Friday, March 27, 2015

Join me “On the Road”

Welcome to the first installment of “On the Road with Anna”, where we follow Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez.

As I travel around the country, I not only get to meet the most amazing girls and volunteers, but also the council teams who help make Girl Scouts a powerful force for change. I want you to be able to share these experiences with me, so every so often, I’m going to send you updates from the road.

Recently, I got to spend some time with the wonderful team at Girl Scouts Texas Oklahoma Plains. They shared their excitement about how we’re innovating on behalf of girls, and gave me an inside look at how Girl Scouts is helping to propel girls at Fort Worth’s Cesar Chavez Elementary School toward a brighter future.

At the council, I met the amazing Ruth Owen—92 years young and still proud to call herself a Girl Scout volunteer after almost 30 years. If you ask her why she still volunteers several times a week, she has a simple answer.

“There’s just so much that’s good about Girl Scouts. It truly pleases me to get to do this as much as I can.”

Ruth is an amazing woman, someone who has dedicated herself to our Movement, and who has helped develop generations of leaders! 

During my afternoon at Cesar Chavez, I also spent some time with Principal Monica Ordaz, who makes sure that the school’s hallways are filled with banners from the best colleges and universities. Principal Ordaz works every day to inspire her students, many of whom come from neighborhoods where they face big challenges, and to make sure they know that education has the power to take them wherever they want to go in life.

But even the best educators need a little help putting their students on a path to success. For the girls in her school, Ordaz believes in the power of Girl Scouts.

“As an educator, why wouldn’t you partner with the Girl Scouts? We both want girls to step out of their comfort zones and try new things. It’s great opportunity to partner with a community organization, to partner with parents, to make girls feel special—that’s what I want for my girls and what Girl Scouts helps me bring to my school.”

Finally, I learned a new kind of “pattycake” from some of the 50 Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors who participate in Girl Scouts through Cesar Chavez.

Until my next stop…