December 20, 2010
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2011 Women of Distinction Honorees Announced

Recognizing the importance of providing role models for aspiring young leaders, the Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands annually honors outstanding Midlands-area women at its Women of Distinction Awards Dinner. The celebration honors women who exemplify excellence in service, leadership, community, visibility and professionalism. The three women who will be honored at the event on April 26, 2011, are Mickey E. Layden, Bridget Lytton and Donita Todd.

Mickey Layden
Mickey E. Layden is a senior vice president of Colliers International of South Carolina and President of LCK Construction Services, an affiliated company of Colliers International. Her extensive community and civic activities include secretary and executive committee member of the YMCA Board of Directors.
Bridget Lytton
Bridget Lytton is the director of national account management with Colonial Life. Her outstanding community volunteer efforts were recognized with the 2009 Frank Summer Smith Jr. Volunteer of the Year award, presented by Colonial Life.
Donita Todd
Donita Todd is the vice president and general manager of WIS-TV, Raycom Media. Among her many community activities, she serves on the boards of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina Broadcast Association.

We applaud these women for their outstanding leadership and service to the Columbia community and we will share more information with you about this April 26, 2011, event in a future Council News.

Girl Scout Parade Float Wins 1st Place

Parade Float Top honors in the annual Easley Christmas parade went to a float whose production was volunteer-led by Troop Leader Sara Buckley and parents of Brownie Troop 2954. Other volunteers included Marsha McGaha, Kelly Stover and Chris Wyatt. Various troops and grade levels from Service Unit 631 participated. Daisies and Brownies were on the float and other Girl Scouts walked and carried a Girl Scout banner. In keeping with the Sounds of the Season parade theme, the girls on the float were singing around a campfire. States community development manager Marsha Robertson, “As far as anyone recalls, this was the first Girl Scout float in a long time—maybe ever—and they won first place!”

New Journey series called It’s Your Story—Tell It!

New Journey In 2008, Girl Scouts of the USA launched the leadership journeys, an innovative new program that helps girls develop their leadership skills. Journeys signaled the first step in a movement-wide effort to transition from an eclectic variety of program resources to one that emphasizes a consistent national experience built on Girl Scouting’s three keys to leadership: Discover, Connect, and Take Action. Leadership journeys were developed intentionally to create the clear and nationally consistent Girl Scout Leadership Experience that girls, parents, volunteers and councils want.
Launching early 2011 is the third series in the journeys called It’s Your Story—Tell It! It uses a storytelling theme in a fun and grade-level appropriate way for girls to better understand themselves and their potential. Building a strong sense of self is an underlying goal of the series, which was made possible in part by a generous grant from the Dove Self-Esteem Fund. On this new journey, an emphasis is also placed on media literacy and creative expression. All along the journey, girls have opportunities to engage in a variety of arts, including performing, visual, culinary, and new media, to tell their stories and take action to make the world a better place.


It is with heartfelt gratitude that we give special thanks at this time of year to our supporters—donors, volunteers and partners. To our financial donors, a special note that if you would like to make your gift using stock or other investment instruments, please contact us to let us know you are doing this, or have your broker let us know the gift is being made so we can make sure we provide you with the needed tax acknowledgment and credit your gift record correctly. Thank you!
Volunteer Spotlight

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

Joan Kelly Stegall-Smith
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A self-described lifelong Girl Scout, Joan is a leader in Winnsboro. She and troop leader Peggie Correll started their group two years ago. What began as a small troop of five girls has already blossomed into two troops of a total of 19 multi-age Girl Scouts. Having moved seven years ago from the large metropolitan area of Charlotte, NC, she says it really hit home that she was no longer in a big city when, in her first troop meeting, she asked the girls what season it was. The response was, “Deer Season!"

When asked what Girl Scouting means to her, Joan reflects, “I think Girl Scouting, in many ways, has defined who I am today. My mom was a leader, my sister is a leader, and I am now a leader. Some of my best friends today were in my original troop. These girls know me inside and out. They protected me during my early teen years, had my back in high school and, to this day, encourage me to be the best that I can be.”

For information on how you can find out more about being a Girl Scout volunteer who inspires and provides leadership for girls, just follow this link Volunteer.

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