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Girl Scout Advocacy Day

March 5, 2010

Girl Scouts of Connecticut Announce Honorary Girl Scout Troop at the Capitol

Celebrating Girl Scout Advocacy Day at the state Capitol on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, Girl Scouts of Connecticut announced the formation of Honorary Girl Scout Troop 210 with House Majority Leader Denise Merrill as the Troop Leader. As Connecticut’s recognized girl-empowerment organization, Girl Scouts of Connecticut works to identify and promote issues that directly affect girls and women in our state. The bi-partisan Girl Scout Troop at the Capitol provides a forum for women in the Senate and the House of Representatives to gather around such important issues as promoting physical and emotional health for girls, cyber safety, and the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to promote new ways of thinking for girls today.

“As an Honorary Girl Scout Troop, we are committed to working with Girl Scouts of Connecticut to help make Connecticut an even better place for girls to live, learn, and grow,” said House Majority Leader and Girl Scout Troop Leader Denise Merrill. Current members of Honorary Girl Scout Troop 210 at the Capitol include:

Representative Denise Merrill, Troop Leader (Mansfield)

Representative Elizabeth Boukus (Plainville)
Representative Beth Bye (West Hartford)
Representative Mary Ann Carson (New Fairfield)
Representative Theresa Conroy (Seymour)
Representative Michelle Cook (Torrington)
Representative Elizabeth Esty (Cheshire)
Representative Janice Giegler (Danbury)
Senator Toni Harp (New Haven)
Representative Deborah Heinrich (Madison)
Representative Claire Janowski (Vernon)
Representative Themis Klaridis (Derby)
Representative Barbara Lambert (Milford)
Representative Joan Lewis (Coventry)
Representative Sandy Nafis (Newington)
Representative Rosa Rebimbas (Naugatuck)
Representative Lonnie Reed (Branford)
Representative Peggy Sayers (Windsor Locks)
Senator Gayle Slossberg (Milford)
Representative Patricia Widlitz (Guilford)
Representative Terrie Wood (Darien)
Representative Elissa Wright (Noank)

“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 21,000 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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