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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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Cookies & Cocktails Knoxville 2014

The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians invites the public to enjoy
Cookies & Cocktails 2014.

At the conclusion of this year’s Girl Scout Cookie selling season, chefs from Knoxville area restaurants and bakeries will compete for the Cookie Crown. The Challenge? Create an appetizer or dessert taste sampling using Girl Scout Cookies as an ingredient. Enjoy live music from The Northshore Band and learn about the benefits of the Girl Scout Cookie Program in a fun, festive environment.

WATE-TV news anchor Lori Tucker will be the master of ceremonies. Celebrity judges will include Kim Hansard from the Mark and Kim Morning Show on Star 102.1, Roberta Martin, wife of University of Tennessee Men’s Basketball Coach Cuonzo Martin, and Christi W. Branscom, COO and deputy to Mayor Rogero.

Tickets are $50 per person (attendees must be at least 21 years old) and will soon be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Girl Scouts within our area and promote the Girl Scout Mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

April 11, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Standard
416 W. Jackson Avenue, Knoxville

These chefs have registered for the competition.

For questions about the event please contact Hallie Duncan at 1-800-474-1912 or
or to become a sponsor, contact Bradi Sewell at 1-800-474-1912 or

Thank you to our Sponsors.

Evening Host:
Mary Beth West Communications

Host Committee:
NAI Knoxville
Allison Burchett
Congressman and Mrs. John J. Duncan, Jr.
Steve and Sandy Richards
Cecilia Petersen
Ashley Thomas
Janice Greer
Jennifer Knight
Kurt and Booth Kammann
Dave and Nancy Johnson
Menefee & Brown, P.C
Linda Shreve Davidson

In-Kind Sponsors:
All Occasions Party Rentals
The Standard
Bandit Lights

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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 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 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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eBiz: Temporarily Offline for Upgrades!

eBiz, the Girl Scouts Membership online registration system, is being upgraded to a new and improved system. This upgrade will occur from 5:00 PM EDT on Friday, August 9, until 8:00 AM EDT on Tuesday, August 13. Online registration will be shut down during this time.

It is very important to note that, as part of the upgrade, all existing accounts (user names and passwords) will be deactivated. As soon as eBiz is back up and running, instructions on how to create a new account will be made available on the registration website.

Once the overhaul is complete, eBiz will come back online with new and improved features. Please see below:

Troop Team Volunteer?

  • No information will be lost during the transfer to the new eBiz system
  • You’ll be able to see all troop activities, regardless of the registration method, for an entire troop or troops
  • You’ll be able to see all troop orders placed online
  • You’ll have an easier-to-use interface that will prompt you to update troop meeting information

Girl Scout Family?

  • One person per family can manage the whole family with a single login, including membership renewals and new memberships
  • You’ll be able to see all of your family’s activities, regardless of registration method
  • You’ll be able to see all orders placed online on behalf of the family
  • The site will have an improved search functionality

We look forward to giving you an improved online experience.


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American Idol Live! Tour Ticket Giveaway

Attention GIRLS!

We are excited to share the news that our council is the lucky recipient of a Ticket Giveaway to the

American Idol Live! Tour on August 6th, 2013 at Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN!

If girls would like to receive tickets to attend, here’s how:

  • Submit a video (1 minute or less) telling us your name, age, current level in Girl Scouts, and where you live.
  • Then, say one of these two phrases AND fill in your own answer:
    • “I am a Girl Scout because…”  OR “I feel like a leader when I….”
  • If a video submission is not possible, a written response may be submitted. However, it must be created BY A GIRL. For example, a girl-created drawing or written paragraph can be sent in with the assistance of a parent/guardian. Please remember to include name, age, current level in Girl Scouts, and where you live.
  • Every submission receives 2 tickets (for a girl and an accompanying adult).
  • If a troop wishes to participate together, then 2 tickets will be given to each girl who participates in the video. EVERY GIRL must provide her name, age, current level in Girl Scouts, and where she lives.

Email your videos or written response to You will receive an email response confirming the number of tickets you’ll receive.

Rules and other important information:

  • Tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis. Unfortunately we do not have unlimited tickets for the giveaway.
  • Girls must registered Girl Scouts for the upcoming 2013-14 year to participate.
  • Please wear Girl Scouts attire in video submissions (uniform or a Girl Scouts t-shirt).
  • Tickets cannot be resold or repurposed in any way.
  • If this event is canceled for any reason, no substitutions will be made. GSCSA is not responsible for communicating information regarding event cancellation.
  • It is the responsibility of each individual to comply with all instructions relating to the pick-up of tickets and all venue rules relating to attendance at the event.

