June 2011
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Elected Officials Join Honorary Girl Scout
Troop 1912


Elected Officials Join Honorary Girl Scout Troop 1912

l-r: Rep. Deborah Long, Rep. Joan Brady, Rep. Rita Allison, Rep. Jenny Horne, Rep. Laurie Funderburk, Rep. Anne Parks, Phyllis Beighley, Exec. Dir., SC General Assembly Women's Caucus, Rep. Shannon Erickson

Members of the South Carolina General Assembly Women's Caucus were inducted into Honorary Girl Scout Troop 1912 on May 11, 2011. This first-ever bipartisan troop of elected officials marks a momentous occasion for the new opportunity it represents of creating awareness and dialogue regarding the concerns and well-being of girls in our state.

The collaboration involves a partnership between both state councils, Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands and Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina. States Kim Hutzell, our council's President/CEO, "Honorary Troop 1912 offers our South Carolina Girl Scout councils an enormous opportunity to expand program initiatives for girls. All the women are inspiring role models for our nearly 30,000 members throughout the state."The collaboration involves a partnership between both state councils, Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands and Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina. States Kim Hutzell, our council's President/CEO, "Honorary Troop 1912 offers our South Carolina Girl Scout councils an enormous opportunity to expand program initiatives for girls. All the women are inspiring role models for our nearly 30,000 members throughout the state."

The troop number represents the year Girl Scouts was founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912. Just in time, there are plans to actively involve the new Girl Scouts during next year's 100th Anniversary celebration.

The induction was held at a tea reception in Columbia across from the State House at the Capital City Club. The formal ceremony when new members receive their Girl Scout membership pin, called an investiture, was conducted by Karen Mitchell, chair of the board of directors, Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands and Ruth Metzger, chair of the board of directors, Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina. They were assisted by Gold Award recipient, Phonecia Hughes, a graduating high school senior who will attend USC in the fall.

Creating an Honorary Girl Scout Troop among the women of our state legislature is critical to the long-term success of advancing our state's Girl Scout advocacy agenda that focuses on four areas: 1) promoting girls' physical, social and emotional health; 2) increasing girls' involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); 3) strengthening girls and leadership development; 4) advancing financial literacy.

WHAT'S NEW

If it's June, It's Time to Register for Camp!


She Sees

Whether it's overnight camp or day camp...in the Upstate, Midlands or Low Country. Whether she is a Girl Scout member or not, we offer many fun and exciting programs for girls this summer! Choices range from outdoor adventures like swimming, boating, hiking, horseback riding and archery, to indoor activities like arts and crafts, dancing and robotics. Follow this link for more information to register today.

SUPPORT GIRLS

Emerald Circle


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(left) Emerald Circle campaign co-chair, Suzy Cole, gives introductory remarks. (right) Emerald Circle campaign co-chair, Cecilia Hanna, joins Karen Mitchell, chair of the board of directors, Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands.

Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands hosted a brunch at the Piedmont Club on May 14 to thank its Spartanburg Emerald Circle donors who have contributed nearly $1 million since the group's inception 11 years ago. Also in attendance were local Girl Scout WINGS (We Invest in Girl Scouting) members who have committed multi-year, leadership gifts to the council to provide sustaining operational funds. Remarked Kim Hutzell, President/CEO, "It's amazing to watch the growth and impact of collective giving by women. We celebrate the expansion of more women's giving circles in Spartanburg, and across the country, to make a difference in the lives of our youth and our communities."

Women of Distinction


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Three Columbia-area women were honored at the council's 18th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Dinner on April 26 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Selected for their exemplary commitments to family, career and community, this year's honorees are pictured here with Karen Mitchell, Board Chair, Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands, far left and Kim Hutzell, President/CEO, far right. In the middle, from left to right are: Bridget Lytton, Director, Client Management, Premier Client Services, Colonial Life; Donita Todd, Vice President and General Manager, WIS-TV/Raycom Media; and Mickey E. Layden, Sr. Vice President, Colliers International, South Carolina, Inc. and President, LCK Construction Services.

IN GIRLS WE TRUST

Gold Award Recipients Give Back to their Communities


Gold Award recipients, l-r: Mary Catherine Pflug, Tarica Young, Katelynn Tomlinson

After demonstrating outstanding leadership skills and working a minimum of 80 hours to complete all the requirements, 33 Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors received The Girl Scout Gold Award® at a ceremony on May 15 at Presbyterian College in Clinton. This is the highest award a young woman can earn in Girl Scouting. Each Gold Award project addresses a pressing need within the community, demonstrates action for positive change, and lays the foundation for ongoing efforts to meet future needs. Also recognized at the event were 142 Silver Award recipients. The scholarship recipients were Megan Shew for the Chandler-Burns Scholarship and Brenna Schneider for the Pauline Patterson Memorial Scholarship. Be sure to visit our website to meet all of this year's Gold Award recipients.


Did You Know...?


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 $215 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
Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful.
~ Author Unknown

Home Depot

We extend many thanks to the approximately 30 employees from Home Depot stores in the Upstate who were able to mix a little fun in with the hard work they performed at Camp WaBak recently. They rebuilt and reroofed two firewood racks, weeded the Administration building area, and installed 160 feet of three-split rail fencing.

Patti Bennett

With our council's focused effort of providing impactful STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), we are very fortunate to have Patti Bennett as a Girl Scout volunteer. The co-leader of Troop 2336 in Aiken, she is also a computer scientist at the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site. Recently she was featured in an Aiken Standard newspaper article that outlined the hands-on "edible science" Girl Scout STEM lesson she coordinated. In teaching the girls about the earth's layers and contaminant issues, they made parfaits. Orange soda represented a contaminant, crushed ice served as clean gravel and soil, clear soda was the groundwater, vanilla ice cream symbolized Earth's confining layer and cocoa portrayed Earth's porous top layer. The well for pumping out contaminants came in the form of a straw for drinking the parfait. States Valorie Wilkerson, a South Aiken High School science teacher who also serves as the area's Girl Scout Service Unit Manager, "Patti recruited a lot of volunteers. Many were women scientists, and that gives the girls good, positive role models. As a science teacher, it's great to see more young women looking at science and having fun." Thank you, Patti, for all you do for Girl Scouts!



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