Girl Scout Leadership Day to Be Celebrated at Oregon’s Capitol March 12

Nearly 100 Girl Scouts Gather as Governor Kate Brown becomes Lifetime Girl Scout

Governor Kate Brown will proclaim March 12, 2018 as Girl Scout Leadership Day in Oregon. The date marks the 106th anniversary of Girl Scouts of the USA, which began March 12, 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia for the first Girl Scout meeting. Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington will also honor Governor Kate Brown as a lifetime member of Girl Scouts.

“Girl Scouts teaches girls that their voices count–that they bring a valuable perspective and that the world needs their leadership,” says Karen Hill, Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. “Girls benefit so much from seeing women like Governor Kate Brown in the highest leadership role in Oregon–it helps them envision themselves there. It’s our pleasure to honor Governor Kate Brown during Women’s History Month, in the presence of so many of our country’s future female leaders!”

Girl Scout Leadership Day will celebrate and recognize Girl Scouts throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington who positively impact their communities and prepare for a lifetime of leadership through their participation in programming geared specifically for girls, including opportunities in the areas of civic engagement, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), outdoor skills and financial literacy.
Girl Scout Leadership Day is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick (D-Portland) and Representative Margaret Doherty (D-Tigard). “Girl Scouts of the USA has a proud history of raising up generation after generation of female leaders. I am proud to welcome this group of future leaders to the Oregon Capitol,” says Sen. Ginny Burdick. “Girl Scouts play valuable roles in their communities through community service and learning skills that will help them succeed in life.”

“With every Girl Scout I meet, I am reminded of how bright of a future we have with these courageous, confident, young women of character,” says event Co-Sponsor, Representative Margaret Doherty. “I am certain that among these young women are future legislators, business executives, and community leaders. Undoubtedly, through their involvement in the Girl Scouts, these young Oregonians are already leading the way and making a difference in their local communities.”

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington will also celebrate the G.I.R.L. Agenda–a nonpartisan initiative to inspire, prepare and mobilize girls to lead positive change through civic action. “Just last session, a troop of local Girl Scouts helped pass legislation that will save the lives of animals and children who are locked in cars on hot days,” says Sen. Ginny Burdick. “That is just one example. If a group of elementary school students can accomplish this as Girl Scouts, it bodes well for what they will be able to achieve as adults.”
WHO | WHAT: Girl Scout Leadership Day
1. GUBERNATORIAL PROCLAMATION–Governor Kate Brown will declare March 12, 2018 as Girl Scout Leadership Day.
2. PINNING CEREMONY–Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GSOSW) will honor Governor Kate Brown as a lifetime member of Girl Scouts.
3. RECEPTION–a light reception, hosted by Girl Scout Service Unit 28 (Polk County), will immediately follow the Program, featuring remarks by Representative Margaret Doherty.
WHERE: Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court Street NE, Salem, OR, 97301–Senate Lobby (2nd Floor)
WHEN: Monday, March 12, 2018

3-3:30 p.m. and 3:15-3:45 p.m.–Girl Scouts will participate in Guided Tours (2) of the Capitol.
4 p.m. Proclamation and Pinning Ceremony–the Program will begin promptly at 4 p.m. and is expected to run until 4:15 p.m.
4:15 p.m. Reception–a hosted Reception immediately follows the Program, from 4:15-4:45 p.m.

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