Tickets will be available for pick up at our Knoxville service center until 4:30 pm on August 6th. If you are unable to pick up your tickets before that time, they can be picked up at the “will call” booth at Thompson Boling Arena prior to the concert. Doors open at Thompson Boling Arena at 6:30 PM on August 6th.

Thanks for participating!


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Top Cookie Sellers 2013

Boxes Sold County Service Unit Troop
Emily Williams 3304 Sullivan, TN Holston River 00183
Kylee Stanton 3113 Hamblen Hamblen 21024
Arissa Carroll 3065 Campbell Campbell 20453
Alexis Musick 3020 Russell, VA Southern Bells 00472
Kameron Hanshaw 2530 Knox Emory Valley 20769
Stephanie Graf 2500 Jefferson Between the Lakes 20072
Ashleigh Harmon 2500 Knox Dogwood 20842
Cassie Galant 2102 Sevier Smoky Shadows 20772
Greenlee Best 2003 Monroe Monroe 20272
Halea Wooten 2000 Catoosa, GA Lakoah 40552
Melanie Colson 2000 Rhea Hiwassee 40900
Kori Rhyne 1628 Blount Little River 20325
McKinzie Davis 1613 Knox Emory Valley 21087
Carmen Solt 1576 Blount Little River 20817
Abigayle Chapman 1576 Sevier Smoky Shadows 20063
Grae Klein 1525 Knox Emory Valley 21087
Amelia Duer 1502 Greene Andrew Johnson 00214
Machenzie Robinson 1500 Jefferson Between the Lakes 20072
Sarah Bryant 1500 Jefferson Between the Lakes 20072
Gabrielle Saidak 1500 Knox Beaver Creek 20100
Cloe Carnes 1500 Catoosa, GA Lakoah 40552
Heather Trimblay 1500 Meigs / McMinn Cherokee 41532
Amber Stanton 1500 Rhea Hiwassee 40035
Elisabeth Wudtke 1500 Washington, TN Woodland Oaks 00060
Erin Clagg 1500 Washington, TN Woodland Oaks 00060
Mycah Boykin 1404 Hamilton Seminole 40276
Kylee Watts 1385 Sullivan, TN Holston River 00273
Karly Kammann 1341 Knox Beaver Creek 20085
Tiffany Washington 1320 Hamilton Seminole 40182
Jaynae Wright 1316 Bradley / Polk Echota 40049
Martha Brashears 1299 Sullivan, TN Holston River 00273
Susannah Wilson 1274 Union Union 21086
Jasmine Rayfield 1266 Sevier Smoky Shadows 20772
Kathryn Charbonneau 1254 Blount Little River 21083
Adelyn Truett 1254 Knox Emory Valley 21087
Katherine Chamlee 1254 Walker, GA Mtn Shadows 40817
Kathryn Parks 1253 Hamilton Seminole 41008
Daytona Ware 1253 Walker, GA Mtn Shadows 40972
Taylor Riecken 1253 Washington, TN Woodland Oaks 00018
Shelby Wilkerson 1251 Knox Beaver Creek 20019
Makayla Taggart 1250 Jefferson Between the Lakes 20072
Caidence Standefer 1250 Grundy / Marion, TN Betsy Pack 41526
Rheanna Reese 1250 Rhea Hiwassee 40240
Lizzie Scroggins 1250 Rhea Hiwassee 40900
Myrandia Lynch 1250 Rhea Hiwassee 40900
Brianna Shaw 1250 Washington, TN Woodland Oaks 00060
Brianne Whited 1250 Russell, VA Southern Bells 00472
Kellie Wallace 1250 Russell, VA Southern Bells 00472
