• Combining my spiritual discipline of photography and my long-time love of San Francisco, here is the next installment in my series “My San Francisco.” There is a little more info here, but suffice it to say that I am not trying to provide a comprehensive look into any gathering or neighborhood, but rather to provide a small glimpse into the beautifully complex San Francisco landscape. If you know of any events, gatherings or neighborhoods that I should try to get to, please let me know. In the mean time, check out past MySF Posts.

As some of you know, March 12 was the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Girls Scouts of America by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, GA. Both of my daughters take part in local Girl Scout troops and I have been impressed, not only by the content of the program but by the richness of the alumni support and overall trustworthiness of the organization. Our particular group is made of of kids from throughout the city and it provides them another opportunity to expand their experience of San Francisco. As they get older and experience more camps and outings, they will no doubt be blessed by the number of scouts and adults leaders who have committed to shaping the lives of girls for the better. For this and other aspects of Girl Scout history I am grateful.

What is especially important about the Girl Scouts’ rich history of supporting women’s leadership is their insistence on being a voice for all girls, regardless of their background or neighborhood. Founder Juliette Gordon Low’s first 18 Girl Scouts included girls from influential Savannah families, as well as girls from the Female Orphan Asylum and Congregation Mickve Israel. As early as 1917 the first African-American troops were established, as well as troops for disabled girls. One of the earliest Latina troops was formed in Houston in 1922; Girl Scout troops supported Japanese-American girls in internment camps in the 1940s, and by the 1950s, Girl Scouts was leading the charge to fully integrate all of its troops. [Read Full Post]

Our troop is part of the Girls Scouts of Northern California and we gathered at San Francisco City Hall to celebration the 100th birthday.  With city proclamations, speakers and singing the girls had a great time celebrating the day.  Here are just a few of my favorites pictures of the day.

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You can also see the entire album on my Facebook Page and if you want to keep up with the girls scouts here are a few more links of note:

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