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Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Newsletter

May 2012


in this issue

:: gshg's highest awards

:: special honors for volunteers

:: buy a brick

:: centennial camporee 2012

:: 100th anniversary exhibits

:: legacy circle spotlight




The school year is winding down, and summer is on the way, but we'll continue to celebrate our 100th Anniversary over the coming months.  It's an exciting year for Girl Scouts, especially with the recent announcement that President Obama will be awarding Juliette Gordon Low, our Founder, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom later this month.  Also this month, we wish a Happy Mother's Day to all of our dedicated Girl Scout moms!

Let's make it another great Girl Scout month!

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Staff

100 years of excellenceGold Award
gshg's highest awards

At the end of each Girl Scout year, GSHG recognizes the hard work of Girl Scouts, adult volunteers, troops and service units with various awards.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.  Click here to view this year's recipients.

The Silver Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, and the Bronze Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can earn.  Click here to view this year's recipients.

Numerous awards and recognitions are available for our dedicated Girl Scout volunteers.  Click here to view this year's recipients.

Our Summie Awards recognize the achievements of our service units.
Click here to view this year's recipients.



special honors for volunteers
recognizing their service

GSHG would like to recognize two of our wonderful volunteers who recently received recognitions for their efforts outside of Girl Scouting.

Athens/Macon area volunteer Kathy Stephan recently received The President's Call to Service Award.  The award honors Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.  Kathy received a personalized certificate and a congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama. She has over 7,000 hours of volunteer service to date.  Aside from her many years of involvement in Girl Scouts, she has helped with the Olympics and Paralympics, FEMA Distribution Center, Lake Oconee Community Church Holiday House, Circle of Love Shelter, Make Mine Bluegreen and the Greene and Putnam Habitat affiliates.

SusanColumbus area Girl Scout volunteer Susan Jacobs Dodson was recently named the winner of the Elementary Level Title I School Georgia Parent Leadership Award.  This annual award recognizes parents for their outstanding leadership in creating a foundation of support for student achievement and success.  The GaDOE and GA PTA created the award to recognize parents across Georgia who utilize their various skills and talents to strengthen our schools and positively impact the lives of our children.



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.

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is 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...  


centennial camporee 2012

celebrate outdoors Camporee Logo

GSHG's Centennial Camporee will take place at Armstrong Atlantic State University June 25-30, 2012, in Savannah, Georgia, and it's sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!


While registration is closed for the week-long camp option, Girl Scout Daisies-Ambassadors and adults may still register for the Day Guest opportunity on Friday, June 29.  Cost is $50 and includes lunch, dinner, t-shirt and patch.  For additional information and registration form, please click here

Please email all questions to    




celebrating the 100th anniversary  

exhibits in our area

A Girl Scout exhibit was
Historyheld this spring at the Lake Oconee Welcome Center in Greensboro, GA. The collection included Girl Scout uniforms dating back to 1928, cookie program materials from years past, camping memorabilia and an appearance by Caroline Choate (daughter of Juliette's god-daughter.)


In Savannah, the City Hall Rotunda is currently hosting a photography exhibit in celebration of the 100th Anniversary.  The exhibit features historic images from the collections of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace and the Girl Scouts First Headquarters, depicting the Savannah Girl Scouts' interaction with the City of Savannah during the early to mid-20th century. The exhibit will run through June 2012.




legacy circle spotlight
getting to know her

JuliaGSHG'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 and inspire continued local support in the areas of alumnae recruitment, fund development, 100th Anniversary and public relations.  Meet Julia Fessenden Slater, Legacy Circle Chair in the Columbus area:

Julia Fessenden Slater graduated from Stephens College in 1988 with a degree in Musical Theatre and received her Law Degree from Washington and Lee University in 1993.  After graduating from Law School, she clerked for one year before becoming an Assistant District Attorney in 1994. While in the DA's office, Julia became involved in the prosecution of child abuse cases. She participated in the formation of the Child Advocacy Center and was a founding member of the Crimes Against Children Unit.  

