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Courage Confidence Character

FALL/WINTER 2017 Volume 3

The Official Publication of Girl Scouts Heart of the South

No. 2

4th Annual National Stand Beside Her Week October 29 - November 4

17 in ‘17

Meet our 2017 Gold Award Girl Scouts

2nd Annual One Smart Cookie Luncheon 2017 Volunteer Leadership Summit & Volunteer Awards

Girl Scouts Heart of the South P.O. Box 240246 | Memphis, TN 38124-0246

Empower girls. Change the world. It takes a lot of drive to push past boundaries and limits to change the world. We’re proud to support Girl Scouts Heart of the South and everyone who works to give girls the confidence they need to make their communities a better place. We’re glad they’re a part of our global community.

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The 2017 CITs (Counselors in Training) make the Girl Scout Promise together at Camp Tik-A-Witha.

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Fall/Winter 2017

program Profiles 7

4th Annual National Stand Beside Her Week Activities and Program Opportunities



Second Annual One Smart Cookie Luncheon Memphis Hilton, August 31, 2017

28 troop Tales 33 council Cares

membership Moments Hosts the “Great Getaway” 16 GSHS Weekend Resident Camp for Adults Girl Scout Saturday 26 2017 Council-wide Recruitment Events On the Cover: Isabella and her friends from Troop 20320 attended the Princess Royal Tea hosted by the MIssissippi State Kappa Deltas. For pictures of more troop fun check out Troop Tales on page 28!

2017 Gold Award Girl Scouts Take Action Projects & Video Link


2016-2017 G.I.R.L. Celebration Highlighting the Accomplishments of all G.I.R.L.s Throughout the Year

valued Volunteers Volunteer Leadership Summit 37 2017 Heart of the South Luncheon & Volunteer Awards

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The Official Publication of Girl Scouts Heart of the South

Want to see your troop featured in a future edition of the Promise? Get creative! Send a picture of your group making the Girl Scout Promise to See page 32 for guidelines. GIRL SCOUTS HEART OF THE SOUTH

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Courage Confidence Character

The Official Publication of Girl Scouts Heart of the South

The Girl Scout Promise On my honor, I will try: to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law. Girl Scouts Heart of the South Promise Magazine Team

I’m a self-starter. Adventurer. Mover and shaker. Problem-solver. Doer. Optimist. I am limitless. And I believe in the Power of G.I.R.L.! Learn more at

The Girl Scout Law I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Chief Executive Officer Melanie Schild Editor, Senior Art Director Alison Coons Associate Editor, Art Director Kristen Posey-Russell Contributing Editors Myra Collins, Kimberly Crafton, Taylor Farmer, Aranda Hanks, Jenny Jones, Cosette Hawkinson, Emilie Hutcheson 2017-2018 GSHS Board of Directors Mary Kay Wegner, Chair Lori Patton, 1st Vice Chair Dr. Pamela Evans, 2nd Vice Chair Claire Barnett, Secretary Nancy Cochran, Treasurer/Finance Chair Rosemarie Fair, Board Development Committee Chair Ahsaki Baptist Sulee Blansett Lara Bowman Cathy Fitzpatrick Tracey Zerwig-Ford Deborah Harris Leonie Hefley Carolyn McAdams

Dr. Stuart Polly, MD Abi Rayburn Dr. Loretta Rudd Gina Sweat Laurie Thornton Lashell Vaughn Sharon Younger Melanie Schild (@girlscoutshs)

The Girl Scout Mission Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

P.O. Box 240246 | Memphis, TN 38124-0246 | (800) 624-4185

council Cares Female Leaders are Needed NOW. GSHS is Answering the Call. Thoughts from our GSHS Council CEO


t Girl Scouts, we are all about practicing everyday leadership, preparing girls to empower themselves, and promoting the Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, and Leader TM in all of us. We know that girls who practice leadership like a Girl Scout are more likely to reach their full potential. Today’s Girl Scouts participate in a one-of-a-kind program that features all sorts of fun and challenging activities. From taking on STEM, to unearthing the outdoors, to discovering her inner entrepreneur - the opportunities are endless. Take a look at our upcoming program calendar found on page 4 of our for G.I.R.L.s section to see the many offerings we have in store for our G.I.R.L.s this year, and while you’re there, I invite you to view the information about GSUSA’s 23 new badges centered around STEM and the outdoors - areas girls are not typically encouraged to or given the opportunity to explore. This exciting new programming affords girls more opportunities to take the lead in STEM and the outdoors in a safe, all-girl environment where they feel comfortable trying new things, taking healthy risks, learning from failure, and developing new skills to help them grow and succeed. Without a doubt, the world needs more female leaders. From the classroom to the boardroom, the need for more female leaders has never been clearer or more urgent than it is today - and only Girl Scouts has the expertise to help girls unlock their leadership potential and unleash it in our world! Here at GSHS, we have taken the lead for our G.I.R.L.s in the 59 counties we serve and have enhanced the national Girl Scout program offerings with the addition of some unique opportunities of our own including: • Our SheLeads! experience - now in its second year - is continuing to train the leaders of tomorrow. • Our upcoming Kaleidoscope National Leadership Conference will take place in July of 2018. Aspiring young girls from across the country will come together to change the view of leadership through inclusion, equity, and excellence. Through learning about inclusivity, cultural-competency, and how to work effectively together, Kaleidoscope NLC participants will indeed know how to truly make the world a better place. Learn more about our new Kaleidoscope National Leadership Conference on page 25. • One Heart - Making the world a better place through compassion, appreciation, and respect, is of utmost importance here at Girl Scouts Heart of the South, and to that end, I am pleased to announce that starting in January 2018 on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, GSHS will begin “One Heart,” a 7-part program series focusing on homelessness, poverty, diversity, and human and civil rights. This unique series will examine various aspects of life affecting girls today and afford our G.I.R.L.s the opportunity to make a difference in their communities - and in themselves - through monthly service projects and community events. • And to better serve our volunteers we are launching - We Lead - Women. Elevated. Our volunteers are the positive role models we entrust to deliver our programming to girls every day, but for many of our volunteers, being a troop leader is the first time they have served in a leadership role. Even though there are a multitude of leadership development programs throughout our region, the average woman who works, manages her family, and volunteers in her community simply doesn’t have the time or possibly the resources to participate in these types of programs. To support them, I’m proud to announce that GSHS has created “We Lead - Women. Elevated.” Set to launch in spring 2018, We Lead is an inclusive leadership experience for all women across the Mid-South. This life-elevating program is aimed to provide an affordable, quality, formal leadership training experience for all women with a vision to better and strengthen their communities. We have had some of the best and brightest offer to help lead this exciting new program, and I’m eager to share it with you! And - as always - thank you for sharing your G.I.R.L.s with us! It is the greatest honor of my life to get to spend each day working with this amazing council to find new and innovative ways to help build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place, and I can’t wait to see what’s next! All my best,

MELANIE SCHILD | Chief Executive Officer Girl Scouts Heart of the South


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council Cares A Message from our GSHS Board Chair


s the 2017-2018 Girl Scout year begins, I am honored to begin my tenure as GSHS Board Chair. Growing up as a Girl Scout was a powerful experience for me. It taught me how to be a leader, care for my community, inspire others around me and so much more. The confidence and leadership skills I gained in Girl Scouts and the support of a very special aunt encouraged and enabled me to follow my dream and become one of the first female graduates of the United States Naval Academy. This is why I am especially proud to be a member of this council. This year Girl Scouts Heart of the South will celebrate the fourth annual National Stand Beside Her Week from October 29 through November 4. This initiative - begun right here in our council - is now inspiring women of all ages all over the country to reach out to one another in friendship and solidarity; to stand up for one another and lend a helping hand, and to find ways to recognize the women in their lives who have stood beside them in ways large and small. From the kitchen table to the conference table, we are surrounded by women who spur us on to become the best versions of ourselves. Without the support of my aunt and my troop, I would not be where I am today, so this initiative certainly holds special meaning for me. Established by our council in 2014, the National Stand Beside Her initiative is a call to action to propel women and girls forward by ending comparison and competition and creating more collaboration and support. It has since been embraced by over 34 Girl Scout councils from across the country, national organizations such as the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries and several corporate women’s initiative networks including FedEx and my own organization, ServiceMaster. I am hopeful that all women not only here - but everywhere - will continue to be involved in the National Stand Beside Her initiative, and I challenge everyone to find some way to participate in this year’s National Stand Beside Her Week events. This council is full of Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-Takers, and Leaders TM who imagined this unique movement and have worked hard to make it blossom into the nationwide phenomenon it has become. And it has been embraced wholehearted by numerous, like-minded, local organizations as well who have banded together with us for the Stand Beside Her Memphis initiative. Together with The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, Girl 24, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Hutchison School for Girls, Junior League of Memphis and many others, this creative collaboration’s aim is to improve the lives of women and girls by working together at one table. By collaborating, sharing opportunities, referring services, and connecting women and girls to resources, we will shape monumental change in our city. We hope you all will join with us in this campaign to stand beside the women and girls of Memphis. Thank you for your continued support of our girls and of our council’s efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. I look forward to standing beside them and you as we work together to create a better tomorrow for girls and women everywhere. Sincerely,

MARY KAY WEGNER | 2017-2019 Board Chair Girl Scouts Heart of the South

If you would like more information on how you can volunteer or how you can help financially, please call Girl Scouts Heart of the South at (800) 624-4185. There’s no place like Girl Scouts, and there’s a place for YOU in Girl Scouting. Join us, won’t you? 6

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2017 National Stand Beside Her Week


Activities & Events The 2nd Annual Stand Beside Her Celebration Sponsored by FedEx • Sunday, October 22, 2-4:30 p.m. • For the Kingdom Camp • 4100 Raleigh Millington Road, Memphis, TN 38128 Join us at the 2nd annual Stand Beside Her Celebration sponsored by FedEx at For the Kingdom Camp – all girls are invited to this FREE EVENT! There will be various booths, arts and crafts and activities setup focusing on STEM, learning the habits of a great leader, using kind words, living an active lifestyle and pedestrian safety. We will also have a rock wall, zip line and human swing! Check the Girl Scouts Heart of the South website for registration details.

Stand Beside Her Showcase • Wednesday, November 1, 3 p.m. • ServiceMaster Innovation Center Meet like-minded community supporters and share your mission at a Stand Beside Her showcase with other women and girl-serving non-profits in the Memphis Area. Contact to learn more or to become an official Stand Beside Her Memphis partner. Partners will have the opportunity to reserve booth space and speaking time. This event is free and open to the public.

#LikeYourselfFirst Social Media Campaign Challenge #LikeYourselfFirst is a social media campaign that encourages purposeful posting where girls feel empowered to like themselves first instead of caving to the social pressure of creating a perfect and unattainable image. The social media challenge will begin October 1 and will run through National Stand Beside Her Week. We will be featuring posts all month long! More information to come on our website and social media.




to join GSHS and councils nationwide to celebrate the 4th Annual National Stand Beside Her Week

October 29 Nov. 4, 2017!

Facebook - Twitter - @istandbesideher Instagram - @StandBesideHer


has been officially declared

Stand Beside Her Month in both TN & MS!


n Thursday, August 31, 2017, Girl Scouts Heart of the South hosted hundreds of distinguished men and women from around the Memphis area at the Second Annual One Smart Cookie Luncheon, presented by FedEx and benefiting Girl Scouts Heart of the South. The lively crowd gathered once again in the beautiful

Tennessee Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Memphis to honor and celebrate their own. This year, seven outstanding women from the Greater Memphis area were recognized as “One Smart Cookie” for their inspiring and impactful contributions to our community. We invite you to read about each of this year’s exceptional honorees on pages 7 & 8. The luncheon events began promptly at 11:30, but guests had been encouraged to arrive early to place their bids for the many unique items donated by local vendors for the One Smart Cookie Silent Auction. After browsing the auction offerings outside, guests then entered the ballroom to enjoy decor inspired by a lush summer picnic. Tables were fitted with Girl Scout Green gingham runners and vibrant, freshflower centerpieces. GSHS was grateful again this year that volunteers from ServiceMaster had chosen to come to GSHS on their annual WeServe day (August 19, 2017) to package the adorable - and tasty - Girl Scout Cookie favors that also awaited each guest at his or her seat. And much to the delight of all, pashminas again adorned each guest’s chair - this year in navy blue. Lori Patton, GSHS Board 1st Vice Chair and Chair of the One Smart Cookie Luncheon Committee, warmly opened


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the event, publicly thanked our generous sponsors and recognized each of the 2016 One Smart Cookie honorees in attendance. She then introduced the event’s returning Masters of Ceremony, Danni Bruns of 98.1 The Max and Amy Speropoulos of Local 24 Memphis and invited Reverend Rebekah Abel Lamar, Associate Pastor for Christian Formation at Idlewild Presbyterian Church forward to give the invocation and lunch was served. GSHS Board Chair Mary Kay Wegner then came on stage to introduce keynote speaker GSUSA CEO, Sylvia Acevedo, who addressed the crowd and spoke about the importance of helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents. She shared her inspiring story about how, as a young girl, Girl Scouts truly changed the course of her life. A talented technology executive who has held positions with some of the world’s most respected companies, Sylvia is a passionate advocate for opportunity advancement for women and girls. She has served on numerous national boards and commissions for equal opportunity initiatives for women and girls and is currently writing an aspirational memoir promoting STEM for middle school students. (continued, page 9)

Pictured above left-right: Lori Patton, Mary Kay Wegner, Sylvia Acevedo, Melanie Schild



The 2017 One Smart Cookie luncheon proudly honored local businesswomen and philanthropists for their outstanding work in our community! Congratulations and thank you to these exceptional women who are making it happen in the Mid-South!

Fredrika “Freddi” Felt Community Volunteer Fredrika (Freddi) Felt, a native Memphian, attended east High School and graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science. She has worked for the Social Security Administration, Memphis Jewish Community Center and as a Mom. She is a former president of the Lichterman Lowenberg Foundation, an independent foundation that gives to Jewish organizations and community charities such as museums, higher education and the arts. She also helps oversee the family’s philanthropic efforts through the foundation. In 1958, Freddi was looking for a place to volunteer, working through the Memphis Jewish Community Center she found a Brownie troop that needed a leader. She was leader of TennArkMiss Council’s Troop 26 for 25 years and served in many capacities ranging from troop organizer to property committee to board member and Council Vice President. In her work with Girl Scouts she has changed the lives of girls that are now women business and civic leaders throughout the country. Freddi equips children and adults with skills necessary to build confidence, be better citizens and possibly save their own life or someone else’s. Her confidence, leadership and commitment to community are the epitome of a long time Girl Scout.

Jana Kerr Pettey Founder/Editorial Director Justine Magazine Jana Kerr Pettey was a Brownie and a Junior Girl Scout, with her mom as her Troop Leader. Her enthusiasm for working with teenagers has been fueled by her work for more than 40 years with the Volunteer Girls State program, a national citizenship program for rising senior high school girls. Her dedication to helping teen girls realize how they fit into the world is what prompted her to become the Founder/ Editorial Director of national teen magazine Justine. She has been instrumental in crafting a publication about which the Chicago Sun Times says, “There hasn’t been a magazine for teen girls that’s entertaining and stylish and wholesome all at the same time—until now.” Jana graduated from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) in 1977 with a B.S. in marketing. She has also been involved in many civic and philanthropic endeavors including serving as the Memphis Zoo Rendezvous Chair for three consecutive years, Co-Chair of the Memphis Symphony Ball/Round-Up Gala, Nutcracker Ball Chair for Ballet Memphis, and a member of the founding committee for both The Blues Ball and The Jingle Bell Ball. She has also been a National Judge for the Miss America Outstanding Teen competition.

Kayla Rodriguez Graff Co-Founder SweetBio Kayla Graff earned her MBA from Hult International University in San Francisco and is co-founder of SweetBio. Kayla’s passion for start-ups and her drive for business led SweetBio to being accepted in the #1 accelerator/ incubator in the world, as well as the top medical device accelerator/incubator in the country. Kayla has taken the lead on securing investment for the company, resulting in investment from The Jump Fund, a Chattanoogabased, female-run firm. In 2017, Kayla began serving on the Young Professional Council that advises Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell as the council’s marketing and communications co-chair. She is a fellow with the Delta Entrepreneurship Network, a program that identifies and nurtures entrepreneurs in the Delta region. She was named as one of the Top Twenty under 30 in the Memphis Flyer and a featured speaker with the United Way Dare to Dream speaker series. Kayla serves as a Setting the Standard Mentor where she helps students realize the opportunities they have to better themselves. She is a Board of Directors member of the Memphis Young Professionals for the American Cancer Society. Kayla’s business savvy has helped her lead the way in the male dominated field of medical devices. Her innovative work in the medical field finding new ways to prevent health issues through the use of medicinal honey will make a valuable difference in the lives of people in the near future.


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Kristen Wright Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Customer Satisfaction AutoZone As a wife and mother of two, Kristen Wright knows how important it is to be a leader, role model, and mentor. Kristen has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the community, starting the “Give a Little, Help A Lot” Legal Aid Clinic at Orange Mound Senior Center, now in its ninth year; serving as the incoming Board President for Memphis in May International Festival, and serving on the Board of Directors for KIPP-Delta. She also helps raise funds for local nonprofit organizations by frequently participating in charitable runs including the St. Jude Half Marathon and the Memphis in May Great American River Run. A successful litigation attorney, Kristen Wright broke the glass ceiling in a very traditional industry, the automotive aftermarket, when she assumed the top legal role at AutoZone in 2014. Kristen is the Fortune 300 retailer’s first female Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. She is one of the industry’s strongest advocates for inclusion and diversity. Kristen is also the founder of the AutoZone Women’s Initiative (AZ WIN) and executive sponsor of the AutoZone Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. She leads AutoZone’s legal and business relations team by supporting the aspirations and values of more than 85,000 employees across the United States, Mexico, Brazil and around the globe.

Rose Jackson Flenorl Manager of Social Responsibility FedEx Rose Flenorl started out her adult life as a ground-breaker. She left her mark on the University of Mississippi by breaking racial barriers at a time when only 6% of the student body was minority. She was the first black woman inducted into the Ole Miss Hall of Fame and was noted as one of Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten Female Graduates in the United States. She was also the first African-American to head the Ole Miss Alumni Society. Rose has more than 30 years of experience in marketing, communications and corporate social responsibility. For the last 16 years she has been the Manager of Social Responsibility at FedEx, where she directs and implements the company’s community outreach strategy in the areas of Disaster Relief, Safety, Environment, Education, and Diversity in both national and international markets. Additionally, Rose is responsible for designing and executing programs that support the FedEx brand globally. She represents FedEx on the US Chamber BCLC Board of Directors, the Conference Board Contributions Council, and the American Red Cross Corporate Advisory Board. In this role, she communicates the company’s community philosophy, objectives, and programs to audiences worldwide. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Civil Rights Museum and the University of Mississippi Foundation. Never one to stand on the sidelines while others lead, Rose’s passion and humanitarian spirit inspire her to actively seek participation in the community. Her achievements have earned her numerous awards for a variety of civic and professional achievements from many major organizations across the region and country. 10

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Ruby Bright Executive Director & CAO Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis Ruby Bright has a definitive passion for the betterment of women. She shares her mission and passion with the public by frequently speaking to local stakeholder groups and is involved with numerous civic and community organizations, serving on the boards of the Women’s Funding Network, Memphis H.O.P E. strategic development committee, Partnership for the Homeless community advisory committee, Memphis Leadership Academy and the Memphis Area Women’s Council. Bright is also a member of Women of Achievement and the Network of Memphis. Additionally, she collaborates with organizations such as the University of Tennessee Center for Research on Women, United Way of the Mid-South, Shesource Speakers Bureau of the White House Project, Clear Channel Advisory board and the Tennessee Economic Council on Women. Ruby is the Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM). Since 2004, Bright’s leadership has helped the City of Memphis to leverage $120 million in federal HOPE VI grants by raising nearly $10 million to support wrap around case management services for more than 3,200 former public housing families. WFGM has launched the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan which focuses on reducing poverty by 5% over 5 years in zip code 38126. Widely recognized for her expertise in strategic leadership, community relations, operational management, marketing and fund development, Bright has received many leadership awards including the 2014 Memphis Business Journal Super Women in Business, 2013 Memphis Theological Seminary Henry Logan Starks Award, and 2011 International Changing the Face of Philanthropy Award presented by the Women’s Funding Network. She has been named a Power Player by Memphis Business Quarterly Magazine for seven consecutive years.

Susan Stephenson

Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and President Independent Bank Susan S. Stephenson’s mother was the first woman to be made a bank officer in the company she worked for during Susan’s childhood. Following in her footsteps, Susan is leading the way for women in a predominately male industry – finance. She is the Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and President of Independent Bank in Memphis, Tennessee. Established in 1998, Independent Bank is now a $1 billion institution and is the second largest bank headquartered in Shelby County. Independent Bank has been recognized as one of the top performing banks in the state and country in terms of earnings, margins and asset quality. Prior to starting Independent Bank, she was Chairman, President and CEO of Boatmen’s Bank of Tennessee. When named to the position in 1995, the then 37-year-old Stephenson was the first female bank Chairman and CEO in Tennessee history. Susan serves as a board member of the St. Louis Federal Reserve and is deeply involved in the Memphis community. She has worked with a wide variety of historic and nonprofit agencies that serve women.

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GSHS Girl Scout Morgaan Butler models a Girl Scout-inspired dress of her own design.

GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo shares her inspiring story with the crowd.

Pictured left-right: Melanie Schild, Mary Kay Wegner, Ruby Bright, Sylvia Acevedo, Lori Patton

At the conclusion of Sylvia’s aspirational remarks, GSHS CEO Melanie Schild came on stage to thank her for joining in the day’s events and to educate the audience about the many ways GSHS is providing the kinds of leadership opportunities that changed Sylvia’s life to girls in the MidSouth. She then welcomed the emcees to the stage and the awards presentation began. Together, Amy and Danni along with GSHS Girl Scouts Kannon Tucker and Morgaan Butler presented the awards - handcrafted again this year by Memphis artist Karen Capps - to each deserving recipient. One Smart Cookie honorees were given the opportunity to speak to the audience directly about their “Pride Points” and share about their individual causes and why they strive to make their world a better place. After the awards presentation, Venus Chaney, GSHS Chief Development and Advocacy Officer, and Morgaan Butler then addressed the audience, encouraging them to donate to Girl Scouts Heart of the South and support our ongoing effort to build the “Smart Cookies” of tomorrow. Morgaan’s infectious energy and fun talk about how Girl Scouts has inspired her entrepreneurial and innovative pursuits brought the house to its feet! Lori Patton then took that opportunity to begin an impromptu “auction” for audience members to purchase Courage, Confidence, and Character for our girls. The excitement in the room was contagious, and at the end of the event over $39,000 was raised for GSHS, and everyone present was thrilled to have been there and could not wait to get more involved with Girl Scouts! Girl Scouts Heart of the South would like to thank our many sponsors for their generous contributions that helped make this year’s event such a success. Thank you to Presenting Sponsor FedEx, Samoa Level Sponsors Local 24 and Force/ Cumulus Radio Group, and Trefoil Level Sponsors AutoZone and Hot Graphics Printing, Inc. Thanks also to our Do-SiDo Level Sponsors Morgan Stanley, University of Memphis, Watkins Uiberall PPLC, Mary Kay Wegner, Younger Associates, The Jerry and Nina Patton Family Foundation, Lori Patton, and Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, and Thin Mint Level Sponsor Independent Bank. Special thanks to the Jerry and Nina Patton Family Foundation for sponsoring the creation and purchase of our unique awards again this year and to ServiceMaster for their continued sponsorship of our coveted cookie favors. Thanks also to Huey’s Restaurants and Kendra Scott for our giveaways that added to the fun and excitement of this outstanding event! Everyone is already looking forward to the 3rd Annual One Smart Cookie Luncheon next year!

