Thursday, February 23, 2012

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Celebrating 100th

In Illinois, the Daily Herald reports that local Girl Scouts join in celebrating first century. Girl Scouts throughout the country are celebrating 100 years of American girls exploring their potentials and having fun cooking over campfires, earning badges, sleeping in tents, hiking, swimming and much more.

Girl Scouts, leaders and alumni throughout the Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Council will take time out on the evening of March 12 to commemorate the day in 1912 when the founder of Girl Scouting, Juliette Gordon Low, started her first troop in Savannah, Ga. They will hold Promise Circles and small celebrations in more than 300 locations around the metropolitan area.

They will also hold a Tribute to Achievement Dinner that evening for Girl Scouting's civic and corporate benefactors to thank them for the impact that they have had on girls' lives and to honor high-achieving former Girl Scouts like Mary Dillon, CEO of US Cellular, and Anne Pramaggiore, the first woman CEO of ComEd.

“We have such a great year ahead of us,” said Maria Wynne, CEO for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. “When you think about the fact that when Juliette Gordon Low started the Girl Scouts in 1912, women didn't even have the right to vote in this country, this anniversary and all we have achieved are all the more amazing and impressive,” Wynne stated. “After seeing Robert Baden-Powell's Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in England, Juliette started the Girl Scouts here because she wanted to give girls in the United States an equal opportunity to explore their potential and the world around them.”