Friday, January 10th.