Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday, 4/12/14 - Friday, 4/18/14

What’s New This Week

Early Bird Registration has begun!
Early Bird registration for the 2014-2015 Girl Scout membership year kicked off yesterday, 4/11, and will end Friday, June 13th! For returning troops, we have a new registration option for Troop Leaders!  01 Troop Leaders now have the ability to re-register their current troop members online.  This means the Troop Leader can re-register the girls in her/his troop without guardians logging into their individual accounts to re-register.  In addition, the Troop Leader can re-register adults that are currently troop parents or troop volunteers*.  In addition, we have several exciting incentives for troops who participate in Early Bird Registration.

Early Bird Patch! 

  • Returning Troop Leaders must fill out their “Returning Troop Leader” form found at http://girlscouts-hawaii.org/returning-volunteer-agreement-form
  • New Troop Leaders for returning troops must complete all of their paperwork (i.e. Volunteer Application and Agreement; Criminal Background Check) and be approved 
  • Must have an 01 and 02 leader registered as per page 45 of Volunteer Essentials (2 unrelated, approved adult volunteers).
  •  Must re-register all girls and adults who are planning on returning in the 2014-2015 Girl Scout Membership year


     30% off of a Girl Scout Starter Kit

Any girl who re-registers for the 2014-2015 membership year between April 11th and April 30th, 2014 will receive 30% off of a Girl Scout Starter Kit (Includes: Vest or Sash, WAGGS pin, Girl Scout pin, level tab, troop numbers, Council ID, United States Flag, Girls Guide to Girl Scouting).  *Please note that this offer is only available while supplies last.  All purchases must be picked up at the Girl Scouts Hawai`i shop. Unfortunately, at this time, we cannot offer shipping.


50% off of Adult Journey Guidebooks

Any troop leader who completes the following requirements between April 11th and June 13th, 2014 will receive 50% off of Adult Journey Guide Sets (Girl Journey with the Adult Journey Guidebook)4:

  Returning Troop Leaders must fill out their “Returning Troop Leader” form
  New Troop Leaders for returning troops must complete all of their paperwork and be approved.
  Must have a 01 and 02 registered as per page 45 of Volunteer Essentials (2 unrelated, approved adult volunteers).
  Must reregister at least 5 girls to their troop

To help you re-register your troop during the Early Bird Campaign, we have posted several pdf tutorials to help you navigate the Girl Scout registration system at http://girlscouts-hawaii.org/gs-account/.  If you need additional help or have additional questions, please call the Girl Scouts of Hawai`i Help Desk at 808-380-6665. 


Deadline Approaching! Volunteer Recognition Awards Due 5/1
Girl Scouts of Hawai`i believes that our volunteers are the lifeblood of the Girl Scout Movement. You give selflessly of your time and talents to help build girls of courage, confidence, and character. The deadline to submit your nominations is May 1st. All awardees will be recognized at our Volunteer Mixer on June 21st. Click here to download the Criteria and Nomination forms for the following awards:
  • Volunteer of Excellence
  • Appreciation Pin
  • Honor Pin
  • Outstanding Leader Award
  • President’s Volunteer Service Award

Lifetime Membership!
Lifetime membership as a Girl Scout adult is available to any individual who accepts the principles and beliefs of the Girl Scout Movement, pays the one-time lifetime membership cost, and is 18 years of age or older, or is a high school graduate or the equivalent. Registration for Lifetime members is processed by local councils, so there is NO online membership form for them to complete. The lifetime membership dues are $375.00 (25 times the annual dues). A special lifetime membership, at the reduced cost of $195.00 (13 times the annual dues), is offered to girls who are registered Girl Scouts 14-17 at the time of their high school graduation, provided they apply for lifetime membership before their current annual membership expires. For more information, as well as to download the Lifetime Membership Brochure and Registration form, please click here.

2014 Girl Scouts of Hawaii Annual Meeting, 4/12/14 (9am- 12pm)
The 2014 Annual Meeting will be held on O`ahu, Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., at the Girl Scouts of Hawai`i headquarters in the Ala Moana Hotel.  For more information, contact Kristi at 675-5516.

Gold Award Mentor Workshop, 4/16/14 (5:30pm – 7:00pm)
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn. The Gold Award Workshop is intended to familiarize girls with the steps and standards of excellence that will enable them to successfully submit a project proposal and complete their project. During the workshop you will also get to meet adult volunteers who may be able to help you brainstorm ideas for a project, provide tips on how to write a draft of your project proposal, and expand the impact of your project. Registration is Closed. To put your name on the waiting list, please email Colleen LaClair.

