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Girl Scouts of Western New York

September 2008

Calling All Troops— Send Us Your News
We invite all troops to send us news about your great program events, community service, travel, innovative ideas and other Girl Scouting adventures. We will publish troop news as space permits. Send your news stories and high resolution photos including the names of those pictured to the Brand Department at brand@ Photos and news items can be mailed to Melanie Phillips at Girl Scouts of Western New York, 1020 John Street, West Henrietta, NY 14586. Photos cannot be returned unless they are accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Girl Scout Troop 1080 of the Sar-del Service Unit had an exciting trip to Savannah, Georgia where they visited the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low.


Pictured in the photo, left to right, is: Erin Parrish, Elizabeth Glanowski, Victoria Glanowski, Amber Thiel, Beth Robbins and Kaitlin Meyers.


Help Wanted: International Camp Canada—Guides du Spokeswomen for tion Girl Guides of of Western New YorkCanada is pleased to extend an invitato Girl Scouts to attend their National International Camp, Guiding Mosaic 2010—the cornerstone event of Canada’s 100 Girl Scouts Anniversary Celebrations. Guiding Mosaic 2010 will be held July 8–July 17,

Girl Scouts of Western New York are looking for outspoken, energetic, girls who want to spread the wonderful news about Girl Scouting. Girls are needed for media appearances and/or public speaking engagements. This is an excellent chance to practice public speaking and earn leadership hours. Because many public speaking and media opportunities present themselves to the council on short notice, please be advised that most requests will be also be advertised to the girls on short notice. Please have interested girls email their name, phone number, email address (or parent email address), troop level, service unit, and scheduling availability to

2010 at the Guelph Lake Conservation Area, Province of Ontario, Canada. Girls must be at least 11 years old to attend. To review more details on this event, please visit the Web site of Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada at They will require Intent to Participate forms by March 31, 2009.

GSWNY Great Older Girl Program
It’s Camping! It’s Competition! It’s Skills & Chills at Zoar Valley! In October hundreds of older girls will come together for one fabulous fall weekend of camping and outdoor skill competitions in beautiful Western New York. Bring your own team of four or join one on site and get ready to do your best. This event for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors will be held October 3–5 at Zoar Valley Camp. Girls, leaders and registered adults are $24 per person. The fee includes a Friday snack, Saturday breakfast, lunch, supper, snack, Sunday breakfast and a Skills & Chills souvenir.

Girls Needed for Photo Shoots
To celebrate our fantastic larger council and new sisterhood of Girl Scouts across the region,, we need girls to assist us in being models for a photo shoot. If you have girls interested in being photographed for Girl Scout publications, we are inviting girls of all ages to participate. Girls should plan to bring their GSWNY uniforms with them to the photo shoot. Interested troops should e-mail their troop number, age level and contact information to by September 15.

• • • • • • Permission slips and individual health forms for each girl and adult attending Personal gear Two (2) rolls of toilet paper to be used in your unit Your own mug Troop first aid kit 5”x8’’ (or larger) cloth tag with troop/group number, two tags each per girl, leader or other adult attending the weekend. Troop/group number must be clearly visible on front and back. • Troop flag or banner for opening ceremony on Saturday (optional) • Rain fly/shelter for events (optional)

• • • • Ribbon Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Overall Skills—Henry J. Babcock Memorial Trophy Overall Field—Friends of Girl Scouting Trophy Sportsmanship—to be awarded Sunday morning to the troop/group demonstrating the best sportsmanship and enthusiasm

* Trophy awards will be displayed at the Girl Scout Service Center. Sportsmanship Ribbons are kept by the winning troop/group.


Girl Scouts of Western New York | Volunteer Newsletter | September 1, 2008

WAGGGS Leadership Conference
Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta is pleased to offer the WAGGGS Leadership Conference 2009 which will offer girls global leadership learning opportunities. The getaway will take place at camp Timber Ridge near Atlanta, GA, January 16-19, 2009. Ideal participants will be girls 13-18 years old, who: • Want to make a difference in the world • Are passionate about global issues • Enjoy learning about global Girl Scouting and • Are open-minded to opinions and life experiences of other teens around the world. Visit escape/destinations/event_details. asp?eventid=448 for a complete description of the event, costs and application procedures. For more information, contact Gloria Todd of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta at gtodd@ or (770) 947-9073. Applications are due October 6, 2008.

National Council Session Proposals
Attention all volunteers! Visit our Web site and read the latest information on the National Council Session and associated proposals. The 2008 Girl Scout National Council Session/51st convention will take place in Indianapolis from October 30 to November 2, with more than 11,000 adult and girl members and nearly 200 exhibitors expected to attend. As the most significant triennial event on the calendar, the National Council Session brings together individuals responsible for governance of the Girl Scout Movement: more than 1,800 voting members elected by Girl Scout councils and selected by USA Girl Scouts Overseas, members of the National Board of Directors and the National Nominating Committee, past presidents of GSUSA and other persons elected by the National Council. They will review progress on the implementation of the core business strategy and make important policy decisions vital to the continued success of the Girl Scout Movement. In addition, non-voting members will attend the National Council Session/51st convention. You can download and review the proposals by visiting our Web site here: You may also submit your thoughts and ideas by e-mailing them to Ideas will be gathered and reported to Girl Scouts of Western New York’s National Delegates. Please include with your comments your name and position with the council. 3

Girl Scout Destinations
Girl Scout destinations are your chance to travel across your state, your country or your globe. A destination is your chance to go somewhere new, do something different, and meet people from across the country. Choose from many types of destinations. See what life is really like for an M.D. or camp in the green depths of the Costa Rican rainforest.

