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January 2012

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Adult Leadership Model in Action We role model leadership by applying the three leadership keys we teach girls to ourselves. Specifically: Our self-awareness enables girls to Discover themselves and their values. • We demonstrate “leadership of self” by staying true to the values of the Girl Scout Law. Our teamwork inspires girls to Connect with others in an increasingly diverse world. • We demonstrate “leadership of others” by advancing healthy relationships, constructive conflict resolution, and diversity and inclusion. Our ability to embrace change empowers girls to Take Action to change the world. • We demonstrate “leadership of the organization” by keeping Girl Scouts relevant and by standing up for girls as they pursue their goals.

On the heels of 100 years of developing girls of courage, confidence, and character, the Year of the Girl is our move to rally the nation around the cause of girls’ leadership. Together, we can do this. To learn more, visit

A good leader is someone who works with others to make things happen. —Annie, 17, Girl Scout Senior


Scouting Spotlight..........2 Camp Book Peek............2 Product Program............3 Bullying/Teasing..............4 Volunteer Awards...........5 CPR/First Aid....................5 Save the Date..................6 100th Anniv. Resolution....8 Social Media.....................8

Our Leadership Manifesto We are the leaders behind the leaders. We hold ourselves and each other accountable for living up to the Girl Scout mission, Promise, and Law. We lead with courage, confidence, and character. We make the world a better place. We are sisters to every Girl Scout. We proudly embrace our role as leaders of the Movement, with full knowledge and appreciation of the fact that we are, in essence, the leaders behind the leaders. Through our actions we inspire girls to do great things. We take our role as mentors seriously, knowing that girls look to us and will learn as much—if not more—from how we treat each other than from how we treat them. We practice what we preach: there is no gap between what we say and what we do. As the premier leadership development organization for girls, we embrace our role as champions of the new Girl Scout Leadership Experience. We understand it, embrace it, and live by it. We guide girls—literally and figuratively—on their leadership journey. We commit ourselves, every day, to being the leaders girls aspire to be and the leaders that girls need us to be. We are the leaders behind the leaders. Our new and improved website is coming! January 31, 2012!

Scouting Spotlight

Flying Monkeys receive scholarships We've been following the 'Flying Monkeys', our Girl Scout group from Ames and Gilbert, Iowa, who successfully gained national recognition through their accomplishments through FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL). The Flying Monkeys, through FLL, developed a prosthetic hand device to help a three-year-old toddler without fingers write. Their dedication and hard work paid off as they were then awarded the first $20,000 Global Innovation Award from the XPrize Foundation and a provisional patent for their device, garnered national and local media attention, received numerous honors, and now they have one more accomplishment to add to their list.

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The team received another honor during an event hosted by Iowa State’s College of Engineering Recruitment and Community Outreach and the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. On August 29, representatives from the college, Girl Scouts, and community gathered to discuss the Girl Scouts and the organization’s mission.

The Summer 2012

Dean Jonathan Wickert and the Flying Monkeys Girl Scout troop

During the program, College of Engineering Dean Jonathan Wickert announced that each of the girls would receive a $1,000 scholarship should they decide in the future to pursue engineering at Iowa State. As he presented certificates to the excited 11- to 13-year old girls, he commented how honored he and the college would be to have each of them become Cyclone engineers. We are proud of the outstanding example the Flying Monkeys have been and congratulate them on their success and honors that they have received!

i Jason Major recognized in Fort Dodge Jason Majors is an outstanding volunteer and was

Jason, Maddy, and Jodi Major

recognized as one of our "Man of the Year" award recipients at the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Annual Meeting in 2011. In November, he was also recognized by the "Fort Dodge Today" Publication. In the article, it states that Maddy Major is responsible for her parents’ involvement in Girl Scouts, but, Jason has taken the reins from there volunteering as the Fall Product Chair, for events, community service projects, leading, and more. He volunteers with his wife, Jodi, and he states, "It’s nice to see the girls become more confident in themselves and helping them grow and mature. You can actually see one-on-one the positive things that Girl Scouts does that affects those girls.”

Thanks, Jason, for your positive involvement in the lives of our future leaders!


