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Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Newsletter

January 2012


in this issue

:: 2013 early bird patch design contest

:: 100th anniversary events

:: winter/spring program guide

:: annual meeting

:: girl scout cookie program

:: girl scout alumnae centennial tea

:: girl scout time capsule reveal

:: support the centennial resolution

:: 100 gold awards for the 100th anniversary

:: georgia first lady to visit girl scouts

:: savannah area resources




Happy New Year!  2012 is the Year of the Girl and the year we celebrate our 100th Anniversary!  For a whole century, Girl Scouts has been building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place, and we're excited to kick off another century of doing the same.  Please be sure to visit our website at for information regarding all of Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia's special 100th Anniversary events.

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Staff


2013 early bird patch contest
and the winner is...

Early Bird Design 2013

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia would like to congratulate Lauren Collins of Troop #30370 of the Cedar (Bryan County) Service Unit for her winning drawing she submitted for the 2013 Early Bird Registration Patch Design Contest.  Lauren's design, which featured the theme of "ACTIVE U!" (fun and fitness) received the most votes and will therefore be featured on GSHG's Early Bird registration patch for 2013.



100th anniversary events  100th Logo Smaller
event updates

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia has several large-scale 100th Anniversary events planned in Savannah, where Juliette Low founded the Girl Scouts in 1912.  We sincerely hope that you'll join us for one or more of these very special events!

The Bridging to the Next Century event will take place on March 10, 2012 in Savannah.  The registration deadline has been extended to February 15, 2012.

Join us for a special Sunrise Ceremony in Forsyth Park on the official 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting on March 12, 2012.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity awaits you at our Centennial Camporee, taking place June 25-30, 2012, at Fort Stewart.  Join girls from all over the country for this week-long adventure!

For more information and/or to register online for these events, please visit!  



winter/spring program guide
Connect Cover

"Connect," the Winter/Spring Program Guide has arrived!  Each troop leader may obtain a copy from your Membership Representative.  An electronic version is now available on our website at



annual meetingHistoric Savannah delegate selection


The votes have been tallied and this year's Annual Meeting delegates have been selected.  Click here to view the list of delegates.  (Area delegate numbers are based on the equation in the bylaws and percentages of 2011 EOY girl membership.)

This year's Annual Meeting will be held at the DeSoto Hilton in Savannah, Georgia, on Saturday, January 28, 2012.  Registration will take place at 10:30 am, lunch will begin at 11:30 and the business meeting will begin at 12:30 pm.  To RSVP, please contact Deborah Dees.

Attendees wanting to book a hotel room at the Hilton should call 1-877-280-0751 and ask for the Girl Scout Council meeting block.  To make your reservation online instead, please visit and use group code "GSH."  You must insert the code into the group/convention code box in order to get the reduced rate. 



product programs Savannah Smiles Cookie
girl scout cookies

The 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Program is here!  Initial order taking began on January 6.  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 before the sale begins. 

Please note the following important dates:

* January 22: Initial order taking ends
* February 11 - 17: Cookie deliveries
* February 17 - March 11: Cookie booths

View additional dates and other important information regarding the 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Program on our website.



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

Want to see your troop's photo on the cover of the 2012 Fall Program Guide?! 

Since 2012 is the year of Girl Scouts' 100th Anniversary, use the number or idea of 100 in a creative photo of your troop to win Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia's 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




make your mark on history
buy a brick!


The First Girl Scout Headquarters building in Savannah, formerly the carriage house for Juliette Low's adult home, was willed to the local Girl Scout council upon Juliette's death in 1927. The building currently houses the Council's archives and serves as a program activity center, offering exciting interactive educational experiences for Girl Scouts and the community.

Just in time for the 100th Anniversary, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia will be replacing the bricks in the courtyard at First Headquarters, which were laid in the 1970s, with new, commemorative engraved bricks.

Bricks will be 4"x8" in size, cost $100 each and can be engraved with your name or a special Girl Scout message!  Read more... 




woman of achievement  Blair

blair train
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia would like to congratulate staff member Blair Train, Senior Fund Development Manager, as she was recently selected as the Career Women's Network of Macon's 2012 Woman of Achievement.  Congratulations Blair! 

girl scouts make birthday special

may walker flooded with wishes

Macon Girl
May WalkerScout May Walker celebrated her 104th birthday on Halloween (the same birthday as Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low.)

GSHG Fund Development Director Blair Train asked Program and Collections Manager Jami Brantley to post a quick note about May's birthday to the First Headquarters Facebook page, and almost as soon as she did, hundreds of birthday cards hand-made by Girl Scouts from all over the county flooded the Council mailbox.  The enormous box of cards and letters were recently presented to Walker, who has been involved in Girl Scouting since her 20's as a leader.  She then went on to serve as council president and later as chairwoman of the camp committee.  She has an arts-and-crafts building named for her at Camp Martha Johnson in Lizella, GA.

Walker said she was "overwhelmed with love" from the outpouring of well-wishes.  Thank you to everyone who helped make her birthday so special! 



daisies for daisy Daisies for Daisy
savannah honors founder with flowers


Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts in Savannah on March 12, 1912.  Through a grassroots effort called "Daisies for Daisy," championed by Presidents' Quarters Inn, Savannah residents and businesses are being encouraged through word of mouth and social media to add daisies to landscapes and bouquets as "visual applause" to the founder of Girl Scouts during the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts in 2012.

