Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

July 2012

Save the Date!

Join Us As We Celebrate 100 Years of Girl Scouting!


2012 Leadership Luncheon

Governor Hotel, Portland

September 27, 2012


Keynote Speaker:

Linda Cohen, Girl Scout and author of 1000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire and Change Your Life.


Register today!


For more information, contact:

Shannon Spencer

(503) 977-6843


Sponsored By:

Wells Fargo & KGW

What is Your Favorite Summer Time Girl Scout Memory?

Do the warmer temperatures and nice weather bring back your happy memories as a Girl Scout?


Perhaps a resident camp or day camp memory? Do you have a favorite cookout story or recipe you'd like to share?


Please let us hear from you and we'll post your favorite memories in a future edition of GSOSW Alumnae eNews!


Send your memories to:

KC Carnes,


Enjoy your summer!

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From the Girl Scout Blog: Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients Meet  President Obama

 Gold Awardees Meet President Obama

Just a week after our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, posthumously received the Presidential Medial of Freedom at the White House, GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chávez, GSUSA National President Connie Lindsey, and eight Gold Award recipients met with President Obama in the Oval Office, presented him with the Girl Scout annual report, and then met with White House senior staff to discuss their Gold Award projects!

Barbara Roberts Featured as GSUSA  Girl Scout Great!

  Barbara Roberts

Barbara Roberts

Girl Scouts alumna

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington


Just as my ancestors blazed a trail across the Oregon TRail, expanding the United States to the nation's western shore, Girl Scouts gives girls the opportunity to blaze their own trails. As Oregon's first woman governor, I developed my first leadership skills while I was a Girl Scout.


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GSOSW Welcomes Mary Lee Alder, Chief Development Officer

by KC Carnes

Mary Lee Alder has over 10 years of professional fundraising experience. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a member of Willamette Valley Development Officers. She was most recently the Development Director for Self-Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) and oversaw a $3.5 million annual private fundraising goal for the multi-service youth development agency which serves primarily poor children and children of color. Before that, she served for eight years as the Planned Giving Officer/Senior Development Officer for Medical Teams International, an international relief and development agency. She was also a Brownie!


To get to know her better, I asked Mary Lee the following questions:


What is your favorite Girl Scout memory: "When I flew up to Girl Scouts from being a Brownie, we went to the beach and hunted for seashells."


How did Girl Scouts impact you? "At an early age, I became passionate about fairness for girls and other underserved/under represented people."


What is something you are proud of? "Every morning that I actually wake up an hour early and go for a run, I'm really proud of that!"


What advice do you have for girls? "Try new things! Eat weird foods. Every time something doesn't work out the way you think it should, you've learned something to use for next time."


Any advice for adults regarding to how to inspire girls? "When you see a girl doing something right, notice it and comment on it. These can be girls you don't even know. Point out the act of kindness you see her do. And by all means, tell her she's pretty! Every girl has something beautiful about her!"


Mary Lee's attitude on fundraising: "Generous people - at all levels of giving - are always looking for wonderful places to give their money. It's not so much about asking someone for a handout, it's more about asking people to join in this exciting adventure we're on and they're completely stoked to do it. Generous people get great joy out of giving money, whether it's one dollar or a thousand dollars."


Welcome Mary Lee Alder!

Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout!
Contact KC Carnes, Alumnae Coordinator, if you are interested in community service projects, events to support local Girl Scouts, networking events and other Girl Scout fun!
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character,
who make the world a better place.