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Girl Scouts Featured in The Daily News

“Calling All Girl Scouts”

  JEREMY PARK 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 experiences.   

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 visiting 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    

Jeremy Park, director of communications at Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance and director of the Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club, can be reached at

Posted by Kristen Posey-Russell at 9:28 AM


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