Shianne Whited 1250 Russell, VA Southern Bells 00472
Molly Daniels 1202 Sevier Smoky Shadows 20659
Ariah Mayotte 1105 Knox Beaver Creek 28071
Jordan Ewell 1104 Sevier Smoky Shadows 20648
Jacqueline Byers 1089 Sullivan, TN Holston River 00263
Ashton Higareda 1080 Sevier Smoky Shadows 28011
Autumn Reynolds 1080 Hamilton Seminole 40182
Skylar Oaks 1077 Greene Andrew Johnson 20215
Sarah Norrod 1061 Hamblen Hamblen 20639
Makayla Ervin 1056 Hamilton Seminole 40182
Olivia Koontz 1055 Hamilton O-Ten-Talla 40503
Catelyn Collins 1052 Meigs / McMinn Cherokee 41532
Abigayle Wright 1046 Rhea Hiwassee 40035
Jasmine Bradburn 1038 Sevier Smoky Shadows 20772
Isabella Gates 1037 Washington, TN Woodland Oaks 10608
Tigerlily Collier 1035 Knox Emory Valley 20813
Lacy Horton 1035 Walker, GA Mtn Shadows 40972
Alexus Vanover 1032 Claiborne Cumberland Gap 20570
Rachael Baumgardner 1020 Blount Little River 20894
Lauren Williams 1020 Union Union 21118
Chloe Ramsey 1010 Cocke Cocke 20711
Haley Hill 1010 Knox Emory Valley 21087
Elizabeth Frank 1004 Sevier Smoky Shadows 20772
Ryleigh Crowder 1004 Smyth, VA Three Rivers 00319
Hannah Hudson 1003 Knox Beaver Creek 20100
Hannah Robinson 1003 Dickenson/Wise, VA Coalfield Pride 00440
Cheyenne Delph 1001 Claiborne Cumberland Gap 20570
Penelope Stout 1001 Claiborne Cumberland Gap 20570
Audrey Quagliato 1001 Cocke Cocke 00326
Elizabeth Eldridge 1001 Knox Beaver Creek 20019
Alexis Phillips 1000 Anderson Clinch River 20850
Audeya Burkhardt-Hundley 1000 Anderson Oak Ridge 20022
Kailynn Burkhart-Hundley 1000 Anderson Oak Ridge 20022
Leighlona Bell 1000 Anderson Oak Ridge 20022
Lilie Carroll 1000 Anderson Oak Ridge 20022
Alyssa Matlach 1000 Jefferson Between the Lakes 20072
Hannah Osborn 1000 Jefferson Between the Lakes 20072
Laura Hawkins 1000 Jefferson Between the Lakes 20072
Sarah Hawkins 1000 Jefferson Between the Lakes 20072
Riley Eldridge 1000 Knox Beaver Creek 20024
Isabella Fricks 1000 Loudon Loudon 20654
Kaitlyn Daniels 1000 Sevier Seymour 20409
Nayana Howard 1000 Union Union 21086
Nylavia Howard 1000 Union Union 21086
Atiana Lewis 1000 Hamilton Seneca 40133
Kaylee-Ann Wright 1000 Hamilton Seneca 40506
R’Mani Blackwell 1000 Hamilton Seneca 40506
Ariel Watts 1000 Catoosa, GA Lakoah 40127
Meagan Kinsey 1000 Catoosa, GA Lakoah 40148
Allana Ducker 1000 Catoosa, GA Lakoah 40552
Jiana Weathersby 1000 Meigs / McMinn Cherokee 40116
Emily Boles 1000 Meigs / McMinn Cherokee 40948
Samantha Carroll 1000 Walker, GA Mtn Shadows 40817
Abigail Jack 1000 Carter Betsy Bear 00056
Bethany Weir 1000 Russell, VA Southern Bells 00472
Courtney Phillips 1000 Russell, VA Southern Bells 00472
Hannah Spears 1000 Russell, VA Southern Bells 00472
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2013 Silver Award Girl Scouts

