Monday, February 16, 2015

Girl Scout Legislative Day

Each year, Girl Scout representatives from various Girl Scout councils in Virginia gather in Richmond to hold an annual Girl Scout Legislative Day. The day helps raise awareness of the issues important to girls and young women and helps educate legislators on what Girl Scouts are doing to address issues and prepare girls for the future. Another important goal is to help demonstrate to policymakers that Girl Scouts is a resource and an authority on issues affecting girls.

Girl Scout Ambassador Lauren, GSCCC executive assistant
Sunny Smith, First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe and
Girl Scout volunteer Dee Miner at Girl Scout Legislative Day.
Girls and volunteers helped host a Milk and Cookies reception in the General Assembly Building and were later introduced in the House and Senate. Part of the day’s schedule included a tour of the Governor’s home where they were greeted by Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe who proudly told the girls she is a Girl Scout alumna.

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Tracy Keller joined other council CEOs in the afternoon to meet with Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Maurice Jones, and Virginia Secretary of Administration, Nancy Rodrigues. Rodrigues, who lives in Surry, Va. and who is a former Girl Scout, discussed ways to help make policy makers and leaders in the community more aware of the leadership aspect of Girl Scouting and was eager to hear how women in government could help mentor the next generation of leaders.

“We’re more than cookies, crafts and camps,” GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller said. “We’re about helping girls build courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place. When we accomplish that, we accomplish giving the world more responsible and caring leaders.”