Convention Connection
100th TrefoilGirl Scouts of the USA celebrated 100 years of history and welcomed its new chief executive  officer, Anna Maria Chávez, at its National Council Session/52nd Convention in Houston from November 8-13.
The historic convention, titled Renewing the Promise: Girl Scouts in a New Century, drew some 15,000 girl and adult members, as well as noted celebrities, such as ABC News journalist Katie Couric; Soledad O'Brien, host of CNN's In America; Robin Roberts, co-anchor of Good Morning America; three-time Grammy-nominated recording artist Sarah Bareilles; Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker; actress and philanthropist Marlee Martin; gospel singer Yolanda Adams; and actress Monique Coleman, who starred in the High School Musical films.

Below is video of the inspiring remarks from our very own Anna Maria Chávez.  
Anna Maria Chavez 2011 National Convention Speech 1 of 2  
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GSSWT had a strong presence at this national event held every three years. Members of the council's History Committee attended the History Conference, and members of the board of directors attended a special session on Governance in the days leading up to the opening ceremony.    

The National Council Session included our council's own voting delegation and teen girls attended the Girl Scout Leadership Institute held in conjunction with the convention. The Hall of Exhibits was the place to see GSSWT's brand new Mobile Leadership Center on display -- not surprisingly, the 38 ft specialty vehicle attracted thousands of visitors and much interest from other council representatives.

If you missed it, you can check out photos from the history-making event on our website and short videos of the convention happenings at