Member Essentials

Member Essentials – 9/1/20

Dear GSWNY Members, 

A few upcoming dates to remember:

  • All Shop locations are currently CLOSED for our annual physical inventory through Friday, September 4, 2020; we will reopen to curbside pick-up service on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Please note that due to our Buffalo office moving, curbside retail will re-open later in September – TBD
  • GSWNY will be CLOSED next Monday, September 7, 2020 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. We will reopen to our virtual council hours on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 9:00 am.

​​​​Please see the important announcements below and for questions, please contact Customer Care or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

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It’s the last month of the membership year–have YOU renewed yet?

Did you know that the Girl Scout membership year runs October 1 through September 30? That means current memberships will be expiring soon. We make it so easy using our online system, and we’ve got some great giveaways. We’ll be giving away one $50 Amazon or Target gift card every Wednesday in August and September – one for girls and one for leaders, so the sooner you renew, the better chance you have to win! Renew now!

Upcoming Event! Skills and Chills 2020 Hybrid and Virtual Only Event

Like everything in 2020, Skills and Chills is going to look a little different but we’re still excited for another exciting year. The hybrid version will feature activities that are in-person and online. 

Attached you will find the Information Packet for the Skills and Chills 51st Annual Event. It details the breakdown of activities and different safety measures that will be taken at Camp Seven Hills during the event. 

Learn More and Register

Retail Item of the Week: Food Drive Fun Patch

Did your Girl Scout or Troop participate in this summer’s “Feed the Need” Campaign? Don’t forget to pick up your Food Drive FUN PATCHES to add to their uniform! The Food Drive Patch is free shipping from the GSUSA Web site.

Looking for more Food Drive patches options? Email your local Girl Scouts of Western New York Shop and we can arrange pick up after reopening on Wednesday, September 9 (all shops will reopen with the exception of Buffalo).

Order Online Today

Tenure and Years of Service: GSWNY Adult Recognition Award Monthly Highlight – September 2020

Every month this year, we’re highlighting the different adult awards that Girl Scout volunteers can earn. To start things off we are going to focus on Years of Service and Tenure pins! These are an easy first step to recognizing volunteers.

Tenure and Years of Service pins are given to recognize volunteers for the time they have been registered Girl Scout members, given in 5-year increments.

Learn More

You’re invited to attend the Girl Scouts of Western New York, Inc. Virtual Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2020. The Annual Meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Please RSVP your attendance for the Annual Meeting using the link below no later than September 10, 2020. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Blair at or 716-935-6076.

We look forward to seeing you on September 17, 2020.

RSVP for the Annual Meeting

Approved Troop Fundraiser: Courageous and Strong Virtual 5K Sponsored by Troop 70085

You’re invited to participate in Troop 70085’s Courageous and Strong Virtual 5K! The cost is $25/person and includes a medal, patch, and virtual bib (plus shipping). 

Any profit from the 5K will go to the troop’s Silver Award efforts and then upcoming troop travel (in that order). Girls can walk, run, bike, or hike the 3.1 miles.

To register, use the button below. If you have additional questions, you can reach out to the troop directly at

Register Today

Girl Scouting at Home

Looking for ways to stay involved with Girl Scouts? Check out our Girl Scouting at Home page today! New resources are added regularly. 

Looking for more options? Head to for even more at-home opportunities for your Girl Scout by grade level, and check out some of the online opportunities below:

Girl Scouts Doing Good Things

Troop 60812 made art for the Kirkhaven Nursing Home to spread cheer among the residents. Click the link below to watch the video and read the story!

We are #GirlScoutStrong! Looking forward to talking to you next Tuesday! In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Customer Care or call 1-888-837-6410. In an emergency, please call 1-800-882-9268.

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