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Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina
March 2013 Connection Newsletter
GSESC honors seven women
2013 Mary Dean Brewer Women of Distinction
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Left to right: 2013 Mary Dean Brewer Women of Distinction honorees are Kay Farmer, Peggy Kamp, Pat Chapman, Sue Leon, Janice Rozier and Ruth Metzger.

Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina honored seven women Thursday, March 7 at SiMT in Florence for the annual Mary Dean Brewer Women of Distinction event. We would like to extend our gratitude to our sponsors, our honorees and our attendees at the event, which raised more than $25,000.
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Pearl Sponsors, Carolina Bank, Carolinas Hospital System, Chick-fil-A of Florence, Belinda Copeland and Cliff McBride, First Reliance Bank, McLeod Health, Pepsi Cola of Florence, Progress Energy
Daisy Sponsors, Dena Altman and Jane Brandt • Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center • Coca-Cola • Elliott Davis • Florence Concrete Products (in memory of Catherine Cross) • FTC • Ruby Gibbs and Mary Mack • King Cadillac Buick GMC •
L.H. Stokes and Son, Inc. • Mr. and Mrs. William Timberlake • Tucker-Wells Medical

For a photo gallery from the event, click here.

GSESC girls go LEGO

Teams saw a successful season
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Members of the Tech Chicz are (left to right): Aspen Collins, Victoria Maldonado, Madison Korel, Anna Tilton and Kierra McCall.
This year, 40 girls participated in the FIRST LEGO League program on five all-girl teams sponsored by GSESC. The teams tackled the issue of growing older through the Senior Solutions Challenge. Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project and the FLL Core Values.
Teams participate in the challenge by building and programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field and developing a solution to a problem they have identified, all guided by the FLL Core Values.
We want to give a huge round of applause to all the girls and their coaches for a great season!
  • Tech Chicz, Florence, coached by Liz Maldonado and Regina Tilton The Tech Chicz won the Champions Award, the highest award given, at the Pee Dee/SiMT FLL Regional. This was the third consecutive year that the team took home this honor. They followed it up by winning 2nd place for Inspiration at the SC FLL Event. Fembots, North Charleston, coached by Kellye Voigt and Dave Eslinger
  • The Fembots won 1st place for Core Values at the Berkeley County FLL Regional. They advanced to the SC FLL Event. NERDettes, Summerville, coached by Glenna Broughton, Karen Thompson, and Steve Hollingsworth The NERDettes participated in the Dorchester County FLL Regional.
  • Genius Gemstones, Horry County, coached by Kyle Myres and Jennifer Sadler The Genius Gemstones won 1st place for Robot Technical Design at the Horry County FLL Regional. They advanced to the SC FLL Event.
  • The Flamingoes, Summerville, coached by Sheila Beson and Mark Roper The Flamingos participated in the Dorchester County FLL Regional
We want to thank the Lowcountry Society of Women Engineers, Time Warner Cable/Connect A Million Minds, Nick Rohring, and the Microsoft Matching Gifts Program for helping to support GSESC’s all-girl robotics program. For more information on FIRST LEGO League click here. For more information on GSESC Goes LEGO All-Girl Robotics Program please contact Lesley Robinson.

Welcome Belinda Copeland, board chair

belinda mug 2Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina would like to welcome Belinda Copeland, the new chairman of the board of directors. Belinda is the treasurer for Darlington County and has a long history with Girl Scouts, where she has been a troop leader, service team member, delegate and president of the Pee Dee Area council.
In her new role, Belinda says she is hoping to interact more with volunteers and girls. "I am looking forward to meeting more of the girls and the leaders and asking them where do they want to be in the next five years in Girl Scouts and in their lives. I will want their suggestions and ideas of how this council can serve them to meet their needs."
Belinda says she hopes to work with CEO Loretta Graham to bring Girl Scouting to girls who might not otherwise have the opportunity -- focusing on fund development and showing the community the benefits that Girl Scouting offers.
"I believe in not just doing things right, but always doing the right thing."

Shop Talk

Stop by our Girl Scout shops for some spring shopping! Saturday hours at the shops in Myrtle Beach and North Charleston are changing. For a full listing of the shop hours, click here.

New Saturday hours as follows:
1st and 3rd Saturday through May: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1st Saturday in June: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Closed Saturdays in July
All Saturdays Aug. 17-Dec. 14: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cookie season is coming to a close and troops may want to thank volunteers that helped during the sale. Cookie Glass and many more items are available shop coupon0312 2in both shops! Shop Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at either shop and use the coupon to get an additional 15 percent off all cookie items excluding official badges.

April 22nd is Volunteer Appreciation day. Shop Saturday April 6th and 20th for volunteer gifts and receive a 20 percent discount. Only good on certain items.

If your daughter is going to Girl Scout camp, remember to include a "Send a Smile" kit order with your registration. She will receive a special kit at camp just from you. A great idea for Grandparents!

