When Juliette Gordon Low brought together 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912, her goal was to bring all girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air. The “Girl Scouts” played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first-aid. Today, Girl Scouts has a membership of more than 3.3 million girls and adults, and over 50 million women in the United States are Girl Scouts alumnae.
Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles serves more than 350 communities in the LA County area. The council operates a headquarters, 7 service centers, 14 program centers, and 4 campgrounds. These facilities serve over 40,000 girls in grades K-12, utilizing over 22,000 volunteers.
Several public and internal activities throughout March and April will celebrate the anniversary:
February 5 through June 28
The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Heritage Committee has organized 100th Anniversary exhibits in over 30 libraries and museums throughout Greater Los Angeles. One of the largest exhibits will be at the beautiful Lanterman Historic House in La Cañada.
March 10, 2012
And many locations throughout Southern California
You can help Girl Scouts, Ralphs/Food 4 Less, and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank in the fight against hunger. There is a goal of collecting 100,000 pounds of food in honor of the 100th anniversary.
April 14, 2012
Annual Meeting: 10AM (registration opens at 9:30AM): NO FEE
Volunteer Recognition Ceremony: 12:15PM
$25 (includes lunch catered by the Skirball)
And the award goes to… which of your friends and colleagues will be receiving an award? You may be surprised to find you know someone on the honorary list! This luncheon and ceremony honors outstanding volunteers and is a celebration of positive reinforcement for young women in our community.
The 2012 Cookie Program is now in full swing! Download the Cookie Locator mobile app for your smart phone. You can use your phone’s GPS or enter your city and state to find where cookies are being sold near you.
The Gift of Caring Program gives Girl Scout product customers a chance to purchase cookies as a donation to several charitable organizations. Girl Scouts will deliver the cookies for you! Through the program, customers can buy boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to be donated and distributed to their Gift of Caring Partners: Operation Gratitude, the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank (and its Second Harvest Affiliates), the Bob Hope Hollywood USO, Goodwill, and Blue Star Mothers.
Adrienne Van Houten is a Glendale area blogger and a fan of the Girl Scouts. She can be found blogging at Adrienne’s House hanging out, come on over and put your feet up.