FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2013
Contact: Girl Scouts of North East OhioKim Graves, Communications Manager (330) 983-0376 office firstname.lastname@example.org
Macedonia, OH – As Girl Scouts boldly enters its second century of building girls of courage, confidence and character, four Ohio Girl Scout councils are rallying women legislators to advocate for issues affecting Ohio’s girls and young women. To kick off this effort, the four Ohio Girl Scout Councils will host a “State of the Girl” forum at the Ohio Statehouse on Oct. 30, 2013. Ohio’s 32 women legislators will be pinned as members of the Ohio Honorary Girl Scout Legislative Troop #1912, during the event.
Girl Scouts’ legislative focus encompasses: promoting girls’' physical, social and emotional health; increasing girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering and math; advancing the cause of girls in leadership; and strengthening their access to educational opportunities. Ohio Honorary Girl Scout Legislative Troop #1912 will serve as an advocate for girls and young women in those areas and help educate branches of Ohio government about the issues and barriers that hinder girls and young women from opportunities to excel. Serving as co-chairs of the troop are State Representative Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville) and Senator Shirley Smith (D-Cleveland).
“Our Girl Scout Councils are dedicated to informing and educating all branches of our state government about the challenges Ohio’s girls face and lobbying for increased resources,” said Tammy Wharton, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council chief executive officer. “We’re proud of the partnership we’re establishing with Troop #1912 and the commitment they’ve made to help Girl Scouts address issues important to girls and Girl Scouting on a state level. We’re looking forward to the strides they’ll make on behalf of Ohio’s best and brightest future leaders.”
“Together, with girls, we can educate policymakers and community leaders on issues that directly affect girls,” said M. Jane Christyson, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio’s chief executive officer. “Julia Fink, a Girl Scout who has earned the Gold Award, accompanied me to the legislative breakfast, and I could not be more proud of the way she spoke about overcoming adversity in her own life. With her passion, her courage, and her confidence to make a difference and help other girls overcome similar hardships, Julia used her voice and determination to effectively advocate for others, locally and beyond.”
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, Ohio’s Heartland Council, Black Diamond Council and Western Ohio Council together serve more than 120,000 Girl Scouts statewide with support from nearly 30,000 dedicated volunteers.
For more information on how to join, volunteer, or donate to your local Girl Scout council, or visit www.girlscouts.org/councilfinder/.
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio is the premier organization for leadership development for girls. GSNEO serves 40,000 girls and 14,000 adult volunteer members throughout an 18-county region including Medina, Portage, and Summit counties; Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake counties; Carroll, Stark and Tuscarawas counties; Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties; Erie, Huron, Lorain, Sandusky and Seneca counties.
Since its founding in 1912, Girl Scouts has provided more than 50 million girls with time-honored programs that engage them with their communities; enhance self-esteem; increase financial literacy and interest in math, science and technology; encourage good health and nutrition and build leadership skills necessary for them to move confidently into their futures. Today, Girl Scouts is the #1 girl organization in the world, with 3.7 million members throughout the United States, including U.S. territories, and in more than 90 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas.