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Columbus Regional Service Center Has Closed

As part of the board adopted Girl Scouts Heart of the South Long Range Property Plan, the committee completed extensive analysis of both our camp and administrative office properties. The goals of this plan are to:
  1. To develop a property vision that promotes the mission of the organization by including membership and staff.
  2. To research and develop strategies and recommendations for presentation to the Board that may involve property acquisition, development, or sale in order to meet the needs and interests of existing and future girls.

After careful consideration, the Columbus location has been closed. This is based on months of study on office traffic and volunteer needs and services. GSHS is dedicated to serving all of our members in the most effective and fiscally responsible way possible.

Membership Manager, Nikoya Gillespie, will continue to serve the counties in northeast Mississippi in an out-based capacity. This will enable her to deliver programs and services directly to the hometowns of volunteers and girls. She will work diligently to ensure services for members continue to be provided in a timely and seamless manner.

We are thankful to the Northeast Mississippi Community Advisory Board members and local supporters who sought and recommended alternate space.

Contacting Your Membership Manager:
We want to ensure that your questions can be answered and your needs met in a timely and efficient manner. You will still have access to your membership manager for support of Girl Scout activities.
Volunteers living in Choctaw, Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Noxubee, Webster and Winston Counties can contact Nikoya Gillespie at or (662) 713-2271.
You may also contact Mary Ellen Rogers, Regional Manager of Membership at or (901) 334-3474.

Submitting Registration Forms, Payments, and Other Types of Documentation:
Submitting membership forms, program and training registration forms, and payments for product sales will still be as easy as it was before.
Volunteers served by Nikoya Gillespie will be able to mail membership, training, program registration forms or any other documentation or payments directly to Nikoya at:

Girl Scouts Heart of the South
P. O. Box 1087
Tupelo, MS 38802

Only checks and money orders will be accepted for any type of registration or product sale payment that is mailed. Please do not mail cash.

Shop Purchases and Deliveries
Submit a Council Shop Order form to your membership manger or place your shop order directly through the Tupelo Service Center Shop and you can have your order delivered right to your doorstep or though your membership manager. You won’t have to pay shipping costs as long as you order items through the Tupelo Girl Scout Shop. Also, if you pay with a troop check or troop debit card, there will be no sales tax charged. Items must be paid for when the order is placed.

Council Shop Order Form – Print and fill out the form and fax to the Tupelo Shop OR save the form to your computer and fill out by typing directly onto the saved form.  In addition, your membership team will be equipped with a portable "Shop in a Box" that they can bring to service unit and leader meetings. It will contain smaller, basic troop items like membership pins, ID strips, and troop numerals to make sure your girls have everything they need to look their Girl Scout best. Items ordered through your membership manager must be paid for at the time of delivery.

Tupelo Service Center & Council Shop
1140 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1087, Tupelo, MS 38802
Phone: 662-350-6042
Toll Free: 800-624-4185
Fax: 662-840-1671

Posted by News GSHS at 7:15 AM


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