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Every Girl Scout Has a Story to Share

November 23, 2015

Tell Us Your Story - Girl Scouts

To celebrate the end of another wonderful year of Girl Scouts, we wanted to take the time to express our thanks to all of the wonderful donors who make a difference in the lives of girls, the community, and our world!

What better way for us to do this than to share the stories we hear every day about the impact Girl Scouting has?

This blog is part of a three-part series where we will be sharing the stories of our donors, our girls, and you! We also hope you will join them in Giving to Girls by sharing your message of support.

“In 1973 I made one of the best decisions of my life, I became a Girl Scout. I wanted my daughters to participate in an organization that would build their character, develop their leadership, and connect them to the community. 42 years later, my dedication and support of Girl Scouts has not waivered. I have given countless hours leading troop meetings, leader trainings, attending council meetings, organizing Jamboree, camping, singing, and helping girls with their badges and awards. I wouldn’t trade ONE single minute I’ve INVESTED because I love the girls that much. They have given me far more than I have given them. After all, that is why “we” do what “we” do….for the girls. Make no mistake, the money we give truly counts. Every dollar donated is an investment in OUR future. The money collected literally changes girls’ lives by providing grants and financial aid for girls to participate in all of the activities involved in Girl Scouting. It bridges the gap between the girls who want to attend and the girls who cannot attend because of the cost. ALL of these activities provide so many opportunities for the girls to develop leadership, community, and have fun in a loving and safe environment. These girls deserve the chance to grow and explore with our help. They will learn countless ways to lead and give back. They develop confidence, loyalty, patriotism, and collaboration. I am so proud that I continue to have the chance to invest. We can change the world one Girl Scout at a time. Won’t you help?”

—Linda Peedin, volunteer and donor

“As an Army Brat, I moved constantly while I was growing up, attending 20 schools along the way. Our moves took my family to Alaska and Korea, as well as around the United States. The one constant for me was Girls Scouts. I started as a Brownie in Northern Virginia and was a Junior in Atlanta. My Cadette years were in Seoul, Korea and then I finished as a Senior in Monroe, North Carolina when my Dad retired from the Army. Serving on the Board of North Carolina Coastal Pines as well as contributing each year to our Council, is my way to say thank you to Girl Scouts for always being there for me.”

—Jean Carter, Girl Scouts—NC Coastal Pines Board Chair and donor

“Through its guiding principles, Girl Scouting serves the entire community. And we need to make it possible for everyone in the community to participate. Because everything is a great deal more expensive than it was when I was first a Girl Scout, the money needed to run our camps and programs has increased. In addition, our Council has been chosen to try out several of the new science and technical programs. Through these, our girls are learning about our amazing world of technology and seeing ways to become a useful member of our technological era, while keeping the fun that only interacting with other humans can give. With our support, Girl Scouts will positively affect the future of the entire community – online, at home, and around the world.”

—Lois “Lofi” Hirshman, Girl Scout alumna, volunteer, and donor

“Girl Scouting gave our daughters so many unique opportunities for adventure, community service and leadership that we hope our support will ensure that more girls in southeastern North Carolina can experience the same. Girl Scouting definitely helps girls grow strong!”

—Pam and Jeff Duncan, donors

“While most of the details of my one-year Brownie experience are vague, I will never forget my pinning ceremony: I was so looking forward to it, I could almost jump out of my skin! I think I was just as excited to join the staff 14 years ago. Although I don’t work with girls on a regular basis as Volunteer Services Support Coordinator, I did get to accompany a membership director on a beach trip with a group of girls from a housing project. Those little girls had never been to the ocean before. It was great to be able to broaden their horizons, and they had the best time! I’m proud to be a part of Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines and make a difference in the lives of girls every day. I love working with girls, allowing them to try something they’ve never done before.”

Betsy Wharton, staff member and donor

Girl Scouts leadership development program for girls mirrors the process of philanthropy –discover one’s own passion and the need of the community, connect with other like-minded folks to plan and prepare, and take action to improve the community. Through philanthropy—giving, volunteering, and charitable engagement—our community is empowered to prosper, progress, and protect our important ideals.

Martha Webb, donor, former GSNCCP board member, and 2015 winner of Excellence in Philanthropy award for the Triangle chapter of AFP

These stories tell just a few of the many reasons that Giving to Girls can make a difference in your life and in the life of girls across 41 counties in North Carolina—and we want to hear more of them! Send us your story and help girls tell theirs by making a tax-deductible contribution to Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. You can give online, via mail, in any of our Council Shops, or by phone at 919-600-6315. We can’t wait to hear why you give to Girl Scouts!


On Daisy’s Birthday, Five Girl Scout Accomplishments to Make Her Proud

October 26, 2015


By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

“There was nobody like her.”  – Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book

On the last day of October, 155 years ago, a girl was born who would change the world.  Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon came into the world amid the turmoil and strife of the Civil War.   And little was expected of her beyond the typical notions of becoming a lady of her time.

However, due to her own determination and to circumstances beyond her control, she reinvented herself in mid-life and became the Daisy Gordon Low that we know and love.  She founded a movement that “supplied the education and understanding necessary to provide useful information and more opportunities for young women with an emphasis on fun and room for civic duty,” according to biographer Stacey Cordery.

There’s no doubt that if Daisy were here today, she would be pleased and proud to see the many accomplishments of the organization she built out of her carriage house in Savannah, Georgia 103 years ago.  Here are our top five favorites:

Daisy Girl Scouts

The youngest Girl Scout grade level that bears her nickname was introduced in the 1980s. We think she’d love to see these little ones learning and living the parts of the Girl Scout Law, taking field trips, learning to sell cookies, and even making up their own cookie sale jingles!

Girl Scouts Outdoors

An avid outdoorswoman, Daisy would no doubt marvel at the traditions of outdoor experience and education we continue to uphold in Girl Scouting. She always valued what girls wanted, and would have wholeheartedly endorsed the Girls’ Choice campaign that resulted in these five new badges!


In Daisy’s day, world travel was long, difficult and expensive, yet she traveled extensively to visit relatives, oversee her interests, and further the expansion of the Girl Scout Movement. Today, Girl Scout Destinations makes world travel accessible for our girls, and troops make pilgrimages to our Girl Scout World Centers in England, Switzerland, Mexico and India!  Our troops also travel locally for all sorts of amazing adventures, from exploring cultural events in major cities to camping and whitewater rafting, just to name a few!

National Young Women of Distinction

When the Golden Eaglet was introduced in Daisy’s day, the award was emblematic of a girl’s hard work to master many different skills as well as provide service in her community. Today, the award has evolved into the Girl Scout Gold Award, which not only represents local impact, but also projects that have the potential to reach around the world.  The National Young Women of Distinction represent an elite group of Gold Award recipients recognized each year.  Their projects have made an exceptional difference in the lives of others, well beyond the original vision of our Founder!

Last, but not least…59 million alumnae!

Our amazing alumnae include Supreme Court justices, astronauts, CEOs, artists and more.  All our alumnae, regardless of fame or fortune, are remarkable women who inspire others to try new things, master new skills and look for ways to make the world a better place.  Does it get any better than that?

As we mark our Founder’s Birthday, consider how her life has inspired yours. What’s your favorite fact about our Daisy?  Share your thoughts in the comments!


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