Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Join us in Erie for Awards of Distinction

Dr. Julie Wollman
Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) honors outstanding service and leadership to the Erie community at the annual Awards of Distinction luncheon.

The purpose of the Awards of Distinction Luncheon is to recognize an outstanding professional woman, impressive Girl Scout Troop and a community-champion corporation or organization. Proceeds of this premier event support Girl Scouts’ mission to develop courage, confidence and character in girls and to inspire the next generation of young women to become the leaders of tomorrow.

The 2014 honorees in each category are:  
  • Woman of Distinction: Dr. Julie Wollman, President of Edinboro University
  • Organization of Distinction: Mercy Center for Women 
  • Troop of Distinction: Troop 36409, Elk Valley Elementary School
Troop 36409

Wednesday, August 6
11:00 a.m. Welcome Reception & Raffle
11:30 a.m. Lunch & Program

Bayfront Convention Center
1 Sassafras Pier
Erie, PA 16507

More than 300 people are expected to attend, including members of the business community, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania staff, volunteer event committee members, and friends, colleagues and families of award winners.

The event also includes LeadHer, a special mentoring program. Through LeadHer, female professionals are matched with Girl Scouts to introduce her to the workplace, empower her to dream without gender limitations, and help her think imaginatively about family, work and community life. Through this small investment of time – just a few hours – mentors give young women the experience and confidence they need to make informed decisions about career options.

Erie Awards of Distinction Committee Members:
  • Honorary Chair: Colleen Stumpf, Quinn Law Firm
  • Colleen Moore Mezler, Moore Research Services
  • Jody Farrell, Tungsten
  • Bethany Brun, Mercyhurst University
  • Kristi Bailey, Erie Federal Credit Union
  • Jenny Poff, Presque Isle Designs, LLC.
  • Kristen Ludwig, Erie Bank

Tickets are available at\donate\aod for $40 each or $320 for a table of ten.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors: GEICO, UPMC Health Plan, FedEx Ground, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, National Fuel, Quinn Law Firm, United States Steel Corporation and Wells Fargo.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Going Gold

Gold Award ceremony in Cranberry Township celebrated 25 girls.
26 girls were honored at the Gold Award ceremony in Indiana.
To some, going gold means being the winner—the fastest, the most competitive, or the one who fought the hardest.

For Girl Scouts, going gold means earning the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award. This award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects that address important community needs.

Congratulations to these 98 (wow!) Girl Scouts in our council who earned their Gold Award this year!

Samantha C. Adams
Cecelia G. Allison
Emily  Rose Anuszeh
Elizabeth P. Atterbury
Ellen A. Baillie
Kimmi  Baston
Kristen Rose Baxter
Alexis  P. Brink
Brianna  Brooks
Mariah  Callas
Anna  Connor
Carys A. Corry-Roberts
Serena R. Costello
Laina J. Cross
Sarah M. Davis
Nicole T. DeSantis
Rachel A. Diffendal
Danielle  M. DiLeva
Hanna  E. Dubich
Margaret  C. Edwards
Christine  E. Eshelman
Megan  L. Farrell
Caitlin E. Fielding
Miranda  Francois
Rachel  M. Gaddis
Rachel  N. Geffrey
Alicia  J. Gialanella
Christine  Girata
Amanda Marie Gunkle
Holly M. Harlin
Emma  Jean Harting
Emma Jeanne Held
Emily S. Herold
Jesse Michelle Hinkle
Amanda L. Holmes
Hannah N. Hosack
Savanna  Houser
Carly  Izydore
Anna  Kafferlin
Danielle M. Kepple
Sarah  Kinney
Kaylyn  Kiser
Julia  Marie Koltas
Samantha L. Kovach
Alexandria  C. Lacombe
Marissa  Leonard
Bianca B. Li
Jessica  L. Lindstrom
Alyssa  Lisle
Michelle  Long
Leanna M. Longobardi
Melissa M. Lunz
Emily A. Mann
Leah D. Marofsky
Cheyanne E. Marsh
Kelsey J. Marsh
Emma  L. Marsland-McCann
Cristiana A. Michele
Mallory  G. Milberger
Kelcey Jo  Miller
Tiffany  A. Mulligan
Cassandra  N. Nagle
Lauren  S. Neese
Katelin  Omecinski
Julie E. Pace
Alexandra  J. Peck
Jocelyn  Perry
Sarah D. Peterson
Melissa  S. Philips
Rebecca  S. Podrosky
Amber L. Radel
Andrea M. Radziminski
Taylor R. Reimold
Ember  B. Rensel
Melissa N. Richards
Ashley  Riser
Emily  E. Robinson
Heather  Rose
Rachel L. Sager
Helen  I. Schlemmer
Nicole  A. Schneider
Rebecca  M. Shaffer
Katelin  R. Shreve
Jessica M. Simmons
Breanna  Helen Smeltzer
Malinda  J. Smith
Sarah  Marie Smith
Sneha  Srinivasan
Rachel Kaetlyn Stirling
Katherine M. Stupar
Erin N. Sullivan
Alexandria M. Taylor
Olivia M. Vanistendael
Stephanie  Vighetti
Marissa  L. Waldroup
Marissa G. Waterloo
Kathryn D. Watkins
Joie  L. Zabec

Girls were honored at celebrations in Indiana and Cranberry in June. 

