Issue: 61December 1, 2011
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Spotlight: Are You a Tough Cookie?

Tough Cookies is the story of Girl Scouting's 100-year legacy of developing ethical, confident leaders, and about girls and young women who are already proving they can make their country and this world a better place.


Authored by former CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Kathy Cloninger, Tough Cookies focuses on leadership. According to Cloninger, "The best way to solve America's leadership crisis is to put more women in top leadership roles. And the best way to grow tomorrow's women leaders is to grow strong girl leaders today."


All proceeds from the sale of Tough Cookies go to Girl Scouts of the USA, and by purchasing a copy for yourself or a Tough Cookie in your life, you are helping to build the next generation of girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.


Hear from the Author
See a video of Kathy speaking about the book, read an excerpt, and find out how to order your own copy


Click here to view.




In early November, 15,000 Girl Scouts of all ages arrived in Houston for the 52nd National Council Session.   Kicking off the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout Movement was a key theme throughout the week, in addition to the beginning of the Year of the Girl.


Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania sent a large delegation that included nine girls, twenty two Delegates, two alternates and 35 official visitors.  GSEP's Delegates were well prepared for their sessions by attending three trainings over the summer in Eastern Pennsylvania.  The Delegates, who were selected by the Board Development Committee, represented all geographic areas of Eastern PA. 


The girls who traveled to Houston attended the Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) along with 1,200 Girl Scouts from around the world.  Each girl selected leadership workshops which were planned by an all girl team from the host council, San Jacinto.  The GSLI ran concurrently with the National Council Session at the Houston Convention Center.  Both groups met together for special events like the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.  It was at these Ceremonies where the attendees heard Katie Couric and Robin Roberts speak.  At another session Frances Hesselbein spoke to the attendees.  One of the highlights was the transfer of power from GSUSA's CEO Kathy Clonninger to our new CEO, Anna Maria Chávez.  Chávez provided us with an inspirational introduction to who she is and where her focus will be placed with GSUSA. 


The GSEP Delegation was busy and engaged from early morning until late in the evening.   Just like the favorite Girl Scout song - many new friends were made, and old friendships rekindled. 


During the National Council Sessions, the delegates who represented 92 countries listened to the proposal rationales, and ultimately voted on three proposals.  More information will be available regarding these proposals at future delegate meetings.  GSEP's delegates were thoughtful, representative of the members, and fully engaged in the process.  The culminating events on Saturday evening were concurrent 100th anniversary bashes - one for the girls under 21 and one for the over 21 crowd.  Both had plentiful food and music and then at the end of the evening everyone walked outside to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display with the Houston skyline as the backdrop. 


A very tired, hard worked and happy Delegation arrived home in Philadelphia on Sunday evening, proud to be representing Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania at this once in a lifetime event. 


GSEP Gold Award Winner Highlighted at National Convention


Darragh Friedman of Malvern, Chester County, was one of 11 girls nation-wide to receive the Young Women of Distinction Award at the 2011 National Convention in Houston, Texas. Darragh's Gold Award Project was selected as one of a few to be highlighted at the convention.


Darragh directed and produced a 30-minute documentary film, " The Voices of the Time before they are Silenced - The Holocaust".


The film focused on telling the overlapping stories of four Holocaust survivors currently residing in the Philadelphia region. Her film captured first-hand accounts of one of the biggest world tragedies of the 20th Century. Darragh's film debuted at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute and was reproduced for local high schools and colleges for educational purposes.


Throughout her work, Darragh learned that completing the project wasn't about her earning the Gold Award. In reality, she learned that she was merely a vessel to tell the amazing stories of four Holocaust survivors. Currently Darragh attends Temple University. Her career goal is to succeed in the global entertainment industry as an entertainment lawyer and producer.


AT&T Employee Matching Gift Initiative


AT&T has announced a special matching gifts initiative just for AT&T employees in honor of our Centennial.  If AT&T employees make a gift to Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania or to GSUSA between now and Dec. 31, 2011, AT&T will match their gifts dollar for dollar up to $500,000. Employee gifts made to Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania through the 2012 United Way/Employee Giving campaign will also be matched. 


AT&T Employees can visit the company intranet, AT&T Insider, or tSpace to learn more (search Girl Scouts Centennial) for details.

