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City Hall to go Green in Celebration of Girl Scout Centennial!
HOUSTON (March 5, 2012) – On March 12, the premier leadership organization for girls will celebrate 100 years of empowering girls to make a difference in their communities. In observance of this momentous occasion and to raise awareness, Houston City Hall lights will flood green.
"For 100 years, Girls Scouts has helped girls reach their full potential with programs that include science and technology, business and financial literacy and visual arts," said Mary Vitek, CEO of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC). "We are honored that our city hall has chosen to recognize Girl Scouts and its 100 years of leadership in such a notable way."
On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and spiritually. Girl Scouts brought girls out of their isolated home environments and into community service and the open air with activities such as hiking, playing sports, camping and first aid training.
Ten years later, the first Girl Scout charter for Houston was issued at the request of Frances Mann and Corinne Fonde, the first organizers of Girl Scout troops in the area. What began with only 17 members has now grown to include more than 90,000 girls and adults in 26 counties in southeast Texas.
Houston and San Jacinto Council have a rich history of diversity and inclusion. GSSJC is the home of the first Hispanic troop in the nation (1922) and received nearly 200 acres of land in Willis, Texas from a group of prominent African-American businessmen (1949) to start one of eight campsites, which supported Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s praise of Girl Scouts as a force for desegregation.
Today, GSSJC is ranked as the second largest Council in the country and was the site of the 52nd National Girl Scout Convention, which served as the national organization’s centennial kick-off celebration.
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is the second largest Girl Scout council in the country serving more than 70,000 girls and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. Join us as we celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in the United States in 2012.
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