Issue: 60October 14, 2011
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Spotlight: Girls Guide to Girl Scouting and a NEW Blog
New Resource now available for Girls at every level

Have you heard about the new resource now available, for use with the Journeys?


GSUSA has written a definitive guide for each age level of Girl Scouts. Click here to download the info for each grade level and click here to download the FAQ.

Blog with us by clicking Girl's Guide Blog.  Badge sets coming to a GSEP Retail Store near you very soon!


The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting has found immediate, widespread acceptance in the Girl Scouting community. The initial press run of 850,000 copies has all but sold out.Stories highlighting The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting have appeared in, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, USA Today, NPR, Time, Tecca, Jezebel and many more are expected including Washington Post.


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Anna Maria Chávez, CEO Designate, Girl Scouts of the USA



Anna Maria Chávez is a lifetime member Girl Scout and an award-winning community leader. Prior to accepting the position of Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA, Ms. Chávez served as CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT). Prior to her leadership roles with Girl Scouts, Ms. Chávez served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Urban Relations and Community Development for the former Governor of Arizona and current U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. In this position, she promoted the Governor's policies, programs and initiatives through coordination and partnership with City, County, and Tribal Governments, Federal agencies and community organizations. In addition, Ms. Chávez served as the Governor's Policy Advisor to the Arizona Department of Housing and advised the Governor on strategies for coordinating housing and economic development.


Click here to learn more.

e-Biz Update

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania is excited to offer e-Biz Online Registration. Personify e-Biz is a web portal that will be used as a single point of entry for members to update their information, register for Membership, Programs, Adult Education Courses, Camp and much more!


Since our launch date of August 22, 2011 we realize that some of you have experienced issues with the eBiz site.  We appreciate your understanding and patience while we work out the issues with this new system.  We would like to reach out to you to join a focus group to talk about the issues you are having with the site.  Please email with your name, position and contact information if you would be interested in participating in this focus group.


In the meantime, please visit the eBiz help page on our website (  We have recently updated the FAQs (frequently asked questions) or you can contact the eBiz Help Desk at with your questions.  The number one frequently asked question has been:  "I am receiving the message "I don't exist."   This is because no email exists within the membership record.  Please send your first and last names along with your email address to  Your email address will be updated in your membership record and you will then receive a response from the help desk within 3 business days that you are now able to register on eBiz.


Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we work through the

issues with this new system.

Girl Scouts Join the Nation in Remembrance of 9/11

Senior/Ambassador Troop 71425 Salutes Local First Responders

GSEP Troop 71425 delivered 11 home made gift baskets to local police and fire stations around the Pottstown and Pottsgrove areas to thank them for their service. Though many of the girls were very young 10 years ago, the oldest only being 7 at the time, they still  have appreciation for how the emergency personnel responded without hesitation and that if called upon our our local heroes would do the same. The girls designed a thank you note and delivered a speech written by one of the girls, Meagan W., called "What is a Hero?"  


9.11 Pottstown Fire Dept

Program News

Celebrate the International Year of Chemistry and National Chemistry Week with These Programs Coming in October and November 

National Chemistry Week (NCW) is an annual community outreach program hosted by the Penn State Berks student chapter and Lehigh Valley section of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. It is designed to show how chemistry supports everyone and contributes to our quality of life and the nation's economy. NCW is celebrated throughout the country by all 187 local sections of the American Chemical Society during the International Year of Chemistry. The theme for this year's NCW is Chemistry--Our Health, Our Future! The activities that are planned will demonstrate concepts in chemistry that are related to nutrition, hygiene, and health. More information about National Chemistry Week is available at Other International Year of Chemistry programs include:


Chemistry "Myths" Busted! Saturday, October 22, 1-3:30pm
University of Pennsylvania Chemistry Department, 231 S. 34th St., Freshman
Chemistry Labs. Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323
Is green food coloring really green? Are there actually pieces of iron in your breakfast cereal, and, if so, can you digest them? If you like the TV program Mythbusters, you'll love spending the afternoon in lab with Penn's Women in Chemistry group
busting myths surrounding the foods we eat and learning some easy experiments that you can teach to younger girls. Along the way, bust some myths about who
chemists are and what they do! 


Chemistry: Our Health, Our Future! Saturday, October 22, 2011
Penn State University, Berks Campus, Tulpehocken Road,Reading, PA
Grades: K-3, 9-10:45am; Grades: 4-8, 11am-1:15pm; Grades: 9-12, 1:30-3:45pm
Celebrate the International Year of Chemistry and National Chemistry Week. Explore the positive impacts of chemistry as it relates to keeping us healthy through proper nutrition, hygiene, and medicine. Funding for this program was provided by The American Chemical Society's Bridging the Gap Nano-Grant for Celebrating IYC 2011.


