Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Local Business Report: Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains

Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains (GS-TOP), located at 584 N. Kimball Avenue, was featured in the Local Business Report at the City Council Meeting on October 21, 2014.

Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains held their ribbon cutting for the Southlake service center over the summer. The Texas Oklahoma Plains council has area offices and service centers throughout five distinct regions in Texas and Oklahoma, including Abilene, Amarillo, Fort Worth, Lubbock and Wichita Falls and serves over 20,000 girl members across 79,000 square miles and 81 counties.

The Southlake Service Center will serve as a retail space to sell items that Girls Scouts need throughout their membership, including uniform pieces and program materials, in addition to items for volunteers, such as t-shirts, sportswear, tote bags, and backpacks. This location also has a conference room for adult learning and volunteer training, in addition to approximately 10 staff offices for the mission delivery, product sales, and retail staff who serve the northeast Tarrant County area.

Watch the video below to learn more about Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains. For more information, visit www.GS-TOP.org or call (817) 281-7578.

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The Local Business Report is presented at the Southlake City Council Meetings. This report features Southlake businesses in the area and offers a platform for them to market to customers.

If you are interested in featuring your business in the Local Business Report, please contact the Department of Economic Development at 817-748-8039.

Area Girl Scout Troops Forming Now

girl_scoutsGirl Scouts is forming troops in the Southlake community. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Through a myriad of enriching experiences, such as extraordinary field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardship, girls grow courageous and strong. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.

Please look for your local Girl Scout representatives at Carroll ISD schools’ “Meet the Teacher” events Friday, Aug. 22.  They will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.  Local Girl Scout representatives will also host an information session on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Bridge at Whites Chapel United Methodist Church.

If you have questions, please send us an email at southlakegirlscouts@gmail.com.

Got Cookies? Girls Scouts Open Service Center in Southlake

girl scoutsGirls Scouts have been an American institution since 1912, known not only for selling delicious cookies, but also for building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. There are over 100 local councils in the United States, one of which is headquartered in Tarrant County. The Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains (GS-TOP) operates with a corporate location in Fort Worth and recently opened a service center in Southlake. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held July 31 at 11:30 a.m. to officially open the new location at 584 N. Kimball Avenue.

The Texas Oklahoma Plains council has area offices and service centers throughout five distinct regions in Texas and Oklahoma, including Abilene, Amarillo, Fort Worth, Lubbock and Wichita Falls and serves over 20,000 girl members across 79,000 square miles and 81 counties.

The Southlake Service Center will serve as a retail space to sell items that Girls Scouts need throughout their membership, including uniform pieces and program materials, in addition to items for volunteers, such as t-shirts, sportswear, tote bags, backpacks, and iPhone cases.

The location in Southlake also has a conference room for adult learning and volunteer training, in addition to approximately 10 staff offices for the mission delivery, product sales, and retail staff who serve the northeast Tarrant County area.

“The opening of the Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains Southlake service center occurred because of organization wide priorities on improved customer service to volunteers in the area.  We’ve always served the community of Southlake, however the majority of staff has been located in southwest Fort Worth and we have had retail space in North Richland Hills for over 10 years.  With the population we serve within a 10 mile radius of Southlake (approximately 6,000 girls and volunteers) we can improve support to our volunteers by moving the office further north,” stated GS-TOP Director of Communications, Chelsea Lackey.

Girl Scouts is a values-based, educational program with activities to meet the developmental, educational, emotional and social needs and interests of young girls. The organization has 3.2 million Girl Scouts worldwide, consisting of 2.3 million girl members and 890,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers (troop leaders, parents, board members and alumnae). From kindergarten through high school, Girl Scouts participate in numerous enriching experiences, such as field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships.

Girl Scouting is a community resource and depends on each community it serves for support. Major sources of income include food product sales, grants, program service fees, sales of supplies, special events, contributions from special campaigns, and interest income. Parents, caregivers and volunteers are vital to the organization’s success.

“We are excited to be in the neighborhood and we’re always looking for local community leaders and businesses to partner with.  At Girl Scouts, we know that when girls are given the opportunity, they change the world,” stated Lackey.

The Southlake Service Center is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. There will be an open house September 27 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The community is invited to stop by and learn more about the Girl Scouts. There will be activities for girls, information on how to join, and an opportunity for parents to learn more about volunteering. Learn more at www.gs-top.org or by calling 817-281-7578 or 800-582-7272.

Dragon Fans Go Green at Carroll's Green Out

The Girl Scout Cadettes in Troop #4036 were hard at work during the Carroll Dragons Home Opener Friday, Aug. 30. The scouts collected over 5000 plastic products during the Kick Off Recycle Program at Dragon Stadium.

The campaign was such a success the dumpster was overflowing with recycle bags and a new eight-yard dumpster is on order.  With Dragons continuing to do their part and insuring that only plastic cups, bottles and aluminum cans are placed in the designated green and white recycle bins, Dragons can take pride in saving the environment.

Troop #4036 will be present again at the Dragon game against Midland Lee on Friday, Sept. 6 holding signs and encouraging fans to recycle.

Join the Fun and Join Girl Scouts

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts also discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together, and you can be a part of it! Registration is currently underway and open to all girls in Kindergarten or older. Look for a Girl Scout representative in your school during Meet the Teacher, or come to White’s Chapel United Methodist Church (in the Bridge), 185 South White’s Chapel Boulevard in Southlake on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about troops in the area.

If you have questions about how to join, please e-mail southlakegirlscouts@gmail.com

Local Girl Scouts Bring Recycling To Dragon Stadium

Dragon Stadium is now greener than ever before. Troop #4036 of the Junior Girl Scouts kicked off their recycling initiative at Carroll Senior High Graduation on Friday, June 7. The effort to implement environmentally-sound practices will become routine at football games on Friday nights at Dragon Stadium thanks to Troop #4036. The Girls Scouts were busy working hours after the Commencement ceremony had ended by picking up nearly 3,000 empty bottles of water. Troop Leader Shannan Needleman was thrilled when Republic Recycling informed her that the bottles collected from Graduation will be recycled and back on the shelves in less than three months.

Carroll ISD is committed to preventing waste and promoting efficiency at all eleven campuses. According to Director of Facilities Chauncey Willingham, each campus has a reuse, reduce and recycle plan. Principals designate a teacher, usually from the science department, to head up the effort. Students are encouraged to wisely dispose of their recyclable items throughout the day with a focus on lunchtime in the cafeteria. Also, items no longer needed in a campus are donated, rather than thrown away.

Southlake Girl Scouts Hosts Information Session

Interested in becoming a Girl Scout?  Do you want to make new friends?  Do you want to make an impact on your community?

Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls – all girls – where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world.  In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives – like strong values, social conscience and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.  In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together.  Through the many enriching experiences provided by Girl Scouts, they can grow courageous and strong.  We are so much MORE than just cookies!

If you and your daughter (K-12) are interested in Girl Scouts and joining a troop, please come to our information session on either Thursday, September 6th or Tuesday, September 11th.  Both sessions run from 6:30-7:30 and will be at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in the Kid’s Kingdom room, and bring your future Girl Scout!!

Please contact Lily Tapp at southlakegirlscouts@gmail.com if you have any questions.