Girl Scouts celebrate 100th anniversary during Girl Scout Week

Girl Scouts celebrate 100th anniversary during Girl Scout Week

POSTED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 2:45pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 2:49pm

On March 12, 1912, the Girl Scout Movement began with just a handful of girls. Fast forward 100 years and 50 million Girl Scout alumnae later, Girl Scouts across the country are celebrating their Movement’s centennial, with events ranging from tree plantings to star-studded galas. 

Locally, Girl Scouts from southeast Louisiana have a calendar of activities including two events that fall during Girl Scout Week, March 11 – 17: a fundraising luncheon for alumnae and volunteers in Baton Rouge on March 15, and a large Centennial Extravaganza for girls and their families on March 17 at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

The council’s annual spring fundraising luncheon, will have a decidedly birthday feel, as alumnae, volunteers and supporters of Girl Scouting gather on Thursday, March 15, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (meet and greet at 11:30 .a.m.) at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.

“There is a tremendous feeling of sisterhood in Girl Scouting.” said Cathy Pottschmidt, luncheon organizer. “During our March 15 luncheon we will share what’s going on in Girl Scouting today, and ask for the support needed for the next century of Girl Scouting.”

While the luncheon is an event for adults, the GSLE Centennial Extravaganza on Saturday, March 17, is for girls and their families or troops. The public is also invited to attend. The Extravaganza, whose presenting sponsor is Winn-Dixie, is being held at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a carnival of rides continuing to 9 p.m. Cost is $10 at the door. Children under 3 and adults, 70 and older, will be admitted free.

For more information of these events, visit the Girl Scouts Louisiana East website here.

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