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Proclamation Celebrates Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary

March 13, 2012

Port Angeles, Wash.In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, the Port Angeles School District’s Board of Directors adopted Resolution No.1112-09 at its meeting on Monday night. Forty dedicated adult volunteers lead 125 Girl Scouts in the Port Angeles community. Troop 40762, guided by member Genna Birch, led the audience in the flag salute.

Girl Scouts Troop 40762 was in attendance as School Board student member Jacob Wood read the proclamation in their honor - leaders Janet Harwell-Gannon, Rainy Birch, members - Sammi Harwell, Amber Benoit and Genna Birch, Maizie Tucker, Allison Broadwell, Meadow Robinson, Lauryn Chapman and Hailey Robinson. Members are in grades kindergarten through tenth. 

The proclamation passed unanimously by the School Board reads as follows:

WHEREAS, March 12, 2012, marks the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, which began in 1912 when Savannah, GA native Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low gathered 18 girls to provide them the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually; and WHEREAS, for 100 years, Girl Scouting has helped build millions of girls and women of courage, confidence, and character who act to make the world a better place; and

WHEREAS, today, more than 50 million American women are Girl Scout alumnae, 3.3 million girls and adult volunteers are active members, and Girl Scouts is the largest member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, a global movement comprised of more than 10 million girls in 145 countries worldwide; and

WHEREAS, the award winning Girl Scout Leadership Program helps girls discover themselves and their values, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place; and

WHEREAS, core programs around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), environmental stewardship, healthy living, financial literacy, and global citizenship help girls develop a solid foundation in leadership; and

WHEREAS, 125 girls from Port Angeles and 40 dedicated adult volunteers are proud to a part of the Girl Scout tradition in our community; and

WHEREAS, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest honor in Girl Scouting; and

WHEREAS, as part of the 100th Anniversary celebration, girls and adults from Girl Scouts of Western Washington are pledging to live Forever Green participating in monthly challenges to explore their impact on the environment and learning ways to lessen their footprint; and

WHEREAS, through the dedication, time, and talent of volunteers of different backgrounds, abilities, and areas of expertise, our community has held campouts at local camps such as Fisher Cove on Lake Sutherland and Girl Scout camps around Western Washington, cleaned trails with Olympic National Park, served up Friendship dinners at local churches, given blankets and food to Clallam County Humane Society, held sock drives for foster children, supported the food bank, cleaned up beach litter, attended power skill workshops for older girls, sewed items for low income families, participated in annual cookie sales to support troop activities, participated in parades, traveled state to state on public transit, trained to Disneyland , & bicycled through Holland camping each night; and

WHEREAS, Girl Scouts is committed to assuring that all girls can participate in Girl Scouts regardless of their financial circumstances; and

WHEREAS, the Girl Scout program continues to evolve to address the changing societal challenges faced by our community through innovative programs such as Girl Scouts Fostering a Future which reaches girls living in foster or kinship care; Girl Scouts Beyond Bars which reaches girls whose parents are incarcerated; Girl Scouts Skills for Life which serves girls who are living in public housing – often recent immigrants or refugees; and Girl Scouting in the School Day which partners with schools to reach girls from low-income schools; and

NOW, THEREFORE, the Port Angeles School District Board of Directors does hereby applaud the Girl Scouts of the United States of America for their 100 years of leadership and expertise as the voice for and of girls, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington for providing the local support for Girl Scouting in our community, and the Girl Scouts of the Port Angeles School District for their courage, confidence, and character to act to make our world a better place and proudly proclaim 2012 as “Year of the Girl.”

For more information, contact:

Tina Smith-O’Hara
Communications Specialist
Port Angeles School District

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