July 30, 2010

Letter from the President/CEO, Kim Hutzell

Dear Friends,

What Did You Do Today? With this inaugural eNewsletter you are viewing some of the elements of our just-launched national brand initiative. Although the logo, colors and design elements are new, the mission has remained the same—building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The new tagline What Did You Do Today? is designed to engage the audience . . . causing people, especially our girls, to reappraise the brand, and to be more conscious of the choices they make every day.

Every month we will share council updates that we think will be of interest to you—from inspirational stories about our girls’ personal leadership and community achievements—to highlights about our incredible volunteers and how they are making a significant difference in the lives of our girls. In the case of special, breaking news, we will keep you informed with timely details.

It is such an exciting time for Girl Scouts that we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to begin regular, but brief, communication with all of you. As the premier leadership organization for girls and an expert on their growth and development we have so much news to share.

While we will still distribute a printed newsletter throughout the year, this new, electronic format is in keeping with the Girl Scouts’ focus on going green--encouraging girls to be at the forefront of ecological stewardship. As we prepare for our upcoming 100th Anniversary in 2012 you will hear much more about our environmental initiatives as the 112 councils around the country engage in Forever Green, Community Action Projects, focused on making a significant impact on the environment. Girl Scouts will be on the cutting edge of environmental sustainability, leading schools and communities in using resources wisely.

The Center for Global Development has found that the welfare of girls is fundamental to a society’s economic and social progress. In a very real way, girls are our future. They have a lot to say. As a friend of Girl Scouts, thank you for all you do to support their leadership development.

Warm regards,

Scholarship Recipient Recognized

This year’s recipient of the Pauline Patterson Memorial Scholarship, presented at the Gold and Silver Award Reception in May, was Kathy Conroy. This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Pauline Patterson, a very special friend and colleague of one of Mountains to Midlands’ legacy councils, the Old 96 Girl Scout Council. This $500 scholarship is presented annually to a Gold Award recipient and is to be used for college tuition. Kathy recently graduated from Mauldin High School and will be attending USC Columbia in the fall where she has been accepted into the Capstone Scholars Program.
Photo, l-r: Cathy McCabe, board member; Kathy Conroy; Bill Patterson; Kim Hutzell, President/CEO

Support the Healthy Media for Youth Act

To improve girls’ lives, Girl Scouts is raising awareness about the importance of promoting healthy media messages about girls and and women. The Girl Scout Research Institute’s latest survey, Girls and Body Image 2010, revealed alarming statistics about teen girls’ relationships with the media and fashion industry. Nearly 90% of girls surveyed say the media places a lot of pressure on them to be thin and 60% of girls compare themselves to models. Body dissatisfaction can result from this comparison, and leads to serious health problems, such as unhealthy eating and dieting habits. Approximately 55% of girls admit they diet to lose weight and 31% admit to starving themselves or refusing to eat as a strategy to lose weight.

This research prompted Girl Scouts of the USA to work closely with Congresswomen Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to develop the Healthy Media for Youth Act (H.R. 4925). This bill supports media literacy programs and youth empowerment groups, facilitates research on how images of women and girls impact youth, and establishes a National Taskforce on Women and Girls in the Media to develop voluntary standards that promote healthy, balanced, and positive images of girls and women.

The importance of this bill is best summarized by the father of a Daisy Girl Scout who is “happy to see that GSUSA has put its support behind the bipartisan supported Healthy Media for Youth Act (H.R. 4925). Our kids are assaulted every day with negative images of girls and women and H.R. 4925 can help combat this. Thank you very much for always thinking of our precious girls first!"

Girl Scouts is now seeking Congressional cosponsors for the bill. Join the Girl Scout Advocacy Network, www.girlscouts4girls.org, today to send a letter to your member of Congress asking them to sign on to the bill and be a Voice for Girls!
Volunteer Spotlight

Twelve Spartanburg Water employees donated their weekend time on June 26 to paint and repair the Equipment Room and the Bath House at Camp Mary Elizabeth in Spartanburg. Thanks go to Jane Arrington and Jessie, Mike Clardy, Eric Holland, Philip Jolley, Jonathan McClur, Peggy Hicklin O’Neal, Roberta Porter, Dennis Rector, Marika Roberts and Madison, Boyd Shands, Clyde Staggs and Ken Tuck.

Ally Forrester has been a Girl Scout troop leader for six years. In addition to being a day camp leader she has also organized badge opportunities for girls at the State Museum and has been a Service Unit team member. Thank you, Ally, for your invaluable contributions in the Irmo area, troop 2210.

Support Girls

Did You Know... You can supply a Girl Scout with her national membership, pin and Journey book for only $21.00!
Support Girls Today!

Thank You!

Thanks to the generous Campership donations many of you have made, 93 girls have been able to attend one of our Girl Scout camps thus far this summer—many for the first time.

* This is a general file photo and not representative of Campership participants.

Contact & Connect

Web: http://www.gssc-mm.org
Phone: 800-849-GIRL (4475)
Information Desk: 800-849-4475 x2720

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