April 2011
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Governor Nikki Haley Proclaims Girl Scout Week

Girl Scouts Week

During the annual visit of Girl Scouts to the State House to serve as Legislative Pages, Governor Nikki Haley met with the group to hand them a Proclamation declaring March 6-12, 2011, as Girl Scout Week. A former Girl Scout herself, the Governor spoke briefly to the girls about the importance of perseverance and working hard while they strive for leadership.

Six Girl Scouts from across the state, grades 10th-12th, were selected to serve as Legislative Pages for three days from March 7 - March 10. 16-year-old Alexis Barnett, Simpsonville, represented Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands and five Girl Scouts represented Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina. Continuing a tradition that began in 1984, and under the leadership of adult volunteers Kim Neel and Dianne Hammond, the Girl Scouts participating in this program have the unique opportunity to learn first-hand about the legislative process.

The students were chosen based on academic standing, community service and individual endorsements. From left to right are Governor Nikki Haley, Alexis Barnett (Simpsonville), Alexandria Luciano (Goose Creek), Kiera Richardson (N. Charleston), Tia Brogdon (Gable) and Susan Schneider, Dir., PR & Advocacy, Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands.


Property Update

She Sees

At the recent Delegate Meeting it was announced that our council is on track to achieve the goals of our Long-Range Program and Property Plan that was approved by our Board of Directors in March 2008. In keeping with the theme, She Sees the Future, the plan's ultimate objective is to align our properties to meet girls' programmatic needs and interests--and, in doing so, to allow us to recruit more girls into the Girl Scout program. To that end, we shared news with our Delegates that we have sold Camp Congaree in Lexington County and we will be reallocating some of the existing property assets into a new Urban Leadership Center in the heart of downtown Columbia. In addition, we are pursuing a potential relationship with Saluda Shoals which will help us fulfill our dream of offering enhanced green space where girls can engage in outdoor adventure and environmental education. For more information visit our website.

Camp Congaree Farewell Ceremony

She Sees

As a final salute to a camp that has provided so many special memories and experiences to Girl Scouts since 1949, a final Farewell Ceremony will be held at the camp on Sunday, April 10, 2:00 - 4:00. Everyone is invited and you can read here for additional information.


Desserts First

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Thanks to our generous supporters, the initial Desserts First fundraising event held on February 25 at the Greenville Marriott was so successful that plans are already being made for next year. Six popular local restaurant chefs competed for top honors from a panel of judges who cheerfully endured much tasting and tough decision making.

Pictured here are several of the girls from Troops 198, 421 and 530 who were volunteers for the evening. Also pictured (l-r) are: Cyndi Massey, Fund Development Manager; Lesley Moore, board member and event chair; Diane Lee, WSPA TV anchor and emcee; Teryi Youngblood, Soby's, Judges's Choice winner; Joe Trull, Grits and Groceries, Most Creative winner; Shane White, Keowee Key Country Club, People's Choice winner.

Reminder: 18th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Dinner

Desserts First As detailed in our December eNewsletter, this year's Women of Distinction Awards Dinner will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Ballroom. This year's outstanding honorees are Mickey Layden, Sr. VP, Colliers Int'l and President, LCK Construction Services; Bridget Lytton, Director, Colonial Life; Donita Todd, VP and General Manager, WIS-TV. The keynote speaker will be the Honorable Shiva V. Hodges, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Florence SC. For ticket information to this annual fundraising event, please contact Cyndi Massey, Fund Development Manager, 864-710-6960.


Congratulations to Essay Winner Amy Crittendon

Amy Crittendon Girl Scout Amy Crittendon, Troop 576, Oconee County, was selected by Fuji Films to photo-journalize the troop's community service project at the Build Brigade for Home for our Troops. This nonprofit organization builds new homes for disabled veterans. Based on her essay, "What Volunteering Means to Me," she won a Fuji camera and is in the running for a $5,000 scholarship based on the coverage of the event. States co-leader Beth Wilson, "Amy represents what Girl Scouting is all about. I am proud of her!"

Did You Know...It's Time to Register for Camp?

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Summer isn't far away and registration has just opened for day camp and overnight resident camp. Girl Scout camping is a great way to grow, explore, have fun, and develop a deep appreciation for nature always under the guidance of our caring, trained adult leaders and counselors. Follow this link for more information.

Many girls who would like to have a chance to experience one week of Girl Scout Resident Camp aren't able to afford the average $240 cost. You can help a deserving girl by contributing any amount to our Campership Fund. Just click here for additional information on how to make a donation today. Thank you!

Volunteer Spotlight

Discover why some of the richest people in the world are not millionaires, they are volunteers.
-Jobail Brcelona

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Originally from San Mateo, California, Patty Carlson has been an adult Girl Scout member for seven years and lives in Easley where she is the leader of Troop 63, Service Unit 631. Always active when she started as a Brownie mom, as a leader she has helped her troop bridge into Juniors, Cadettes and soon-to-be Seniors. This year she guided two of the girls through their Silver Award projects and two of the girls have represented their Service Unit as delegates to Raising Girls Voices.

In addition to her volunteer Girl Scout responsibilities, Patty works full time as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, and she has three children who are all active in their schools and community. She spends several weekends each month on military duty, and still makes time for the troop.

Says Assistant Leader Dana McConnell, "What inspires me about Patty is that she instills in our girls the respect for our flag and our country. She encourages individual growth based on their needs and interests, and ensures that no award or badge is earned unless all the criteria are completed. She truly believes in the Girl Scouts and understands the difference it can make in the lives of girls."

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