Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Freedom is the Theme with Girl Scouts at the White House

Today, five Girl Scouts joined members of the Juliette Gordon Low family, Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez and National President Connie Lindsey at the White House. The girls were guests of President Barack Obama at a ceremony honoring 13 recipients of the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The medal is given to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, was among the recipients.

Juliette Gordon Low was a visionary, whose legacy lives on in the 59 million American women who have participated in Girl Scouting at some point in their lives. She believed that all girls, regardless of culture, class, ethnic background, or economic status, should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually, and in founding Girl Scouts in 1912, she made an indelible and enduring contribution to the lives of girls and to our nation. It is fitting that during Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary year, Juliette should be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“My favorite part was shaking hands with the President,” said Ambassador Girl Scout Georgie of the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia. “He was really nice and talked to each of us!”

“Bob Dylan told me he liked our patches,” said Gold Award Girl Scout Kathleen from Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital. Dylan was also honored at today’s event.

The girls said they were also excited to meet awardees Madeline Albright, the first female Secretary of State and Pat Summitt, University of Tennesee Basketball coach Summitt is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history of either a men's or women's team in any division.