March 10, 2017
This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
Today’s story is about Girl Scouts. This Sunday, March 12, is the birthday anniversary of the Girl Scout Organization. Junction City Girl Scouts was a newly formed group in 1939. Girl Scouts across America had more than half a million members. Girls and their leaders held programs varying from fancy dress parties to formal receptions with many important guests. They were all celebrating the twenty-seventh anniversary of the day the late Juliette Gorden Low of Savannah, Georgia who organized the first troop of Girl Scouts in the United States. Stories were told of her tremendous vitality, her wit and humor, her capacity for making friends and her perseverance in getting the Girl Scouts launched in the United States.
A special party was held in New York, which was to be attended by many prominent guests and was to be the highlight of a week’s observance. Many radio stars also shared birthday greetings to the organization on the radio. Among them was Fanny Brice of the “Good News 1939” program and Irene Wicker, the “singing lady” of the NBC Network.
We want to express our appreciation to all the Girl Scout leaders in our area who do so much to encourage girls to continually improve themselves, our communities, our schools and be positive role models in their families.