Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
February 2014
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special promotion
Invite a friend to start a troop with Girl Scouts!
$50 to the Girl Scout Official Online Store for you! Free tools for your friend to make getting started easy, Another great mentor and role model for girls! Offer ends 2/28/14. For more information -Click here.
cookies
Remember it’s not too late to sell cookies!
If your daughter and/or troop would like to participate, contact your Troop Leader/Cookie Volunteer or visit www.texascookietime.org/quickstart for tips on how to get started quickly!
While girls are participating in the Cookie Program, they can also work on earning their Mary Kay Entrepreneur patch! For more information on this patch program and for the activity guide, go to www.texascookietime.org/MaryKay.
Other Exciting Opportunities!
Remember to ask your customers to donate packages of cookies to our military at door-to-door and booth sales! Troops who reach a PGA of 10 for our military donation initiative Project Troop to Troop (T2T) will receive a patch for each girl.
NEW! Troops with a T2T PGA of 20 will earn an American Flag and laminated flag ceremony instructions. Troops that reach a T2T PGA of 35 will receive the cozy Samoas scarf for each girl!

BLING YOUR BOOTH!! This year the theme is Project Troop to Troop. The girls must decorate their retail or mobile door-to-door (donation box, wagon, etc.) booth with military/T2T décor, have someone take their photo at the booth, and upload the photo to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Facebook page by February 17th. You will have until March 7th to “like” your favorite photo. The most likes wins! Winner will be announced on March 28th.

PRIZES FOR BLING YOUR BOOTH
FIRST PLACE: $50 Girl Scout Shop Gift Card AND lunch with Colleen Walker, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
SECOND PLACE: $25 Girl Scout Shop Gift Card
THIRD PLACE: $25 Girl Scout Shop Gift Card

If you have any questions or concerns, contact cookies@gsnetx.org.
shop
The price of the Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting has been permanently reduced to $16.85! The savings also lowers the price of the complete Starter Kit. New girls, or girls bridging to a new level, should get started with their own starter kit.

It’s February and we love our volunteers! Be on the lookout for a Valentine Message on our Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Facebook page that will offer you a sweet surprise!

The fun patch for GSNETX Girl Scout Week activities will be in the stores at the end of February. You can go ahead and place an order with your GSNETX store, and they will call you when they arrive. There are fun activities so make sure to participate in the celebration.
programs
Girl Scout Birthday Week
Spend Girl Scout's Birthday Week doing various activities and earn a patch! Patch requirements can be found at www.gsnetx.org/birthdayweekpatch Patches will be available for sale at all council shops.
Accenture Leadership Workshop
Saturday, February 15
Girl Scouts 15 and older are invited to attend a unique leadership workshop provided by Accenture at their Irving location. Led by Accenture professionals, the workshop will include two "Future Focus" topics that focus on Team Building and Critical Thinking Skills, as well as a tour of their facility. For more information and to register click here. For questions contact Gerri Gordon at ggordon@gsnetx.org.
IGNITE Young Women’s Leadership Conference
February 22
This conference offers a very unique opportunity for young women who are interested in politics, law, government, policy issues, and leadership to meet and interact with women who have assumed roles in politics and political activism. For more information and to register click here.
Council-Wide Bridging Ceremony- May 17!
Girls and familied will ‘bridge’ across the Trinity River and spend the day earning the newest fun patches, beginning their first badge in their new Program Grade Level, taking part in Girl Scout traditions, and more! To register your girls for the event, click here. Families and leaders may attend free of charge.
Gamma Sigma Challenge for Juniors
April 26 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Hebron High School
Come together to explore a day filled with fun hands-on activities in STEM, Healthy Living, Financial Literacy, and Outdoor Leadership! Registration now open! Registration fee is $10 and includes a t-shirt for both girls and adults. This event will end with a closing mixer for everyone with music, food trucks, great prizes and FUN! Click here for more information.
outdoor opportunities
Breathe Journey at Camp Whispering Cedars
March 21-23, 2014
GSNETX will host this STEM-focused Journey weekend featuring the Breathe Leadership Journey, a pre-requisite for the girls to earn the Silver Award. Girls will complete most of the Journey while at camp. For more information and to register click here for more information.
The GeoScouting Camp Whispering Cedars App has Launched!
Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to download the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas App in their APP Store and start GeoScouting Camp Whispering Cedars during their campout. The trek can be done on an iPhone or Android device. click here For questions please contact Debbie Chesley. dchesley@gsnetx.org or 972.349.2440
member relations
2014 VOLUNTEER IN PARTNERSHIP (VIP) MEETINGS

Discover what’s in store at Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas for 2014
Hear the latest about our 2014 GSNETX Cookie Program, Spring 2014 Early Bird renewal, upcoming opportunities, and more! Join one of our in-person meetings or our convenient virtual meetings. Please RSVP via our SurveyMonkey at least 24 hours before your selected meeting!
(Refreshments will be served. The first 25 attendees to RSVP for each meeting are guaranteed to receive our exclusive January 2014 gift.)

SU TOOLKITS
Looking for a way to Re-Energize your Service Unit? GSNETX is EXCITED to announce the official launch of the SU Toolkit e-Ordering Process; an efficient tool that can help you further develop relationships within your Service Units!
To get started, go to www.gsnetx.org/toolkit. Review the Read Me First! document and SU Toolkit descriptions located in the upper right corner of the webpage.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT
Be a Part of Our Early Bird Name That Patch Design Contest – starting NOW thru February 21, 2014!
Our GS “Early Bird” needs a name and we need YOUR Girl Scouts’ help in naming “her” as well as designing the 2014 program patch! Contest forms and rules can be found in your local GS shop and/or by e-mailing your volunteer coordinator.

The winning girl will receive: • An exclusive tour of our GSNETX Headquarters!
• A meeting with our amazing graphic designer who created our cute 2014 GS Early Bird!
• An Early Bird themed party for her troop!
• Early Bird goodies for the winners’ Service Unit (TBA)!
Get Started Today!
It is never to too late to get your new troop started. All you need are five girls and two unrelated adults to begin your troop meetings. You can find troop theme outings in our online GPS book. Please contact your Recruitment Coordinator to get you started with girls in your area!
volunteer development
Letting Girls Lead
March 8, 2014, Allen, TX
"Letting Girl’s Lead" is GSNETX's nationally recognized workshop for helping leaders to know what Girl Led looks and sounds like, while equipping them with some techniques and skills to do it. This workshop has been selected to be presented at the National Convention in Salt Lake City in October for $60 a head, but YOU can attend it for absolutely free right here at home in Allen on Saturday, March 8th. This is absolutely worth your time. Click here for more information and registration.
Cafe Conversations
Why not join us in the morning before “Letting Girls Lead” in Allen on March 8th for some coffee and pastries in our “Grade Level Café Conversations”?
Whistlestop Weekends
Have you ever wanted to knock out 3 or 4 training classes all in one single weekend? We have two opportunities this spring! Click for more information about the weekend of March 14th at Whispering Cedars, and the weekend of April 4th at Bette Perot.
6001 Summerside Dr., Dallas, TX 75252
972.349.2400
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