Masters of Ceremony Amy Speropolous and Danni Bruns

2017 Event Sponsors

The Alluvian Arts Memphis The Art Project Babalu Tacos & Tapas Backbeat Tours Bayou Bar & Grill Barks & Recreation Boarding & Doggy Day Care Beauty by Brady Cardio Barre Carpenter Art Garden Ms. Kim Cherry Children’s Museum of Memphis Ms. Patricia Childress, Independent It Works Distributor Choose 901 Ciao Bella Italian Grill Ms. Amy Denison Diva Nails

Draper’s Catering of Memphis Ms. Cassie Ealy, Independent Scentsy Consultant Ms. Rosemarie Fair Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Folk’s Folly Prime Steakhouse Fresh Market Frost Bake Shop GCD Interiors Germantown Commissary Half Shell Hilton Memphis Hollywood Feed (Yates) Huey’s Hunter Fan Hutchison School Indigo Boutique Jill Hertz Interior Design

Jim’s Place Grille Kroger (Collierville-Houston Levee) Kroger (Mendenhall) Kroger (Truse Parkway) Letters & Ladybugs Malco Theatres, Inc. Memphis Botanic Garden Memphis Incredible Pizza Company Memphis Pizza Café Memphis Redbirds Memphis Zoo MemPops Ice Pop Shop Mississippi River Kings Molly’s La Casita Muddy’s Bake Shop My Cup of Tea Nest Olivia James Art Outdoors Inc. Outlet

Pancho’s Mexican Food & Restaurant Ms. Lori Patton Pavo Salon & Spa The Peabody of Memphis Pink Bakery Pinot’s Palette (Cordova) Pinot’s Palette (Sanderlin) Playhouse on the Square Pugh’s Flowers Pyro’s Pizza Ms. Leigh Ragsdale, Perfectly Posh Consultant Roadshow BMW Stovall Collection Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe Theatre Memphis The University of Memphis Athletics Wiseacre Whole Foods

Special Thanks to our Silent Auction Sponsors

Hot Graphics Printing, Inc.

is a proud supporter of

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and the One Smart Cookie Luncheon.

AutoZone is proud to support Girl Scouts Heart of the South


Kristen Wright Senior Vice President General Counsel and Secretary Customer Satisfaction Š2017 AutoZone, Inc. All rights reserved. AutoZone and AutoZone & Design are registered marks of AutoZone Parts, Inc.

coming Spring 2018

An inclusive leadership institute experience for women across the Mid-South.

In our ongoing efforts to encourage and elevate women from all backgrounds, Girl Scouts Heart of the South has partnered with successful women from across the council to create the upcoming We Lead Leadership Institute. This inspiring 10-month program, slated to begin in Spring 2018, is aimed to provide an affordable, quality, formal leadership training experience for all women with a vision to better and strengthen their communities. For more information, please contact Taylor Farmer at


Great Getaway April 21-23, 2017


Kamp Kiwani

Girl Scouts Heart of the South Hosts “The Great Getaway” an Adults-Only Weekend at Camp! Women of all ages across our council still remember their summers at camp as some of the happiest times of their lives! Summer camp meant campfires, s’mores and ghost stories; swimming in the pool or the lake; hiking exciting nature trails and enjoying the beauty of the trees, flowers and plants; eating hot dogs and hamburgers; doing arts and crafts, and even staying up late at night talking with your cabin mates. To relive some of those fun times and give the opportunity to give them the opportunity to meet others and make new friends, GSHS hosted The Great Getaway at Kamp Kiwani April 21-23, 2017. The Great Getaway was open to anyone who wanted to experience summer camp all over again – you didn’t have to be a current or former Girl Scout to attend. Chilly weather and even a bit of rain could not dampen the “campers’” spirits! During the weekend, participants were able to enjoy hiking, swimming, canoeing, archery, challenge course, horseback riding, basket weaving, arts and crafts, folk dancing, singing, outdoor cooking and a real live campfire with s’mores! And they got to do it all at beautiful Kamp Kiwani. Kamp Kiwani is located on 1,250 acres in beautiful Middleton, TN, just 75 miles east of Memphis. The camp boasts a 70-acre lake, obstacle course, archery field, and the “Gullies” mud dunes. Accommodating up to 237 people, participants had the option of screened-in cabins, open-air cabins, a lodge or tent camping. Kamp Kiwani’s seven camp units offer screened-in cabins or platform tents, a unit house and shower house. The units are located a short distance from the main camp area. For more information about Kamp Kiwani, visit our website at 16

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council Cares GSHS Launches Man Enough to be a Girl Scout

Pontotoc Mayor Bob Peeples and Ecru Chief of Police Matthew Stringer are Man Enough to be a Girl Scout!

Members of the Tupelo City Council and Mayor Jason Shelton are Man Enough to be a Girl Scout!

Tipton County Mayor Jeff Huffman is Man Enough to be a Girl Scout!


irls need female and male role models. To create balanced leadership opportunities, workplace equality, and opportunities for advancement more men are needed to give their voice to support the Girl Scout mission of helping girls become women of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Man Enough to be a Girl Scout is a call to action that spotlights the importance of male business leaders playing pivotal roles in the investment of girls, and an effort to involve more fathers and business leaders in girls’ lives, especially Girl Scouts. Fewer than 10% of men publicly support girls in public forums. While fathers and business leaders privately support girls and the idea that they can become anything, public involvement in making that ideal a reality lags far behind the support boys receive while participating in similar activities. That has to change. Men and corporations should support girls the same way that they support boys and their sons’ activities. The goals of Man Enough to be a Girl Scout are to: • Increase public awareness and community support for girls having access to leadership opportunities that prepare them for economic independence in nontraditional male dominated industries. • Engage male corporate and community leaders in committing to engage in opportunities to use their voice, image, and influence to publicly show their support of the Girl Scout Mission and the future success of girls. • Engage corporations in committing to helping girls gain access to opportunities that further their academic growth and professional development. • Courageous girls are the next generation’s women of character. Our Man Enough partners are preparing for that future today. It’s not just women and parents who care about the future success of young girls. Everyone is invested in the success of girls, the same way they’re invested in the success of boys. If you ask them, they’ll tell you they are. We want them to also join our Man Enough to be a Girl Scout initiative so their voice joins ours in saying it publicly. Through Man Enough, we’re increasing public awareness and community support. We’re being different and getting attention. We’re preparing girls for their futures.

City of Baldwyn Mayor Michael James and City of Booneville Mayor Chris Lindley are Man Enough to be a Girl Scout!

Are you Man Enough to be a Girl Scout? Join the Man Enough Network (MEN) at


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Meet Girl Scouts Heart of the South’s 2017 Gold Award Girl Scouts Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world. The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. To achieve the Girl Scout Gold Award, girls must plan and execute sustainable Take Action projects in response to pressing community needs. This year, Girl Scouts Heart of the South was pleased to present the Girl Scout Gold Award to 17 deserving recipients. Enjoy meeting our 2017 Gold Award Girl Scouts and reading about their inspiring projects. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers. They are our future, and it looks bright! 18

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Stephanie Powers Bailey

White Station Conservation Club and Fountain Memphis, TN Seeking to reduce White Station High School’s carbon footprint, Stephanie wanted to reduce the amount of plastic water bottles that were used. Stephanie discovered that many of the water fountains at her school either were not working or were not conducive for reusable water bottles. With approval from the school board, Stephanie had a specialized water fountain donated and installed. She also created the Conservation Club to ensure the future maintenance of the fountain.

Megan Brown

Reading for Success Somerville, TN Wanting to share her love of books with other kids, and noticing the lack of access to books in lower-income areas, Megan organized a book collection drive for the Jubilee schools in Memphis. More than 4,000 books were donated for distribution to eight different Jubilee schools and the drive is to become an annual event.

Kristen Burgess

Improving Wellness in the Community Burlison, TN Kristin noticed that the patrons of the local food pantry often did not know how to cook healthy meals with the food they received. She created recipe booklets to be distributed at the food pantry and also created a community wellness book with information on the Health Department, Children’s Services, and other community contacts. Kristin hopes that her recipe book will help the community make healthier food choices.

Kellie Alese DeVaughn

“Four Square” to Heart Health Booneville, MS Noticing the physical inactivity of many kids today, Kellie Alese wanted her project to address it. For her project, she built a Four Square court at Morganwood Youth Camp where she volunteers. In addition to building the court, Kellie Alese taught the game to the campers and provided nutrition and wellness lessons to the campers.

Audrianna Garvin

Self Esteem Workshop Booneville, MS Noticing that middle schoolaged girls sometimes lacked self esteem, Audrianna wanted to bring the girls confidence by teaching them various subjects. The workshop included how to deal with anxiety and stress, skin and hair care, make-up, physical health, nutrition, and gynecological issues. Through her evaluation, she was excited to realize that every girl that attended learned something new that day.

Yazmin Goulet

Color Guard Clinic Oxford, MS Yazmin wanted to show more kids about the opportunities and benefits that they can get through participating in Color Guard in high school. With the help of her teacher, she created a Color Guard workshop aimed to expose new activities and experiences to the younger children who will eventually have the opportunity to participate.

Katy Lyn Hare

“When Life Throws You a Curve” A Scoliosis Awareness Project Booneville, MS After suffering from Scoliosis, Katy Lyn wanted to bring awareness to the condition and how it impacts those who suffer from it. Katy Lyn created a pamphlet to be distributed to participants at a softball camp over the summer and also passed them out at Pilot Club meetings and at her church. In the future, her information will be used at her school’s physicals and a local health fair.


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Gwendalyn Johnson

Open Arms Foundation Community Information Guides Oakland, TN The Open Arms Foundation provides temporary housing for individuals and their families who are displaced while receiving medical treatment. Gwendalyn created a community guide for each city where the Open Arms Foundation operates. Each guide has information about entertainment, transportation, food, etc., to help educate these families about their new city.

Gabrielle Little

Gabby’s Game Collierville, TN Gabrielle has a love of soccer and wanted to bring the game to kids who might not be introduced to it otherwise. For her project, Gabrielle held a soccer clinic in a lower income area of Memphis and created a Soccer Drill Pack, so that volunteers in the future will be able to continue her clinic.

Kate Louderbeck

The Little Library Literacy Project Arlington, TN Kate attends a rural school where the only local library is the school’s library, so she wanted to address the lack of quick access to books for everyone in the community. Kate built and installed a Little Free Library at the schools in the community. To get the word out about the Little Free Library, Kate put bookmarks with the information on them inside the books at the closest public library and also in the school’s library.


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Color the City Tupelo, MS Georgia noticed that many children in her community did not know the history of Tupelo, MS, so she created a coloring book of landmarks and historic sites around Tupelo with activities to help kids learn about their hometown while having fun. She presented the book to a third grade class and passed them out to schools. The resource also has a permanent home on the Tupelo Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website.

Meredith Prescott

Shining Stars Cheerleading Myrtle, MS Noticing the lack of sporting opportunities for local kids with special needs, Meredith wanted to create an opportunity just for them. An avid cheerleader, Meredith decided to focus on that and held classes for the kids. They then participated in a showcase for the finale. This event was so successful that the gym where she held the classes is considering doing their own similar classes in the future.

Sophia Seltzer-Hill

Sophia’s Self-Defense Program Starkville, MS 1 out of every 5 women is sexually harassed and 1.8 million youth are sexually assaulted, so Sophia wanted to raise awareness of this and also teach self-defense to help if a situation should occur. Sophia held a self-defense seminar for about 40 young children in her community. Videos of her seminar have been uploaded on YouTube, so others will be able to benefit from the training.

Victoria Starks

3D Archery at Wildlife Refuge Paris, TN Victoria wanted more activities to encourage people to get outside. For her Take Action project, she designed and installed a 3D Archery Range along the trail at the nearby Wildlife Refuge in the hopes that more people would frequent the trail and the park and gain a new outdoor interest in archery. She held an Archery Day at the Refuge to kick off her project, and the Refuge plans to continue this day for years to come.

Claire Tracy

Fayette Cares Donation Boxes Oakland, TN Claire has volunteered at Fayette Cares since she was a little girl and wanted to give back to them for her Gold Award Project. Fayette Cares depends on donations to assist those in need, however, their only donation collection is at their main location, which can be inconvenient sometimes. To alleviate this problem, Claire built six donation boxes to place around Fayette County making it easier to collect donations. Fayette Cares volunteers will maintain the donation boxes regularly so that these new resources continue to assist the community after Claire graduates.

Anna Cappleman

Koon’s Care Closet Dumas, MS not Anna noticed that those in need pictured did not have proper clothes to attend job interviews or other business needs. To address this need, Anna created a clothing closet at the local free clinic, Koon’s Care, so that people would have a resource for their clothing needs. Anna built the closet and held a clothing drive to stock it. Clothing drives will be continued by the clinic and her Girl Scout Troop.

