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Early Bird Registration

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 now 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!

 

 

 

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Annual Meeting Postponed

Recently, we announced with deep sadness that Gail Maupin passed away unexpectedly on Monday afternoon. Gail worked for Girl Scouts for over 27 years in almost every possible role, but most recently served as the council’s Director of Product, Retail, and Council Enterprise System (CES). She was based in our Johnson City Service Center and was beloved by council staff, volunteers, and countless other people within the community.

Out of respect for our staff and the hundreds of volunteers Gail impacted, who are now grieving her loss, we are postponing the council’s Annual Meeting until Saturday, July 14. We recognize this date is during the summer, and that unfortunately some people will have conflicts due to vacations or other events. We also want to ensure our volunteers receive the recognition they deserve, and do not wish to further delay the business that occurs at the Annual Meeting.

Please note the following details regarding this date change:

  • We will be reposting the Annual Meeting with the new date on our website. If you are already registered for this Saturday, you will need to re-register for the new date. We are not able to transfer event registrations, and also cannot assume that the July date works for all current attendees.
  • If you made hotel reservations at the Marriott in Knoxville for this Friday night, they need to be cancelled by 6:00PM on Friday and/or moved to the new date.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility during this difficult time. Click here for more information on Gail Maupin’s legacy. This page will be updated with information as it becomes available to us.

We look forward to honoring our volunteers and celebrating together on July 14!

 

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City of LaFollette, Tenn. recognizes 100 years of Girl Scouts and proclaims 2012 “The Year of the Girl”

On Feb. 29, Mayor Mike Stanfield met with Girl Scout Troop 20127 and Ms. Von Wilson and Mishonda Monday from Troop 20208 to present them with the proclamation that declared 2012 “The Year of the Girl.”

In 2010, Troop 20127 met Mayor Stanfield and Officer Glennis Monday at Sgt. Park for a different reason.  The girls cleaned up the park, which is now used every day by many of LaFollette’s citizens.

Mishonda Monday is a Gold Award recipient for 2012, which is the highest award that a Girl Scout can receive.

Abby Green, Ally Greene, Kassie Scarborough, Katelyn Scarborough and Rachel Stiner are all Silver Award recipients for 2012, which is the second highest award that a Girl Scout can receive.

About The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians serves nearly 20,000 girl and adult members stretching from North Georgia to Southwest Virginia. Service centers are located in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Johnson City.

For more information on the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, visit www.GirlScoutcsa.org.

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Loss of a Beloved Employee

Updated Information:
We have recently been notified of the arrangements for Gail Maupin. Visitation is tomorrow (Thursday, 4/19) at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home in Jonesborough, TN from 6:00-8:00 pm followed by a service.  The address is 418 West College Street, Jonesborough, TN 37659. For any additional information you might need please go to http://dillow-taylor.com.

A graveside service will be held on Friday. The time has not yet been finalized but we will publish that information when it becomes available.

All of our service centers will be closed tomorrow (Thursday, 4/19). Johnson City will also be closed Friday; Chattanooga and Knoxville will be open.

Thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time.

It is with deep sadness that I inform you that Gail Maupin passed away unexpectedly yesterday afternoon. Most recently, Gail served as the council’s Director of Product, Retail, and Council Enterprise System (CES) and was based in our Johnson City Service Center.

Gail worked for Girl Scouts for over 27 years, in almost every role possible from membership, in the shop, as a registrar for resident camp and reservations, and even as the IT specialist in the legacy Appalachians office. She was an amazing wealth of Girl Scouts history and knowledge, and held a deep understanding of how all the pieces in our organization fit together to fulfill our mission. Her colleagues that knew her the longest reflect fondly on her love of Girl Scouts, particularly our cookie program, and the way she “lived and breathed” Girl Scouting. She embraced learning and implemented what she learned to make her work stronger. Gail placed others’ needs before her own, and always greeted everyone with a smile, joke or friendly word. Her advice was always valued; her attitude always appreciated.

We do not have further details to offer at this time, but will release pertinent information as it becomes available. Gail was a strong woman who loved her family, and we ask that you please keep the Maupin family in your thoughts and prayers during this tragedy.

