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Young Engineers of Today program available to middle school girls

Young Engineers Of Today with the support of the Society of Information Managers (SIM) is offering a special spring program to encourage young women in middle school to explore the worlds of programming and engineering. These young women will use everything from 3D Printers to Raspberry Pi computers, to program games, build their very own UV manicure lamps, create beautiful electronic trees, and make wearable computers.

The cost of this program is normally $492. SIM support means you can enroll your daughter for $50 ($442 savings). This includes all the materials needed for class. Scholarships are available for families who cannot afford the $50. Learn more.

December 18, 2014

GSCP2P Names New CEO

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) has named Lane D. Cook as its new Chief Executive Officer of the Lane Cook's Headshotcouncil following a thorough national search. Cook is a senior executive with more than two decades of non-profit experience.

Cook will replace Marcia Cole, who announced her retirement to the council’s Board of Directors in January 2014. Cole will work with Cook for a brief period of time to transition the operations to Cook’s new leadership.

Cook, who will assume her new position on November 10, was most recently Vice President of Advancement at Alexander Youth Network in Charlotte, N.C., where she was responsible for the development of fundraising and volunteer services, as well as strengthening staff structure. Under her leadership, the organization exceeded its annual fundraising goal each of the last two fiscal years.

Although she spent much of her career focused on non-profit work, Cook said, the draw was compelling for her to work in a non-profit organization that has a focus on girls.

“I am excited to lead GSCP2P and to bring the Girl Scout leadership experience to more girls, engaging more adult volunteers to serve as role models and creating innovative and effective programming that will keep Girl Scouting relevant and exciting for the next generation,” Cook said. “I look forward to working with the council’s dedicated staff, volunteers and board members to ensure the council can maximize revenue streams and develop new ventures that provide financial sustainability.”

April Broadway, board member who led the CEO search committee, said “In Lane we have found a strategic leader who understands that Girl Scouting is more than camps, crafts and cookies. Her strengths are the qualities GSCP2P needs right now: commitment to exemplary customer service, strong financial management, expertise in multi-site operations, team-building and staff development, and an authentic commitment to our mission. A difficult decision with several exceptional candidates, I am confident in the board’s choice to appoint Lane as the next Chief Executive Officer.”

Previously, Cook was Vice President, Legacy Giving and Advisor Relations from 2010 to 2011 and Vice President, Development from 2007 to 2010 at Foundation for the Carolinas, where she supervised and supported the Foundation’s development efforts across a 12-county region and raised more than $7.5 million in new gifts, resulting from more than 400 face-to-face visits and group presentations.

Prior to her career at the Foundation, Cook served as Deputy Director for Institutional Advancement Culture & Heritage Museums in Rock Hill, S.C. She executed daily operations of a $60.4 million capital campaign and served as primary liaison to campaign volunteer steering committees and teams. She has additional experience in non-profit fundraising as the Vice President for Resource Development from 1998 to 2003 for Alexander Children’s Center, now Alexander Youth Network. From 1996 to 1998, she served as Development Director for Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, and from 1994 to 1996 as Senior Staff Associate at United Way of Central Carolinas.

Cook’s volunteer experience includes serving as a board member for the York County Community Foundation, a tutor and lunch buddy for several children at Alexander Youth Network, and past Vice Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Charlotte Chapter. She also has served as a troop leader for Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council since 2009.

Cook holds a master’s degree in business administration from Wake Forest University and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of South Carolina. She also earned a Financial Planner Program Certificate from Queens University.

A native of South Carolina, Cook currently resides in Fort Mill, South Carolina, with her husband, Michael. They have two daughters – Cate and Caroline.

September 23, 2014

Hendersonville Girl Scout Travels to Costa Rica with Destinations Program

Girl Scout Ambassador Andrea Kolarova of Hendersonville traveled to Costa Rica this summer as part of a Girl 175Scout destinations experience. Her two-week journey took her from the Costa Rican mountains of San Jose to the coast at Quepos. She traveled with nine other girls and two instructors, experiencing new things every day.

“Each day offered something different: we tried new food, met many people and explored the beautiful country by backpacking, white water rafting, zip lining and swimming,”  said Andrea. “One of my favorite experiences was waterfall rappelling. We walked to a nearby waterfall where we were harnessed in and rappelled down. It was so much fun!”

Along with her different adventures, Andrea also got to experience the culture and family life of Costa Rica firsthand by staying with different host families as she traveled the countryside. “At one home stay, we got to process sugar cane by hand to produce the sugar juice that we used to make candy and brown sugar,” she said.

131 Another experience that stands out to her was the day they arrived at the beach after eight days of  hiking through the mountains. “It was so satisfying to finally reach the end! We were allowed to  spend the day swimming and boogie boarding in the wonderfully warm water. We also got to try  coconut flavored sno-cones with milk- so delicious!”

Andrea chose to do a Girl Scout destinations trip because she wanted the opportunity to practice  speaking Spanish in a new culture, with new adventures.

“These trips are a great way to explore new sights, meet like-minded people and try new activities.  I’ve made lasting friendships, grown mentally and physically and gained a sense of independence  and confidence in myself,” she said. “If you want to open yourself to a new world, as well as  challenge yourself, these trips are for you!”

Andrea, daughter of Roman and Holly Kolarova, is a junior at Hendersonville High School, where  she is an honor student, as well as involved with track, cross country, ski club, orchestra, FRESH  and mock trial.  Having already earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Award, she is currently  working toward her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

For more photos from Andrea’s trip, please click here.

September 4, 2014

Girls Go Robotic- Join a Team Now!

Are you ready for an opportunity of a lifetime? Daisies and Brownies: There’s always something new to learn! Your very own Jr. FLL team will allow you to take a closer look at where and how learning happens every day. Get ready to dive into the Jr. FLL Think Tank!

Juniors and Cadettes: Do you know what the future of learning is? FIRST LEGO League teams will find the answers! Redesign how we gather knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Teams will teach adults about the ways that kids need and want to learn.  Get ready for a whole new class – FLL World Class!

If you are interested in being involved, please e-mail our STEM Program Manager Valerie Wooten

May 5, 2014