Alumnae at the Great Girl Gathering

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Alumnae at the Great Girl Gathering @ MOA®

In addition to welcoming alumnae to the entire weekend festivities, River Valleys hosted two wildly popular, special alumnae events during the Great Girl Gathering @ MOA®. The event brought Girl Scouts of all ages together to celebrate the past, present and future of Girl Scouting. Over 1,000 volunteers gave more than 3,200 hours to make this event memorable for all involved. River Valleys was featured in over 70 media spots over the weekend. Check out these news clips about the Great Girl Gathering from KARE 11.
The first Centennial weekend event, the Alumnae Networking Reception on Thursday evening, March 8, was a huge success! The atmosphere in the room was electric as alumnae of all ages connected with each other and reconnected with Girl Scouts. Sona Mehring, founder of CaringBridge, was the keynote speaker. Sona’s message about how the skills she learned in Girl Scouts gave her the courage to pursue her dreams was powerful. Many thanks to our volunteer co-chairs Mary Younggren and Carol Hoverman for planning this event and to Tempforce, CRAVE and MOA® for their sponsorship.

Christine Sands, Sona Mehring and Linda B. Keene

Check out photos from the Alumnae Networking Reception provided by Christine Wisch, Girl Scout alumna and photographer, who volunteered her services for the event.

On Sunday morning, March 11, over 275 alumnae gathered to reconnect and share Girl Scout memories at the Forever Green Breakfast. In addition to hearing from Stacy Cordery, author of Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts, and Gabrielle Thompson, Girl Scout Ambassador and author of ABC’s of Cancer, attendees marked 100 years of Girl Scouting by sharing memories and singing their favorite Girl Scout songs. A highlight included Cindy Dasch, composer and lyricist of the well-known Girl Scout song “On My Honor,” leading the attendees in this song she composed almost 40 years ago.

View photos from the Forever Green Breakfast on our River Valleys Alumnae Association Facebook page. Watch the video of Cindy Dasch leading the group in “On My Honor.”

Special thanks to CRAVE and MOA® for their sponsorship of this event and a big thanks to the volunteer planning committee: co-chairs Beth Voermans and Donna Pietsch, and committee members Karen Carlson, Elissa Chaffee, Sandy Craighead, Pam Johnson, Carolyn Sandberg, Mary Selby, Karen Snedeker, A.J. Steinbring and Joyce Stanchfield.