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Girl Scouts celebrating 100 years

ALBANY, Ga. -- Beginning today, a number of events are being held in Albany to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts.

Today, which is the actual centennial, officials are hosting a "Keeping the Promise" breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. at Cafe 230 on West Broad Avenue.

Cindy Wisham, fund development manager for the Albany Girl Scouts office, said there will be a local Girl Scout who was one of the participants in the "Bridging to the Next Century" event at the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge in Savannah on Saturday present to share her experience from the event.

"Bridging" is a tradition in Girl Scouts which marks the transition from one leadership level to the next. At Saturday's event, there were 3,000 adults and girls there to walk across the Talmadge Bridge in celebration of the organization's 100th anniversary.

Girl Scout alumnae are also invited to the breakfast. Wisham said the cost to attend is $10, and that tickets would be available at the door.

At noon Saturday, a dedication is planned for the next 100 years in the area behind Turtle Park downtown. Wisham said the dedication will include a sing-along, S'mores and a candlelight ceremony.

Additionally, there will be a "Forever Green" segment in which trees and flowers will be planted in recycled cookie boxes. The event will be free and open to the public.

There is also a cookie booth expected to be there, Wisham added.

From 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, an alumnae adult reception and history display will be set up at the Flint RiverQuarium. There, attendees will be able to share their stories via a Girl Scout oral history project.

Tickets for that event will be $10, which are required to be purchased in advance at the Girl Scout office at 515 Pine Ave.

"If there is any organization that has lasted for 100 years, we need to celebrate that," Wisham said. "The girls from 1912 on have accomplished so much. We want to share some of the things in the past they have done and celebrate who they are today.

"Not everyone can go to Savannah to celebrate, so we made sure to have something locally."

Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah on March 12, 1912 for the first Girl Scout meeting. Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults.

More than 50 million women currently living in the United States are Girl Scout alumnae, according to the organization's website.

For more information on Saturday's events, call (229) 432-9188.

Comments

Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

Girl Scouts: Please take Sister Ruby advice and stay away from Mandated Births Control and "Planned Parenthood" manipulation and follow what God say in Proverb 31 and stay chaste for your Future Husband and don't become pawns of Margaret Sanger who want you to just breed for the Pure White Race. Be Strong, Girls!!

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LuLu 2 years, 1 month ago

This is NOT your grandmother's Girl Scouts any longer. Juliette Gordon Lowe must be rolling over in her grave. Just ask Joshua Ackley, the GS corporate media relations officer. Just a few years ago he was the front man for some strange punk band where they used to wear women's clothes and feign masturbation. Lovely music, I'm sure. Also ask the troops who now accept cross-dressing BOYS into the Girl Scouts. Cross-dressing 7-year-olds... let that sink in! For more information, go to http://www.100questionsforthegirlscouts.org/100/

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