Stephanie Parsons

The Academic How-To’s of High School Tishomingo, MS not pictured Stephanie noticed that middle schoolers were not being informed of the various things that are available to them in high school. She created an information packet of what to expect once they get to high school and presented it to them. The middle school counselors will continue distributing this information to parents and also conduct presentations to 8th graders each year.

Numerous Scholarship Opportunities are Available for Gold Award Girl Scouts! The Girl Scout Gold Award opens many doors for its recipients, especially around college application time! Earning your Gold Award is an excellent way to give any college or scholarship application that “something extra” to help you stand out from the crowd. All Gold Award Girl Scouts are eligible to apply for one of GSHS’ one-time Gold Award scholarships of $1,000 based on achievement in Girl Scouting, academics, leadership, and extracurricular activities. All graduating Girl Scout Ambassadors living in specific counties of West Tennessee qualify to apply for the West Tennessee Girl Scout Scholarship. This scholarship is a $4,000 award distributed at $500 a semester. Applications and additional information regarding these local council scholarship programs can be found on our website at Many local colleges and universities also offer scholarships specifically for Gold Award recipients. Earning your Gold Award can also help you qualify for the many leadership scholarships that are offered at your college or university of choice. Below are opportunities around our council: • • •

Learn more about our 2017 Gold Award Girl Scouts and their Take Action Projects from the girls themselves! Visit to view our 2017 Gold Award Take Action Project Playlist and be inspired by these girls’ amazing work! For more info about the Girl Scout Gold Award and its requirements, visit our website at or contact Aranda Hanks at

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University of Memphis Emerging Leaders Program $5,500 per year Mississippi State University Gold Award Scholarship $6,000 over four years ($1,500 per year) Delta State University Gold Award Scholarship - $4,000 ($2,000 per year for 2 years) University of Mississippi Gold Award Scholarship $6,000 ($1,500 per year) University of Tennessee at Martin Gold Award Scholarship - $3,200 for four years ($800 per year) Millsaps College Scouting Scholarship - $60,000 over four years ($15,000 per year)

Girl Scouts of the USA has compiled a list of colleges, universities, foundations, and Girl Scout councils that offer Gold Award scholarships, awards, and grants. View the list at scholarships.html GIRL SCOUTS HEART OF THE SOUTH

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2016-2017 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients wait backstage to be called onstage to receive their awards.

G.I.R.L.s from across the council gathered to be recognized for their accomplishments and to be encouraged and inspired by others.

Kathy Webb and Melanie Schild present Girl Scout Gold Award recipients with their pins and acknowledgment letters.

Kathy Webb and Melanie Schild present Top Product Sellers with their awards.


Save the Date! 2017 - 2018 G.I.R.L. Celebration May 5, 2018 Hutchison School ⏼ Memphis, TN


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n Saturday, April 29, 2017, GSHS hosted the first G.I.R.L. Celebration honoring Girl Scouts Heart of the South’s 2016-2017 Top Product Sellers, 10-Year Members, The Class of 2017, Scholarship Recipients, and all girls earning Higher Awards (Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards) during the 2016-2017 Girl Scout year. Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, and Leaders TM from across

the council and their families attended this inspiring event to not only be recognized for their accomplishments but also to be encouraged and inspired by others. GSHS CEO Melanie Schild, 2013-2017 GSHS Board Chair Kathy Webb, and members of the Girl Scouts Heart of the South staff were proud to take part in this exciting ceremony acknowledging the outstanding achievements of all our G.I.R.L.s. The event was the first of its kind for Girl Scouts Heart of the South bringing together successful, service-minded Girl Scouts of all ages and from many different areas of the council to come and be recognized together for their various accomplishments.

For the first time, council-wide Top Product Sellers and Girl Scouts and Troops earning their Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards were publicly honored and presented with their awards by council staff. After a brief intermission, all 17 of our 2016-2017 Gold Award Girl Scouts were individually recognized by Melanie Schild and Kathy Webb and each in attendance was presented with her Girl Scout Gold Award pin. Descriptions of each of their unique Take Action projects was also delivered to the crowd. This special recognition of their dedication and hard work served to inspire the younger G.I.R.L.s in attendance to keep pursuing excellence as they continue in their Girl Scout journey.


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Girl Scouts National Infographic Contest Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy stretches far beyond the Civil Rights Movement. Despite struggles, oppression, ignorance, and violence, Dr. King rose above the fray to fight for humanitarian rights for all people.

YOUR VOICE IS IMPORTANT. In honor of MLK Day and the voice that inspired change, Girl Scouts Heart of the South challenges you to examine today’s global civil and human rights issues. Let your voice be heard by telling us how this impacts you, how you can have compassion for others, how each of us can make a change, and how we can speak with One Heart and One Voice. You can say it simply by creating an innovative storyline. Of course, the more creative and relatable to everyone, the better. An Infographic is a visual representation, data, or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly. Never created an infographic? No problem! There are many free templates online to help you out. You may use templates such as or to create your submission, and let your voice be heard!

ONE HEART ONE VOICE CONTEST INFORMATION Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place. Winners will be announced via Girl Scouts Heart of the South social media, via email, and on the website. 1st Place Finalist will receive: • Two airline tickets, hotel accommodations to Memphis, Tennessee for 2 nights, as well as 2 tickets to the Civil Rights Museum. *Some restrictions may apply; substitution subject to approval. • Have your work shared on our website and featured in our Promise magazine. • Featured at our One Heart One Voice ceremony 2nd Place Finalist will receive a basket of MLK50 Commemorative memorabilia. 3rd Place Finalist will receive A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. All participants including winners, will receive a certificate of participation. Winners will receive an additional winner’s certificate.

CONTEST ELIGIBLITY This nationwide contest is open to all Junior - Ambassador Girl Scouts. Submission must be made electronically via file upload to the website. Submission of your infographic must be accompanied by the online submission form found on Deadline to Submit:

January 10, 2018. Winners Announced:

January 15, 2018. Inclusivity is a big part of the Girl Scout DNA. From the very moment founder Juliette Gordon Low first mentioned her plans to start Girl Scouts, it was set to be an organization not only for the girls of Savannah, GA, but for “all of America, and all the world.”


July 11 - 14, 2018 Memphis, TN Come join other girl leaders from across the country to explore new ways to view leadership at the Kaleidoscope National Leadership Conference July 11th-14th, 2018, in Memphis, TN. The Kaleidoscope Conference seeks to help create a generation of inclusive, culturally-competent leaders who know how to work together to make the world a better place. The facts for women, and even more so for women of color, paint a picture of inequality. Women on average are paid 20% less than men. If you break the pay gap down by race and ethnicity, it is even worse: Black women are paid 37% less, and Hispanic women are paid 46% less. With values of inclusion, equity, and excellence, we seek to change the current view of leadership, providing positive role models so all young women can see that success is attainable. We are looking for upcoming 11th and 12th grade girls from around the country who are hoping to be those change agents for their generation. During the conference, we will explore topics of diversity and inclusion, implicit biases, perceptions of women and people of color in the media, and more. Girls will have the opportunity to hear from female leaders in the fields of STEM, business, politics, and media. By teaching girls networking skills and resiliency, we hope they leave this conference prepared to demand a seat at the table. Beyond engaging sessions and inspiring speakers, the girls will have the opportunity to explore Memphis with a bus tour of the soul music of Memphis and tour of the National Civil Rights Museum. For more information, visit our website or contact Taylor Farmer at

On Saturday, August 19, 2017, service units across our council celebrated Girl Scouts Heart of the South’s Second Annual Girl Scout Saturday! Thirty-nine of the 40 service units in our 59-county area held one or more recruitment events simultaneously on this very special day! During this day-long, council-wide Girl Scout extravaganza, individual service units and GSHS council staff planned and executed fun recruitment events at convenient locations for G.I.R.L.s all across our council. The media push before and on this day was tremendous, touching tens of thousands of people region-wide with over 20,000 reached through social media alone! Thank you to everyone who participated in a Girl Scout Saturday event, and we are thrilled to welcome all of the new girls and volunteers who signed up on this amazing day! We’re looking forward to an amazing Girl Scout year with you!


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troop Tales ⏷ below: Cadettes from Troop 13347, which regularly meets at

Idlewild Presbyterian Church, lend their hands in support of the upcoming renovation of The Jones Building at the church. Scouts are pictured in the Church’s library where they assisted in moving, sorting and discarding media materials.

⏶ above: For the past two years, Shelby Central SU Troop 13098 has spearheaded the “Caroling for Cans” campaign. Last year the girls collected 42 pounds of food and $150 in donations for the Mid-South Food Bank. They advertise in advance that the Girl Scouts will be in a certain area at a certain time, and then come back at the scheduled time and carol door-todoor collecting food donations for the food bank in exchange for a carol. The troop earned their GSHS CEO patch for this effort!

⏶ above: Girl Scout Brownie Troop 20376 delivered dinner to their local firemen on September 11. We love our Tupelo first responders!

◀ left: Girl Scout Troop 10343 endured the heat and provided outstanding balloon art for all library visitors (swords, flowers, monkeys, giraffes, and more) at the Sam T. Wilson Public Library’s Reading Day event in Arlington, TN.

⏵ right: Girls in the Collierville, TN

Service Unit had a great time at their camporee in April at Kamp Kiwani! Girls participated in a Survivor Camporee at Kamp Kiwani. The girls learned to build a fire, use a pocket knife, whittle, and they also learned how to identify poisonous plants! Way to go ladies, looks like you had a great time!


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⏶ above: Girl Scout Troop 13804 remembered first responders, ⏶ above: Tipton County Girl Scouts helped honor a local

military veteran at the Tipton County Museum by providing refreshments and listening to him speak about his service to our country. Girls also got to meet Tennessee State Representative Debra Moody and see her present an American flag flown over the state’s capitol building.

police, and emergency workers on 9/11, and thanked those who serve and protect together in times of need.

⏵ right: Lakeland/Arlington Girl Scouts participated in placing over 20,000 flags at West TN State Veterans Cemetery in honor of Memorial Day!

⏷ below: Members of the Mississippi Central Service Unit

spent some time at the local VA home to thank them for their service. They sang songs, shared stories and helped to place flags on the grounds as a memorial for a 9/11 Day of Remembrance event.

⏶ above: Girl Scout Troop 13804 celebrated Law Enforcement

Week by making treat bags and handing them out to the Covington Police Department, City of Munford Police Department, Town of Atoka Police Department, and Brighton, Tennessee Police Department. GIRL SCOUTS HEART OF THE SOUTH

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Unleash it at Girl Scouts. A Girl Scout is a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ At Girl Scouts, girls discover who they are, where their talents lie, and what they care the most about. They connect with people in their communities. And they take action to change the world. Through our program, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls develop a strong sense of self, display positive values, and seek challenges. They learn from setbacks, form healthy relationships, and identify and solve problems in their communities— unleashing their inner G.I.R.L. every step of the way.

Did you know? Girl Scouts are prepared for a lifetime of leadership.



How does she find the power of G.I.R.L. in her? Girl Scouts teaches girls to empower themselves by engaging in girl-led, collaborative, and hands-on experiences. Guided by supportive adults who help girls pursue their goals, girls participate in a variety of fun and challenging activities. Here, girls will:

Engage in healthy activities!

Find her entrepreneurial spirit and learn financial literacy!

Explore the great outdoors!

Participate in hands-on STEM skill-building!

Connect with girls around the world!

Take on meaningful community service projects!







Learn more about the power of G.I.R.L.

The world needs more G.I.R.L. leaders, and no organization prepares girls to lead better than

Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts prepares girls to lead by practicing the skills that many of today’s leaders lack - the four key G.I.R.L. leadership skills - grit and goal setting, innovation and real-world problem solving, risk taking, and leading others with empathy. We believe deliberate practice is the key to reaching one’s full leadership potential, and we do this by preparing girls to lead—deliberately and consciously—through skill-building experiences and activities. Girls reach their full potential when they practice leadership the Girl Scout way. We’re for every girl, at every age, every day. Help Girl Scouts Heart of the South build more G.I.R.L. leaders who are ready and prepared to create a better future for themselves and for their communities. Complete and return the attached envelope or visit us online to Give for G.I.R.L.s today!

troop Tales right: Huge THANK YOU to Olive Branch Kroger for taking the time to give Troop 13922 an amazing tour of their store! They helped the girls earn their Grocery Store Tour Fun Patch.

