Girl Scouts and leaders from around the Garden State convened at the New Jersey State House today to celebrate the 106th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts and the importance of leadership development by inducting seven of New Jersey’s newest female legislators to Troop New Jersey.
Veteran lawmakers who serve as Co-Chairs of Troop NJ, Senator Dawn Addiego, Senator Nellie Pou, Assemblywoman Joann Downey, Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter presented a Joint Legislative Resolution recognizing Girl Scout Week and welcoming their colleagues to the honorary troop. The timing for the gathering could not have been be more fitting with March being Women’s History Month and the New Jersey Legislature voting on Equal Pay for Equal Work legislation the same day.
The seven new Legislative Inductees to Troop NJ are: Senator Kristin Corrado; Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso; Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez; Assemblywoman Carol Murphy; Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson; Assemblywoman Shanique Speight; and Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake. Troop NJ Co-Chairs and representatives from Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey, Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey led the induction ceremony.
“For over a century, Girl Scouts has been committed to connecting girls with female leaders who can serve as mentors,” said Ginny Marino, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey. “The extraordinary members of Troop New Jersey are important role modelsfor our Girl Scouts showing how civic and political engagement are critical in promoting gender equality and positive change in the community. No better example is the New Jersey Legislature’s vote on Equal Pay for Equal Work legislation today,” she concluded.
Girl Scouts Troop New Jersey raises awareness about the contributions of the Girl Scouts and advances policy solutions that promote the health and well-being of girls and young women in the Garden State. Comprised of female state legislators, members of Troop NJ are inspiring role models for New Jersey’s 112,00 Girl Scouts and adult members and support legislation that encourages STEM education, financial literacy, bullying prevention, outdoor education, and a strong nonprofit community.
“Government at all levels needs more women leaders,” said Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-6). “The Girl Scouts play a critical role in developing the future policymakers we need to continue to move our state forward. It’s truly an honor to be a Co-Chair of Troop New Jersey and support Girl Scout programs that empower girls to take the lead, she said.”
For more information about Girl Scouts or Troop New Jersey, please contact Ginny Marino, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey, at 856-795-1560 x301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.