Upcoming deadlines & registration openings

Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Training, 4/19/14 (9am – 3pm)
Training is being provided by AED Institute (Pam Foster).Session is open to 35 people.  Payment to be made via credit card to AED Institute by April 11th – contact Pam at 440-8988. While this is a Pediatric Training that will focus on First Aid/CPR/AED for elementary school aged and younger, Adult First Aid/CPR/AED training will be covered.  However, if Adult manuals and certification are required, additional cost will apply ($35 manuals and $10 certification).
For more information, please click here.

2014 Gold Award Ceremony, 4/26/14 (2pm - 3:30pm)
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Central Union Church Parish Hall
Registration for the ceremony is now closed as we have reached our maximum capacity.  For questions, please contact Colleen LaClair at 808/675-5514, or email, colaclair@girlscouts-hawaii.org

PCCS ASHP Brownie/Junior Troop Camp, 4/26 – 4/27/14
Event is open to all ASHP Girl Scout Troops (Brownie and Junior) and traditional Junior Girl Scout Troops and their adult chaperones. All girls must be accompanied by at least one adult chaperone. In the lush, secluded setting of Camp Paumalu girls will discover the joy of the great outdoors by learning basic camping skills, while hiking, crafting and swimming. Girls will participate in the campfire experience and make friendships that will last a lifetime -- all while building their Courage, Confidence and Character!

Cookie Entrepreneur Officer (CEO) Event, 5/10/14
We are pleased to inform you that the Cookie C.E.O. Event is available for registrations! In order to register, please log into your Girl Scout account, click on the “Activities” tab at the top, and you will see the C.E.O. Event featured on the right hand side of the activities page. Click on it to start the registration process. All C.E.O. girls (those who sold 700+ boxes of cookies) will have their registration fees deducted at check out. It will show $45 until the last page, where it will show $0 for these girls. All others pay the $45 fee if you register before 4/27. If you register from 4/28 through 5/2, the price will be $55 per person. There will be no registrations after 5/2. If you have family and friends who will be attending this event with you, they MUST be in your Girl Scout account in order to register them (or have their own account in which to register). If they are not already in your account, please “add family member” to add them like you did when you first set up your GS account. After they are added, then you can register for the event. Please note: *they do not have to become GS members to register for this particular event. Click here to download a tutorial on adding family members to your account. For those of you flying over for the event, if you have not already done so, please contact Shereen Hoopii to make flight arrangements for the C.E.O. girls and coordinate your flights with theirs. Shereen can be contacted by phone at 245-4984 or by email at shhoopii@girlscouts-hawaii.org. Please email Lila or Ariana with any questions.

NEW! Central Intelligence Agency’s Bright Future: A Symposium for Young Women in Hawaii, 5/18/14, 1:30pm – 4:00pm
The Central Intelligence Agency, National Association of Asian American Professionals and Girl Scouts of Hawai`i will be sponsoring a free career symposium for high-school girls on Sunday, May 18, 2014 here at the Ala Moana Hotel, Garden Lanai Ballroom.  The symposium will feature GSH board member, Heather Schwarm, as a Keynote Speaker and will focus on informing the girls about scholarships, internships and career opportunities with the CIA.  The event will also include roundtable career discussions with various Hawaii professionals in different fields and industries. For more information, click here to download the event flyer or RSVP by clicking here.

Lei of Aloha Service Project – Troop 1018
Saturday, May 24, 2014; Windward Mall, 10am- 2pm
As part of Kaneohe Troop 1018’s Service Project, Girl Scouts collect lei and flowers to decorate the graves every Memorial Day at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe.  Help them out by bringing a lei (artificial or floral), sewing a lei, or donating flowers!  Girl Scouts from the Kaneohe Service Unit will be manning the donation booth at Windward Mall, and will also be available to help younger scouts sew lei for our veterans.  Any floral donations are greatly appreciated. Suggested blossoms are stephanotis, plumeria, bougainvillea, crown flowers or anything from your backyard, or even your neighbor’s. Also useful are stalks of ginger, heliconia and other tropicals (lengths up to 24” maximum). The cemetery also accepts silk, ribbon and yarn leis. Fee is $3; The first 50 girls will receive a custom patch and snack pack/water.
RSVP by 5/15 to Ailyn at 226-1228 or
click here to email her.

