Change Begins By Helping A Girl
Our success is often the result of the family we were born into more than true grit. I am fortunate to be the product of both. In addition to hard work, I was blessed with a tremendously supportive family and fortunate enough to join a second family, the Girl Scouts.
My roots in Girl Scouts are deep. Growing up next door to a committed Girl Scout volunteer, senior troop leader, and mother of the coolest Senior Girl Scout anyone could imagine, I couldn't wait to join the Girl Scout family. From Brownies through my years as a Senior Girl Scout (yes, my neighbor finally became my troop leader), I was fortunate to have had experiences that my family, otherwise, never could have provided. Whether it was camping with my troop or participating in service projects for homeless children or building a gas engine airplane or traveling to Our Cabana and across country to California, the opportunity to have these kinds of experiences would never have been possible for me without Girl Scouting.
As the former President and current chair of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital Nominating Committee, I know first hand that girls thrive in Girl Scouting. They achieve academically, discover a sense of community and rise to new leadership heights.
Unfortunately, many girls in the Washington, D.C. area start out without these advantages. Statistics show that the lives of many girls in our community are likely to be plagued by low academic achievement and/or poverty. But I contend that this need not be the case. Success should be every girl's birthright. We can make a difference with Girl Scouting: "Change Begins by Helping a Girl."
Together, we can build a strong Girl Scout presence in our communities. I hope you join me in opening your heart, home or church doors to a Girl Scout Troop. Be a leader - become a leader-volunteer.