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What’s New – September 8, 2015

BACK-TO-TROOP SHOPPING
We are now offering troop registry forms that leaders can use to make shopping in the store much easier for parents. Leaders are encouraged to complete the form and send to your local shop, and we do the rest when the parents enter our store. Click on the program level name to access each registry: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador.

REMINDER: 2014 NUT BUCKS EXPIRE SEPTEMBER 11
As a reminder, 2014 nut bucks expire on September 11. Our council shops are open Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SUBMIT YOUR VOLUNTEER VIDEO BY SEPTEMBER 15
Volunteers, we want to hear from you! Leading a Girl Scout troop or volunteering in our offices can be a life-changing experience, and we want to hear about it! Send in a short, high-quality video (2 minutes or less) to Sarah Robinson telling us why you volunteer with Girl Scouts. Submissions are due by September 15.

GLUTEN FREE TRIOS COOKIE ORDERS DUE SEPTEMBER 22
If your troop would like to ensure you have the opportunity to sell the gluten free Trios, place your pre-order by September 22. Learn more.

GOOD TURN FOR GOODWILL STARTS OCTOBER 1
Our annual Good Turn for Goodwill council-wide service project starts October 1. Learn more.

FALL PRODUCT REMINDERS
Don’t forget about our new top selling troop incentives for the upcoming fall program, with the most popular being the Keep the Cookie Cash incentive. Online sales begin September 14 and paper order sales start September 24. Learn more about the girl reward items.

PARTNERSHIP FOR GIRLS NEWS
Troop leaders who want to participate in Partnership for Girls are reminded that it begins on October 1. Troops need to sign a new agreement form if you wish to participate in PFG 2015-2016. Please e-mail Karen Bell-Chandler or call 336-369-7451 if you have any questions. In the meantime, DREAM BIG!

GIRL PROGRAMS
Don’t miss out on all the GREAT programs planned for 2015-2016! Visit our online calendar for a complete listing of all our upcoming programs.

ADULT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
A schedule of Adult Learning courses for August 2015-January 2016 can be found online or click here to view our online calendar.

GIRLS IN THE OUTDOORS
Looking for ways to get your girls in the out-of-doors? Use the Venture Out! resource. Venture Out! is an online adventure that lets volunteers explore different ways of taking girls outside in Girl Scouts. Here, you will encounter the kinds of challenges and successes that only the outdoors can bring.

TROOP BANK ACCOUNTS AND FINANCING TROOP ACTIVITIES GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
The NEW Troop Bank Accounts and Financing Troop Activities Guide is online! This guide will help troops understand the steps, processes and guidelines of managing troop funds.

REGISTER FOR LEADERFEST AND TRAINFEST
Looking forward to some time well spent with other Girl Scout volunteers? Need some new ideas to take back to your girls? Consider Trainfest and Leaderfest! Trainfest (October 16-18 at Camp Pisgah) registration closes September 24. Click here for the brochure. The Leaderfest (November 7 at Camp Ginger Cascades) early bird deadline is October 12 and registration closes October 22.

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Reminder: GSCP2P becomes tobacco-free March 12, 2015

On January 27, 2014, the Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Board of Directors approved a tobacco-free property policy.

Effective March 12, 2015, GSCP2P will be a tobacco-free organization and will prohibit all tobacco use on all GSCP2P property. This means that smoking and tobacco products, including but not limited to smoking devices (i.e., cigarettes, cigars and pipes), chewing tobacco, snuff and electronic/vapor cigarettes, will not be allowed to be used on any of the owned or rented council properties, including camp properties, service centers or vehicles, or any place while Girl Scout program is taking place. Events that are sponsored by GSCP2P where girls are present will also be required to be tobacco-free.

The Board of Directors believes this policy is important to 1) to promote a healthy lifestyle and model that to our Girl Scouts and 2) to provide a safe and healthy work environment. As Girl Scouts, it is our responsibility to model behavior that discourages tobacco usage.

This policy is being announced a year in advance in order to facilitate a smooth transition, with understanding that there will be challenges for employees, volunteers and visitors. GSCP2P will support employees, volunteers and visitors in the transition to a tobacco-free worksite through educational materials and tobacco cessation resources. Appropriate signage will be placed and our membership will be educated on the policy. It is expected that all employees, girls, volunteers and visitors will be aware of the policy and will help educate others when necessary.

This policy is not intended to be a punishment to tobacco users and should not be viewed in this way. Instead, it should be seen as a benefit to all employees in a safe, clean, healthful environment, and to our membership as we can begin to lead the way in healthy role modeling.

For those of you who want to quit using tobacco, QuitlineNC provides free cessation services to any North Carolina resident who needs help quitting tobacco use. Quit Coaching is available in different forms, which can be used separately or together, to help any tobacco user give up tobacco. You can visit www.quitlinenc.com or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to enroll or learn more.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation, understanding and support as we transition to a tobacco-free environment.

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