“Calling All Girl Scouts”
Special to The Daily News
Last week we spotlighted the Dorothy Day House of
Hospitality, which is providing homeless families with free, temporary housing
and the means to re-establish their independence. This week let us discuss a local
organization, preparing to celebrate its 100th Anniversary and
widely known for building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make
the world a better place: Girl Scouts Heart of the South.
Girl Scouts Heart of the South serves 59 counties with
over 11,500 girls participating and over 4,000 girls in Greater Memphis. Famous for its cookies, Girl Scouts is
actually highly regarded as the premier leadership organization for girls ages
5-17. Locally, the organization is found
in schools, churches, public housing, foster homes, detention centers, and
every zip code in the Mid-South. It is
focused on three outcomes: girls Discover
themselves and their values, Connect with
others and Take Action to make the
world a better place.
Girl Scouting is a non-formal, experiential, and
cooperative education program that promotes personal growth and leadership
development. There are five key program
areas: 1) Life Skills, 2) Leadership and Advocacy, 3) Camping and Outdoor
Adventure, 4) Entrepreneurship and Career Exploration, and 5) Healthy
Living. Partnering with caring adults,
girls design fun and challenging activities that touch on these five areas and
empower them to raise their voices and expand their breadth of
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts Heart of the South is
preparing to celebrate its 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting in
2012. As a part of celebration, Girl
Scouts is looking to re-connect with alumnae and increase its percentage of
girls served in the region from six percent to closer to ten percent, which is
the national average. It is truly
impressive to know there are already over 50 million women in the U.S. today
that are Girl Scout alumnae.
So, if you have ever been a part
of the Girl Scout experience, the organization is inviting you to re-connect by
or contacting Missy Rainer at 901-334-3460.
Alumnae will receive invitations to special events and opportunities to
reconnect with the sisterhood. A simple way to help Girl Scouts increase
their percentage served locally is to encourage the girls in your life to
consider joining through one of their many flexible participation “pathways.”
Girl Scouts provides flexible and
rewarding volunteer opportunities for men and women of all backgrounds. There are opportunities ranging from one time
special event volunteers to long term troop leaders. Consider supporting the Girl Scout cookie
program by purchasing cookies by the case for delicious customer and employee
appreciation gifts. Lastly, look at
making a donation to invest in the future female leaders in our communities,
our businesses and our families.
For more information, please call
the Girl Scout Heart of the South office at 901-334-3450 or visit www.girlscoutshs.org.
Jeremy Park, director of
communications at Lipscomb
& Pitts Insurance and director of the Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast
Club, can be reached at email@example.com.