Girls in grades 6-8 are eligible to earn Girl Scouts’ second highest honor: the Silver Award. This award acknowledges achievements in leadership through sustainable community-based projects. Girls must invest at least 50 hours to earn Silver.

Congratulations to the 2013 Silver Award Recipients:

Shanda Albright, Rockwood, TN

Ryleigh Clukey, Chilhowie, VA

Olivia LaFollette, Maryville

Rebecca Richter, Knoxville

Brianna Alred, Rockwood, TN

Shelby Daniels, Rockwood, TN

Johannah Landenberger, Pikeville, TN

Madison Riggs, Sevierville

Hannah Archer, Signal Mountain TN

Bryce Dawson, Spring City, TN

Jenna Laughlin, Maryville

Gabrielle Saidak, Knoxville

Emily Arthur, Rockwood, TN

Lea Dougherty, Kingsport

Rachel Lilly, Johnson City

Emily Schram, Chilhowie, VA

Mckenzie Ayers, Knoxville, TN

Julia Duckworth, Sevierville

Crystal Marler, Evensville, TN

Haylie Shannon, Pikeville, TN

Morgan Beeching, Signal Mountain, TN

Mckayla Floyd, Sevierville

Ella Martin, Signal Mountain, TN

Melody Simmons, Oak Ridge

Aileen Bell, Signal Mountain, TN

Brittany Foust, Knoxville

Emily Mayfield, Knoxville

Caroline Sims, Maryville

Kristen Bennett, Johnson City

Sydney Gabrielson, Knoxville

Hanna Mcclain, Knoxville

Erin Smith, Maryville

Kiana Bernard, Spring City, TN

Bethany Garland, Johnson City

Savannah McDonald, Lenoir City, TN

Haley Smith, Powell, TN

Emily Bihl, Maryville

Jessica Gaus, Oak Ridge

Megan Mcneil, Knoxville

Elizabeth Sonner, Maryville

Karlee Blaylock, Pikeville, TN

Hannah Gorga, Maryville

Leah Milam, Maryville

Sarah Swafford, Rockwood, TN

Megan Bolton, Johnson City

Cian Greer, Knoxville

Hannah Morgan, Maryville

Emily Swearington, Sevierville

Catherine Bowman, Pikeville, TN

Allison Hardeman, Ringgold, GA

Alison Morris, Maryville

Hannah Tittle, Jonesborough, TN

Taylor Boyer, Knoxville

Bonnie Haynes, Pikeville, TN

Emily Nuttall, Knoxville

Kestrel Troutman, Sevierville

Makenna Brock, Pikeville, TN

Elinor Heenie, Maryville

Hannah Payne, Rockwood, TN

Donna Walker, Chilhowie, VA

Niamh Cahill, Hixon, TN

Megan Hill, Chattanooga

Jacara Pendergrass, Chattanooga

Courtney Wells, Maryville

Madison Cameron, Knoxville

Dakota Howley, Maryville

Nancy Pont Briant, Oak Ridge

Mason Williams, Johnson City

Lauren Campbell, Abingdon

Michaela Howser, Pikeville, TN

Stella Powell, Oak Ridge

Natalie Wood, Oak Ridge

Allison Campbell, Knoxville

Melea Howser, Pikeville, TN

Abigail Prosise, Knoxville

Danielle Wooten, Oak Ridge

Brenna Cannon, Chilhowie, VA

Hannah Hudson, Knoxville

Juliana Pulsinelli

Madison Cannon, Chilhowie, VA

Joy Human, Knoxville

Vidalia Ratliff, Kingsport

Brooklyn Cannon, Chilhowie, VA

Hallie Jemley, Maryville

MaryAnn Reddy, Knoxville

Jessica Cline, Knoxville

Jessica Keener, Pikeville, TN

Kaylie Richard, Kingsport

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Volunteer Award Winners 2013

Each spring, the council honors outstanding volunteers. These volunteers are nominated by others and approved by the council. Meet the 2013 winners.

Volunteer of Excellence

The Volunteer of Excellence award recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through use of the national program portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of GSCSA’s mission delivery to girl and adult members. Honorees:

