National Stand Beside Her Week 2018

National Stand Beside Her Week 2018

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By Elizabeth Roper and Molly Delaney

October 28th-November 3rd 2018 marked the fifth annual National Stand Beside Her Week, the annual nationwide celebration of this captivating movement celebrating girls and women everywhere. Created in 2014 by Girl Scouts Heart of the South, the National Stand Beside Her Movement encourages girls and women to connect and support each other; to value themselves and have the confidence to celebrate their own unique gifts and applaud the successes of others. This Memphis-born and now national movement is a call to action for women and girls to unite their voices in a divisive world and end the comparison, competition and criticism that undermines female relationships. The National Stand Beside Her Movement culminates each year during the last week in October to encourage people to commit to supporting all girls and women from the classroom to the board room!

Throughout the week, a myriad of events took place! The third annual FedEx Stand Beside Her Celebration kicked off on Sunday, October 28 at The Grove at Red Oak Lake. Over 130 girls attended the fun and free event that featured STEM and leadership activities for Girl Scouts in grades 2-8. Girl Scouts were welcomed by Melanie Schild, CEO of Girl Scouts Heart of the South and Leslie James, a marketing specialist advisor with FedEx. The girls had a big dance party before parting into groups for the day’s activities.

irls practiced their engineering skills by building small cars, testing different building structures, and creating miniature water filtration systems. The celebration also included physical activities such as 9 square, and a new favorite, Gopher Ball. Gopher Ball is a lot like basketball, lacrosse, or soccer, but the girls had to do all the work from their individual hole cut into floor. The limited range of motion meant girls had to rely on their communication and teamwork skills to succeed. The game was a great team building experience that showed girls the importance of trusting your teammates.

The day ended with a pizza party and prize giveaway. Girls won prizes such as a coding kit and a geology kit. At the end of the event, nearly all the girls said they tried something new and made a new friend at the celebration. Thank you, FedEx, for hosting this awesome event!

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On October 29th, kid advocate, Girl Scout, and author, Jordan Ashley Greene led a workshop on confidence. At only fifteen years of age, Jordan held an inspiring discussion about confidence with local Girl Scouts ranging in age from six to sixteen. This discussion went hand in hand with her second book, “The Confidence Club,” a narrative about relatable girls and their journey finding confidence. “The Confidence Club” follows Jordan’s first book, “My Gift of Difference, 7 Steps to Embracing Your Learning Difference,” an inspiring book that aims to help kids overcome discouraging feelings of having a learning difference. Each girl that attended Jordan’s workshop walked away with their very own signed copy of “The Confidence Club.” To get your very own copy, you can purchase both of Jordan’s books either on Amazon or at the Girl Scouts Heart of the South council office. To see about joining Girl Scouts please visit www.girlscoutshs.org.

The next event that occurred during Stand Beside Her week was the Stand Beside Her Memphis partner showcase. On a local level, this event allowed partners of Stand Beside Her Memphis to showcase their organizations and speak to attendees on way in which to get involved! Partners in attendance included Dress for Success, Hutchison School, NAWBO Memphis, The Orpheum, The Junior League, The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, Junior Auxiliary, and author CN Nash. This event took place at the Girl Scouts Heart of the South office in their brand new Imagine Center. Open to all women, this event was a wonderful opportunity to hear from several girl and women-serving organizations in the Memphis area!

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The following evening, Girl Scouts Heart of the South hosted an event at Hutchison school for Girl Scout Alumnae and volunteers. This event featured Girl Scouts Heart of the South board member, Jil Jordan Greene. Jil has partnered with the Girl Scouts Heart of the South to provide personal development workshops for volunteers. Entitled “Women Winning at Life,” this presentation kicked off Jil Greene’s “Women Winning at Life” video series, a personal and professional development series created for Girl Scout alumnae, parents, and volunteers.

This series will cover topic such as communication, teamwork, diversity and inclusion, and conflict resolution. It is designed to help women elevate their performance at work, engage in their community, and empower those they mentor and lead. This kickoff event had volunteers excited to see what else comes from Jil’s series! If you are interested in learning about ways in which you can volunteer with Girl Scouts and have access to these wonderful opportunities, please visit www.girlscoutshs.org.

Finally, the series of events ended with the Stand Beside Her Women’s networking hour held at Railgarten on November 7th. This networking event brought together women of all ages, backgrounds, and professions to spread the word about Stand Beside Her. During this networking event women enjoyed Girl Scout cookie-themed cocktails, played networking bingo, and learned about ways they can volunteer for Girl Scouts through Troop 901.

Hosted by Girl Scouts Heart of the South, Troop 901 is a young professionals’ group for women who want to work together to build a stronger Memphis. Whether you were a Girl Scout growing up or would like to get involved with the premier leadership organization for girls now, Troop 901 is a fun way to show your support and make the future brighter for Memphis-area girls. This group engages and empowers young professional women to connect with each other and support Girl Scouts Heart of the South. Focused on fun, social outings and events, Troop 901 is the perfect place to make it all happen. For more info, email: Elizabeth.roper@girlscoutshs.org or molly.delaney@girlscoutshs.org

For more information on how you can get involved in Stand Beside Her, please visit www.standbesideher.org, www.standbesidehermemphis.org, “Like” our Facebook pages, follow Stand Beside Her on Instagram, and feel free to reach out to either Molly Delaney, Leadership Manager with Girl Scouts Heart of the South at molly.delaney@girlscoutshs.org, or Elizabeth Roper, Events Specialist with Girl Scouts Heart of the South at Elizabeth.roper@girlscoutshs.org. For more information on joining Girl Scouts, please visit girlscoutshs.org.

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Safety Crosswalks in Cooper Young Historic District

Safety Crosswalks in Cooper Young Historic District

Safety Crosswalks in cooper young historic district

By Tamara Cook

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The Cooper Young Business Association is pleased to announce the finalization of Phase One of their Business District Safety Crosswalk project.  The Safety Crosswalk project started in 2015 in a meeting of then Board Members of the CYBA discussing ways to calm speeding traffic along Cooper Street.  Speeding cars and several incidents of pedestrians being hit by motor vehicles facilitated the concern of persons crossing Cooper Street safely during the day and especially at night.
 
The ten-foot wide crosswalks located at Felix and Oliver crossing Cooper Street include four (4) solar powered Carmanah R920 Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon signs that generate a flashing strobe when an activation button is hit by a pedestrian to cross the street.  The flashing lights last roughly 24 seconds.  Advance Pedestrian Warning Signs of the crosswalks were also installed just 100 feet of each set of signs.
Just under $90,000 in funding for the crosswalk project was generated over the last several years from Cooper Young Festival proceeds.  An additional $30,000 in grant funding by Shelby County Commissioners Reginald Milton and Terry Roland in March of 2016 helped to finalize the cost of Phase One.    
 
Phase Two of the Safety Crosswalk project will be the installation of three (3) solar powered SpeedCheck 15 LED digit signs along with Traffic Analyzer and Slow Down Message in specific entrances to the popular business district located at the intersection of Cooper and Young.  By 2020, speeding motorists will see a “Slow Down” message on signs located near Evelyn, Meda, and Southern Avenue.  Motorist will see what the speed limit should be and what speed they are traveling at with an alternating Slow Down message.

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Mempho Aftermath

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Meat Me in Memphis Gala

Meat Me in Memphis is our sole fundraising event for the Monogram Loves Kids Foundation. Our annual Meat Me in Memphis is held at one of Memphis’ iconic gala venues, The Columns at One Commerce Square.  The Columns offers 20,000 square feet of historic grandeur while providing all the modern attractions of a vibrant downtown. This year, Meat Me in Memphis will be held on Thursday, October 25 at 5:30 PM until 9:00 PM.

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By Rebekah Hedges

Mixed drinks flowing, colorful lights flashing and an overwhelming sense of love and acceptance are fresh in my mind after experiencing Mempho Fest 2018.

The second year of the event, hosted at Shelby Farms Park, provided a popular line-up including names such as Post Malone, Beck, Phoenix, Rich the Kid, Janelle Monae and Memphis native Juicy J, among others, and they did not disappoint.

There was such a mix of skills and genre throughout the performers, from alternative rock, to indie pop, and of course R&B and hip hop. I thought this offered the opportunity for everyone to appreciate and enjoy a little bit of everything.

As a personal fan of of Phoenix and Janelle Monáe I was thrilled to attend and check ‘attend my first music festival’ off of my bucket list. Although I have been near events like Texas’ Austin City Limits and smaller music festivals like Hot Springs Arkansas’ Valley of the Vapors this was my first go-around with officially participating in a music festival and it was memorable.

