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 firstname.lastname@example.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 Committee Town Hall Meeting--Saturday, September 11
Valley Forge Service Center
Email ongoing questions and feedback to the Committee's dedicated mailbox.
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.
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.
|Nuts About Reading: September 13 - October 25
Service Unit #607 (Greater Coatesville) got a groundbreaking start on its Program Year with a
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.
|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 email@example.com
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
, 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
4th Saturday of the month: 10am-3pm
Monday & Friday: 10am-5pm
2nd Saturday of the month: 10am-3pm
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 10am-5pm
1st Saturday of the month: 10am-3pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 10am-5pm
1st Saturday of the month: 10am-3pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 10am-5pm
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
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.
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)
Saturday, October 16
First Presbyterian Church (3231 W. Tilghman Street in Allentown, Lehigh County)
Valley Forge Service Center (Chester County)
2pmGirl 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
for a training session at Shelly Ridge Service Center
(Montgomery County).Saturday, September 25
Saturday, October 9
9:30am-12:30pm Contact Olivia Selinger
at 215.564.2030, ext. 1040
for information about all Governance activities.
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.
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
, 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
, 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
, 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.
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Saturday, September 25The 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
PHS FALL GARDEN FESTIVAL
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,
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.
FREE HORSE SHOW FOR GIRL SCOUT JUNIORS
Saturday, October 16
Girls in grades 4-5
'YOUR TIME IS NOW!'
2010 Pennsylvania Governor's
Conference for Women
| 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
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