Our Health, Our Future: Science Adventure Saturday, November 5, Noon-4pm

The Independence School, 1300 Paper Mill Road, Newark, Delaware 19711

Everyone is invited to this free event, which will include hands-on exhibits, games, and a chemistry show. Girl Scouts and other youth groups can earn a patch by doing activities. For more information, contact Lois Weyer at 410.392.1273 (daytime), 610.274.8558 (evening), or Patches are free and reservations are not needed, but a call or message would be appreciated so they have an idea of the number of participants. All ages are welcome but activities are geared toward grades K-6.


Chemistry--Everyday Stuff! Saturday, November 19, 2011
Penn State University, Berks Campus, Tulpehocken Road, Reading, PA
Grades: K-3, 9-10:45am; Grades: 4-8, 11am-1:15pm; Grades: 9-12, 1:30-3:45pm
Celebrate the International Year of Chemistry. Explore the chemistry of everyday materials, their properties and recycling everyday items you may not think about to promote a greener earth.  

Take the Lead 2012

Philadelphia, Berks, and Lehigh Valley


Take the Lead honors outstanding women in our community for their breakthrough leadership. The program is entirely girl-led, showcasing Girl Scouts poise, maturity, and leadership, and offers girls a unique opportunity to develop public speaking, networking, and presentation skills. Fill out this form if you wish to become a girl participant at one of our three regional Take the Lead events:

Philadelphia: The Hyatt at The Bellevue, March 6, 2012
Berks County: Sovereign Performing Arts Center, March 13, 2012
Lehigh Valley: ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, March 27, 2012 

A Take the Lead honoree is a woman of exceptional impact. She goes above and beyond, strives for greatness, and achieves amazing goals. She is a confident and courageous leader, she gives back to the community and cares about others. Most importantly, she serves as a role model for Girl Scouts.


To learn more about the events and how you can get involved, please contact Development Coordinator, Kelly Strause at


TTL Lehigh 2011

Pennsylvania Conference For Women - Oct. 25, 2011 
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia

GSEP is proud to be a supporting organization of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women.  The 8th annual conference promises to be exceptional!  The Conference will include inspirational keynote speakers, skill-building breakout sessions and ample opportunities to develop new relationships with other women leaders. With sessions ranging from personal finance to health and wellness to career advancement, this unique event offers something for everyone. Attendees will find information and motivation to thrive in any circumstance. You will: Connect and network with 5,000 women from across Pennsylvania; learn skills and tools from both nationally recognized speakers and Pennsylvania leaders; and build your professional network.


Attendees from all sectors are welcome, as well as students, entrepreneurs and self employed women.


Individual: $135

You and a friend: $260
Table of ten: $1250
Student: $65

Two-day pass including NEW Spark & Hustle Small Business Boot Camp: $215


For more information & to register for the conference please visit:  

Conference web site: 

Conference registration page: 

Picture Place
Carbon County Troop Earns Global Action Patch

Girl Scout Troop 3127 of the Palmerton Service Unit collected over 100 books while working on their Global Action Patch. The troop is sending the books to Beverly, Kentucky (Apalacia) to give to those who otherwise would not have a book in their house!


troop 3127


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In This Issue
GGGS and NEW Blog
e-Biz Update
Girl Scouts and 9/11
Program News
Take the Lead 2012
PA Conference for Women
Picture Place
Financial Aid Processing
Property Update
Berks SC Update
New Retail Hours



2012 Girl financial aid processing is underway. Applicants who submitted by September 30, 2011 can expect to receive vouchers by early November if the application was completed properly.  Applicants who submitted after September 30, 2011 can expect to receive their vouchers approximately one month after submission if the application was completed properly.  Any questions about financial aid status can be directed to





Please be advised that the Property Committee met recently and discussed our members questions regarding our intent to run summer programs at our camps next summer. It was decided we will continue to run outdoor program at all camps through September 30, 2012 which includes running resident/day camp at Tweedale.





The lease has been finalized on our new Berks Service Center location

(210 George Street Reading, PA).  The grand opening date is expected to be in late 2011. 


This space will have a retail store, small meeting room, ample parking, ground floor entrance, space for a cookie trailer, is close to public transportation and is centrally located for our Berks membership.


The next steps  will be demolition, permitting and build out.  We will keep you updated as we move forward.


 We are pleased to announce that we have increased hours at all of our locations, especially the Delaware County and Jane Seltzer locations.


All five of our shops are now open five days every week, six days a week in October. Please see below for hours.



October 1, 2011


Jane Seltzer

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday



Wednesday 10-7


Every Sat. in Oct. 10-2


Delaware County

Monday, 10-7


Tuesday, Wed., Thursday, Friday



Every Sat. in Oct. 10-2


Shelly Ridge

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday



Wednesday 10-7


Every Sat. in Oct. 10-2


Valley Forge

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10-5


Thursday 10-7


Every Sat. in Oct. 10-2


Lehigh Valley

Monday, Wed., Thursday, Friday



Tuesday 10-7

Every Sat. in Oct. 10-2