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In This Issue
GSOSW selected as 2012 All Star
GSOSW annual meeting: April 13
Summer fun is just around the corner
Theda Family Endowment
New Program Guide edition!
Take a Girl Scout bear on your next travel adventure
How to keep troop finances on track
Early Bird and Spring Renewal
Archery Training for Adults
Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scou
New at the GSOSW Council Shop

GSOSW selected as 2012 All Star

GSOSW is honored to again be selected as a Constant Contact All Star - an honor bestowed on just 10% of Constant Contact email customers. We are proud of this accomplishment, and know it would not be possible without you. Thanks for staying in touch with us through email and for joining in the Girl Scout conversation!

GSOSW annual meeting coming up April 13

Our council's annual meeting will be held  April 13, 2013 at Lane Community College in Eugene. Last year we introduced the "Conversation of Consequence" as an addition to our annual meeting. This year's topic will be "Having it All - Girls and Financial Literacy." To join our expert panel for thought-provoking discussion on this important issue facing girls, view the annual meeting registration packet. Can't make it to the meeting? No problem! Submit your questions for our panel via Facebook by April 5.

Summer fun is just around the corner

Try Girl Scout day camp!

Day Camp registration has opened in most areas and is filling up fast. Day Camp isn't just for girls, it can't run without the help of caring adults! Did you know last year GSOSW had 979 volunteers at day camp? Help spread the magic! Many camps offer discounts for volunteers, guaranteed placement, and units for tagalongs (preschool aged children and school aged boys).  Visit the day camp page for more details »


Want to win a free week at resident camp?

What better way than by bringing a friend. Tell a friend about camp, and if she signs up you can be entered to win a free week at camp! Visit girlscoutsosw.org for contest rules and details.

Theda Family Endowment

A generous from gift from Harold and Lucille Theda of Keizer, Oregon has enabled Girl Scouts to offer up to $1200 twice each year toward adult learning opportunities. It covers any and all expenses of travel, along with course registration fees. Courses can be through GSUSA or others if the applicant can demonstrate how the training will have value to her Girl Scout service.

An application form (Form #530) and additional information can be found on our website » 

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Take a Girl Scout bear on your next travel adventure

Are you planning a Girl Scout travel adventure? Consider taking a Girl Scout bear along with you! Each service center has at least one Girl Scout bear (made with care at Build-A-Bear) available for checkout by girls, volunteers and troops for Girl Scout trips. The goal of our bear friends is to share our adventures with one another and connect girls throughout the council. From time to time, bears will be traded between service centers so girls in different parts of GSOSW can see what other Girl Scouts have been up to. What a fun way to be a sister to every Girl Scout!


To reserve a bear for a trip, contact the following individuals at your local service center/area:


Bend: Patsi Toney - 541-389-8146

Eastern Oregon areaBrandi George - 541-667-9696

Eugene: Laurie Krei- 541-485-5911

Medford: Karen Kelly - 541-773-8423

North Bend: Kristin Lukeman - 541-756-4626

Portland: Ron Severn - 503-977-6846


Each bear comes ready with instructions, a travel diary for recording your adventures, and a travel bag. Once you complete a trip with a Girl Scout bear, hop on to facebook.com/gsosw and post your photos for all to see! Thanks to Girl Scout Troop 50057 (pictured above) for sharing their trip to the Lava Beds National Monument. Where will the Girl Scout bears go next?


Aquí se puede conseguir mucha información en español para apoyarles con sus responsabilidades en guiar a las niñas a desarollar destrezas  de liderazgo. Si tiene usted alguna pregunta acerca del programa de Girl Scouts, las especialistas  de la Iniciativa Hispana son bilingües y están disponibles por teléfono o correo electrónico.



Bernice Rivera - 503-977-6852

Alma Madrigal - 503-977-6864

Adriana Ramos - 503-977-6864



Martha Morales - 541-246-1244

Megan Bassett - 541-246-1245



Lorena Karim - 541-773-8423


En el sitio del internet de las Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washingtonse puede encontrar direcciones de correo electrónico y números de teléfono para todo el personal de las Girl Scouts.


