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2019 Fall Product Program volunteers and girls: Congratulations on a great start

Submitted by Shannon Calhoun, GSCO Service Unit Fall Product Manager

Metro Denver

Denver

The 2019 Fall Product Program is humming along! Sunday, October 13 at 8 p.m. MST is the last day for Nut Promise (girl delivery) and the in-person paper nut card sales. Direct shipped nut and candy purchases, and magazines subscription sales, are open until October 28 at 8 p.m. MST.

Here are a few things to keep in mind at this stage of the program:

  • Parents or troop fall product program managers may enter the Paper Nut Card Orders in the Girl Scouts’ online platform under the ‘Manage Paper Orders’ tab. Parents can enter these orders until 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 13.
  • Parents – In-Person/Nut Card Orders can be converted to online orders by entering them as a regular nut promise order (through the girl’s storefront) before Sunday, October 13 at 8 p.m., and paying for them with a credit card. Please remember to keep the Nut Card to know where orders go if you convert orders.
  • Parents can only use the ‘online’ work around method before the girl delivered online system closes Sunday at 8 p.m. MST.
  • TFPM’s have access to enter or edit Paper Nut Card Orders only until Tuesday, October 15 at 8 p.m. MST. After this time no paper Nut Card Orders can be added.
  • TFPM’s – Collect money from parents and deposit the required funds from nut promise/in-person orders into your troop account ASAP.
  • TFPM’s – Please let your troop families know about these deadline dates now!

Remember Fall Product Program continues until October 28, 2019! Customers can still purchase goodies from the Nut Convenience and Candy Store and have them direct shipped. There are even more products to choose from in the Nut Convenience store (then there were on the paper order card), and the sweets and treats available make great holiday gifts, especially for out-of-town friends and family. Troops earn $1 in proceeds for every nut and candy item sold.

Subscriptions can also be purchased through the Magazine Store until Monday, October 28 at 8 p.m. MST. The Magazine Store has hundreds of options for a diverse range of interests and ages at very reasonable prices and there are no additional charges for shipping. Remember that troops earn 13% of magazine subscriptions.

Encourage your Girl Scouts to follow-up with their customers now by sending them the information they need to know to purchase nuts, candy, or magazines through the girls’ online storefront – especially if the girls still need to meet the qualifications for the avatar patch or S’mores Club!

Good luck to everyone participating – Let’s make the 2019 Fall Product Program the best one yet!

Shannon Calhoun is a service unit fall product manager in Denver, and the mother of a Juliette. She shared other tips for parents, volunteers, and girls in a GSCO Facebook Live interview on September 11. To watch the video, click here.

 

 

 

 

Enter a drawing to win a giant plush rhino

M2 and Trophy Nut, our Fall Product Program vendors, chose the Northern white rhinos as our 2019 mascot because they are nearly extinct, but there are also highly innovative ways that scientists and conservationists are working to preserve the species. Knowing that Girl Scouts are the leaders of today and tomorrow, the vendors wanted to appeal to girls who may join the efforts to save the rhinos and other endangered species.

As part of the qualifications for the giant rhino drawing, we’re asking Girl Scouts to do some online research. 

First, did you know that there are endangered species in Colorado? When you go to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website, you can see a list of endangered or threatened species in our state, region and in the United States. 

Second, find out more about organizations and people in Colorado who rescue animals and offer them a safe place to stay. It could be a place that rescues injured wildlife or takes care of wild animals or farm animals or pets that have been mistreated or abandoned. After you do your research, answer the questions on this entry form, and tell us a little bit about what you found out.

Every girl who enters and completes all the steps will earn a fun patch. Drawings for the giant rhino will take place on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

Note: We are not able to ship the giant plush rhino. The winner must pick-up the rhino from the closest GSCO office.

To qualify for entering the rhino drawing:

  1. Girls must sell more than $625 in combined sales during the 2019 Fall Product Program.
  2. Girls must look for the endangered species on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.
  3. Girls must search online for places that are animal rescues, refuges, or shelters in the state of Colorado.
  4. Girls must answer questions on the entry form: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.formstack.com/forms/rhino_contest_2019
  5. Submit form by the deadline:  Monday, December 2, 2019.