The words echoed by Martin Luther King at the beginning of Janelle Monáe’s track ‘Crazy Classic Life’: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…” are fresh in my mind as I reflect on the two-day festival.

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Participating in the front row, camera in hand, I felt as though Janelle Monáe’s whole set embodied those words. Celebrating life, liberties and happiness was the theme.

Monae’s album ‘Dirty Computer’ was performed with such powerful positive energy and spread the messages of self-love and acceptance. The energy was sent throughout the sea of different faces as we sang in harmony. Rainbow flags, as well as countless hands raised in the shape of hearts rocked back and forth simultaneously to Monae’s music.

In an interview with Danielle Young from ‘The Grapevine,’ Monae said her album dealt with what it means to be a part of a marginalized group: “Dirty computers are seen as being full of bugs and viruses and anything to be cleaned out. Dirty computers see their bugs and their viruses—whether it’s their sexuality, their race, their gender—as attributes, as features. This is an album to celebrate us, to celebrate all the dirty computers around the world.”

It may sound strange, but I’m proud to say I’m a dirty computer. This performance was one of the highlights of the festival for me.

I was mesmerized by the Orion Flame Dome and hope to gain the courage to participate in the silent disco in future years.

The most surprising moment I experienced was when I met my random guardian angel; a fellow photographer amongst the crowd that observed my 50 mm fixed lens. He noticed the limitation I was experiencing due to the lens and we chatted between musical sets about camera gear and media.

This was a pure stranger, we had only chatted for about 15 minutes, when he offered to let me use his 85 mm for the next performer. (We’re talking about an estimated $400+ lens!) Love was in the air all around and I felt the generous spirit as I was able to grab some shots of Phoenix, another favorite performer, with the great lens!

Seeing Phoenix for the first time live after being a long time fan was a dream come true. A personal favorite song of theirs is ‘Love Like A Sunset’ which I was pleasantly surprised that they played as it is a lesser known track from their Wolfgang Amadeus album. The bass was blaring and it came in so beautiful I was headbanging at all the right drops.

The cherry on top was touching Thomas Mars’ hand as he came down into the audience to crowd surf.

Though I didn’t take the opportunity to use the campsite option at Mempho, I passed by colorful tents and kind campers who waved hello. I hope to take advantage of this fun aspect of Mempho in the following years.

I was only able to attend and enjoy a couple more performers, but I enjoyed following the @MemphoFest instagram account and discovering other talented photographers through hashtags such as #Mempho and #MemphoFest2018.

Due to the daunting crowd on Day 2 I simply reviewed footage of the adored Post Malone and hope that next year’s line up can continue to top itself.

Mempho 2019, I’m already ready and waiting!

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Explore Bike Share Takes On Memphis

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Explore Bike Share currently has 4 new bike stations that have just opened up in Orange Mound. These bikes are very easy to use and include unique features unlike any other public bike system; they have numbers on the seat post to that you can remember you seat hight and set it to that number every time, there is a basket in the front for all your carrying needs, a rack on the back to attach certain bags to the bike, a solor panel on the back so that there are always lights on when riding, and a computer programmed screen on the front so that you can log in and unlock the bike and keep track of your miles, calories burned, and more. Explore Bike share is also projecting a plan to put turn-by-turn directions on the screen, you will also be able to save your routes and look at your friends’ routes if you want to join in on their rides.

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Step 1: Download BCycle in the App store

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Step 5: When signing up, you can select a plan of a single ride for $5.00, a weekly plan for $12.00, a monthly plan for $15.00, or an annual plan for $120.00

Step 6: Once you are all signed up, click the bike symbol again to log in to your account.  Then pick the bike you want to ride and select the bike screen to get the number. Type that number in your phone to unlock the bike and off you go! Simply remove the bike lock and put it in your front basket.

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Every two weeks there are coordinated rides, go to Juice Facebook page to learn about the upcoming ride and go out and join them!

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Memphis has a Bobsled Super Star – Team USA’s Sable Otey

Memphis has a Bobsled Super Star – Team USA’s Sable Otey

Memphis has a Bobsled Super Star - Team USA's Sable Otey

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How do you define being amazing?  Is it being a great parent and a supportive mate?  Is it giving back to the community you love?  Would you say it is beating the odds when life had stacked the cards against you?  It could be having the career that no one thought you could have.  For one graduate from East High School, being amazing means doing it all and still having room to write a book and win a slot on the USA Bobsled Team.  Yes I said it, a 30 year old woman from Memphis is on the Bobsled team for the USA and is hoping to compete in the winter olympics in just a few months.

