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On Sunday, February 10, 2013, an EF4 tornado devastated much of Hattiesburg and surrounding areas, and leveled the Co-Headquarters and training center of the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi. Since then, the Girl Scouts, with the support of Yates Construction, have been working hard to recover from that tragic loss. The ribbon cutting represents a new chapter and a triumphant come back for the Girl Scouts. This new building will feature program and office space as well as a dining hall.

“We are honored and delighted to have been supported every step of the way by a great friend of the Girl Scouts, Mr. William G. Yates, Jr.,” stated Becky Traweek, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi. “Mr. Yates aided us in our greatest hour of need. Because of his help and generosity, we were able to quickly recover from the great loss of our Hattiesburg Co-Headquarters and training center.”


This will be the first time a National CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA has visited a Mississippi Girl Scouts Council. During her visit, Ms. Chavez will recognize The Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi for their outstanding membership growth for grades kindergarten through 5th. Ms. Chavez will also be the keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting for the membership of the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi on Saturday, May 2, on the beautiful campus of the University of Southern Mississippi, Thad Cochran Center.

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Outdoor programming is the Girl Scout’s national focus and Greater Mississippi looks forward to leading the way as they continue to serve approximately10,000 members in 45 counties in central and southern Mississippi, including girls and adult volunteers. The Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi offer a variety of programming and educational opportunities through its thriving camps.

Girl Scouting is about building strong leaders, and Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Mississippi. GSGMS serves approximately 10,000 members including committed adult volunteers and courageous girls in 45 counties in south and central Mississippi, helping them to develop qualities that will serve them throughout their lives, like strong values, a social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 800-898-4475 or visit



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