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    GEMS Girls’ Clubs 46th Annual Counselors’ Leadership Conference

    Messiah College | Harrisburg, PA

    July 9-12, 2015

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    GEMS Girls’ Clubs 46th Annual Counselors’ Leadership Conference

    Messiah College | Harrisburg, PA

    July 9-12, 2015

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    GEMS Girls’ Clubs 46th Annual Counselors’ Leadership Conference

    Messiah College | Harrisburg, PA

    July 9-12, 2015

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    GEMS Girls’ Clubs 46th Annual Counselors’ Leadership Conference

    Messiah College | Harrisburg, PA

    July 9-12, 2015

Choose Truth

Life is full of choices, and when we know what God’s Word says, we’ll be better able to choose what is good and pleasing to Him. His story lights the way for our story, directing our lives with Christ. Join us at the 2015 GEMS Leadership Conference as we learn what it means to Choose Truth!

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path (Psalm 119:105).


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    Develop Leaders

    At Conference, leaders discover new opportunities to use the unique gifts God has given them within His Story...

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    Nourish Lives

    Throughout Conference there is ample opportunity to intentionally connect with God, worship together, and spend time in His Word...

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    Share Ideas

    Titus 2 affirms that older women are called to teach younger women what is good. At Conference, we discover what that looks like together as we share ideas, experiences,...



Special Features

The 2015 GEMS Girls’ Clubs Leadership Conference will officially begin with the Women’s Night of Worship on Thursday, July 9 at 7:00pm and will end on Sunday, July 12 at 12:00pm. Here are a few of the highlights the weekend holds for you:

  • Thursday Evening: Women’s Night of Worship

    One of the most anticipated events at Conference: a night dedicated to worshipping our Great God

  • Annual Theme Night Experience

    The Annual Theme event will prepare you to teach your girls what it means to Choose Truth!

  • General Session & Worship

    Be challenged and inspired by speakers who are passionate about God and His Word.

  • Breakout Workshops

    Choose from a wide variety of training opportunities—from club life to personal growth, you’ll be equipped and refreshed!

  • Local Flavor Night with The Big Game Show!

    Dinner, ice cream, a game show, sidesplitting laughter, and lots of audience participation! Come out for an evening of laughter and fun.

  • Pre-Conference Tours

    Central Pennsylvania is beautiful and rich with history. Three great tours will be offered to better see the beautiful area surrounding Harrisburg, PA.


Pre-Conference Tours


Experience a glimpse of central Pennsylvania through three wonderful pre-conference tours. From historic Gettysburg, to a chocolate-lovers paradise, to the Amish lifestyle, you can choose a day away to extend your Conference experience.



We can't wait for you to learn and grow from each of the women who will be sharing with us at this year's Conference!

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    Kris Palosaari

    GEMS Executive Director

    Kris Palosaari joined GEMS Girls’ Clubs in September, 2014 as the Executive Director. She is excited to meet counselors at Conference and to share her vision for the future of the ministry.

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    Anita Keagy

    Author & Speaker

    Anita’s mission is to inspire people to spend time with God every day through Bible reading and prayer. With a compelling story of how God used a very difficult situation in her life for His glory, Anita shares candidly how she became pregnant as a teenager and made the difficult choice to give her daughter up for adoption.


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    Annie Downs

    Author & Speaker

    Annie uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. By weaving together personal stories, humor, and Scripture, she encourages women to experience fulfilled lives with a God who made them on purpose and loves them deeply.


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    Cathy Coleman

    Pastor & Teacher

    Cathy Coleman uses her gifts as an international speaker to bring the message of God’s faithfulness. She enjoys being able to encourage women to see anew and experience the richness of God’s grace and mercy.

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    Lenae Bulthuis

    Training Manager, GEMS Girls’ Clubs

    Lenae has been writing the Annual Theme resources for 11 years as Training Manager for GEMS Girls’ Clubs. The drumbeat of her heart is for girls to experience the overwhelming love of a God who ransomed Himself for each of them.

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    Colleen & Grace with the Unity Music Band

    Worship Team

    Colleen and Grace, also known as Unity Music Ministries, have been working together in worship ministry for over 30 years. These Oakville, Ontario residents have been a part of GEMS Conferences for almost 20 years. Worship with them and the Unity band are a favorite part of many women’s GEMS Conference experience.




Conference offers a multitude of workshop options that will enrich your personal life, your spiritual life, and your life as a mentor to girls. We know it will be tough to decide on just one workshop for each timeslot, but we also know you’ll leave feeling enriched and encouraged no matter what you pick!




When you register for Conference, you will create an account and a password. This will allow you to manage your registration as needed. You will not be able to make changes to your workshop selections or roommate requests once they have been selected.

Online Registration is open! register

Download the 2015  Registration Book
Download the 2015 Confirmation Materials–Coming in May, 2015


Registration Fee/Dates

Early Bird registration rate (until March 10) $399

Group registration (five or more from the same club until May 15) $375

Advance registration (March 11 – May 15), $425

Standard registration (May 16 – June 25), $450

Standard group registration (May 16 – June 25) $400

NOTE: While registrations will be received until June 26, 2015, the discounted Early Bird registration fee is only available through March 10, 2015!button

The registration fees include: all speakers, workshops, entertainment, meals, lodging on campus (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening). All registration prices are listed and must be paid in US funds. For Canadian citizens: your credit card company will automatically figure the exchange rate and will charge your account with the current day’s rate. You may contact the Service Center at 616-241-5616 ext. 3032 with any questions regarding the rate.


Workshops Registration:

We will make every effort to honor your first choice of workshops; however, assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Those workshops with special fees attached to them will be collected at the beginning of each session in US funds only. You will attend two workshops on Thursday, three workshops on Friday, and one workshop on Saturday. Workshop descriptions can be found by clicking here. Workshop assignments will be made in May, 2015.


Cancellation/Transfer Information:

Should you need to cancel your registration, your registration fee, with the exception of $45.00, will be refunded to you through May 15. No refunds will be possible after this date. After May 15, the registration may be transferred to another counselor’s registration until June 26.


Choose Truth!

Need to Know

Looking for an up-to-date schedule? Wondering about transportation? How about what kind of weather to prepare for? Find all you need to know about Conference below!

Act justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly.



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General Conference Questions

For any questions about the conference, logistics, registration, pre-conference tours, confirmation, workshops, rooming, etc. please contact Alecia Van Hulzen, Conference Coordinator for GEMS Girls’ Clubs, by email at alecia@gemsgc.org or by phone at (616)-241-5616 ext. 3065.

Registration Receipt/Confirmation/Receipt Questions

For any questions about whether your registration was received by the GEMS staff, or whether your confirmation booklet or payment receipt has been mailed please contact Hannah Noorman, Customer Relations Specialist for GEMS Girls’ Clubs. Hannah can be reached by email at hannah@gemsgc.org or by phone at (616) 241-5616 ext 3032.

Pennsylvania Committee Information

For any questions about vacationing in Pennsylvania or other local information please contact Sherrie Kuiken, Local Conference Committee Publicity & Signs Coordinator. Sherrie can be reached by email at skuiken@optonline.net.

Shuttle/Transportation & Conference Confirmation Questions

For any questions relating to confirming your conference registration, transportation, or shuttle arrangements please contact Cheri Jefferson at GEMS2015travel@gmail.com.