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Issue 80
December 20, 2013
A Message from the CEO

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


Happy holidays! While all of us here at GSEP are looking forward to quality time with friends and family this holiday season, we're also looking ahead and gearing up for a fun and exciting 2014.


Keep an eye on your mailbox for the newest edition of Spark magazine, which will begin arriving in homes this week (and is available for download on our website). In each copy of Spark, you'll find our Camp Guide and Spring/Summer 2014 Program Guide. Girl Scouts programs and camps are open to all girls and are a great way to meet new people, try new things and get involved with our movement. Registration for all programs and camps is easy to do online.


The 2014 Cookie Program kicks-off on January 16th, and we're excited to be one of 20 councils across the country that will be piloting the new gluten-free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies. Join us on Saturday, January 11th from 1-4 pm for one of the Cookie Rallies!  Rallies will be held at: Alvernia University, Cedar Crest College, Holy Family University, Lincoln University and Morrisville United Methodist Church. Please register via the Online Registration System.  Click here to get started! Registration ends January 2nd. 


You can keep up to date on everything that's going on at GSEP by following us on Facebook and Twitter. And don't forget to let us know what you're up to as well! You can check out some of the photos that troops have shared with us recently at the end of this email.


Yours in Scouting,

Natalye Paquin 

PS: All Girl Scout Service Centers will be closed Wednesday, December 25th through January 1st. 
Spotlight on... 

Take the Lead 2014


Join us as we celebrate influential women in our community! Take the Lead is fast approaching and we're reminding everyone to reserve their tickets now.

Take the Lead is an annual program that honors distinguished women making a difference in our area.  The event is entirely girl-led, offering girls an opportunity to develop and showcase important public speaking, leadership and presentation skills, while connecting with strong female role models. 


Planned for the months of March and April, Take the Lead will be held in the following Service Center regions:



Tuesday, March 4,2014


Hyatt at The Bellevue

Honoring: Tracy Davidson, NBC10 Anchor

Risa Vetri Ferman, Montgomery County District Attorney 

Irene Horstmann Hannan, Senior Vice President, RBS Citizens

Chief Judge Petrese N. Tucker, US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


Berks County

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Crowne Plaza Reading

Honoring: Mary Lynch Barbera, Ph.D., RN, BCBA-D, Babera Behavior 

Consulting, LLC

Tammy K. Mitgang, President, Jewish Federation of Reading

Jill M. Scheidt, Esq., Partner, Masano Bradley

Laurie Waxler, Nurse Practitioner, Surgery Consultants of Berks County; President Wyomissing Public Library Board of Directors


Lehigh Valley

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks

Honoring: Sandra L. Bodnyk, Senior Executive VP & Chief Risk Officer, 

National Penn Bank

Diane D. Donaher, Principal, 3D Non-Profit Resources

Patricia Mullin, Co-Founder, Camelot for Children


For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gsep.org/takethelead.

We hope to see you there!
2014 National Council Session

The 53rd Convention of the Girls Scouts of the U.S.A. will be held October 16-19, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Delegates to the National Council

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania is eligible to send 22 voting delegates as prescribed by a formula established by GSUSA in conjunction with GSEP's membership. GSEP's Board Development Committee is now seeking candidates to apply for the position of Delegate to the National Council. These delegates will represent Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania at the National Council Session in Utah, and will remain in term through 2017.


If you are interested in serving as a Delegate to the National Council, complete this application and return it via email to nominations@gsep.org. All applications must be received no later than Wednesday, January 15, 2014.


Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania will cover the expenses including registration fees, airfare, hotel accommodations, and meals from the time of departure from Philadelphia airport to departure from the airport in Utah for voting Delegates. Individuals will be expected to pay for travel to and from the airport, and incidentals, including baggage fees.


