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100th Anniversary and the Year of the Girl
By: Susan Schneider 2/16/2012



Thursday, February 16, 2012

Contact:  Susan Schneider, Director of Public Relations & Advocacy

Girl Scouts of South Carolina—Mountains to Midlands, 803-240-8213


Mary Erskine, Marketing & Communications Director

Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina 843-625-5190


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.




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