Shop information

Time to Think

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For girls in Norway, S.C., each troop is assigned a country to research and represent. On the last Saturday in February, they meet and exchange information.
Each troop creates and displays their country’s flag and they make a memento, called a SWAP OUT, describing the country. They also prepare a sample of food associated with their country and some form of entertainment concerning their country’s culture.
This year, 17 Girl Scout troops participated in the event. They were Troop 64 (Italy); Troop 125 (Mexico); Troop 196 of North (China); Troop 407 of Norway (Hawai’i); Troop 480, 221, 235 (Switzerland); Troop 421 (Africa); Troop 471 (Germany); Troop (500) Mexico); Troop 542, 127 (China); Troop 619 (Dominican Republic); Troop 630 (Russia); Troop 694 (China); Troop 770 of St. Matthews (Italy); and Troop 780 (Japan).

Girls Go Techbridge

In November 2012, GSESC was awarded a Girls Go Techbridge grant for $10,000 and approximately $10,000 worth of STEM activity materials.
Girls Go Techbridge is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote girls’ interest and skills in science, technology, and engineering. GSESC joins 15 other councils who use the Girls Go Techbridge program. In addition to the $10,000, GSESC also received three sets of five programs-in-a-box. The five programs-in-a-box include hands-on activities and career exploration.
Read more about the program here.

3D Art

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Troop 216 from the East Cooper Service Unit visited the Halsey Institute at the College of Charleston. The art director led the group through the Leslie Dill exhibit which featured words built into the art, making the poetry come to life!

Global Green Team

GSESC’s Global Green Team is part of the Global Girl Scout Forever Green Take Action Grant which GSESC received in February 2012.
Our Global Green Team has eight Senior and Ambassador girls on it from throughout the council. This group of girls has been working together since November 2012 to plan and complete an environmental Take Action project which engages at least 200 youth locally.
GSESC’s Global Green Team is twinned with a Girl Guide group in Western Australia and the Northern Territory who also have to plan and complete an environmental Take Action project which engages at least 200 youth locally.
Both groups have decided to focus on Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling for their Take Action projects. As part of their Take Action project, GSESC’s Global Green Team will be hosting the Triple R Extravaganza event for Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies and will be hosting a booth at the Socastee Heritage Festival.
The two groups are looking forward to meeting each other in July 2013 when the Australian group travels to South Carolina.

Triple R Extravaganza
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Camp registration under way
Camp registration is open! We are offering traditional resident camp and troop adventure camp. Troop adventure camp (TAC) offers the opportunity to camp as a troop; we will provide instruction for activities like swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, archery, arts and crafts, high ropes and nature sessions to keep your days full of fun and excitement! Questions? Contact Melissa Arrwood.

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Give to Girl Scouts!
Supporting your Girl Scout council has never been easier.

Join the Centennial Circle of Giving. Our goal is to have 100 members giving $1,000 for a total of $100,000. Individuals or groups can make the donation, all at once or installments. Thank you to Centennial Circle of Giving New Members:
Jane Brandt
Cliff McBride
Pam Niesslein

Give to the GIFT Campaign. GIFT campaign progress to date: $3,064

Make a donation via PayPal.

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Triple R Extravaganza
Join Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina at the Sands Resorts in Myrtle Beach on April 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. for the Triple R Extravaganza! This event for Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies is being planned and organized by the Global Green Team, a group of 14- to 17-year-old girls from across our council who have come together to work on an environmental Take Action project. Registration is open now through April 5 or until the limit of 50 girls is reached! Contact Lesley Robinson for further details.

2013 Booth Sales

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Taking Action

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Girl Scout Brownies of Troop 568 work on a Take Action aspect of Journeys. The group was led by a Girl Scout Junior working on a community project dedicated to picking up litter out of the marsh along Rosemead Road twice a month. She showed the Brownies how local construction has caused more debris than is possible to carry home for disposal. The girls wrote a letter and sent pictures to the mayor and sanitation department asking for their help in cleaning up debris left from road construction.

2013 Legislative Page Program

• Alexandra Zimmer, Troop 211, Goose Creek
• Tegan Kates, Troop 459, Alcolu
• Samantha Lee, Troop 185, Darlington
• Danielle Kriss, Troop 185, Darlington
• Janay Crosland, Troop 421, St. Matthews
• Kendra Bethea, Troop 421, Orangeburg
• Debi Zimmer, Chaperone, Goose Creek

Fun for girls and families

Join GSESC for the 2013 Keys to Leadership Expo on April 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Charleston! Click for event details.

Come cheer on the Charleston RiverDogs as they play the Asheville Tourists for Girl Scout Night! The Charleston RiverDogs invite you, your troop and your families out for a night of baseball, fireworks and fun!
Click for event details.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

More than 100 girls attended the 2013 Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at the Citadel on February 24. This annual event was hosted by the Lowcountry Society of Women Engineers and the Citadel collegiate chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.
Check out a photo gallery from the event here.

Palmetto Pride

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Members of Girl Scout Cadette & Senior troop 449 pick up shingles in the national forest for Palmetto Pride. The pile took three pickups and a couple SUVs to carry it all to the dumpster. They also found a scarlet king snake!

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who make the world a better place.

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