NEW! Memorial Day Event at Kaneohe Veteran’s Cemetery, 5/25/14, 12pm – 2pm
Join Hawai`i's Girl Scouts as they honor Hawai'i's veterans at Kane`ohe Veteran's Cemetery. Girl Scouts place a United States flag at every veteran's grave and a lei, adding Hawai`i's special touch of aloha - join us on this special day of remembrance. Registration deadline is 5/12/14.
For more information and to register as a TROOP,
click here.
For more information and to register as an INDIVIDUAL, click here.


Sneak Peek: Shop Sales & Promotions
  • 40% selected apparel during the week of 4/12 - 4/18 (excludes uniforms).
  • Starter Kits are available for pre-order! Starter Kits include the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, Iron-On Troop #s, American Flag patch, Council Identification set, World Trefoil pin, Membership pin, age level insignia tab and vest.

    Bridging Kits are available!

  • Bridging Kits are available, while supplies last! $4.50 - $5.50! Bridging Kit includes a patch, pin, disc, bar and customized certificate! To better serve you, please click here to complete an online "pre-order" form so that we can customize your certificate and pull your order prior to pick up. 
Return/Exchange Policy:
Due to the Shop Closure on 5/23, all sales will be final as of 4/7/14. Absolutely no returns or exchanges on purchases made beginning 4/7/14. Our return policy will apply to merchandise purchase prior to 4/7/14, now thru 4/23/14. Our regular return policy states, that we will issue a store credit for any returns with a valid receipt. Exchanges are allowed with a valid receipt. Please plan ahead as NO returns or exchanges will be made after 4/23/14. No exceptions. No phone orders please.

If you are interested in purchasing an item that has been featured on Facebook or the GSH Blog, and are not able to make it to the GS Shop, please email Anne or call 675-5519.  Please note that shipping will be charged according to the shipping chart posted on our online shop. Stay tuned to the GSH Blog for current special and info regarding the shop, or visit us online by clicking here.

Cookie Proceeds & Rewards

For those troops who have deposited all cookie money into the GSH Council bank account, have no NSF checks, have physically turned in all GSH gift cards to be verified and have entered all transactions and are free and clear, CONGRATULATIONS!  Your cookie proceeds will be deposited into your bank account on 4/15!
 

For those troops who are still reconciling their troop eBudde accounts, email Lila if you need assistance.  Troop accounts must be reconciled and eBudde, clear by 5/15/14.  eBudde will shut down on 5/16/14.

Troop reward orders have been placed and should be arriving at the beginning to middle of May.  If your troop ordered optional patches, the total will be deducted from your troop proceeds prior to depositing your cookie proceeds.  Your Service Unit Cookie Manager will be distributing your rewards and optional patches.

Recent Events

Troop 407 from Hickam Service Unit delivered Gift of Caring cookies to the residents of the Fisher House Hawaii.  The Tripler Fisher House is a “home away from home” for families and patients receiving medical care at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI.  Families served are from the Pacific area, mainly Korea, Japan, Okinawa, and Guam.  Active duty and retired persons from all services are helped in their time of need.





Junior Troop 291 from Honolulu East Service Unit delivering cookies to Aloha Harvest. Girls learned about other ways to support Aloha Harvest and feed Hawai’i’s hungry.





Super Easy Ways to Support the Girl Scouts of Hawai`i

AmazonSmile
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eScrip
Do you have a Safeway Club card? Check out eScrip. eScrip has created a system that rewards customer loyalty by contributing a percentage of purchases made by participating families to qualified non-profit organizations. Parents, teacher, friends and families are encouraged to register their grocery club cards and existing credit/debit cards as supporters.
A percentage of all purchases made at eScrip merchants will be given back to the designated organization. Participating merchants contribute each timeyour families make a purchase using their registered cards. There are no receipts to collect, no vouchers or certificates to buy, no hassles for you and every purchase counts! Learn more about it at www.escrip.com
The Girl Scouts of Hawai`i is a registered non-profit organization with both giving programs.


Social Media

My name is Alice, I am 10 years old & I am a Girl Guide in England. I am taking part in the "Go For It Challenge Badge" and would really like to write to an American Girl Scout to learn about your fabulous country & to find out what Girl Scouts get up to. I will be really grateful if you could help me please? Thanks for your time, Alice. To contact Alice, please click here.

My Brownie Troop 736 of Southern Nevada is starting their pen pal program. Each girl is inviting someone from a different area to be their penpal. I have a girl who is requesting a Brownie from Hawai'i. Does anyone have a brownie who would like a pen pal? Please email me at Servicefirst@cox.net· if you are interested. Thank you.