2012 is the Year of the Girl!

In this post, guest blogger Anne Gore continues her report on Girl Scouts 52nd annual Convention in Houston, Texas.

Yesterday afternoon and evening were full of celebration as we officially launched Girl Scouts 100th anniversary year, and the Year of the Girl. 

A sit-down ceremony in the afternoon included videotaped remarks from Maya Angelou

a keynote address by Kathy Cloninger, 

and a bridging ceremony to induct GSUSA's new CEO, Anna Maria Chavez.  

In her remarks, Kathy Cloninger cited many statistics about the value of women in leadership roles, and how few women we still have in these positions of influence.  She challenged Girl Scouts to be the catalyst "to achieve the gender balance this nation needs," and noted that Girl Scouts is "the bridge girls need to cross the [gender] divide and lead as women."  

Although already surrounded by inspirational role models, the girls got yet another treat when the ceremony was capped off by a performance from singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.  

Cake, and fireworks ended the evening and an incredible day full of motivational moments and excitement.

In the words of Connie Lindsey, Girl Scouts' National President, "Tonight we begin a year-long celebration of the Girl Scout movement.  [Already,] we have made the world a better place."  

But, that's not all.  We'll have even more to share with you from Convention, so keep checking back here and on our Facebook page for updates.