Opening Ceremonies begin

Hello again from the Convention in Houston!  This is Anne Gore reporting live from Convention Opening Ceremony.

Today was so busy, I’ve hardly had time to stop long enough to post an update. 
But, I wanted to be sure to share with you what we're experiencing right now.   
We’re in a huge auditorium enjoying the beginning of the opening ceremony!

Each state is assigned to a different section of the room, and Alaska lucked out with a spot in the very front row!  Here are our girl delegates with their troop leaders, and our CEO Marge Stoneking.

The show got off to a great start with this shadow dance performed by some very talented girls.

The photo is a bit blurry, but they created a tree with their arms and bodies! 

Next was a spectacular flag ceremony featuring every flag of every state in the U.S., plus the 145 World Association of Girl Guides countries.  One really wonderful moment was when a Girl Scout from the San Jacinto Council led the pledge of allegiance and started to say, "On my honor..." instead of "I pledge allegiance...."  It was an unintentional, yet remarkably appropriate mistake that everyone appreciated!  

We've just enjoyed a great dance routine by girls of all ages from the San Jacinto Council. 

Now, Kathy Cloninger has stepped on stage, so that means we're getting close to the keynote address by Katie Couric!  Stay tuned for more details.....