Oshkosh Service Unit
November 2012 Minutes
2012 Cookie Program: What Can a Girl Do?
Oshkosh Cookie Training Date: Thursday, Dec 6
Oshkosh: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Oshkosh Armory, 1415 Armory Place Oshkosh WI 54901
If this date doesn’t work, please contact Sarah Roberts for alternate options.
*Junior level leader training- if anyone is interested please contact Heidi Halberg (920)236-0685. She is
willing to stay after cookie training to host a training specific to Junior leaders.
Oshkosh Cookie Rally Info: January 10, 2013 6pm-7:30pm at the National Guard Armory
Heidi questioned splitting the time by age levels or having the older girls working with the younger girls
during cookie rally- possibly planning some skits? Open to suggestions and anyone interested in helping
to plan the cookie rally should contact Heidi Halberg (920) 236-0685.
Regional “Rockin” Cookie Eve Event: Thursday, January 10 , 4-7 p.m. Appleton Service Center
Discussion Question: Within the Oshkosh Service Area, girl participation in the cookie program is at
79%, lower than in most Service Areas? How can we increase participation? How do you get your girls
Help your girls get excited about participation! The Service Areas with the greatest percentage
increase in girl participation, and greatest increase (by dollars) in Per Girl Selling avg. will get
dinner provided at a post-cookie sale Leader Meeting!
Journey Adult Guide Sets
GSUSA has recently introduced a special on the Journey Adult Guide Sets to help increase volunteer
engagement around the GSLE through the use of Journeys. We have decided to partner with GSUSA on
this and to offer the same promotion throughout our Council Shops. So starting immediately and effective
through the end of December 2012 we will be offering the Adult Journey Guide Sets in our shops for the
reduced price of $10, a savings of over 33%!
*Heidi shared that she has a junior level journey if anyone would like to borrow it. She also noted that if
troops purchase a journey you could trade/share with others to cut down troop costs so communicate with
Teen Leadership Opportunities:
Girl’s Leadership Council:
If you have older girls who are interested in Leadership, check out the new Girl’s Leadership Council, just
for Girls in grades 7-12. Girls participating will have all sorts of unique opportunities, including STEM
programming, special events, trainings, and more!
The introductory meeting will be held at the Appleton Service Center, Tuesday, Nov. 27 , from 6-8. For
more information, contact Erin Dunlavy- firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeking Girl members for GSNWGL Board of Directors
The Board Development Committee is very pleased to share with you two new and very exciting
leadership opportunities for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors. Starting with the 2012-13 school year
we will have two girls (ages 16-18) serving as non-voting members on our GSNWGL Board of Directors.
We are also inviting girls (ages 14-18) to apply to join a council board committee. Girls interested in
these opportunities for the 2013-14 school year need to apply now! Applications and position
descriptions for both of these opportunities are available on our council website
http://www.gsnwgl.org/about/governance.html. Applications for GSNWGL Board of Director positions are
due Friday, November 30. The two girl board members will be elected at our Annual Meeting on May 4,
If you have contact with girls who are qualified and meet the age requirement for either of these positions,
please encourage them to apply. You may also recommend girls for either of these positions
by completing the Girl Recommendation form http://www.gsnwgl.org/public/downloads/gsnwgl-board-girl-
member-recommendation.pdf which is also located on our website. Let's make sure that girls have the
opportunity to take their leadership experience to a new level in our council! Questions? Contact Theresa
Brady, Assistant to the CEO, at 888.747.6945 or email@example.com.
Bring a Friend: November is a great time to host a troop “Bring a Friend” event! If you need “Bring a
friend” Ideas, contact your Community Development staff member!
Council Service Fee
At the November 2011 National Girl Scout Convention, delegates representing each U.S. Girl Scout
council adopted a resolution allowing councils to add a “council service fee” to the national membership
dues. As national membership dues benefit only the national organization and not our Council directly,
adding a council service fee would benefit Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes (GSNWGL).
For the 2012-2013 membership year, GSNWGL will not add a council service fee. However, to help
decide if we would add a council service fee in future membership years—and if so, how much the
fee would be—we want your input. We collected data about factors related to the fee through a
survey. Council delegates will be presenting the results of that survey at October and November
Service Area Leader Meetings. You can give your input about the data or about the service fee
through delegates or directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your help!
Upcoming Outdoor Programs
Jan 12 – Winter Survival at Camp Sacajawea– 1:00 pm – 5:00pm - $12/girl
Experience winter survival at camp, learn how to build a shelter outside, cook over a fire and learn the
basic skills on how to live in this winter wonderland!
Jan 26-27 – Winter Teen Retreat at Camp Birch Trails- 11:00 am – 10:00 am - $35/girl
Sleep over at Camp Birch Trails and enjoy the beauty of winter as you sled, snowshoe, experience the
thrill of a dog sled ride, and more!
If you’re interested in any of these events please register online. If you have questions, please don’t
hesitate to contact the Outdoor Program Team: 888.747.6945
Danielle Polzin, Outdoor Program Manager: email@example.com
From Adult Development:
Reminder: Every volunteer must update their application and online background check every 3 years.
This can be done online, via our website, and is quick and easy. Our online portal is almost 3 years old,
so if the last time you completed an application was on paper, you are probably due for an update!
2013 Leadership Conference: Finding Your Path!
Date: Saturday, March 16 , 2013
Location: Tundra Lodge Hotel and Waterpark, Green Bay, WI
Grades: Girl Scout Cadettes-Ambassadors and Adult Volunteers
Conference Cost Includes: Friday evening social activities, coffee/morning snack, five breakout
sessions, buffet lunch, keynote address, informational displays, Girl Scout Shop, and a chance to win
exciting door prizes!
Complete Registration materials and online registration will be available in December, 2012. For
more information, please contact the Adult Development Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or
888.747.6945, ext. 3341.
Holiday Craft: Heidi had used Elmer’s glue to glue 2 pieces of holiday fabric together (or could glue
fabric to construction paper) to make the fabric stiff. Girls could cut out shapes tracing cookie cutters and
string them together to make garland for a tree or décor. Heidi has several pair of decorative cut scissors
if any troops wish to borrow them.