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Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Newsletter

October 2012


in this issue

:: new website

:: tate wins leadership award

:: early bird patch contest

:: world thinking day

:: centennial coin

:: epic conference

:: program aides

:: buy a brick

:: fall product program



You are receiving this email because you or your daughter are a member of or affiliated with Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.


Welcome to a brand new year of Girl Scouting!  The 2012-2013 Membership Year officially began on October 1st.  Let's make it the best year ever!

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Staff

a new New Website Screenshot

online and on demand  


Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is excited to announce that we've launched our brand new website!  It has a clean new look, improved search function, photo galleries and additional content not available on the old site.  Visit the site and do some exploring at



tate wins leadership award  

an outstanding girl scout 


Girl Scout Ambassador Kalinfrom Columbus Kalin Tate recently attended Margie Harvey's "Girls Who Rule the World" retreat in Atlanta.  Margie Harvey is married to Steve Harvey (Family Feud, Steve Harvey show, author.)


Kalin was one of just 100 girls chosen from the state of Georgia to attend this event, and while there, she was presented with the Overall Leadership Award!  As part of this honor, Kalin received a camcorder, iPad and two gift cards!


Kalin was selected to attend the Girl Scout Leadership Institute in Houston last November and currently serves on the girl planning committee for GSHG's Teen Leadership Conferences.  Congratulations Kalin!



2014 Early Bird Patch Contest
submit your artwork!
Early Bird Design 2013


All girls are invited to enter their drawing submission for the 2014 Early Bird Patch Design Contest.  We will use the winning design to create the 2014 Early Bird theme!  All submissions are due to Christina Smith by December 1st.  Please mail to 185 Newton Bridge Road, Athens, GA 30607.  



world thinking day 2013
fund it with a publix grant
Thinking Day 2013

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.  Thanks to a generous grant from Publix, Service Units may request up to $750 of grant money to help fund their Thinking Day event. To apply for the grant, please turn in your SU's application, event budget, event outline and event flyer to Betsy Connell at by November 16.

Criteria includes:

  • The Service Unit's 2013 Thinking Day event will be open to any girl in the council who wishes to attend
  • The council may advertise the event on the GSHG website.
  • The Service Unit has a council-trained SU Event Director involved in planning
  • Service Unit will receive the funding after receipts for money spent and photos or videos of our event are turned in to Betsy Connell.
  • All receipts for money spent must be turned into the council office by February 28, 2013 in order to receive reimbursement.



centennial coin  Coin

design revealed

Designs for the 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar were recently unveiled by National President Connie L. Lindsey and Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chávez.  The commemorative coin, authorized by Public Law 111-86, honors our 100th Anniversary and the achievements of the 59 million women across the nation whose lives have been influenced by Girl Scouting. This is the first time the United States Mint has produced a commemorative coin dedicated to a girls' organization.

As authorized, the United States Mint will produce up to 350,000 coins in 90 percent silver. The legal tender coin, which will have a face value of $1, will be available in both proof and uncirculated qualities. Surcharges collected from coin sales are authorized to be paid to GSUSA for Girl Scout program development and delivery. The United States Mint expects the coins to be available for purchase early in 2013.

epic conference EPiC
entrepreneurial pathway conference

Girl Scouts in grades 8-10 are invited to apply to participate in GSHG's 2nd Annual Entrepreneurial Pathway Conference (EPiC!)  The event will take place at Camp Concharty December 14-16, 2012, and the cost is $10.  Girls will learn how to interview, write a marketing plan and a resume, network, increase their cookie sales and more!  Deadline for applications is November 16, 2012.  For more information, please contact Christy Cooper, Product Sales Manager, at or 706-548-7297.



girl scout program aides
new information   
Program Aide Pin


The Girl Scout Program Aide requirements have recently been updated, and we want everyone to be aware of these changes.

When Girl Scout Cadettes are ready to step up to the next level of leadership, they may choose to become Program Aides.  Program Aides, or PA's, are girls who assist with the planning and implementation of Girl Scout program in every pathway, from troop to service unit to camp. They do this work with Girl Scout Brownies and Daisies.  

In order to become a PA, a girl must complete these steps:

1. Earn one LIA (Leadership in Action) award.
2. Complete a council-designed leadership training course for PA's.
3. Work directly with girls over six activity sessions.

More information can be found on page 30 of the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for Cadettes.  The LIA award requirements are found in the Cadette Journey books - there is one LIA award for each Cadette Journey.   

No PA trainings are currently scheduled for fall, but there will be some in the spring.  Meanwhile, Cadettes who wish to be Program Aides can work on their LIA Awards so they'll be ready to take PA training when it is offered.

Questions?  Contact Betsy Connell at



make your mark on history
buy a brick

Time is running out to purchase a brick at the Girl Scout First Headquarters building in Savannah!

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... 



Mailbox Tinfall product program

start-up funds for your troop


Order taking is under way for GSHG's Fall Product Program! This year's theme is "What Can a Girl Do?  Get Connected!"  Girls are learning money management skills, how to set and achieve goals, and they'll earn start-up funds for their troop for the new Girl Scout year.
Nuts and candy product will be delivered to Service Units November 7-9, and products should be delivered to customers November 12-30.

