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Oklahoma's next governor found early leadership skills as a Girl Scout

Friday, September 17, 2010   (0 Comments)
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Oklahoma's next governor found early leadership skills as a Girl Scout

Jari Askins and Mary Fallin, one of whom in November will be elected Oklahoma's next governor, were part of the Girl Scouts organization.

 

When the next governor of Oklahoma takes the oath of office in January, she will be bringing with her the words from another oath: the Girl Scout oath.

"I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place ... and to be a sister to every Girl Scout,” the oath states.

Gubernatorial nominees Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, a Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, were Girl Scouts, and both have told leaders of Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma that the leadership skills they learned to get them to the Oklahoma governor's race can be traced directly to the experiences they had as a Girl Scout.

"Leadership is the only program that Girl Scouts provides girls,” said Cathy Stackpole, CEO for Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma. "The fact that we have two distinguished women running for the top leadership position in our state who also were Girl Scouts is a testament to the power of the leadership experience of Girl Scouts.”

Fallin and Askins are proud of their Girl Scout experiences, and both remain active in the organization today. Fallin is a member of Troop Capitol Hill, an honorary Girl Scout Troop comprised of women serving in Congress. Askins is a member of the local Juliette Low Leadership Society, which supports Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, and is an adult member of the local council.

"Scouting has had a tremendous impact on my life,” Askins said. "The skills are the values of courage, confidence and character taught so well to Girl Scouts by their leaders. Those lessons have stayed with me throughout my life and served me well. The courage to step forward and lead, the confidence to believe you can succeed, and the character to do what you believe is right are the fundamentals of a productive life.”

Fallin said that some of her most pleasant memories growing up in Tecumseh involved being a Girl Scout.

"Looking back, some of my fondest memories growing up involve my time in Girl Scouts,” she said. "The friends I made and the time I spent there, the interest I developed in serving our community and the process of setting goals and meeting them all helped me to move into adulthood as a more responsible and well-rounded woman.”

Looking back on their own Girl Scouting experiences, both reminisced about what they learned and what they carry with them today on the campaign trail.

"I enjoyed the time I spent with my mother, who was our Scout leader,” Fallin said. "In a lot of ways she was the embodiment of what the Scouts represent: She was civic-minded, selfless and kind.”

For Askins, being a Girl Scout meant enjoying camp, earning badges and learning to work as a team.

"It helped me understand this core value: Make new friends but keep the old — one is silver, and the other gold.”

Stackpole said that no matter who wins the Nov. 2 election, Oklahoma's Girl Scout family can be proud of the accomplishments of our next governor. "I expect that young Girl Scouts watching either woman take that oath of office will be inspired to greatness in their own lives,” she said. "Young girls will be able to look to our next governor and say, 'She was once a Girl Scout like me.'”

For more information on Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma and how girls can become involved, go to www.gswestok.org or call (800) 608-0022.

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