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In This Issue
New hours in North Bend
Eugene open house May 8
Bend Girl Scout honored
Gold Award Alliance Directory
New online shopping site!
60 Second Seminar: day camp
NEW! Council calendar
GirlFest Poll
Having it All: Girls and Financial Literacy
Girl Scouts work with Wells Fargo
Meet our camp directors!
Opportunities for Girl Scouts
Learn & earn
Family Partnership
Events, trainings & tips for volunteers

New hours at North Bend Service Center

We have been lucky to have Office Manager Kristin Lukeman's smiling face with us for three years greeting members at our North Bend Service Center. We wish her all the best as she and her family start their next adventure on the East Coast! At this time, there will not be an office manager in North Bend, which means a change in office hours for the service center. New North Bend Service Center hours are as follows:


Monday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Tues-Fri: By appointment


Administrative support for the North Bend Service Center will now be provided out of Eugene and Portland. If you have questions about this change, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Tricia Stuart at tstuart@girlscoutsosw.org or 541-756-4626.

Eugene Service Center Open House May 8

Join GSOSW for an open house at our new Eugene Service Center! Tour the new building, win prizes from the Girl Scout shop, enjoy cake, view girl project displays, take in a performance from Balie Folklorico, and be there for a ribbon cutting with Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 4 - 7 p.m. at the Eugene Service Center, 72C Centennial Loop, Suite 300, Eugene, OR (map).


For more information, contact Laurie Krei at
541-246-1240 or lkrei@girlscoutsosw.org.

Bend Girl Scout honored with President's Volunteer Service Award

Darien Chastain, a Girl Scout Senior from Bend, Oregon, was recently honored with The President's Volunteer Service Award for giving more than 600 hours of volunteer service to organizations like the Red Cross, the United Methodist Church, a local veteran's organization, and Girl Scouts. On March 20, 2013, Darien was honored with her award at the 9th Annual Heroes' Breakfast in Bend. Darien - who is part of a very service-focused Girl Scout troop - is currently working on her Girl Scout Gold Award project "Laundry Love," providing laundry services for those in need. Congratulations Darien!


Girl Scout Gold Award Alliance Directory

The Girl Scout Gold Award Alliance Directory will represent an elite group of women who have achieved the the Golden Eagle of Merit, Golden Eaglet, Curved Bar, First Class and the Girl Scout Gold Award since 1916. Learn more » 

New online shopping site

If you've been to our online shop lately, you may have noticed that our site looks different. We are now integrated with the Girl Scouts USA online shop, which means we can offer a much wider variety of Girl Scout merchandise! This also unfortunately means that you can no longer use cookie credits for online purchases, nor purchase some of our council's own merchandise. Never fear! You can still order these items and use cookie credits to pay for them by calling any of our stores - see contact info » 


More news from the Girl Scout shop:

New Columbia Sportswear jackets »

This month we're launching a new feature of eNews called the Sixty Second Seminar. These are quick, one-minute (or less) tutorials for adults featuring time-saving tips, how-tos and other helpful info related to Girl Scouting. This month we're starting with how to access day camp information:










If you would like to suggest a Sixty Second Seminar topic, email smiller@girlscoutsosw.org.

Council calendar now available

This month on girlscoutsosw.org we launched the GSOSW council calendar - your one-stop-shop for important dates, upcoming events, trainings, and more!


You can view upcoming events by week, month, or in a continuous list, click through for more details and find registration information. You can even integrate the council calendar with your own personal calendar! Learn more and explore the calendar today »

GSOSW to host screening of "Girl Rising" May 21

Next month, GSOSW will host a screening of "Girl Rising," an innovative feature film about the power of education to change a girl - and the world. The film is rated PG-13 and runs 2 hours, 26 minutes. Learn more about the film at girlrising.com. GSOSW's screening is scheduled to take place at the Fox Tower Stadium 10 in Portland on May, 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved here. We need a minimum of 100 people to sign up in order for the screening to take place, so please reserve your tickets by May 5.

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Thank You Volunteers!


Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 21-27 and Girl Scout Leader's Day is today, April 22! Take a moment this week to say thank you to the many Girl Scout volunteers that make Girl Scouting possible in your community. We're thankful - every day, not just this week - for the 11,600 volunteers that make Girl Scouting possible in our community. That's why today, we took our #HatsOffToVolunteers, along with hundreds of others throughout the nation. Volunteers make the world a better place for girls, and that's something to celebrate!