There are six categories of destinations:
• International: Events outside of the United States. • Outdoors: Events ranging from learning outdoor skills to Outward Bound challenges on land or sea. • Science: Events that take science to a new level. (Examples include learning about animal behavior or what a doctor’s life is like.) • People: Events that enable you to visit cities and countrysides so you can experience the culture of new places. • Apprenticeships: Events that provide hands-on, real-life experience in a potential career field. • Getaways: Two- to four-day events all over the country. To find out more information about Girl Scout 2008 destinations go to and click on the Escape tab and then click on the link for destinations.

Girl Scouts Beach Sweep
The Girl Scouts of Western New York are going GREEN! Registered Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes and Senior Scouts will be joining our Product Sales team for a Beach Sweep on Saturday, September 20 from 9 am–Noon at Woodlawn Beach State Park and from 10 am–Noon at Lake Erie State Park in Brocton. Each troop that registers will receive Beach Sweep Patches and a certificate. Participants will also have a chance to taste the new “Dulce De Leche” cookie.

One Council, One Voice.

Girl Scouts of Western New York | Volunteer Newsletter | September 1, 2008

Media Coverage
We are pleased to see Girl Scouts making headlines with program highlights and excitement over the opportunities created by the merger. An extensive article about a local Girl Scout selected as a role model by a national magazine appeared in Batavia’s The Daily News this past month. Full color photographs of a robotics and alternative energy-themed Gold Award project were also featured in Rochester’s Democrat & Chronicle. A story about the new Hearthstone Lodge at Camp Windy Meadows was featured in the Buffalo News and the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. A photo of local Girl Scouts at Camp Seven Hills was included on the “Picture Page” of the Buffalo News. Our Girl Scouts are up to great things! The Girl Scouts of Western New York have been getting plenty of media coverage about the merger as well. News about the council merger and staff appointments appeared in Buffalo’s Business First, the Rochester Business Journal, the Buffalo News, the Lockport—Union-Sun & Journal, Jamestown Post-Journal—and most recently in the Democrat & Chronicle with a full color photograph on the front page. The Democrat & Chronicle also featured an article on the GSWNY merger being an example of a good business model, earning us a commendation from GSUSA.

Safety-Wise Revisions
With the changes to the girl experience and program model, there are some revisions to the Safety-Wise publication of which you will want to be aware. These changes pertain to the product sale activities and procedures, activities involving money, sale-related awards, the use of the Internet for sales and the introduction of Daisy involvement in the product sales. Changes were made to Safety-Wise Standards 28, 30, and 31 and were adopted by the GSUSA Board of Directors on June 15, 2008. Changes in guidelines made by GSUSA have been added to reflect needed updates as well, including revised Activity Checkpoints. This document replaces anything in print, including those Standards and Activity Points in the published Safety-Wise. The complete revisions to Safety-Wise can be found on our Web site under the product sales tab under both the Cookie Program and the QSP sale links at or Girl Scouts of Western New York | Volunteer Newsletter | September 1, 2008 4

2008 Women of Distinction
The Western New York region has a wealth of talented business and community-oriented female leaders. To honor these women, The Girl Scouts of Western New York is pleased to hold our Women of Distinction Awards program. This is a national Girl Scout program that recognizes the achievements of professional and working women residing in their local communities, provides special mentoring opportunities for older Girl Scouts and helps fund programs that serve the nearly 36,000 adult and girl members committed to Girl Scouting. The 2008 Women of Distinction Awards program will be held on Thursday, September 18 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Buffalo, New York. The event begins at 6 p.m. with an international cheese board and cash bar, followed by the dinner and awards ceremony from 7–9 p.m. Tickets for this event are $65 per person and $35 per registered Girl Scout ages 5–17. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Laurie Mahoney, Vice President of Development at 1-888-837-6410, ext. 247 or This year the Girl Scouts of Western New York will be honoring Carol M. Cassell, Executive Vice President, Business Planning & Government Programs, Independent Health; Kathleen K. Flemming, Founder, Frontenac Bank and Waterford Village Bank; Virginia Mazgajewski, Owner, Xtreme Wheels Indoor Skate Park; Janet H. Sung M.D., President, Windsong Radiology Group, P.C.; and Catharine M. Weiss, Past President, The Girl Scout Council of Buffalo & Erie County, Inc.

