November 2011
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Eight Delegates Represented Our Council

at the National Ceonvention

Eight Delegates Represented Our Council at the National Convention







Twenty-six adults and girls represented our council this month at the Girl Scouts of the USA National Convention in Houston, Texas, as delegates, staff, Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) members, and official visitors. This triennium event supported 12,000 participants from across the country and abroad.

Serving our council as National Delegates elected by their peers were (l-r): Chantella Crosby, Wellford; Kaitlyn Ward, Irmo; Kim Neel, Columbia; Deborah Howell, Greer; Karen Mitchell, Chair, Board of Directors, Spartanburg; Dr. Michelle Martin, Columbia; Misty Carpenter, Lancaster; and Bett Williams, Columbia. Not pictured: Kim Hutzell, CEO, who served as an official Alternate Delegate.

While a detailed report will be shared by the Delegation at the upcoming council business meeting, key highlights of the session included updates about new badges, new programming, and a new commitment to raise $1 billion nationwide to achieve a generational leap for girls. However, action taken on the official proposals reviewed at our Annual and Town Hall meetings this fall include the following outcomes:

  • Proposal 1 - Authorization for Annual Program Fee for Girl Members
    • This proposal was amended to: Authorization for Council Service Fee for Girl Members
    • This was approved as amended
  • Proposal 2 - Timing for the Election of National Council Delegates in Councils
    • This proposal was defeated
  • Proposal 3 - Annual Membership
    • This proposal was tabled and referred to a task group for further review

Representative Laurie Funderburk gave

keynote remarks

Representative Laurie Funderburk gave keynote remarks

Lee Morriss (L), VP/COO, GSSC-MM; Rep. Funderburk (R)

When our council teamed with Columbia’s IT-oLogy to encourage middle school girls to surf the cyber world safely and to educate parents on the importance of cyber safety, Representative Laurie Funderburk gave the keynote remarks at the workshop in mid-September. A native South Carolinian who was born in Camden and who is now a State Representative from Kershaw County, she is also a member of our newest troop, 1912, made up of all 16 elected women in South Carolina’s House of Representatives. She shared her thoughts that “Online bullying is a serious and growing problem.” Event partner IT-oLogy is a not-for-profit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions and other organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline, fostering economic development and advancing the IT profession. The half-day cyberIQ workshop presented tips about effective prevention to protecting youth and adults from online bullying.


Updates Badges Offered

Updated Badges Offered

Girl Scout councils across the country have recently rolled out an all-new collection of badges aimed at giving girls the leadership skills they need to succeed in today’s world. Girls can still earn popular, traditional proficiency badges such as Naturalist, Athlete, and Cook − topics as relevant today as they were in 1912 − but now they also have badges reflecting current interests such as Product Designer, Digital Movie Maker, Customer Loyalty, and even the Science of Happiness. And new “Make Your Own” badges at every level give girls the opportunity to explore any interest they choose.

"In addition to combining the updated badge program with the Leadership Journey, we have launched the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting which is the next exciting chapter of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience as we enter our 100th year," states Kim Hutzell, President and CEO, Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands.

The Leadership Journey, a coordinated series of activities grouped around a theme, was introduced three years ago and its content has been correlated by grade level to the new national Common Core Standards and the 21st Century Skills standards, as well as to the Health & PE, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies learning objectives for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Leadership Journeys help girls explore how to be leaders in their own lives and in the world around them as they take on projects to prevent bullying, understand the importance of healthy media images, protect the environment, and more.

The new, substantive, contemporary badges come in five categories and each ties in with a Journey: Legacy, Financial Literacy, Cookie Business, Skill-Building, and Make Your Own. There are also awards such as a new pin called My Promise, My Faith, which helps a girl celebrate what her faith and the Girl Scout Law have in common.