Having it All: Girls and Financial Literacy
A new study from the GSRI

While lack of financial literacy is a growing concern for everyone today, relatively little research has been done on how young people think about and experience money and finances, with even fewer studies focusing on girls specifically. To address this gap, the Girl Scout Research Institute conducted a nationwide survey with over 1,000 girls ages 8−17 and their parents to better understand girls' level of financial literacy and their confidence about, attitudes towards, and experiences with money. Having It All: Girls and Financial Literacy reveals that girls need and want financial literacy skills to help them achieve their dreams, with 90 percent saying it is important for them to learn how to manage money. However, just 12 percent of girls surveyed feel "very confident" making financial decisions.

To help launch the discussion on financial literacy for girls in our council, GSOSW hosted a "coversation of consequence" at our annual meeting on April 13. The expert panel included GSOSW board member and McGee Wealth Management financial planner Joan Lintz, Waddell & Reed financial advisor EJ Cortez, and Wells Fargo community development officer Cobi Jackson (pictured, left). The panelists discussed such topics as credit scores and credit reports, educating girls about long term savings, budgeting and debt.


Having It All: Girls and Financial Literacy includes important insights on how girls view money and finances, as well as helpful tips on how adults can help girls prepare for and reach their financial goals. The report is available in both English and Spanish.

Girl Scouts work with Wells Fargo to teach financial literacy to troops
Guest article by Wendy Taylor, Wells Fargo

When I was a Girl Scout as a youth, I participated in many troop activities, including selling cookies to raise funds for our organization. Today, I work for Wells Fargo as a business banker and am proud to say that one of my clients is Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington.


Wells Fargo does much more than provide bank accounts and credit cards to Girl Scouts. We have also partnered with them to provide financial education to children.


As most parents are aware, it's difficult - practically impossible - to find a school today that is teaching financial education to its students. As a result, many of today's young people graduate high school without knowing how to balance a checkbook, use a credit card wisely, create a personal budget or devise a long term savings plan.


Wells Fargo has created a free, fun and engaging financial literacy program called "Hands on Banking." We use it to teach financial literacy to both children and adults of all ages and give them the money skills they need to succeed. We're partnering with Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington to offer this free training to local troops.


Want your Girl Scouts to learn more about financial literacy? Ask your local Wells Fargo banker to give a Hands on Banking class to your troop (they could earn the Wells Fargo fun patch) or log on to HandsOnBanking.org.

Meet G-Funk, Galaxy and Dahlia - our 2013 camp directors!

We're excited to introduce our 2013 camp directors for Camp Arrowhead, Camp Cleawox and Camp Whispering Winds! This bunch has more than 35 years of camp staff experience between them, and they all share one very important quality: they want your camper to love her camp experience so much, she won't want to leave.


Meet Kathy, aka G-Funk

Q: What is your favorite camp
memory as an adult?

A: Seeing new campers a little
unsure on the first day of camp
and not wanting to go home on the last day of camp. Seeing how
excited returning campers are to
be back at camp.

Learn more about G-Funk »


Meet Angie, aka Galaxy

Q: What is your advice to a
parent sending their Girl Scout to camp for the first time?

A: Your camper will be just fine.
She is probably more ready than
you are!


Learn more about Galaxy »


Meet Monet, aka Dahlia

Q: What is your favorite camp
memory as a kid?

A: Singing songs and sleeping
out under the stars.


Learn more about Dahlia »



Chat with GSOSW camp directors this summer at any of our open house dates (listed on page 2 of our 2013 Resident Camp Brochure) or when dropping your camper off at any of this summer's camp sessions.

Opportunities for Girl Scouts

Walk in the Grand Floral Parade!
Girls will get to walk with the Wells Fargo stage coach during the Rose Festival's Grand Floral Parade on June 8, 2013. 

Girls will be representing Girl Scouts during this televised event so requirements for participation include:

  • Girls and adults must wear white shirts and khaki bottoms. Girls must also wear their Girl Scout vest/sash and membership pins on their insignia tab.
  • Girls and adults must be able to walk the entire route (4.1 miles). It is recommended - not a requirement - that girls are 14 years or older since it is a long walk. 

Space is limited for this event. If we get more girls and adults than allowed, we will hold a selection process to determine the final participants. Registration closes May 24, 2013. Register today »

Travel Opportunity Deadlines Extended!

