February 3, 2011
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2011 State Legislative Agenda letter mailed to state officials

Cookie time Greeting the newly elected Governor, Lt. Governor, and all elected state representatives and senators in early January was a letter written and signed by the CEOs of both Girl Scout councils in South Carolina. It mirrors the letter sent by Girl Scouts of the USA to leaders at the federal level and it is similar to the letter we sent last year. It highlights the four issues with which we remain most focused: 1) Promoting girls’ physical, social and emotional health; 2) Increasing girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); 3) Promoting girls and leadership; and 4) Strengthening financial literacy. This letter is an opportunity for South Carolina’s two council CEOs to speak with a collective voice across the state and establish Girl Scouts as a valuable resource to state policymakers in the effort to improve girls’ lives. Throughout our rich history, Girl Scouts has accumulated a strong knowledge base and significant expertise on girls and their growth development. This uniquely positions us to be the thought leader and leading voice for girls.

Helping the council’s Greenville staff learn about energy conservation

Parade Float Girl Scout Juniors from Troop 2532 in Greenville performed an energy audit of the Greenville Service Center and Corporate Headquarters as part of a Journey leadership lesson. They first visited in December with Troop Leader Laura Meyer and visited all the offices, cubicles and meeting rooms. They returned in January to present their findings in a Powerpoint presentation. Among their findings? Seven items were plugged into electrical outlets but were wasting power since they weren’t being used, and nine different drafty areas near doors and windows were also wasting power because of the need for extra heating or air conditioning. Their words of advice? “Be sure to check this stuff regularly! Don’t be an energy bug. Be one who saves energy for a good time!”

Six newly elected volunteers join the Board of Directors

Ann Gluse Boo Ramage Linda Renwick
Ann Snelling Gluse
Boo Ramage
Linda Renwick
Patrice Robinson Lynn Stokes-Murray Bootsie Wynn
Patrice Robinson
Lynn Stokes-Murray
Bootsie Wynn

These six new members will each serve two-year terms, effective January 2011-December 2012. They join 19 continuing individuals which creates a total of 25 members serving a 22-county jurisdiction. The continuing members are: Karen Mitchell, Board Chair; Katrina Williams Hale, Chair Elect; Willie Bell, Secretary/Treasurer; Nancy Finkell, Cynthia Pryor Hardy, Zandra Johnson, Rebecca Lever, Karen Luchka, Robert Mazzoli, Cathy McCabe, Gina McCuen, Dianne Miller, Lesley Moore, Annette Rollins, Carol Simpson, Judy Simpson, Mary Mazzola Spivey, Mary Winter Teaster and Bett Williams.

Girl Scout cookie time!

Cookie time If a Girl Scout hasn’t yet knocked on your door, you still have an opportunity to buy eight (8) varieties of cookies on weekends from Feb. 25 – March 25 at participating partners such as Lowe’s, Walmart, Sam’s Club, K-Mart, and Bi-Lo. The price remains $3.50 per box and 100% of the proceeds stay in the council to support our girls and volunteers. Girls also benefit because the program is designed to develop five essential skills: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics. If you want to support this annual fundraising event with a purchase, but don’t want to break your diet, you can designate your cookies to be sent to deployed soldiers overseas through our program with Blue Star Mothers. For additional information, view www.GSSCCookies.org or follow us on Twitter.

Join us for desserts, hors d’oeuvres, & music!

Desserts First You won’t want to miss this new, first-time-ever fundraising event! Six top chefs from the Upstate have been challenged to create award-winning desserts using Girl Scout cookies. To be held at the Greenville Marriott on Friday, February 25, guests will enjoy having award-winning WSPA TV anchor Diane Lee as the emcee and watching the celebrity judges as they have a tasty time deciding which dessert will be the top winner. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to sample decadent desserts created by chefs from restaurants such as Soby’s and Strossner's Bakery. All this, for just $50 per person that will go towards supporting our 12,500 Girl Scouts and 5,000 adult volunteers. The cost for Girl Scout Alumnae Association members is $40. For more information, please contact Cindy Massey, Fund Development Manager, 803-261-3748 or cmassey@gssc-mm.org.
Volunteer Spotlight

The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Growing up in New York and North Carolina, Dena was a Girl Scout for 11 years. She began her volunteer service with Girl Scouts when her daughter reached Daisy age. 10 years ago, after moving to South Carolina and beginning work at Ft. Jackson as a speech pathologist, she became a long-term leader and co-leader for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors at Ft. Jackson. When her son joined the U.S. Army five years ago, her passion for Girl Scouts grew to embrace the goals of Midlands Blue Star Mothers. When her son was deployed to Afghanistan in November 2009, she joined this nationally organized group of women who have children in the military. In addition to shipping cookies to soldiers throughout the year, they gather each month to say good bye to soldiers leaving for the Middle East from Columbia—and to fill their goodie bags with Girl Scout cookies. Dena says that the council’s “Cookies for Soldiers” program doesn’t begin and end with the two-month cookie sale program. Throughout this past year, she and other Blue Star Mothers dispersed extra cookies to groups such as SC Army National Guard units (SCANG) who were returning from overseas assignments, and the most recent case boarded a jet to the Middle East with the deployment of Task Force Marshall on Dec. 17. Says Dena, “As a Girl Scout and a Blue Star Mother, I want to encourage this important mission of Girl Scouts by helping girls realize how much their hard work is appreciated by our brave warriors . . . they deserve as much Cookie Love as we can give!”

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You can supply a Girl Scout with her national membership, pin and Journey book for only $24.00!
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