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Girl Scouts president to visit here

March 16, 1998

Girl Scouts president to visit here

Despite her lofty title as national president of the Girl Scouts of the USA, Elinor J. Ferdon describes herself as a "volunteer professional."

Ferdon will be in Washington County next weekend to help the Shawnee Girl Scout Council celebrate its 35th anniversary.

She has served in various capacities in Girl Scouting for more than 30 years. She has also served as president of the World Foundation of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, an organization with 10 million members in 136 nations.

A reception in her honor will be at 5 p.m. Friday at the Venice Inn on the Dual Highway.

Then on Saturday, the council's annual meeting will be at Smithsburg High School with Ferdon as guest speaker.

Approximately 300 Girl Scouts and adult volunteers from the 15 counties in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia in the Shawnee Council will attend that all-day meeting.

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Among those speaking will be Senior Girl Scout Sandra Bostwick of Martinsburg, W.Va., who will share her experiences as a representative to the National Safety Council Youth Congress.

Fifteen scouts will be awarded their Girl Scout Gold awards, the highest honor given for successful completion of special projects that express special commitments to themselves, their community, their world and the future.

The Shawnee Council's annual giving campaign - Help Them Catch Their Dream - will also be launched at the meeting.

Funding for the council will provide programs to help girls lead a moral, ethical life while providing them a refuge from drugs, violence, sex and peer pressure often associated with being a teen in today's world.

The Shawnee Council is also a member agency of the United Way.

There will be elections of officers, displays throughout the school, an archival representation of 86 years of Girl Scouting in America and a noon luncheon in the cafeteria.

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