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Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Newsletter

February 2012


in this issue

:: a month of great events

:: girl scouts forever green

:: ops for older girls

:: girl scout cookie program

:: 100th anniversary photo contest

:: world thinking day

:: girl scouts speak out

:: religious awards and events

:: legacy circle spotlight

:: terri bear retires

:: summer camp 2012

:: savannah area resources




This month, as we celebrate our century of trailblazing, we're rallying the nation around the cause of girls' leadership.

We've watched girls back down, opt out, and shy away from leading. We've seen girls bullied by their peers, pressured by industries that celebrate unattainable beauty, and deciding against science and math. We've struggled to explain why women hold only 17 percent of seats in the U.S. Congress and 3 percent of the top positions at Fortune 500 companies.

Together, we can do better for girls, setting in motion a generational change, so that every girl born today blossoms into her full potential. Together, we can transform the leadership landscape, so that every girl, in every zip code, stands up, stands out, and stands tall. Together, we can get her there.
Check out with a bold and ambitious goal: to achieve gender-balanced leadership-in every industry and every community-in a single generation.

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Staff

girl scouts on the go  Girl Scout Day at the Capitol 2012 

a month of great events
The past month has been a very exciting one for Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.  We unearthed a 25-year-old time capsule at Camp Low in Savannah, celebrated the 100th Anniversary at our Annual Meeting, unveiled our new Girl Scout Cookie, Savannah Smiles, at a Cookie Kick-off event for the media, met legislators at Girl Scout Day at the Capitol in Atlanta and even honored Juliette Gordon Low, our Founder, at the Georgia Day Parade in Savannah!  Wonderful photos from all these exciting events are available to view on our Facebook page here.  



girl scouts forever green
100th anniversary take action project

The 100th AnniversaryForever Green Patch Take Action project is all about making the world a better place by participating in projects which encourage simple changes that make a big difference.  Check out the website here to find out everything you need to know about participating in these earth-friendly activities.  The Historic Georgia Girl-Led GSLI team has decided that everyone should have a choice about the project(s) in which she participates, so girls, troops, and service units are encouraged to choose projects about which the girls feel most strongly.  (Forever Green projects could also be great Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Award projects!)

The focus months for these activities are February, March and April this year, but feel free to continue these projects throughout 2012.  You'll be asked record your work on the website, and when you're finished, you are eligible to receive the Forever Green patch!   



ops for older girls Destinations
destinations, scholarships and tlc


The GSUSA destinations program is a wonderful way to expand your Girl Scout experience through travel to different parts of the country and the world.  It's not too late to apply for a 2012 destination!  Please visit the 2012 destinations website here to see which destinations are accepting "late" applications and which destinations are FULL.

The Channel Islands and San Juan Kayak destinations are offering scholarships for girls to attend their destination.  Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia also has scholarship money available for destinations travel.  Read More...  


The Stansell Scholarship and Harris Scholarship are offered to girls in Historic Georgia. Additional information and applications will be mailed to all graduating 12th grade Girl Scout Ambassadors in the coming month.  Search for more college scholarships available to Girl Scouts at  


A location has been determined for the GSHG Teen Leadership Conference taking place April 13-15, 2012.  The conference will be held at Camp Concharty near Columbus and will feature a wide range of girl-planned activities.   Save the date!  More information will be available in the coming weeks. 



product programs Savannah Smiles Cookie
girl scout cookies

The 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Program is here!  This year's theme is, "What Can a Cookie Do?  More Than You See."  Girl Scouts will learn about goal-setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.  EVERY girl participating MUST be registered and all volunteers dealing with money are required to complete a Volunteer Application and undergo background screening.

Cookies have been delivered!  Booth sales begin this Friday and will take place through March 11.  Please visit our website for additional important dates and other information regarding the 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Program.



100th Trefoil Smallphoto contest
what can you do with 100?