A Beary Good Cause

Attention Girl Scouts! Ten volunteers are needed to make bears for patients at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital at a special grand reopening ceremony at the Build-A-Bear in Robinson Township.

Each Girl Scout will make one bear that will be donated to the hospital.

Since spots are limited, registration is required and conducted on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Terra Corsini today to register.
Here is the celebration information:

Grand Reopening Celebration
Place:  The Mall at Robinson
Date:  Friday, July 18, 2014
Time:  Participants arrive at 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

What's new, MagNut?

Allie the Sea Otter
Need start up funds for your Girl Scout troop? It's not too early to start thinking about the fall product sale, MagNut!

The 2014 MagNut program begins on Wednesday, October 1.

The MagNut program offers girls the opportunity to set and achieve goals, earn start-up funds for their troop, and receive great recognitions including our plush mascots, sea otters named Olivia and Allie.

With MagNut, troops can earn proceeds of 15% -20% of sales. Last year, troops earned over $410,000 for their troop treasuries!

New this year!

Photo Keepsake
An Online Nut Store will be added to the Online Magazine Store! Customers will be able to select from all 25 nut and candy items (not just the 16 items that are listed on the order card) as well as 5 corporate gift items. Customers will pay online and receive the product directly from Ashdon Farms. Stay tuned for more information on this new feature.

Photo Keepsakes are new this year, too! Want to save those memories of Girl Scouting? Family photos? A great vacation? Customers upload photos to create photo books, calendars, cards and other items. (Orders are taken just like magazines.) This is a great way to help your troop earn start up funds!

The order card offers 16 different nuts and candies.  This year's special edition bird house tin is filled with chocolate covered pretzels and the collectable Girl Scout tin is filled with caramel treasures. Both are great for holiday gift giving!

Mark your troop's calendar for October 1, 2014, so your troop will be ready to participate in the exciting 2014 MagNut program!  

Friday, June 20, 2014

There's more fun at Camp Hawthorne Ridge!

Check out these cool programs just added at Camp Hawthorne Ridge in Fairview Township (Erie County), plus lots of great programs on page 19 of Camp S’more.

Register by June 30 for the programs below at

We hope to see you at camp!
Mon. July 7-Wed. July 7 @ 6-9 p.m.
Girl Grades: 4-8
Location: Camp Hawthorne Ridge 7755 Camp Hawthorne Ridge Rd., Fairview Twp.
Dates: Mon. July 7-Wed. July 9, 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $40 per girl, $20 per adult
All aboard for a shipwreck adventure at Camp Hawthorne Ridge! Learn survival skills, including first-aid, fire building, making shelters, knots, lashing and much more. These skills will be needed to complete the final night's Treasure Hunt. Will you survive the shipwreck?

Fireflies & Fairy tales

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 @ 6 p.m.

Girl Grades: K-4
Location: Camp Hawthorne Ridge, 7755 Hawthorne Ridge Rd., Fairview Township
Date: Tues: July 15, 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $10 per girl, $5 per adult

Visit the land of make-believe at Camp Hawthorne Ridge! Make your own firefly craft and fairy wand, visit the Fairy Queen of Hawthorne Ridge, make s'mores and listen to fairy tales by the campfire. Feel free to come dressed as your favorite fairy tale character.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

International camp staff ready for the best summer ever!

The staff at Girl Scout camps do more than keep girls safe and organize activities. They introduce girls to their best friends, give them confidence to try new things, help them overcome homesickness, and role model positive leadership skills.

Our international camp staff is no exception. They travel thousands of miles to help girls learn about the larger world around them while joining them on fun camp adventures. Many girls wouldn't know anyone from another country if it weren't for international staff at Girl Scout camps.

This year, we are excited to welcome the following staff back to America and Girl Scout camp!

PJ, Barn Director at Redwing from England
Mouse, Counselor at Redwing from Australia
Sneaks, Counselor at Hawthorne Ridge and Singing Hills from England
Smudge, Counselor at Hawthorne Ridge and Singing Hills from England
Ping, Counselor at Hawthorne Ridge and Singing Hills from England
Paco, Waterfront Director at Redwing from England