Girl Scouts testify at the Arizona Legislature in honor of the 100th anniversary!

Posted: Jan 25, 2012

On Tuesday, January 25, Girl Scouts from Phoenix and Tucson testified before a committee of the state House of Representatives about the importance of Girl Scouting and our success in building girls of courage, confidence and character. 

Representative Kimberly Yee of Phoenix has introduced two measures, House Bill 2498 which establishes March 12th each year as “Girl Scouts of the USA Day” in Arizona; and House Concurrent Resolution 2041, which honors our 100th Anniversary this year. After today’s hearing, both bills were approved by the House Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee. The measures must now be passed by the full House and approved by the state Senate.  Once approved, they will be referred to Governor Jan Brewer to be signed into law. 

Rep. Yee has been a strong supporter of Girl Scouting in Arizona.  She participated in Scouting as a girl (in fact, she wore her sash to today’s hearing!), and she is co-chair of Troop 1920, an honorary troop of elected officials that was created in honor of our 100th anniversary.

Taylor Groy, a Cadette in Troop 2451, spoke to the committee members about her troop’s Silver Award project.  World Award honoree Alexis La Benz from Troop 1914 also addressed the committee about the importance of Girl Scouting.  Brownies Kayden Jarnagan, Kyleigh Ganz, Hannah Coyle and Daisy Motes from Troop 951 and Cadette Rachel Harfst of Troop 2451 also showed their support and introduced themselves to the committee. 

Rep. Yee and Taylor Groy

Brownie Troop 951 
at the hearing!

Rep. Yee and Alexis La Benz

GSACPC Board President Margaret Serrano Foster, Vice President Teri Twarkins and Debbie Rich, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona also made remarks.  Their words were warmly received by the representatives, who all spoke highly of the organization, and offered unanimous support of the legislation.

After the hearing, Rep. David Gowan took our members and staff on a guided tour of the state capitol.

Congratulations to all who came in support of the bill, and thank you to those who spoke so eloquently about Girl Scouting!  

Back row, left to right: Debbie Rich, CEO of Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona; Sharon Harfst, Troop 2451 leader; Margaret Serrano-Foster, GSACPC Board President; Teri Twarkins, GSACPC Board Vice President; Alexis La Benz, Troop 1914; Rep. Kimberly Yee
Middle row, left to right: Taylor Groy, Troop 2451; Rachel Harfst, Troop 2451
Front row, left to right: Kyleigh Ganz, Troop 951; Daisy Motes, Troop 951; Hannah Coyle, Troop 951; Kayden Jarnagan, Troop 951