Atlanta — Zoë Gadegbeku, National Young Woman of Distinction and Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Gold Awardee, presented a Girl Scout address at a leadership breakfast on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 28. Gadegbeku spoke about the importance of the organizations’ Gold Award and what it means to be a recipient of the highest award in Girl Scouting.
“While earning the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, Girl Scouts learn to identify community needs, problem solve, fundraise, implement, evaluate impact & sustainability, and budget. Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting, has already opened many doors for me,” Gadegbeku said.
Girl Scouts of the USA CEO, Anna Maria Chávez, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta CEO, and seventeen of Girl Scouts Gold Award recipients from around the country joined the Treasurer of the United States, Rosie Rios, and more than 100 other leaders at the Capitol Hill event celebrating women’s leadership and the second century of Girl Scouting.
The leadership breakfast brought together outstanding women and men from the public and private sectors and included members of Girl Scouts Honorary Troop, Capitol Hill, made up of all the female Members of Congress. Girl Scout Gold Award recipients and five of the 2013 National Young Women of Distinction – girls that have earned the Gold Award and were selected by an external committee with representatives from leading nonprofit organizations – were recognized at the event. Both recognitions require significant planning and project management within their communities, and are awarded at the Girl Scout Senior and Girl Scout Ambassador levels.
Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta will host the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Gold Award Ceremony on Sunday, March 10 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Fox Theatre. One hundred and thirteen Gold Award awardees from the Atlanta area will be recognized at the event.
These 17 inspiring young ladies implemented community action projects that will serve those in need for years to come. In addition, Zoë exemplifies the Girl Scout motto of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make this world a better place.
Girl Scouts of the USA completes its centennial year on March 12 and the breakfast also served as the launch celebration of the 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Sliver Dollar. The coin is now available through the United States Mint and in select Girl Scout council shops nationwide. For information on the coin, visit www.girlscouts.org/coin or www.usmint.gov, or dial 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).