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February 17, 2023
Don't Forget! Troop Secured Cookie Booths Must be Entered into Smart Cookies
If you have not entered an upcoming cookie booth into Smart Cookies, please do so before your booth date. This allows us to know where troops are set up, ensures locations are not double-booked, allows the booth to be found on the cookie finder webpage, and allows troops to accept credit cards through the Smart Cookies platform. If you have submitted your information and have not received an approval confirmation, contact cookies@girlscouts-gssi.org.

Lottery or First Come, First Serve Booth Cancellations
If your troop cannot use a lottery or first come, first serve booth, please contact cookies@girlscouts-gssi.org, as these can be offered to other troops. In addition, if your troop can only work one door at Walmart, we can offer the other door to other troops.

Smart Cookie Transfers from Cookie Cupboards
Cookie transfers will be entered into the system within 24-48 hours of receipt. Please check all transfers for accuracy and contact us if you find a discrepancy.
Friday Cookies
The next Council Cookie Cupboard Friday Cookies date is Friday, February 24. Orders for this date must be received by Wednesday, February 22, at 4:00 PM CST. Note: Cookies must be picked up at the council office at 5000 E Virginia St, Evansville, IN 47715, NOT at the Shetler warehouse as in previous weeks.
Council Cupboard Friday Cookie Order Form (The form does not open until Monday, February 20, at 8:00 AM CST.)

Raspberry Rally Update
Raspberry Rally had a huge surge of orders when it was turned back on for purchase on February 10. Due to this, inventory sold out before all orders were processed. ABC apologizes for this inconvenience. They cannot process partial shipments or refunds, so entire orders were cancelled and refunded to the customer’s original payment method. Refunds should be visible in the accounts within 2-3 business days. Customers received an email with this information as well. If a customer reaches out to you that their order was canceled, please let them know the other varieties are still available for purchase online (and in-person). ABC has said they will have a very limited quantity available again on March 4, beginning at midnight EST, so if you have a customer who wants this cookie, please let them know to order it as soon as it becomes available. An email will be sent to volunteers via Smart Cookies if this information changes.

Cookie Season Council Shop Hours
The GSSI retail shop will be open Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM CST, from February 6-March 3.

Bling Your Booth Contest
Don’t forget to bling your booth this season! Troops can create a fun and unique cookie booth to attract more customers and show off their artistic marketing skills. The top three vote-getting troops will win a gift certificate to the council shop! (1st: $60, 2nd: $40, 3rd: $20)
  • To enter, submit up to 3 photos of your booth to lalvey@girlscouts-gssi.org. (Troops can now submit more than one photo!) Please include your troop number.
  • Entries must be received by Thursday, March 9.
  • Voting will take place Friday, March 10-Wednesday, March 15, via an online form that will be shared on social media. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 17.
Join our team as an After School Program Facilitator!
After School Program Facilitators provide girls with The Girl Scout Leadership Experience by facilitating programs at schools and community organizations during the school year. This position offers a flexible weekly schedule of 1-4 days a week between 2:30-5:30 PM. This role is perfect for college students or retirees!
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We would like to recognize the volunteers from CenterPoint Energy who spent hours at the warehouse in Evansville helping us sort, stack, and load thousands of cases during last week's cookie arrival. Many of these volunteers come back to assist each year, and they make cookie pickups quick and efficient for everyone. We appreciate all of you! Check out some of our volunteers in action on our Facebook page.

Volunteers included: Tim Appell, Mark McDonald, Richard Reich, Andy Goebel, Eric Brown, Mike Kirsch, Brian Market, Triana Hulsey, Keith Farrar, Jeff Brown, Michael Blanchard, John Davenport, Mark Welte, Jesse Bishop, Eric Paul, and Jeff Collier. Special thanks to Dan Voges for organizing these volunteers for us. (This was Dan's 8th year helping us!)

