Girl Scouts of Connecticut Host Girl Scout Day at the Capitol
March 1, 2013
Celebrating Girl Scout Day at the State Capitol on Wednesday, February 27, Girl Scouts of Connecticut supported further opportunities for girls to continue to develop their leadership skills, while increasing girls’ awareness of civic engagement. Over 200 girls and adults attended the event, including numerous Girl Scouts who were meeting with local legislators about important issues facing them.
“We are honored to be part of a day that combines good role modeling and early leadership opportunities,” said Teresa C. Younger, Board President of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “Promoting and supporting women in leadership roles must start early. The experience of Girl Scouts leads to more productive community leaders, women with higher education levels and earning, greater philanthropic giving, and a greater overall achievement levels by all economic and social indicators.”
During a press conference attended by Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, State Representative Michelle Cook (D-65), State Representative Noreen Kokoruda (R-101), and Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO Mary Barneby, Guilford Girl Scout Virginia Gresham talked about how Girl Scouting gave her the necessary skills to be a successful leader, helping her achieve her Gold Award. Gresham’s Gold Award project was to install historical plaques along the Guilford Green.
“My Girl Scout Gold Award project has been an indispensable part of my high school career; it has been both enlightening and empowering,” Gresham said. “I have learned that one project can touch a community and bring people together. I have also realized—through the several hundred hours of work that went into this project—that I can do anything I set my mind to do.”
Members of the legislature were inducted or reinvested into the Honorary Girl Scout Troop at the Capitol. The ceremony was led by Honorary Troop Leader, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman.
“For over 100 years, Girl Scouts of Connecticut has been providing girls with numerous opportunities to become leaders in their homes, schools, and communities,” Wyman said. “Today, girls are learning about civic engagement, with the hands-on experience of meeting with their local lawmakers to discuss issues that are important to them. Girls need these opportunities to become the future leaders that we will need in the years to come.”
The bi-partisan Girl Scout Troop at the Capitol provides a forum for members in both the Executive and Legislative Branches of government to gather around important issues affecting girls and women today. Governor Dannel P. Malloy provided the Girl Scouts with a proclamation declaring the day Girl Scout Day at the Capitol.
“We are honored and excited to have such an accomplished group of legislative leaders to serve as role models and on behalf of Girl Scouts and women throughout Connecticut,” said Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut.
Current members of Honorary Girl Scout Troop 201 at the Capitol include:
Dannel P. Malloy - Governor
Nancy Wyman - Lieutenant Governor
Denise Merrill - Secretary of the State
Denise Nappier - Treasurer
Kevin Lembo - Comptroller
George Jepsen - Attorney General
House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz, Catherine Abercrombie, Mitch Bolinsky,
Tim Bowles, Cecilia Buck-Taylor, Jay Case, Michelle Cook, Theresa Conroy, Mike Demicco, John Hampton, Noreen Kokoruda, Brenda Kupchick, Larry Miller, Emmett Riley, Peggy Sayers, Pam Sawyer, David Scribner, Prasad Srinivasan, Patricia Widlitz, Terrie Wood, Melissa Hoy-Ziobron
Dante Bartolomeo, Joseph J. Crisco, Jr., Cathy Osten, Gayle Slossberg&