Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Girl Scout Rides With Girl Scout CEO Anna Maria Chávez in Rose Parade Float

California's Manhattan Beach Patch reports that waving to all of the people who lined the five-mile-plus Tournament of Roses Parade route was pretty tiring, but Caley Versfelt, of Manhattan Beach, found a way to make it work.

Versfelt, age 20, who has Down Syndrome, was one of 10 young women and girls chosen to represent the different levels of Girl Scouting on the flower be-decked float that was part of yesterday's big parade. Each float rider was selected based on their Girl Scout history, accomplishments and achievements in community service, according to a Girl Scout website.

Filled with images of scouting and its activities, from robotics to the famous cookies, the float, which celebrates the Girl Scouts of America's 100-year anniversary, was accompanied by 60 Gold and Silver Girl Scouts and a color guard.

Featured riders included Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA, Anna Maria Chávez, a lifetime Girl Scout member, award-winning lawyer and community leader. She was joined by Senior Vice President and Manager of National Fund Finance at Union Bank, alumnae Gayle I. Boyle, whose personal story of how Girl Scouts has empowered three generations of Girl Scouts in her family was the winning entry from among a plethora of entries of impressive female executives.