September 3, 2010
banner
Spotlight 
Introducing SPARK!  
spark_cover
To make its annual program event planner more girl-friendly, GSEP has introduced spark, a new publication for girls packed with events, activities, and more to fill their days with fun. Program opportunities are organized into four categories--STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), outdoor, leadership, and environment--and calendar pages and an activities index make it easy to find programs by month and grade-level. Girls are encouraged to participate in activities in ways that work for them--individually, as part of a group, weekly or monthly, or whenever they fit into their schedules. Printed copies of spark will arrive at girls' doorsteps at the end of September and will also be mailed to school guidance counseling offices, community centers and other organizations that serve girls. A sneak-preview edition is on the website, and readers are encouraged to send their ideas, suggestions and other feedback about the new magazine to spark@gsep.org.
 
Adult Development   
Fall Adult Learn and Lead (F.A.L.L.)--How The West Was Fun!
October 1-3 at Camp Tweedale (Oxford, Chester County) 
A premier learning event for volunteers, with workshops on implementing both Journeys for each age-level; crafts, traditions, and ideas to enhance Journeys; and required Leadership training and instruction in Medic First Aid and Outdoor Education. Click here for program schedule and registration form. DEADLINE: September 10. CONTACT: Dale Moelter at 610.933.7555, ext. 1498.
Property News
Property Committee Town Hall Meeting--Saturday, September 11
Valley Forge Service Center 
10am-Noon 
All are invited to attend to hear updates and new information about the status of the Council's Property Assessment. The report shared last spring is on the website.
Email ongoing questions and feedback to the Committee's dedicated mailbox.
 
Berks Service Center Under Construction
During construction, visitors to the Berks Service Center are advised to follow all postings to enter the building. The primary front entrance will be closed for an extended period, but access-status for all entrances is clearly marked with directional signage that indicates alternative entries. Construction activity will partially impact parking areas, which will be labeled accordingly.
Product Program
nuts_about_reading_logoNuts About Reading: September 13 - October 25
Service Unit #607 (Greater Coatesville) got a groundbreaking start on its Program Year with a   
nuts_about_reading
Nuts About Reading Rally on September 2. Using the online Rally Guide as its blueprint, the Team took the "Design Your Future, Construct a Plan" theme to heart by donning hard-hats, work boots and tool belts. Dozens of volunteers visited five skill-stations to build excitment for their own troop campaigns. Program Team Member Lin Mattson (right) staffed the "Tools for Success" booth directly across from the "Capture Your Dream" table, where a Girl Scout Daisy and Senior taught volunteers to turn a paper plate and some yarn into colorful dreamcatchers. Increased proceeds, incentives, online troop and refresher training, and much more are all part of the 2010 Nuts About Reading Program, which gives troops an easy way to get a jump-start on their program-year funding. Visit the Product Program page for more resources. Troops planning outside fundraising must participate in both the Nuts About Reading and Cookie Programs to qualify for additional fundraiser approval. Outside fundraising cannot compete with Council Product Programs and is not permitted while they are underway.
Online Updates 
Original E-Council URLs Reinstated
This summer, a change to the URL for E-Council was announced. Due to technical difficulties, the original URL for volunteers to review troop and other membership data has been reinstated: http://www1.e-council.net. For Program and Training registration and Property reservation, the updated URL for the E-Council portal is https://www1.e-council.net/code/onlinereg/?council=253
 
Online Training for Field Data Entry
Service Unit Managers, Registrars and '01' Troop Leaders can now complete online training for Field Data Entry. Course duration is approximately one hour. Email ecounciluserrequests@gsep.org to participate. Registrants will be provided course-access information within 2 weeks; access expires in 7 days. Upon course completion, participants will be notified of their security update and given access information for E-Council.
What's In Store 
Fall Retail Shop Hours Return with 15% Off Journey Resources
Beginning September 7, GSEP Retail Shop hours return to the Program Year schedule. Journey books and resources purchases are 15 percent off in September. All Shops are open every Saturday in October, and in May through mid-June, and closed for Council holidays, All-Staff Meetings, and from November 24-28 and December 24 through January 2. Call ahead to confirm Shop Hours, or shop online anytime.   
 
Delaware County
Wednesday & Friday: 10am-5pm
Monday: 11am-6pm
4th Saturday of the month: 10am-3pm  
 
Jane Seltzer
Monday & Friday: 10am-5pm
Wednesday: 11am-6pm
2nd Saturday of the month: 10am-3pm
 
Lehigh Valley
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 10am-5pm
Tuesday: 10am-6pm
1st Saturday of the month: 10am-3pm
 
Shelly Ridge
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 10am-5pm
Wednesday: 10am-6pm
1st Saturday of the month: 10am-3pm
 
Valley Forge
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 10am-5pm
Thursday: 10am-6pm
3rd Saturday of the month: 10am-3pm
 
'Basics in a Bag' Are Back!
Everything she needs to get outfitted for the year is in the Bag. "Basics in a Bag" sets are available for every grade-level and include a sash or vest, Council insignia patches and tabs, troop numbers, choice of activity book or handbook, choice of Journey book and a t-shirt--all in a drawstring bag!--at a cost that's less than if the items were purchased separately. View the flyer or call a Retail Shop for information.
 
