The May 2019 VINE

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Spring Renewal is Underway!

Your Next Step, Powered by Girl Scouts! 

What path will you choose next year? With new programs in outdoor adventure and STEM and the promise of dozens of new skills to learn and awards to earn, at Girl Scouts the trail is yours to blaze! You’re a force to be reckoned with, and we can help you unleash more of that unstoppable potential—in a place that’s all about championing girls’ success. Whatever the next step looks like for you, we can help you make it happen.

To renew your membership now, click here.

For renewal incentives, qualifications and to check your troop’s status, click here.


2019 Girl Scout Voices Count Survey Launches May 15!

GS_CheckList15_01_LS_CMYKGSUSA’s annual Girl Scout Voices Count survey of service unit volunteers launches today, May 15. The goal of the survey is to assess KPIs, roles, and activities with regard to service units and service unit volunteers, ultimately to inform our future strategies. The survey will close on June 10, and national and council results will be available in late August. Thank you in advance for taking this important survey.


Ask Congress to Support Title IV-A Funding and Girl Scout Partnerships

Congress is making plans for federal spending in Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20). Now is a critical time to urge lawmakers to protect Title IV-A, also known as the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant, and the Girl Scout council partnerships it supports!

TAKE ACTION

A formula block grant created through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Title IV-A funding goes to activities and programs that foster a well-rounded education, safe and welcoming learning environments, and the effective use of technology. School districts can use Title IV-A on partnerships with Girl Scout councils to complement in-classroom learning in computer science and STEM, bullying prevention, outdoor and environmental education, and financial literacy.

But states and school districts require the certainty of future funding to plan and implement strategies that deliver valuable learning experiences in a safe and encouraging setting–including through partnerships with Girl Scout councils and other community-based organizations.

You can help ensure that girls receive a comprehensive education and the skills they need to become our future leaders. Tell your Members of Congress to support robust FY20 funding for Title IV-A, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant!


Girl Scout Cookies & Wine Pairing Event

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All proceeds from this event will benefit the more than 20,000 girls served in Baltimore City and the surrounding counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard.

This event is exclusively for guests 21 and over.

Tickets are $30 per person and include a complimentary wine glass, tasting of four wines, and pairing of four Girl Scout cookies. Food will be available for purchase. Additional wine may be purchased by the bottle.

Tickets will be available at the door, or you can click here to buy yours now!


Leadership Series with the CEO: Financing Your Future

LeadershipCEOGirls will get tips on how to become financially savvy by learning about finances, savings and investing, and gain tips on how to finance their college education from local financial and banking professionals.

WhenSat Jun 08, 11:30 AM- 1:30 PM
Where: GSCM Program Center
Who: Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and Friends
Cost: $10 for Girl Scouts / $20 for non-Girl Scouts

Click here to register.

Know a non-Girl Scout friend that might want to join? Have her click here to register.


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Americorps VISTA opportunity: Day Camp Program Specialist

During this 8-week position, you’ll empower girls and young women from Baltimore City to become the leaders of tomorrow.  As a Day Camp Program Specialist you will mentor girls while guiding them through a variety of hands-on experiences with a focus on STEM and the arts – sound/music, dance/movement/health science, and digital performance art.

Click here for full position description.

For more information and to apply, email tcassatt@gscm.org.


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Volunteer Toolkit Updates

The VTK Finance Tab is now LIVE! Just like last year, if you are a troop treasurer, remember to contact membercare@Gscm.org to be set as a Leader in the system so you can complete the EOY Financial report. You must have your latest bank statement attached to the report. Please make sure you have everything ready to submit before publishing the report to Council; you can only submit once!

GSUSA has been actively closing VTK on the third Wednesday of each month for around one to two hours. This is to ensure that updates are consistently being made. You will receive a pop up when attempting to access the VTK reminding you of these routine shutdowns.

Shout-out to our top three Service Units with the highest VTK utilization rate-SU676, SU668, and SU618. Don’t miss out on this awesome tool to help you with managing your troop activities and communications!

Are you using the VTK? Tell us what you think in the comments? What have you found to be the most helpful aspect of theVTK?
If you’re not using it yet, what are you waiting for? Log in now!

News from Juliette’s Closet

Yard Sale and Swap Meet | 7/20/19 

Save the date! Juliette’s Closet is hosting a Yard Sale and Swap Meet on July 20th from 10am to 1pm. Come shop for clearance items like fun patches, apparel, and gifts. Attendees can also buy, trade, and sell Girl Scouts items.  If you are interested in selling or trading your items please click here to reserve your spot.

Graduation Regalia and Bridging Kits

Bridging kit Patch.JPGMajor milestones ahead! Whether bridging to the next Girl Scout level or graduating onto her next big step in life, we’ve got just she needs to celebrate! From tassels, cords, and stoles to bridging kits and uniform pieces, your Girl Scout can show off her accomplishments in style. Visit both store locations or click here to shop online.

NEW! G.I.R.L. shirts and laptop bags

We believe in the power of G.I.R.L. shirts! You have seen our staff wearing them, now you can purchase your own at both store locations for $20.  Available in youth and adult sizes.  We’re also excited about the new stylish and compact laptop bags.  Available in Charcoal or Gray for $20.

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Both Juliette’s Closet and Clementine’s Corner will be closed on May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.

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