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How to keep troop finances on track

We help girls hone their financial skills programs like The Girl Scout Cookie Program and Skill-Building badges such as Budgeting and Financing My Dreams. We're also very excited for the upcoming GSRI study, "Having it All: Girls and Financial Literacy," due out mid-April (Financial Literacy month!). What better way to help girls become responsible money managers (whether personal or professional) in the future than by setting a positive example?


The following steps can help you keep your troop on track and set a good example for the girls you serve:

  • Be sure to submit troop year-end reports by June 30
  • Review your troop bank account each month
  • If you find any problems, connect with your service unit treasurer within 30 days of the statement closing date

Have questions or need support with troop finances? Contact your service unit treasurer »

Early Bird and Spring Renewal - the choice is yours!

This year GSOSW has two great membership renewal options to make it easier than ever to participate and earn fun incentives. Early Bird Renewal runs from April 1 through May 15, 2013, and Spring Renewal is from May 16 through June 28, 2013.


Early bird patches, store coupons and event discounts are just some of the great incentives available this year - click here to see them all!

Archery Training for Adults
Now open for registration!

Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington has partnered with Archers Afield to provide Archery Training for Adults wishing to have an archery program this year.

Date: April 21, 2013 or May 19, 2013
Time: 3 - 6 p.m.
Cost: $25 per person
Location: 11945 SW Pacific Hwy, Ste 121, Tigard, OR 97223 (located in the Tigard Plaza Shopping Center, lower level, call for directions)

Please register directly with Archers Afield at 503-639-3553. Archers Afield accepts cash and credit card (not American Express). This course is NOT listed in Personify. 

Adults who complete either of these three-hour courses will be able to safely instruct girls in archery, and will receive a certificate of completion. These trainings meet the requirements as outlined in Safety Activity Checkpoints. For more information about Archers Afield, go to archersafield.com. You may also contact Patricia Hutchings at phutchings@girlscoutsosw.org or 541-246-1248.

Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout - just ask one of the Elles Gantes!

The GSOSW alumnae group, the "Elles Gantes," continue sharing Girl Scout camaraderie, doing service and having fun!  As a group, they have been together over 37 years (since 1976) and still have over 40 members involved.  Several members have "flown up" which is how they refer to the passing of a member.


EG member, Helen Strange shares, "The group meets once a year to plan the activities for the year. Each member volunteers to put on a program; meetings are not our favorite!"  Another long-time member, Selma Anderson continues, "If the activity is not fun, we won't do it!"  So meetings are few, but lots of fun and meaningful programs are plentiful-activities have included a quilting group, yearly trips to the beach, Sun River, camping, going to the theater, museums, art galleries, Oregon Trail, tours around cities, foreign travel, and much more!  The quilting group is a recent 1995 addition. "You name it, we've been there, done that," quips Helen.


Read more about the Elles Gantes » 

New at the GSOSW Council Shop

Bridging Kits

Stop by your local Girl Scout council shop to see the great bridging kits that are available. We have two options available this year - a basic kit and a deluxe kit (save $$$ on items when you get the deluxe kit). Visit your local Girl Scout council shop to pick up your kits.


New "Open Late" Hours

To accommodate busy troop leaders and busy Girl Scout families, three of our stores now have late hours one night a week. Every Wednesday, the Portland and Eugene council shops are open until 7 p.m., and every Tuesday, the Bend council shop is open until 6 p.m. The Portland council shop is also open Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Cookie Credits

Bring your Girl Scout by the council shops or Traveling Stores in your area to check out all the fun items we have for hard-working cookie sellers! Cookie credits can be used at all Girl Scout stores and traveling stores. You can find our upcoming Traveling Store events at girlscoutsosw.org/storefront.


Traveling store at your event

Do you have an event coming up that and would like the Traveling Store to be there? If you want us to bring items for the girls to spend their cookie credits on, or if you are having an event and would like us to bring out earned awards and fun patches, or if you want an opportunity for parents to pick up uniform pieces, let us know, and we will do our best to be there and bring what you would like to have. Contact Tamara at 503-977-6882 or twalters@girlscoutsosw.org.

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