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Girl Scouts of Connecticut Sends 24 Delegates to 2011 National Convention in Houston, Texas

November 7, 2011

Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s 24 delegates, led by Board President Teresa Younger and CEO Jennifer Smith Turner, are on their way to Houston, Texas, for the 52nd Convention and 2011 National Council Session of Girl Scouts of the USA, from November 8-13. These 24 delegates include 6 girls from across the state, who will also be voting upon National Council issues.

The National Council Session happens once every three years, and allows councils nationwide a voice in the direction of the entire movement that serves 2.3 million girls around the nation. Girl Scouts of Connecticut delegates have been preparing for this meeting throughout the summer and fall, taking proposals from the National Council and bringing them to the local membership for discussion. This democracy in action will be demonstrated during the national convention, as both girls and adults from Girl Scouts of Connecticut will be voting on these governance changes.

“We are excited to be a part of this historic National Convention,” Turner said. “This convention will lead us into our 100th Anniversary and our next century, as we continue our commitment to girls and their achievements.”

In addition, 7 girls from around the state will be attending the separate Girl Scout Leadership Institute, which brings together 1,200 girls who are recognized as leaders in their councils, to connect and take action on issues that most impact girls and women. The girls’ Take Action project will be focused on how the media shapes how girls think of themselves in terms of body image. They will be working on a video at the convention and speaking to fellow girls across the nation to gather information for this project. While not voting members, they will have the chance to listen on the council sessions and voting.

The convention features a wide variety of prominent female speakers and presenters, including ABC News journalist and author (and former Girl Scout) Katie Couric, America’s first African-American female combat pilot ,Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, CNN Special Investigations Correspondent Soledad O’Brien, and Good Morning America co-host and lifetime Girl Scout Robin Roberts.

Local social media updates will be provided by delegates as the convention progresses. For more information about the convention, visit For more information about Girl Scouts of Connecticut, visit

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