Waukee Service Unit - 100th Anniversary Challenges: Troops in the Waukee Service unit are well on their way to completing 100 challenges all involving 100 things (to celebrate Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary)! They are over halfway to success with 55 challenges completed! Here are some examples: • 3rd Grade Brownie Troop 776 tie 100 knots to make fleece hats (some of which will be donated to their local youth shelter). • 5th Grade Junior Troop 102 collected 100 pairs of eyeglasses for donation to the local Lions Club. They also helped out 100 younger kids at the Waukee YMCA After School Program. • Junior Troop 1050 made 100 "boo" pops for a local retirement home (one of the residents commented that she remembers making the same Halloween treat as a Girl Scout!) • 2nd grade Brownie troop 754 read for 100 minutes to the kids at Westview Preschool. • Cadette troop 61 managed to give up texting for 100 hours straight! They also made 100 Halloween treat holders which were given to Meals on Wheels for tray favors. • Junior Troop 996 collected 100 pounds of animal food for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. • Junior Troop 211 exercised in sets of 100. • Brownie Troop 37 made 100 servings of French Toast Casserole and • VOLUNTEER NEWS 100 cookies for Hope Ministry in Des Moines.





Camp Book will be in mailboxes soon! Look for all of the information on our website as well and register online! Register before March 16 and receive a $10 discount! Know someone who is looking for a great summer job? We're hiring summer camp staff!

PRODUCT PROGRAMS Marylee Rehm, Product Program Director,


January 7—13...................................... Cookies delivered to service unit delivery stations January 13............................................ Official kick-off date for 2012 GSGI Cookie Program—Cookies NOW! January 13—March 4....................... Cookies NOW! January 14—March 4....................... Cookie Booths March 7.................................................. Last Day Troop Can Enter Recognition Order in Snap March 10—24....................................... Recognitions mailed to cookie program chairs April 2—6............................................... Cookie Dough Swipe Cards distributed

Benefits of Cookies NOW! • less time consuming for customers, girls, parents, and volunteers • reduce order and delivery to one easy step • require less due dates and paperwork • give girls the opportunity to sell more cookies and earn more proceeds for troop activities • allow girls to earn recognitions and Cookie Dough through the entire program • provide Girl Scout Cookies on hand for customer’s immediate gratification and more sales!

Cookie Sale Options

Use your order card! Girl Scouts still receive a Cookie Order card, USE IT!! Don’t like having to order cases of cookies first? Take orders the first 2 or 3 weeks of the cookie sale and then place an order with your local Cookie Cupboard via the Planned Cookie Order. Pick up your cookies and deliver to customer before the last week of the sale, collect money, and turn it in by the payment schedule.

Online Cookie Sales

Take your cookie sales to the web! Girl Scouts can send E-Cards and post cookie sales on Facebook via Girls set their goals under the ABC Catch Goals, register their email address, and send a cookie order card via E-Cards to their friends and family members. Or girls 13+ can log onto Facebook and download the cookie app for online sales. Remember no money can be exchanged via the Internet. Please no listings on EBay or Craig's List.

Cookie Booths

Cookie Booths are a great way for Girl Scouts to get out in their communities and sell Girl Scout Cookies! Cookie Booths are set up at local businesses, churches, schools, events, and public areas where Girl Scouts can set up to sell cookies. Any Troop or Girl Scout interested in hosting a Cookie Booth must register their Cookie Booth at Cookie Costume and signs are available to check out at your local Girl Scout Office. Extra cookies are always available from your local Cookie Cupboard. Your local cookie booth will be searchable through our website! When people type in their zip code, all booths in their area will appear as available. This option will be on our website on January 7. Are you interested in receiving timely updates on all things pertaining to our Product Programs? Subscribe to receive our "Shout Out" enewsletter. Go to our website at (or from our homepage, go to forms and publications > product program forms).



Bullying and Teasing: No Laughing Matter Young girls and teens can very easily become victims of relational aggression (emotional bullying) and we've taken a stand against this form of bullying among girls. We want to also equip you, as parents and leaders, by giving you resources to use while working with the girls in your troops. Through our partnership with A Way Through, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa is offering Friendship Power workshops to address the issue of relational aggression. These workshops teach girls the power of being a good friend and how to react when someone is not being a real friend. Girls are shown what to do and say in uncomfortable situations with others. You can bring this awesome workshop to your area for free! This program is presented during the school day to provide simple tips, powerful tools, and practical advice on coaching 4th and 5th grade girls through hurtful friendship situations and/or female bullying. Please contact Carla Marcellus at 800-342-8389, 515 278-2881, or to get a Friendship Power workshop scheduled in your area. Together, we can work to ensure our girls are equipped with the tools and communication skills needed when faced with relational aggression or bullying. Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa has also purchased a membership with the Global Alliance for Preventing Relational Aggression (GAPRA). With this membership, any volunteer or member of the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa can access resources on bully prevention to work with children to improve their relationship skills. Every month there is a conference call by a different professional expert on bullying and how to prevent relational aggression. These conference calls can be accessed by going to and entering the Username: girlscoutsiowa and the Password: cookies123 into their system. Once you’re in the system, scroll down on the home page to see all the upcoming events that you have access to! Upcoming GAPRA Conference Calls: January 2012 Topic: “When and How to Report Bullying” Training Call: Tuesday, January 10, 2012: 4:00 PM CT 30 minutes Q&A Call: Monday, January 23, 2012: 2:00 PM CT 60 minutes *Special Faculty Call* “How Your Child’s Temperament Factors Into Bullying Situations” with Brenda Nixon Faculty Call: Tuesday, January 24, 2012: 11:00 AM CT 60 minutes February 2012 Topic: “‘Just Get Over It’ vs. ‘Just Be Nice’: Why Genderbased Advice for Girls with Friendship Problems Often Misses the Mark” Training Call: Tuesday, February 7, 2012: 3:00 PM CT 30 minutes Q&A Call: Monday, February 13, 2012: 10:30 AM CT 60 minutes

March 2012 Topic: “What to Do When Your Boss Is the Bully” Training Call: Wednesday, March 14, 2012: 11:00 AM CT 30 minutes Q&A Call: Monday, March 19, 2012: 2:30 PM CT - 60 minutes April 2012 Topic: TBA Training Call: Friday, April 13, 2012: 12:30 PM CT 30 minutes Q&A Call: Monday, April 16, 2012: 1:00 PM CT - 60 minutes

If you are interested in becoming a Relational Aggression Facilitator and leading learning sessions for Troop Leaders and Co-Leaders, please contact Deb Brewer at

Do you know someone who has experienced emotional bullying? Learn how to guide girls in grades 3-8 through those experiences with the “When Girls Hurt Girls” Parent Pack. You’ll receive the tools you need to teach and mentor girls to effectively manage emotional bullying!


Volunteer Awards/Recognition Update Valuable is the work you do Outstanding in how you always come through Loyal, sincere, and full of good cheer Untiring in your efforts throughout the year Notable are the contributions you make Trustworthy in every project you take Eager to reach your every goal Effective in the way you fulfill your role Ready with a smile like a shining star Special and wonderful - that's what you are!! - Anonymous

First Aid/CPR Classes Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa will be hosting several First Aid/CPR classes in the Des Moines Leadership Center. The dates for 2012 are as follows: February 11 March 10 April 14 June 9 July 14 August 11 September 8 October 13 November 10 December 8

No truer words were written to describe the women and men who deliver and support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for our girls. Together, we make a difference in girl’s lives and through our mission we have seen how girls have made a difference in our communities. Each year we pause to formally acknowledge the contributions of our volunteers and to recognize those whose works are truly exceptional and have exceeded the expectations of their volunteer role. In 2007, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) surveyed volunteers to find out how they wanted to be recognized. Here they are the results in order of the most meaningful: 1. Anything – formal or informal that came directly from the girls 2. Free learning opportunities 3. The GSUSA awards (badges, pins and certificates) GSUSA has also learned that some of the awards no longer meet the original intent. Emerging roles have been left out and some of the guidelines and nomination processes are unclear or becoming too hard to manage. Overall, they heard from you that this the right time to take a close look at which awards would continue to be offered by GSUSA while still upholding our valued traditions and history. The results are in! In addition to the Council Awards (Greater Iowa Award, Hall of Fame, Rookie of the Year, Teamwork, and Man of the Year,) the GSUSA awards that will continue are: • Thanks Badge and Thanks Badge • Honor and Appreciation Pins • President’s Award

Class Details: Sign in/registration: 8:30 – 9:00. Class: 9:00 a.m. (sharp) - 3:30 p.m. Lunch: There will be a 1/2 hour break for lunch. Participants will need to bring your own lunch and beverage. Cost: $30 for a two year certification. You must attend all day to receive your certification. Physical requirements for certification: Participants must be able to sit on the floor, perform appropriate chest compressions, and meet other physical requirements. Register online at

The pins that will be retiring in 2012 are: • Volunteer Service Pins I, II, and III • Volunteer Development Pin and Keys • Outstanding Leader and Outstanding Volunteer • Volunteer Trainer’s Pin • Leadership Pin and Leaves One new award will be put into place for 2012. It is the Volunteer of Excellence Award which recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through use of the National Program Portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members. We would like to personally thank you for your efforts and contribution of time and look forward to seeing you at our 100th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting in March (see page 6 for more details)! As information becomes available on changes and updates to the Adult Awards program it will be posted on our website.



Mark Your Calendar Governor’s Luncheon for Scouting – January 18, 2012

Join 600 business and civic leaders as they gather to support 40,000 Girl and Boy Scouting families at the Governor’s Luncheon JANUARY for Scouting. This one-of-a-kind event partners the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa and the Mid-Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Iowa’s Governor, Terry Branstad, will address guests about the impact Scouting has in developing leadership among Iowa’s boys and girls. Last year more than $158,000 was raised. This year’s goal is $200,000. If you are interested in attending, would like more information, or to volunteer, please contact Pat Grote at More information can also be found in the "donate" section of our website.


Capitol Girls – February 8, 2012 (application deadline is January 11). FEBRUARY


For 9-12 grade girls. Have you ever wondered how state government really works? Head to the Iowa State capitol Capitol on Wednesday, February 8, and spend the girls day learning what it's like to be a lawmaker in Iowa. Apply to be a part of this amazing, one-of-a-kind, experience by Wednesday, January 11!

Legislative Day at the Capitol – March 12, 2012 MARCH


Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa will kick off Girl Scout week with a Legislative Day at the Iowa Capitol. A proclamation will be issued by the Governor commemorating Girl Scouts' 100th Anniversary. Cake and ice cream will be served to Legislators and guests in the Capitol Rotunda during an afternoon celebration of Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday. For more information contact Linda Bisgaard at

Forever Green Gala - March 16, 2012

In celebration of Girl Scout’s 100th Anniversary, 100 women community leaders and Girl Scout alumnae will gather along with 400 other guests at the Forever Green Gala on March 16. The gala will benefit the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Beyond the typical dinner and dancing, the gala will feature flash mobs of Girl Scout alumnae reciting the Promise, a live auction of a Sticksdesigned art piece, Lego robotics tables, and more! This green-tie event will be held at Prairie Meadows Ballroom in Altoona, IA . Then you'll want to stick around for the Annual Meeting and 100th Anniversary Celebration the next day! For more information, or to volunteer, contact Pat Grote, MARCH


Annual Meeting & 100th Anniversary Celebration – March 17, 2012

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa will hold its Annual Meeting, Awards Luncheon, and 100th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, March MARCH 17 at the Prairie Meadows Ballroom in Altoona, IA. Celebrate the “Year of the Girl” with us as we reflect on Scouting’s past and take a look forward into the next 100 years. We will honor outstanding volunteers, salute Gold Award honorees, and commemorate excellence in Girl Scouting. Watch for more details soon. If you would like to help with this once in a lifetime celebration, contact Pat Grote at


Girl Scout Day at the Capitol – March 21, 2012 MARCH


For girls in grades 4-12. Come to this fun day at the Capitol to learn how government works in our state and what you can do as an Iowa Citizen to stay involved! We'll learn about the Capitol building and explore the State of Iowa Historical Building. Comfy walking shoes and a camera are a must for this day! Register by Friday, March 2.


Believe in Girls (B.I.G.) - March 31, 2012

Come together with hundreds of girls of all ages across MARCH Iowa for our biggest event of the year! The 2012 theme is Forever Green as we celebrate our 100th year! B.I.G. will feature fun science, fabulous technology, and engineering feats for everyone! We'll also showcase dance clinics, fashion shows, live music, Miss Iowa, a teen lounge, live demonstrations, projects, and much more! Join us at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny! Register by Friday, February 24.