Gail embodied so much of what Girl Scouting stands for, and the loss we feel is immeasurable. Our service centers and call center will be closed today (Tuesday, April 17). Thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Booth

Booth Kammann
CEO, Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians

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Girl Scouts set to “rock out” World’s Fair Park

Knoxville, Tenn. – On Saturday, April 28, hundreds of Girl Scouts from the Southern Appalachians region are expected to “rock out” World’s Fair Park when they attend the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Knoxville Sing-Along. The event, produced by Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians (GSCSA), is scheduled to take place on April 28 from noon to 4 p.m.

The event is open to the public, regardless of any current or past involvement with Girl Scouts. All members of the community are welcome to come join in a day full of family-friendly fun for all ages.

So, what’s a Sing-Along? It’s a casual gathering for group singing; and it’s a favorite pastime of Girl Scouts everywhere. In fact, since the Girl Scout movement was founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912, girls have used singing to celebrate friendship and their commitment to girls’ leadership.

This particular Sing-Along will feature Girl Scout “Songstress” Melinda Caroll, a composer, producer, performer, recording artist and lifetime Girl Scouts member. She has been the inspirational creative force behind music for Girl Scouts since 1989.

The Sing-Along will feature songs that anyone who sang campfire songs as a child will remember. In addition to music, the event will include inflatables, face painting, games, magic, crafts and concessions.

“We celebrated the Girl Scouts organization’s 100th anniversary on March 12, and we have several events planned over the next few months to keep the excitement high,” said Booth Kammann, CEO of GSCSA. “A Sing-Along is a perfect way for our girls to celebrate entering the next century of Girl Scouting.”

Pre-registration is requested and is available online at http://www.girlscoutcsa.org/events/225. Tickets for the event are $10 per person through pre-registration and $15 at the gate. Children ages four and under will be admitted free.

The event is sponsored in part by B97.5, Knoxville News Sentinel, Pilot Travel Centers and First Tennessee.

The media is invited to attend. If you are interested in setting up interviews and/or attending the event, please contact Sarah Pope at spope@ackermannpr.com or (865) 584-0550 (office).

Visit www.GirlScoutcsa.org to learn more about this event and the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting.

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About Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians serves nearly 20,000 girl and adult members stretching from North Georgia to Southwest Virginia. Service centers are located in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Johnson City. The organization’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The council offers financial assistance to ensure that every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout has the opportunity to join this vibrant organization.

Melinda Caroll

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Cities of Rockwood, Kingston recognize 100 years of Girl Scouts and proclaim 2012 “The Year of the Girl”

Kingston, Tenn. –  On February 27, 2012, City of Rockwood Mayor James Watts presented an official proclamation to Roane County Girl Scout Troop 20494.

Additionally, On March 13, 2012, City of Kingston Mayor Troy Beets presented an official proclamation to Roane County Girl Scout Troops 20092, 20489 and 21168.

Watts and Beets both recognized the remarkable milestone of the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary and proclaimed 2012 “The Year of the Girl.” The organization’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

On March 12, 2012, Girl Scouts of the USA celebrated its 100th Anniversary. On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga. made a historic telephone call to a distant cousin saying, “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!”

That phone call was a precursor to the meeting that Low (affectionately called “Daisy” by family and friends) held that evening when 18 girls gathered to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. The name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts the following year.

Girl Scouts of the USA now has a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults and more than 50 million women in the United States today are Girl Scout alumnae.

Girls in grades K-12 are invited to join a local troop and adults are encouraged to volunteer. Troop leaders engage girls in discovering self, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. Registration is $12 per year, and the Council offers financial assistance to ensure that every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout has the opportunity to join this vibrant organization. To get involved or for more information, call 1-800-474-1912 or e-mail css@girlscoutcsa.org.

Visit www.GirlScoutcsa.org to learn more about the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting and how the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians will celebrate this year.

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About The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians serves nearly 20,000 girl and adult members stretching from North Georgia to Southwest Virginia. Service centers are located in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Johnson City.

