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March 21, 2012 — The Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay (GSCB) were among councils organizing special legislative events for the 100th Anniversary and Year of the Girl. On March 21, the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay had a busy day at Legislative Hall in Dover, Delaware.
The girls enjoyed cake with Governor Jack Markell to celebrate both Girl Scouts of the USA's 100th and Girl Scouts of Chesapeake Bay's 50th Anniversary. Governor Markell asked all the girls to speak about what they enjoyed the most about Girl Scouts.
Sponsored primarily by Representative Valerie Longhurst and Senator Patricia Blevins, all the female legislators signed off as sponsors on a House Concurrent Resolution recognizing the joint milestones of the national organization and the Chesapeake Bay Council. GSCB Chief Executive Officer Anne T. Hogan addressed the House, as Girl Scouts, troop leaders and parents looked on from the gallery. Representative Mike Barberi specifically congratulated the girls who have finished their Gold Award. Representative Gerald Hocker shared his enthusiasm for Girls Scouts and his particular belief in and consistent support of the Gold Award program.
Later in the afternoon, Girl Scouts participated in the induction ceremony for Delaware Women's Hall of Fame as flag guards. The ceremony was attended by many prominent Delaware women, including First Lady Carla Markell, cabinet secretaries, and state senators and representatives. Also attending was Delaware's Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn and Secretary of State Jeff Bullock.
Girl Scouts were able to visit all the legislators' offices, many speaking directly with their own representatives, learning more about their position in government. GSUSA's long-standing commitment to civic was honored by this exciting anniversary celebration at Delaware's Legislative Hall.