Pastry Launches Thin Mint Collection
Pastry, a division of Run Athletics, Inc., launched the Pastry Thin Mint Collection, an exciting new line of sneakers and a backpack with designs. Pastry is a premium brand of footwear, apparel and accessories inspired by the vibrant personalities of Vanessa and Angela Simmons. Vanessa and Angela have been strong supporters of the Girl Scout movement and have appeared in GSUSA initiative to encourage girls to participate in entrepreneurship and financial literacy programs. The collection is comprised of Thin Mint footwear and a backpack. The Pastry footwear is launched with two colors, chocolate and white, in both women’s and kids’ sizes. The Pastry Thin Mint collection can be found at specialty retailers in the US, including Finish Line, Underground Station and Lady Foot Locker. A portion of the proceeds will go to Girl Scouts of the USA. For more information on Pastry, please visit For more information on Vanessa and Angela’s involvement with the Girl Scouts, please visit www.girlscouts. org/vanessaandangela.

Girl Scouts Centennial Silver Coin Legislation
By Mike Unser, as taken from on July 2, 2008

Should a newly introduced House bill become law, 350,000 silver $1 coins will be issued in 2011 commemorating the 100th anniversary of The coin would be made from 90 the establishment of the Girl Scouts of percent silver and 10 percent copper, the USA. and issued in proof and uncirculated Rep. Jack Kingston introduced versions with a limit of 350,000. the Girl Scouts commemorative coin The final coin design would legislation in July as H.R. 6404. H.R. evolve through collaborative ef6404 is entitled the “Girl Scouts USA forts of the United States Mint, the Centennial Commemorative Coin Girl Scouts of the United States of Act.” The coins will be minted in America, the Commission of Fine 2011, even though Girl Scouts will Arts, and the Citizens Coinage be 100 in 2012. The reasoning is that Advisory Committee. in 1911, Juliette Gordon Low met Sir A $10 surcharge is included for Robert Baden-Powell, a war hero and each coin sale that would be paid to the founder of the Boy Scouts, and the Girl Scouts of the United States of began planning an association for girls America for efforts involved in markOne that would become Girl Scouts of the ing the Centennial which may include USA. From that perspective and going preservation efforts of the birthplace forward one hundred years, the date of Juliette Gordon Low. makes more sense. Girl Scouts of Western New York | Volunteer Newsletter | September 1, 2008

Council, One Voice.


Council Shop Hours and Locations Update on Girl Scout Uniforms
Girl Scouts at each level will have one official uniform item (tunic, vest, sash) for the display of official pins and awards which will be required when girls participate in ceremonies or officially represent the Girl Scout Movement. The official dress code will unite girls as Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts at the Daisy and Brownie levels will continue to have a full uniform ensemble available. For Girl Scout Junior through Girl Scout Ambassador levels, Girl Scouts wear solid white shirts and khaki pants or skirts with their required official uniform item (tunic, vest, sash), the official dress code as required when participating in ceremonies or when officially representing the Girl Scout Movement. Girl Scouts in high school will also have a scarf, uniting them in the WAGGS tradition. The official uniform for adults is navy blue business attire worn with an official scarf and membership pins for women, and the tie for men. GSUSA will continue to develop and offer a range of appealing casual wear for girls and adults. Batavia Service Center Shop 50 Batavia City Centre Batavia, NY 14020 Phone: 585.344.7050 or1.800.398.3855 Fax: 585.344.0765 Call ahead ordering! Buffalo Service Center Shop (L.L. Green) 70 Jewett Parkway Buffalo, NY 14214 Phone: 716.837.6400 or 1.888.837-6410 Fax: 716.837.6407 Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Friday: 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Jamestown Service Center Shop 2661 Horton Road Jamestown, NY 14701 Phone: 716.665.2225 or 1.800.373.3295 Fax: 716.488.9501 Tuesday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Friday: 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Lockport Service Center Shop 5000 Cambria Road Lockport, NY 14094 Phone: 716.434.6212 or 1.866.694.7969 Fax: 716.434.9983 Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday: 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Rochester Service Center Shop 1020 John Street West Henrietta, NY 14586 Phone: 585.239.7901 or Fax: 585.292.1086 Tuesday–Wednesday: 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Thursday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.–12 p.m. (9/16–6/13) You can also visit the Girl Scouts of Western New York council shop online at

Basics in a Bag Starter Kits
Each bag includes basic items every girl needs to begin her Girl Scout adventure.
All prices include tax. Daisy Bag $31.28
Tunic Flag Patch Troop Numerals (3) Daisy Pin Insignia Tab Daisy Flower Garden Journey Book

Brownie Bag $38.25
Vest Flag Patch Troop Numerals (3) Brownie Pin Insignia Tab Brownie Quest Journey Book GSUSA ID set

Junior Bag $39.01
Vest Flag Patch Troop Numerals (3) Girl Scout Pin Insignia Tab Agent of Change Journey Book GSUSA ID set

Girls 11–17 Bag $43.98
Vest Flag Patch Troop Numerals (3) Girl Scout Pin Insignia Tab Journey Book GSUSA ID set

We can add or modify any item to accommodate a girl’s needs. Call your local Girl Scout Council Shop for more details. 6

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