City of Kingston Proclaims "100 Years of Girl Scouts"

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City of Norris, Tenn. recognizes 100 years of Girl Scouts and proclaims 2012 “The Year of the Girl”

(Norris, Tenn.) – On March 12, 2012, Norris, Tenn. City Council presented and voted unanimously to recognize 100 years of the Girl Scouts organization and to proclaim 2012 “The Year of the Girl.”

City Council presented Troops 20502, 20167 and 20768 of the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians with an official proclamation to recognize this remarkable milestone.

Additionally, several members of these Girl Scout troops assisted in the service of worship at Norris United Methodist Church on March 11, 2012 for “Girl Scout Sunday.”  They served as greeters, ushers and read the scripture. Following the service, they hosted a Cookie Fellowship and served Girl Scout cookies.

On March 12, 2012, Girl Scouts of the USA celebrated its 100th Anniversary. On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga. made a historic telephone call to a distant cousin saying, “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!”

That phone call was a precursor to the meeting that Low (affectionately called “Daisy” by family and friends) held that evening when 18 girls gathered to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. The name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts the following year.

Girl Scouts of the USA now has a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults and more than 50 million women in the United States today are Girl Scout alumnae.

 Girls in grades K-12 are invited to join a local troop and adults are encouraged to volunteer. Troop leaders engage girls in discovering self, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. Registration is $12 per year, and the Council offers financial assistance to ensure that every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout has the opportunity to join this vibrant organization. To get involved or for more information, call 1-800-474-1912 or e-mail css@girlscoutcsa.org.

Visit www.GirlScoutcsa.org to learn more about the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting and how the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians will celebrate this year.

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About The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians serves nearly 20,000 girl and adult members stretching from North Georgia to Southwest Virginia. Service centers are located in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Johnson City.

Presenting of Proclamation. Front row: Troop 20768 Brownies Hayley Anderson, Karanna Bailey, Ally Perry, Ashlynn Wilson and Jessica Wilson. (Their leaders are Laura Butts and April Perry.) Second row: Troop 20167 Junior Carly Ryan, Troop 20502 Cadettes Mariah Dodge, Masheala Dodge, Dara Koeut, Allison Mohrman, Rachel Ryan and Diana Scarbrough. (Their leaders are Terri Ryan and Samantha Sheehy.) Back row: Councilman Tommy Mariner, Mayor Chris Mitchell, Councilman Jack Black, and Councilwoman Loy Johnson. Girl Scout Sunday. From L to R: Rachel Ryan (Cadette), Carly Ryan, and Payton Campbell (Juniors), ready to serve cookies to the parishioners.

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Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians team up to celebrate “100 Years of Girl Scouts”

(Oak Ridge, Tenn.) – On Saturday, March 24, the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge (CMOR) and the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians (GSCSA) will partner to host “Celebrate 100 Years of Girl Scouts” in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in America. The celebration will be held from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

The March 24 event will include stage presentations, Girl Scout activities throughout the museum, lunch and viewing of the new Girl Scout exhibit. Kathryn D. Sullivan, renowned astronaut, former Girl Scout and current assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction, and deputy administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will be the guest speaker.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts,” said Booth Kammann, the CEO of GSCSA. “We hope this event will strengthen our current Girl Scouts’ passions and educate them about Girl Scouting throughout history. And we hope our alumnae in attendance will reminisce about their meaningful, incomparable experiences as Girl Scouts.”

“The Children’s Museum is very happy to partner with the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians for the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting. Girl Scouting has long been an integral part of Children’s Museum, beginning with Senior Troop 69, which first started the museum,” said Mary Ann Damos, executive director of the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. “I am also proud to include the unveiling of a Girl Scout exhibit during the celebration, which will be very special and close to the hearts of Girl Scouts of every age.” 

The Girl Scout organization has a very special and unique history in Oak Ridge, the “Secret City.” The very first Oak Ridge Girl Scout troop was formed by Elsie Novy (Atkins) during WWII after she received permission from the United States Army. Decades later, Oak Ridger Joyce Maienschein’s Girl Scout Troop 69 founded the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. The aforementioned exhibit of Maienschein’s Girl Scout collection will also include memorabilia from Elsie Novy (Atkins).

