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Girl Scout councils merging in Georgia

POSTED: November 20, 2007 5:00 a.m.
May 1, 2008, will mark a new era of Girl Scouting in Georgia. Six Girl Scout councils in Georgia - Savannah, Athens, Augusta, Albany, Macon and Columbus will merge to create Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Inc. The corporate headquarters for this new high-capacity council will be in Macon..
Girl Scouts nationwide are embarking on an exciting transformation to better meet the needs of girls in today’s fast-changing world. The Girl Scout organization has devoted more than two years to a comprehensive review of its business with a team of council CEOs, volunteers, GSUSA staff and girls nationwide. Through that extensive review the organization determined that realigning councils would provide a more consistent, high-quality Girl Scout experience for all girls.
“Our commitment to girls remains our priority. We will continue to have service centers where there are now council offices,” said Cheryl Legette, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Georgia and one of the co-chairs of the committee planning the Georgia merger. Tom Feldman, President of the Girl Scout Council of Savannah and the other co-chair of the committee added, “Our volunteers and staff are working together to build a new council that reaches out to more girls and uses our resources more effectively. This way, we can provide even more exciting opportunities that will have a positive impact on girls’ lives.” The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
Girl Scouts of the USA was founded by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah in 1912. For 95 years, Girl Scouts has been providing character development and leadership training for girls, ages 5-17. Georgia Girl Scouts are honoring Low’s October birthday with the announcement of their merger. The new council comprises the following current Girl Scout Councils: Girl Scouts, Central Savannah River Council (Augusta); Girl Scouts of Concharty Council (Columbus); Girl Scouts of Middle Georgia (Macon); Girl Scouts of Northeast Georgia (Athens); The Girl Scout Council of Savannah, Georgia; and Girl Scouts of Southwest Georgia (Albany).
Boundaries include most of Georgia except metro Atlanta and the northwest area of the state. The council will also include several neighboring counties in South Carolina and one in Alabama. The new council will serve about 20,000 girls in 120 counties.
To find out more, or to follow the progress of the new council’s development, visit www.gshg.org
 

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