Adding New Meaning to a 'Girl Scout Volunteer'
What a way to show they care! GSEP
was thrilled to be on the receiving end of some generous corporate support in recent weeks when two companies put their workforces to work away from their offices. As part of its global "Aon United REDy Day" campaign
, employees from Aon Corporation
visited GSEP headquarters at the Shelly Ridge Service Center in Miquon (Montgomery County). In the heat of summer, willing volunteers re-painted the kitchen and fence, weeded and raked, replenished mulch, and more. "Everything was so well-organized on your end that it made our day all about the projects," said Aon organizer Patricia Peters
(right) An Aon volunteer puts the finishing touches on a freshly-painted wall in the GSEP kitchen.
Vanguard's Jeanne Hayden
had a similar reaction. To help kick off her company's annual United Way campaign, she and a team of co-workers (below)
spent their 'Day of Caring'
at GSEP's Camp Tohikanee (Quakertown). After hosting hundreds of resident-campers all summer, Site Ranger Chris Dolan
had a full list of chores for the volunteers. "It was the smoothest project I've ever had!" said Jeanne. "All we had to do was show up and work hard!"
Volunteers of all ages joined Vanguard's United Way Day of Caring at GSEP's Camp Tohikanee.
|Membership News |
2010 Fall Kick-off Meeting Wrap-UpNominations Invited for GSEP President's Award--September 30
More than 250 volunteers from throughout the Council attended one of last month's Fall Kick-Off events to get ready for the upcoming Program Year. With a renewed commitment to deliver a Journey experience for every girl in 2010-11, GSEP staff gave each Service Unit Manager a Journeys Tool Kit (also available online) to help troop leaders adapt and incorporate the resources into their activities. To give everyone the support they need for successful programming, GSEP will answer all volunteer questions via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and a Journeys Hotline (484.920.3055, or toll-free at 888.564.4657, ext.1459). Based on feedback collected at the Kick-offs, the GSEP Membership Team will launch a series of professional development opportunities tailored for volunteer needs and goals. Attendees also reviewed the 2010-11 Volunteer Essentials and Safety-WiseŽ Updates and learned about plans for the 2010-11 Product Program and Family Partnership Campaign. More information is available on the Adult Education page of the website.
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 Adult Education
page of the website. DEADLINE: Thursday, September 30. CONTACT: Devon Miller
at 610.933.7555, ext. 1419
for a printed form.
Camp Survey Re-opened through November 1
The last of the Property Town Hall Meetings was held to present Phase One findings of the GSEP Camp Property Assessment (click here
to view the presentation slides). Based on numerous requests from attendees at the sessions and the Spring Delegate meeting, the 2009 Camp Survey has been re-opened through November 1, 2010
. Click here for Individual survey
(Girl Scout members, volunteers, parents and non-members); click here for Troop survey
(girls and troop leaders). Those who have attended camp as both an individual and as part of a troop, are asked to complete both surveys. Online completion of the survey is preferred to facilitate efficient data analysis, but printed copies are available at each Service Center and can be secured through Membership Managers and Service Unit Managers. Anyone who has attended a GSEP camp, and parents/guardians of girls
who have attended a camp program, are encouraged to complete the survey, except those who responded last year
(to confirm accurate data analysis). Instead, send additional and subsequent feedback to email@example.com
(or by mail to GSEP, P.O. Box 27540, Philadelphia, PA 19118, ATTN: Property Committee
). Regular updates about the status and progress of the Property Assessment will be posted on the website; for printed updates, call 215.564.2030, ext. 1013
|What's In Store
Adventure Credits Are Still Good!
Adventure Credits can be redeemed for Retail Shop purchases through December 23 (Actual expiration for credit redemption is December 31, 2010, but GSEP Retail Shops will close from December 24 through January 3 for the Christmas and New Years holidays.)
Retail Shops Closed Friday, October 1
GSEP will hold its Fall All-Staff Meeting on Friday, October 1
, so all Retail Shops will be closed.
Fall Hours are Back! All Shops Open Saturdays in October
Discounts on Journeys, Basics in a Bag, 'dare 2 dream' Gift Registry
Through October, all Retail Shops
will be open on Saturdays from 10am-3pm
. Stock up for the Program Year with 15% off all Journeys
resources, cost-saving "Basics in a Bag" packages, and 20% off regularly-priced items from the Fall 2010 Girl Scout Catalog (for purchases of $25 or more)--then get signed up for GSEP's new "dare 2 dream"
Gift Registry. Shop online
anytime! Delaware County
Wednesday & Friday: 10am-5pm
Monday & Friday: 10am-5pm
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 10am-5pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 10am-5pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 10am-5pm
Last Call to Register for the Stand Up For Justice Series!
GSEP's new Stand Up for Justice series kicks-off this Saturday and girls are still invited to register. Those who sign up for all four programs (September 25, October 23, November 20 and December 11) will be automatically registered for the culminating Justice Showcase event on January 17, where they will complete their Justice Journey. Register through E-Council. Contact Kristen Hughes at 610.933.7555, ext.1411 for information about this week's program.
Breaking News! The date for the Stand Up for Justice, Event 2: 'Take Your Ideas to City Hall' has been changed. The event will be held Saturday, October 23 from 1-4pm at Temple University's Beasley School of Law. Contact Tracey Bunch at 610.933.7555, ext. 1425 for information.
