The 95th anniversary year of Girl Scouting kicks off March 12 when Girl Scouts of the USA CEO, Kathy Cloninger, hosts a ceremony in New York City and launches a series of nationwide events. Girl Scouts’Heart of Texas Council will join the celebration with special activities throughout their 19-county jurisdiction, highlighting the Girl Scout movement’s tradition of building leadership through action that makes the world a better place. Anniversary events include: ‘ ‘Girl Scouts Make the World a Better Place Week,’ March 12-19, featuring good deeds by 3.6 million Girl Scout members around the country; ‘ The Spring release of a new Girl Scout Research Institute research review on girls and leadership; ‘ A national tree-planting initiative this spring in which each of the 309 local Girl Scout councils plants 95 trees as a part of the launch of ‘Trees for the 21st CenturyTM’ program, a collaboration with The Future of Life, Inc. (www.futureoflife.org); ‘ A sing-along for more than 100,000 Girl Scouts on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on June 9; and ‘ A GSUSA National Advocacy Day June 13 featuring meetings between 700 Girl Scout executive leaders, girls and members of Congress to discuss issues important to girls today. Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouting in 1912 in Savannah, Ga., with one troop of 18 girls, and since then more than 50 million girls have built leadership skills through Girl Scouting. Research shows that Girl Scout alumnae now represent 70 percent of women serving in Congress, 64 percent of women listed in ‘Who’s Who in America’ and 53 percent of women business owners. “The success of Girl Scouting is no accident,” said Girl Scouts’Heart of Texas Council CEO, Jan Cate. “When Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts in 1912, she understood that girls need leadership skills to develop their full potential. We all have Juliette Gordon Low to thank for much of the advancement that has been achieved by girls and women in the past century, and today, 2,500 local Girl Scout members are proud to take part in the world’s best leadership experience for girls.” Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has 3.6 million girl and adult members and is the preeminent organization for and leading authority on girls. Girl Scouts travel the world, learn 21st-century business skills and prepare for a high-tech future. The Girl Scout Leadership Development Program now reaches girls in every zip code, including locations in public housing, homeless shelters, juvenile detention centers, women’s prisons, immigrant communities and isolated rural areas.