The GSOSW Travel Volunteer Team is passionate about helping girls travel! Therefore they are extending the deadline for girls to register for some of the new travel patrols. The new deadline is June 1 if you want to travel with Fun in the Sun: Orlando Patrol, Norjam Patrol to the United Kingdom or GSLI: Girl Scout Leadership Institute Patrol to Salt Lake City, Utah. For full descriptions of the patrols, check out the new Program Guide. Don't forget there are still scholarships available for these trips too! For more information please email travel@girlscoutsosw.org .

Spring Renewal: Learn & Earn!

Learn: Spring Membership Renewal Webinars Available 

It's spring and that means it's time to think about taking part in our spring membership renewal campaign. To help troop leaders with the process, we've scheduled several live webinars between now and the end of June. These webinars will walk troop leaders through the process of renewing the memberships of the girls and adults in their troops for the 2014 membership year (which begins October 1, 2013). View the schedule for these webinars and sign up for one today!


Earn: Now is the time for Early Bird and Spring Membership Renewal!

When you renew your annual Girl Scout membership by June 28, it helps us target our summer and fall recruitment activities so that new and returning troops can get off to a great start.


Girl and adult members, troops, and service units are all eligible for fun prizes when they take advantage of Early Bird Membership Renewal by May 15, 2013. Don't worry if you miss the Early Bird deadline, because Spring Membership Renewal incentives continue from May 16 to June 28, 2013. See details »

Family Partnership

You know first-hand about the valuable leadership and growth opportunities Girl Scouting offers. What you may not know is that your financial support is crucial to keep Girl Scouting strong in your community. Approximately one in three girls in our council applies for some form of financial assistance. It costs $300 per year to support each girl member. Product sales, program and camp fees raise about $245 per girl - which means that each year we need to raise funds to support the remaining cost of $55 per girl.


In order to ensure that every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout has the opportunity, we count on our member families to support us through Family Partnership. Any amount makes a difference. Become a Family Partner today » 


La guía de programa para la primavera está disponible. Los detalles se pueden conseguir en la página de programa. Las actividades ofrecidas en esta guía contienen patrocinadores de la comunidad a través del concilio quienes nos apoyan en la experiencia de aprendizaje de Girl Scout.

La inscripción para los campamentos del verano ya está abierta, inscríbete ya! ¿Piensan planear una aventura de campamento para este verano? Busque información acerca de los campamentos de día aquí y los campamentos residenciales aquí.

Este año GSOSW tiene dos opciones para renovar la membrecía. Para obtener un parche gratis, un cupón de 10% de descuento para usar en nuestra tienda y un descuento en el evento de GirlFest, solo tiene que renovar su inscripción de membrecía antes de 15 de mayo 2013. Participar en Girl Scouts es más fácil que nunca.


Para avanzar nuestra misión de ofrecer el programa de Girl Scouts a toda la comunidad hispana, empezamos esta columna en español en el eNews. Si usted tiene alguna sugerencia o comentario respecto a los temas de esta columna, comuníquese con nuestro personal. Gracias!

Events, trainings & tips for volunteers

Taking care of business...

Girl Scouting is fun and our volunteers enjoy all the great skills they get to learn while teaching girls life skills. Additionally, Girl Scout leaders and volunteers can learn new life skills and leadership while working with girls to maintain their troop's financial records.


If you are new to Girl Scouting and need assistance with preparing your year-end financials, please contact your service unit treasurer for guidance. Read more » 


Troop bank account maintenance is vital!

Please check troop bank statements each month and review them for any discrepancies. It is much easier to reverse an error within 30 days of the transaction, than waiting.


If your troop is disbanding this year, please remember that the leaders will need to fill out the disband paperwork, close troop bank account(s) and inform their service unit managers and treasurers of which Girl Scouts will be transferring to a new troop, transfer any eligible funds to that troop and the balance to council. Read more »

Volunteering with Girl Scouts: there's something for everyone!
There are dozens of ways that volunteers make Girl Scout opportunities available in our council. GSOSW volunteers do everything from leading trips to presenting program series to helping resolve conflicts. This spring we're especially interested in recruiting volunteers for our 40 service units. Read more »

ICAN Conference registration opens May 1!

This annual fun filled adult leadership development weekend, packed full of valuable workshops, relaxation and networking, is meant to enrich your experience as a leader. Learn more »


Save the date for Hooky Weekend

Hooky weekend is full of fun and enrichment for adults at the Oregon Coast. September 20-22,  2013 at Camp Cleawox. Registration is now open in Personify. For more info, contact Cheryl Holmes at girlscout97402@yahoo.com.

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character,
who make the world a better place.
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