Great Opportunity!

We would like to personally urge you to encourage girls who have volunteered over the past year to participate in the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Girl Scouts who have recently earned their Silver and Gold Awards may be particularly good candidates.

This unique youth recognition program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, has recognized more than 100,000 middle and high school students – including thousands of Girl Scouts – at the local, state and national level for outstanding acts of volunteerism over the past 19 years. Top winners will receive sizable cash awards, engraved medallions and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. for the national awards ceremony in May 2015.

Girl Scouts may apply online at http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit. Applications must be submitted (online or paper) to Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming (GSMW) Council by November 4, 2014. GSMW will then review all applications and select one or more Girl Scouts to represent our council in the state-level judging.

If you have any questions or need a paper version of the application, please call 877-525-8491. If mailing, mail early to: GSMW, Attn: Prudential Awards, 2303 Grand Ave, Billings, MT,  59102.

We are excited about this opportunity to re-emphasize the importance of volunteering with our council, and possibly to gain statewide or even national recognition for our Girl Scouts. We hope we can count on your participation.

Sincerely,

Sally Leep, CEO

Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming

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Dress for Success of Missoula

This organization provides FREE professional development and clothing for women in the Missoula region.  Help the organization that helps so many women find professional success.  Your troop could collect donations, help at the shop, and more.  Contact the career center ambassador, Michelle Erickson, at 406-880-4866 or at michelle.dressfrsuccessmissoula@yahoo.com to help!

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Support Montana PBS & Mission to Celebrate Women’s Climb Toward EqualityMontana_pbs_logo – and possibly earn your Silver Award

Please read the description of this awesome Take Action project for your troop, and then contact Chris Siefert at chris_seifert@montanapbs.org  if your troop is interested.

2014 is the centennial of woman’s suffrage in Montana – we got the vote 6 years before the Constitutional Amendment that granted the vote to women in 1920.  As recognition of that, we are asking middle school and high school girls to do video interviews of women in their community today – the movers and shakers as well as those who are the ones who quietly go about building community.

We will give up to 15 groups digital cameras for them to use in interviewing women in their own community – maybe they have the first women mayor or legislative representative, maybe it is the first female owner of a  car dealership, perhaps the first female superintendent of schools. But it may be a grandmother who kept the farm running when grampa went to war or the woman who runs the local food bank.  Girls could also do a straight interview with the women in her life – maybe asking them how their lives today are better/easier/harder than their grandmothers – what changes they have seen in their local communities in their lifetime – what hopes they have for the future.

When I ask girls if they can name famous American women they come up with Betsy Ross or Martha Washington…when I ask about Montana women they name Sacajawea or Jeannette Rankin.  There are so many more women whose stories are important, and I am hoping Girl Scouts might be interested in capturing the heartfelt and important stories of these unsung women.

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Adopt a Traffic Calming Circle

Do you live near a traffic circle? We would like to help you make your circle vibrant and lovely.  Initially, corner property owners volunteered to maintain the landscaping. Now that many years have passed, the City is establishing a program to maintain them.

We are inviting you as an individual or with a group of friends and neighbors, to adopt a traffic circle. The commitment is renewable every 2 years.

We have established some grants and you can apply for up to $50.00 for purchases for your traffic circle, such as plant materials, ooze tubes, etc. We have also teamed up with the Missoula County Extension to provide assistance with your adoption.  The Master Gardeners would love to work with you and make your traffic circle attractive and sustainable. 

Click Here for more information on how your troop can Take Action in your neighborhood!

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