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Pennsylvania State Rep. Matt Gabler recently presented citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to three Girl Scouts who each earned their Girl Scout Gold Award. The young women's Gold Award projects positively impact their local community in a variety of ways: benefitting youth at the local Community Center, supplying fresh vegetables to the local Food Pantry, and presenting anti-bullying/character-building lessons through the arts.
Senator Begich was in attendance at the Girl Scouts of Alaska Young Women of Distinction Luncheon on March 27, 2013. The Senator was present to honor the accomplishments of Alaska's 2013 Gold Awardees. He was also able to witness The Electronically Overdressed Senioritas, a FIRST Lego League team from Girl Scouts of Alaska, proudly showcase their hard work and robotic programming skills.
Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma and Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma are excited to report that many of Oklahoma's women who are serving in the Legislature, in city councils and other elected positions will take the oath to "live by the Girl Scout Law" during special pinning ceremonies at the State Capitol.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts. As part of the celebration, Girl Scouts in Oklahoma will pin many of the women who are currently serving in elected office or who have served in elected office to the honorary Troop 1912. Members of Troop 1912 will serve as the "voice" of girls in the state, championing issues that directly impact girls in Oklahoma. Honorary co-chairs of Troop 1912 are Rep. Lee Denney and Sen. Susan Paddack.
"As a former Girl Scout, I know the value that the organization has had on my life," Paddack said. "In Girl Scouts, I learned what leadership meant. I learned how to rely on myself and express my own ideas. I learned that girls have a place in leadership in our state, and I look forward to promoting Girl Scouts as a charter member of Troop 1912, and encourage girls today to pursue public service in any way they want."
Across the 50 states Girl Scout councils are creating Honorary Girl Scout Troops at their State Houses comprised women state legislators and other women state public officials. This bi-partisan group of women has agreed to work in partnership with Girl Scouts to address those important issues that impact girls in our 2011 Girl Scout State Agenda and to communicate and share with others unique leadership programs we offer girls across the state.
These Honorary Troops will support Girl Scouts in broadening our presence at the State Capitol and be the voice for girls. In many states these troops have already held briefings on healthy living issues such as relational aggression and bullying, promoted the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and highlighted finding from Girl Scout Research Institute research reports. Girl Scout councils in every state are excited to have these women leaders be role models for our girls and help them realize their potential to grow into strong leaders for the future.
Currently there are Honorary Girl Scout Troops at State Capitols:
Alabama, Alaska-Troop 49, Arizona, Colorado-Troop 2012, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia-Troop 1912, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts-Troop Beacon Hill, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York-Troop Empire State, Ohio, Oklahoma-Troop 1912, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina-Troop 1912, Texas, Utah, Virginia-Troop Capitol Square, West Virginia-Troop 1920 and Wisconsin.
Wisconsin's Beloit Daily news reports that Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) participated in an investiture ceremony recently for a newly-created, honorary Girl Scout troop for women in the Legislature and the Executive Branch. The ceremony was held at the State Capitol as part of a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
"Girl Scouts provides the opportunity for girls to discover themselves and their values, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place while developing a solid foundation in leadership and citizenship. I am proud to support the Girl Scouts tradition and congratulate the organization for 100 years of being the voice of millions of girls across America," Loudenbeck said.
In their centennial year, the Wisconsin Girl Scout councils are focusing on efforts to increase interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professions.
Denver's Channel 4 TV reports that Monday, April 9, 2012, was a big day at the Capitol in Denver for Girl Scouts across the state. The scouts were recognized Monday in the state House for earning the Gold Award, the highest award offered by the Girl Scouts. The girls are leaders among their peers and are helping make a difference in their community.
The Girl Scouts of Colorado Blog posted a video of the event.
Seventy-two Girl Scouts are receiving Girl Scouts' highest award, the Gold Award, this spring in Colorado.
Pennsylvania's CBS News 21 reports that more than 35 women members of the Pennsylvania state legislature came together at the capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday, October 18, to help Pennsylvania's three Girl Scout councils generate excitement about the upcoming 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting by becoming honorary members of Troop Pennsylvania.