"We think it's important that Mrs. Low's hometown do something bold and fresh during the organization's centennial year. We are hopeful that daisy flowers can reaffirm how proud we are that Girl Scouts began in Savannah," says marketing executive, Sandy Traub.  "Savannah is a wonderfully creative place where old and new come together beautifully! We look forward to being surprised by how showy the Daisies for Daisy blossom-fest will be to honor "Daisy" Gordon Low in our city," Traub concludes. Follow their efforts on Twitter @DaisiesforDaisy.   



girl scout alumnae centennial tea

a girl scout reunion
Alumnae Tea
All Girl Scout Alumnae are invited to join Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia for a Centennial Tea on Saturday, January 22, 2012, from 2-4 pm at the Isle of Hope United Methodist Church in Savannah.  Cost is $5.00 and deadline to register is January 17.  Click here for the registration form. 



girl scout time capsule reveal  

25 years in the ground
Girl Scouts are
Time Capsuleinvited to join us on January 20, 2012 at 6:30 PM at Camp Low in Savannah as we unearth a Girl Scout time capsule that was left by our Girl Scout sisters 25 years ago.  There will be a short ceremony before the items are put on display and hot cocoa and coffee following.  This short event will be held outside and in the dining hall, so please dress warmly.  Limited seating is available, so please feel free to bring your own chair.  No RSVP is required.  The contents of the time capsule will be on display at several events throughout the year.



support the centennial resolution

take action now!
Legislative Alert
Encourage your Members of Congress to support Girl Scouts of the USA by co-sponsoring the Girl Scouts Centennial Resolution today!

March 2012 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA.)  In celebration of 100 years of remarkable programming, research and advocacy, Girl Scouts has worked with Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Kay Granger (R-TX), and Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) to introduce the Girl Scout Centennial Resolution in the House and Senate.

Take Action today and send a message to your U.S. Representative and Senators asking them to co-sponsor this important resolution in honor of Girl Scouts of the USA!  Use the draft letter, or feel free to customize it to talk about your own Girl Scouts' experience.  Thank you for being a voice for girls! 



100 gold awards for the 100th
highest awards
Gold Award


The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a girl member can earn.  Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia hopes to award 100 Gold Awards by the end of 2012 as part of the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting.  For more information on Girl Scouting's highest awards, click here



celebrating girls in action
and volunteerism
Sandra Deal

georgia's first lady to
visit girl scouts

As the Honorary Leader of Troop 1912, First Lady Sandra Deal will visit Girl Scouts throughout Georgia to see girls in action and to honor our volunteers for their service.  Mrs. Deal is particularly interested in seeing some of the outstanding service projects Girl Scouts in rural communities have undertaken to make their communities a better place.

We are looking for Girl Scout projects and need help identifying high caliber endeavors by girls in your communities.  If you have a project for consideration, click here to see if it meets the criteria.



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

  • Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia would like to congratulate our wonderful volunteers and staff who completed the Facilitating Adult Learning course on Saturday, December 3: Susan Bass, Hope Beasley, Linnett Benson, Jennifer Breslin, Donna Carswell, Angela Collier, Jennifer Cox, Alayna Dukes, Kemi Elufiede, Laura Flanders, Taura Hatney, Angel Henning, Melanie Jenkins-White and Erin Kilbourn!
  • Church bulletin inserts for Girl Scout Sabbath/Sunday are available.  If you would like to order free copies for your place of worship, please contact Christina Smith at before February 10, 2012.
  • 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.
  • All volunteers dealing with money (cookie moms/product sales volunteers) are required to complete a Volunteer Application and undergo background screening.
  • 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 Jan 2012    

1.  Girl Scout Junior Troop #30370 from Richmond Hill recently volunteered with the Bryan County Children's Fund.  The girls donated toys for the Christmas project and were able to help package up family bags with presents that were on the wish lists.   The girls really enjoyed picking out presents for the children!

2.  Girl Scout Daisy Troop #50116 of the Columbus area celebrated Founder's Day at their October meeting by decorating a "Happy Birthday Daisy" banner, learning the story of Daisy and celebrating with Daisy cupcakes!

3.  Girl Scout Troop #30754 of the Savannah area was delighted to host two girl guides from England on November 12, 2011 at their weekly troop meeting.  The girls compared and shared information about Thinking Day and other ceremonies and also exchanged SWAPs.  At the end, pictures were taken to share memories for today and the future.  The girls decided to become pen pals and celebrate England at their Thinking Day Celebration.

4.  Girl Scout Troop #20114 of the Augusta area and their families all pitched in to build their troop's float for the 2011 Columbia County Parade, where they won 1st Place in the category of Boy and Girl Scout Troops!

5.  Girl Scout Troop #20445 from the Augusta area recently learned how to sew at Branum's.  The girls were able to sew their own ornament and earn a patch.  They loved it!

6.  Girl Scout Brownie Troop #11919 and Daisy Troop #11986 recently participated in the Christmas parade in Braselton, GA.

7.  Girl Scout Troop #30480 from Shuman Elementary School in Savannah rode on a trolley in the local Christmas parade.  They had fun singing carols, waving and shouting, "Merry Christmas!"

8.  Girl Scout Juniors from Troop #50105 of Columbus recently spent the day tubing and playing in the snow at Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park in Tucker, GA.  They also spent a full day enjoying the Stone Mountain Christmas festivities which included a fireworks display.

9.  Girl Scout Daisy Troop #50116, Brownie Troop #50369, and Junior/Cadette Troop #50055 visited the Open Door Community House in December. They were given a tour where they learned about what great things Open Door does for those in need in the community. They also made ornaments for the house and donated items for the Holiday Toy Drive.

10.  More than 50 Girl Scouts learned about the Sun and the planets in our Solar System at an Astronomy Adventure Day at Camp Concharty, led by the volunteers of Outdoor/STEM Pathway Troop #50048.  Girls calculated their weight and age on planets other than Earth, made and launched straw rockets and film canister rockets, tested possible space material, learned about the phases of Earth's moon and more!

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.  

All Girl Scout Council Shops will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2012
in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

All property reservations are to be emailed to Debbie Bradberry at  


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