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Girl Scouts of Connecticut to Honor Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill

May 2, 2011

Girl Scouts of Connecticut is pleased to announce that Secretary of the State Denise Merrill will be the honoree at the 2011 Woman of Merit dinner on Wednesday, June 8 from 5:30 –   8:30 pm at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.

Currently serving as Connecticut’s Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill has shown a dedication to civic participation and public service throughout her career. She served as State Representative from the 54th General Assembly district for 17 years and rose to the rank of House Majority leader from 2008-2010, the second most powerful position in the Connecticut House of Representatives. 

As a young girl Denise Merrill participated in Girl Scouts and she continues her involvement in Girl Scouting today. She has served as Leader of the Capitol’s Honorary Girl Scout Troop for two years, providing a forum for members of the Senate and the House of Representatives to gather around issues important to women and girls. In her role as Troop Leader she continues her commitment to working with Girl Scouts of Connecticut to help make Connecticut an even better place for girls to live, learn, and grow.

The Woman of Merit award recognizes leaders who demonstrate the Girl Scout values of leadership, personal achievement, and service to the community. It is given in the honor of Alice Pattison Merritt, an extraordinary public leader who became the first woman elected to the Connecticut Senate and who was instrumental in bringing Girl Scouting to girls in Connecticut.

“We are thrilled to award the 2011 Woman of Merit to Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill,” said Jennifer Smith Turner, CEO Girl Scouts of Connecticut.  “Just like the extraordinary woman after whom this award is named, Denise Merrill’s leadership and commitment to public service make her an inspiring role model to all Girl Scouts.”

Friends and supporters are invited to the Woman of Merit dinner for an evening of fun while supporting Girl Scouting’s personal and leadership development programs for young women. Net proceeds from the dinner will support enrichment, educational, recreational, and personal development programs that help girls in grades K - 12 bring out the best in themselves and their communities.  The Girl Scout Leadership Experience offers girls the lifetime skills they need to discover their personal best; connect with others to build healthy relationships; and take action in their communities to make the world a better place.

Woman of Merit sponsors include: Aetna, Inc., Comcast, ING, Little Brownie Bakers, Newman’s Own Foundation, The Hartford, Travelers, and Webster Bank.

For more information about the event, please contact Margaret Tantillo at 860-522-0163 ext. 3252.

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