Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

Volunteer News
July 2012 
Congratulations and Thank You!

Your volunteer service is greatly appreciated! Because of you, girls are getting the opportunity to experience Girl Scouting in your area.

Thank you from everyone at Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. We are happy to announce that 12 service units hit the May 31, 2012 girl membership goal of 95%. A big congratulations to those service units - thank you for everything you do for girls!

Service Unit 1
Service Unit 8
Service Unit 9
Service Unit 14
Service Unit 15
Service Unit 16
Service Unit 21
Service Unit 23
Service Unit 24
Service Unit 25
Service Unit 64
Service Unit 69

Blog it!
Did you attend the Rock the Mall event in Washington DC? If so, GSOSW wants to feature your story on our blog! Contact Rebekah at to share stories, photos or videos from the event, and your content may be selected for use in a special Rock the Mall recap blog post!
Interested in being a part of the Product Sale Program?

There are service units that need volunteers to make the Fall Product Program a reality for girls. Now is a great time to test the waters of what an Service Unit Product Manager does.

The Fall Product Program is designed to be a short & sweet sale; no cupboards or extra ordering. With only one order to place and a much smaller delivery and incentive to go out, the Fall Product Program is a great place to start! The only step left is to follow up with troops & help them with final deposits. That's all there is to it.

Please share this great opportunity with your fellow volunteers! Anyone interested can fill out a Service Team Interest Form and we'll be in touch.

Quick Links

 2012 Spring-Summer Program Guide
Centennial Blanket 

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Earn Money for Travel!

Plan on doing any traveling? Would you like some money to help pay for the trip? Girls can earn money for travel by working at the Oregon State Fair Stroller Booth!
We are looking for girls (entering grades 6-12) to help work in the stroller booth this summer at the Oregon State Fair from August 24 to September 3, 2012. If you plan on traveling and want in on this great opportunity, email Jen Kehret to schedule your shifts at Make sure to include your troop number, troop leader's name and both email and phone contact information. Shifts will be open for sign up on July 23 and assigned on a first come, first served basis. Be aware that it may take several days to receive a response, and that the shifts are assigned on a first come, first served basis as measured by the time stamp on the email.
Each shift consists of two adults and two girls. Parking is free at the event. The profit from the stroller booth will be divided equally among all of the shifts and the checks will be cut to the troops at the end of October. Each troop or individually registered Girl Scout can work a maximum of two shifts. If a troop or individually registered Girl Scout would like more than two shifts they must email Jen after August 6 to sign up for those additional shifts if they are available. Please indicate your top three shift choices when registering.


Shifts will be on the following dates:
Friday August 24 THROUGH Monday September 3.

Sundays through Thursdays      Fridays and Saturdays
10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.                10:00 a.m. - 2:30p.m.
2:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m.                   2:30p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.                7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Adult Learning Opportunities

Register for these events on Personify.

Hooky Weekend
When: September 21-23, 2012
Where: Camp Cleawox
What: Join us for a weekend of fun and enrichment at the Oregon Coast! Hooky Weekend is open to all adults regardless of level of experience. This 20+ year old tradition is a great way to learn new skills, make new friends and connect with leaders from all over the council.

ICAN Conference
Lodge space has filled for this event. Car/Tent camping still available! See our Workshops page for details.

When: October 19-21, 2012
Where: Mountaindale Outdoor Program Center
What: This development weekend is designed for experienced leaders and is packed full of valuable workshops, relaxation and networking. More information, including a list of workshops, is available now at!

Map It: Girls Changing the World!

GSUSA has launched an interactive map to see how Girl Scouts all over are changing the world. Whether it's Girl Scout Gold, Silver, or Bronze Awards, Forever Green or Journey Take Action projects, you can browse what girls are doing to get inspiration and share your story with us. It's a great way to get inspiration for your Girl Scout year or just see what other girls are doing to change the world!

New! Individual User Manual Available for Personify

We're excited to let you know that we've now completed a Personify user manual for individuals. The manual includes instructions on how to activate your Personify account, log in, register yourself, register your girl and sign up for program events to name just some of the information in the manual. To access the manual, visit the Personify homepage and find the link for the Personify User Manual for Individuals near the top of the page. Coming in August - live webinars for individuals on how to renew membership and sign up for events in Personify. Dates and times will be announced in the MSN.

Family Partnership and Upcoming Leadership Events

The Family Partnership/1912 Society Troop Packets
were mailed to one adult member in each troop and although they were intended to go to leaders and co-leaders, in many cases they were mailed to parent helpers or other adults registered with the troop. If you are leader and co-leader please check with the adults in your troop if you haven't received a packet yet. If you are a troop adult who received the packet please let the leader and co-leader know you have it.


You may also request another packet from Nicky Aiello at (503) 977-6833 or Don't miss your opportunity to participate in the exciting Family Partnership prizes for individuals, troops and service units.


Save the Date for Upcoming Leadership Events! 


Portland Leadership Luncheon
September 27, 2012
Social hour begins at 11:00 a.m. Lunch follows at noon.
Location: Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97205

Friends of Girl Scouts Salem Gathering
October 16, 2012
Event begins at 5:30p.m.-7:00p.m.
Location: Mission Mill Museum, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, OR 97301

Register for either or both online at

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