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Fall Product Program

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The 2019 fall product program is almost here! Girls will begin selling  nuts, candies, magazines, and more from September 23 - October 28. The fall product program is a council-sponsored family and friends sale that helps troops start their new Girl Scout year with a bit more funding, and empowers girls with the five essential skills they will need to develop their leadership skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. 

Girls will learn facts about endangered species, create their own personalized avatars, have a chance to earn a patch that looks just like them, and maybe even win their very own mascot! 

Don't wait to get started. Submit your Parent Permission Form and Troop Agreement today! Check out the FAQ on our new Automated Clearing House program below, and submit your ACH Authorization form to ensure your girl can particiapate in the Fall Product Program.

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Important Dates

August

Monday, August 26
  - Service Unit & Volunteer Partner Fall Product Training Webinar 
  - Initial Upload deadline for ACH authorization forms for troops participating in Fall Program 

September

Monday, September 9
  Fall Product Training Webinar (All troops) 

Monday, September 16
  Volunteer access to the Fall Program system

Monday, September 23
  Fall Product Program sale begins 

October

Wednesday, October 9
  Last Day to submit the ACH form to be able to submit nut/candy order 

Saturday, October 12
 - Service Unit Cookie Team Meeting (10:00-1:00)
   Rapides Foundation 1101 4th St #300 Alexandria, La 71301

Monday, October 28
 - Fall Product Program sale ends
 - Parents Fall Program paper order entry ends  

November

Friday, November 1
  - Troop Fall Program paper order entry ends
  - Initial Upload deadline for ACH authorization forms for troops participating in Cookies 

Monday, November 4
  Full ACH draft from Troop Bank Account for Fall Product 

Saturday, November 2
  - Service Unit Fall Program paper order entry ends
  - Lafayette Cookie Training (10:00-12:00) Location: TBA  

Saturday, November 9
  Shreveport Cookie Training (10:00-12:00) Location: TBA 

Monday, November 25
  Service Unit Fall Product delivery starts

Automated Clearing House FAQ

Get a jumpstart on this year's Fall Product Sale and check out the info below on a new initiative for collecting payment - Automated Clearing House! Don't for get to submit your ACH Authorization Form in order to participate in the Fall Product Program!

What is ACH?

ACH stands for Automated Clearing House and refers to an electronic banking network used for direct deposit and electronic bill payment. If your paycheck is direct deposited into your bank account, then you are already using ACH. ACH is employed by many different institutions and is already in use by many Girl Scout councils around the country. 

2019-2020 ACH Program

Girl Scouts of Louisiana- Pines to the Gulf is implementing a Council-wide ACH Program for the 2019-2020 Membership Year. 

How does ACH work?

ACH works by allowing a third party to either debit or credit a troop’s account. The ACH Debit/Credit Authorization Form that will need to be filled out by the troop will authorize these actions. This paperwork includes information such as the troop’s bank account and bank routing numbers and is supported by a voided check from the troop’s bank account. Troops will simply deposit all money collected from Product Programs into their troop’s account. A calculation is made to determine the amount due to Council and is communicated to the troop in advance for review. Then on predetermined dates, the amount is “swept” from the troop’s bank account into GSLPG’s bank. The troop does not need to use special deposit tickets nor locate GSLPG’s banking information and plan a special trip to the bank. The amount of money that is pulled is based on proven percentages from orders, such as the percentage of an initial cookie order. 

Will troops need to fill out the authorization form every year?

No, as long as the bank account and the signers stay the same. If the bank information changes or there is a change in signer, a new ACH form will need to be filled out and sent to Council.

Does my troop have to have a bank account to participate in ACH?

Yes.

Is ACH mandatory for my troop or service unit?

Yes, participation in ACH is required for all Troops

Will a troop be notified before the money is swept out of the account?

Yes. Troop leaders and troop product program chairs will be notified of dates and amounts that will be withdrawn from their troop account for each sweep prior to the transaction. 

What are the benefits of ACH?
  • Less work for the Troop Product Program Manager. They will not have to deal with deposit slips or have to make deposits into both the troop account and then into GSLPG’s account.
  • No worries for the troop about over depositing money into the Council account and then needing to wait for a refund.
  • It’s greener. Less paper mailings for refund checks and no deposit slips for the Council account.
  • All troops can participate easily and bank at their neighborhood bank.

Forms

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Are you an IRM?

Individually Registered Members can paticipate in the Fall Product Program too!

Are you a Girl Scout without a troop? Is your troop not participating in the Fall Product Program, but you would still like to?  Here's what to do:

  • Be a registered member for the 2019-2020 Girl Scout year
  • Request a Product Program IRM Permission form by emailing  info@gslpg.org
  • Fill out and return the form to info@gslpg.org.

That's it! You can still take part in the 2019 Fall Product Program, just let us know you're interested! Submit your Product Program IRM Permission form today!