City of Norris, Tenn. recognizes 100 years of Girl Scouts and proclaims 2012 “The Year of the Girl”

(Norris, Tenn.) – On March 12, 2012, Norris, Tenn. City Council presented and voted unanimously to recognize 100 years of the Girl Scouts organization and to proclaim 2012 “The Year of the Girl.”

City Council presented Troops 20502, 20167 and 20768 of the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians with an official proclamation to recognize this remarkable milestone.

Additionally, several members of these Girl Scout troops assisted in the service of worship at Norris United Methodist Church on March 11, 2012 for “Girl Scout Sunday.”  They served as greeters, ushers and read the scripture. Following the service, they hosted a Cookie Fellowship and served Girl Scout cookies.

On March 12, 2012, Girl Scouts of the USA celebrated its 100th Anniversary. On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga. made a historic telephone call to a distant cousin saying, “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!”

That phone call was a precursor to the meeting that Low (affectionately called “Daisy” by family and friends) held that evening when 18 girls gathered to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. The name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts the following year.

Girl Scouts of the USA now has a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults and more than 50 million women in the United States today are Girl Scout alumnae.

 Girls in grades K-12 are invited to join a local troop and adults are encouraged to volunteer. Troop leaders engage girls in discovering self, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. Registration is $12 per year, and the Council offers financial assistance to ensure that every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout has the opportunity to join this vibrant organization. To get involved or for more information, call 1-800-474-1912 or e-mail

Visit to learn more about the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting and how the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians will celebrate this year.


About The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians serves nearly 20,000 girl and adult members stretching from North Georgia to Southwest Virginia. Service centers are located in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Johnson City.

Presenting of Proclamation. Front row: Troop 20768 Brownies Hayley Anderson, Karanna Bailey, Ally Perry, Ashlynn Wilson and Jessica Wilson. (Their leaders are Laura Butts and April Perry.) Second row: Troop 20167 Junior Carly Ryan, Troop 20502 Cadettes Mariah Dodge, Masheala Dodge, Dara Koeut, Allison Mohrman, Rachel Ryan and Diana Scarbrough. (Their leaders are Terri Ryan and Samantha Sheehy.) Back row: Councilman Tommy Mariner, Mayor Chris Mitchell, Councilman Jack Black, and Councilwoman Loy Johnson. Girl Scout Sunday. From L to R: Rachel Ryan (Cadette), Carly Ryan, and Payton Campbell (Juniors), ready to serve cookies to the parishioners.

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