NEW YORK, N.Y. - Girl Scouts of the USA is pleased to announce that First Lady Michelle Obama has agreed to serve as its Honorary National President.
"Girl Scouts in Southeast Alaska are pleased to welcome Michelle Obama as the National Honorary Board Chair of Girl Scouts of the USA," said Julia Erickson, Southeast regional director of the Girl Scouts of Alaska.
In accepting the position, Obama takes her place in a tradition stretching back to 1929, when Lou Henry Hoover became the first Honorary National President of the Girl Scouting movement. Since then, each successive First Lady has served in this post.
"It is my great pleasure to serve as Honorary National President of Girl Scouts," Obama said. "With their innovative new programming, ground-breaking research, and emphasis on service and leadership, Girl Scouts is preparing the women of tomorrow to be a positive force for change - in their own lives, their communities, and across the globe."
"The real purpose or mission of Girl Scouts is about girls learning to be leaders, preparing each one for her special place in the world and help each to realize the difference that she can make by embracing the values and traditions of nearly 100 years," Erickson said. "What a great opportunity for girls to have great women such as Michelle Obama and other adults in their lives as girls take on the challenges of the 21st century."
Girl Scouts plan to work with the First Lady on areas of mutual concern, such as healthy living, public service and leadership.
"From bullying to obesity to concern over the economy, our nation's girls are facing significant challenges," said Kathy Cloninger, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of the USA. "Girl Scouts is excited to work with the First Lady's office to ensure that all girls can overcome the challenges they face, and that they have the skills, resources and opportunities they need to become strong, independent young leaders."
"Girl Scouts can help girls from every background develop their self-confidence and leadership ability, and encourage them to make a difference in the world," said Connie L. Lindsey, Girl Scouts of the USA National Board Chair. "The First Lady is a passionate, brilliant and inspirational woman - a fantastic role model for girls across the country. We look forward to an active and mutually rewarding partnership on issues important to girls' lives."