I have to share with you an incredible experience I had this past week. I was in Washington DC to take part in the largest gathering of Girl Scouts in history in Washington DC. 250,000, yes, quarter of a million, Girl Scouts gathered for Girls Rock the Mall on Saturday June 9th at the sacred grounds of the Washington Monument! My own sister, Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO of the Girl Scouts Council in the Nation’s Capital created and presented the event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts! I was privileged to shadow my sister for the entire day of activities. Imagine the responsibility of such a large event and she was the woman in charge. During Girls Rock the Mall, Lidia addressed the crowd 3 times, gave interviews to major national and international media outlets, and monitored the safety of the crowd with grace and enthusiasm. WOW! What an amazing leader! I was so proud to have my daughter and my nieces to see her in action. She truly is inspiring!
The Girl Scouts are celebrating 100 years of service to the world. Women could not even vote 100 years ago! It took one woman, Juliette Gordon Low to stand up and begin an organization that has given so much to the world. I share the Girl Scout Law because it has summaries what we all need to do. Find a way to take part with the Girl Scouts by volunteering, running your own troop and having your girls participate. You and your young girls will learn values and leadership skills on a path to success.
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
As my sister Lidia reflected on leadership her words and actions resonated with me. Leadership is about others, not you. It’s about pointing to a vision, a better place, and inspiring others to give of themselves. If everyone would bring out the best in others, in making others great, imagine the world we could have. My see my sister Lidia as such a leader.
Congratulation to the Girl Scouts on 100 year anniversary and especially to the favorite Girl Scout of all, Lidia Soto-Harmon!