December 2011
In This Issue
Annual Meeting
BYLAW Changes
Board Nomination
Launching Leadership
CDA-Community Leadership Breakfast
STEM Opportunity
National Convention Update
Holiday Day Camp
Product Sales
BOGO - Adult Ed
Store Highlights
New Staff

Annual Meeting -- 

Delegates REQUIRED

March 3, 2012

Online registration opens January 9, 2012.


Cost until February 1, 2012

$10 for Girls  |  $12 for adults


Cost after February 1, 2012

$13 for Girls  |  $15 for adults




Bylaw submissions are due December 31, 2011. Please fill out the Propose Bylaws Change FormSend the completed form to Sarah Kelly at, or mail to 1404 N. Ash Street, Spokane, WA 99201.
Do you know of someone who you would be interested in becoming a GSEWNI Board member? Nominate NOW! Submissions are due December 31, 2011.  Send the completed form to Sarah Kelly at, or by mail to 1404 N. Ash Street, Spokane, WA 99201. 
Launching Leadership

With your help, we're truly launching leadership. This is a campaign for their future. Our girls will reach their potential with you behind them, to sustain our programs for the long term.


Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character. Please join the solution, guiding our girls down a positive road toward leadership. READ MORE!


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We are holding our Coeur d'Alene Community Leadership Breakfast fundraiser on January 25, 2012, 7:30 - 8:30 am. Registration will open at 7:00am, and the program will begin promptly at 7:30 am. 


You will have the pleasure of hearing from three girls about their Girl Scout experiences, in addition to our keynote speaker. The skills these girls have learned will carry them into adulthood to become our future leaders. Many of the opportunities the girls have experienced were provided through fundraisers such as this.


GSEWNI will provide a complimentary breakfast, parking, and a powerful program that we hope will inspire you to make a gift to ensure these opportunities are available to all girls who wish to participate in Girl Scouts.


RSVP is required. For more information, or to register, please call Jolene Uddman at (800) 827-9478 ext. 204, or email at





Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to be an outreach partner with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media to introduce the second annual National STEM Video Game Challenge open to Girl Scouts! This challenge invites game makers to show their passion for playing and making video games and aims to motivate children's interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Up for grabs is almost $200,000 in cash and prizes, with multiple ways to win! The entry period is open through March 12th, 2012.  Finalists will be selected by a distinguished panel of judges, and winners will be announced in the spring of 2012 at a major public event.


For more information on how Girl Scouts can enter the Youth Prize competition (middle school & high school), follow this link..


Challenges like this support Girl Scouts' already strong commitment to STEM activities that are relevant to everyday life. Whether they're discovering how a car's engine runs, becoming math whizzes, or learning about careers in STEM fields, girls are moving forward into the future. Please discover all of Girl Scouts' science offerings.


This challenge also compliments the Entertainment Technology Badge, where girls can dig into video game development! If you have girls earning this badge, encourage them to enter the STEM Video Challenge as well!

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Coeur d'Alene

December 9
From NOON on December 22 thru January 2, 2012
National Convention Update

2011 National ConventionHouston, Texas, was the host city for the 52nd National Convention held November 8-13, with approximately 10,000 people in attendance. Attending on behalf of GSEWNI, were delegates Pam Lund (CEO), Victoria Roberge (Board Chair), Dianne Macduff (volunteer national delegate from Kennewick, WA) and Josie Daniels (girl national delegate from Rosalia, Washington).GSEWNI Delegates


Attending as guests from GSEWNI, were Molly Pearson, Tana Powell, Rose Coalson, Jayn Courchaine, Kathleen Johnson, Laurel Woodworth, and Susie Fischer.


Three proposals were voted upon at convention:
Proposal 1: Add a service fee over and above the Girl Scout membership.Proposal passed. It is important to note this service fee is voluntary by councils. At this time, there is no plan in place to implement this fee.

Proposal 2: Constitutional Amendment: Timing for the Election of National council delegates to increase to two years prior to the national convention. Proposal failed. The proposal failed largely because of the impact on girl delegates. Many girls spoke out against this proposal.
Proposal 3: To establish a rolling membership year. Proposal failed.


In addition to the National Convention, Houston was also host to the Girl Scouts Leadership Institute for girls. This conference was attended by 1200 girls from across the nation. Representing GSEWNI were Nicole Langevin, Brianna Carpenter, and Katerina Carpenter, all from the Tri-Cities. They were chaperoned by Ann Langevin and Lareina Carpenter.


Click here for more information on the national convention.

Photos courtesy of Dianne Macduff. To see all of her convention photos, please visit our Facebook page.

Holiday Day Camp


Looking for a FUN way to spend your winter holiday vacation? Join us at the Spokane Program Center and make a memory! Open to girls in K-12th grade.