⏶ above: Troops 10339 and 10007

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recently spent the weekend at Camp Tik-A-Witha enjoying all the activities the camp has to offer!

⏵ right: Girls from Troop 13616 recently

toured the PMQ Pizza test kitchen and had a great time learning to become little pizzaiolas!

⏶ above: What a beautiful night for TN

North Suburban Service Unit’s Court of Awards Ceremony at Herb Parsons Lake! Congratulations, Ladies!


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⏶ above: Shelby Central Camporee was held at Kamp Kiwani and boy did they have a great time and great weather!!!!

GSHS encourages you to submit professional quality, “print-worthy” photography for use in our various media campaigns. Photographs should be sent in JPG, TIFF or PDF format, 300 dpi at 2550x3300 pixels (at least, preferably), to Photographs should not be date-stamped OR cropped in any way. Please note that submitted photographs may be chosen for use in a variety of publications and without advance notice. Please be sure to have a signed copy of the Girl Scout media/photo release form on file for each girl pictured. Submissions should include a brief but detailed description of the event pictured in the email body. Submissions may be saved and published at a later date. Not all submissions will be chosen for publication.

council Cares ⏴ top left: Thank you to 4-County Electric ⏴ middle left: Thanks to Kathy and Pete Power Association for supporting our Girl Scouting In The School Day initiative in Mississippi!

McMurry for participating in The Happy Project and providing Girl Scout Cookies to Meals on Wheels (Lee County, MS)! Pictured: Jenny Jones (L) and Lynne Johnson (R) with Lee County Meals on Wheels


⏶ above: On Thursday, September 28, representatives from Hutchison School,

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South, Inc., Girl Twentyfour, The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, NAWBO Memphis, The Junior League of Memphis, the Memphis Fire Department, KIPP Memphis, St. Agnes Academy, Angel Street and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland gathered at GSHS to formally announce the formation of Stand Beside Her - Memphis. This collaborative coalition aims to better serve girls and women in the community.

⏷ below: Thanks again to these lovely ladies from ServiceMaster who made their second annual trip to GSHS to help us prepare for our upcoming One Smart Cookie Luncheon! Thank you for choosing Girl Scouts as your #WeServeDay project partner!

⏶ above: Congratulations to Myra Collins, GSHS Chief Girl Experience Officer, for being recognized as a 2017 Influential Woman by Mud & Magnolia Magazine! An added bonus at the event was Girl Scout Brownie Troop 23136 from Union County volunteering and passing out programs.


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GSHS Board Welcomes New Members and New Perspectives in 2017


t is essential for nonprofits, like Girl Scouts Heart of the South (GSHS), to have a strong organizational structure. This structure is built through the Board of Directors. But what exactly is a Board of Directors and what role does a board play within GSHS? The Board of Directors is the governing body for GSHS. Individuals who sit on the board are responsible for overseeing the organization’s activities. Board members meet quarterly and at the Annual Meeting to discuss and vote on the affairs of the organization. During meetings board members discuss and make necessary decisions. Board memberships are not set up to be permanent positions; GSHS Board members can serve two 2-year terms in the same position. GSHS’s governance is different from its management (paid staff). Board members have responsibilities and roles separate from paid staff members. The Board of Directors, as a governing body, focuses on the organization’s mission, strategy, and goals. Staff members are responsible for the implementation of the mission.

GSHS Board of Directors has officers who are given a higher level of responsibility compared to other board members. The Board of Directors has a Chair, 1st Vice Chair, 2nd Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. The officer’s roles and their terms are defined in the organization’s bylaws, which can be found on the website: The Chair heads up the board and supervises all the business and affairs of the board. The Chair and the CEO of GSHS are separate roles. However, they work closely together to ensure the council is strategically on the correct path, finances are in order and the mission is being met. The 1st Vice Chair’s responsibilities are to assist the Board Chair as needed and preside at meetings of the Council, the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee in the absence or inability of the Chair to attend a meeting. The 2nd Vice Chair also assists the Board Chair as needed and provides oversight of the Girl Scout Community Action Cabinet Chairs. The Secretary keeps the minutes of the Board of Directors. Additionally, the Secretary is responsible for keeping track of the organization’s activities to make sure the actions of the organization are in accordance to the organization’s Bylaws. The Secretary works with the governance staff member to keep track of the board members’ contact information to inform the board about meetings and updates on the organization. The Treasurer provides effective stewardship for the organization. Additionally, the Treasurer is responsible for keeping track of the organization’s financial condition. This is an important role because it keeps the other officers and board members informed about the financials. It is the Board Development Committee’s responsibility to find individuals within the community who have passions and experience that aligns with Girl Scouts’ mission. For the 2017-18 Girl Scout membership year, the GSHS Board of Directors consists of 19 members who are representative of all areas of the council. The council also has a new Board Chair for 2017-19. The Board Chair is Mary Kay Wegner. She is the President of Franchise Services Group for ServiceMaster. The Franchise Services Group consists of industry-leading franchise businesses including AmeriSpec, Furniture Medic, Merry Maids, ServiceMaster Clean and ServiceMaster Restore. The Franchise Services Group delivers over $2.5 billion 34

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in customer-level revenue and supports nearly 6,000 independently owned franchise locations with more than 33,000 employees operating in all 50 states and 13 countries. In addition, Wegner maintains responsibility for $1.3 billion in direct and indirect products over sourcing, real estate and fleet operations. Wegner leads efforts to categorize and analyze purchasing patterns, increase supplier quality, improve supplier diversity, and deliver greater value to the company, as well as managing one of the largest commercial fleets in the United States. Previously, Wegner served as director of North American fleet operations for Coca-Cola Enterprises, and she spent eight years in a variety of leadership positions in fleet, logistics and strategic sourcing at Waste Management, Inc. Wegner has a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and operations analysis from the United States Naval Academy and a master’s degree in logistics engineering from National University in California. During her seven years of active duty, Wegner worked in aviation maintenance, communication and administration for a Navy antisubmarine squadron, and taught calculus and logistics at the United States Naval Academy. New Board of Directors Members for 2017-2019 Lara Bowman is the first Executive Director of The Enterprise. Bowman was hired to establish and lead the newly formed regional organization. Her background boasts experience in human resources, non-profit organizational management and university level outreach work providing training to business and industry in technology applications. Bowman received her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi State University with a graduate level Certificate in Economic Development. She is a certified Business Retention and Expansion Coordinator through BREI. Bowman is an active Rotarian, member of the Mississippi Economic Development Council, Southeast Economic Development Council and Mississippi Manufacturer’s Association. Tracey Zerwig-Ford serves as both the Fine Arts Director and the Center for Excellence Director at Hutchison School. Before joining Hutchison, Ms. Zerwig-Ford served as the Artistic Director of the Arts Memphis Center for Arts Education. She has commissioned works from all major arts groups in the Memphis area, trained artists of all disciplines, and

Lara Bowman

Tracy Zerwig-Ford

Leonie Hefley

Carolyn McAdams

Dr. Loretta Rudd

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visited classrooms through Lincoln Center’s prestigious Aesthetic Education Institute. Ms. Ford has performed professionally in New York, Illinois, Minnesota, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Lindenwood University and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Western Illinois University. Leonie Hefley serves as a Bank Loan Officer for Commercial Bank & Trust in Jackson, TN. She is a former Girl Scout Heart of the South Board Chair and member of the West Tennessee Community Advisory Board. She is a lifetime Girl Scout. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. Carolyn McAdams was elected mayor of Greenwood in June 2009. Since that time, she has made the revitalization of Greenwood a priority of her administration, overseeing the development, adoption, and

implementation of Greenwood’s first comprehensive plan in more than thirty years. Since being elected mayor, McAdams has spearheaded the completion of Greenwood’s $1.4 million Howard-Johnson Streetscape Improvement Project and has embarked on a $2.2 million linear park project that will revitalize the Carrollton-Johnson corridor in downtown Greenwood. Mayor McAdams has also focused on making Greenwood a healthy and environmentally friendly community, helping Baptist Town residents start their first community garden, establishing the Mississippi Delta’s first municipal recycling program in Greenwood, and developing the Yazoo River Trail. Dr. Loretta Rudd is a clinical associate professor in child development at the University of Memphis. Her husband is David Rudd, president of the University of Memphis.

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education from The University of Texas at Austin. She also received a master’s of education in educational administration from Tarleton State University. Previously, Dr. Rudd was an assistant professor at the University of Utah. While she was an assistant professor at Texas Tech University, she served as the Campus Champion for the Jumpstart for Young Children-Lubbock, an early literacy program that partners college students with children from low income homes. For 12 years, she taught in public education in Texas and California. She taught preschool through high school aged profoundly hearingimpaired children, general education first grade and PreK. Gina Sweat is the Director of Fire Services for the City of Memphis. She is the first female to serve in this capacity in the history of the Memphis Fire Department and one of only a handful of females leading a metropolitan fire department in the United States. She began her career with the Memphis Fire Department on May 26, 1992. As a firefighter, she was originally assigned to Snorkel 2 at Fire Station 1. She later transferred to Engine 1 where she remained when she was promoted to Driver on July 5, 1995. Gina was promoted to Lieutenant on March 10, 1998 and assigned to Engine 5. In May of 2001, she was promoted to Battalion Chief. She assumed command of Battalion 4 which included Fire Stations 7, 11, 15, 19, and 28. On August 29, 2008, Gina was promoted to Division Chief and assigned at Fire Administration. In her role, she collaborated with the Fire Department Command Staff as well as other City Divisions regarding operational issues, staffing, disciplinary actions, budgeting, and strategic planning. In July of 2014, she assumed the duties of the Deputy Chief of Logistics on an interim basis. In this capacity, she was responsible for the Logistics Service Center as well as the Fire Communications Service Center. Director Sweat credits her success to her parents for instilling the value of hard work and determination in her at a young age. She attended Freed-Hardeman University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Marketing in 1988. She also played collegiate basketball while attending Freed-Hardeman. After joining the Memphis Fire Department, she continued her education by obtaining a Bachelor’s of Professional Studies in Fire Administration in 2000 and a Master’s of Professional Studies in Strategic Leadership in 2013, both from the University of Memphis. Lashell Vaughn is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Memphis Light, Gas, and Water (MLGW). She has a Master’s of Science in Telecommunications and Information Systems from Christian Brothers University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Mississippi State University. She is a former member of the Greater Memphis Area Community Advisory Board. Lashell is also a lifetime member of Girl Scouts. We are grateful to each of these outstanding ladies and to the fourteen other returning men and women who volunteer their time to sit on the GSHS Board of Directors. Thank you for your service and for your continued dediction to Girl Scouts’ mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. 36

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aturday, May 20, 2017 was indeed a “Great Day to do Something Great!” Volunteers from across our 59 counties gathered at Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch, MS, to participate in a day filled with learning and laughter. The day’s events consisted not only of the 2nd Annual Volunteer Leadership Summit but

also the 2017 Annual Meeting and the Heart of the South Luncheon and Awards Ceremony where troops, service units and individual volunteers were recognized for their contributions and accomplishments during the 2016-2017 Girl Scout Year. The day began with the 2017 Annual Meeting. With over 200 in attendance, certain GSHS bylaw amendments were approved and the incoming GSHS Board of Directors was installed including incoming 2017-2019 GSHS Board Chair Mary Kay Wegner who then officially began her term in office. After the Annual Meeting, the Leadership Summit breakout sessions began. Volunteers were given the opportunity to attend workshops based upon the grade level they serve. This structure offered them not only a valuable learning experience about leading their particular group of girls but also the opportunity to meet and network with other leaders of similar troops. Sessions were also held for Service Unit team members to offer guidance and support in their fulfillment of their Service Team roles. After the morning sessions, attendees filled the Whispering


Woods banquet hall and were treated to a spring-themed luncheon. In true GSHS fashion, guests’ chairs were draped with butter-yellow pashminas - a small token of our appreciation for our amazing volunteers. GSHS CEO Melanie Schild addressed the crowd and educated them about how our council is looking outward, looking inward, and looking forward in our ongoing efforts to provide new and rewarding opportunities for girls. After Melanie’s address, the awards presentation began. We invite you to read about all of this year’s outstanding troops, service units, and leaders on pages 38 and 39. The Trefoil Trunk was open all day and was filled with exciting and trendy new GSHS merchandise. Attendees also had fun purchasing “Daisy Garden” stickers to honor their friends and colleagues. Breakout leadership development sessions continued throughout the afternoon, and everyone in attendance left energized and excited about volunteering with Girl Scouts! Thank you to everyone who attended, and we can’t wait to see you next year at the 3rd Annual Volunteer Leadership Summit on April 21, 2018!




