Offer Words of Support and Wisdom to new CEO, Lidia Soto-Harmon
I am Diane Tipton, President of the Board of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. Lidia, I am honored to present you with this flower as a symbol of the creativity and wisdom that you bring to our board, and to the many committees that you work with, to help our organization serve more girls.
My name is Amy Phillips. I am a Girl Scout Ambassador and a Girl member of the Board. Lidia, I give you this flower on behalf of all 61,338 girl members, as a reminder of the fun we have being Girl Scouts and the commitment we have made to make our world a better place.
Good evening my name is Pedro Alfonso. I am the President of Dynamic Concepts, and my daughter Ali loves being a Girl Scout. Lidia, I give you this flower as a special reminder of all the lives you will touch in making this great leadership program inclusive and accessible to all girls. Te doy una flor con mucho cariño.
My name is Rhea Schwartz and I am a member of the national board of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Lidia, I give you this flower as a symbol of the leadership that you will bring to the 100th Anniversary National Sing-Along celebration on the National Mall in 2012. Even if you might not have a trained singing voice (laugh).
Hello, I am Anne Gunsteens, Executive Director for The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation. Lidia, we have a long tradition of supporting Girl Scouts. I am delighted to give you this flower as a symbol of the girls that you serve from high-risk communities. Together we can open a world of opportunities for every girl.
Hello I am Peggy Fox, a TV reporter, a troop leader and one of the 26,761 adult volunteers and parents who are members of this amazing council. Lidia I give you this flower as a reminder that girls want to participate in a variety of high-adventure activities, and that Girl Scouts can shoot rockets, climb rock walls, sleep outdoors and discover all the excitement this world has to offer.
Hello, I am Christina Eaglin, and let’s see, I have been a lot of things at this council—a Girl Scout, a parent of Girl Scouts, a Board of directors member, a nominating committee member, a Women’s Advisory Board members, and the daughter of a previous Council President-- Lois Bell Toliver. Lidia I joyfully give you this flower as a symbol of the clear vision and sound judgment I know you will bring to GSCNC.
My name is Joe Suarez and I am a member of the Greater Washington Business community, the dad of a girl who grew up as a Girl Scout in this Council, an officer of Booz Allen Hamilton, and a committed funder of some of the most incredible programs developed by Girl Scouts to stimulate girls' confidence and leadership skills. Lidia, I give you this flower as a symbol of the stewardship you will provide over the resources given to the Girl Scouts by the philanthropic community.
I am Jennifer Tapper and the parent of a future Girl Scout, Alice. Lidia, I give you this flower as a symbol of the future. I hope that you will position this council for the next 100 year’s of success. Stay current and relevant and produce a future United States President.
Artis Hampshire Cowan
My name is Artis Hampshire Cowan and I am Sr. VP and Secretary of Howard University, a member of the Women’s Advisory Board, a Camp CEO participant and the mother of a Gold Award Girl Scout. I give you this flower as a symbol of the support of your friends. We are here to support the council, guide and mentor our fantastic Girl Scouts, and Lidia, we are here for you too—to listen, provide guidance, support, and laugh more as we continue on this wonderful Girl Scout journey.
And finally Lidia, with your hands full of beautiful flowers—symbolic of the girls you serve, I have the pleasure as a member of the Greater Washington community and long time Girl Scout supporter, to give you this flower as a symbol of the wonderful and diverse communities you serve, and to let you know—that we all wish you and this great Girl Scout Council every success.