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Girl Scout Week and Worship Flyers 2014

March 12 commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the first troop in Savannah, Georgia. This year is our 102th 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 9 – 15.

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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It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!

Knoxville, TN (January 7, 2014): Make an exception to your New Year’s resolutions for the annual Girl Scouts cookie sale. On January 10, Thin Mints, Samoas, and six other mouth-watering cookies are back, as the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians launches its annual cookie program.

Girls in 46 counties throughout East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and Northwest Georgia will begin taking orders January 10. For more information on the sale, go to IWantCookies.org. Through this site, customers can learn more about how to get cookies and will also have information on booth locations once they begin in February.

Troops have spent months preparing for the sale, and every penny earned stays within the council area. Girls use their profits to fund educational activities, trips, community service projects, and more. The council’s proceeds provide essential services to girls and volunteers. But the council wants cookie buyers to know that their purchase helps accomplish so much more. The girls benefit through the learning of five very key life skills through the sale: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and the art of communicating with people.

“Girl Scout Cookies are a special treat that people of all ages look forward to each year but there’s just so much more than that,” said council CEO Booth Kammann. “Every box of cookies a girl sells is an investment in her future and that’s the real takeaway from the sale. The girls are learning critical skills that they will take with them as the endeavor into life.”

All booth sales in front of local businesses are February 28 through March 23. Booth sale cookie varieties will be limited to the council’s “Top 6” best sellers, and this year, boxes will be $4.00 per. New this year, girls are giving customers the opportunity to support Girl Scouting and the U. S. military through Operation: APPRECIATION. Girls are on a mission to sell 20,000 boxes of cookies to donate directly to the armed forces in appreciation for their service. “This is a wonderful opportunity for people who may not want to eat cookies to support both our girls and our service men and women,” said Kammann.

Girl Scouts will take pre-orders January 10 through February 10. For more information, visit girlscoutcsa.org or call 1-800-474-1912.

About the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians’ mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The council serves more than 15,000 girl and adult members in 46 counties stretching from Southwest Virginia, through East Tennessee, and into Northwest Georgia. In 2013, GSCSA’s girls and troops earned over $1 million for troop use and projects within its communities via the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

 

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Food pantry clients to get a Girl Scout cookie surprise

Knoxville, Tenn. (June 27, 2013): The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians’ cookie sale ended with thousands of boxes to spare. Almost 10,000 unsold boxes have been donated to food banks across the region. This large-scale donation was made possible thanks to Pilot Flying J’s support of the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

“We appreciate Pilot Flying J’s support so much,” said Booth Kammann, GSCSA’s Chief Executive Officer. “Pilot Flying J covered the cost of the unsold boxes on behalf of the Girl Scouts in order to make the donation a win-win for the organization and the food bank recipients.”

A donation of 5,100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies was delivered to the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee warehouse in Maryville, Tenn., on July 27. Pictured from left to right: Pilot Flying J Communications Manager Anne LeZotte; Second Harvest Food Bank Executive Director Elaine Streno; and Suzette Lacy, CFO for the Girl Scout Council of Southern Appalachia.

Second Harvest of East Tennessee received 5,100 boxes, the Chattanooga Food Bank received 1,200 boxes, and Second Harvest of Northeast Tennessee has received 1,850 boxes.

“Pilot Flying J is proud to support the Girl Scout Cookie Program in East Tennessee,”said Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam. “This program teaches valuable skills and builds the confidence of young girls in our community, and it’s now making an even bigger impact by providing for those in need through area food banks. The Pilot Flying J family of employees applauds the Girl Scouts for making a difference in East Tennessee.”

Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls learn five key skills for life: goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

 

About the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians…
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians has almost 17,000 members and covers a jurisdiction stretching from Southwest Virginia, through all of East Tennessee, and into North Georgia. The Girl Scout Mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

 

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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 http://www.homefederalbanktn.com.

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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 IWantCookies.org.

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 facebook.com/GSCSA 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 IWantCookies.org 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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Connecticut Trefoil Project: Reach out to school shooting survivors and victims’ families

Our deepest sympathies go out to all the victims of the devastating school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Eight Daisy Girl Scouts and two boys from Girl Scout families lost their lives.

Girl Scouts of the USA’s CEO Anna Maria Chávez writes:

I know that all of us stand with our sisters at Girl Scouts of Connecticut as they endure with courage and strength this unspeakable tragedy, and I am heartened by the fact that we are developing girls who will lead our society to solutions and approaches that will prevent such tragedies in the decades ahead.

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Your girl may reach out to victims’ families and Girl Scout survivors through the Connecticut Trefoil Project. First, get a piece of paper shaped as a trefoil. (Download a pattern here.) Next, let your Girl Scout write her thoughts, prayers, poems, or words of encouragement on the trefoil.

Mail the trefoil to:
Girl Scouts of Connecticut Office
Trefoil Project
340 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Your Girl Scout’s trefoil will be presented at a Girl Scout memorial service in mid-January. A statement on Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s website thanks everyone for showing support during this “especially trying time.”

 

Resources for Parents

American Red Cross
“Recovering Emotionally”

National Association of School Psychologists
“Talking to Children About Violence”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
“Tips for Talking to Children and Youth after Traumatic Events.”

 

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Anna Maria Chávez speaks about the Connecticut tragedy

Dear Girl Scouts,

I write to all of you with a heavy heart. Indeed, words cannot express the sorrow I feel over the loss of life as a result of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. I, like everyone across the country and around the world, was shocked by the terrible tragedy and have grieved for the children and educators who lost their lives, and for the entire Newtown community.

On Sunday, I learned that eight of the twelve girls who died were Girl Scouts and that two Girl Scout families lost sons. The girls were Girl Scout Daisies who wore their uniforms proudly. The loss of any child brings with it an especially hollowing pain; to know that all of us in our Movement shared with those girls a love of Girl Scouting makes it all the more personal—and heartbreaking. Yet I know that all of us stand with our sisters at Girl Scouts of Connecticut as they endure with courage and strength this unspeakable tragedy, and I am heartened by the fact that we are developing girls who will lead our society to solutions and approaches that will prevent such tragedies in the decades ahead.

So we forge ahead, now more than ever committed to our mission of serving girls, and we do so even as we mourn this devastating and unfathomable loss. May those who perished and their families always remain in our thoughts and prayers, especially as we gather with our own families during this holiday season.

Sincerely,

Anna Maria Chávez
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA

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History Volunteers Honored

On 12/5, 25 council volunteers were honored during a special luncheon at the Knoxville Service Center and presented with the GSUSA History Pin. This pin is special and cannot be purchased, but instead is awarded by GSUSA to volunteers who are working to preserve the legacy of Girl Scouts. GSCSA is very fortunate to have dedicated volunteers who provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to our girls via the Girl Scout Museum at Daisy’s Place and through the “wheelie” programs. Many of these volunteers also work tirelessly to archive the history of Girl Scouting in our area. They even sponsored a special Juliette Gordon Low birthday party this year, which was a hit with all the girls who participated. These women are great examples of the many different ways you can engage as a volunteer with Girl Scouts.

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