Twenty-five Girl Scouts and troop leaders from Buffalo Grove, Long Grove and Arlington Heights, IL had the opportunity to witness leadership in action during afternoon tea with local elected officials.
The event, which was held at High Tea with Gerri in Long Grove, IL, was hosted by Village Presidents Angie Underwood of Long Grove and Beverly Sussman of Buffalo Grove.
“These woman who make service a part of their everyday life wanted to give back to the Girl Scouts in the communities,” said Nancy Armstrong, regional community director for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana.”And Gerri instructed us all on proper etiquette of women during high tea as the girls wore fancy hats and drank from vintage tea cups.”
As part of the experience, each of the mayors talked with the girls about their own stories of how they became leaders and attributed their beginnings in Girl Scouts, according to Armstrong. One of the mayors even brought along her beanie and Girl Scout handbook.
“They stressed the importance of always trying your best, and having your voice heard at any age,” said Armstrong. “They brought up examples of how even young children can make a difference and how important it is to have women in leadership roles.”
Recently, Underwood and Sussman declared March 12-19 Girl Scout Week in honor of the organization’s 104th birthday. With Girl Scouts present, the village presidents read and handed a proclamation to the girls at the town hall meetings.
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