Schneider, Director of Public Relations & Advocacy
Girl Scouts of South Carolina—Mountains to
Mary Erskine, Marketing &
Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina
South Carolina Girl Scouts Event to Declare
2012 the Year of the Girl
in Honor of
the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting
Columbia, SC – The
Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands and the Girl Scouts of
Eastern South Carolina will join with elected officials, community leaders and
100 Girl Scouts to declare 2012 the Year of the Girl. This event is designed to raise awareness and
recognition of girls’ leadership potential and to ensure a commitment to
creating a coalition of like-minded organizations and individuals in support of
balanced leadership in the workplace and in communities across the country.
The event will take place Thursday, February 23, from 9:30 –
10:00 a.m., at the Statehouse, 1st
floor lobby. Radio and TV personality
Cynthia Pryor Hardy will emcee the program.
She is also a board member of Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains
to Midlands. In addition, Representative
Laurie Funderburk, an Honorary Girl Scout Troop 1912 member, will read a
proclamation signed by Governor Haley declaring 2012 as the Year of the
Girl. This document recognizes Girl
Scouts of the United States of America for their 100 years of leadership and
expertise as the voice for and of girls.
Belinda Copeland, Chair of the South Carolina Joint Girl Scout
Legislative Committee and board member of Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina
will highlight advocacy issues of importance to girls in our state. Recent Gold Award recipient and current
college student, Candice Johnson, will lead the closing inviting all in
attendance to join in the ToGetHerThere pledge, declaring a personal commitment
to play a role in helping girls reach their leadership potential.
“In addition to launching the 100th anniversary
of Girl Scouting, the event will also create recognition that the time is now
for all of us to dedicate ourselves to girls’ leadership issues. We are thrilled that prominent elected
officials and community leaders will be joining us, pledging to support all
girls. Together, we can help them become
effective leaders tomorrow,” states Kim Hutzell, President & CEO, Girl
Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands.
This event is part of a nationwide declaration by the Girl
Scouts of the USA and serves as the foundation for Girl Scouts’ broader,
multiyear, multipronged effort to break down societal barriers that hinder
girls from leading and achieving success in everything from technology and
science to business and industry.
During the Year of the Girl, local Girl Scout councils
across the country will mix celebrations of the organization’s 100 years as the
premier leadership experience for girls with efforts to create a sense of
urgency around girls’ issues.
For 100 years, Girl Scouting has helped girls develop
positive values and become active, responsible leaders in their communities.
With emphasis on personal growth and leadership development through service to
others, Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who
make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to
Midlands serves approximately 12,600 girls, grades K5-12, and 5,000 adults in
22 counties of central and western South Carolina, including Abbeville, Aiken,
Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Kershaw,
Lancaster, Laurens, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland,
Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter, and Union.