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'16-’17 GSUSA & GSHS AWARDS Volunteer of Excellence Pins Melody Artz Kristy Cannon Shannon Ivy Renee Leith

Kathy Marsh Maggie Myers Theresa Nelson

Kimmer Plunk Lauren Rowlett Laura Wilson

Appreciation Pins Anita Ambrose Denise Chapin Kim Chesteen Leigh Dewitt April Gibbs Brandy Guidry Susan Hubbard

Beatrice Johnson Kesha McAlister Cheryl Patrick Ashley Pennington Inge Poole Mary Pruitt

Holly Reynolds Amy Sexton Stacy Schwarzman Mary Stevens Julie Tolbert Melissa Webb Nikki Williams

Honor Pins Cathy Harper

Carol Lutken

Thanks Badge Caroline Thompson

Kathy Webb

Thanks Badge II Helen York

Debbie Zanot

Outstanding Program Cathy Harper

Public Relations Union/Pontotoc SU

Germantown/Dogwood SU Sunflower SU

Fund Development Juanita Valentine

Product Sales Magnut Program Highest Per Girl Average – Service Unit Level Mississippi Southeast Magnut Program Highest Sales Increase – Service Unit Level Mississippi Central 38

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Magnut Program Highest Online Sales – Service Unit Level Tennessee South Suburban Magnut Program Highest Online Sales – Troop Level TN South Suburban SU Troop #13654

Magnut Program Troop-to-Troop Shelby South SU Troop #10266

Product Sales, cont. Cookie Program Highest Per Girl Average – Service Unit Level Crit-Ark Cookie Program Highest Sales Increase – Service Unit Level Benton/Tippah

Cookie Program Highest Digital Cookie Sales – Service Unit Level Germantown/Dogwood Cookie Program Highest Digital Cookie Sales – Troop Level Crit-Ark SU Troop #13817

Cookie Program Troop-to-Troop Riverside SU Troop #10606

Helping Hand Casey Condra

Retention Tennessee South Suburban

Growth Growth Award - Service Unit Level Stateline

Growth Award - Troop Level Troop #20026

Goal-Getter Tennessee North Suburban

Labor of Love David & Ann McDonald

Rookie of the Year Tarlisa Clark

Liz Mayo

Distinguished Leaders Troop Level Karla Bristlin

Service Unit Level Caroline Thompson Sharon Wofford

Individual Level Lori Patton

Service Unit of the Year Germantown/Dogwood

Troop of the Year Millington/Tipton SU Junior Troop #10408

Thank You & Congratulations! GIRL SCOUTS HEART OF THE SOUTH

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with special guest Elizabeth Heiskell With her passion for food, fun, and adventure, Mississippi Delta girl and Today Show Food Contributor Elizabeth Heiskell started her culinary journey with courses at the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park, New York. Chef Heiskell has prepared food for such notables as the Dutchess of York, Former Vice President Al Gore, Chef Thomas Keller, Priscilla Presley and the governors of Mississippi, Texas, and Arizona.

Have you heard? JOANN and Girl Scouts have teamed up to help parents and volunteers make this the best Girl Scout year EVER! Sign up to receive 15% off Joann purchases every day! *Exclusions apply. You can sign up at or on the JOANN app, available in the Apple and Google Play stores.

As Lead Culinary Instructor at the Viking Cooking School in nearby Greenwood, world headquarters of the Viking Range Corporation, she has represented Viking on exclusive Silver Sea cruises through Spain, Portugal, Hawaii, and has made multiple television and public appearances. With all of her culinary events and classes, Elizabeth adds fun and vitality. Elizabeth and her husband, Luke, run Woodson Ridge Farm while also maintaining her catering company, Elizabeth Heiskell Catering, now in its fifteenth year, through which she provides delicious eats for events all over the Southeast. Elizabeth’s latest cookbook, “What Can I Bring?: Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up” is due to hit bookshelves on October 17th.

**JOANN will give Girl Scouts of the USA a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction for a donation of at least $1.5 Million.

Wednesday, November 15 11:30 AM First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall 800 Van Buren Avenue ~ Oxford, MS Lafayette-Oxford-University area residents can purchase tickets for $30/each. For ticket information, please contact Jenny Jones at 662-350-6041 or Visit us online at:

SheLeads! 2017

Begin Your Journey!

Heed the Call to Adventure! The 2017-2018 SheLeads! experience lifted off August 26, 2017 with our signature SheLeads! Summit. Participants got the chance to hear from and meet influential speakers and local community leaders, engage in fun and innovative personal development activities, meet their cohort, and determine their personal values and causes that inspire them to be a leader.

Join them! It’s not too late to take part in the 2017 SheLeads! Experience! For more information visit us on the web at



The G.I.R.L. Agenda Powered by Girl Scouts is a nonpartisan initiative to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls and those who care about them to lead positive change through civic action. The multi-year effort celebrates the Girl Scout legacy of civic engagement programming—which now includes a new badge for girls as young as five—and will provide girls and adults with tools to be catalysts for change who strengthen their communities and the world. Civic action is all about working to make a difference for the common good. For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has supported girls by offering resources that prepare them to lead, lift their voices, champion their views, and be advocates for the issues and ideas important to them. When it comes to improving society, every person who identifies with the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ Agenda has a role and a responsibility. The G.I.R.L. Agenda makes it simple and rewarding to access free civic engagement resources derived from Girl Scout programming to prepare all G.I.R.L.s to do the following and more: • • • • • • • • •

Advocate for positive change in their communities. Cassandra, a 17-year-old Ambassador, has been fighting to end child marriage in New Hampshire. Stand up against everyday injustices. Muslim Girl Scouts in California educate their community by holding an annual Open Mosque Day to combat Islamophobia. Challenge unfair policies and champion causes. Oregon Brownies spoke up to help pass a law that protects good Samaritans who rescue kids and animals left in hot cars. Mobilize communities to donate or volunteer for causes. In Ohio, a multi-level troop advocated for firefighters, prompting a local store to donate new furniture to the firehouse. Engage in letter-writing campaigns to advocate for change. A Junior troop’s letter-writing campaign led to improved safety measures for kids who walk to school. Create and support petitions: Troop 30245’s petition helped pass a law banning tobacco use in its town parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields. Call or meet with public officials and community leaders to educate them about important issues. Girl Scouts from across Connecticut came to the state capitol to meet with their legislators and discuss their disappointment about the lack of pay equity. Participate in parades and marches. Girl Scouts placed flags at more than 5,000 grave sites at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery prior to marching in their local Memorial Day parade. Support businesses with shared beliefs. Linnea, a Gold Award Girl Scout, set up a shop in her small town featuring fair-trade products from companies that donate profits to causes like improved healthcare, clean water, and better education.

By making age-appropriate resources based on our proven programming accessible to all, and by providing tools to influence policy issues affecting girls, the G.I.R.L. Agenda will give hundreds of thousands of girls and adults tangible ways to take civic action on topics of their choosing, expanding the reach of civic engagement resources beyond Girl Scouts’ 2.6 million members. Because when we take small steps together—across generations—we ignite a larger, lasting effect on our world. To advance the G.I.R.L. Agenda, and for tips on how to lead positive change through civic action, visit

3rd Annual

If she can see it, she can be it. The 3rd Annual HERo Day with the Memphis Fire Department helped girls unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ At this high adventure career exploration day over 150 girls got to challenge themselves and their thinking by exploring career options typically thought to be reserved for males. Getting to meet female firefighters, paramedics, dispatchers, flight nurses, and top ranking female officials, girls were encouraged to explore a career in fire or emergency medical services. “Find your passion and don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t be anything you want to be. The glass ceiling has been shattered for you. ” said City of Memphis Director of Fire Services Gina Sweat. Sweat is a good example for girls as she is the first female fire director for the City, and is among a handful of female fire directors across the country.

The day also gave girls the opportunity to overcome fears, and build self-confidence. Rappeling off a 5-story tower scares most, but Jenny, a Girl Scout Senior, faced her fears with each step she took. “Looking down from the top there was no way I thought I could do it, but the girls in my troop and the firefighters kept encouraging me. I just went for it! I am so proud of myself for actually doing it.” In addition to the rappeling, girls got to experience simulated firefighting environments, try on protective gear, tackle a lifesaving obstacle course, feel the power of a charged fire hose, take a tour of the Hospital Wing, discover how 911 calls are dispatched, and witness search and rescue dogs in action.

Girls rotated through 10 hands-on stations each designed to let them experience different options available to them while meeting female firefighters, paramedics, dispatchers, flight nurses, and top ranking female officials.

Thank you to the City of Memphis Fire Services, Tennessee Task Force One, Hospital Wing, City of Memphis Office of Emergency Management, Memphis Firefighters Association IAFF Local 1787, and the 100+ volunteers who made this day possible.

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2018 Session Sneak Peek Kamp with your girl!

Kamp Mamas! (Mini Session w/ Mom) Kamp Kiwani Grades 1st - 3rd Cost: Girl $200/Adult $100 Sidekicks (Mini Session w/ Mom) Kamp Kiwani Grades 4th - 6th Cost: Girl $200/Adult $100 Camp with your girl during Kamp Mamas or Sidekicks! Enjoy allinclusive summer fun, swimming, crafting, canoeing, s’mores and campfire songs right beside your daughter.

Earn Badges!

Nailed It! Kamp Kiwani Grades 6th - 8th Cost: $400 per person Calling all makers, creators and doers! This camp session lets you hammer it out and build it up while you work on your Woodworker Badge. Girls will use their woodworking skills in a service project at Kamp Kiwani! Wonders of Water Camp Tik-A-Witha Grades: 2nd - 3rd Cost: $400 per person Splash into an awesome summer while learning how to play and love water. Between swim lessons and aqua exploration girls will learn how to care for one of our most valuable resources, and enjoy water! Campers will earn portions of the Wonders of Water Journey!

Older Girl Options Ultimate Survivor! 7 day session Kamp Kiwani Grades: 7th - 12th Cost: $450 per person Girls will spend the week learning outdoor skills from knot-tying to fire building, and compete in challenges to test their knowledge. Teamwork and determination are two musts to be named the Ultimate Survivors! Girls can earn portions of the Cadette Primitive Camper Badge, Senior Adventure Camper Badge, Ambassador Survival Camper Badge!

EXTREME Adventurer 7 day session Camp Tik-A-Witha Grades 7-12th Cost: $450 per person This high adventure, career exploration will help girls develop leadership and collaboration skills! Highlights of this session are an overnight campout with a signature night time ropes course, and camping under the stars! Girls can earn portions of the Cadette Primitive Camper Badge, Senior Adventure Camper Badge, Ambassador Survival Camper Badge!


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We live in a world of screens—smartphone! laptop! TV! tablet!—and sometimes you just want to get away from it all. We get it. That’s why you can focus your Girl Scout experience on getting outdoors. You’ll develop the kind of outdoor skills it’s hard to get anywhere else. Skills like building a campfire, pitching a tent, and canoeing across a lake. Hey, how about adding some horseback riding, rock wall climbing, and archery to the mix? Round things out with a ropes course, some whitewater rafting, and maybe a two week-long equestrian session, and you’ll find out how much fun it can be to unplug and explore the world around you. Our all-inclusive overnight camps are designed with Girl Scouts in mind and offer a variety of activities that include aquatics and equestrian programs, archery, culinary and creative arts, highadventure travel, and a whole lot of campfires, songs and s’mores. Plus, several of our sessions will help you earn badges and Girl Scout awards! Girl Scouts Heart of the South offers two resident camps, Camp Tik-A-Witha in Van Vleet, MS and Kamp Kiwani in Middleton, TN. Both camps are American Camp Association accredited.