Questions? Call Girl Scouts of Colorado customer care at 877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org

Bring “Power Up!” to Your Girls

We are very excited to announce the revision and reboot of the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s “Power Up!” program. “Power Up!” is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s anti-bullying program for youth in grades fourth through twelfth that engages participants to think critically about different types of bullying and encourages participants to stand up and speak out against bullying behaviors. Whether the elements of this program are used in a troop meeting or presented as a half-day session at a school, participants will leave the program with an understanding of their role in preventing the cycle of bullying. Through revisions by the Older Girl Advisory Board and feedback from pilot troops, we have taken what was already a great program and brought it to the next level to meet the current needs of girls in Colorado.

Who is this program for? “Power Up!” is for girls in grades fourth through twelfth.

How do I access the curriculum? Troop leaders can access the “Power Up!” Facilitator training online through their gsLearn account. They will have to watch a 15-minute video walking them through the facilitator guide, as well as provide information about the structure of the program. Questions on accessing your account? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Can girls lead this program? Yes! If girls have earned their Program Aide award or have significant experience leading girls through activities, they can facilitate the program to other Girl Scouts. Girls can charge a small fee for the program to cover their costs and earn money for their troop. Specific questions about money earning should be directed to GirlExperience@gscolorado.org.

Is there a patch? Yes! After girls complete the program, patches can be purchased through the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop by calling (855) 472-7026.

Want an opportunity to attend a “Power Up!” course? Due to a grant through Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast, we have an offering in Fort Collins on November 9, 2019. https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/power_up_.html .

Questions? Contact GirlExperience@gscolorado.org

Next steps to meet your Fall Product Program goals

Join the GSCO Product Program team for a Facebook LIVE event on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at noon! We’ll have tips for girls/parents and volunteers on wrapping up in-person delivery orders and next steps for promoting direct-shipped online nut, candy, and magazine orders. Fall Product Program runs until October 28. There’s still time for girls to earn the personalized patch and meet their other goals!

Two mini-videos are also coming out this week: How to Create/Update Avatar and Select Rewards – and – How to Enter In-person Orders. Links to the videos and other resources will be shared during the broadcast. Check the description box for links and resources.

If you miss the live broadcast, you can watch the video on our Facebook page and share it with other volunteers. Go to the videos tab and look for the 2019 Fall Product Program playlist.

Daisy’s Circle Supporter Spotlight: Nicole Eubanks

Tell us about your connection to Girl Scouts.

I am a third generation Girl Scout. My grandmother, mom, and I have all participated as Girl Scout volunteers. I have two daughters that are now Girl Scouts and this makes them fourth generation Girl Scouts. I served in various roles in the Girl Scout organization from troop support volunteer, service unit team member, troop leader, and also was on staff at GSCO at one time.

What is the most valuable thing that Girl Scouts gives girls today?

Girl Scouts gives girls the empowerment to build them into strong women as they graduate high school. It offers opportunities for service to others and to improve our communities. The girls receive education in various topics from STEM to the outdoors.

Why did you join Daisy’s Circle?

I believe it is important for all girls to have any opportunity to participate in the Girl Scout program. Girls have an opportunity to participate not only in troop activities, but also in camps and Destination programs. These programs define the women they become. All girls deserve to be courageous and strong!

What is the best thing about monthly giving?

It is easy because you don’t have to remember to write checks.

Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?

Please consider joining Daisy’s Circle. It is easy to set up and then you can make monthly contributions without having to write checks! It provides support to girls in Colorado to have an opportunity to participate in the Girl Scout program. It is an investment in the future of the young women in our state!

Named after Girl Scout founder, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, Daisy’s Circle is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s monthly giving program. Funds raised through Daisy’s Circle provide financial assistance for girls and volunteers, support Outreach Programs and more.  For more information: https://www.gscodaisyscircle.org/

Three Girl Scout adventures in one

Submitted by Sarah Scalise

Metro Denver

Denver

When I welcome new families to my Girl Scout troop and service unit, one of the first questions about the organization is the time commitment. I promise every family that they can participate as little or as much as they want. It is up to every girl to decide how many opportunities she pursues through Girl Scouts.

