Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands gathered some of its supporters at its Friends of Girl Scouts Information Social at the Aiken County Historical Museum on March 6.


Rose Butler, Beverly Clyburn, BethAnne Farrell, Carolyn Heffner, Jeanne Martin, Kathy Monahon, Becky Robbins, Betty Ryberg, Betty Thomason and Kathy Wise worked together to host the event.


The Aiken area was supported by the Girl Scouts Central Savannah River Council of Augusta until May 1, 2008.


At that time, it was part of the three counties that left to join the newly aligned Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands council to form the current 22-county jurisdiction.


Guests were updated on the evolution of Girl Scouting while it maintains its heritage.


Opening remarks were given by board members Debbie Reed, senior human resources representative at Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, and Willie R. Bell, manager of equal employment opportunity and diversity at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC.


President and Chief Executive Officer Kim Hutzell reviewed the history of Girl Scouting in the area and gave an overview of the council's future direction.


“Girl Scouting in our area has helped so many girls achieve their potential while serving their schools, churches and communities. We are delighted to learn of the council's plans to create properties of destination that offer girls the leadership opportunities and program experiences they can't get anywhere else,” Reed said.


Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands serves 12,400 girls in grades K5 through 12th grade and 5,100 adults in 22 counties in South Carolina, including Abbeville, Aiken, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurens, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter and Union.


For those who are interested in learning more about becoming involved with Girl Scouts, call LaTanza Duncan, chief advancement officer, at 800-849-4475 or email lduncan@gssc-mm.org.