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Lifelong Girl Scout Celebrates 80 Years of Building Confidence, Courage, And Character

June 12, 2017

In 1937, Lois “Lofi” Hirschman joined Girl Scouts when she was just 10 years old. Growing up with a learning disability, Lofi found it difficult to fit in during sports, dance, and school. But after joining Girl Scouts, she found her “safe place,” a judgement-free zone where she has continued to fully embrace the Girl Scout Promise and Law for the past 80 years.

Girl Scout Promise:

On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Girl Scout Law:

I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout. 

Lofi felt a sense of belonging at Girl Scouts and the Movement gave her what she needed to feel encouraged and accepted during difficult times. Girl Scouts provided her and continues to provide every girl the Girl Scout Leadership Experience – a collection of activities and experiences girls have while they earn badges, sell cookies, go on exciting trips, explore the outdoors, and so much more that make the world a better place.

Throughout the years, Lofi continued her passion for Girl Scouts by serving as several roles including a member of the board, a service unit director, and a troop leader.

As a troop leader, Lofi was an advocate for diversity amongst the girls in her troop – whether that was ethnicity, age, or religion. She continues to believe that all girls can learn from each other and help them better understand others perspective.

“I want people to understand others and help other people”

“People are fascinating.”

Lofi served many troops throughout her many years of service and always vowed to allow girls to choose their journeys and to provide them with new opportunities that they otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to do. She believes in the power of learning by doing – when leaders take a step back and allow the girls to take charge, they will be able to learn from each other and “learn to respect others’ ideas.”

From impromptu activities on trips, to serving girls from seven different countries in her troop at once, to advocating and helping those with disabilities – Lofi has made an impact on not only on the girls she has served, but to their families, other volunteers, and the councils.

And at almost 90 years old, Lofi believes that the Girl Scout program is still just as important today as it was 80 years ago. As a lifelong advocate for the girl-led movement, she states that she “dreams in green” and believes that every girl is worthy of the Girl Scout experience.

Lofi continues to share many stories about her troops and how she implemented girl-led experiences and made the best of each meeting, trip, and journey. Her desire to see girls across many generations succeed and learn new skill sets continues to put a smile on her face.

Girl Scouts continues to remain a vast part of Lofi’s life as she displays her Girl Scout memorabilia and awards in every single room of her house.

 

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She continues to write about Girl Scouting, attend Girl Scout council events, and credits Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low, as one of the role models that has allowed her to have a social life, provided her with ethics for family, and showed her to always do what is right.

Lofi was recognized for her 80 years of commitment by Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines at the councils 10th Annual Meeting that was held on Saturday, March 4 in Greenville, NC.

 

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Get in the Spirit for 2014 Girl Scout Week

February 26, 2014

By Meghan Gargan, Digital Marketing & Project Director

Get ready for a week full of fun and festivities as Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines celebrates 2014 Girl Scout Week March 9 – 15, 2014!

In spirit week fashion, each weekday of Girl Scout Week will have a special theme or activity to celebrate different aspects of Girl Scouting. We encourage all girls and adults to participate and create a larger sense of sisterhood.

Join in on all the fun and don’t forget to share your photos and stories with us via our website, Facebook page, and Twitter. We look forward to seeing and hearing how all our girls and adults come together to celebrate this very special moment in Girl Scouting. 

Monday, March 10 – Girl Scout Promise 

WebToday, Girl Scouts across our 41 counties will recite the words that have united our movement from its inception – The Girl Scout Promise. Come together with your troop, parent, Girl Scout volunteer or even just a friend and discuss how you live the Promise everyday.

Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Tuesday, March 11  – Share Your Favorite Girl Scout Memory

WebOne of the best parts of being a Girl Scout is creating memories that last a lifetime. Whether it’s a silly story about your troop, an achievement such as your Gold Award or how you impacted your local community through a service project – we want to hear about it!

Share your stories, photos, and more on our Facebook Page or mention us on Twitter (@GirlScoutsNCCP) on Tuesday, March 11th to be entered to win one of three council shop gift cards ($25 value). Submissions will be assigned a number and selected at random. Inspire your fellow Girl Scouts with all the wonderful things you’ve accomplished.

Wednesday, March 12– Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts!

WebThe first Girl Scout troop meeting was held on March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Georgia by our founder, Juliette Gordon Low. Today we celebrate 102 years strong! Below are some fun ideas to help you celebrate – and don’t forget to share your pictures with us using the Girl Scout Gallery!

3 Ways to Celebrate the Girl Scout Birthday:

1. Bake delicious Thin Mint cupcakes and decorate with your girl or troop.

2. Take the time to make Girl Scout friendship bracelets to trade with each other or give to a Girl Scout volunteer.

3. Complete a service project such as donating canned goods or picking up trash at your local park.

Thursday, March 13– Letters to Our Military Troops

WebGiving back and supporting our military troops has always been a part of the Girl Scout way. Last year’s letter writing campaign saw over 300 letters, stories, and artwork submitted. WOW!

This year we’re hoping to receive 400 hundred submissions to be delivered along with Girl Scout cookies as part of Operation Cookie Drop. All three Council Shop locations will be collecting letters/messages through April 15, 2014.

Letters can also be mailed to:
Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines
c/o Letters For The Troops
6901 Pinecrest Road
Raleigh, NC 27613

Friday, March 14 – Wear Your Uniform

WebIt’s time to truly get in the Girl Scout spirit swing of things! Wear your uniform or Girl Scout clothing on Friday to let people know you are a Girl Scout! Whether you are showing of all your badges on your sash/vest or wearing your favorite Girl Scout t-shirt, let people know you are part of an amazing organization that supports and shapes girl leaders of today and tomorrow.

We can’t wait to see all the amazing things our girls and volunteers will do to celebrate Girl Scout Week!

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