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The cookies our girls worked so hard to sell for the council’s Mountain of Hope project are getting into the hands of our troops. A little at a time, more than 9,000 boxes are being distributed to members of the army and air national guards. Photos from a distribution in Tullahoma, Tennessee are below.

Barbara Sanders of the Tennessee National Guard writes:

We are so grateful for people and organizations that take the time to go out of their way to support the military. The amount of cookies that were bought in supportof the us is outstanding. Thanks again for all your efforts and support!

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Home Federal Bank Names Barbara Hatcher as Hometown Hero

Bank donates $2,500 in Hatcher’s name to Girl Scouts

Home Federal Bank Executive Vice President Debra Smith (from left) and President Dale Keasling name Barbara Hatcher a 2013 Hometown Hero at a ceremony at the bank’s Maryville branch May 1. Wyatt designated her $2,500 award to Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, and CEO Booth Kammann and service unit coordinator Melissa Trimble accepted the funds on the organization’s behalf.

Home Federal Bank named Barbara Hatcher a 2013 Hometown Hero and presented a check for $2,500 in her name to Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians at a ceremony held at the Home Federal Bank Maryville branch on Wednesday, May 1.

Now in its third year, the Hometown Heroes program spotlights ordinary people who do extraordinary things for others and their community. The public submitted dozens of nominations and ten winners were selected for their extraordinary volunteer work in the community.

A $2,500 donation is made in each honoree’s name to the nonprofit of his or her choice, and an overall winner of the ten finalists will have an additional $2,500 donation made in his or her name.

“There are so many great people that selflessly do an incredible amount of good for our community and never get the credit they deserve,” said Home Federal Bank President Dale Keasling. “People like Barbara Hatcher, whose volunteer efforts help people in our community every day, exemplify what it means to be a Hometown Hero.”

A seasoned Girl Scout leader, Hatcher leads her own troop and manages the Little River Service Unit, overseeing the volunteer troop leaders of Blount County and the 530 girls and young women in the program. As manager, she handles communications as well as the development of both the programs and the leaders for the Blount County area and coordinates with the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians.  Passionate about Scouting, she recognizes the positive impact it can have and works hard to keep the troops active and engaged in the Blount County community.

“We are happy to honor these Hometown Heroes,” said Keasling. “And we are pleased to support these programs that do such great things for our neighbors throughout the year.”

Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians CEO Booth Kammann and service unit coordinator Melissa Trimble accepted the award on behalf of the organization.

About Home Federal Bank

Home Federal Bank is a locally-owned, full-service bank serving East Tennesseans through branches in Knox, Anderson, Blount and Sevier counties. For more information, visit

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Girl Scout Volunteer Appreciation Week

Girl Scouts is kicking off Volunteer Appreciation Week by thanking all of our volunteers for volunteering for girls. Without a paycheck and without any fanfare, Girl Scout volunteers devote themselves to girl leadership. They put in long hours, stay patient as girls lead their own activities, and bring fun and spirit to everything girls do. Girl Scout volunteers are making a difference in the world, one girl at a time.

Volunteer Appreciation Week is set aside especially for volunteers. Girl Scouts pay tribute to the volunteers who help girls make the world a better place.

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Council announces exciting new troop option to make volunteering easier

We’re sharing exciting news for troops and volunteers. Be sure to watch this video to learn the whole story from our staff.

Leading a troop may be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, but sometimes it can be overwhelming. In fact, some would-be volunteers are too intimidated to even step forward to lead.

But that’s all about to change.

Several of our troops have had success with a “troop team” model that spreads the responsibility for leading a troop among a core team of volunteers. In this new model, no single person must carry a huge burden for the troop. Instead, many volunteers play unique roles to make the troop a success. In most cases, the troop is large or multi-grade-levels, with girls taking leadership roles.

The best part? Girls, parents, and volunteers in troop teams are happy. Things seem to naturally click into place!

What does a troop team look like?