Please note: In light of the current peanut butter recall, Ashdon Farms, the company that produces our nut and candy product, has released the following statement:

"Ashdon Farms products are not impacted by the current ongoing recall of peanut butter, nut butters, and related items currently being conducted in connection with product from Sunland, Inc.  As you may be aware, there is a growing number of product recalls associated with peanut butter and other nut butters produced by Sunland, Inc., including a large number of products that used nut butters provided by Sunland as ingredients.  Ashdon Farms does not use Sunland as a supplier and therefore has no involvement in the recall."  



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Fall 2012 Catalog    council shop updates

·         The new virtual catalog for Fall 2012 is available on the GSHG website here.

·         Great Start Kits for girls are available again starting at $54 for sash kits.

·         All girl Journey books and adult guides, all levels of The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, and all Skill-Building Activity Badge sets are available in Braille. At this time, through a generous donation, the books may be ordered at no cost.  Please order these resources for girls who will use them or to stock reference libraries. Councils, volunteers, and girls can place orders directly with the American Printing House for the Blind by phone (best method) at 800-223-1839 x276, via fax at 502-899-2284 or online here.  When calling or faxing, please ask for/reference Doug Trent.  Shipping is free to legally sight-impaired customers.  Customers will receive books 2-3 weeks from time of order.

  • Each year, Girl Scouts celebrate our Founder Juliette Gordon Low's birthday at the end of October.  (Her birthday was October 31 - on Halloween!)  Stock up on birthday party supplies at your local Council shop today. 



important info for volunteers


  • "Your Council, Your Voice": GSHG will be holding Town Hall meetings this fall for parents and volunteers.  It's your opportunity to help shape our future.  RSVP to attend your Town Hall at  Upcoming meetings:
    October 11 at Middle Georgia Tech College (Building A) in Warner Robins at 6:00 pm
    October 15 at First Baptist Church in Gainesville at 6:00 pm
    October 18 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Savannah at 6:00 pm
    October 20 at Columbus Library in Columbus at 11:00 am
    November 15 at St. James Lutheran Church in Brunswick at 6:30 pm
    November 17 at Victory Baptist Church in Tifton at 10:00 am
  • In order to fully support our new leaders, we have started offering Grade Level training. However, we need more facilitators for this topic - please help us by volunteering in this role or by helping to identify leads. If you know of an experienced or retired leader who would make a great candidate, please share their contact info with your Volunteer Management representative. (Volunteers will need to take Facilitating Adult Learning and co-train Grade-level several times in order to become qualified.)
    The ideal candidate would:
    *  Be enthusiastic and have a positive attitude.
    *  Be an approved volunteer in good standing.
    *  Demonstrate professionalism and leadership to adult members of Girl Scouting.
    *  Be or become familiar with and utilize current Girl Scouts program resources.
    *  Ensure that all GSUSA and Council policies and guidelines are followed.
  • GSHG has many wonderful volunteer training opportunities at ETC (Extreme Team Conference), LEAP (Leadership Experience for Adult Pathways) and GYK (Grow Your Knowledge.) For dates, locations and additional information regarding these upcoming trainings, view the Volunteer Training section of our website calendar.  New leaders may participate in our monthly teleconferences.  "Leadership Skills" will take place October 30th at noon and 6:00 pm.  Please dial 1-877-669-3239 and use pass code 23014986.
  • Amerigroup will reimburse GSHG for the $12 membership fee as well as $7.48 for program materials (the Journey book) for any of its girl members who join Girl Scouts. If any girls in your troop or recruitment are Amerigroup members, please fill out the Amerigroup form and attach it to their membership registration.
  • Effective July 1, 2012, Georgia law has expanded the list of people mandated (law-bound) to report suspected child abuse or neglect. All child service organization personnel (both employees and volunteers) are now mandated reporters.  Our highest priority is the safety of our members. Reporting suspected child abuse is the right thing to do. Failure to report within 24 hours may result in a criminal misdemeanor charge against you and/or action by GSHG.  More information here... 



troops on the move 


TOTM October 2012   

1.  Girl Scout Daisy Troop #30220 from Brunswick recently visited Jekyll Island.  The girls set out to clean the beach, each of them gathering a full bag of trash off the coastline.  While visiting, the girls learned about seine fishing, and they explored the sea life that they discovered in the net.

2.  Girl Scouts in Camden County participated in a star gazing event at their local recreational center.  Seven volunteers from the Northeast Florida Astronomical Society brought their equipment and helped girls view the moon, double stars and see a night tour of the sky.

3.  As part of their Junior Journey project, Girl Scout Juniors from Troop #50105 of the Albany area planted trees at the church where they have their troop meetings.  They visited the nursery, picked out the trees and planted three Crepe Myrtles.

4.  The Greenbrier-Harlem Service Unit in Augusta hosted a Pal Pool Party at Camp Tanglewood at the end of August.  Over 170 girls had a great time swimming and eating snow cones and popcorn.  

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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