Girl Scouts In the News: November 2009 Archives

learning_to_lead.jpgOn Thursday, October 29, 2009, Girl Scouts of the USA along with CARE International, Seventeen Magazine and the Documentary Group hosted Learning to Lead, an interactive discussion on the power of girl leadership and education.

Experts, celebrities, media, invited guests and Girl Scouts gathered at GSUSA to discuss the importance of providing girls with opportunities and support to build education and leadership skills regardless of their geographic location.

Moderated by Suchin Pak of MTV News, panelists included Cynthia Lloyd from the Population Council, Judy Schoenberg from the Girl Scout Research Institute, Stephanie Baric from CARE, and Award-winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo.

As a follow-up and continuation of this event, GSUSA, CARE, Seventeen and the Documentary Group are asking teen girls, their families, troop leaders and other mentors to make a pledge at The Power of Girls to learn more about issues facing girls around the world. The goal is to collect 50,000 pledges by International Women's Day in March of 2011.

Be sure you and your girls make the pledge!

On Thursday, October 29, 2009 President Barack Obama signed the Girl Scouts of the USA Commemorative Coin Act authorizing the minting of 350,000 silver dollar coins in honor of Girl Scouts and the achievements of the 50 million women across the nation whose lives have been influenced by Girl Scouting. This legislation enjoyed strong bipartisan support, with more than 300 cosponsors in the House, and more than 70 cosponsors in the Senate. The measure passed unanimously in both the House and Senate earlier this month.

 The Girl Scouts Centennial Commemorative Coin will be minted in 2013, marking the end of the celebration of our first 100 years and the beginning of our second century of leadership. Ten dollars from the sale of each coin will go to GSUSA to help fund much-needed renovations at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, Georgia. The bill also calls for the Secretary of the Treasury, in collaboration with the GSUSA and the Commission of Fine Arts, to design the coin in a manner "emblematic of the centennial of Girl Scouts."

 This victory would not have happened without your support.  Through your efforts, more than 40,000 messages were sent to Members of Congress asking for their support. Thanks to each of you, we are poised to have a Girl Scouts commemorative coin to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting!


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