Pennsylvania governor celebrates 110th birthday of Girl Scouts with GSHPA

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf receives Girl Scout Cookies from Janet Donovan, President and CEO of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania.
Gov. Tom Wolf’s favorite Girl Scout Cookie is the Thin Mint. At right is Janet Donovan, President and CEO of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania.

Representatives from Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) were welcomed to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s office on March 9 to mark a milestone in the Girl Scouts’ history: the 110th birthday celebration.

March 12 marks the day that Founder Juliette Gordon Lowe organized the first Girl Scout Troop in Savannah, Georgia. Lowe was ahead of her time as she helped organize enrichment programs, service projects and outdoor activities. Since the time of the first meeting with 18 girls present, Girl Scouts has grown to over 3.7 million members.

Janet Donovan, GSHPA President and CEO, was joined by Hershey-area Girl Scouts and sisters Alexis and Scarlett, a sixth-grade Cadette and a Daisy in first grade, respectively; and Raina, a third-grader and Brownie from Middletown.

GSHPA presented Gov. Wolf with his favorite Girl Scout Cookie, Thin Mints, as well as the newest Girl Scout Cookie, Adventurefuls (full transparency: the governor did pay for the cookies). Gov. Wolf also signed the GSHPA Happy Birthday poster and stood for various photos with the visiting Girl Scouts.

We thank the governor and his team for their hospitality this past week.

Below are some highlights from the visit.

Share and make new memories with us for Girl Scouts’ 110 anniversary

By Catherine Amoriello

In case you haven’t realized, we have quite a lot to celebrate next month.

For starters, Girl Scout Cookies will finally be in our hands. We will do what we’ve only been able to dream about for months – collect our cookies, plop down on the sofa and scarf down every box in record speed (more than likely in one-sitting, because let’s be honest). We’ll spring an hour ahead with Daylight Saving Time, bringing our dark and desolate Pennsylvania winter (hopefully) to its end. And of course there’s St. Patrick’s Day, but Girl Scouts know there’s another green-themed holiday that trumps the one led by a little green leprechaun – Girl Scouts’ birthday on March 12.

Girl Scouts’ birthday is a special one this year, as it marks the organization’s 110 anniversary. That’s 110 years of girls breaking down barriers, accomplishing their goals and tackling issues in their communities. To honor this milestone, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) wants to honor every current member and alumnae who helped shape Girl Scouts into the organization it is today. But we need your help to do it!

We’re asking all members and alumnae to complete the 110 anniversary Girl Scout memory form and participate in our social media campaign where we’ll share a Girl Scout memory every day on our social media platforms beginning March 7 leading up to the 110 anniversary on March 12. From service projects done in the 1970s to summer camp fun had in 2010, we want to share your Girl Scout story.

So grab some balloons and get ready to blow out the candles – we’re getting this party started.

Catherine Amoriello is a Marketing and Communications Coordinator specializing in writing and editing for Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. Reach her by email at