2012 Annual Report - page 8

Girl Scouts Celebrated Their
100-Year Anniversary
Girl Scouts began its journey in America on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia,
when Juliette Gordon Low brought 18 girls together for the first ever Girl Scout meeting.
For one hundred years we have been providing leadership experiences for girls with an
unwavering commitment to our principles: We believe that girls develop their character
and self-worth from the values we instill, the lessons we teach and the time we invest.
To commemorate this historical milestone, there were tributes, parties, parades, museum
exhibits and candlelight ceremonies all around the state and throughout the country.
It was the Year of Girl!
To coincide with the 100th anniversary, and to bring attention to issues that affect girls in this
county and across the globe, Girl Scouts of the USA declared 2012 to be the Year of the Girl. Last
March, in front of a group of 18 local Girl Scouts, Governor Heineman signed a declaration that
made it official in the state of Nebraska!
Presidential Medal of Freedom
President Obama posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to our founder,
Juliette Gordon Low. The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United
States, recognizes individuals who havemade “an especially meritorious contribution to the
security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public
or private endeavors.”
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