Dear Girl Scouts,
What a week it has been for Girl Scouting. On Tuesday, May 29th, National President Connie L. Lindsey, members of the Gordon family, five Girl Scouts and I had the honor of being in attendance at the White House when President Obama awarded our late founder, Juliette Gordon Low, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It was an experience none us will ever forget and a wonderful moment for our Movement.
In describing Daisy Low, President Obama called her a “trailblazer for America’s daughters,” and the official program noted that “Americans of all backgrounds continue to draw inspiration from Juliette Gordon Low’s remarkable vision.” Indeed, all of us in Girl Scouting remain ever inspired by the vision of Daisy Low and her enduring contributions to girls and to our nation. You may view the ceremony on the Internet and one of the Girl Scouts in attendance, Diana Greymountain, wrote a wonderful article about her experience for the Huffington Post and I hope you will take a moment to read it.
In addition, I had the opportunity to deliver an address at the National Press Club on Wednesday, May 30th, that was broadcast nationally on C-SPAN and National Public Radio. The address will air several times on C-SPAN over the next few weeks and it is available online. In the speech, I made the case as to why the nation must focus on girls and their leadership development, and called on the nation to join our ToGetHerThere cause. We have set the ambitious goal of bringing about balanced leadership across all sectors in a single generation by supporting girls, and the National Press Club provided a national platform to tell that story and how Girl Scouts has been a force in the lives of girls for a century.
We as a Movement have never been more prominent than during our centennial year. Our 100th anniversary is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and given honors like the Presidential Medal of Freedom and wonderful celebrations around the country, like the upcoming Girl Scouts Rock the Mall in Washington, D.C., I am enormously proud of how robustly we are advancing Girl Scouting. Thank you for everything you do for girls and I hope you will continue to advance the ToGetHerThere cause in the months and years ahead.
With warmest regards,
Anna Maria Chávez
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA