Thursday, April 27, 2017

Girl Scout Cookies & Milk – A Sweet Event for North Carolina Legislators

GSCCC Girl Scouts with Secretary Elaine Marshall
Board Chair Carolene Goodwyn-Harris with Senator Bill Cook
What a perfect way to end the Girl Scout Cookie season! Several Girl Scout teens from our North Carolina counties joined GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller and Board Chair Carolene Goodwyn-Harris at an advocacy day Cookies and Milk event in Raleigh on April 26 at the North Carolina Legislative Building. The goal of the day was to reach out to legislators and government officials to share our Girl Scout legislative agenda that included report findings from the State of Girls 2017 report released by the Girl Scout Research Institute. In addition, girl representatives from Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest and Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines shared their leadership experiences and were shining examples of the go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders that Girl Scouts help to build!

Girl Scout CEOs Lisa Jones from Coastal Pines and
Tracy Keller from Colonial Coast with Senator Ingram-Smith
and Girl Scouts Isabella, Nidhi and Victoria
Highlights of the day for all included introductions by Representative Beverley Boswell during the House session and Senator Tamara Barringer during the Senate session, and meeting and hearing from North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall who attended the Cookies and Milk reception. Secretary Marshall spoke to the girls about how she became interested in public office and what her job entails, which involves overseeing a department of 200 employees and responsibilities such as pursuing product counterfeiting as part of trademark protection law enforcement. Marshall stated that while she was not a Girl Scout growing up, she has been a strong supporter of Girl Scouts as an adult and has served as a volunteer in an advisory capacity.

Governor Roy Cooper signing the proclamation in the historic
House chambers in the Capitol
During the afternoon, representatives from the four councils toured the historic Capitol building and had an opportunity to meet Governor Roy Cooper. In the historic House Chambers room, packed with Girl Scout representatives, the Governor’s address to Girl Scouts included praise for the community service they offer, the examples they set for other youth and the importance of the Girl Scout program in developing our nation’s leaders. He ended his time with the group by signing a proclamation in recognition of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies!