Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers October 2017

October 2017

Thank you!

We’re excited to announce that Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains now serves over 10,000 girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. And we owe this largely to you – our volunteers – and your continued dedication to inspiring the future leaders of tomorrow. Your hard work creates a safe space for our girls to grow and learn in an environment that teaches them to empower themselves.
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Girl Scouts Are the Experts on Girl Leadership

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is aware of Boy Scouts of America’s decision announced yesterday to allow girls into their program. With more than 100 years of experience and expertise in the field, Girl Scouts brings a wealth of knowledge to programs that meet the unique needs and specific interests of girls, including the way they learn best. That’s why we believe and will continue our girl-led, girl-centered programming which empowers the future leaders of tomorrow.
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Gearing Up for an “Altogether Awesome” Girl Scout Cookie Season

Mark your calendars, the Girl Scout Cookie Program starts January 1, 2018!
After much discussion and input from our volunteers, our board of directors have voted and approved an increase to the price of Girl Scout Cookies from $4.00 to $5.00 per package. Specialty cookies like Girl Scouts S’mores and Toffee-tastics will stay at $5.00 per package. This increase aligns us with most of our neighboring councils and ensures our ability to continue providing girls in New Hampshire and Vermont with high quality, engaging, and unique programming.

Troop proceeds will also increase from an average of .64 cents per package last year up to .90 cents per package in 2018, enabling girls to support and give back to their communities and fund new adventures and life-changing opportunities. From domestic and international trips to a week at Camp Farnsworth, our volunteers and girls know that Girl Scout Cookies help make it all possible!

Updated Volunteer Policies and Procedures

Council Policies and Procedures for Volunteers have been updated and effective October 1, 2017. All policies remain the same, and some significant procedural changes include:
• The background check renewal process will occur every 3 years instead of 5 years.
• New York City is no longer considered an extended trip as long as it is 2 nights or less.
• Smoking and use of electronic cigarettes is not allowed on Girl Scout properties.
• Volunteers should contact customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org for all inquiries where they will be directed to the appropriate staff person when necessary.

Download the Policies and Procedures

Troop Banking

Stay tuned for information and training on the new Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) Finance tab in early November. Troops will be able to enter income and expenses, indicate their troop’s status for the next year, attach items to their annual troop finance submission to council, and more. In the meantime, troops should continue to use the Annual Finance Report sheets available on our website to track their income and expenses.

TD Bank Accounts When opening a bank account at TD Bank, please note that it should be set up as a non-profit checking account. If your troop bank account is getting hit with bank fees, please contact the TD Branch where the account was opened and have them verify that the troop account is set up as a non-profit checking account. Still having trouble? Contact Customer Care.

Weekend and Extended Store Hours

Busy schedule and can’t make it to the Mountain Top Shop? No problem! Our Mountain Top Shop locations in Bedford and Williston will be holding weekend and extended store hours this month.
• Saturday, October 14: 10 am – 1 pm
• Tuesday, October 17: 5 – 7 pm

And don’t forget, our shop is also available online 24/7.
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Upcoming Store Closures
Our Mountain Top Shop location in Williston will be closed Friday, October 13.

Help Unleash Her Potential

A Girl Scout family in New Hampshire recently pledged $50,000 in a matching challenge to council! What does that mean? With your help, GSGWM can continue providing vital programming to over 10,000 girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont – helping them flex their leadership muscles, discover the outdoors, and explore the world of STEM.

Matching Challenge Details
The family has pledged $50,000 toward GSGWM’s Unleashing Her Potential campaign, but only if we can raise $200,000 toward the campaign between September 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018! The first $100,000 of the $200,000 goal must be committed by December 29, 2017. When the first milestone is met, the family will make their first matching gift of $25,000.
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Take the Lead with GSGWM programs

We are looking for volunteers to lead STEM and Leadership programs and guest speakers to participate in STEM programs around our council in New Hampshire and Vermont. The time commitment is flexible – most programs are only a few hours. Interested? Contact Customer Care for more information.

Upcoming Activities

Sleeping Under the Stars – November 11-12, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
Join us after hours to explore exhibits, enjoy hands-on activities, and be wow’d by the night sky in our planetarium theater.

Paint Your World – November 19, Burlington, VT
Work with local artists to learn tips and techniques to create a canvas unique to you!

Halloween Party – October 26, Various locations
Show off your costume and celebrate Juliette’s birthday with wicked sweet treats and spooky fun at our free event.

Fall Back into Girl Scouting Lock-In – November 4-5, Somersworth, NH
Join Girl Scout Troop 20447 for a night of fun and camaraderie, including activities for troops of all age levels like swimming, dance party, friendship gorp buffet, and more.

Halloween Safety Event- Saturday, October 28 from 12 – 2 pm, Aiken 108 at UVM
International Girls Day – November 11 from 1 – 4 pm, Aiken 108 at UVM
Contact Lila Dolan at kdalphathetacommunityservice@gmail.com for more information or to sign up for these free programs.

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