Friday, March 9, 2012

800 Girl Scouts Expected at Oklahoma State Capitol to Launch Troop 1912

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.”

Denney, also a Girl Scout, said it isn’t uncommon to ask women in leadership roles – whether in politics, business, education or any other field – to find they were once Girl Scouts.

“The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place, and that is exactly what is happening,” Denney said. “We see women on both sides of the aisle who learned as Girl Scouts how to work together and how to make change. This is an exciting time for Girl Scouts and I am proud to help launch Troop 1912 in our state.”