"First Ladies" speak at Girl Scouts fundraising luncheon in Baton Rouge
Jindal, Holden praise Girl Scouts for leadership, community service
Over 250 Girl Scout volunteers, community members, and friends of Girl Scouting gathered recently for the annual Our Girls Our Future luncheon held at Lod Cook Alumni Center in Baton Rouge on March 25. Girl Scouts Louisiana East is grateful to the community leaders at Valero Energy Corporation and Kean Miller for their sponsorship of the luncheon and continuous support of Girl Scouts.
Members of Girl Scout Junior Troop 595 opened the program with the traditional flag ceremony. Mistress of Ceremonies and First Lady of Baton Rouge, Lois Holden, welcomed guests and introduced her daughter, Girl Scout alumna Angela Jackson. The invocation was given by board member-at-large Myrle LeBlanc.
A music video with highlights of the GSLE Extravaganza event celebrating the birth of the newly combined council was shown. It was followed by sisters Bridget and Meghan who spoke of growing up in a Girl Scout family. Meghan, an 11th grade Girl Scout Ambassador attending Denham Springs High School, shared her courageous story of autism and the self-confidence she developed through Girl Scouting. She believes that “courage is not the absence of fear but the triumph over it.” Bridget, a freshman at LSU who plans to become a high school English teacher, spoke of the leadership skills one develops in Girl Scouting and the emphasis Girl Scouting places on tolerance and acceptance of others, no matter how different.
Keynote speaker and First Lady of Louisiana, Supriya Jindal, spoke of her commitment to the children of Louisiana, especially in education and the fields of math, science and technology, and she applauded Girl Scouts for its focus on public service and for giving girls the ability to affect positive change in their communities.
The event concluded with council Board Chair Jackie Daniels inviting luncheon guests to join the council’s Our Girls Our Future Society, a multi-year giving society. Miller & Hampton, Dana Jones, Marie Metzger, and Kelli Temple joined the ranks of this esteemed society, and Karen Groves extended her society pledge. Margie Zeno extended her pledge to the Every Girl Everywhere Society, the multi-year giving society originating from the Girl Scout Council of Southeast Louisiana. Next Fall the societies will combine into one.