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Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Newsletter

February 2013


in this issue

:: ceo to retire

:: 100th anniversary dvd

:: operation pillow case dresses

:: new board members

:: girl scout cookies

:: best buy scholarship

:: girl scout programs

:: clementi holder

:: gs centennial coin

:: juliette gordon low day petition

:: girl scout week

:: high awards ceremonies

:: world thinking day

:: buy a brick



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February 8th was the inaugural National Girl Scout Cookie Day, and it was a blast!  All over the nation, girls, volunteers, and staff told the story of the Girl Scout Cookie Program; however, it was more than just a celebration.  It was an opportunity to let the nation know that our cookie program isn't about cookies alone - it's also about teaching girls five business skills (goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics) essential to leadership, to success, and to life. The message that buying Girl Scout Cookies is an investment in the future came through loud and clear, and millions of Americans now have a much clearer understanding of the role the Girl Scout Cookie Program plays in developing girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Staff

skene to retire Margaret Skene
message from the board

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia announces the retirement of our first CEO, Margaret Skene, effective in May. Margaret brought business savvy along with a passion and lifelong commitment to Girl Scouting when she joined the council at its inception in 2008.

"It has been a singular honor to serve as the first Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia," Margaret said in her letter to the Board. "Always, I have had a strong sense of the legacy that Historic Georgia carries in representing the beginnings of the Girl Scout Movement."  Read More...



100th anniversary dvd  Video
a year in review

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is excited to announce that we are compiling hundreds of photos from all of our wonderful 100th Anniversary events throughout the council into one commemorative DVD that will be available beginning Girl Scout Week in March.  DVDs will be just $10 each and serve as a video scrapbook of the past year.  To order, please complete this form and return it to Debbie Caballero by March 1, 2013.



pillowcase dressesPillow Case Dress

community service  

All girls and troops are still invited to make a pillow case dress to send to little girls in Liberia. Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia has a goal of making 1,000 dresses by February 25, 2013, which is fast-approaching. Read More... 



new board members Board


At Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia's Annual Meeting held on February 9, several new members were elected to our Board of Directors.  GSHG would like to welcome Pam White-Colbert (Secretary), New Members-at-Large Thomas (Tom) Feldman, Rebecca (Becky) Lee, Dr. Sally Whatley and Gwen Y. Wood, and new Board Development Committee members Franklin (Tommy) Coleman and Cyndey Costello Busbee. 



2013 girl scoutAsk Me Sign
cookie program 
what can a girl do?


The Girl Scout Cookie Program is officially here!


Get cookie program-related forms and resources you need on our website here!

Download Girl Scout Cookie Program images, flyers, etc. in our Cookie Tools section here!

Use this flyer to aid in your "Operation Cookies From Home" efforts!  Ask your local church, civic group or club to donate cookies to send to our service members overseas.  Ask local fire and/or police departments to purchase by the case and challenge other groups to exceed their purchase.  Get creative!

Bling your booth!  Decorate your cookie booth, take a photo and submit it to Jacki Gaytan at no later than March 11, 2013.  All photos will be uploaded to a Facebook album for voting.  The first place winner in each level will win a booth sale patch and a "Bling my Booth" patch for each girl.

Important Cookie Program Dates:
February 8-14 - Cookie Deliveries
February 15-March 10 - Booth Sales
March 3 - 1/2 of Money Due to Council
March 12 - All Funds Due to Council  



short deadlinesBest Buy crop
best buy scholarship

Best Buy is offering 1,100 scholarships of $1,000 each to teens in grades 9-12 who demonstrate good grades and commitment to community service.  Deadline is Friday, February 15.  Click here for more information and to apply.



programs for girls Harlem GT Logo
visit website for info

We are constantly updating our website calendar with program opportunities for Girl Scouts; some are council-run programs and some are programs offered by outside vendors, such as the Harlem Globetrotters, Disney on Ice, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, and more!  Don't forget to check out these opportunities by selecting "Outside Programs for GSHG" from the drop-down menu on our website calendar.

clementi holder Clementi Holder
in memorium

It is with a heavy heart that Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia must announce the passing of long-time Girl Scout Clementi Holder of Athens.  She was a Girl Scout for more than 80 years and participated in many of GSHG's 100th Anniversary events throughout the past year.  Many young Girl Scouts approached her to ask if she was Juliette Low, which made both her and the staff smile.  With the help of Anna Maria Chavez, GSUSA CEO, we were able to present Ms. Clementi with her long-awaited Golden Eaglet pin last year.  Our condolences to her family, as she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.



gs centennial silver dollar Coin
on sale soon 

The 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar will go on sale on Thursday, February 28 at noon ET. The United States Mint set the cost of the coin as $54.95. We're excited about this historic moment, and the up to $3.5 million the national organization stands to receive from the coin's sale, which will go to national program development and delivery.

Coins must be purchased directly from the U.S. Mint, as the GSHG Council Shops will not be carrying them. The Commemorative Coin will be available for all to purchase from the United States Mint at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468) and/or at (click on Shop, then Commemoratives).



juliette gordon low day Juliette Low sketch
make it happen

Girl Scout Troop #11809 of the Athens area recently visited the website and created a petition to declare October 31 as Juliette Gordon Low Day.  In order to be reviewed and considered by the White House, the petition needs to have 100,000 signatures by March 10, 2013.  To support the cause, view and sign the petition at  Please feel free to share this cause with your friends and family via email and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.



girl scout week GS Week
a celebration

Girl Scout Week is March 10-16, 2013.  Show your Girl Scout pride by participating in local church services, by wearing green or wearing your uniform to school, or by completing a special community service project during Girl Scout Week.  Church bulletin inserts are available on the website and/or can be ordered by contacting Christina Smith at



high awards ceremonies Gold Award
bronze, silver, gold, and adult recognitions

This year's High Award Ceremonies honoring Bronze Award, Silver Award, Gold Award and Adult Recognitions recipients will be held at various locations throughout the council on Sunday, May 5, 2013.  Please note that March 15 is the deadline for girls who wish to be recognized at these ceremonies to submit their paperwork.



world thinking day World Thinking Day 2013
february 22

Each year on February 22, Girl Scouts celebrate World Thinking Day by participating in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. Girls celebrate international friendships, but are also reminded that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community. To learn about this year's theme, download Thinking Day activity packs, send Thinking Day e-cards and see Girl Scout/Girl Guide uniforms from around the world, visit the World Thinking Day site!



make your mark on history 
buy a brick

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts by making your mark at the organization's earliest meeting place.  Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is replacing bricks laid in the courtyard at First Headquarters in the 1970s, with new, commemorative engraved bricks.  Each brick is 4"x8" and, for a donation of $100, can be engraved with your name or a special Girl Scout message!  The deadline to purchase a brick at First Headquarters has been extended to March 31, 2013Read more... 

GCDA Shirtcouncil shop updates

  • GSHG is currently experiencing some delays in shipping from GSUSA, in some cases up to several weeks.  While the situation is expected to improve in the coming weeks, we still ask that you please place orders for cookie pins, patches, badges and awards to your local council shop early so that the shop staff can ensure that they'll have everything that you need in stock.



important info for volunteers


  • ADULT RECOGNITIONS Recognize a volunteer for outstanding service to girls by nominating her/him for a Girl Scout Adult Recognition Award.  Details and nomination forms are available here and must be submitted to Lena Applegate at by February 18 at 9:00 am.
  • TRAINING:  GSHG encourages all volunteers to regularly view our Volunteer Training calendar available on our website as we are always adding new trainings.  Dates are now posted for the following trainings:  
    • Low Ropes & High Challenge Course Facilitator training
    • First Aid/Adult & Child CPR training
    • High Skills Training Weekend
    • Outdoor Skills 101
    • New Leader Teleconferences    



troops on the move 


TOTM February 2013   

1.  Girl Scout Brownie Troop #20413 from Evans, GA visited Elmcroft, an assisted living facility, where they sang Christmas carols for the residents there before the holidays.

2.  Girl Scout Troop #60309 from Bleckley County recently enjoyed a day full of activities!  They participated in a Christmas parade and then went caroling at Bryants Nursing Home where they presented the residents with cards and socks.  Afterwards, they took a hike and collected litter along the trail.  Lastly, they stopped for ice cream and worked on their Journeys.

3.  Girl Scout Brownie Troop #11919 from Braselton slept with the fishes at Girl Scout Night at the Atlanta Georgia Aquarium in January.  The girls went behind the scenes and toured the facilities, learned how the aquarium takes care of aquatic animals, slept in front of the giant aquarium and watched the dolphin show.

4.  Girl Scout Troop #30456 from Richmond Hill joined almost 200 other Girl Scouts in celebrating World Thinking Day.  The girls collected 52 pillowcase dresses for GSHG's service project for girls in Liberia and had fun exploring 19 different countries.

5.  Girl Scouts from Troop #50248 of the Columbus area recently visited WTVM, a local TV station in their city.  They took a tour of the facilities and met some of the on-air TV personalities.

6.  Girl Scout Troop #12021 from Athens recently toured the Athens Recycling Center and learned about many ways to "use resources wisely" and "make the world a better place."  

Is your troop doing cool things? Take a photo and send it to   Please be sure to include your troop number, where you're from and a short description of the event in your email.

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