Stacy Barton
Holston River Area 2

Michelle Conley
Woodland Oaks Area 2

Julianne Hale
Echota Area 7

Crystal Price
Loudon Area 6

Cory Stump
Hiwassee Area 7

Shannon Bourn
Chataugua Area 8

Christina Crouse
Cherokee Area 7

Cynthia Higareda
Smoky Shadows Area 6

Sherry Price
Holston River Area 2

Rosa Thomas
West Knox Area 5

Michelle Brashears
Holston River Area 2

Kristy Davenport
Woodland Oaks Area 2

Jessica Hoover
Area 5

Tasha Privette
Woodland Oaks 2

Tracy Trovillo
West Knox Area 5

Paula Broughton
Holston River Area 2

Karen Deitering-Wilson
Cocke Co Area 3

Monica Johnson
Woodland Oaks Area 2

Kim Rackel
O-Ten-Talla Area 8

Jane Tyner
West Knox Area 5

Laura Brown
O-Ten-Talla Area 8

Deborah Dickerson
West Knox Area 5

Yvonne Joseph
Woodland Oaks Area 2

Townsend Range
Oak Ridge Area 4

Kathy Wise
West Knox Area 5

Jennifer Clagg
Woodland Oaks Area 2

Leanne Engle
Chataugua Area 8

Jessica Lamb
Echota Area 7

Karen Riegelman
Latoah Area 9 GA

Rebecca Zinnanti
Woodland Oaks Area 2

David Colvard
Loudon Area 6

Elizabeth Fricks-Stafford
Loudon Area 6

Leah McDonough
Area 8

Carey Skeens
Holston River Area 2

Sherri Colvard
Loudon Area 6

Tammy Fugatt
West Knox Area 5

Kathryn Mitchell
Woodland Oaks Area 2

Dale Stanton
Hiwassee Area 7

Appreciation Pin

The Appreciation Pin recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This service, which has had measureable impact on one geographic area of service, helps reaches and surpasses the service delivery goals of the area. Honorees:

Joan Burdette
Beaver Creek Area 5

Kristi Ibert
Southern Belles Area 1

Giannine Morris
Dogwood Area 5

Tricia Saylor
West Knox Area 5

Kay Zimmerman
West Knox Area 5

Britt Charron
Woodland Oaks Area 2

Paula Irwin
Seminole Area 8

JoLee Range
Oak Ridge Area 4

Sheila Spates
West Knox Area 5

Peggy Eagle
Chataugua Area 8

Brandi Lester
Virginia Highlands Area 1

Dallas Ratliff
Holston River Area 2

Donna Stanton
Hiwassee Area 7

Shannon Hager
Cherokee Area 7

Jennifer McDaniel
Oak Ridge Area 4

Kathye Richardson
Echota Area 7

Heather Watts
Holston River Area 2

Honor Pin

The Honor Pin recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which has had measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service, allowing the council to reach and surpass its service delivery goals. Honorees:

Jeri Engle
Council Staff Member

Dr. Gayle Hawkins- Hughes
Woodland Oaks Area 2

Alishea Hixson
Hamilton Co Area 8

Rebecca Lovell
Cocke Co Area 3

Thanks Badge

The Thanks Badge honors an individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the service delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or the entire Girl Scout Movement. Honorees:

Liz Blakely
Holston River Area 2

Nancy Bowen
Board Member

Pam Moore
Woodland Oaks Area 2

Thanks Badge II

The Thanks Badge II honors a previous Thanks Badge award recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role, resulting in a measurable impact that benefits the entire Girl Scout Movement. Honoree:

Janice Greer
Board Chair, Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians

President’s Award

The President’s Award recognizes the efforts of a service-delivery team or committee whose exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goals. Honoree:

Seneca Service Unit
Area 8

Meritorious Service Award

The Meritorious Service Award is presented to honor an adult member of Girl Scouts when she/he has performed an exceptional and heroic deed. This is comparable to the Meritorious Service Award that can be given to a girl member for similar actions. Honoree:

Colin Jordan
O-Ten-Talla Area 8

Trefoil Award

The Trefoil Award may be awarded to an individual or organization that has provided partnerships or sponsorships to allow exceptional service to the council’s jurisdiction allowing the council to reach its service delivery goals. Honorees:

Armed Forces Reserve Center
Holston River Area 2

Englewood City Hall
Cherokee Area 7

Fred Hilton, Bays Mountain State Park
Holston River Area 2

Signal Crest United Methodist Church
O – Ten -Talla Area 8

Bachman Community Center
Board of Directors
Area 8

ETSU Athletic Department
Woodland Oaks Area 2

Kappa Delta Sorority (ETSU)

Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club
Holston River Area 2

Bethel Presbyterian Church
Holston River Area 2

ETSU Natural History Museum
Gray Fossil Site
Woodland Oaks Area 2

Dr. Bonnie Ownley
University of Tennessee
Area 5

Woodland Hill Christian Church
Virginia Highlands Area 1

Blue Ridge Properties
Holston River Area 2

First Broad Street United Methodist Church
Holston River Area 2

Saint Dominic Catholic Church
Holston River Area 2

Knoxville Zoo
Area 5

Boyton Baptist Church
Lakoah Area 9 GA

First United Methodist Church
Oak Ridge Area 4

Sequatchie Valley Electric
Pikeville Office
Mtn. Laurel Area 9 TN

Oak Ridge Children’s Museum
100th Anniversary Committee
Betsy Abernathy, Area 4
Sherrie Carris, Area 4
Margaret Allard, Area 4
Jerralyn Luckmann, Area 4
Janis Reedy, Area 4
Nan Schugart, Area 4
Jackie Shipwash, Area 4
Janet Swift, Area 4
Gail Yook, Area 4

Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Department
Area 8

Hands On! Regional Museum
Woodland Oaks Area 2

Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity (ETSU)
Woodland Oaks Area 2

Eastman Chemical Company
Woodland Oaks Area 2

Dr. Gary D. Henson, ETSU
Woodland Oaks Area 2

Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity (ETSU)
Woodland Oaks Area 2

Courage, Confidence, and Character Award

This award is presented for significant contributions to the success through volunteer service and leadership in a community project, for demonstrating quality of leadership through service to multiple service units, multiple troops, or girl activities at the service unit or council level. This award has been created to carry on the tradition of the Oneida Bass Award. Oneida Bass is known for working diligently to bringing more opportunities for the girls. The criterion stands for this award as a great reminder of how Girl Scouting provides an opportunity to work as a team and make it happen. Honoree:

Sandy Coulter
Loudon Area 6

The Heritage Award

The Heritage Award was established to recognize the “be prepared” work of a Girl Scout volunteer, Edith Lynn. To receive this award would be an honor for the Girl Scout volunteer who takes the knowledge of the history in Girl Scouting and incorporates the new Girl Scout Leadership Experience while continuing to serve the organization. Honorees:

Rebecca Henderson
Woodland Oaks Area 2

Joanne Overstreet
Smoky Shadows Area 6

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Helping Oklahoma City

A Message from Anna Maria Chávez

I stand with all Girl Scouts across the country and around the world in offering my thoughts and prayers to all of those who have been affected by the massive and devastating tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City area on Monday. As Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said, it was a tragic day for the people of her state and, indeed, for all of us, as the death toll now stands at 24 and includes a Girl Scout, who was a member of the Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma Council.

All staff members of the Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma Council, which is based in Oklahoma City, are accounted for and safe. The council appreciates all of the good wishes, but is unable to handle all of the calls and emails at this time. We ask that you not call or email the council, but instead check its website or Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest information. The council also cannot accommodate material donations, such as blankets and other goods. Instead, the council has created the Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund that will help get troops back up and running, provide scholarships for program and camp participation, and offer other support to Girl Scouts in the affected areas. You can text the word GIRLS to 20222 to make a $10 donation. In addition, the council is encouraging girls to send messages or art in the shape of the Girl Scout trefoil that it will present this summer to Girl Scouts affected by the storm. Send your trefoil artwork to:

Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma
Mary Nichols’ Family Leadership Center
6100 N. Robinson Ave.
Oklahoma City, Okla. 73118

I want to thank everyone for their thoughtful messages of caring and concern for our sisters at the Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma Council. Even as we grieve for our sister Girl Scout and all those who lost their lives, we are sustained by the resilience of the human spirit and the knowledge that the people of Oklahoma will, in time, recover and rebuild. We have endured in the past year a number of terrible and tragic events, and throughout it all, Girl Scouts have shown remarkable courage, commitment, and leadership. I know that our girls and adult volunteers will do so again in the wake of this tragedy.

Anna Maria Chávez
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA

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2013 Gold Award Girl Scouts

The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians is proud to honor girls who have earned our organization’s highest national honor: the Gold Award. High school-age girls are eligible to earn this award by showing outstanding leadership. Through an 80-hour (or more) service project, a girl addresses the root cause of an issue she is passionate about and creates a sustainable project for change.

Congratulations to the 2013 Gold Award Recipients:

Emma Bird, Signal Mountain

Alexandra Christopoulos, Knoxville

Mary Cortese, Knoxville

Ashley Dean, Jonesville

Mary Dew, Knoxville

Courtney Gale, Maryville

Kristen Halstead, Knoxville

Megan Haynes, New Market

Hannah Hodges, Knoxville

Mamie Jenkins, Norton

Rachel Leath, Chattanooga

Priyam Madhukar, Knoxville

Cecilia McKinley, Knoxville

Danna Sawin, Rockwood

Jessica Shadden, Rockwood

Alicia Smith, Knoxville

Christina Spitler, Maryville

Emily Sproul, Knoxville

Natasha Swafford, Rockwood

Jessica Tarr, Dandridge

Helen Wilds, Knoxville

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