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2018 Silver Sage Annual Conference

Register here for Annual Conference
Friday April 27 - The Red Lion Downtowner

Reception, Social, and Raffle Basket

Saturday April 28 - Red Lion Downtowner

Workshops, Luncheon and Recognitions Ceremony, and Annual Meeting 

Saturday, you can attend new workshops and round table discussions.

Guest Speaker Dr. Angela Hemingway
Dr. Angela Hemingway


Dr. Angela Hemingway Bio

Angela received her Master’s in Microbiology and her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University. She spent 14 years teaching in a variety of Idaho public STEM classrooms, from AP Biology and AP statistics to advanced research, robotics, and microbiology at BSU. While in the classroom she inspired students to participate in science competitions and community service events, growing Kuna High School’s science club from 10 students to over 200 in just three years.

Her knowledge of science and love of teaching led her to win numerous teaching awards including Idaho Biology Teacher of the Year and the GIANTS award (Governor’s and Industry’s Award for Notable Teachers of STEM) among others.

Four years ago, she transitioned to the State Department of Education where she served as Assessment and Accountability Director.

In August 2015, Governor Otter appointed her to the Executive Director position in the newly formed Idaho STEM Action Center. Her top priorities include providing STEM professional development and grants for educators, bringing a statewide science competition to Idaho, promoting teacher education and retention, and partnering with industry and universities to ensure Idaho’s long-term economic prosperity.

Angela’s goals are to increase STEM awareness and opportunities throughout Idaho. She works with educators, students, legislators and industry to ensure Idaho will continue to prosper and advance into the 22nd century.


Annual Business Meeting 2:45PM - 4:30PM

  • Vote on proposed changes to By-Laws
  • Election and Installation of Board Members
  • "State of the Council" by CEO, Pat Pyke, and Board Chair, Holli Woodings


           Cedar Room        Aspen Class           White Pine         Cottonwood 


8:45 AM

Brain Architecture

Taryn Yates



VTK – Easier Troop Leadership

Uschi De Rose


More Relevant Than Ever

Dr. Mary Pritchard

Teen Anxiety & Depression

Dr. Dawn Cureton

10 AM

Alumni Meeting

VTK – Easier Troop Leadership

Uschi De Rose


Social Media:  Keeping your Children Safe

Victor Dominguez

Teen Anxiety & Depression

Dr. Dawn Cureton

11:10 AM

Girl Scouts Traditions and Ceremonies

Diana Lawson


More Relevant Than Ever

Dr. Mary Pritchard



Traci Swift and Courtney Russell Thompson

Your Keys to Economic Empowerment

Debra DeSousa


Followed by luncheon and award recognitions. Stay for lunch to celebrate the hard work of volunteers across the council area!

Click here to read about our workshops!

Alumni Connections – Calling all Girl Scout Alumni! The Girls of today need the Girl Scouts of yesterday. Join us for a session of sharing, reminiscing, laughter and enjoy some refreshments.

Girl Scout Traditions and Ceremonies – Celebrating Girl Scout Traditions connects Girl Scouts to their sister Girl Scouts. They have always been part of the fun of being a Girl Scout. Join us to share some of these traditions and ceremonies.

Teen Anxiety & Depression - Join Clinical Psychologist Dr. Dawn Cureton from Idaho Falls to explore Teen Anxiety and Depression – how to recognize it and what to do about it.

The Big Why: Girl-Only Space is More Relevant than Ever – Join Dr. Mary Pritchard, Ph.D, a health psychologist and professor in the Boise State Department of Psychological Science, in this interactive workshop to explore the meaning, benefits and science behind inclusive sisterhood, girls empowering girls, and developmentally appropriate all-girl environments. You'll learn why these are important to girl learning and personal development and you’ll come away confident about the outcomes of the Girl Scout Movement and your own "Big Why."

VTK? Volunteer Tool Kit? Easier Troop Leadership? Can it be true?
The Volunteer Toolkit will make it easier for leaders to manage their troops, prepare for and lead meetings, and connect with other volunteers. Leaders will have access to important resources to deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience including three years of meeting plans for Daisy, Brownie and Junior Troops. These plans will incorporate the It’s Your Planet – Love it and It’s Your Story – Tell It! Journeys as well as all badge requirements. Join us to learn how the VTK will make your Troop leadership experience easier and efficient. Uschi De Rose – VTK Presenter

The Brain Architecture game is a hands-on interactive experience that gives the participant a better understanding of how positive and negative experiences affect a child’s developing brain. Participants will be challenged to work together in teams to build the best brain they can, given the cards they are dealt. Throughout the game and afterwards, Taryn Yates from the Idaho Children’s Fund will debrief the parallels between building a brain out of pipe cleaners and what we know to be true about brain development.

Your Keys to Economic Empowerment - How do you know the right questions to ask when you are looking for a financial resource? This workshop will provide you with an overview of money management strategies and the conversations that go along with taking those first steps. Presented by Deborah DeSousa, M.Ed. and Certified Financial Educator/Coach.

Join the program team to learn more about the new outdoor and STEM badges and journeys. Get the first peak at the 2018 Get Outdoors Summer Challenge.

Social Media: Keeping your Children Safe – Victor Dominguez, Chairman of the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Coalition, will present on enticement by Internet Child Predators, Child Pornography, Bullying and Sexting involving children and teens; all of which has become much too common in today’s Internet environment. Learn to protect children by becoming familiar with the apps on their devices, and available software solutions to monitor their activity. The first line of defense will always be informed and knowledgeable parents, guardians, and teachers.

Red Lion Downtowner Hotel Reservations:
Call: 1-800-733-5466
Group Rate is $89 and includes hot breakfast (for reservations made prior to April 13)
Use Block Code: GIRL0426