Girl Scouts of Historic
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 www.gshg.org for information regarding all
of Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia's special 100th Anniversary events.
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Staff
early bird patch contest
and the winner
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
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
winter/spring program guide
"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 www.gshg.org.
annual meeting delegate
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
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 www.desotohilton.com and use group code
"GSH." You must insert the code into the
group/convention code box in order to get the reduced rate.
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
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
Submit your high quality digital photo (at least 300 ppi) by March 1,
2012, to Debbie Caballero at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tara Panzo at email@example.com.
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...
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!
scouts make birthday special
walker flooded with wishes
Macon Girl Scout
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
honors founder with flowers
"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
girl scout reunion
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
scout time capsule reveal
years in the ground
Girl Scouts are invited
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
the centennial resolution
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
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,
girls in action
first lady to
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
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.
anniversary in savannah
for your trip
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...
info for volunteers
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
before February 10, 2012.
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.
volunteers dealing with money (cookie moms/product sales volunteers)
are required to complete a Volunteer Application and undergo
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.
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 email@example.com by the training
on the move
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.