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Girl Scouts of Connecticut Honors Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill

June 9, 2011

Girl Scouts of Connecticut honored Secretary of the State Denise Merrill at the 2011 Woman of Merit dinner on Wednesday, June 8 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.

Accepting the Woman of Merit award for her personal achievement, leadership skills, and commitment to public service, Secretary Merrill told the audience that it is “our job to find the next generation of women leaders – both in politics and in business – and mentor them to success.” She went on to say, “One of the reasons I am a longtime supporter of Girl Scouts is because it passes on a strong tradition of mentorship, from girl to girl, mother to daughter, generation to generation.” Secretary Merrill also shared that many of the values she learned as a girl in Girl Scouts have helped her in her professional career. “Girl Scouts taught me about working with others to get things done and values like honor, respect, responsibility, and loyalty. All of which are greatly needed in the fields I chose—public service and politics.”

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.  

Secretary Merrill continues her involvement in Girl Scouting today as the Leader of the Capitol’s Honorary Girl Scout Troop. The troop provides a forum for members of the Senate and the House of Representatives to gather around issues important to women and girls. Secretary Merrill is also a member of Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Board Development Committee. In both roles, she continues her commitment to working with Girl Scouts to help make Connecticut an even better place for girls to live, learn, and grow.

More than 250 friends and supporters attended the 2011 Woman of Merit Dinner to honor Secretary Merrill and show their support of Girl Scouts of Connecticut and its mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Net proceeds from Woman of Merit 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 through Girl Scouts.  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.

Sponsors that helped make the 2011 Woman of Merit dinner possible include Aetna, Inc., Comcast, ING, Little Brownie Bakers, Newman’s Own Foundation, The Hartford, Travelers, and Webster Bank.

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