The deadline to submit your troop's photo is fast approaching!  If you want to see your picture on the cover of GSHG's Fall Program Guide during the year of our 100th Anniversary, submit a creative photo of you or your troop using the number or idea of "100" in a photo for our 100th Anniversary Photo Contest.  The winner will be announced in the April edition of Samoa News, and the winning troop's photo will be featured on the cover of the 2012 Fall Program Guide!

Submit your high quality digital photo (at least 300 ppi) by March 1, 2012, to Debbie Caballero at or Tara Panzo at



world thinking day World Thinking Day 2012
think global


Each year on February 22, World Thinking Day, girls participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. World Thinking Day not only gives girls a chance to celebrate international friendships, but is also a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community - one of nearly 150 countries with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.  The theme for World Thinking Day 2012 is "Girls Worldwide Say, 'we can save our planet.'" This theme is based on United Nation's Millennium Development Goal 7 focused on environmental sustainability. The World Thinking Day award is now an OFFICIAL Award and therefore it may be worn on the front of the official uniform sash or vest.  To earn the award, girls complete one or more activities that can be found on the national website  

girl scoutsGirls Speak Out
speak out

a psa contest

Do your part to make the planet a better place to live by creating a PSA that asks others to "go green." Let people know what changes they can make - big or small - that add up to keep us all safe and healthy. GSUSA will accept entries here through April 30, 2012, and voting will close on May 15, 2012. The winning submission will be produced as a professional PSA in Summer 2012! 



girl scouts and religion My Promise, My Faith
programs & events

The "My Promise My Faith" program complements faith-based religious recognitions awards.  A girl can choose to earn one or both awards in any order at the appropriate grade level.  My Promise My Faith requirements are listed in the Girl Guides. They can be earned each year! More information about other religious recognitions can be found here or by contacting the faith organizations.  


Girls have an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. Girls may perform a service, such as greeting, ushering, or doing a flag ceremony. These days can also be a time when girls explore other faiths. Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday, and it always includes the Girl Scout Birthday, March 12. 


Church bulletin inserts for Girl Scout Sabbath/Sunday are available!   Please email Christina Smith at to receive an electronic version of the insert via email if you would like to print and share them with your place of worship.   



legacy circle spotlight

getting to know her
Sherry Saxon
GSHG's Legacy Circle members are a dynamic group of volunteers who are truly committed to Girl Scouting.  They have an important voice in our council, meet regularly and participate in the areas of alumnae recruitment, fund development, 100th Anniversary and public relations.  Meet one of our wonderful Legacy Circle Chairs, Sherry Saxon:


Sherry began her career in the credit union industry in 1984.  She started as a teller with Augusta Triple "C" Credit Union.  She is currently the CEO of the same credit union which is today called Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union.  After 22 years of experience she still says the reason she loves working at the credit union is the opportunity to work with people and improve the lives of the members of credit union.  

In January of 1996 Sherry took over as CEO of the credit union.  In June of that year she graduated from Southeastern Regional Credit Union School.  The following year Sherry was recognized as Professional of the Year by the Augusta Credit Union Chapter and the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates.  

Sherry is married and has two daughters and a 5 year old grandson.  



terri bearTerri Bear holding frame   

GSHG would to thank Athens-area Membership Manager Terri Bear for her years of service.  Terri is the first GSHG Staff Membership to reach retirement, and we wish her well in all of her future endeavors!


"I really appreciate the opportunity to have made new friends and keep the old," said Terri.  She also shared the following lyrics from what she remembers as an old Celtic song her troop used to sing before closing out meetings:

Sisters, now our meeting is over.
Sisters, we must part.
And, if I never see you any more,
I will hold you in my heart.

Friends, now our meeting is over.
Friends, we must part.
And, if I never see you any more,
I will hold you in my heart.  



summer camp 2012
go outdoors
!Camp Girl Scouts


This summer, we'll be celebrating the Year of the Girl with Journey camps, water-fun weeks, badge-earning opportunities, camping through the decades and more!  Cost for Day Camp is $125/week.  Cost for Resident Camp is $250/week. Deadline to register is May 7, 2012.  Watch your mailbox for more summer camp information!