And finally, with the help of volunteers in Apollo Service Unit, we have an activity that includes a lot of Girl Scouts in a short amount of time. Please join us for a new member Investiture and Rededication Ceremony on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Skate City-Aurora (15100 E Girard Ave, Aurora 80014). No celebration is complete without dessert, which gave us the perfect excuse to host a cupcake wars competition.

It’s basically three Girl Scout adventures packed into one!

For $7 your girl receives skate admission,  fun patch, one slice of pizza, and a drink

Optional Skate Rental +$3

Adult and sibling skaters are $5/per person and only includes admission.

To learn more details and for registration, visit:
https://my.cheddarup.com/c/cupcakewars

I am a go-getter! Our venue has a capacity of 500 people and they are giving me a microphone and sound system. I am so excited to roller skate and sample cupcakes with my community. Make my dreams come true and help the event sell out in advance!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Reach your goals with Fall Product Program and earn cool rewards

GSCO asked Girl Scout Cadette Charlotte H. of Highlands Ranch to tell us about her experience participating in Fall Product Program (nuts, candy, and magazine sales). In addition to participating in Fall Product Program, Charlotte is also a Top Cookie CEO and competitive gymnast. Here’s what she had to say:

How many years have you participated in Fall Product Program?

This is my fourth year participating in Fall Product Program.

Do you like creating an avatar that looks like you?

Yes, I like creating an avatar because I like the opportunity to earn a badge that looks like me!

What do you like about having an online storefront?

I like the online storefront because it’s a way to keep my sales organized and stay on track for hitting my goal.

What tips for success would you share with girls who are participating for the first time?

My advice for someone doing Fall Product Program the first time is to try and find new customers, so you aren’t asking the people that buy cookies.  I find creative ways to reach new customers, and then I convert them to cookie customers! In addition to emailing friends/family, I go door-to-door in a new neighborhood. This way I get new customers. I always get their phone number and email so that I can deliver the product. When I deliver the product, I include a thank you card reminding the customer cookie sales will be in the winter and then follow up with them during cookie season.

What nut or candy item (s) do you like best?

My personal favorite is the Peanut Butter Monkeys.

What has your troop done with Fall Product Program troop proceeds that they’ve earned?

Fall Product Program has helped our troop earn money early in the school year. We have used proceeds to help us have a holiday party.

What’s the coolest reward that you have earned?

The coolest prize I’ve earned was a cookie cart. I use it every cookie season!

Fall Product Program helps girls learn and practice valuable business skills. On the M2 platform, girls can create their personalized avatar, customize messaging to friends, family and other customers, and set and track their goals. Girls earn rewards and troops earn proceeds that they use to fund activities, special events, projects, camp outs or other adventures!

You’ll find M2 log-in instructions, a troop and Juliette guide, and an order card that shows all girl rewards on the Fall Product Program page of our website. Fall Product Program runs until October 28.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact GSCO customer care at inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Meet the mascots for the 2019 Fall Product Program

Meet Rita and Razina, the Northern white rhino mascots for the 2019 Fall Product Program! Rita, which means “child of light, brave and honest,” is the smaller rhino. Razina, which means “strong and patient,” is the larger rhino. The rhinos are among the rewards for the 2019 Fall Product Program. Rita rhino is earned at the $325 level, and Razina rhino at $725.

To see all 2019 Fall Product Program girl rewards, check out the order card posted on the GSCO website. Remember all rewards are cumulative.

Facts about Northern White Rhinos:

  • The white rhino lives in Africa, in long and short-grass savannahs.
  • White rhinos are grazers. Its wide, square upper lip is adapted for feeding on grasses.
  • White rhinos can live to be 50 years of age.
  • White rhinos have three toes on each foot.
  • White rhinos are grey, not white. White rhinoceros is taken from the Afrikaans word describing its mouth: “wyd,” meaning “wide.” Early English settlers misinterpreted the “wyd” for “white.”
  • There are two subspecies of white rhinos – the southern white rhino and northern white rhino.
  • There are only two northern white rhinos now in existence, Nijan and Fatu, a mother and daughter.
  • A team of conservationists is hopeful they can use in-vitro fertilization to preserve the species.

The Fall Product Program vendors, M2 and Trophy Nut, chose the Northern white rhinos because they are nearly extinct, but there are also highly innovative ways scientists and conservationists are working to preserve the species. Knowing Girl Scouts are the leaders of today and tomorrow, the vendors wanted to appeal to girls who could join the efforts to save the rhinos, and other endangered species.

