Tiffany Ventura Thiele, Communications & PR Manager

Celebrating Girl Scout Day at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 26, Girl Scouts of Connecticut supported further opportunities for girls to continue to develop their leadership skills, while increasing girls’ awareness of civic engagement. A record crowd of approximately 400 girls and adults attended the event, including numerous Girl Scouts who were meeting with local legislators about important issues facing them.

“We were thrilled to see so many Girl Scouts and supporters at Girl Scout Day at the Capitol,” said Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “This is a wonderful hands-on experience for our girls, as they see how they can be a force for good and exercise their voice with local legislators. A day such as this builds a girl’s courage, confidence, and character, so that she can move forward and make the world and her local community a better place.”

The press conference was attended by Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, State Representatives Michelle Cook (D-65) and Chris Perone (D-137), Teresa C. Younger, Eexecutive director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, and Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO Mary Barneby.

[Sample Our Free Breaking News Alert And 3 P.M. News Newsletters]

Marlborough Girl Scout Hannah Paquette talked about how Girl Scouting gave her a safe place to discover who she was and what she stood for, helping her battle depression as well.

“Girl Scouting has allowed me to be me and grow at my own pace,” Paquette said. “It has supported my emotional health and, in part with my family, helped me heal. Girl Scouts provides me the courage to explore, the confidence to try, succeed and fail in a safe place, and for me to know I can face challenges and in the end, to know I will make the world a better place.”

Members of the legislature were inducted or reinvested into the Honorary Girl Scout Troop at the Capitol. The ceremony was led by Younger and Merrill, who spoke to the girls about leadership.

“I was a Girl Scout when I was younger,” Merrill said. “I think it had a lot to do with how I grew into a leadership position at the state. I hope when you grow up that you’ll gain out of Girl Scouting what I did – and gain the courage, confidence, and character to carry your ideas out.”

The bi-partisan Girl Scout Troop at the Capitol provides a forum for members in both the Executive and Legislative Branches of government to gather around important issues affecting girls and women today. Current members include:

Govenor Dannel P. Malloy; Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman; Secretary of the State Denise Merrill; Treasurer Denise Nappier; Comptroller Kevin Lembo; Attorney General George Jepsen.


Catherine Abercrombie, Michelle Cook, Theresa Conroy, Michael Demicco, Mae Flexer, Gary Holder-Winfield, Noreen Kokoruda, Brenda Kupchick, Sandy Nafis, Chris Perone, Lonnie Reed, Elizabeth Ritter, Jason Rojas, Peggy Sayers, Edwin Vargas, Toni Walker, Patricia Widlitz, Roberta Willis, Elissa Wright, Melissa Hoy Ziobron.


Steve Cassano

For more information about Girl Scouts of Connecticut, visit