NEW YORK, NY—Girl Scouts of the USA is pleased to announce that First Lady
Michelle Obama has agreed to serve as its Honorary National President.
“It is my great pleasure to serve as Honorary National President of Girl Scouts,” said
Mrs. Obama. “With their innovative new programming, ground-breaking research, and
emphasis on service and leadership, Girl Scouts is preparing the women of tomorrow to
be a positive force for change – in their own lives, their communities, and across the
In accepting the position, Mrs. Obama takes her place in a tradition stretching back to
1929, when Lou Henry Hoover became the first Honorary National President of the Girl
Scouting movement. Since then, each successive First Lady has served in this post.
Girl Scouts plan to work with the First Lady on areas of mutual concern, such as healthy
living, public service and leadership.
“From bullying to obesity to concern over the economy, our nation’s girls are facing
significant challenges,” said Kathy Cloninger, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of the
USA. “Girl Scouts is excited to work with the First Lady’s office to ensure that all girls can
overcome the challenges they face, and that they have the skills, resources and
opportunities they need to become strong, independent young leaders.”
“Girl Scouts can help girls from every background develop their self-confidence and
leadership ability, and encourage them to make a difference in the world,” said Connie L.
Lindsey, Girl Scouts of the USA National Board Chair. “The First Lady is a passionate,
brilliant and inspirational woman – a fantastic role model for girls across the country. We
look forward to an active and mutually rewarding partnership on issues important to girls’
About Girl Scouts of the USA
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development
organization for girls with 3.4 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the
leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence
and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from
every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves
American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools
overseas in 90 countries.
About Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland
Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland serves 20,000 girls in 68 counties, who are
developing crucial life skills that help them grow courageous and strong so they can
make wise choices in today’s world and beyond. To volunteer your time, make a
donation, or join Girl Scouts, call 877-312-4764 or visit the Web site at http://www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org.