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Girl Scouts of Connecticut Hold Girl Scout Advocacy Day at the Capitol

March 3, 2011

Celebrating Girl Scout Advocacy Day at the state Capitol on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, Girl Scouts of Connecticut announced support of current anti-cyberbullying legislation and highlighted innovative Girl Scout programs aimed at teaching girls about respecting themselves and others.

At a special reception in the Legislative Office Building, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced that she will continue as Leader of the Capitol’s Honorary Girl Scout Troop, a group of bi-partisan policymakers who are committed to advancing important issues for girls, including healthy living and internet safety. Secretary Merrill, Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s CEO, Jennifer Smith Turner, and Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Board President, Teresa Younger, rededicated current members of the Capitol’s Honorary Troop and invested new members.

Governor Dannel Malloy provided the Girl Scouts with a proclamation declaring the day Girl Scout Advocacy Day and participated in the pinning ceremony for the new troop members.

The bi-partisan Girl Scout Troop at the Capitol provides a forum for members in both the Executive and Legislative Branches of government to gather around important issues affecting girls and women today.

Current members of Honorary Girl Scout Troop 210 at the Capitol include:

Dannel Malloy - Governor
Nancy Wyman - Lt. Governor
Denise Merrill - Secretary of the State
Denise Nappier - Treasurer
Kevin Lembo - Comptroller
George Jepsen - Attorney General

Catherine Abercrombie
Elizabeth Boukus
Mary Ann Carson
Michelle Cook
Kim Fawcett
Janice Giegler
DebraLee Hovey
Claire Janowski
Themis Klarides
Gail Lavielle
Mary Mushinsky
Sandy Nafis
Elaine O’Brien
Rosa Rebimbas
Lonnie Reed
Kim Rose
Pam Sawyer
Peggy Sayers
David Scribner
Patricia Widlitz
Terrie Wood
Elissa Wright

Beth Bye
Toni Harp
Joan Hartley
Edith Prague
Gayle Slossberg

“We are honored to have such a distinguished group of leaders to serve as role models for Girl Scouts and women throughout Connecticut,” said Jennifer Smith Turner, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

Girl Scout Advocacy Day at the Capitol also gave Girl Scouts of Connecticut a chance to meet one-on-one with legislators to highlight the important initiatives more than 44,000 Girl Scouts and 18,000 Girl Scout volunteers find critical in every community in the state.

 For nearly 100 years Girl Scouting has been encouraging girls to develop their leadership potential through activities that enable them to discover their values, skills, and the world around them; connect with others in a multicultural environment; and take action to make a difference. Today, many women who are leaders in their fields credit Girl Scouting with helping them build the set of skills that paved their road to success. At Girl Scouts of Connecticut we are helping to shape the female leaders of tomorrow with our efforts today.

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