To learn more facts about rhinos and the initiative to save the Northern white rhinos, click here.

Nijan and Fatu, the nearly extinct northern white rhinos, live at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, Africa.

You can also visit the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research where their initiative is to save the rhinos through Reproductive Sciences, Conservation Genetics and using the Frozen Zoo Resources.

CBS News feature about the Northern white rhinos

If you have questions about Fall Product Program or need assistance, please contact GSCO customer care. Call 1- 877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

 

Support your Girl Scout during Fall Product Program

 

 

 

The 2019 Fall Product Program began Saturday, September 21. Participating in the Fall Product Program is a positive learning experience that allows girls to utilize and learn the 5 Skills for girls while in Girl Scouts. Through the Fall Product Program, Girl Scouts earn troop proceeds they can use to participate in Girl Scout activities such as earning badges, camping, taking trips, and more! Girls also earn rewards and Cookie Credits. Your support of her participation in the Fall Product Program helps her learn from the experience, have fun, and earn rewards!

Here are a few ways to support your Girl Scout:

Help your Girl Scout throughout the program. Guide her to set practical goals, listen to her practice her sales pitch, and help her set up her online M2 storefront, including creating an avatar that looks just like her! She may need your help with sending emails to friends and family as well. You can access the M2 Fall Product Program platform at www.gsnutsandmags.com/gsco to get started.

Make sure your girl has a current GSCO membership. Check with your troop fall product manager or troop leader to make sure your Girl Scout is registered for the 2019-20 membership year.

  • If your Girl Scout needs a membership, please go to join to renew her membership for the 2019 – 2020 year, please click here or call GSCO Customer Care at 1-877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Agree to the requirements. A permission slip must be completed by caregivers and turned into the troop fall product manager. This slip acknowledges your responsibility for products and money. You must fill out the permission slip to receive the order card and materials needed for your girl to participate.

Adhere to deadlines. Order card orders must be entered in the M2OS system on October 13 or turned in to your troop fall product manager by October 12. All money due for the products ordered and received must be paid by the troop deadline.

Protect the products and money. Help your girl collect money at the time the order is placed. Once you sign for products received, you assume responsibility for the product itself and its value. It is the caregiver’s responsibility to collect payment from customers, and funds are due in full to the troop fall product manager by the troop’s deadline.

Need more information? Go to the Fall Product Program page on our website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/fall-product-program.html

Questions about Fall Product Program or need assistance? We are here to support you!

Contact GSCO customer care at 1- 877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

2019 Fall Product Program kicks off September 21

Girl Scouts of Colorado is kicking off another amazing Girl Scout year with the Fall Product Program. Your Girl Scout can earn a personalized patch with her name and Me2 avatar on it, while her troop earns 13% of magazine sales and $1.00 for each nut/candy item sold. Participating is easy to do, so get started today!

Beginning Saturday, September 21, 2019 you can go to: www.gsnutsandmags.com/gsco and follow the prompts to participate. Please note that if your girl is a Juliette, her troop number will be her service unit preceded by 99 (for example, a Juliette in Service Unit 755 would be listed under Troop 99755 in the system). If you are not sure what service unit she is in, please select the “I don’t know/see my troop or Group#” option.

Watch the training video. It will walk you through how to do everything in the M2 system!

If your Girl Scout is not a current member, please go to join now. To renew her membership for the 2019 – 2020 year, please click here or call GSCO Customer Care at 1-877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Create a Me2 Avatar: Your girl can create her own Me2 Avatar to look just like her. As she moves through the online set up creating her personalized storefront, she earns virtual rewards that she can view in her Me2 Avatar’s room.

Launch Your Campaign: Once the storefront is set up, simply send emails to friends and family inviting them to support your Girl Scout. Your girl can increase her sales by sharing on social media, too!

Visit Your Campaign Headquarters: Check your Girl Scout’s campaign headquarters to learn more about the cool reward items she can earn. The in-person and Nut Promise portion of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Fall Program ends October 13. Online program ends on October 28, so get started early to give family and friends plenty of time to support you.

If you have any questions, please contact M2 Media Group’s Customer Care at question@gsnutsandmags.com or (800) 372-8520.