GSEP Introduces 'dare 2 dream' Gift Registry
Girl Scouts with wish-lists will love GSEP's new "dare 2 dream" Gift Registry. Girls can build their lists of Girl Scout must-haves and share with friends and family as gift ideas for the holidays, birthdays, or other occasions. Watch for details on the website.
 
Personnel Changes Around the Council
Caryn Newton
joins the Lehigh Valley Retail Shop as a Retail Specialist on September 7. She has extensive retail experience, is a Graphic-Design graduate of West Chester University, and earned her Silver Award ... Ariel Baker and Wendi Powell, currently Retail Associates at Valley Forge and Lehigh Valley (respectively) have been named Shop Managers ... Donna Higgins and Miesha Williams, Retail Associates at Jane Seltzer and Delaware County (respectively) have been named Retail Specialists.
Governance News 
Service Unit Delegate Positions Available
Delegate and Alternate Delegate positions are still open in some Service Units. Registered members ages 14 and older may participate. Information about the positions is available on the Governance page of the website. Interested candidates should contact their Service Unit Manager or Rosa Sanchez.
 
2010 Fall Delegate Meetings
Meetings are open to GSEP members ages 14 and older. Delegates are required to attend and will receive additional information in the mail after September 14. 
Thursday, October 14
Shelly Ridge Service Center (Montgomery County)
7pm  
Saturday, October 16
First Presbyterian Church (3231 W. Tilghman Street in Allentown, Lehigh County)
9am
Valley Forge Service Center (Chester County)
2pm

Girl Scout Historians Needed
Girls ages 14 and older can become GSEP Historians (or Docents), who lead museum tours, assist with programs, and learn and share their love of Girl Scout history with younger girls. Leadership credit is available for participation. Register on
E-Council for a training session at Shelly Ridge Service Center (Montgomery County).
Saturday, September 25
12:30-3:30pm
Saturday, October 9
9:30am-12:30pm
 
Contact Olivia Selinger at 215.564.2030, ext. 1040 for information about all Governance activities. 
Staff Shorts 
Promotions, New Employees, and Professional Achievements 
Carla Hickey
has been promoted to Senior Director of Development, with responsibility for all aspects of fund development. Carla joined Girl Scouts of Great Valley in 2001 and became GSEP's Regional Director of Lehigh and Berks upon the Council merger in 2007. She serves on the Women's Leadership Initiative of the Greater Lehigh Valley United Way and the Women's Business Council Board of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, hosts a 30-minute program on Berks Community Television called "Girl Scouts: Making The World a Better Place," and is active with her son's Boy Scout troop. 
 
Emily Sowell
has joined GSEP as Program Manager for Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, which will serve 50-75 girls whose mothers are incarcerated by emphasizing life-skills development through Girl Scout-troop meetings, monthly prison visits, and programming for both the girls and their mothers. Emily earned her B.S. with a concentration in Social Work and has extensive experience working with at-risk youth and facilitating developmental projects.
 
Dale Moelter, Adult Recruitment Manager,
recently earned her Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) credential from the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. She is among fewer than 1,000 professionals who hold the international designation, which recognizes core competencies and best-practice compliance in mobilizing and managing volunteers. After working 25 years in youth ministry, Dale joined Girl Scouts of Freedom Valley in 2004 and assumed her current role in 2007.
GSEP in the News
Some Girl Scout Shout-Outs
Watch for an article about Gold Awardee Darragh Friedman (SU #638, Chester County) in the September 8 edition of City-Suburban News. Darragh produced a 30-minute documentary about four Holocaust survivors, and the story is part of the newspaper's special issue about Jewish culture in preparation for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year ... Bucks Local News caught up with the Sandy Run Service Unit (#624, Bucks County) during its Neighborhood Day Camp, "Around the World in Five Days." Sixth-grade campers completed their Breathe Journey, and SU Manager Peggy Pelosi surprised everyone by taking off in a helicopter ... Girl Scout Senior Abby Sanders (SU #736, Berks County) was featured in the Northwestern Press last month after delivering 15 painted birdhouses to Ontelaunee Park in Lynn Township as part of her Silver Award project.
 
Issue: 50
CONTENTS
Adult Development
Property News
Breaking Ground: 2010 Nuts About Reading
Online Updates
What's In Store
Governance News
2011 TAKE THE LEAD!
Adult Recognition
Program Partner Activities
Discounted Lifetime Membership
GET READY TO
 TAKE THE LEAD!
 
 Call for Nominations
Friday, September 17
Nominations are invited
 for 2011 Take The Lead Award honorees--women of courage, confidence and character whose breakthrough leadership and accomplishments make the world a better place. Nomination forms are available on the website or by email at takethelead@gsep.org.
 
