Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas On March 12, 1912 the first Girl Scout meeting was held in Savannah, Georgia; and

Whereas Since then more than 50 million girls have participated in the Girl Scouts and that number continues to grow as Girl Scouts continues to inspire, challenge, and empower girls everywhere; and

Whereas Today, Girl Scouts of Massachusetts serves more than 360 communities and over 55,000 girls and 22,000 volunteers; and

Whereas There are currently over 3.2 million Girl Scouts members in the United States all of whom strive for the highest ideals of character, conduct and service; and

Whereas 69% of current women US Senators and 65% of women in the House of Representatives were once Girl Scouts; and

Whereas Core programs around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), environmental stewardship, healthy living, financial literacy, and global citizenship help girls develop a solid foundation in leadership; and

Whereas The Girl Scouts continue to develop girls with courage, confidence and character who in turn make the world a better place,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim March 29th, 2012,  to be

Girl Scouts of Massachusetts Day

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-second day of March, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                     
Governor of the Commonwealth         

William Francis Galvin            
Secretary of the Commonwealth  

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts