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MARCH 2012

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Welcomes Our New CEO We are excited that Jamie Boersma has taken on her new role as Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. She brings new energy, ideas, and enthusiasm to our council! She has a long standing history of working hard, helping improve the lives of others, and giving back to her community.

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa CEO Jamie Boersma

Prior to coming to Greater Iowa, Boersma served as Vice President of Development at Special Olympics Iowa for more than two years, which she said helped her prepare for this leadership role.

“I was able to help improve the lives of Iowans with intellectual disabilities during my time at Special Olympics Iowa, and met some really amazing people along the way,” Jamie stated. “It was my honor and privilege to learn about the different communities that make up the great state of Iowa.” Boersma worked at AT&T for more than thirty years prior to Special Olympics Iowa. During her time there, she traveled across the country, which she said helped her gain a tremendous amount of experience and gain a new perspective on the world. Her position at AT&T eventually brought her to Iowa from her home state of Kansas in 1997. Boersma attributes her strong ethic and will to her mother, who always taught Jamie she had the power to do anything in life. “My mother was a very successful woman and she inspired me to be the best I could be. She taught me I could do anything in life if I just set my mind to it,” she said. “She said the doors were open and all I had to do was walk through them.” She said she hopes to instill the same qualities in girls throughout Iowa as she begins her new journey here at our Council. Her initial interest in Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa stems from her experience on the Girl Scouts Board of Directors, where she served as Board Chair for six years. Jamie is thrilled to be back and to have the opportunity to help build bright futures for girls.


Scouting Spotlight..........2 Product Program............2 100th Anniversary......2-3 Annoucements...............4 Summer Camp................5 Product Program............5 ToGetHerThere..........6-7 SoS, Seniors......................8

Early Bird Registration 2012-2013

Register for the next Girl Scout membership year during our 'Early Bird' Registration time frame and benefit your Girl Scout/troop! Early Bird registration is from March 12 May 15, 2012.

• All troops that 'Early Bird' will receive an additional 3% profit on nuts sold during the fall product program. • All girls who register as an Early Bird will receive a free patch! • Registration packets are available through your Girl Services Manager or through your Leadership Center. • Re-register a minimum of five girls and two adults between March 15-May 15. • Beat the rush next fall and take care of your registrations now! Watch our website or call your local Leadership Center today for more information!

Scouting Spotlight FLYING MONKEYS (as written by their leader, Melissa Murray) A lot has been going on these last many months. The girls have continued to work towards the goal of filing their patent and moving closer to making the BOB-1 available to those who will benefit. They have been to banquets, breakfasts, and other gatherings to share their story. They have studied and worked with CAD (computer assisted drafting) to create 3D images of the device. They have done patent searches and analyses. They have been honored, welcomed, and recognized. Yet the girls have remained true to themselves. They have given back. They sponsored Girl Scout of Greater Iowa FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) teams, volunteered at the FLL State Championship, and more. They continue to have fun and laugh (a LOT!). The team was honored to be among the few that were invited to participate in the 2012 White House Science Fair and were able to meet President Obama. They are joining more than 100 other students, from 45 different states at the White House . A small contingent of Flying Monkeys arrived in DC to represent the whole team. This was an amazing opportunity and honor for everyone. Click below for some links to articles about our adventure in D.C. Meanwhile, those that stayed in Iowa were busy as well. Together, the team wrote the majority of their conversion application (to go from a one year provisional patent to a full utility patent) and were prepared to submit it. The Iowa contingent worked directly with our patent lawyers at McKee, Voorhees and Sease to file the patent application on February 8. Two unbelievably impressive happenings! The things they have done continue to defy all odds. I cannot say how privileged I feel to have been working with such a stellar group of girls. Keep your eyes open for all of them. These girls are going places!!!!! These short paragraphs don't do it all justice. You can visit their FaceBook page or their website ( for more information!

100th Anniversary Celebration! National Take Action Project Girl Scouts around the world are learning about saving energy with Girl Scouts Forever Green (GSFG). Girls taking part in our 100th anniversary Take Action project are replacing incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR® qualified (or other energyefficient) light bulbs and urging their friends and family members to do the same. The biggest birthday bash of the century is going on now as we celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts! Celebrate the “Year of the Girl” with us as we reflect on how Girl Scouting has changed throughout the years. We’ll commemorate Juliette Gordon Low, and her innovation of the Girl Scout Movement, back on March 12, 1912. We’re throwing our own birthday party for new girls to join and experience the fun we have in Girl Scouts. We need your girl power to help blow out all the candles! To learn more, go to our website at:


In addition, we hope everyone will participate in Earth Hour by turning off lights from 8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. “Earth Hour and Girl Scouts of the USA have a common purpose: to create a better environment for future generations,” said Andy Ridley, co-founder and executive director of Earth Hour. “Girl Scouts of the USA’s participation in Earth Hour illustrates without question what can be achieved when people unite with a common purpose and rally to action.” Encourage all GSFG participants to go to the GSFG website to register their projects and month-long results and take the GSFG Pledge.

100th Anniversary Celebration! Build-A-Bear: New national licensees are helping us celebrate our 100th

with style and fun. On March 16, Build-A-Bear Workshop introduces its firstever licensed Girl Scout collection, consisting of a “stuff-able” 15-inch 100th anniversary-themed bear and separately sold Daisy, Brownie, and Junior uniforms. A pre-stuffed version of the bear and the outfits are also available via Build-ABear’s e-commerce site. You can find Build a Bear at West Des Moines, Jordan Creek Town Center and in Omaha at Oak View Mall.

build a Bear Workshop

Lim ite d Ed iti on !

Annual Meeting: We had a fabulous time at our Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 17.

Thank you to all who attended and made this day special. Thank you also to all the volunteers who participated in our "walk through the century" fashion show - you looked fabulous in those vintage uniforms! Look for more information to come about all the adult awardees. Also, check out our gold award recipient video on our YouTube channel (click on the YouTube link on our home page).

Greater Iowa Blog: We have been celebrating your stories all year in our 100th Anniversary Guest Blog series. Here are some samples experiences that we've highlighted (be sure to read them all on our blog - click on the blogger link on our home page). We'd also love to hear your story! Every story is special and unique - just email us at!

My name is Lori Emery and I am new to Iowa, but not new to Girl Scouts. I am proud to say that Girl Scouts has been part of my life for more than 30 years . Girl Scouts teaches girls so many things. Each and every one of [my troop members] gives back to other organizations, going above and beyond any requirements for Girl Scouts. They are smart, think for themselves, and are goal-oriented. It is my hope that they will all become Girl Scout leaders themselves one day. Juliette Gordon Low said, "Scouting rises within you and inspires you to put forth your best." I find this to be true and know that the values of Girl Scouts have taught not just me but generations of girls to how to make the world a better place!

I'm Sandi TuckerStanbro and I like to think of my Girl Scout history as rich and full. My mother was my leader when I was a girl, and I remember the excitement of selling cookies and going to camp, having troop meetings and sleepovers with my Girl Scout buddies. It’s funny how things come full circle. Today, I proudly volunteer as Service Unit Manager for Oskaloosa Girl Scouts, and am the mother of a Cadette Juliette, Maycie. My particular Service Unit is compromised of a diverse set of some of the smartest and hardest working women I’ve had the honor to know. Being involved with Girl Scouts has been an honor, and getting to know these women not just as Girl Scout sisters, but as true lifelong friends, has been a dream come true.

Hello my name is Ronette Bruner. I am in 11th grade this year. I feel I have gained great confidence by attending events and programs provided by Girl Scouts. I have met many girls through Girl Scouting and have made many friends. I have met adults as well as peers through the community. I feel Girl Scouts has molded my character into the responsible leader of today. The best thing about being a Girl Scout is being able to do things you never thought possible. Girl Scouting has helped me develop character by putting me in different positions which has helped me take on many different roles in different fields that I normally would not have tried. This has given me the opportunity to become a stronger person and help me develop into a morally strong young adult.

My name is Christy Schettler and I have been a Girl Scout for as long as I can remember. When I was a young Girl Scout, my leader was Miss Kitty (Taylor) and she was awesome! I am now the proud mom of 25 girls (give or take) twice a month! I am honored to be a Girl Scout Leader and watch these young girls become young women. They are now excelling in so many avenues sports, school plays, state competitions, National Honor Society, and I hope Girl Scouts played a small role in the girls becoming so confident and successful. We are blessed to be in a small town and are able to volunteer on a regular basis. We also have a little fun like our high school girls will be celebrating Girl Scouts 100th birthday with a trip to Savannah, GA in June.

I’m Susan Cartsonis and I'm a Hollywood Producer. I've produced movies like Beastly, Aquamarine, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I try to make conscious creative decisions because women and girls are looking at the images portrayed on the screen closely. I’ve learned that through storytelling, decisions we make we have the capacity to empower through entertainment and bring about positive personal and social change. My friend, actress Geena Davis, founded and institute,, that examines how we are influenced by how women are portrayed on screen and how to improve things by making minor changes in the way that women are shown on screen. We need more women OWNERS of film and media companies to really shake things up. We need the next generation of storytellers to help change things.



Council Announcements & Events

If you haven't checked it out yet, you should! It's new - it's fresh - and it's just for you!

Service Unit Structure Survey Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa values your input! We are interested in hearing from you regarding your Service Unit Communities. Here are a few of the things we are interested in knowing: Do you attend Service Unit Meetings? If you don't, why not? What is the most valuable thing that is a part of the meetings? What changes would you like to see made?

2,000 girls and adults from across Iowa will be attending our biggest event of the year! Registration has now closed, but, below is a reminder for all of you who have signed up.

We look forward to...


• Outstanding Teen & Lil Miss Iowa

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Please go online and take our brief survey so that we can create Service Unit Communities across our jurisdiction that reach and support the most volunteers.

9 am - 3 pm

FFA Enrichment Center

WHERE: DMACC Ankeny Campus

The survey will be open through the end of March.

1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy Ankeny, IA 50021

Personify E-Business (aka Personify Ebiz) We are giving you a 'heads up' for an exciting change that we are making to our tracking and registering processes. This new process, called Ebiz, is slated to be available in early fall of next year, but, we need some information from you now! Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa has been using a membership database for a couple years called "Personify". This system is used to house and track customers (members, parents, emergency contacts, schools, etc.) Ebiz is a phase of our database and is a "front door" that will give our members (you) access to your records to re-register as a member, purchase a lifetime membership, make a donation, and update your contact information. New members may also join through Ebiz. Official annual membership was not able to be done online before this system, so, we are anxious to roll this out!

Want to reconnect? Volunteer!

• Zumba® large group session • Miss Iowa, Jessica Pray

• ISU Dept of Engineering breakout session • Magician • Super Seller Recognition • Fashion Show • Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds

Upcoming Event: Cupcake Chaos Who loves Cupcake Wars and Ace of Cakes? This event will give you the chance to bake your hearts out! Learn the secrets of how to make these tasty treats and then find out how to decorate like the pros! Date: Friday, April 13th, 2012

In order for us to move forward and have a successful rollout, all members must have a valid email address on their current record. A parent's email may be used for all their girl's accounts. All members and potential members will create a login and password to access the system. To ensure we have a current and valid email address, please send your name and email address to If you have more than one daughter, please include each girl's name.

Time: 6 - 8 p.m.

We can already register online for programs, camp, and adult trainings. This process will soon be streamlined through Ebiz as well. So, the process may look a little different, but, you'll still be able to process all of that online. Stay tuned for more information to come!

Parents are free for this event, but the activities are going to be done primarily by the girls to maximize their experience.


Location: Breaktime Bakery

122 East Main St, Cherokee, IA

Cost: $12/girl Deadline to register: April 2, 2012 (Register online!) Girl Limit: 30 girls

Register for

Summer Camp 2012

Camp Open House

Tour camp, meet the counselors, find out where you will sleep and swim, make a craft and/or play a game!

Joy Hollow ; June 9, 2012 ; 1 - 4 p.m.

Camp Tanglefoot ; June 9, 2012 ; 1 - 4 p.m. If you have not received your camp book by mail, please contact us at and we'll make sure you get your copy!

Camp Sacajawea ; June 10, 2012 ; 1 - 4 p.m.

Product Programs Marylee Rehm, Product Program Director,

We are done selling cookies for the year and we are busy tallying the results from the program. In the mean time, you may have a few boxes around your house. Below are some sample pie recipes for you! There are even more recipes on our baker's website and you can even submit your own creations!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Prep: 25 minutes + Chill time: 4 hours Ingredients: • 1-1/3 cups Peanut Butter Patties, crushed + more for garnish • 5 tablespoons butter, melted • 1 package (3-1/2 ounce) vanilla or white chocolate pudding • 1-1/2 cups milk • 1/3 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy Preparation: Remember to allow chill time. Combine crumbs and butter. Press into a 9-inch pie plate. Combine pudding and milk until dissolved. Stir in peanut butter. Pour into pie shell. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Crush additional cookies over top as garnish when ready to serve.

Thin Mint Grasshopper Pie

Prep: 15 min. + freezing; Yield: 8 Servings Ingredients • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk • 15 drops green food coloring • 24 Thin Mint cookies, divided • 2 cups whipped topping • 1 chocolate crumb crust (9 inches)* Directions for crust: * You can purchase a pre-made crust, or you can make your own crust with Thin Mints. • 10 oz. Thin Mints, crushed • 3 tablespoons butter, melted Mix together, press in pan. Directions for pie: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in milk until smooth. Beat in the food coloring. Coarsely crush 16 cookies; stir into the cream cheese mixture. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon into the crust. Cover and freeze overnight. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with remaining cookies. Yield: 8 servings.



TOGETHERTHERE Chances are that you are involved in our organization in many ways. However you are involved, as a parent, or as a parent and a volunteer, as a donor, as a volunteer and an alumnae... whatever that reason, you have a vested interest in the well being and growth of girls. You are involved for a reason, and we need you.

Parents/Guardians You want your daughter’s future to be even brighter than you can imagine; when you encourage her to stay in Girl Scouts, you make this happen.

Girl Scouts helps your daughter and all girls gain the confidence to be who she wants to be and to stand up to peer pressure that tells her to be ordinary and mocks her big dreams. By enrolling your daughter in Girl Scouts, you are preparing her to be part of a world where gender-balanced leadership is the norm, and where women and men play an equal role in making decisions that change our world.

We’re calling on all members of society to help girls reach their full potential. Who else do you know that would make a great volunteer? Your interests and life experiences make you the perfect person to be a new kind of role model for girls, someone who creates a safe environment where girls work together and every girl feels free to work toward her highest aspirations. Girl Scout leadership can take many forms, from being president of the United States to being a stay-at-home mom, as long as girls have the confidence to pursue whatever they truly want to do.

Alumnae As a Girl Scout, you were part of something big and powerful, an international sisterhood that helped you become who you are

Recent research indicates that today’s girls want to lead but are often challenged by peer pressure, lack of mentors, and bullying. Girl Scouts is calling on all members of society to help girls reach their leadership potential. When you partner with Girl Scouts, you help provide a safe environment where girls work together and every girl feels free to work toward her highest aspirations. However you choose to contribute, be it through corporate sponsorship or by providing a safe place where Girl Scouts can meet, your support is an investment in girls’—and society’s— future.


Volunteers As a Girl Scout volunteer, your unique talents bring about change— for girls, and in turn, for society.

Girls today are in greater need than ever of the kind of belonging Girl Scouts offers—an environment where their unique skills and interests are supported and encouraged as they become tomorrow’s leaders. When you invest in Girl Scouts, you honor your own childhood experience and help today’s girls make their dreams a reality.

Donors/Partners The future of all girls can be even brighter than we can imagine, but Girl Scouts needs your help to make it happen. Ultimately, your contribution will help create a world of genderbalanced leadership, where women have an equal part in making the decisions that change our world.

In the past 30 years, there has only be a one percent increase in the number of women in the U.S. Congress. If each of us gives a girl our time and support today, she can find the courage, confidence, and character she'll need to be a leader in her community tomorrow.



Summer of Service 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

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3 months 4,000 hours of service Making a real difference

Summer of Service encourages young Americans to fulfill their desire, energy and ability to make a real difference in their communities. Similar to Girl Scouts, Summer of Service will help girls enhance their leadership skills and make a difference not only in their community, but possibly the world! This is our second summer of service and we had such a great outpouring of service that our new challenge to you is 4,000 hours of service from May 1 – August 1. Just think of the impact that we can make! Our web link will soon be available for registering your hours of service, so keep your eyes open for that. We'll also be tracking it online so you can see the progress that we are making!

Here's your chance to start talking with your troops about how you can make a difference this summer - then, put your plan into action!

Troops With Graduating Seniors

All graduates will be recognized in the next issue of the Connect newsletter. Please have all seniors submit the following information, as well as a picture* to! Information must be received by April 30, 2012. This is what we’d like to know:

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.

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Name Address, City, State & Zip Phone Number, Email or way to contact you High School Years in Girl Scouting and Troop # Most Memorable Experience in Girl Scouting Plans for the future ( job, college, major, etc.) Did you earn a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award? If so, what was/were your project(s)?

Answer these questions and email your information and picture* to or mail your information with picture* to: Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, ATTN: Connect Newsletter, 1515 Zenith Drive, Sioux City, IA 51103

Chair: Martha Krone CEO: Jamie Boersma

*All pictures become the property of the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. Digital pictures preferred.

Money Earning Quiz

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.

How familiar are you with money earning guidelines? Take this 10 second quiz to test your knowledge. Answers below. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Every money-earning project must have written approval from the VP of Fund Development four weeks prior to the project date. T or F Girls at all program age levels may participate in money-earning projects. T or F Each girl must be currently registered and have written permission from her parent or guardian before participation in a money earning project. T or F Troops may hold as many money-earning projects as necessary (each with approval) to support troop activities. Sample projects include, but are not limited to: bake sales, car washes, dances for families, and gift wrapping services. T or F Girl Scouts may not raise money for other organizations. However, girls may contribute a portion of their troop treasury to organizations or projects they feel are worthwhile. T or F A Girl Scout troop is allowed to participate in product sales ONLY with licensed vendors of Girl Scouts of the USA. This includes the Cookie Program Sale and the fall Troop Opportunity Sale. Girls may not sell coupon books, candy bars or any other branded items not approved by Girl Scouts of the USA licensing. T or F

Did you guess True for every question? You rock! More information about Money Earning Projects can be found at http://www.girlscoutsiowa. org/forms/general/Troop_Money_Earning_Project_Guidelines_PDF.pdf. Still have questions? Contact your Service Unit Manager or Girl Services Manger.

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Volunteer News for Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa - March 2012