Because volunteers in troop teams have smaller, well defined roles, training is easier. Each volunteer has her or his own set of training and resources that are easy to access. Most training will be online.  No one is overwhelmed, because everyone is working for the girls.

What’s next?

The council isn’t changing every existing troop to a team troop, but we do want to give you the opportunity to try the new concept. A council representative will contact you and give you the option to switch, but there is no pressure from us.

Moving forward, the council will use troop teams when we recruit new troops. We are currently updating training that will support the team. If you want to support this work, let us know.

We are so thankful for our creative volunteers who try new things and share their ideas.

Learn more!

You may download the team position agreement.

You may also watch a video of a successful troop team from the United Way of Greater Chattanooga.


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Early Bird Registration 2013-2014

Early Bird re-registration for the 2013-2014 year in Girl Scouts is underway!

This flyer explains the incentives for girls, adults, and troops who register between April 1 and June 24. The registration form should be mailed, faxed or dropped off to any council service center along with your registration confirmation email from the eBiz website or your 2014 paper registration forms. Let us know if you have questions and remember, the Early Bird catches the worm…or patch!

OR download these writable pdf forms. (Save the file to your computer first, then complete the form.)
Girl Membership Form 2014
Adult Membership Form 2014
Membership Dues Summary 2014

Membresía para niñas en Español
Membresía para adultos en Español
Resumen del registro de membresías en Español





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Girl Scout Week and Worship Flyers

March 12 commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the first troop in Savannah, Georgia. This year is our 101th birthday!

We celebrate our birthday during Girl Scout Week, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on Saturday. This weeklong celebration allows members of all faiths to celebrate on their chosen day of worship.

This year’s Girl Scout week is March 10 – 16.

The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians has created a flyer that can be distributed in worship bulletins, printed out double-sided and then cut and handed out as stand-alone flyers, shared through an electronic newsletter, or shown as part of an A/V presentation.

Click here for a printable version of the flyer. In the Girl Scout spirit of conservation, we are allowing each troop to print its own flyers, rather than ordering large quantities that are difficult to distribute and might go to waste. This flyer is a two-sided half sheet of paper.

Beyond distributing flyers, girls are encouraged to take an active role at their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. If a place of worship is the troop sponsor, girls may want to volunteer to perform a service such as greeting, ushering, or doing a flag ceremony.


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Girl Scouts create cookie caravans for National Girl Scout Cookie Day

Knoxville, TN (February 8, 2013)— February 8 is National Girl Scout Cookie Day. Girls are asking cookie lovers to buy or order more boxes in honor of their success in running the largest girl-led business enterprise in the world. Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians troops earned more than a million dollars for their troop treasuries in 2012.

The Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians will be taking orders in person through February 10 and online reservations at

Free Cookie Locations
Cookie fans are invited to stop by the Girl Scout offices in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Johnson City between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for free cookie samples.

Cookie Caravans
Home schooled Girl Scouts will hit the road in decorated cookie caravans to honor community heroes with milk and cookie parties. The caravans will make special deliveries to area blood centers, police departments, firefighters, EMS workers, Meals on Wheels recipients, and animal adoption centers.

Follow the fun on or on Twitter (@GirlScoutCSA). Girl Scouts will be posting photos from stops along the caravans. We also invite people who don’t know Girl Scouts to visit as a way to reserve cookies.

Why the cookie program matters
The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls build skills for life. According to a survey from the Girl Scout Research Institute, 85 percent of Girl Scout “cookie entrepreneurs” learn money management by developing budgets, taking cookie orders, and handling customers’ money. Eighty-three percent build business ethics; 80 percent learn goal setting; 77 percent improve decision making; and 75 percent develop people skills.

All the revenue earned from cookie activities—every penny after paying the baker—stays with the local Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians.

About the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians covers 46 counties from Southwest Virginia, through all of East Tennessee, and into North Georgia with the support of United Way and Community Chest organizations. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

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