Girl Applications
Friday, October 1
Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to become Emcees, Presenters, Advocates, or Hosts. Girl Scouts of all ages may join the Chorus;
musicians are also needed. Nomination forms are available through
 
2011 Take The Lead Award Events
Philadelphia: March 1
Berks County: March 15
Lehigh Valley: April 27 
 ___________________
ADULT RECOGNITION 
 
GSEP PRESIDENT'S AWARD
Thursday, September 30
Service Units that advance Council goals of building and retaining diverse membership, encourage training and programming among their troops, and have actively supported the Family Partnership Campaign during a fiscal year are recognized with the GSEP President's Award. Application is available on the lower-right section Adult Education page of the website. DEADLINE: Thursday, September 30. CONTACT: Devon Miller at 610.933.7555, ext. 1419.
 
GSEP TREFOIL
 SOCIETY LUNCHEON
Saturday, September 25
The Trefoil Society's annual luncheon will be held at The Inn at Towamencin in Kulpsville (Montgomery County). Membership is open to Adult Award recipients whose recognition has been approved at the Council or National level. Invitations have been mailed. CONTACT: Carla Hickey at 610.791.2411, ext. 1505.
 
 ADULT RECOGNITION AWARDS SURVEY 
Feedback and suggestions to enhance the annual GSEP Adult Awards Celebration 
Complete this simple survey
___________________

PROGRAM PARTNER ACTIVITIES

 MODERN DANCE AT PHILLY FRINGE 
 Saturday,
September 11 
MM2, a youth-based modern dance company in Drexel Hill (Delaware County), is offering discounted tickets for Girl Scouts and their families for three performances of "Emergence" at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center during the 2010 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe. Show times are 2:30pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm. Ticket cost is $5/person for online order; enter coupon code mm2dance.
 
PHS FALL GARDEN FESTIVAL
Saturday,
September 11
Music, food, children's activities, tours, and more are part of the Philadelphia Horticultural Society's annual event at the Philadelphia Navy Yard (Broad Street & Constitution Avenue) from 11am-4pm, rain or shine. Admission and parking are free.
 
BACK-TO-SCHOOL FUN AT DORNEY
Girls and their families can squeeze in a little more summer fun on September 12, 18 and 19 with discounted admission--$17 for a One-Day Regular or Junior/Senior pass. Click here for a downloadable coupon.
 
GIRL SCOUT DAY AT TEMPLE FOOTBALL Saturday,
 September 18
 12 Noon at Lincoln Financial Field
Girls enjoy photo opportunities, pre-game arts and crafts, and an exclusive Girl Scout Day Patch! Tickets start at $12/person. View the flyer.
 CONTACT:
Emily Krombach at 215.204.7270.
 
FREE HORSE SHOW FOR GIRL SCOUT JUNIORS
Saturday, October 16
Girls in grades 4-5
can work towards the Horse Fan Patch at The Pennsylvania National Horse Show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Exhibition Center in Harrisburg. Free for Girl Scout Juniors and $5 for adults. Pre-registration required by September 30; call 508.698.6810, ext. 13. 
 ___________________
'YOUR TIME IS NOW!'
2010 Pennsylvania Governor's
Conference for Women
October 14
GSEP is a supporting organization of the 7th Annual Pennsylvania Governor's Conference for Women, being held Thursday, October 14 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, with the theme "Your Time Is Now!" Keynote
speakers are financial Chair and CEO
Ellen Alemany, author Kelly Corrigan, and playwright/activist
Eve EnslerClick here to register before September 10 for a special rate of $125/person; enter Promotional Code PATSU2.
___________________
 REDUCED LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP RATE
through September 28
 Graduating High School Seniors can become Lifetime Girl Scout Members for a reduced rate of $156. Applicants must complete the Adult Registration form requesting Lifetime Membership and mail with payment to Pattie Derr at the Lehigh Valley Service Center for receipt by September 28. Forms and payment received after that date will be processed at the full Lifetime Membership rate of $300.
CONTACT: Pattie Derr at 610.791.2411, ext. 1510 or Eleanor Malkemes at 215.564.2030, ext 1055.
___________________
Join Our Mailing List
To unsubscribe, click the "Safe Unsubscribe" icon below.
 
Edited by: Betsy Taube
 
Share your stories! Send photos and details about your troop programs and activities to Betsy Taube, Director of Communications. We will do our best to include your news in an upcoming issue of eNews, but space limitations prevent us from posting all submissions.
 
eNews Hard Copies: If you know of a Leader or Service Unit Manager who does not receive or have access to a computer and would like to receive eNews, contact Loretta Rudzinski at 866.564.2030, ext. 1049 to arrange for a mailed copy. 

Spread the Word! Be sure to forward this e-mail to fellow volunteers, friends and family! Just click the "Forward" link below. Encourage them to subscribe by clicking the "Join Our Mailing List" button above, in the lavender right-side panel, and entering their e-mail address. 

 

Shelly Ridge Service Center | 330 Manor Road, Miquon, PA 19444 | Tel. 888.564.4657 | Fax 215.564.6953
Mailing address | PO Box 27540 | Philadelphia, PA 19118