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March 12, 2012
Girl Scouts turn 100 today, lead Old Sac parade Saturday

Happy birthday, Girl Scouts! Today is the 100th anniversary of the founding of your organization.

The State Capitol will celebrate with - what else? - a proclamation, most likely followed by cookies.

At the start of the assembly's afternoon session today, State Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will be joined by Pamela G. Saltenberger, CEO of the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California chapter, and several local scouts as he presents an official proclamation noting "the Girl Scouts' century-long commitment to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place," according to his office.

Modesto's Girl Scout office (3621 Forest Glenn Drive, Modesto) will host a private party for members at 5 p.m. tonight.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, 100 Girl Scouts - dressed in their green uniforms - will lead Old Sacramento's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Sacramento scout leaders also are planning a large celebration for members and their families April 28 at Cal Expo.

It's all part of a spring full of activities, commemorating a century of Girl Scouts.

How did it get started? On March 12, 1912, founder Juliette Gordon Low gathered 18 girls for the first Girl Scout meeting in Savannah, Georgia. According to scout lore, Low said at that inaugural meeting, "I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight!"

Today, 3.2 million members take part in Girl Scouts and its leadership training. According to the Central Valley chapter, about 29,000 girls and 10,000 volunteers take part in Girl Scouts in the Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto areas.

To learn more, click on www.girlscoutshcc.org.

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