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Once a “Ms. B’s” girl always a “Ms. B’s” girl

September 11, 2017

I joined Jane Barringer’s Girl Scout troop in Sanford, NC when I was in the 8th grade and stayed until I graduated high school. My troop leader, “Ms. B” as she is affectionately called, encouraged me to seize every opportunity and even travel the world! Ms. B has given over 50 years of service to the council, as a troop leader, volunteer, and Gold Award advisor.

Emily and Ms. B

I was part of the group that began the Jane S. Barringer Award for Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. It was originally an idea hatched by a few of “Ms. B’s girls” because we wanted to honor “the best Girl Scout leader ever!” (in our opinion). We began our fundraising by sending letters to all the parents of girls who had been in Ms. B’s troop and others in our community who knew of her influence. That campaign raised the funds so more than 20 girls could receive between $750 and $1,000 to pursue future leadership and educational endeavors since the award was established in 1996.

Now, with the council’s help, we’re embarking on the next step: to make the Jane S. Barringer Award a permanent opportunity for girls in our council by opening an endowment fund for the Award. Endowing the Jane S. Barringer Award restricts and invests the funds, meaning that we can support Girl Scout Gold Award recipients in their future endeavors for years and years and years…

When we started the Award in 1996, we hoped that it would encourage and reward girls who exhibit the characteristics Ms. B had hoped to instill in every Girl Scout she works with. I’m reminded of a quote by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide:

“But when you look – look WIDE; and even when you think you are looking wide – LOOK WIDER STILL.”

This is what Ms. B encouraged her girls to do. She was always pushing and encouraging us to go further and do more!

Her influence has stayed with me throughout my life. I have been a Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette leader. I continue to volunteer as a member of the Gold Award Committee for the council. My daughter was a Girl Scout and just this year, earned her Gold Award! I’ve been a Girl Scout for over 40 years!

Emily, her daughter, and Ms. B

I support the Jane S. Barringer Award to honor Ms. B, but moreover, to support all the girls who have succeeded in earning their Gold Award. The Jane S. Barringer Award Endowment Fund will continue to help girls who are the epitome of Girl Scouting continue to broaden their own horizons.

A gift made toward the Jane S. Barringer Award Endowment fund will ensure that the positive benefits of receiving the award continue long into the future and help many more girls in our council follow – and reach – their dreams. Visit www.investingirlsNC.org to make your gift today. Thank you.

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Ready Set Glow! It is time to Unearth Your Future and Explore Your Dreams!

September 4, 2017

Join this year’s Fall Product Program and see how much fun you’ll have being the best you! The 2017 program brings new and exciting features to this year’s program and promises to be the easiest Fall Product Program ever!

Girls loved creating their very own digital avatars last year and this year we’re taking it one step further! As part of the 2017 Fall Product Program, girls will be able to craft and record a special message on behalf of their digital avatar to share with friends and family. This fun, new tool allows girls to talk about the sale, share their goals, and let friends and family know how they can help! Girls will also continue to have access to a wide-range of digital accessories to personalize their avatar to represent their unique personality!

What is an avatar you ask? During the sale, Girl Scouts will have fun creating their own avatar on the Me2 site, their “Me2” or “mini me.” This digital – and cute – image that girls create in their likeness, serves as their salesperson icon online. Avatars will help each girl sell magazines, nuts and chocolate via email, Facebook, and Twitter; earn virtual rewards in her own virtual room; and interact with her fellow troop members’ avatars in an awesome online troop photo. And as she racks up the sales, each Girl Scout can earn real rewards like her own unique avatar patch – and she’ll get to create her personal patch as well.  Pretty cool!!

Best of all, our Fall Product Program helps Girl Scouts learn about e-commerce which is a great skill for the future! Selling online with the new Me2 site is so easy. Girl Scouts, with the help of their parents/guardians, can send emails to family and friends around the country to earn the Explore Your Dreams patch quick and easy. Girls’ virtual stores can also be shared on Facebook and Twitter reaching special groups like her family, neighborhood or community, or teacher list.

Me2 is easy to use, loads of fun, and more convenient for families, volunteers, and customers.  Here are just a few of those “awesome” features:

  • No shipping charges! One option available to customers is paying for their order online with a credit card and selecting to have the order hand-delivered by their favorite Girl Scout.
  • Less data entry for Troop Fall Product Managers! Parents have access to enter information for their girls in the Me2 site.
  • Easy to Use Training Resource! Parents and volunteers will have access to short training videos for our Fall Product Program, including how to use the M2 Media vendor platform. These videos have been very popular during the Cookie Program providing must-know-information in mere minutes!
  • One system for magazines and nuts/candy! No printing separate reports.
  • Real time updates! See her reach her goal more easily as each girl’s progress and her sales level will be updated every day of the sale.

The Ready Set Glow! Fall Product Program officially kicks off October 1.  Girls can begin building their own avatar and selling as early as September 18 following the completion of sale training.  The face-to-face portion of the Fall Product Program will end October 22 to allow all orders to be delivered to troops for distribution; however, girls and troops can continue their online sales from October 23 through November 12. This can be a great time to remind customers that the holidays are right around the corner and magazines, nuts and chocolate, like our S’more Trail Mix make great gifts!

Whether you are returning to or new to the Fall Product Program, join the fun this fall and be amazed how quickly and easily your troop can earn proceeds for the year.

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