South Carolina General Assembly Women’s Caucus Recognizing Year of the Girl

May 30, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC – May 25, 2012 – At a breakfast meeting at the BlattBuilding on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, the South Carolina General AssemblyWomen’s Caucus presented a Resolution to all Girl Scouts of SouthCarolina on behalf of the entire South Carolina General Assembly. 

As read by Representative Laurie Funderburk, chair, SC GeneralAssembly Women’s Caucus, the members of the South Carolina House ofRepresentatives recognized and congratulated the Girl Scouts on their100th anniversary, and designated the year 2012 as the Year of the Girlin South Carolina. 

Stated Kim Hutzell, President & CEO, Girl Scouts of SouthCarolina – Mountains to Midlands, “It is with deep appreciation that weaccept this Resolution from our elected state officials on behalf of allgirls in South Carolina. It is especially meaningful to have it readand presented by the Women’s Caucus because just one year ago itsmembers came together to form the first-ever South Carolina HonoraryGirl Scout Troop.”  Given the troop number 1912 in recognition of theyear Girl Scouts was founded, the membership is composed of all women inthe House of Representatives.
Continues Hutzell, “For the 31,000 girl and adult members of Girl Scoutsin the state of South Carolina, the 100th anniversary of Girl Scoutinggives us a unique platform from which to talk about one of the mostpressing issues currently facing girls today – the fact that millions ofour daughters, sisters, nieces, and students are not reaching theirfull potential as leaders in society, and not becoming the leaders weneed, and we know they can be, in business, government, not-for-profits,and in their own communities.”
For 100 years, Girl Scouting has helped girls develop positive valuesand become active, responsible leaders in their communities. Withemphasis on personal growth and leadership development through serviceto others, Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, andcharacter, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of SouthCarolina-Mountains to Midlands serves approximately 12,600 girls, gradesK5-12, and 5,000 adults in 22 counties of central and western SouthCarolina, including Abbeville, Aiken, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester,Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Kershaw, Lancaster,Laurens, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland,Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter, and Union.

Pictured: (1st row, L-R):  Representatives Jenny Horne, Rita Allison,Deborah Long, Joan Brady, Laurie Funderburk, Chandra Dillard; BelindaCopeland, chair, South Carolina Joint Girl Scout Legislative Committee;Representatives Patsy Knight and Elizabeth Munnerlyn.  (2nd row, L-R):Mary Winter Teaster, board chair, Girl Scouts of South Carolina –Mountains to Midlands; Loretta Graham, CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern SouthCarolina; Kim Hutzell, President & CEO, Girl Scouts of SouthCarolina —Mountains to Midlands.