In addition, we would also like to recognize the following GSSI volunteers:
  • Jannelle James for organizing an outing for Perry County leaders to connect and have a night of fun bowling before the cookie season began.
  • Misty Mauck for organizing a "Me and My Guy Dance" for Posey County Girl Scouts being held this weekend.
  • Kelsey Hager for taking the lead on forming a new Daisy troop in Loogootee this month while also assisting with a Loogootee Brownie & Junior troop.
Introducing Stephanie Hardin, Troop Support Specialist
We are excited to introduce the newest member of the GSSI team, Stephanie Hardin! Stephanie worked in childcare for six years and recently held an administrative service role before coming to GSSI. She is originally from Evansville, and she and her husband have a four-year-old daughter. Her family loves camping, shopping, Legos, Disney, and playing outside. Stephanie says she is excited to join our team and can't wait until her daughter is old enough to become a Girl Scout!

As Stephanie transitions into her role, Jodie Cross will remain the contact for those service units she has supported over the last several months. Alyssa Miller's role has not changed.
Submit Your Nominations for GSSI Adult Awards Now!
The GSSI Adult Awards recognize the time, energy, and contributions of volunteers and community partners whose service to Girl Scouts has been exemplary. There are five awards to recognize different roles and types of service. Nominations are due by April 1, 2023. Visit the link below for descriptions of each award and to submit your nominations.
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register now for summer camp sessions at camp koch
It may be cold outside, but we're already daydreaming of warm, sunny days at Camp Koch. We have four exciting new camp sessions for Brownies-Ambassadors*, including a family camp overnight! *Entering 2nd grade in the fall through 2023 high school graduates.

Registration is now open and runs through May 1, 2023. For questions, contact Outdoor Experience Specialist Olivia Blanco at oblanco@girlscouts-gssi.org.

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Community Black History Month Programs
EVPL invites you to celebrate Black History Month with them this February as they look at the history of Black Americans, the advocacy led by modern Black Americans, and the central role Black Americans have played in U.S. history. They have suggested books, activities, and events for children through adults.

Sunday, February 19, 5:00-7:00 PM CST
Where: Old National Events Plaza, Evansville
During the Unity Concert, the choir will take you on a journey through the history of Gospel music, from its roots in Spirituals to Modern Gospel. Admission is free. LEARN MORE
Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 6:30-7:30 PM CST
Where: Zoom; a meeting link will be sent upon registration
What: We're excited to tell you more about the trip we are planning with EF Tours for the summer of 2024 to Belize! Learn more about our upcoming travel opportunity and how you can join us. Girls must be entering 7th grade and above fall of 2024 to travel. This trip will fill up fast, so join this meeting to learn where and when we're going, what we'll see and do, safety and travel logistics, and more! A parent or guardian should also attend with each student participant. Can't make it? Choose "No, but send info" so you don't miss out on the RSVP page.

Saturday, March 11, 2023, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Where: North Woods at Igleheart Park, 6101 N First Ave, Evansville
What: Please join the Vanderburgh County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) and fellow community volunteers to continue removing harmful, invasive species from the park. No experience is necessary, and shift range from 1-3 hours.

Saturday, March 18, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM CDT
Where: Angel Mounds, 8215 Pollack Ave, Evansville, IN 47715
Cost: $4/girl
What: Spend time outdoors while exploring a hidden gem within your own council! Staff will give a guided tour of the property occupied by natives more than 500 years ago. Have you ever wondered what the natives ate? Visit the three sisters’ garden or use a hand catapult to see how food was gathered. End the visit by creating corn husk dolls to remember your trip to Angel Mounds. Daisies will earn steps 2 & 3 of their Good Neighbor badge.
REGISTER NOW Registration deadline is Monday, March 6, at 12:00 PM CST

Flowers, Bugs, and More! at Wesselman Woods
Saturday, March 25, 12:00 PM-4:00 PM CDT
Where: Wesselman Woods, 551 N Boeke Rd, Evansville, IN 47711
Cost: $6/girl
What: Have you ever wondered where bugs call home or why flowers come in all shapes and sizes? Join us at Wesselman Woods to explore more about flowers and bugs while having a blast outdoors! Girls will dissect flowers, use microscopes, go on a bug hunt, and more! Brownies will complete the "bugs" badge, while Juniors will complete the "flowers badge (badges not included in the price and must be purchased separately). Families and troops can stay on the property and explore the nature playscape, trails, and animals after the event. Open to all Girl Scout levels.
REGISTER NOW Registration deadline is Friday, March 17, at 12:00 PM CST
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