Thursday, December 7, 2017

Pittsburgh Area Troops Celebrate at Annual Bring-A-Friend Event

Ball in the Fall Troop 51061
Girl Scouts from Troop 51061 hit the red carpet along with about 275 other girls from the Pittsburgh area at their annual Bring-A-Friend event. Troop 51061 has hosted the event for the past six years.

On Friday, November 17, West Perry Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 51061 hosted their annual Bring-A-Friend Ball in the Fall Dance.

With record numbers in registration, the event was a huge success! The troop registered 172 Girl Scouts and 103 of their close friends to celebrate this fun evening.

Eleven girls from Troop 51061 have hosted event for the last six years: Maria Arlia, Jordyn Bailey, Julia Bjurstrom, Sarah Hartenstein, Kelly Hatch, Lexi Mandell, Mackenzie MacFarland, Ashly Nicholas, Alyson Ryan, Abigail Schutzman, and Maria Swab. While they will be graduating this year, their work on this event has taken it to the next level. Troop leader Angela Arlia and co-leaders Mary Hatch and Shelley Schutzman are proud of the girls' commitment to all of their passions, including Girl Scouting.

"These girls are so inspirational. They are bright and beautiful, inside and out," says Arlia. "Some hold leadership positions in school, hold National Honor Society merits, play sports, work part time, and participate in drama club, marching band, and cheerleading. The troop started in kindergarten, and it is great to see they remained in Girl Scouts for all these years, too."

The theme, The Rhinestone Runway, offered each girl the opportunity to walk the red carpet as other guests cheered for her arrival. Girls are encouraged to wear their best dresses and their most fabulous bling, and the event provides the opportunity for older Girl Scouts to provide a positive image, leadership and kindness to the younger attendees.

Troop 51061 asks each attendee to bring one non-perishable food item to be donated to the North Hills Backpack initiative, which assists students in the troop's community.

The event received coverage on, The Pittsburgh Tribune website.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Girl Scouts invited to special movie screenings

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) members are invited to a free screening of two films at AMC Waterfront in Pittsburgh this weekend! 

Please plan to arrive early for the best seats. Passes are limited 100 seats total for each screening. 

Girls are encouraged to wear their uniforms since this is a special screening for GSWPA Girl Scouts! 

The Greatest Showman

Sunday, December 10, 10 a.m.

This Sunday, see a free screening of 20th Century Fox's, The Greatest Showman. There will be some fun family activities beforehand! Register for your free movie passes online using code GreatestShowmanGS. You'll be redirected to a website where you can download your passes. Please have your pass ready to show at the door. 

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

The Greatest Showman is in theaters December 20, 2017.


Saturday, December 9, 10 a.m.


This Saturday, see a free screening of 20th Century Fox's new animated comedy, Ferdinand. Register for your free movie passes online using code FerdinandGS. You'll be redirected to a website where you can download your passes. Please have your pass ready to show at the door. 

Ferdinand tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can't judge a bull by its cover.

From Blue Sky Studios and Carlos Saldanha, the director of "Rio" and inspired by the beloved book "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, "Ferdinand" is a heartwarming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson and many more.

Ferdinand is in theaters December 15, 2017.

Friday, December 1, 2017

MagNut News for Troops

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) sends a big THANK YOU to everyone for your patience during our pilot year of UNIFY!

Dates and Deadlines 

NOW! - Verify banking information in UNIFY by clicking on Financials located on the Menu
Dec. 5, 12 p.m. - Deadline to submit ACH Adjustment Form
Dec. 12 - ACH Sweep
Dec. 15 - Deadline to submit Delinquent Forms
Mid-December - MagNut recognitions sent to Service Unit MagNut Managers

ACH Sweep

  • To view troop balance due to council, click on Financials and select the Troop Transactions tab.
    • If there is a negative balance, you will receive a refund check in January. 
    • Troops that only did Reach Out Booklets will receive a shop certificate.
  • The ACH Sweep will occur Tuesday, Dec. 12. 
    • The final upload of banking information has been processed.
    • Verify troop banking information on UNIFY. 
      • If the uploaded information is incorrect, you must contact Customer Care at 800-248-3355 no later than Dec. 5 at 12 p.m. The troop must submit a check for the balance owed.
      • If there is no banking information uploaded, the troop must submit a check for payment. 
  • Not enough funds to cover the ACH Sweep? 
    • If the total amount due to GSWPA will not be available in your troop bank account as a result of a delinquent girl payment or for any other reason, an ACH Adjustment Form must be submitted to GSWPA by 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Use this form to indicate the amount of money GSWPA can safely sweep from the troop account
    • **Adjustment forms received after Dec. 5 at 12 p.m.will not be processed.** 
  • Submit all delinquent girl paperwork by Friday, Dec. 15.
    • If there is a delinquent girl payment and no adjustment form is submitted, GSWPA will refund the delinquent amount that was swept when the funds were unavailable, as long as the appropriate delinquent paperwork is submitted by Friday, Dec. 15.

      Please mail to:
      GSWPA, Attn: Yvonne Colleran
      30 Isabella Street, Suite 107
      Pittsburgh, PA 15212
    • **After this deadline, no refunds for delinquencies will be processed.**

Late Paper Magazine Orders

Late paper magazine subscription forms (white and yellow copies), along with Paper Magazine Summary Forms, must be mailed promptly. Failure to submit forms will cause delays with the start of customer subscriptions.

Please mail to:
GSWPA, Attn: Yvonne Colleran
30 Isabella Street, Suite 107
Pittsburgh, PA 15212


MagNut recognitions will be sent mid-December to Service Unit MagNut Managers. GS Bucks will also be sent from GSWPA directly to Service Unit MagNut Managers. The Service Unit MagNut Managers will notify Troop MagNut Managers when recognitions are ready for pick-up.

Questions? Please contact your Service Unit MagNut Manager.

Thanks for everything you do! 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Athlete Play Day at Allegheny College

FREE ADMISSION! Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors are invited to join Allegheny College's Women Athletes for their Athlete Play Day on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 12-2 p.m.

The Allegheny Gators will be sharing their knowledge and experience of playing many different sports! Girls will be able to explore what it takes to be part of a collegiate sports team. The event will be held in the Wise Center on the Allegheny College campus.

Please register for the event by filling out this form.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.