The Edmond Sun

March 29, 2013

Girl Scouts raise $280,000

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

Deer Creek — As Girl Scouts across America celebrate the organization’s 101st birthday, Oklahoma metro Scouts also are celebrating their $286,000 total for the Juliette Low Leadership Society.  

The money raised will benefit Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma.

“We have a record number of members, 261, for the Metro Juliette Leadership Society,” said Crystal Slater, Girl Scout chief development officer.  

Edmondites Lindsay McIntyre and Ann Cameron chaired the Sponsorship Committee. Sponsorship committee members also from Edmond include: Vicki Blalock, Jill Castilla, Ann-Clore Duncan and Kathy Matthews.

Luncheon Committee Chairs are Anne Gray and Myrla Pierson. The Honorary Chairs this year are Joan Maguire and LaDonna Meinders.

“The Juliette Low Leadership Society (JLLS), named for Girl Scouts Founder Juliette Gordon Low, is a group of woman working to reach every girl in western Oklahoma and help them to become leaders of courage, confidence and character,” Cameron said. “This group shares the message of the positive influence that Girl Scouts makes in the life of a girl, while garnering financial support for enhanced opportunities for our girls.”

Girl Scouts encourages girls to reach for their highest potential. Juliette Low sold her pearls to support this movement and today, there are more than 4 million Girl Scouts in the United States.

“Our annual JLLS Luncheon celebrates the year’s achievements and brings awareness to the community about the Girl Scout movement,” Slater said.

Located in 39 Oklahoma counties in the central, southwest and northwest region of the state, Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Through leadership-building programs, GSWEST offers girls pathways to explore their interests — including STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), healthy lifestyles and activities like our High Adventure Team and summer camps, community service projects through our Bronze, Silver and Gold Award programs, environmental stewardships and more. Currently, GSWEST has more than 3,500 volunteers donating about 420,000 hours of service to girls. Since forming locally in 1935, more than 375,000 girls have benefited from Girl Scouts.

In February Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma hosted the 9th Annual Juliette Low Leadership Society-Oklahoma City Luncheon at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club with more than 460 people in attendance. This year’s guest speakers were Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager.

Later this spring Edmond Girl Scouts will be rededicating the statue they placed in Mitch Park in November 2007. The 400-pound statue of a Girl Scout planting a tree was for the observance of the 95th birthday of Girl Scouts USA and Oklahoma’s centennial. The statue had been taken as a spring break prank in 2008 and was returned after a $500 reward was offered.

For more information about Girl Scouts, go to www.gswestok.org or contact Crystal Slater at 528-4475 or cslater@

gswestok.org.