SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Over two dozens of Girl Scouts from South Plainfield – including Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors – and troop leaders attended the March 6 council meeting in honor of Mayor Matt Anesh officially proclaiming March 12 through March 18, 2017 as Girl Scout Week in the Borough of South Plainfield.
At Monday night’s meeting, Eliana P., a Franklin Elementary School second grader and member of South Plainfield Brownie Troop #65199, led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Anesh then read the proclamation, which states, in part that, “throughout their distinguished history, Girl Scouting has inspired millions of girls and women with the highest ideals of courage, confidence, and character, and [enables] girls to discover, connect and take action to make their local communities and the world a better place…”
On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop meeting in Savannah, GA; there were just 18 girls present. Gordon Low organized enrichment programs, service projects and outdoor activities and adventures. Over the past 105 years, Girl Scouts has grown and today, there are over 3.7 million members.
National Girl Scout Week is held annually in March and always includes Girl Scout Day (March 12), the day Girl Scouting in the United State began. The week-long observance is a means of recognizing and celebrating all that the Girl Scouts have done to empower girls and what the organization has done for communities across the country.
This year, “Girl Scout members nationwide will be celebrating 105 years of this American tradition, with 61 million women who are former Girl Scouts and living proof of the impact of this amazing movement,” stated the mayor. “I hereby proclaim March 12 through March 18, 2017 as Girl Scouts Week in the Borough of South Plainfield and applaud the commitment Girl Scouting has made to South Plainfield’s girls.”
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