Leader Tips: November 2008 Archives

It can be a little scary to be in charge of the troop checking account, especially when the cookie money comes in.  Just remember a few important points:

  • your troop must have a checking account
  • debit cards are NOT allowed
  • checks must have 2 signatures
  • 3 names must be on the checking account (1 of them being a member of the SU team)
  • keep all your receipts and bank statements (and old checks, if your bank returns them)
  • keep your records up to date, in case there is a random review of your account 

Your troop needs to have a Troop Bank Account form on file with the council so they know where your account is held.  If you have any questions about this, please call the council.

There is lots more good information in the Policies and Procedures document found on our web site.  Check it out, and if you have any questions or concerns, give the council a call!

At the 2008 National Council Session, Girl Scouts launched its first ever Girl Scouts grassroots network (www.girlscouts4girls.org). Over 1,000 Girl Scout members, volunteers, staff and alumnae joined the Girl Scouts Advocacy Network to act on issues moving through Congress and the state legislatures that are important to girls and Girl Scouts.  This was a great start, but we need ALL Girl Scout staff, friends and supporters to become a part of this important effort.

 GSUSA is also developing a broader legislative agenda at the federal, state and local level. Our efforts aim to enact public policies that promote healthy living for girls, strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education for girls, ensure girls' financial literacy, and promote girls' leadership and development.  You can be a part of this effort by joining the Girl Scout Advocacy Network. As a member, you will: 

•     Receive updates on issues moving through Congress and the state legislatures;
•     Be able to send customized messages to your elected officials;
•     Have access to contact information for your elected officials; and
•     Be a part of a growing grassroots network.

 Log on to www.girlscouts4girls.org and become a member today!

 

At the 2008 National Council Session, Girl Scouts launched its first ever Girl Scouts grassroots network (www.girlscouts4girls.org). Over 1,000 Girl Scout members, volunteers, staff and alumnae joined the Girl Scouts Advocacy Network to act on issues moving through Congress and the state legislatures that are important to girls and Girl Scouts.  This was a great start, but we need ALL Girl Scout staff, friends and supporters to become a part of this important effort.

 GSUSA is also developing a broader legislative agenda at the federal, state and local level. Our efforts aim to enact public policies that promote healthy living for girls, strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education for girls, ensure girls' financial literacy, and promote girls' leadership and development.  You can be a part of this effort by joining the Girl Scout Advocacy Network. As a member, you will: 

•     Receive updates on issues moving through Congress and the state legislatures;
•     Be able to send customized messages to your elected officials;
•     Have access to contact information for your elected officials; and
•     Be a part of a growing grassroots network.

 Log on to www.girlscouts4girls.org and become a member today!

 

purse_sm.jpgAre you looking for colorful crafts that won't leave glitter on your floor or glue in your hair?  Would you like instructions for practical gifts that your Girl Scouts can make within the time frame of a meeting?   

If so, you are ready for the secret ingredient:Duct Tape!

final_frame.jpgThat's right!  It's colorful, sticky and there are lots of practical crafts that ingenious people have designed.  From wallets to bookmarks, purses to picture frames, there are easy and interesting crafts to be made from Duct Tape.

The helpful people at DuckTapeClub.com have put together a gallery and instructions for many different crafts.  Check it out!

Try this fun recipe submitted by guest blogger, Heather Newland, for a festive Thanksgiving activity!

Spirited_Turkeys.JPGFor each turkey, you will need the following:

  • Frosting...I prefer chocolate
  • 1 chocolate sandwich-style cookie, like Oreos.
  • 1 chocolate covered cherry (turkey body)
  • 4-5 candy corns (turkey feathers)
  • 1 cinnamon imperial...or red hot  (gobble)
  • Paper plate
  • Bowl for frosting
  • Plastic knife

Twist open a cookie.  Then spread frosting on both halves, only on the white icing part of the cookie, formerly known as the inside part of the cookie.  This frosting will act like glue for the other ingredients.  Place on the paper plate, facing up. Stick the chocolate covered cherry on one of the cookie halves.  Fan the candy corn around the upper half of the other cookie piece.  At this point you may need to add some more frosting to this part of the cookie.  You will then stick this half perpendicular to the chocolate covered cherry half.  The feathers should be sticking up above the cherry.  Now take a glob of frosting and place on the front of turkey.  This can serve as the turkey's head. I've also seen other turkeys in which another piece of candy was used as the head.   Place a red hot on the icing for a gobble.  Admire for a minute or two before gobbling it up. 

oreo_turkeys.jpg

Are you a Wal-Mart or Sam's employee? 

When you volunteer 25 hours over a six month period (a little over 4 hours a month) for the Girl Scouts as a troop leader, service unit team member, cookie chair (or in any other capacity), Sam's or Wal-Mart will give $250 to Girl Scouts on your behalf!

I hear you asking "Will Sam's or Wal-Mart do this for me more than once?"  The answer is "YES!"  They will donate $250 every six months that you, as their employee, volunteer the required amount.

Please ask your store manager or community relations manager for the form to fill out. 

How nice is that?  And thank YOU for making it possible! 

 

 

 

What do I do if a girl needs help paying for her membership, dues, uniform, event fees, etc.?

 Start by completing the Financial Assistance application that is located under Forms & Resources on our website.  Before sending this form to the council office, please make sure that parents or guardians complete both sides of the Financial Assistance form, including the blank for their "individual" contribution.  Then, the form should be given to the troop leader so she can indicate the troop's contribution and send the form on to the Service Unit Manager to do the same.  Please be mindful that asking for financial assistance can be embarrassing and all requests should be handled respectfully and discreetly.  In most cases, it is not necessary for the girls to know about the request or the arrangements. 

In our SU and in our troops, leaders are encouraged to collect enough dues, seek out sponsorship funds, or set aside a little money from product sales, to use for financial assistance requests.   Our Service Unit also keeps a few extra badge books and sashes around that people pick up at thrift stores or donate, just so we can offer these resources in such instances.

Once the form has been completed by the individual, the troop leader, and the Service Unit Manager, it should be sent to Tonya Howard thoward@girlscoutssa.org in Montgomery. 

Cheryl Miller
Volunteer Liason
  

 

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