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March 23, 2012 > Wieckowski honors Girl Scouts on centenary

Wieckowski honors Girl Scouts on centenary

Submitted By Jeff Barbosa, Photo courtesy of Jeff Barbosa

The California State Assembly passed a resolution by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) on March 12, 2012 to honor the Girl Scouts of the USA on its 100th anniversary.

Wieckowski's five sisters were all Girl Scouts while growing up in Fremont. His sister, Joyce Steakley, attended the March 12 ceremony, representing Service Unit 630 of Cupertino. Another sister, Carol Dreyer, was also present. Pam Saltenberger, CEO of Girl Scouts, Heart of Central California and Deborah Holden, senior director, Girl Scouts of Northern California, appeared in the Assembly Gallery as Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 108 was approved by voice vote. A group of Girl Scouts from around the state enjoyed cookies and refreshments in the Willie Brown Room of the Assembly following the vote. The state Senate also approved ACR 108 the same afternoon.

On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Lowe convened the first troop meeting of Girl Scouts in the United States.

"Since its founding, 50 million girls have participated in the Girl Scout movement during their childhood," Wieckowski said. "As the brother of five Girl Scouts, I grew up with first-hand knowledge of how membership helps girls develop the courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place."

There are currently 3.2 million Girl Scouts. The Girl Scouts is the largest, oldest and most effective leadership program for girls in not only the United States but the world. Sixty-nine percent of the women serving in the United States Senate and 65 percent of the women currently in the United States House of Representatives were Girl Scouts.

The resolution says fifty-five percent of all women astronauts are former Girl Scouts and former Girl Scouts have flown in more than a third of all space shuttle missions.

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Photo Caption:
Assembly Member Bob Wieckowski (standing behind resolution) with representatives of the Girl Scouts of the USA on the floor of the California State Assembly, Sacramento

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