Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

Volunteer News
June 2012 

Mark Your Calendar for the 2013 Annual Meeting!

We've been busy thinking about our annual meeting for next year and are happy to announce we already have a date and a primary location!
The meeting will be held Saturday, April 13, 2013 and the primary site will take place at Lane Community College in
Eugene, Oregon. As with past years, we will also have satellite sites. These locations will be announced in January 2013. 

Mark the date on your calendar and plan to join us as we look back on the 2011-2012 membership year, highlighting our
wonderful 100th anniversary celebrations and the many accomplishments the council achieved during the year.

Girl Scout Founder Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

In honor of the 100th year of Girl Scouting, our founder Juliette Gordon Low was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. You can view the entire ceremony at whitehouse.gov (Juliette Low is mentioned at approx. 11:20 and 26:20).

2012 Troop Financial Reports

June 30, 2012 is fast approaching, which means financial reports will soon be due. This is another friendly reminder that you can find the necessary Troop Financial Report (form 102, available in printable or fillable versions) on our Forms & Publications Web page. Your 2011 end-of-year balance is also available from your service unit treasurer if you need it. Please remember to include a current copy of your bank statement. Contact your service unit treasurer with questions.

NW Centennial Roundup and the 100th Anniversary Birthday Celebration: What's the Difference?

The NW Centennial Roundup is an event geared toward older Girl Scouts in grade 6 and up taking place August 6-12. Girls from this event will be bused to the 100th Birthday Celebration as a part of the Roundup activities. Registration for this event is now closed, although you can look forward to hearing highlights from participants this fall.


The 100th Anniversary Birthday Celebration is a different event open to ALL Girl Scouts - past, present and future! Join us at the Linn County Expo Center on August 11, 2012 to celebrate 100 years of leadership, service and just plain fun! Loads of exhibitors will feature activities for girls from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., followed by a Cookie Celebration Concert featuring Savannah Outen, CoCo Jones and Greyson Chance! Registration for this FREE event is now open, so get your admission bracelet today!

Program Guide Sponsorship Opportunity

Market your business to a targeted, loyal audience while also supporting our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place! Rates, sizes & additional details are available on our Sponsorships Web page.

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Conflict Resolution Panel Seeking Volunteer Members

The Volunteer Conflict Resolution Panel is seeking volunteers interested in being part of a group that works together to provide conflict resolution workshops and help resolve conflicts.

 

Volunteers from all areas of the council may apply to be appointed to the panel. The panel meets monthly at the Portland Service Center (conference call options are available for those panel members outside the Portland area). Volunteers serving in this important role will:

 

  • Serve on peer review panels that determine resolution in a dispute among volunteers (service team members, troop leaders and parents/guardians). A peer review panel is scheduled after other options to resolve the conflict have been utilized.
      
  • Deliverworkshops on conflict resolution skills to Girl Scout volunteers. Over 50 day camp staff and service unit team members have participated in workshops. Future workshops are scheduled for Hooky Weekend and the ICAN Conference this summer, and will be scheduled for service team members in the fall.

 

How to Express Interest:

 

 

Training for volunteer conflict resolution panel is scheduled as follows:

 

  • Tuesday, June 19 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 23 from 8.30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 28 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

 

Training will be held at the Portland Service Center. Participants must attend all sessions.

Receive $10 Off ICAN through 6/15!

We hope you'll join us for these fun-filled events designed just for adults!

 

Women's Own

August 24-27, 2012

Camp Cleawox - Florence

Details & registration information can be found in our 2012 Resident Camp brochure.

 

Hooky Weekend

September 21-23, 2012

Camp Cleawox - Florence

More information coming soon!

 

ICAN Conference

October 19-21, 2012

Mountaindale Outdoor Program Center - North Plains

Registration Now Open!


Make sure you take advantage of the early registration discount! Register for ICAN by June 15, 2012 and receive $10 off of your registration fee. PLUS, extra savvy campers can get an additional $10 off by tent/car camping. That's quite a discount! Mark the date on your calendar and plan to join us for this incredible weekend - to learn more or register, visit girlscoutsosw.org.


