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Girl Scouts Across Connecticut Celebrate 99th Anniversary

March 4, 2011

During the week of March 6 through the 12, Girl Scouts of Connecticut will join Girl Scouts around the country in celebrating Girl Scout Week and the 99th anniversary of Girl Scouting. Since 1912, Girl Scouting has inspired millions of girls and women with the highest ideals of courage, confidence, and character. Today, more than 44,000 girls in Connecticut are discovering their path to leadership through Girl Scouts.

As part of this year's celebration, Girl Scouts - past and present - are encouraged to wear pearls in recognition of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts who sold her extremely valuable necklace of rare and matched pearls to fund the early days of Girl Scouting.

"Girl Scout Week is an opportunity to celebrate the history of Girl Scouting and its lasting commitment to improve the lives of girls," said Jennifer Smith Turner, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. "We continue to evolve, while remaining true to core values. The Girl Scout Program promotes positive self-esteem and teaches girls important life skills to help them succeed in the world today."

Girl Scouts of Connecticut's celebration of the long and proud history of Girl Scouting during Girl Scout Week will culminate in a Girl Scout Day at the Mall at the Westfield Meriden Mall on March 12. All of Connecticut's Girl Scouts, their families, and the public are welcome to join in the celebration of Girl Scouting's 99th year. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. a variety of fun activities highlighting the Girl Scout Program will be available for everyone to enjoy.

As Girl Scouts of Connecticut celebrates the 99th anniversary of Girl Scouting, Girl Scouts throughout the state will continue to lead by example in their communities and in the larger world around them. Through the exemplary Girl Scout Program girls will discover their strengths, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place.

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