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Issue 79
October 1, 2013
A Message from the CEO
First Lady Michelle Obama supports Girl Scouts

Dear Members, Volunteers, Parents, Alumnae and Friends of GSEP,


Happy National Girl Scout Recruitment Week!


I'm excited to announce that today, we kick off a special week dedicated to encouraging all girls across the nation ages 5-18 to join the Girl Scouts movement. We are also thrilled to announce that First Lady Michelle Obama, a steadfast supporter of girls' education and leadership, has partnered with GSUSA to spread the message of National Girl Scout Recruitment Week through social media. You can hear what she has to say by watching this video, and by following us @GirlScoutsEPenn and visiting our Facebook page. We're inspired by her example of strength and leadership for all women, and are honored to have her represent this initiative!


We currently serve 40,000 girls in eastern Pennsylvania, and this week kicks off our effort to grow that number in the 2013-2014 year! With each new girl we serve, that's one more girl who is learning her potential and setting herself up for a future of success.


I encourage each of you, who support the Girl Scouts in many different ways, to take a moment to reflect upon your Girl Scouting experience and what it means to you. We are committed to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place, and we see that happening each and every day as our young Girl Scouts learn to make a difference in their communities.


All girls can register for Girl Scouts at any of our fall programs. So please take a moment this week to share with your friends and family what Girl Scouting means to you, and encourage your friends to join the movement too!  


Yours in Scouting,

Natalye Paquin

Take the Lead 2014

As the region's most unique leadership development program for girls, Take the Lead is an entirely girl-led program, with our Girl Scouts 'taking the lead' as Presenters, Emcees, Hosts, Chorus or Color Guard during the event.  


Take the Lead provides essential funds needed to support Girl Scout programming, while celebrating incredible women leaders in the Greater Philadelphia, Berks County and Lehigh Valley communities who inspire our girls to become the leaders of tomorrow.


Call for Nominations!!

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. 


Do you know a woman leader who has made a positive impact in your community? If so, nominate her to be honored at

Take the Lead 2014! Deadline extended to Oct. 18, 2013!


Calling all Girl Leaders!! 

Girl Scouts are encouraged to participate as an emcee*, presenter*, host, chorus, or color guard. Please let us know if you also play a musical instrument - we would like to include instrumental music with our chorus. Apply NOW! Deadline is October 28, 2013!


Click here to see photos from last year's Take the Lead.


Click here for more information on Take the Lead 2014.


(*Emcee and Presenter positions are for Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts; these positions are limited in number and there will be an interview process for these applicants.) 

Program Update

GSEP Fall and Winter Programs

Registration is now open for all GSEP Fall and Winter programs!  Use the new search function of the online registration system to find any of our program offerings-maybe you'd like STEM programs for Brownies in November, or maybe you're interested in Arts & Theater programs for Cadettes in the Lehigh Valley.  You can now filter programs by category, grade, date, and county-offering an easy way to find programs that match your needs.


Oops We Made a Mistake

We inadvertently omitted information for
a very popular
patrol from Spark-The Heritage Patrol, open to girls in grades


Celebrating 29 years! The Heritage Patrol works with community groups that are committed to preserving and sharing every aspect of Lehigh Valley's history. Patrol members organize special events for younger girls including:

  • Burnside Plantation Day, November 9, 2013
  • Victorian Pastimes, February 1, 2014
  • Thinking Day: Heritage Style, March 1, 2014
  • Moravian Memories, April 5, 2014
  • and one of their signature programs, Krafts 'N' Kids, a multi-day activity at Bethlehem's annual Musikfest arts and music festival August 4-8, 2014.

Check out the Patrol's website or contact Betsy Cutler at 610.395.2721 or betsy2955@gmail. 

Leader Update!
Calling All Volunteers! Troop leaders and co leaders (01 and 02s) in all spans of the Council should now be registered for the 2013-2014 membership year! Once registered, ensure you self appoint the correct position codes. The advantages of self appointing codes are:
  • Ability to see troop members in Troop Management.
  • Receipt of Troop Leader news, if opted in.
  • Receipt of special notifications such as information about upcoming events, product sales and more!