We hope you can join us for this fun-filled adult leadership development weekend - we know you'll walk away saying, "I CAN" do anything with my girls!

 

Congratulations Volunteers!

The following volunteers have earned their Leadership Development Pin and/or Leaves:

 

  • Haven Amacher, Eugene, OR
  • Hendy Appleton, Molalla, OR
  • Linda Brown, Albany, OR
  • Betsy Hoppe, La Center, WA
  • Alma Jean King, Albany, OR
  • Julie Kistner, Albany, OR
  • Brenda Kraschel, Salem, OR
  • Jennifer Lane, Lebanon, OR
  • Tabatha McCord, Lebanon, OR
  • Susan Philips,  Albany, OR
  • Lana Stumpff, Albany, OR
  • Patty Wheeler, Albany, OR
  • Dawn Young, Albany, OR

 

The Leadership Development Pin recognizes adult volunteers that demonstrate competence, commitment to the Movement, continuous improvement and participate in adult development learning opportunities that will increase their skill(s) in working with girls. For additional information and requirements, view the Leadership Development Pin/Leaves Application or contact your service unit adult development coordinator.

 

August 30, 2012 is the Last Date to Apply for the Leadership Development Pin
As you may know we are in the process of transitioning to the new recommended GSUSA adult recognitions that are newly designed to reflect all the different types of volunteers we now have in our organization. As a result, August 30, 2012 will be the last date on which you can apply for the Leadership Development Pin before it is permanently retired. The application for the Leadership Development Pin (form 504) can be found on our website forms page. Please help us spread this important message. Apply for yours today!

Spring Re-registration Ends June 29

Spring re-registration continues through June 29, 2012 for the 2012-13 membeship year.There are exciting spring re-registration incentives! See page two of the spring re-registration flier for complete details and restrictions.

 

How do I register my troop or girl?
Visit out Personify registration site to get started.

 

What information will I need to re-register my troop?
You will need the following information on each individual:

 

  • Current contact information (address, city, zip, phone, email) Number of years as a girl member (required for girls)
  • Number of years as an adult member (required for adults)
  • School grade for the upcoming year (required for girls)
  • School name for the upcoming year (required for girls)
  • Race/ethnic information
  • Pathway of entry - for most members, this will be "troop"
  • Custodial status & current contact information for custodial adults (required for girls)

 

I'm not sure how to register online. What do I do?
Attend one of our short instructional webinars to learn how! Find dates, times and registration details at girlscoutsosw.org.
We also have a handy Personify User Manual available.

 

Having trouble logging into Personify?
Contact the help desk at PersonifyHelpDesk@girlscoutsosw.org or Karen Kelly at (800) 433-9288

Update about Approved Outfitters

In order to better serve girls, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington has updated our outfitter approval process as of May 2012.
 
The following is our updated definition of high risk vendors: Any high risk vendor needs to be approved. High risk is defined as requiring specialized skills, training, equipment and/or supervision on the part of the participant and/or instructor. Examples of this include (but are not limited to): Rock climbing, high ropes, climbing walls, downhill skiing/snowboarding, white water rafting, surfing and swift water/whitewater canoeing.
 
In general, the following types of places do NOT require approval: family fun centers, ice skating, martial arts and flat water boating. If a venue has multiple elements, some that require approval and some that do not, girls are allowed to participate in the parts of the venue that do not require approval. For example, a troop is interested at having an end of the year pizza party at Daisy's Family Fun Center but it is not currently listed on the approved outfitters list. The site offers pizza, video games, bouncy houses, mini golf, a giant playground and a climbing wall.  The girls can participate in all the activities except the climbing wall. The Girl Scout troop leader is also welcome to contact GSOSW and work on getting the climbing wall approved for the girls.
 
Visit our Outfitters & Program Partners Web page to find out who is currently an approved outfitter. If you don't see someone on the list and want to start the process or just have general questions, feel free to contact Lauren Shapiro at lshapiro@girlscoutsosw.org or (503) 977-6823.

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