A message from our CEO
Dear Girl Scouts Friends and Supporters,
As you may have already heard, the Girl Scout Council in Washington DC, Nation's Capital, has decided to participate in the inaugural parade on Friday. I want to thank all of the leaders, parents and volunteers who have reached out to me and our staff to share your heartfelt views about this decision.
Each local Girl Scout council and individual troop is free to decide on participation in or attendance at the inauguration. Girl Scouts have marched in inaugural parades for 100 years because of the importance of the role of the presidency and the ritual to our democracy, which we all hold dear.
As a council, the Girl Scouts of Greater New York will not be participating in the inauguration, and we will not oppose any of our troops or leaders who choose to participate. As a council, we will not be officially participating in the Women's March on Saturday. However, we are aware of NYC Girl Scout troops and leaders who will participate in the march, and I support their absolute right to express their views in this way.
Essential to our democracy and to an inclusive movement is the necessity to ensure freedom of speech, even when we may disagree. As an inclusive movement representing the diversity of our great country, we know we will not always agree on every viewpoint or stance. But we do have shared values in our Girl Scout Promise and Law that guide us. We at Greater New York will continue to strive to help every girl understand and then demonstrate her inherent worth and value as a leader, and as an individual who will make our world a better place.
We also want to share a blog post from Girl Scouts of the USA addressing Girl Scouts' participation in the Inaugural Parade and the Women's March on Washington. Click here to view the post.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Barbara Murphy-Warrington, CEO
Girl Scouts of Greater New York
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