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National CEO helps honor Kansas Girl Scouts, volunteers

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It was an unforgettable weekend for Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland members, including girls, volunteers and their families, too! 

Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, visited Wichita to serve as keynote speaker at Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland's Recognition Luncheon & Annual Meeting. Both dedicated volunteers and Girl Scout award recipients, who achieved the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn, were recognized during the April 11 luncheon at Wichita State University.

"You should be so proud to be part of this movement. ... We are doing things that are changing the lives of girls," Ms. Chávez told the more than 300 people in attendance who greeted her with a standing ovation.

She talked about growing up as a Girl Scout in Arizona and becoming the first person from her high school to attend college at Yale. She also talked about her path to leadership and her desire to help those in poverty, particularly youth. Her inspiring speech included a call to continue strengthening the Girl Scout Movement.  

Ms. Chávez also thanked the many dedicated Girl Scout volunteers, praising their tireless efforts, along with the Girl Scout award recipients she got to meet with during a special reception. Liz Workman, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland CEO, praised volunteers for giving girls "the skills they need to be successful and thrive now and in the future as adults."

Flip through the Recognition Luncheon & Annual Meeting booklet to see the 2015 Volunteer Award recipients and Girl Scout Award recipients. Photo albums from Annual Meeting can be found on Flickr, including photos from Ms. Chávez's tour of the Wichita Girl Scout Office, where she surprised two troops who were meeting there.