Girl Scout Leadership Institute

GSEP is also eligble to offer 10 girl members the chance to attend the Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) which will run from early afternoon on October 16, 2014, through the evening of October 18, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


The Girl Scout Leadership Institute is open to girls 14 and older from all 112 councils and USAGSO. It is designed to challenge and engage teen girls who are excited about how they will impact the world, are positive role models for their peers and younger girls, have aspirations to do big things for others, are in leadership roles in their school, church, community group, or Girl Scout council.


All interested girls must complete this application and provide two references from unrelated adults. Both the application and references should be returned via email to nominations@gsep.org, no later than Wednesday, January 15, 2014.


Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania will cover the registration fees and hotel accommodation for girls attending the GSLI. These individuals will be expected to pay for airfare, meals, travel to and from the airport, and incidentals, including baggage fees.


Official Visitors

Non-voting members are welcome to attend as visitors and will be responsible for their own travel arrangements, take care of registering themselves for the National Council Session and cover all expenses. Registration information for official visitors will be posted on the official GSUSA Convention webpage

Dove Free Being Me

GSEP's mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.That's why we're proud and excited to be one of 10 Girl Scout councils sponsored by Dove and in partnership with WAGGGS and GSUSA in the Free Being Me program.
Free Being Me encourages girls around the world to embrace the diversity of beauty and be confident in their own skin.  The program offers fun games and challenges for girls to take action to promote diversity and build a worldwide network of self-confident, empowered girl leaders. 


Play the Free Being Me activity to explore different concepts of beauty around the world and visit the Free Being Me website for ways you can get involved in this important cause today.  In early 2014 we will be introducing additional ways to participate. 

Scholarships for Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of Eastern PA can nominate up to 20 Girl Scouts for the Union League of Philadelphia Good Citizenship Award. Girls must be a registered Girl Scout and a current junior in high school. Girls who are selected to receive the award are eligible to apply for Union League scholarships the following year. To request an application, please contact girlawards@gsep.org or call Joan Hannahoe at 610-933-7555, ext. 1509. Completed applications can be sent to girlawards@gsep.org or mailed/delivered to any of the Girl Scout Service Centers no later than January 15, 2014.


GSEP Scholarship applications can be sent to girlawards@gsep.org or mailed/delivered to any of the Girl Scout Service Centers no later than January 15, 2014.The scholarship applications can be found on our web site at: www.gsep.org/ForGirls/ScholarshipsandAwards .  Questions? Contact Joan Hannahoe at jhannahoe@gsep.org or at 610-933-7555, ext. 1509.

Retail Corner

Renew your Membership!


Thank you for being part of the Girl Scout family. GSEP encourages you to take advantage of the many benefits of Girl Scouting by renewing your membership for only $15.  When you renew your annual Girl Scout membership, you remain a partner in our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.


Whether you are a parent, grandparent, volunteer, or alumna - it's never too late to be a Girl Scout! Membership is open to any adult (male or female) 18 and over. You can renew your registration quickly and easily online.


If you've already renewed your membership, thank you.  If not and you need assistance, please call 888.564.4657 and press 2. We are eager to welcome you back!

Get Ready for Camp!     
With three resident camps and three day camps all with new programs and amenities, there's something for every girl at Girl Scouts camp this summer! GSEP Camps are open to all girls and financial aid and busing is available.  Take advantage of our Early Bird Discount and receive $50 off all resident camp programs and $25 off all day camp programs when you register by March 15.  Download the 2014 Camp Guide
here and register online today
Picture Place
Brownie Troop #1759 and Junior Troop #1854 from St. John's Lutheran Church in Boyertown spread holiday cheer to residents of the Walnut Woods Independent Senior Living Community on December 2nd.  Santa and Mrs. Claus joined in with the girls to sing Christmas carols!



Troops #5003, 5441, 55393 & 5539 enjoyed a night full of community service from writing Christmas cards to soldiers, to decorating placemats for the Ronald McDonald Holiday Party, and making pillows for breast cancer patients!

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In This Issue
Take the Lead 2014
2014 National Council Session
Dove Free to Be
Scholarships for Girl Scouts
Renew your Membership!
Get Ready for Camp!
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