December 19-23 | Here Comes Santa Claus | $120*
Are you ready for Christmas? Make some fun decorations and crafts to get in the holiday mood. Parents: This is a great place for your girls to be so you can get some last minute shopping done.

December 27-30 | Frosty and Friends | $100*
Bundle up and get ready for fun in the snow; Ice skating at the Pavilion, snow forts and warming up with hot chocolate.


*$25 per day (partial weeks are okay) or $120 for 5 days; you DO NOT need to be a Girl Scout, so BRING YOUR FRIENDS!



Product Sales



Our Fall Sale Program was a big hit this year. Congratulations, girls and troops, your hard work grew our sale by 38%; that is fantastic!  We will soon be drawing names for the covered wagons. We can't wait to see who wins! 


We have a new bank account for depositing money collected during product sales. Troops can find the account details at to complete the fall sale and make a deposit into the proper account.


Troops who have purchased bank stamps for product sale deposits need to know that their current bank stamp is no longer valid. If your troop is interested in ordering a new stamp for upcoming product sales, you may order one online through one of the two providers listed below, or at any other preferred stamp provider.


Here's the scoop! The prices listed below are for a single self-inking stamp with 3 lines! The necessary information for the stamp is:

  1. Council checking account number for Product Sales (obtain this from your SU Product Sales person)
  2. Service Unit #
  3. Troop #

Vista Print (
Price: $0.00 + $6.31 s/h = $6.31
Delivery Time: 21 days

Discount Rubber Stamps (
Price: $2.99 + $4.98 s/h = $7.97
Delivery Time: 4-7 days


Cookie info already! Yes, it's true: Service Unit Cookie Manager trainings are being scheduled in early December. Troop trainings will be conducted by your Service Unit Cookie Manager (SUCM). The SUCM will organize the time and date of the training in your area. More information about trainings will be covered at your local SU meetings.

Have you been waiting for us to accept credit cards for cookies??? Well this is your lucky year. We are working to set up a mobile payment solution for troops to accept this form of easy payment. If you have a smart phone, this option will work for you, if you don't have one... ask Santa!

Look for more details to come.



Adult Education


BOGO for Volunteers

Adult Education will be offering Buy One training and Get One free! This offer applies to Leadership Essentials, Nuts and Bolts, Take Action, and all Enrichment training.


When registering online (ecommerce), just note the additional free training you want in the date or location box with the training you are paying for. This offer is good through December 17th, 2011. Sorry, this offer does not include 1st Aid /CPR or Outdoor Training.


Enrichment Training

  • December 3, 2011 Coeur d'Alene - Traditions/Flag


First Aid/CPR Training

  • December 10, 2011 Spokane


Check out our website for additional trainings.

Call for more information 1-800-827-9478 ext. 220 or email Jann Boucher, Adult Education Coordinator.



Store Highlights


Daisy, Brownie & Junior Girl Guides are now available for purchase and are still 25% off the cover price! Cadette, Senior and Ambassador books are still on back-order and we will notify everyone as soon as they arrive.


Activity sets for all the levels have arrived! Have your girls earn 5 more patches for every Journey!


We have many new holiday gift items for girls and adults on your shopping list. Don't forget: store GIFT CERTIFICATES make a GREAT stocking stuffer!


CHRISTMAS SALE! Dec. 1st through Dec. 22nd: save 20% off all regularly priced apparel for girls, teens or adults, stuffed animals including Webkinz, Adora dolls and outfits, and all holiday gift items. *The sale EXCLUDES clearance items, uniforms and uniform components, books, earned badges, and fun patches.*


Visit our website for store info.

Store hours for Spokane:
Monday - Friday, 9:30 am -  5:30 pm
Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm

Visit our store at: 

1404 North Ash Street, Spokane, WA
Or place your orders at 800-827-9478, ext. 201. Email


The store will be CLOSED on the following dates:
December 9
At NOON on December 22 through January 2, 2012

Wecome New Staff

Susan Joseph Nielsen, Vice President of Communications. Susan is a multi-dimensional leader with more than 25 years of experience as a senior business partner. She is a relationship influencer, conversation architect and an exceptional organizational and community ambassador. With many "once in a lifetime" business experiences, she is viewed as a creative, imaginative and disciplined professional. Susan is accredited in Public Relations through the Public Relations Society of America, is a graduate of Eastern Washington University, Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Business Administration and Public Administration and Washington State University, Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Broadcast Journalism. A native of Walla Walla, Susan and her family have made Spokane their home for 27 years.  


Valena Arguello joins us on December 5th as the new Program and Membership Development Coordinator for Spokane. Valena has spent the last six years coordinating the youth program for the West Central Community Center. She has a great deal of knowledge and enthusiasm for working with volunteers and girls.