Come check both out this Spring at a Camp Open House: Tik-A-Witha Open House Sunday, April 29, 2018 2-4 p.m. Kamp Kiwani Open House Sunday, May 6, 2018 2 - 4 p.m. 16

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TOP FIVE COOKIE SELLERS 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th

Marissa Webb

4,807 boxes

Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 13255 West Memphis, AR

Caitlin Archibald

3,074 boxes

Girl Scout Senior Troop 10266 Memphis, TN

Zolandra Yarbrough

3,059 boxes

Pictured: Girl Scout Junior Morgaan B. from Troop 13351 and GSHS CEO Melanie Schild

Juliette Gordon Low Pearl Award and Luncheon

Girl Scouts who sold 2017 + boxes of cookies were invited to a special lunch with the council CEO Melanie Schild where she personally presented each girl with her rewards. The 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program saw 46 girls who qualified for this honor.

Girl Scout Senior Troop 13343 Memphis, TN

Kaitlin McDade

2,914 boxes

Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 10068 Memphis, TN

Makayla Tolbert

2,618 boxes

Girl Scout Daisy Troop 10339 Lakeland, TN


Girl Scout Troop 13137

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204+ initial order boxes Theme Long Sleeve Shirt

36+ boxes 2018 Theme Patch

400+ boxes Hatching Turtle Plush


Girl Scout Troop 23009


Girl Scout Troop 13921

104+ boxes Tagalong Turtle

650+ boxes Bluetooth Turtle Speaker


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Encourage her to step up today to show everyone how the world’s largest girl-led entrepreneurial program helped her be a barrier breakin’, challenge crushin’, lead takin’ cookie pro!

BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, GIRLS GET A CHANCE TO: Unlock this awesome, limited-edition Cookie Pro 2018 patch

Girl Scouts of the USA

Be featured on our iconic Girl Scout Cookie box


Travel to NYC for an all-expenses-paid Girl Scout Cookie Entrepreneur Experience, where girls will talk business with GSUSA leaders and be recognized as a Top Cookie Pro 2018


FUN FACT: 200 million Girl Scout Cookie boxes are distributed each year to more than 50 million cookie buyers!

Her cookie pro submission should include things like:

Who can participate? Registered Girl Scout Cookie sellers from participating councils How do girls enter? By completing their very own Cookie Pro Resume Survey online and submitting it along with a photo

Cookie badges she’s earned and skills she’s learned What she’s done or plans to do with her cookie earnings Best selling tips for crushing cookie sale goals like a PRO! Entry details and official contest rules will be available September 1, 2017. Entries accepted January 2, 2018, through April 30, 2018. One entry per girl from participating councils. The GIRL SCOUTS® name, mark, and all associated trademarks and logotypes, including the Trefoil Design, are owned by Girl Scouts of the USA.

Cookie Entrepreneurs Leaping Extreme Bounds (C.E.L.E.B.s) are girls who sell 800+ boxes and they were invited to attend an allinclusive, and very exclusive, C.E.L.E.B. event at the Memphis Zoo in May! 303 girls were eligible to attend in 2017. The C.E.L.E.B. Event is the highlight of the cookie season with unique activities, yummy treats and a day of celebrating their success. Put your goal at 800 boxes and join us at the 2018 C.E.L.E.B. Event will be June 2, 2018 at Golf and Games in Memphis, TN.

Congratulations to Girl Scout Daisy Troop 10381 from Cordova, TN for being the council’s Troop 100 winners! In celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, close to 5,000 troops participated in the GSUSA Cookie Troop 100 Challenge. Way to go, girls!


COOKIE KICK-OFFS 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Our go-getting troops set their goals and told us how they planned to put their cookie money to good use. They earned their Cookie Business badge and asked 100 new customers to buy cookies. And to make things extra fun, troops blinged their booths and shared photos of their creativity! Troop 10381 won $100 toward thier awesome Take Action or service project.


JANUARY 13 Girl Scout Leadership Center Memphis 717 S. White Station Rd., Suite 2, Memphis, TN 38117

JANUARY 20 Girl Scout Leadership Center Jackson 1007 Old Humboldt Rd., Jackson, TN 38305

Wesley United Methodist Church 2010 Main St, Tupelo, MS 38801


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JANUARY 6 Calling All Cookie Bosses It’s so much fun to run your own business and make your own decisions. With Girl Scout Cookies, you can start today. How will you and your friends spend your cookie money? What could you do? How could you help others? Set your goals and work hard. You can do it! Grab a grown-up and set up your Digital Cookie 2.0®* account. This fun, easy-touse tool helps you superpower your sale and go beyond the booth with online and mobile channels that make it easy for cookie fans near and far to support your sale and ultimately—your success. Plus, on your very own personalized cookie site, you get to play interactive games, watch videos, enjoy printable activities, take fun quizzes and more—all while taking your cookie sale to the next level.

Girls who used the Digital Cookie in addition to traditional sales, sold more cookies and reached their goals faster - so amazing. Launch your cookie business at a Girl Scout Cookie Kick-Off event! We have three opportunities for you to come learn all about cookies, goal setting, creating a budget, marketing and more! They’re free and totally fun. KeyS TO SucceSS: • Create your Digital Cookie account and email family and friends about purchasing cookies to help reach your goal. • Attend a Girl Scout Cookie Kick-Off • Make plans to host a Girl Scout Cookie Booth with your troop starting February 23 during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend. • Participate in the all-new Red Wagon Saturday on March 3. • Enter GSUSA’s Top Cookie Pro for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to NYC and appear on a Girl Scout Cookie box!!

*Digital Cookie 2.0 was developed by GSUSA and Little Brownie Bakers, and is powered by Dell and Visa Checkout. This safe and secure platform allows girls to sell Girl Scout Cookies online.

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Cookie Calendar January 6 Girl Scout Cookie Program Begins January 13 Cookie Kick-Off, Girl Scout Leadership Center Memphis, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. January 20 Cookie Kick-Off Girl Scout Leadership Center Jackson, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. January 20 Cookie Kick-Off Wesley United Methodist Church, Tupelo, MS, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. January 26 Initial order due to Troop Cookie Manager Girls continue taking orders February 16-22 Cookies are delivered to Service Units February 23 - March 18 Cookie Booths, door-to-door, cookie walkabouts, etc. March 2 Half payment of initial cookie order due to Troop Cookie Manager March 3 Red Wagon Saturday March 9 Digital Online Cookies “Girl Delivery” option ends March 19 Remaining cookie balance due to Troop Cookie Manager april 30 Cookie Pro contest deadline June 2 C.E.L.E.B. Event, Golf and Games, Memphis, TN


Fall Product Program





Every dollar raised stays right here in our council to provide quality council events, provide training for volunteers, maintain three camp properties and provide service to our members. The 2017 Fall Product Program kicked off in September with the exciting addition of two new product categories- organic seeds and drinkware! This short, fun and engaging program is a great way for girls to learn important life skills and to earn money for their Girl Scout activities early in the troop year. The Fall program allows girls and their troops to earn money for their upcoming year, as well as treat customers to big savings on magazines and delectable nuts, candies and chocolates. The nuts and candy are delicious and designed specifically for the Girl Scouts, and the magazine program is a great opportunity to renew existing subscriptions or suggest friends and family try out that new magazine they’ve been considering while supporting Girl Scouts. The To Remember This is a creative way for people to highlight special pictures on cups or calendars, posters or cards. New this year are the designer tumblers and waterbottles, along with the organic veggie growing kits! There really is something for everyone! One of the most important elements of the program is the opportunity for girls to set and achieve goals while earning money for troop activities. Like the iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program, the Fall Product Program teaches important life skills including goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. With girls able to take orders in person, or online, the Fall Product Program is an easy and fun way to fund your Girl Scout adventures!

Shout out to last year’s top sellers! 2016 Fall Product Top Sellers 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th

Cykiah House

$1,998 sold

Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 30093 Greenwood, MS

Danielle Johnson

$1,915 sold

Girl Scout Senior Troop 20268 Tupelo, MS

Allyson Beecham

$1,381 sold

Girl Scout Senior Troop 40009 Henry, TN

Sophia Dow

$1,319 sold

Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 10007 Memphis, TN

Seqouri Glenn

$1,291 sold

Girl Scout Daisy Troop 40099 Milan, TN

Any Girl Scout is eligible to participate! Ask your troop leader for more information or visit

She’s earning badges, trying new things, and giving back in her community with Girl Scouts. Show your support for her by joining the Man Enough to be a Girl Scout Network. When you become a member, you show her that you beleive in what she is doing, and support her in growing her courage, confidence and character, so she can make the world a better place. Girl Scouts Heart of the South created its Man Enough to be a Girl Scout campaign in an effort to involve more fathers and male role models in the lives of our girls. Your investment makes possible critical, life-changing, girl-led programming, while also supporting your girl during a critical time in her life and development—a gift that will continue to benefit girls and our community for years to come. Your $75 membership includes:

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gift! • Man Enough to be a Girl Scout men’s raglan shirt • Man Enough to be a Girl Scout fun patch for your daughter. • Two tickets to the Daddy & Daughter Cook-Out. Additional tickets available for purchase. Date to be announced. • VIP ticket to the Man Enough Network tent at the G.I.R.L. Event, November 4, 2017. • Monthly emails highlighting opportunities for you to get involved with your Girl Scout.


Purchase a Man Enough Membership


2 Get Outdoors Day With My Favorite Guy, Oct. 28 Troop or Service Unit Camporee



Cookie Booths, Feb. 24-March 18 Red Wagon Saturday, March 3

G.I.R.L. Event, Nov. 4 GRAMMY Museum Day, Dec. 9

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Ready for a Trip? Two new Travel opporTuniTies announced! Girls love to travel, and being a Girl Scout gives her the opportunity to explore the world. Girl Scouts Heart of the South offers two unique travel series designed for Girl Scouts. The Let’s Explore travel series are short, regional trips designed for Girl Scout Juniors to venture out beyond their city. Previous Let’s Explore trips have included Let’s Explore: Rocket City in Huntsville, AL. Through the Girl Scouts Go travel series girls get to visit locations all around the world during weeklong trips that are designed for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Previous Girl Scouts Go trips have included Girl Scouts Go: To the Capitol in Washington, D.C. and Girl Scouts Go: Sun and Service to Costa Rica. Both Let’s Travel and Girl Scouts Go trips are announced a year or more in advance so girls can save their money, participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program and host other fundraising activities. We are excited to announce our 2018 trips! Find out more information online at

Let’s Explore: Great Smoky Mountains

Gatlinburg, TN May 31-June 2, 2018 Kick-off your summer with a weekend road trip to the Great Smoky Mountains! This all-inclusive trip gives Girl Scout Juniors the opportunity to explore scenic east Tennessee. Girls will get to learn about the 520,000 acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and take in some of the breathtaking views. This weekend also includes some of the area’s most popular attractions including Dollywood and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Trip Highlights: • Great Smoky Mountains National Park • Ripley’s Aquariam of the Smokies • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! • Dollywood • Dollywood Splash Country • Downtown Gatlinburg

Girl Scouts Go: Birthplace to Beach

Savannah and Tybee Island, GA June 2018 Girls will get an exciting look into the history of our remarkable founder, and take in the beauty of the Eastern Seaboard in this week-long, all-inclusive trip to Savannah, GA! A tour of Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace will help girls discover the unconventional life of Juliette “Daisy” Low - the first Girl Scout. Girls will get to tour Daisy’s childhood home, play her favorite games, and look closely at how she challenged expectations for women in her day to become a confident leader. In addition to the birthplace, we’ll explore the beautiful and historic city of Savannah, and head over to Tybee Island to enjoy fun in the sun! Trip Highlights: • Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace program and tour • Savannah Riverboat Cruise • Tybee Island Dolphin Tour • Tybee Island Marine Center • Tybee Island Beach • Oatland Island Wildlife Center


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Let’s Explore: Huntsville Girls from across the council kicked off their summer with a trip to the Moon Myra Collins, Chief Girl Experience Officer It was apparent at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama that this was going to be an experience of a lifetime. Sitting under the massive belly of a full-scale space shuttle girls received their orders for the mission at hand. We were no longer “girls”, but were now all Space Academy Trainees ready to start our mission. Girls would train and practice just like the astronauts in order to successfully complete the mission aboard the International Space Station. As trainees girls were able to experience zero gravity in the Multi-Axis trainer and gravity chair, hone team building skills, get creative by building and launching a model rocket, and work on leadership skills to bring the team safely back to Earth. During our time girls got to experience first-hand the future of space travel and train to solve technically challenging anomalies in order to complete our own space mission. Once our mission was completed teh group was able to tour the museums and learn all about the history of the United States Space program. Several former employees of the Space program were on hand to tell of their out of this world experiences. Girl Scouts learned about Kathleen Rubins, PH.D., a NASA Astronaut, and Girl Scout alumna. As a member of the 20th NASA astronaut class, she completed her first spaceflight on Expedition 48/49, where she became the first person to sequence DNA in space! She spent 115 days in space and conducted two spacewalks. Girls wrapped up the trip by earning their wings presented during graduation of all the trainees. As graduates, they were challenged to keep exploring new opportunities no matter where in the world, or beyond, they may lead.