Help us identify the adult membership in the right positions! Check out the instructions below for further information on how to execute this process:


How to Self-Appoint Position Codes

  • Login to the Online Registration System at www.gsep.org
  • Click on your account at the top of your screen to access your profile
  • Under the section called How I Participate, click Add Volunteer Roles
  • Click the drop down box next to Role and find the position
  • Select the Year you wish to serve
  • Identify the level next to Serving and enter the troop or service unit number, click SEARCH
  • Select the troop or service unit of your choice from the list and click ADD
  • The position will be added to your record with a pending status.  Position codes are made active each business morning for the previous day.  Position codes are subject to final approval by the membership and SU managers.
  • Click UPDATE INVOLVEMENT to return to your account

Please direct all questions and/or concerns to Ebiz.

Retail Corner

Development Update

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L to R: Pamela DeCampli, Diane Belk
and Lawrence Calder.
GSEP receives
$50,000 planned gift commitments towards the Juliette Gordon Low Society.
On Thursday, September 26, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania hosted the National Chair of the Juliette Gordon Low Society, Dianne Belk, along with her husband, Lawrence Calder. The event which was held at the home of Diane and Robert Roskamp of Newtown Square, was attended by over thirty guests including members of the GSEP Board, Alumnae, Donors, representatives from Girl Scouts of the USA, and those who have revealed themselves as local members of the Juliette Gordon Low Society. Ms. Belk shared her personal Girl Scout story, and the reasons why she and her husband have made the decision to make Girl Scouts a beneficiary in their will.


Ms. Belk and her husband ended the night by announcing to all in attendance that they would be making a challenge grant in the form of a planned gift to Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania in the amount of $25,000 in honor of her friends and hosts of the evening, Diane and Robert Roskamp. GSEP would only need to raise enough funds to match the gift in order to meet the challenge. Board member, Pamela DeCampli, met the challenge, and announced that she would match Ms. Belk and Mr. Calder's gift in full-- $25,000. Mrs. DeCampli's pledge was made in honor of her troop leader and Lifetime Girl Scout member, Ruth Miller Cox, who was also in attendance.


The Juliette Gordon Low Society recognizes and honors all those who have included the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania in their long term financial and estate plans, through a bequest provision in their will, by establishing a life-income gift, or through another form of deferred gift.


To learn more about the Juliette Gordon Low Society, please call 215.564.2030, ext.1083.

Picture Place

Brownie Troop #462, 3rd graders at West Bradford Elementary School in Downingtown visited the Chester County SPCA shelter in West Goshen for a Kong toy stuffing party Sunday, Sept. 29. (They stuff the toys with treats, the dogs LOVE them!) The girls had a great time. And the shelter invited them back anytime.


Taken on the front lawn of the Great Hall at Edith Macy Training Center during the Girl Scout History Conference 2013 held September 9, 10, and 11. Pictured left to right: Jean Harlow, Sonia Foderaro, Anna Maria Chavez, Diane Bartlett, Barbara Rhodes, Debbie O'Donnell
The History Committee is busily preparing for their upcoming program Birthday Tea with Juliette on November 9 for Brownies. This program costs $9.00 per girl. Held at Shelly Ridge, girls will  Celebrate Girl Scout founder Juliette Low's 153rd birthday. They will make a troop mural, and sing Girl Scout songs, led by older Girl Scouts. Includes refreshments and Girl Scout Ways Badge. Click here to register.



Find out more about the History Committee and what they offer.

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In This Issue
Message From the CEO
Take the Lead
Program Update
Leader Update
Development Update
Picture Place

Shop the Girl Scout Catalog Online

Price Match Guarantee!

GSEP matches all GSUSA prices in our council shops and online. This includes
in-stock sale items!

Girl Scout Night at the Reading Royals!!

Join your sister
Girl Scouts as we
cheer on the 2013 Kelly Cup Champions Reading Royals on October 19, 2013 as they take on the South Carolina Stingrays.  Represent Girl Scouts by wearing your sash or vest and receive a Kelly Cup Classic patch with your ticket purchase for this game!  Game time is set for 7:35pm.  
There will also be a Purple Party outside of the Sovereign Center starting at 4pm
to get fans excited
for the Royals
2013-2014 season!


For more information and to purchase your tickets, please contact Kevin Heilman.

GSEP's Alumnae

Calling all Girl Scouts
Alumnae! Do you want to 
TAKE ACTION within your local Council? GSEP's Alumnae Association allows you to do just that! To learn more about what activities are happening within the Council check out the website at or email us at  
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