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Girl Scouts celebrate 100 year anniversary

Thursday, March 8, 2012

DES MOINES -- Girl Scouts is gearing up to kick off the biggest birthday bash of the millennium. The organization will be celebrating its official 100th anniversary on March 12th and has a number of celebratory events planned throughout the entire month.

As part of the celebration, the Girl Scout community will be reflecting upon the rich history of the organization. The first Girl Scout meeting dates back to 1912, while one of the earliest troops in Iowa was organized in Des Moines in 1922. Since then, Girl Scouts has been changing the lives of millions of girls and community members alike.

Girl Scouts is excited to commemorate its long standing history, but is also excited to reflect on how far the organization has come. Since the day Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low gathered with 18 girls together in Savannah, Georgia for the first Girl Scout meeting, the organization has since grown to serve 10 million girls in 146 countries worldwide.

As the largest girl serving organization in the United States, Girl Scouts is thrilled to celebrate this milestone, and is looking forward to helping build girls of courage, confidence, and character into the next 100 years and counting.

As part of the 100th Anniversary, Girl Scouts is proud to acknowledge girls born on March 12 as members of a special "100th Anniversary Troop." Each girl born on March 12 will be asked to join Girl Scouts when she turns 5 years old and will be offered a free membership.

On March 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. Governor Branstad will give a Girl Scout Proclamation, a pinning ceremony of an honorary troop will take place, and attendees will enjoy cake, cookies, and ice cream. Girls, parents, volunteers, community members, legislators, Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will be in attendance.

Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will make an appearance, give Proclamation between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Iowa State Capitol.

As a way to celebrate 100 years of Scouting, the Forever Green Gala on March 16 at 7 p.m. at Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona will serve as a place to reflect on the history of the Girl Scouts and look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead. Beyond the typical dinner and dancing, the gala will feature flash mobs of Girl Scout Alumnae reciting the Promise, a cookie sales showdown and more.

Also the they will commemorating Girl Scouts' Anniversary at several birthday bashes throughout the entire month of March. For a complete listing of dates and times, visit: girlscoutsiowa.org/march-2012.cfm

Plus dozens of businesses and groups from around the state will have cool demonstrations, and educational projects for girls to complete as they learn more about each organization. Inspirational and dynamic speakers will share their stories on confidence, determination and teaching girls how to reach their goals as part of the B.I.G. program (Believe in Girls) will be held on March 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.

Hundreds of Girl Scouts throughout Iowa, troop leaders, and Girl Scout staff members will be in attendance.

Serving girls in Central and Western Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa provides leadership programming to over 15,000 girls and 4,000 adult volunteers. It is a great time to be a Girl Scout and you can sign up at any time during the year. To find out more about our program, please visit their website at

www.girlscoutsiowa.org or call them at 800-342-8389.

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.6 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouting is the leading authority in girls' healthy developments and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more info on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girls Scouts, call (800) GSUSA-4-U (800-478-7248) or visit www.girlscouts.org.

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