100th Anniversary Camporee - Camp Sacajawea - May 18-20, 2012

For girls in grades K-12 and adults. Celebrate the 100th anniversary MAY of Girl Scouting and the 50th 18-20 anniversary of Camp Sacajawea! Join us as we take a look back through the decades. Dance, camp, craft, and explore your way through each time period. You can register for one or two nights. Register by Friday, April 27.

100th Anniversary Camporee - Camp Tanglefoot - August 18, 2012

For girls in grades K-12 and adults. Celebrate the 100th anniversary AUGUST of Girl Scouting and the 65th anniversary of Camp Tanglefoot. Activities throughout camp include the high and low ropes courses, water activities, outdoor cooking, face painting, arts & crafts, an international flag ceremony, archery, displays of Girl Scouting through the years, and much more! You can register for the day and have the option to spend the night at camp on Friday or Saturday as well. Register by Friday, July 27.


Also, don't miss... Historical Displays in libraries and museums across our jurisdiction. Call your Local Leadership center for details. Forever Green Take Action Projects Take the pledge. Start your project. Go to gsforevergreen to learn more. 100th Anniversary Merchandise is on sale now at all of our council shops and online! Don't forget to pick up your items today!


Girl Scouts of the USA is declaring 2012 the Year of the Girl. On the heels of 100 years of developing girls of courage, confidence, and character, the Year of the Girl is our move to rally the nation around the cause of girls’ leadership. We are working to break down societal barriers that hinder girls from leading in their own lives and from achieving success in business, technology, science, and virtually every other walk of life. Together, we can get her there. To learn more, visit



Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Resolution - we need your support!

A Girl Scout 100th Anniversary Resolution was recently introduced in Congress. Encourage your Members of Congress to support Girl Scouts of the USA by cosponsoring the Girl Scouts Centennial Resolution today!

10715 Hickman Rd. Des Moines, IA 50322 Leadership Center Locations: Council Bluffs, IA Des Moines, IA Fort Dodge, IA Mason City, IA Sioux City, IA

In celebration of 100 years of remarkable programming, research and advocacy, Girl Scouts has worked with Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Kay Granger (R-TX), and Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) to introduce the Girl Scout Centennial Resolution in the House and Senate. The Resolution would: • Commend the Girl Scouts for its remarkable national leadership development program that teaches girls to discover themselves and their values, connect with others, and take action to improve their world. • Recognize the Girl Scouts as a driving force behind research on girl issues related to leadership, health, and STEM (science, engineering, technology and math). • Celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts’ leadership and expertise as the voice for, and of, girls. Go to the Girl Scouts Advocacy Network at to contact your Members of Congress.

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Volunteer News is published four times annually as a service to the volunteers of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. Articles, photos, and suggested topics are welcome. Chair: Martha Krone CEO: Jamie Boersma 1860 Madison Ave, Ste 3 Council Bluffs, IA 51503 712-328-2338 800-422-2093 10715 Hickman Road Des Moines, IA 50322 515-278-2881 800-342-8389 112 S 3rd Street Fort Dodge, IA 50501 515-573-8141 80-798-8141 601 S Illinois Ave. Mason City, IA 50401 641-423-3044 800-657-5853 1515 Zenith Drive Sioux City, IA 51103 712-255-0187 800-746-8947 Girl Scout Mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

You can find us online in the following ways: Through Facebook and Twitter, we post information about upcoming events, Girl Scout media coverage, shop sales, cookie information, and a number of other important happenings. We have numerous event photos on our Flickr photostream and numerous videos on our YouTube site. Check it out! Our blog contains information about our various recruitment events… and in celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts, we’ve started an anniversary guest blog series featuring stories and memories from treasured alumnae and current members!

Every Girl Scout has a story, and your unique story is important to us! Do you remember... • The first time you went to camp with your sister Girl Scouts? • An exciting field trip or travel adventure? • The first time you asked someone to buy a box of cookies? • The volunteers who made it all possible? Whatever your story is, we'd love to hear it! You can submit your story by emailing us at Or, follow the home page link to submit your story online. We will contact you to obtain further information if needed (select stories, used with permission, will be gathered for Girl Scout promotion, Facebook entries, and/or our Blog). The more people who follow us, the more informed volunteers, parents, staff members, girls, and Girl Scout supporters will be! Go to to find the links to our social media sites.

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