Events planned to mark 100 years of Girl Scouting

Released by Stacy Carr, Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana:

On March 12, Girl Scouts in Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana (GSSI) will join millions of current and former Girl Scouts in marking a huge milestone—the 100th Anniversary of Juliette Low's founding of the organization on March 12, 1912.

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) will use the occasion of its 100th birthday to launch the boldest cause campaign dedicated to girls' leadership issues in the nation's history. The cause—Year of the Girl—will focus immediate, sustained, nationwide attention on developing and encouraging extraordinary leadership potential in girls.

"2012 is an exciting time for Girl Scouts," said GSSI Board Chair Laura Pamplin Mackiewicz, "and Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana looks forward to another century of opportunities to provide programs that empower young girls in southwest Indiana, help them develop their leadership potential, and inspire them to use it to make the world a better place."

Locally, Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana will mark this milestone anniversary in a big way. Upcoming celebrations and events include:

  • An Open House on March 12th, from 11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at GSSI's corporate offices, 223 NW Second St. All current and former Girl Scouts, their families, and friends and supporters are invited to attend. At 11 a.m., Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will make a Mayoral Proclamation in honor of the Girl Scout 100th Anniversary.
  • A cocktail party, Friday, March 16, 6:30 p.m., at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science, at which USI President and Honorary Girl Scout Leader, Linda Bennett, will cut the ribbon on A Century of Service: Girl Scouts of the USA, an archival exhibit that will be on display through July 1.