Scott County recognizes 100 years of Girl Scouts and proclaims 2012 “The Year of the Girl”

Huntsville, Tenn.On February 21, 2012, Mayor of Scott County Jeff Tibbals presented an official proclamation to Troop Leader Julie Baird and Scott County Girl Scout Troop 20016 after they led the Commission meeting in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Tibbals recognized the remarkable milestone of the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary and proclaimed 2012 “The Year of the Girl.”

On March 12, 2012, Girl Scouts of the USA will celebrate 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. Girl Scouts of the USA has declared 2012 the “Year of the Girl.”

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 financial assistance is available as needed. 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. The organization’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. 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. 

Girl Scout Troop 20016. From left to right: Marie Harness, Jaslyn Smith, Taylor Crabtree, Darcy West, Kaitlyn Norris, Alayna and Carys Baird, Mayor Jeff Tibbals, Isabelle and Anna Hamilton, Jerica Harness, Journey Owens, LaTisha Smith, Elizabeth Flynn, Heather and Nicole Ball and Savanna Ellis

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