Julia began prosecuting in Juvenile Court in 1996 and became the lead juvenile prosecutor from the DA's office in 1998.  She has also served as Judge Pro Temp for the Muscogee County Juvenile Court.  Julia left the DA's office at the end of 2003 and began private practice.  In January of 2009, Julia became the first female District Attorney for the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit.  She manages an office of over 40 employees, including almost 20 Assistant District Attorneys, who service a six county circuit.  

Julia is a member of the Columbus Junior League and was a member of the Columbus Jaycees.  She currently serves on the executive committee of Columbus Lawyers Assisting Student Success (Truancy Intervention Program) and is a member of the Columbus Chapter of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers and the Columbus Bar Association.

council shop updates100th Tote

         Bridging Kits are available for $5.00 at our local council shops. They include everything a girl needs for bridging to the next grade level (bridging badge, membership star/disc, special Anniversary disc, bridging certificate and a FREE gift!)

         Looking for a great end-of-year gift for your outstanding troop leaders/volunteers? Acrylic tumblers are on sale for $7.50, value t-shirts for $8.99-9.99 and 100th Anniversary totes are on sale for $5.96.



important info for volunteers

  • The Early Bird Campaign will run from May 1st through June 30th. Please pick up your Early Bird packet this month, as Service Units will receive $1.00 for every girl who Early Birds!
  • GSHG has officially gone LIVE with eBiz!  This means you can now re-register for Girl Scouts online.  This is the fastest and most accurate way to register and/or re-register.  For directions, tutorials or to register now, visit our website here!
  • GSHG will have many volunteer training opportunities at ETC (Extreme Team Conference) and LEAP (Leadership Experience for Adult Pathways.)  For dates and locations, please click here.
  • The President's Volunteer Service Award website is a great place to keep your record of volunteer service.  Certificates and pins are available to purchase there.
  • How to Wear Adult Awards: An adult member should only wear one of the "lower" (non-board) awards in the 6-10 slot (below the location of the name tag) and one of the higher (board) awards up top where 13-16 is indicated (above the location of the name tag). Usually they choose the most recent or highest (occasionally they are earned out of order), whichever is more meaningful for them. Please note: All non-board awards (this includes GSHG awards and National awards not specifically indicated) would also go where 6-10 are indicated.  (Click here for an image.) 



troops on the move 


TOTM May 2012       

1.  Troop #30370 from Richmond Hill recently volunteered at the Helen's Haven 5K in Hinesville. Helen's Haven Children's Advocacy Center provides counseling services to abused children in six counties.  The girls assisted at the registration table, cheered for the runners, presented awards and helped clean up after the race. 


2.  Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors in Columbus learned about physics at a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) program at Columbus State University.


3.  Young Woman of Distinction Middle School Scholar and Silver Award recipient Ashleigh Proctor from Troop #27268 was recently crowned Miss Augusta's Outstanding Teen! She recently attended the Mayor's Master's (Golf Tournament) VIP Reception to welcome the out of town guests and to greet cooperate sponsors.


4.  The Marshes of Glynn Service Unit from the Brunswick area recently held a Centennial Festival at the Brunswick Exchange Club Fairgrounds.  It included an alumnae tea and a girl-led Girl Scout history museum. They had over 50 troops attend and together they raised over $300 for The Juliette Low World Friendship Fund.


5.  Girl Scouts in Macon recently released about 500 American Painted Lady butterflies into the forest at the Museum of Arts & Sciences to celebrate the Girl Scouts' 100-year Anniversary.


6.  The Cedar Service Unit in Richmond Hill held a father/daughter dance at the New Beginnings Community Church. 

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.  



alumnae on the move 



1.  About 70 ladies gathered at the Lanier Village Estates auditorium for a Girl Scout reunion where they told stories, sang songs and shared their Girl Scout memorabilia.

2.  Troop #88 gathered for a reunion at the Promises to Keep Breakfast in Athens, GA.

3.  Long time Girl Scout Clementi Holder received her Golden Eaglet pin at a recent Rotary Club meeting. 



All Council offices and shops will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.   


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