In 2012, Girl Scouts of the USA celebrates its centennial and has launched the
boldest initiative dedicated to girls’ leadership issues in the nation’s
history. As we launch this cause, we are asking all members of society to help
girls achieve their full leadership potential.
Girl Scouts will use the occasion of its 100th birthday to bring
about a monumental shift in the way we support girls in this country, and seek
to get the issue of girls’ leadership on the national agenda. The initiative –
ToGetHerThere – will help break down societal barriers that hinder girls from
leading and achieving the highest ranks in all fields and industries, from
science and technology to business and government.
ToGetHerThere formally kicked off on January 31 in New York City. The statewide
South Carolina launch will be on Thursday, February 23, at the Statehouse.
Invited guests include all state legislators, local Columbia - area city and
county officials, educators, community members and 100 Girl Scouts. A
proclamation signed by Governor Haley declaring 2012 as the Year of the Girl
will be read and the leadership in attendance will be asked to get involved with
the ToGetHerThere initiative and to stand with Girl Scouts in support of girls.
For more information on how you can get involved, log onto
For information about 100thAnniversary celebrations in our council,
log onto www.gssc-mm.org.
Board of Directors announces new members and officers
|Three new officers and six new members have been appointed to the council’s
Board of Directors that serves a 22-county jurisdiction. The newly appointed
The six new board members are Mary Kennemur, Columbia;
Erika McJimpsey, Spartanburg; Magaly Penn,
Simpsonville; Miriam Pflug, Spartanburg; Debbie Reed,
Aiken; and Boo White, Sumter. The returning board members are
Willie Bell, Aiken; Cynthia Pryor Hardy,
Columbia; Karen Luchka, Columbia; H. Robert Mazzoli,
Greenville; Cathy McCabe, Spartanburg; Karen Mitchell,
Spartanburg; Lesley Moore, Greenville; Lynn
Stokes-Murray, Columbia; Boo Ramage, Clinton;
Linda Renwick, Newberry; Annette Rollins, Chapin;
Carol Simpson, Greenville; Judy Simpson, North
Augusta; Mary Mazzola Spivey, Columbia; Bett Williams,
Columbia; and Bootsie Wynne, Lexington.
IN GIRLS WE TRUST
Powerful Women Summits held in Columbia and Greenville
Pictured here in Columbia at the Capital City Club are a student attendee
and the Honorable Shiva V. Hodges, U.S. Magistrate
The annual Powerful Women Summits were held in Columbia and Greenville on
January 28. Designed as an opportunity for teen-age girls to have an opportunity
to meet with local, successful career women, the Powerful Women represented
diverse fields such as business, communications, engineering, health, law, media
and theology. Approximately 100 girls and 10 women attended each brunch event.
The women rotated among the tables where the girls were seated to ensure a high
level of interaction and engagement, connecting the girls with role models of
whom they could ask questions and gain advice about how to achieve their career
Our Girl Scouts have completed their door-to-door sales and deliveries will take
place Feb. 20-25. Beginning February 24, they will be selling eight varieties at
retailers every weekend through March 23 at participating stores such as Bi-Lo,
K-Mart, Lowe’s, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, plus other smaller stores. Cookies remain
$3.50 a package. Last year approximately 1.8 million boxes were sold, with
49,000 boxes going to our military personnel serving overseas. And, remember,
100% of the proceeds after vendor costs remain within the council and help
underwrite troop activities and expenses, girl programming, camperships,
membership assistance, program development, training opportunities and
girl-focused property improvements.
Tickets still available to Desserts First
If plain cookies aren’t enough to satisfy your cravings, you will want to attend the second annual
Desserts First event that invites some of the top chefs in the Greenville area
to create original desserts using Girl Scout cookies as one of the primary
ingredients. To be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel on Verdae Blvd., Greenville,
on Thursday, February 23, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., guests will be able to enjoy an
evening of dessert sampling, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a silent
auction. Tickets for the fundraising event are $50 each to the general public
and $40 for Girl Scout Alumnae Association members.
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Did You Know...?
As we approach our official 100th birthday on March 12, 2012, and
while we acknowledge that girls and women have made great strides since 1912 in
assuming more leadership positions in society, programs for girls receive only
7.5% of philanthropic dollars, only 3% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women, and women
make up only 15% of corporate boards.
One hand cannot clap on its own but it needs the other hand to make a clap.
Many hands make light work.
- Maasai tribal saying
In recognition of Karen Mitchell’s outstanding leadership as the Chair of our
council's Board of Directors for the past four years, May 2007 – December 2011,
we want to take this opportunity to thank her as she has now transitioned from
this role. Having fulfilled a two-term limit as Chair, we greatly appreciate her
decision to continue as a Board Member-At-Large for a third full term.
Karen first became involved as a Girl Scout leader with her daughter. Years
later, she was asked to return as the Board President on the legacy Piedmont
Area Council. When South Carolina was selected as a pilot for the national
council realignment initiative in 2006, Karen chaired the Fund Development
Sub-Committee. Her accomplishments while Board Chair are many. She participated
in the merger of four councils into the current Girl Scouts of South Carolina –
Mountains to Midlands council and became the new council’s first Chair of the
Board of Directors in May 2007. Next she ensured the appointment of the Program
and Property Committee and the National Search Committee which was charged with
the identification of a new CEO, resulting in the appointment of Kim Hutzell,
our current President & CEO. The new council’s first Strategy Map was created
and in March 2008 the Long-Range Program and Property Plan was composed to align
property to meet girls’ programmatic needs and interests. Karen’s bold, focused
leadership helped us through the bittersweet sale of properties and facility
In 2010 she was instrumental in our council’s appointment as one of 16 to be
selected by Girl Scouts of the USA to be an Advocacy Champion for the national
Live Healthy, Lead Healthy Policy and Advocacy initiative. Her vision
for the Girl Scout movement included her recognition of the importance of this
initiative in equipping and empowering Girl Scout councils to lead efforts to
address issues and ultimately make changes that impact the health of girls at
the local and state levels. As our advocacy efforts grew, she helped us reach
out to the women from South Carolina’s House of Representatives to form the
first-ever South Carolina Honorary Girl Scout troop in May 2011. She understood
the importance of including this special group of bipartisan women leaders whose
contributions as policymakers and role models for all girls in our state are an
invaluable asset as they work with us towards a mission of building girls of
courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
During the time Karen has presided as the Chair of the Board of Directors, a
total of 142 Gold Award recipients and 401 Silver Award recipients have been
recognized. As one of her last accomplishments in office, she led the council
into the 21st century with its purchase of a building in the heart of our
state’s capital that will serve as the future home of our Leadership Center – a
preferred destination for our girls.
A quote from our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, could just as easily be
attributed to Karen Mitchell: My purpose is to go on with my heart and soul,
devoting all my energies to Girl Scouts, and heart and hand with them, we will
make our lives and the lives of the future girls happy, healthy and holy.
Thank you, Karen!