Written by:Colleen Walker
9/9/2010 3:53 PM 

Seeing the excitement and vitality of our administrative volunteers at the August Kick-Off truly left me inspired and ready to go forward on the next leg of our journey.  
If you’ve visited our new website, you know that part of GSUSA’s new brand campaign is the question, “What did you do today?”  And, if you were to ask a Girl Scout, “What did you do today?” you would hear about any number of journeys they are taking as part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
As evidenced by the remarkable projects conducted by our Bronze, Silver and Gold Award recipients, as well as any number of endeavors such as the recent “8.9.10” project, service to others and to one’s community plays a huge role in Girl Scouting. 
There is not one aspect of Girl Scouting that does not include service to others, whether your daughter participates in a Girl Scout Troop, through Community Programs, or as a Juliette.  
Each year, as I read through the lists of community projects being done throughout the council, my heart is filled with joy at the numerous ways you are giving back to help others.  Service to others is not just a Girl Scout way of life.  I’m reminded of this quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.:  “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”  Our very nation prides itself and depends on our willingness to give back and try to reduce the burdens of others. 
As we near our 100th Anniversary, our sense of community service resonates stronger than ever before.
So strongly do I believe in the mission of Girl Scouting, that I say it to myself each morning – Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and courage, who make the world a better place.  Wow!  I cannot imagine a more impactful or worthy mission statement.  E. B. White once said, “Each day when I awake, I am torn between saving the world or savoring it... makes it hard to plan the day.”  I am awed at the commitment and dedication of this council’s staff and volunteers to make our mission statement a reality.  There is never any doubt left in my mind when I ask, “What did you do today?”
Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place.







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