The schedule for the event is as follows:

  • 10:15 a.m.:
    Formal stage program in the CMOR gym area
     
  • 12-2:30 p.m.:
    Lunch available by pre-registration, or brown bag
     
  • Noon–3:45 p.m.:
    Girl Scout hands-on activities throughout the museum
     
  • 3:45 p.m.:
    Closing ceremony

Registration is full for the event, but the media is invited to attend. If you are interested in setting up interviews and/or attending the event, please contact Sarah Pope at spope@ackermannpr.com or (865) 584-0550.

Visit www.GirlScoutcsa.org to learn more about this event and the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting.

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About Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians serves nearly 20,000 girl and adult members stretching from North Georgia to Southwest Virginia. Service centers are located in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Johnson City. The organization’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The council offers financial assistance to ensure that every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout has the opportunity to join this vibrant organization.

About the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge
Founded in 1973, the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge is a multi-faceted hands-on cultural center for children and adults, serving families and school systems in the city of Oak Ridge, the counties of Anderson, Roane, Morgan, Scott, Union, and the East Tennessee region. It is housed in a 54,000-square-foot renovated 1940s school building built during the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge and contains 20,000 artifacts in its collection. Young people of all ages and their families are introduced to history, the arts, environmental science and cultural studies through in-depth hands-on classes, interactive exhibitions, and the performing arts through music, storytelling and dance presented as special events throughout the year and at annual festivals.

Current Girl Scouts in vintage uniforms

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Council to Get Upgraded New System

Over the course of the past six months, we’ve heard your concerns and frustration regarding the GSCSA phone system. Dropped calls, disappearing voice mail messages, and the inability to get a “live” person have made it understandably difficult for many of you when calling the council.

Armed with your feedback and a comprehensive road map of what our customer service model should look like, both now and five years into the future, we set out to build a telephony infrastructure that will not only assist our volunteers, members, and customers, but also allow us, as a council, to build better  customer service.

After a complete and extensive vendor search process, we are happy to announce that the GSCSA Board of Directors has approved the purchase of a new phone system that will help us reach our goals!

Some new things that you can expect in the coming months:

  • The ability to choose how your call is routed, based on your needs.
  • More customer service specialists to handle calls!
  • A sophisticated system that will let you know your wait time when on hold.

We expect the new system to be installed and staff trained before June 1.

GSCSA looks forward to this technology upgrade and providing you with the customer service that you deserve.

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Campbell County recognizes 100 years of Girl Scouts and proclaims 2012 “The Year of the Girl”

Jacksboro, Tenn. – Mayor William Baird recognized 100 years of the Girl Scouts organization and proclaimed 2012 “The Year of the Girl.”

Baird presented girls with Troop 20208 and Troop 20715 of the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians with a proclamation on March 8, 2012 at the Campbell County Courthouse to recognize this remarkable milestone (photo below).

On March 12, 2012, Girl Scouts of the USA will celebrate its 100th Anniversary. On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga. made a historic telephone call to a distant cousin saying, “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!”

That phone call was a precursor to the meeting that Low (affectionately called “Daisy” by family and friends) held that evening when 18 girls gathered to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. The name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts the following year.

Girl Scouts of the USA now has a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults and more than 50 million women in the United States today are Girl Scout alumnae.

Girls in grades K-12 are invited to join a local troop and adults are encouraged to volunteer. Troop leaders engage girls in discovering self, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. Registration is $12 per year, and the Council offers financial assistance to ensure that every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout has the opportunity to join this vibrant organization. To get involved or for more information, call 1-800-474-1912 or e-mail css@girlscoutcsa.org.

Visit www.GirlScoutcsa.org to learn more about the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting and how the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians will celebrate this year.

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About The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians serves nearly 20,000 girl and adult members stretching from North Georgia to Southwest Virginia. Service centers are located in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Johnson City.

Back row: Mayor William Baird, Marikayla Luallen, Mishonda Monday. Front row: Savannah Jones, Reagan Hatfield, Savannah Pinkston

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