Wadesboro Mayor Bill Thacker issued a proclamation on behalf of the town honoring the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council on Tuesday afternoon.
Thacker presented a framed copy of the proclamation to two scouts, Kaziah Parsons and Madisen Kirby, both 15, to receive for their troop, Troop 3525. According to Neil Kirby, the troop’s leader, the county’s other troop was unable to attend as the leaders were at work. Both girls are cadettes, the rank for girls in grades 6-8.
The proclamation was issued in honor of the Girl Scouts 100th year selling cookies. Anson scouts are part of the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council, which also includes troops in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly, Union counties, as well as York County in South Carolina. The council reaches almost 17,000 girls and adults.
“Whereas, Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development by building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place….,” the proclamation read in part. “Whereas, the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council is designed to teach young female entrepreneurs essential business skills during cookie season and all year including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics that help us shape their future as leaders, and whereas, the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council’s National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is a time to bring awareness to the important work of the organization, the lessons it teaches the girls and also to encourage Wadesboro citizens to purchase the taste treats loved by generations.”
In addition to the girls and their troop leader, Colleen Young, vice president of marketing and product sales for the council, was present for the presentation.
“In honor of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies, we thought it’d be a good idea to highlight these girls and the mayors who lead these communities,” Young said. The national Girl Scout organization declared the weekend National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, and the council wanted to localize the event, she said.
“It’s a great leadership opportunity for the girls, and the town said they’d love to highlight them,” Young said.
Thacker said that he tried Boy Scouts for a week when he was younger and quit, but that his son moved through the ranks.
“It’s a pleasant experience to deal with young people looking for goals in life,” Thacker said. “My son is an Eagle Scout, so scouting is close to my heart, I guess you could say.”
The document named Feb. 24-26 Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council Cookie Weekend in Wadesboro.
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Mayor Bill Thacker, center, presented a proclamation naming Feb. 24-26 Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council Cookie Weekend in Wadesboro to Kaziah Parsons, left, and Madisen Kirby, right, who accepted it on behalf of their troop.
Mayor Bill Thacker talks with Girl Scouts Kaziah Parsons, left, and Madisen Kirby, right, both 15, about career paths.