Friday, March 23, 2012

Across the Country, Faith Based Communities Unite to Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting

In Utah, Intermountain Catholic reports that to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in America, Governor Gary Herbert declared March 12, 2012 Girl Scout Day in Utah during a ceremony at the Capitol, and congratulated the Girl Scouts for operating in Utah for 92 years.

Governor Herbert stated in a declaration that during the past 100 years, the Girl Scout program has played a vital role in Utah communities by promoting programs in environmental awareness, financial literacy and leadership development; and that the Girl Scouts’ 50 million alumnae provide evidence of impact through the fact that 80 percent of women business owners, 69 percent of female United States senators and members of the House of Representatives and nearly every female astronaut who has flown in space were Girl Scouts.

"During the ceremony, Governor Herbert and Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck encouraged the girls to continue in leadership roles and run for public office as adults," said Celeste Diller, Troop 2272 Junior Girl Scout leader from Blessed Sacrament Parish. "The governor said Utah is the number one state for selling Girl Scout cookies and they also have the highest per girl cookie sale average in the nation. He also congratulated the girls on their promotion of science, technology, engineering and math education and said that it’s critical for girls to compete in today’s global marketplace and encouraged them to get a good education."

Amy Stone offers a 100th Girl Scout Anniversary Round-up for Yo, Yenta. "I know I wrote a little last week about the centennial celebration of the Girl Scouts held in Savannah," she states, "but after spending the weekend immersed in Scout culture and attending the special Sunday service at my synagogue, I felt I needed to share a bit more."

Amy was on hand as Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, attended a special Sunday service at Congregation Mickve Israel, followed by a community reception at the synagogue.

"On Sunday, dozens of houses of worship held an afternoon service in honor of the impact founder Juliette Gordon Low and her Girl Scouts have made on the women of America," writes Stone. "Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. CEO Anna Maria Chavez could have chosen any one of them to attend, but she decided to come to Mickve Israel. Maybe she wanted to drive home the Girl Scouts values of inclusion and diversity, or maybe she was just curious: When she gave her speech at the bima, she said 'You know, I’ve never been in a synagogue before'."