10 girls attended the Girl Scout

Leadership Institute

10 local Girl Scouts, ages 13 or older, were specially selected from among 41 council applications to attend the Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) in Houston where the 2011 National Girl Scout Convention was held. The Institute brought together 1,200 girls nationwide who demonstrated leadership in their councils to connect and take action on matters that touch the future for girls and our movement.

Attending the GSLI this year were: Zoe – Columbia, Rachel – Columbia, Haley – Aiken, Morgan – Simpsonville, Makayla – Spartanburg, Lindsey – Anderson, Grace – Columbia, Mary Catherine – Spartanburg, Kelsey – Simpsonville and Celeste – Seneca.

Focus areas this year included: Global Connections, Innovation in Marketing, Innovation in Business, Innovation in Technology and Science, and Leadership.

Support Girls

A donation to the Membership Fund supports girls who desire the Girl Scout experience but who are unable to pay the annual $12 national membership fee due to financial difficulty. Girls may apply for membership assistance through their local Service Center at the time of their annual membership registration. Support Girls Today!

Did You Know...?


Reality TV has become such widespread entertainment for young people and adults that the Girl Scout Research Institute did a survey of more than 1,100 girls around the country to see what impact it may have on their ability to lead. Following are some of the key findings:

Real to Me: Girls and Reality TV

  • The most popular types of reality TV are competition (American Idol, Project Runway etc) and real life (Jersey Shore, the Hills, etc)
  • Many girls think these programs reflect reality with 75% saying that competition shows are “mainly real and unscripted” and 50% saying that real-life shows are “mainly real and unscripted.”
  • All girls feel that reality shows promote bad behavior. For example:
    • 86% think these shows often pit girls against each other to make the shows more exciting.
    • 73% think the shows make people think that fighting is a normal part of a romantic relationship.
    • 70% feel it makes people think it’s o.k. to treat others badly.
  • 72% of girls who view reality TV regularly are more focused on the value of physical appearance.
  • At the same time, regular reality TV viewers are more confident than non-viewers.
    • This group of girls is more self-assured than non-viewers when it comes to virtually every personal characteristic they were asked about, with the majority of regular reality TV viewers considering themselves mature, a good influence, smart, funny and outgoing.
    • They are more likely than non-viewers to both aspire to leadership (46% vs 27%) and to think they are currently seen as a leader (75% vs 63%).
This survey was conducted with the research firm TRU and consisted of a national sample of 1,141 girls ages 11-17, April 6 – 26, 2011.


Volunteer Spotlight
I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

Three Volunteers
Receive Top

Three volunteers were recognized with top honors on November 5 at the council’s 2011 Annual Business Meeting and Council Adult Recognitions: Susan Gardner, Dena Jordan and Tamar Zwerdling. As one of two Council Delegate meetings per year, this is a governance and policy-driven business agenda. It is also a time to thank the volunteers who have made an outstanding difference in helping us reach our goals at the council level.

The Girl Scout Appreciation Pin was presented to Dena Jordan, Columbia, and Tamar Zwerdling, Greenville. Both women were recognized for outstanding service that went beyond expectations for the positions held. In addition, their contributions significantly met one or more council goal in membership growth and retention, fund development, or increased community visibility in one or more geographic area or program delivery area of the council. Dena was the driving force who worked with Blue Star Mothers in orchestrating the storage and distribution of the more than 49,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies that were purchased and collected from throughout our council for the Cookies for Soldiers service project. Tamar’s extensive travel experience and ability to relate well with teen girls led to her selection as one of the adult chaperones on the 2011 Susu FUNd trip to Switzerland and Italy.

The Girl Scout Honor Pin was presented to “fearless” Susan Gardner, Simpsonville. The award recognizes a volunteer who has significantly contributed to meeting one or more council goals in membership growth and retention, fund development, or increased community visibility in two or more geographic areas. One of Susan’s most long-term, impactful contributions is that she was one of the founders of the annual Powerful Women Summit that began several years ago in Greenville and that has now expanded to Clemson and Columbia.



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