Every Girl, Everywhere luncheon held in New Orleans last November
Southeast Louisiana Girl Scouts seek to raise funds to support Girl Scouting
Two hundred Girl Scout volunteers, community members, and friends of Girl Scouting gathered together for the annual Every Girl, Everywhere luncheon at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans last November. Luncheon sponsors were Valero Energy Corporation, Baptist Community Ministries, and Lakelawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries.
Mistress of Ceremonies WDSU News Channel 6 Meteorologist Margaret Orr, herself a former Girl Scout Brownie, welcomed the guests before the program officially began with the flag ceremony conducted by members of New Orleans Cadette Troop 102 and the invocation 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 Girl Scout Seniors Zoe, Brielle, and Remi of Troop 569 who spoke of the bonds they share and what’s kept them actively involved in Girl Scouting into high school.
“I would choose community service over anything else, because I get such enjoyment from helping others, said Remi, who one day hopes to join the Peace Corps as well as become a child advocacy lawyer.
Keynote speaker and Women of the Storm founder Anne Milling shared how the organization first began along with its accomplishments, reflecting how many of the grassroots organizations that led the post-Katrina recovery in New Orleans were begun by women. She stressed six areas she thought were essential in sustaining a grass roots organization which included: diversity/inclusiveness, developing a brand, maintaining focus, being tenacious, understanding the power of the group, and believing in your mission, your colleagues, and yourself.
The event concluded with council Board Chair Jackie Daniels inviting luncheon guests to join the council’s multi-year giving society.