Fashionistas: Join the Fashion Patrol!
Girls Step Out for Philadelphia Fashion Week, Host Fibers Workshop
'Project Runway' is the Fashion Patrol's signature event during its program year.
Fashion Patrol's Fibers & Embellishments Workshop--November 12-13
The Fashion Patrol always welcomes new members and invites girls in grades 7-12 to experiment with dyeing, spinning, felting, crocheting and much more at an overnight workshop (6pm Friday through 2pm Saturday) at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Audubon. COST: $18/girl (includes Friday snack, Saturday breakfast and lunch). Contact Arleen Bloss-Tapler (610-739-9999 or firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Karen Zimmerman (610.760.1887 or email@example.com).
|Have You Heard? Adventure Credits Are Good Through December 31
GSEP's Nuts About Reading Program kicked off September 13 and runs through October 25. Volunteers are reminded that all the 'tools' they need to help girls 'design their futures and construct a plan' are available online and through their Service Units--a Rally Guide, troop and refresher training, and much more!
Girls who earned Adventure Credits through their participation in the 2010 Cookie Program can apply them towards membership fees and travel expenses through December 31, 2010. Credits must be applied to GSEP Retail Shop purchases by December 23 before they close for the Christmas and New Years holidays.
There's Still Time to Get Nuts About Reading!
Monday, October 25--6:30pm
Lehigh Valley Service Center
Tuesday, October 26--10am
Tuesday, November 2--6:30pmShelly Ridge Service Center
Tuesday, October 26--6:30pm
Wednesday, October 27--1pmDoylestown United Methodist Church
(320 E. Swamp Rd.
Wednesday, October 27-- 5:30pmValley Forge Service Center
Thursday, October 28--10amDelaware County Service Center
Thursday, October 28--6:30pmOur Lady of Calvary
(11024 Knights Rd., Northeast Philadelphia
Wednesday, November 3--6:30pmSchuylkill Valley School District
(929 Lakeshore Dr., Leesport
Thursday, November 4--6:30pm
Contact Lindsay Guyer
at 215.564.2030, ext. 1043
for all Product Program information.
|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
NOTE: The Property Module will move from E-Council to a different data base system on October 1. Access details and instructions will be available shortly.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
GSEP offices and retail shops will be closed Friday, October 1.
| 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; interested candidates should contact their Service Unit Manager or Rosa Sanchez
. 2010 FALL DELEGATE MEETINGS
Delegates are required to attend; GSEP members ages 14 and older are invited.
Thursday, October 14
Shelly Ridge Service Center
First Presbyterian Church 3231 W. Tilghman Street Allentown
Valley Forge Service Center2pm
|GIRL SCOUT AWARDS UPDATE|
GOLD AND SILVER AWARD TRAINING
GSEP no longer provides training for the Gold and Silver Awards using the original requirements. Neither award is valid after September 30, 2011; girls and volunteers who were unable to attend a training session can refer to the Silver Award or Gold Award manuals on the GSEP website. New Gold and Silver Award Take Action Manuals will be available in October. Updated awards guidelines are available now on the GSUSA website.
BRONZE AWARD TRAINING
The Bronze Award Take Action Manual is available now on the GSEP website. At-home training modules are available in both printed and online e-learning versions.
Contact Joan Hannahoe at 610.791.2411 with questions or for a printed copy of any Take Action Manual (after October 15).
| 2011 TAKE THE LEAD
GIRL APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED
Monday, November 1
Girl Scout Juniors and up can be Emcees, Presenters, Advocates, or Hosts. Girls of all ages may join the Chorus (musicians also needed). Applications are available through
EVENT CO-CHAIRS ANNOUNCED
GSEP is pleased to announce some of the 2011 Take The Lead
award event Co-Chairs:
(March 1, 2011)
Leslie Anne Miller, Esq.
William R. Sasso
Chairman, Stradley Ronon
(March 15, 2011)
Affinity Bank of Pennsylvania
(April 27, 2011)
Alvin H. Butz, Inc.
President & CEO
Lafayette Ambassador Bank
Additional Co-Chairs will be announced as they are finalized.
Corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities are available for all regional Take The Lead programs. For information, call 1.888.564.4657 or email email@example.com.
| REDUCED LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP RATE|
SEPTEMBER 28Graduating 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.
A PASSPORT TO TRAVEL
Girls can see the world with Girl Scouts destinations
, updated regularly on the GSUSA website at www.studio2b.org
. Application deadline: Monday, November 1
. Forms are available in GSUSA's Explore It! guide
. Mail to:
GSEP, Attn: Joan Hannahoe
, P.O. Box 27540, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Two- and three-day Getaway Trips are also available; girls can apply directly to the sponsoring council to attend.
(all meetings 7-8:30pm)
Shelly Ridge Service Center
Tuesday, September 28 Lehigh Service Center
Thursday, September 30
Valley Forge Service Center
Tuesday, October 11
|'YOUR TIME IS NOW!'
GOVERNOR'S CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN
GSEP is a supporting organization of the 7th Annual Pennsylvania Governor's Conference for Women on Thursday, October 14 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Keynote speakers are financial Chair and CEO Ellen Alemany, author Kelly Corrigan, and playwright/activist
Eve Ensler. Click here to register.
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