Monthly Archives: January 2014

Winter Events, Annual Meeting, & Spring Sneak-Peaks!

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Girl Scouts have three more chances to earn their Girl Scouts of MT & WY Winter Olympics 2014 Gold Medal!
In honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Girl Scouts of MT & WY is hosting winter sports programs to promote healthy living and outdoor adventure! Attend two GSMW ‘Winter Olympics’ programs and earn a ‘Girl Scouts Gold Medal’. Check out some of the events below and at www.GSMW.org for more info on the Winter Olympics programs.
Four girls will receive the first gold medals at the Dogsledding event on February 8th.  Congratulations!
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Check out the upcoming events for Girls & Adults:

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Miss Representation

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014;  6:00 PM 8:00 PM; for all middle school girls – even non-Girl Scouts, so bring a friend!
The University of Montana Sororities invite middle school girls to their place to watch a film about girls’ empowerment. Along with the film and some snacks, girls will play games, make an action plan, and discuss the importance of knowing your own power and thinking for yourself. At this event, girls will watch the documentary ‘Miss Representation’ which explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media’s limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.
This event is FREE and open to middle school Girl Scouts, their female middle school friends, and supervising adults. To register, please call Julie Bryant (406-243-5527), the program coordinator for UM’s sororities. Prepare to give her the first and last names of all attendees as well as their phone numbers. Registration through GSMW is not available for this event.
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Harlem Globetrotters Friends & Family Night

The Globetrotters will be coming to play an exhibition game in Missoula from 7PM to 9PM on February 28th, 2014 and want you, your friends, and family to be there.  With the sale of 50 tickets, troop purchasers will have the opportunity to promote Girl Scout cookie sales and present The Harlem Globetrotters with the ‘Best Cookies Ever’ or other incentives like giving High Fives to the team as they take the court. To order tickets please contact: Carl Pavlock at 1.800.641.4667 ext.120 or pavlock@harlemglobetrotters.com.  Full details here: http://gsmw.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=1341

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Winter Olympics Skiing

At Montana Snowbowl on Saturday, March 1st from 9AM to 12PMFor grades K-12 – not open to adults, but we would love some adult assistance!  Please call or email (sarahm@gsmw.org, 1.800.736.5243 x2306) to help wrangle the girls.  Rentals, Lessons, and a full lift ticket all for just $23!  Learn from Snowbowl’s instructors and enjoy the mountain air.  This is a “Winter Olympics” event – girls who participate in at least two “Winter Olympics” events will earn their “Girl Scout Gold Medal”.  Full details here:  http://gsmw.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=1361
Registration deadline: February 14th
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Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Girls & Adults)

Saturday, March 8th from 10AM to 12:30PM at Lolo Pass Visitor’s Center (for grades 2-12).  Adults must be registered Girl Scouts members.

In honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Girl Scouts of MT & WY is hosting winter sports programs to promote healthy living and outdoor adventure! Attend two GSMW ‘Winter Olympics’ programs and earn a ‘Girl Scouts Gold Medal’.   The registration fee includes cross-country ski rentals and instruction from a certified cross-country ski instructor.  Also, for each car parking at the visitor center, you will need to purchase a day parking permit for $5. All the more reason to carpool! Keep in mind, the program ends around lunch time, so bring cold lunches if you would like to enjoy them at the pass. There will be limited time spent indoors, so proper winter & water-resistant apparel is required.  Brownies must be accompanied by a registered parent or troop leader.

Participants will need to report their age, height, and shoe size in the ‘special needs’ box upon registration through ebiz to reserve gear at the Trailhead in Missoula. The Trailhead has generously given us half-off of all ski equipment to make this an affordable experience for our girls. Participants will need to pick up their rental equipment the night before the event and we will arrange to have the equipment returned on Saturday after the event.  $8/girl;  $10/adult.

Registration deadline: February 24;  Register for this program online

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Missoula Town Hall Annual Meeting (Adults & Girls)

This year’s Annual Meeting business will be conducted differently this year.  This format (Town Hall Meeting) will provide members with an opportunity to engage in dialogue with council staff on matters of importance to Girl Scouts. It is also an opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate local volunteers in their own communities! Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 from 11:00 AM 2:00 PM;  $15/Girl; $15/Adult

In Missoula on March 15th, all members are invited to attend a town hall meeting of their choice to:

  • Hear the state of the council report
  • Discuss council direction with staff
  • Celebrate our awesome volunteers!

Participants at each site will enjoy a luncheon or dinner with peers and staff while receiving information on the state of the council, participating in discussions about current council direction and participating in a traditional S.W.A.P.S. exchange.   Each meeting will conclude with a volunteer recognition celebration.  If you are a volunteer receiving recognition, and you want to invite your family members under the age of 14, your local Community Development Manager can register them on your behalf.

A registration fee of $15.00 will be assessed for each attendee and the fee will be reimbursed to volunteers who receive awards. The fee includes lunch/dinner meal.  Please follow this link for more information.  This event is open to girls and adults.

Registration deadline: March 7;  Register for this program online ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Winter Olympics Curling (Girls & Adults)

Saturday, March 22nd from 12PM to 1:30PM at Glacier Ice Rink on the Missoula Fairgrounds.  For girls in grades K-12 and their parents!  Adults do not have to be registered Girl Scouts members.  In honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Girl Scouts of MT & WY is hosting winter sports programs to promote healthy living and winter activity! Attend two GSMW ‘Winter Olympics’ programs and earn a ‘Girl Scouts Gold Medal’.  Girl Scouts and their parents are invited to Missoula’s Glacier Ice Rink to enjoy playing and learning about the Olympic sport of curling.  Players take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called “rocks”, across the ice towards a target area. Teams want to score the most points possible by sliding the stone closest to the center of the target.
Curlers from the Missoula Curling Club will teach participants about the history and rules of curling. Then, everyone will get to try their hand at sliding the 42-pound “rock” down the curling lanes. Girls, bring your parents along and enjoy some time with them on the ice learning about the relatively new Olympic sport that originated in medieval Scotland in the mid-1500s.  Because of the nature of the sport – heavy rocks & slippery ice – this event is not open to tagalongs, but adult relatives of registered Girl Scouts are welcome to register to attend and participate.  $8 for girls and adults.

Registration deadline: March 10th

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Keep an Eye out for:

Engineer That, Girl!  Missoula Senior Citizen’s Center on Saturday, March 29th from 9:30AM to 12PM.  Girls in grades 2-8 will enjoy science-based activities focused on engineering.  Women engineers and students will lead girls through hands-on, innovative, and fun activities that will get them excited about engineering and design.  PLUS, local engineering organizations and other science-based organizations will have booths full of fun facts and freebies for the girls to take home.  Breakfast pastries will be served along with hot drinks.  BRING a FRIEND!  Open to ALL GIRLS IN GRADES 2-12!  Stay tuned for more details.  This event is not yet on our GSMW site, so check back for registration and price details.

Night at the Museum at SpectrUM Discovery Area on Friday, April 25th from 6PM to 8PM.  Girls in grades 2-8 will enjoy more science fun as we take over the SpectrUM science museum for the night.  SpectrUM’s savvy staff will lead girls through activities and we’ll enjoy a pizza dinner.  Again, this event is not yet on the GSMW site, so please check back for details on pricing and registration.  We hope this event will kickoff our SciGirls club that will meet once a week at SpectrUM after school.  This will be an incredible opportunity for our girls to get a jump on their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math!

Animal Badge Workshop – there are a lot of details still to be determined for this event, but we’re working with local organizations to bring girls in grades K-8 an opportunity to see exotic and domestic animals close up.  Girls in grades 2-8 will enjoy age-specific activities that will help them earn their animal badges, while Daisies will get a great introduction to caring and respecting animals and their habitats.  We’re aiming to hold this event in mid- to late April.

Wacky Science – This very popular event will be back and better than ever!  Put on your safety goggles and lab coats and get ready for some science fun!  Girls in grades K-5 will enjoy all new science experiments and some good food at this annual event.  We’re looking to plan this event in early to mid-May.  Girls will earn a science fun badge and learn about how FUN science is!  Please check back often for details on cost and registration.

Volunteer Recognition & Winter Events

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Do you know an amazing volunteer?

Nominate them for a GSMW volunteer recognition award: http://gsmw.org/volunteers-forms-and-resources/more-volunteer-forms-and-resources/nominee-information/

Volunteers will be recognized at our Annual Meeting at noon on Saturday, March 15th.  GSMW’s annual meetings will be held locally this year with a “Town Hall” type gathering for each region of our council.  All adult volunteers, girls over age 14, and family are welcome to attend the Town Hall Annual Meeting.  Please set aside this special date, and stay tuned for details!

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Here are some important details for the following winter programs, meetings, and activities:

Missoula Cookie Kickoff & Rally! – Adult volunteers and parents are invited to the cookie kickoff on Friday, January 24th from 6 to 8:30pm.  Registration is free and open on ebiz.  If you do not have an ebiz account, please call our offices for help registering!  Girls are welcome to the Cookie Rally at the same place and time!  Girls get to taste the cookies, play games, and learn about the cookie sale.  For more info, contact Ann:  annbates29@gmail.com

Winter Fun Day This service unit event will be on Saturday, January 25th.  See http://www.gsmissoula.org (below) for full details.  Registration is now closed.

Winter Olympics Dogsledding – Saturday, February 8th from 10AM to 12:30PM.  $5 for girls, $3 for adults.  Meet at Lolo Hot Springs and carpool/shuttle to the site 2 miles up the road.  Registration closes January 27th.  This program is filling FAST!  Full details found here:  http://gsmw.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=1334

World Thinking Day – This service unit event will be held at First Lutheran Church during the afternoon on Saturday, Febrary 22nd.  Troops, it’s time to start researching your WAGGGS country!  Contact Sonja for more details: skovlin@hotmail.com

Miss Representation – On Tuesday, February 25th from 6PM to 8pm at the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, The University of Montana Sororities invite middle school girls to their place to watch a film about girls’ empowerment. Along with the film and some snacks, girls will play games, make an action plan, and discuss the importance of knowing your own power and thinking for yourself. At this event, girls will watch the documentary ‘Miss Representation’ which explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media’s limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful women.  To register, please call Julie Bryant (406-243-5527).  Full details:  http://gsmw.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=1357

Harlem Globetrotters Friends & Family Night – The Globetrotters will be coming to play an exhibition game in Missoula rom 7PM to 9PM on February 28th, 2014 and want you, your friends, and family to be there.  With the sale of 50 tickets, troop purchasers will have the opportunity to promote Girl Scout cookie sales and present The Harlem Globetrotters with the ‘Best Cookies Ever’ or other incentives like giving High Fives to the team as they take the court. To order tickets please contact: Carl Pavlock at 1.800.641.4667 ext.120 or pavlock@harlemglobetrotters.com.  Full details here: http://gsmw.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=1341

Winter Olympics Skiing – Snowbowl, Saturday, March 1st from 9AM to 12PM.  Rentals, Lessons, and a full lift ticket all for just $23!  Learn from Snowbowl’s instructors and enjoy the mountain air.  This is a “Winter Olympics” event – girls who participate in at least two “Winter Olympics” events will earn their “Girl Scout Gold Medal”.  Full details here:  http://gsmw.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=1361

Still to Come: Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing, GSMW Annual Town Hall Meeting in Missoula, Winter Olympics Curling, “Engineer That!”, and an animal badge workshop for Brownies through Cadettes.

Please call or email Sarah for more details on council events: 1.800.736.5243 x2306 or sarahm@gsmw.org