As we prepare to commemorate the founding of Girl Scouts of the USA, I want to wish everyone a joyous and meaningful Girl Scout Week. The week begins with Girl Scout Sunday on March 10 and will run through Girl Scout Sabbath on March 16. And, of course, March 12 will be our 101st birthday. Juliette Gordon Low’s vision was to establish an organization in which any American girl could expand her horizons by having fun, exploring new interests, and contributing to society. The core of that vision was girl leadership and I am immensely proud to note that it continues to be at the center of our mission today.
In fact, as we enter our second century of service to girls, our focus on girl leadership is more intense than ever. Girl Scouts offers the premier leadership program for girls, and just two weeks ago I had the privilege of joining some truly amazing Gold Award recipients at a leadership breakfast in Washington, D.C. These young women have already accomplished so much as Girl Scouts and as citizens of their communities and their country. Seeing the passion on their faces and hearing their incredible stories, I was reminded yet again of the importance of our mission, and the vital role we play in developing girls who are making our world a better place.
Girl Scout Week 2012 was spectacular, as we united across the country and around the world to celebrate 100 remarkable years. This year will be just as special, as we honor our proud legacy while looking to the future and all that it holds for Girl Scouting. I know Daisy Low would be proud of all that the movement she founded has accomplished, and I am convinced that the best is yet to come.
So I wish you a very happy Girl Scout Week! And thank you for all you do in building girls of courage, confidence and character.