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Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Newsletter

September 2012


in this issue

:: first headquarters renovations

:: program opportunities

:: buy a brick

:: girl scouts forever green

:: new augusta service center

:: fall product program

:: child abuse and neglect

:: new website



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


Dear (Contact First Name),  

We hope that you had an enjoyable Labor Day and are now ready to kick start the brand new Girl Scout membership year on October 1st!  We'll continue to celebrate our 100th Anniversary and the Year of the Girl, and we have lots of great events taking place this fall throughout the Council.  We hope that you'll join us for one (or SOME) and definitely lots of fun!

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Staff

girl scout first headquarters
upcoming renovations

The shop located
FHQ within the Girl Scout First Headquarters building in Savannah will soon be getting a "make over!"  The transformation will take place over a period of two weeks (September 17-30) so the building will be closed during this timeframe.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.  We look forward to seeing you at the new and improved FHQ shop beginning October 1st!



program opportunitiesGirls Golf Clubs  

coming up soon 


Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia has lots of exciting events planned for girls this fall!  The Teen Leadership Conference will take place September 21-23 at Camp Tanglewood in Augusta and Girls' Golf Day will take place at numerous locations throughout the Council.  Get additional information about these events and more upcoming programs on our website calendar.  Just use the drop-down box to search by grade level.



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!  The building was formerly the carriage house for Juliette Low's adult home and it 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...



girl scouts forever green
100th anniversary take action project


Do your part to make the world a better place and join Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from around the world in celebration of our movement's positive impact on the planet.

 Forever Green Patch

See exactly how many people from GSHG have done their part here!

Take the Girl Scouts Forever Green Pledge! Then, take part in one of the three GSFG Take Action project ideas: Reduce Waste, Save Energy or Plant a Rain Garden.  Register your Forever Green project online here to receive a patch. After you have registered your project, contact Betsy Connell at to receive your patches.  Include brief details about the project you completed (including the date, location and number of girls who participated.)  Please also include your address, and we'll mail the patches to you. 

we're moving: update Box
new augusta service center


Last month, GSHG announced that our Augusta service center will soon be relocating to 508 Shartom Dr., Augusta, GA, 30907 in the Augusta Business Center.

However, there has been a slight change of schedule.  The current Augusta office will close Thursday, September 20, and we'll reopen for business at the new location on Monday, September 24.  We feel sure that our relocation will enhance our customer service so we can all more easily focus on our mission, to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.



Mailbox Tinfall product program

start-up funds for your troop


GSHG's Fall Product Program is almost here! This year's theme is "What Can a Girl Do?  Get Connected!"  Girls will learn money management skills and how to set and achieve goals, and they'll earn start-up funds for their troop for the new Girl Scout year.

Here are some important upcoming dates:

September 10-16: Troop training
September 17: Order taking begins 

November 7-9: Nuts/candy delivered to SUs
November 12-30: Nuts/candy delivered to Customers



child abuse and neglect
georgia expands mandated reporters


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. The law requires that mandated reporters, "having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been abused, shall report or cause reports of that abuse to be made."

The council will offer information and training to help staff and volunteers understand their role, be able to identify the warning signs of abuse and neglect, and understand the reporting process. You will receive more details about this law, the training and the reporting process at upcoming Service Unit meetings.

You can access the Child Protective Services fact sheet on child abuse and neglect here.

Want to learn more now? The Governor's Office for Children and Families (GOCF) sponsors a free, online training course, provided through ProSolutions Training, that details the law and its recent changes, discusses warning signs that can indicate if a child is being abused or neglected, and explains your role in reporting suspected child abuse. The hour long course can be accessed online here.



a new gshg.orgWebsite

online and on demand  


Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is excited to announce that we'll be launching our brand new website at in just a few weeks.  A clean new look and easier navigation will have you loving the new site as much as we do!

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.  Leader Kits are also available for $28.99 and include insignia tab, WAGGGS Pin, position pin, membership pin and your choice of one of the 18 Journey facilitator's guides.  Leader Kits also include a free 100th Anniversary tote bag!

         All Council shops will be closed for inventory September 26-28.



important info for volunteers


  • It's time to begin the process of choosing delegates for this year's annual meeting.  This month, service units should identify delegate candidates and submit names to their Membership Manager.  Voting will take place (via Survey Monkey online and paper ballots at Service Unit meetings) from October 8-November 9.  Votes will then be tallied and delegates will be notified in late November.
  • "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  A link will also be provided on the website for your convenience.
    October 4 at Burns Memorial UMC in Augusta at 6:00 pm
    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 16 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
  • 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 our training calendar here!
  • 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.



troops on the move 


TOTM September 2012 

1.  Girl Scout Daisy and Brownie Troop #12088 from Athens made 100 bags out of recycled t-shirts. They filled the bags with fun materials and activities and then donated them to the pediatric units at Athens Regional and St. Mary's hospitals in Athens!

2.  Girl Scout Senior and Ambassador Troop #30157 from Savannah used their profits from this year's Girl Scout Cookie program to take a cruise to the Bahamas this summer!  They visited Freeport and Nassau and had an amazing time.

3.  This summer, several members of Girl Scout Troop #13601 from Monroe spent some time visiting Savannah.  They attended the Centennial Camporee day camp on June 29 and earned the Girl Scout Ways and the Geocaching Council's Own badges.  They also earned the Coastal Georgia badge by completing the Marsh Ecology Walk at the Tybee Marine Science Center.  They finished their trip with a visit to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace and the Girl Scout First Headquarters.

4.  Girl Scout Troop #60403 from Milledgeville used part of their cookie proceeds to attend Scout Days at Wild Adventures theme park in Valdosta, GA.  The girls really enjoyed seeing all the animals; however, one Girl Scout got more than she bargained for when the giraffe drooled on her head! 

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.



Cookie Dough cards earned during the 2012 Cookie Program will expire on September 21, 2012!


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