Three weeks of camp will take place at Camps Martha Johnston, Camp Concharty and Camp Tanglewood simultaneously:
June 1-3: S'mores Campout (Troops and Individual Girl Scouts are welcome to participate.)
June 3-8: Resident Camp (June 3-8)
Day Camp (June 4-8)
June 10-15: Resident Camp (June 10-15)
Day Camp (June 11-15)
June 17-22: Resident Camp (June 17-22)
Day Camp (June 18-22)

Camp Open House will take place at Camp Concharty on April 21, Camp Tanglewood on April 28 and Camp Martha Johnston on May 5. 



100th anniversary in savannah

resources for your trip
Wilderness Southeast
Planning a trip to Savannah for the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting?  Be sure to visit our Savannah Area Resources Page for information on local "Girl Scout-friendly" businesses (such as hotels and tours.)  Read more...

important info for volunteers

  • New leaders are encouraged to join us for one or more of our upcoming New Leader Teleconference Calls.  Bring your questions!  Click here for dates and times.
  • GSHG is collecting old uniforms for 100th Anniversary displays throughout the year.  Please share with us your old sash/uniform along with your contact information and pleas note if you would like for it to be returned.
  • During the ACH pilot (automatic withdrawal) for fall product sale, we learned that troop accounts must be set up as business accounts in order for the draw to be accomplished.  The Bank Authorization form is being adjusted.  Please be aware of this if there are any more new accounts being opened.
  • Both Financial Aid and Service Scholarships are available to adult volunteers to help offset the cost of Girl Scout training.  If you have a volunteer interested in applying for either, please have them complete the new Financial Aid/service scholarship form and return it to Sheri Matis at by the training registration deadline.  



troops on the move   


TOTM Feb 2012     

1.  Girl Scout Junior Troop #30370 from Richmond Hill recently participated in the Juliette Low Heritage Tour.  The girls enjoyed being creative during the Sisters of the Palette special interest session and a special pinning of the 100th Anniversary Birthplace Pin in the garden.

2.  Girl Scout Brownie Troop #50105 from Columbus visited the Georgia Aquarium where they spent the night learning about all types of sea life which inspired some of the girls to want to work with dolphins.

3.  The Greenbriar Service Unit from the Augusta area held an Animalpalooza event at Camp Tanglewood where Girl Scouts collected thousands of pounds of food and pet supply items for two local animal rescue groups.  They also made and donated countless homemade biscuits for the dogs and happy socks (toys stuffed with cotton and catnip) for the cats.

4.  Girl Scout Cadette Troop #30358 from the Savannah area hosted a Juliette Gordon Low birthday celebration for Daisy Troop #30387.  The Cadettes made songs books for the Daisies, taught them some songs and held a candle lighting ceremony in honor of Juliette's birthday.

5.  Girl Scout Troop #30060 and Troop #30093 from Savannah visited The Olde Pink House where they learned about proper table etiquette and then enjoyed a 4-course meal with their mothers.

6.  Girl Scout Daisy Troop #30387 from Rincon recently visited the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge to learn about wildlife and their habitats. While at the refuge, the girls completed the Junior Refuge Manager program and all got a badge and a patch.

7.  Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors from Troop #40233 and Troop #40388 of the Albany area participated in the Shoot the Bow program at Camp Okitayakani on January 21, 2012.

8.  Girl Scouts from the Marshes of Glynn Service Unit adopted Overlook Park and recently held a clean-up of the area.

9.  Girl Scout Troop #60321 of Warner Robins recently held a teddy bear tea with their moms (and favorite teddy bears!)

10.  Girl Scout Troop #30244 from Charlton County collected personal hygiene items, baby formula, and more for personal hygiene kits that were sent with a friend visiting Haiti for a mission trip.

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.  

Check out our new and improved Google search function on our site at!


SAVE THE DATE: High Awards Ceremonies will be held on May 6, 2012 throughout the Council.   


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