Green Teaching Workshop Available


The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is offering a workshop open to anyone who works with young people. It provides a lot of hands on instruction for activities to do with kids. To find out more about the program click here.


 Registration is ongoing for Fall 2011.


Also check out the collaboration between PHS and GSEP patch program:  Planting Seeds, Growing Lives. This program, which allows Girl Scouts to earn a special PHS patch, encourages Girls Scouts of all ages to build relationships and transform their communities. The tenets of the program are growth, exploration, and leadership.  Click here to download the workbook. 


eBiz Online Registration System Update


As of October 1st, a Troop Leader can no longer use Troop Hub to re-register members of her troop for the 2011- 2012 membership year.  Instead, the parent/guardian of the girl has the ability to re-register electronically through eBiz, or by submitting a paper Girl Member Registration form. Volunteers can re-register themselves electronically through eBiz, or by submitting a paper Adult Member Registration form.
The program listing is now working properly on the Program Activities & Events area of GSEP's eBiz website:

This allows individuals (signed in or not) to view a list of the available programs the Council is offering.  By clicking on the Event Name, then selecting Add to Cart, the user can add products to his or her cart; once logged in, he or she can purchase the items.  Please let your leaders know that the following registrations must be completed in order for a Troop Leader to be able to view the Troop Hub and register girls for programs:

  • The Troop Leader must be currently registered and identified as an "01" in Personify.
  • The girls and adults from the troop must be currently registered.

If these requirements are met and you are still having problems viewing the Troop Hub, please email the eBiz Help Desk at problem is a system issue that will be fixed by GSUSA in December.  In the meantime, GSUSA has given us a manual, work-around solution.  If you are one of those troops who cannot see all of your members, please email  Be sure to tell us your troop number and provide us with a list of the girls who are missing from your troop list in Troop Hub so that we can add them with the work-around.  Paper registrations are also accepted for programs.

Retail News

Books, Activity Sets and New Badges!


GSEP Shops will be receiving a large shipment of Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting (all age levels) by mid December. When we receive the books, all paid backorders will be filled on a first-received basis. Anyone that has ordered the book, but not yet paid for it, will be contacted shortly thereafter. Due to great demand the amount of time these books are held will be limited. If you cannot get to a shop within two weeks of our call, please advise the shop as to when you can pick the book up. As soon as backorders are filled we will then stock the shops with the remaining books.


Skill Building Activity Sets are available now in all shops. We have begun receiving some of the new badges. All shops should have all new badges, new pins; i.e. Summit Award, faith awards, etc. by the end of November.  Call ahead to be sure what you need is in stock at the shop you are traveling to, especially if you are purchasing large quantities. We try to keep all shops stocked, however, to use our resources wisely, we do limit our back stock.  


Picture Place

GSEP Member Is A Shining Star


The WHYY Youth Media Awards honors the best media produced by youth in grades 6-12 in the Philadelphia region. This year 150 entries were received competing in two divisions:  High School and Middle School. GSEP member Marykate Santalucia won 1st place in the Middle School Documentary division for her video "Bully" that she did for her Silver Project.



The Chemistry Everyday Stuff Program held on 11/19/2011:



The program was held at Penn State Berks and was one of two programs hosted by the campus to celebrate International Year of Chemistry and National Chemistry Week.


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In This Issue
Are You a Tough Cookie?
2011 National Convention
GSEP Gold Award Winner
AT&T Employee Matching Gift Initiative
Green Teaching Workshop
e-Biz Update
Retail News
Picture Place



GSEP is seeking applications and referrals

for Board Members, Board Development

Committee Members, Girl Advisors to the

Board of Directors, and Girl Delegates. 

The deadline for applications is December 21,

2011.  Click here for additional information and application






As a reminder the GSEP Retail Shops regular operating hours (effective as of October 1st, 2011) are as follows:


Shelly Ridge Shop 


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am - 5pm

Wednesday, 10am - 7pm


Lehigh Valley Shop 


Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am - 5pm

Tuesday, 10am - 7pm


Valley Forge Shop 484-927-2317

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am - 5pm

Thursday, 10am - 7pm


Jane Seltzer Shop 215-745-8757

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am - 5pm

Wednesday, 10am - 7pm


Delaware County Shop   


Monday, 10am - 7pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am -5pm


Please note: All shops and Service Centers will be closedDecember 15, December 26-January 2