November 15, 2010
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Watch What You Watch

Geena Davis Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis and other leaders from the entertainment, policy, business and youth-serving communities joined forces last month to examine one of the Girl Scout federal/state agenda issues--media literacy and healthy images. The Healthy Media for Youth Summit, a partnership of Girl Scouts of the USA, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), and The Creative Coalition, considered and identified ways to promote media messages that inspire, empower and engage youth.

Many girls struggle throughout their lives with how to reconcile the images of girls and women they see in the media with their own body image, self worth and potential. Earlier this year, the Girl Scout Research Institute released a nationwide survey, Beauty Redefined, which found that the media has significant influence over girls. Nearly 90% of those surveyed say the fashion industry and/or the media place a lot of pressure on them to be thin, even as they realized that the fashion industry's models were "too skinny" (65%), "unrealistic" (63%) and "unhealthy" (46%). However, despite the criticism of this industry, 3 out of 4 girls say that fashion is "really important" to them.

Recognizing the importance of this topic, keynote speaker and long-time advocate for women and girls, Geena Davis led a conversation about ways to promote healthy images and media literacy. Also at the summit, a new public service announcement (PSA) was unveiled urging youth to "Watch What You Watch" and have a greater understanding about the images in media. The PSA directs viewers to a new Web site which offers media literacy information and resources.

Erin Kelly Recognized by AFP for
Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy A Girl Scout since the 1st grade, Erin Kelly is being honored this month by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Piedmont Chapter for her proven record of exceptional community service and civic responsibility. Currently a sophomore at the Savannah College of Art and Design, her passion for all things Girl Scouts continues with her new job at the Juliette Gordon Low House in Savannah, the birthplace of the Girl Scouts’ founder. One of Erin’s many community contributions was her Gold Award project while a senior at Spartanburg High. For that, she created BandAIDS for Spartanburg, a project designed to educate young people and their families about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Carolina. BandAIDS was so successful that Erin was recognized as the Upstate’s Unsung Hero at the 2008 SC HIV/STD Conference. As a tribute to the sustainability of this project, BandAIDS continues to be a yearly event and the fourth upcoming year’s concert will be held November 20th at Hub-Bub in downtown Spartanburg. Erin will be recognized at AFP’s National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon at the Poinsett Club, Greenville, on November 17. Congratulations, Erin!

Peach Collins Can Answer Your Questions

Peach Collins When our council reviewed its staff members to see who would be the most qualified to efficiently answer phone calls with a welcoming, live voice and correct answers, there was no doubt that Peach Collins would be selected to fill the newly created position of Information and Referral Manager. In addition to her new phone responsibilities, she is able to expertly guide people to use GSUSA and the council’s established procedures and practices and refer people to helpful resources within and outside of Girl Scouting. Prior to the past five years as a staff member, Peach was a Girl Scout volunteer for 13 years. She has done it all as a troop leader and service unit leader—from treasurer, day camp director, delegate and troop consultant to cookie manager. So when you want to talk to someone who can answer your questions, dial 800.849.4475, ext. 2720 or 864-208.2720.

Tegan Dutschke Receives the First Lillian Holley Martin Travel Award

Lillian Holley Martin Travel Award Like the woman in whose honor the travel endowment was created, high school senior and Girl Scout Ambassador Tegan Dutschke loves to travel. Wanting to visit Florida from her home in Starr, she applied for financial support from the Lillian Holley Martin fund which was created by her daughter Michelle Martin. After her mother passed away last year, Michelle wanted to create a legacy to her mother who was very involved with Girl Scouts at the local, council and national levels. Michelle, a Clemson professor, also dedicates much time to Girl Scouts as her daughter’s Brownie Troop Leader. The Girl Scouts destinations program allows girls to follow their travel dreams and the Lillian Holley Martin endowment helps facilitate that opportunity with financial support. Visit our website for more information about how to apply for funding or for general information about destinations
Volunteer Spotlight

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for our future.
~Author Unknown

Spartanburg Water
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As part of its groundbreaking ceremony for the R.B. Simms and Blalock water treatment upgrade project on October 21, Spartanburg Water generously presented a $500 check to our council. Pictured l-r: Linda Bilanchone, Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District Commissioner; Jaimee Inglett, Brownie, Troop 120; Sue Schneider, General Manager, Spartanburg Water; Savannah Cody, Junior, Troop 94.

Wofford College
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For the past several years, Wofford College has included service at Camp Mary Elizabeth as part of its Freshman Day program. This year, these community-minded students volunteered a half day of staining the exterior of the much-used Parson’s Shelter. Every year a new team of students chooses to give back to our community instead of sleeping late and their efforts save our council a significant amount of money in labor upkeep.

Tania Graetz-Pedersen
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A Girl Scout leader since 2007, Tania hadn’t planned on spending so much time in this position for the past three years. However, when she and her family moved to Pauline from New Jersey, she promised her daughter that she could continue in Girl Scouts. But, there was no troop, and Tania didn’t want to disappoint her daughter, so she started multi-grade troop 2646 and quickly became recognized as an outstanding volunteer. Whatever the activity, whether it’s participating in Techno Bug science camp, Mountain Magic or Sleep In and Sleep Out, Tania says she volunteers so much time “because it’s exciting to watch my daughter and the other girls in our troop become leaders and to be part of their development!

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