Sable Otey trains in Calgary, which is a city in the Canadian province of Alberta.  The hard part for her isn’t the diet or all the hours of training, it’s being away from her son and husband.  I got a chance to talk with her about her life, her marriage, and her fight to be more than the hand she was dealt.

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Everything at this point for me is Self Funded.  I am responsible for my own expenses.  Additionally, training and competitions usually last 3 weeks to a month at a time.  During this time, I do not receive pay from my current place of employment.

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Expenses that I am responsible for are:  Buying my own equipment; Plane tickets;  RentalCar; Lodging; Ensuring that I am practicing healthy eating; Getting massages and chiropractic treatment; Taking the correct supplements and nutrients to replenish and recovery properly.

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Sable, in her own words

Many individuals that truly know me, know that I’ve always been an athlete. I take training very seriously and I work hard! Although I possess the talent and work ethic, I’d often struggle mentally. On a daily basis, I would mentally tear myself down. I didn’t believe in myself as much as others did and I was not trusting in God as I should have. I would literally get to a competition and start thinking, “What if I didn’t do this, or what if I didn’t do that”?! I took myself out of the competition before it even began. If you are not mentally focused/mentally sound, you are already defeated. I’ve now learned that, in order to have positive thoughts, I first needed to completely trust in God. I have to truly believe that God is control and he will help overcome any obstacle. I then had to surround myself with positive, like-minded, and uplifting individuals. I knew that if I was ever going to achieve something that I’d never achieved, I had to do something that I’ve never done. I’ve been listening to a motivational speaker by the name of Les Brown. He says that, “In order to do something that you’ve never done, you have to be someone that you’ve never been”! I am doing just that! I am going to verbalize my dreams and my goals. I am not going to let doubt or fear, be the determinate of my destination. I am Olympic Hopeful! I want be an Olympian. I am going to make this team. I believe in myself.

I was just starting to train competitively for track and field again after having my son, Amar’e, who was two, but now three years of age. I found out from a really good friend and brother that there would be a Bobsled Combine in South Carolina. Approximately 2 weeks before the combine, I decided to stop training for track and work on the events that I would be performing in the combine. Although I didn’t have much time to train for the combine, I had high hopes. Everyone believed that I could do this! They knew that I could make it through! All I had to do was believe that I could do it too!

I participated in the bobsled combine on August 8, 2015 in Greenville, South Carolina. I received the second highest score, men and women combined. The events that were performed were: 15, 30, and 45 meter sprint; Flying 30 meter sprint; 12 pound shot put toss; Standing long jump. I didn’t perform as well as I’d like to, but I finally took the time out to tell myself, “You did it. You did a great Job”. From this day, the real journey began! I’ve been invited back to the Olympic training center on three different occasions: Rookie Push Camp, Push Championships, and National Team Trials! As of now, I will be racing on the North America’s Cup in Calgary, Canada and Whistler, Canada!

Making this team is very important to me as an athlete, wife, mother, teacher, and mentor. I want to be one of my son’s biggest hero’s and I want to continue to encourage moms! Having a kid is always a blessing. I use my family and my students as motivation. Never let your current situations, determine your future. If you want it bad enough and you work hard enough..You can and you will….Be great!

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Hidden Figure; John Best

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“Hidden Figures”, a story about three black women mathematicians who worked at NASA and were instrumental in the success of the space program during a racially divided America, is a box office hit.
In addition to being one of the first successful films about black women who are celebrated for their minds and not their servitude, the movie has also helped raise the profile of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers amongst African American children.

Change Agent – John Best, affectionately known as Brother John, did what he does best (pun intended) and organized a screening of the film and put out a clarion call to the community to sponsor a student, parent or teacher to see it.

The event was his contribution to helping get students excited about careers in S.T.E.M. fields.

Brother John is a former professional athlete and currently a Broadcast Operations Advisor for Shelby County Schools.

With no media push, and just a few people coming together for a common cause, communicating through texts and inboxes and sending in their coins together to help offset costs…look at what you did.” Brother John posted on his Facebook page.
He has arranged similar opportunities in the past for the films “Birth Of Nation” and “Straight Outta Compton”. Both events were also met with overwhelming support.
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Brother John is one of the many people doing their part to make our world a better place by investing his resources into the youth, an investment whose returns will pay well into the future!

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