Let’s Explore! Let’s Explore trips are short, regional trips designed for Girl Scout Juniors to venture out beyond their city. Visiting places like St. Louis, Atlanta and other regional destinations gives girls the experience of travel and seeing the world thorough a safe and supportive experience. Make plans to join us on our next trip, Let’s Explore: East Tennessee May 31-June 3, 2018! G.I.R.L.s! | FALL/WINTER 2017


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Emilie Hutcheson, Director of Outdoor Leadership Experience Girl Scouts Heart of the South, in conjunction with Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, hosted a national Destination trip over the summer focusing on Tennessee’s rich musical history! The “Little Bit of Country. Little Bit of Rock-n-Roll” trip allowed girls from across the country to tour state treasures from east Tennessee to the Mississippi River, and everywhere in between. Starting in Pigeon Forge girls got to visit Dolly Parton’s Dollywood and Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show, then traveled south to Chattanooga to take in the Tennessee Aquarium and Ruby Falls.

above: Girls discoverd the origins of Country Music at the Country Music Hall of Fame

Girls then headed northwest to the home of country - Nashville, TN! “Music City” gave the girls the opportunity to learn about the genre’s history and early pioneers at the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. The girls boot scooted, listended to live music, and attended a song writers’ workshop. The highlight in Nashville was getting to record their own ballad in studio. Traveling back west to the “Home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll” girls arrived in Memphis! Full of music history, girls got to tour Elvis Presley’s Graceland, and Sun Studios, learn about history at the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, tour the world famous Gibson Guitar Factory, and take a day trip to the Memphis Zoo. This week-long trip allowed girls from California to Maine got to experience the sounds, history and legends of Tennessee.

above: Group selfie on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.


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Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older! With different trips every year, there’s something amazing for everyone. Pack your bags full of life-changing experiences and make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states. With destinations, you can: • Explore the Galápagos Islands • Become an Aerospace Career Explorer • Learn the ins and outs of Broadway with leading directors, • composers, and producers • Sample life at a World Association of Girl Guides and GirlScouts Center in London, India, Mexico, or Switzerland And much more... By participating in destinations, you’ll experience the Girl Scout leadership keys to: Discover Destinations are your passport to new adventures and a new you. As you zipline though rainforests or navigate amazing new landscapes, you’ll find an inner strength you didn’t know you had. Connect As you traverse the Golden Gate bridge, rock climb the Appalachian Mountains or mingle with legislators, you’ll work towards a common goal with girls your age. You’ll also become fast friends with girls who share a unique experience with you. Take Action Going on a destination will inspire you to step even further outside your comfort zone—and take action to make the world a better place. Whether you’re inspired to educate others about your experience or motivated to solve problems in your community, destinations will take you to places you’ve never been before.

2018 Destinations Wildlife, Geysers & Mountains: A National Park Adventure Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Sailing Lake Erie: Tall Ship Sail School Cleveland, Ohio Camp Fury Tucson, Arizona Escape to Iceland Iceland Biking Denmark and Sweden: Cycle the coast and castles of Scandinavia Denmark Catching Waves in Costa Rica Costa Rica Costa Rica & Panama Service Challenge Costa Rica Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure Bocas del Toro, Panama Greece – Sea Kayaking Kefalonia and the Ionian Islands Greece Space Academy Advanced Space Academy Huntsville, Alabama Rainforest, River, & Reef Costa Rica Hollywood Dreamin’ Hollywood, California Wilderness Adventure Photography Yosemite, California Horseback Riding Mongolia: An adventure through the land of Genghis Khan Mongolia Channel Islands Adventure Expedition Ventura, Santa Cruz Island Germany – Castles in the Sky Munich, Germany North Country Rock-N-Wilderness Duluth, Minnesota Camp HERO Madison, WI San Juan Islands Kayaking San Juan Islands, Washington Majestic Alps: France, Switzerland and Italy Chamonix, France Happy Trails Equitation Challenge Armuchee, GA Sea Turtle Retreat San Jose, Costa Rica Mexico: Mountains to the Sea Cuernavaca, Mexico Get Ready for Galapagos! Ecuador Mediterranean Adventure: Greece, Italy & Spain Florence, Italy Belize – Land and Sea Belize

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Council Calendar View complete event details, register and more online at Events subject to change. Please visit online calendar for up-to-date event information.

KEY Girl Scout Daisy Girl Scout Brownie Girl Scout Junior Girl Scout Cadette Girl Scout Senior Girl Scout Ambassador Girl Scout Volunteer Family Event

Mon Jul 09 - Sun Jul 15

JULY 2018 Girl Scouts Go: Savannah & Tybee Island

Kamp Kiwani, Middleton, TN Hutchison School, Memphis, TN Kamp Kiwani, Middleton, TN Great Smoky Mountains National Park

May 4-6 May 5 Sun., May 06 May 31 - Jun 03

Camp Tik-A-Witha, Van Vleet, MS Graceland, Memphis, TN Kamp Kiwani, Middleton, TN Kamp Kiwani, Middleton, TN Kamp Kiwani, Middleton, TN Whispering Woods Hotel, Olive Branch, MS Whispering Woods Hotel, Olive Branch, MS Whispering Woods Hotel, Olive Branch, MS Nationwide Kamp Kiwani, Middleton, TN Kamp Kiwani, Middleton, TN The Memphis Zoo, Memphis, TN Camp Tik-A-Witha, Van Vleet, MS

Sat. Apr. 06 - 08 Sat., Apr. 07 Sat., Apr. 07 Sat., Apr. 07 April 13-15 Sat., Apr. 21 Sat., Apr. 21 Sat., Apr. 21 Sun., April 22 Sat., Apr. 28 Sat., Apr. 28 Sat., Apr. 28 Sun., Apr. 29

Nationwide Nationwide Nationwide Nationwide

Sun., March 11 Mon., March 12 Fri., March 16 Sat., March 17

Worldwide Nationwide

Thurs., Feb. 22 Feb. 23 - 25

HealthWorks!, Tupelo Girl Scout Leadership Center, Memphis, TN Wesley United Methodist Church, Tupelo, MS Girl Scout Leadership Center, Jackson, TN

Sat., Jan. 13 Sat., Jan. 13 Sat., Jan. 20 Sat., Jan. 20

Girl Scout Leadership Center, Memphis, TN GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, Cleveland, MS

Tue., Dec. 05 Sat., Dec. 09

Lindenwood Life Center, Memphis, TN The Landers Center, Southaven, MS Girl Scout Leadership Center, Memphis, TN The Pink Palace Museum, Memphis, TN Union University Kappa Delta House TBA Mississippi State Kappa Delta House

Fri., Nov. 03 Sat., Nov. 04 Wed., Nov. 08 Fri., Nov. 10 - Sat., Nov. 11 Sun., Nov. 12 Sat., Nov. 18 Sun., Nov. 19

Kamp Kiwani, Middleton, TN University of Memphis Kappa Delta House University of Mississippi Kappa Delta House Nationwide

Sat., Oct. 28 Sun., Oct. 29 Sun., Oct. 29 Tues., Oct. 31

OCTOBER 2017 Day With Your Favorite Guy My Best Self International Girl’s Day Spooktacular Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday NOVEMBER 2017 MEGA Fun G.I.R.L. Event presented by AutoZone Play It, Sing It Training Pink Palace Museum Girl Scout Camp-In She Can Do Anything! Girl Scout Gold Award Training International Girl’s Day Celebration DECEMBER 2017 CEO Meet and Greet (by invitation) GRAMMY Museum Girl Scout Day JANUARY 2018 HealthWorks! Senses & Simply Meals Badge Program Girl Scout Cookie Kick-off Girl Scout Cookie Kick-Off Girl Scout Cookie Kick-Off FEBRUARY 2018 World Thinking Day National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend MARCH 2018 Girl Scout Sunday Girl Scout’s Birthday Girl Scout Shabbat Girl Scout Sabbath APRIL 2018 Troop Camping Scouts Rock at Graceland Pony Riders Ring Riders Teen Camporee Volunteer Leadership Summit Heart of the South Annual Meeting Heart of the South Volunteer Recognition Luncheon Girl Scout Leader’s Day Trail Riders Cowgirls Zoo Snooze Camp Open House MAY 2018 Me & Mine G.I.R.L. Celebration Camp Open House Let’s Explore: East Tennessee

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Daisy Think Like a Programmer Award Badge Daisy Outdoor Art Maker Badge Daisy Buddy Camper Badge

DISCOVER WHAT’S NEW! It’s an exciting time for Girl Scouts!

Brownie Cabin Camper Badge

Brownie Showcasing Robots Badge

Brownie Race Car Design Challenge Badge

Combined with existing STEM and outdoor programs, as well as programming that addresses life skills and entrepreneurship, these new Journeys and badges help girls empower themselves to take the lead like a Girl Scout as they accomplish amazing things. JOURNEYS Engineering | Think Like an Engineer Girls learn how to think like a designer by participating in hands-on design challenges and completing a Take Action project. DAISY THROUGH JUNIOR Computer Science | Think Like a Programmer Girls participate in interactive computational-thinking activities to learn how programmers solve problems. Girls also complete a Take Action project. DAISY THROUGH JUNIOR

Junior Think Like a Citizen Scientist Award Badge

Junior Designing Robots Badge

Junior Eco Camper Badge

Cadette Primitive Camper Badge Ambassador Survival Camper Badge

Outdoor STEM | Think Like a Citizen Scientist Girls learn the scientific method by undertaking a citizen science project that involves making observations, collecting data, and working with scientists to receive feedback on research and findings. Girls also complete a Take Action project. DAISY THROUGH JUNIOR OUTDOOR JOURNEY Outdoor Anchored by the Troop Camping badge, this new Journey will deepen girls’ outdoor skills through badges that lead to a Take Action project and inspire girls to take an interest in environmental stewardship. DAISY THROUGH AMBASSADOR BADGES Engineering | Robotics Girls design their own robots after learning how they’re built and programmed. “Unplugged” activities allow girls to earn badges without buying kits. DAISY THROUGH JUNIOR Engineering | Mechanical Engineering Girls complete hands-on engineering activities, such as building and testing roller coasters, race cars, and jumping robots. DAISY THROUGH BROWNIE Girls’ Choice | Troop Camping This year, girls from across the United States had the chance to vote for their favorite badge category and topic. And the winner is…Troop Camping! DAISY THROUGH AMBASSADOR New Daisy Badges Two new Daisy badges, Outdoor Art Maker and Good Neighbor, give Daisies a chance to get in on the creativity other Girl Scouts already enjoy and discover all about their school, city or town, and state!

Senior Take Action Award Badge 4

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Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie and Junior Plush Dolls $19.95 Sale $6.99

Girl Scouts Y’all Long Sleeve Shirt Youth $17, Adult S - XL $19, 2XL-4XL $21

She Believed She Could So She Did Long Sleeve Shirt Youth $17, Adult S - XL $19, 2XL-4XL $21

G.I.R.L. Pullover Hoodie Youth $24.95, Adult $29.95


FUN PATCHES Halloween Fun Patch $1.25 Halloween Fun Girl Scouts Fun Patch $1.50 Juliette Low Fun Patch $1.25 Food Drive Fun Patch $1.25 Toy Drive Fun Patch $1.25


She Believed She Could So She Did Water Bottle $8

Girl Scouts Heart of the South Stainless Tumbler $10

Outdoor Skills Spectacular with Charms Fun Patch $7

three convenient locations or online at Memphis Leadership Center & Trefoil Trunk 717 South White Station Rd. Ste. 2 Memphis, TN 38117

Jackson Leadership Center & Trefoil Trunk 1007 Old Humboldt Rd. Jackson, TN 38305

Tupelo Leadership Center & Trefoil Trunk 1140 West Main Street Tupelo, MS 38801


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Girl Scouts Heart of the South - The Promise Magazine, Fall/Winter 2017  
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