Chairman Info Sheet Template Reconnect Energize - DOC
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Reconnect & Energize Girls State Chairman’s preferred contact information: Janet Jefford, Jjefford@goodwin.edu Program Coordinator’s contact information: Mary Beth Richardson, firstname.lastname@example.org One sentence elevator speech: Girls State, one of the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction, is a participatory program that develops tomorrow’s leaders by helping them understand how our government works and the duties and responsibilities of good citizenship. Stated objectives for the year (from the Plan of Action): 1. Objective: To utilize the Internet and social networking sites to increase visibility and viability of the Girls State programs and obtain 1,500 Girls State Page Facebook fans by July 2010. 2. Objective: To instill in all Girls State citizens a commitment of volunteerism and an awareness of the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary 3. Continue to attract participants and grow Girls State programs by keeping them relevant and current and by encouraging departments to increase scholarships for their Girls State programs Key dates (events, deadlines) to know: October 1, 2009 2008-2009 Girls State report due to Janet Jefford November 16, 2009 Registration fees for Girls Nation due to National July 15, 2010 2009-2010 Girls State report due to Janet Jefford July 17 – 24 Girls Nation 2010 September 24 -26 2010 Girls State Conference Top three activities of this program that support our mission or stated objectives: 1. Educating Girls State citizens in each Department about the programs and Mission of the American Legion Auxiliary by including "Auxiliary Facts" or some such program into every Girls State Program agenda. 2. Adding one Auxiliary mission related volunteer service project to each Department’s Girls State program. Girls Nation 2010 will work to add a mission related volunteer service project to its agenda. 3. Incorporating some type of Veterans program into each Girls State (example,"A Tribute to Veterans", Medal of Honor Winners, a panel of Veterans). Girls State (cont’d) Where to turn for more information: Plan of Action, Girls State weekly bulletins, www.legion-aux.org, www.boysandgirlsstate.org Some impact numbers from last year that show why this program is important: With 27 Departments reporting: 3180 Units sponsored Girls State citizens 9849 young women attended Girls State, representing 4,787 schools A brief story about a best practice or one that illustrates why you do what you do: Back in 1978, a young woman, Susan, attended Connecticut’s Laurel Girls State. During that session, Susan had the opportunity to hear an address by Connecticut’s Governor, Ella Grasso. Governor Grasso was the first women ever to be elected Governor in the United States. She also served as Secretary of State before being elected governor. Susan was so inspired by the speech that she decided then and there to pursue a career in law and politics and to one day follow in the footsteps of Governor Grasso. While at Yale Law School, Susan even wrote and published a biography about Governor Grasso. Today, Susan Bysiewicz serves as Connecticut’s Secretary of the State and is currently seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor. Each year Susan returns to Girls State to tell her story and how incredible it still seems to her that today she actually sits in the chair and works in the office once occupied by her hero, Ella Grasso. She tells the girls that dreams do come true but it takes perseverance and hard work. She advises them to always believe in themselves and not to let anyone discourage you. There are many ‘Susans” out there who have been inspired by their week at Girls State. Over one Million young women have learned how to make their dreams become a reality. They have left Girls State inspired and encouraged to do incredible things. This is indeed a week that changes a lifetime! When I tell people about the Girls State program, I want them to be amazed that so many young women have been given such an incredible opportunity and to be inspired to support and contribute to the program.