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GSK Response to Current Events

June 2, 2020

Dear Girl Scout of Kentuckiana Community Members, 

As a lifelong Girl Scout, I am committed to making the world a better place. I believe deeply in all people, that all people should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.  As a Girl Scout, I believe in being a sister to every Girl Scout. I believe Girl Scouts are stronger when we include all. Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana has a long time commitment of welcoming all members, regardless of race, ethnicity, background, disability, family structure, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status. 

The reality is that welcoming is only the first step to inclusion. We also must work hard to know each other as people, to engage with each other and respect our differences. Today, I challenge you, my fellow Girl Scouts to consider why our community and country are facing these challenges. I challenge you to look deeper than individual racism and to understand the systemic roadblocks our country is encountering. Wherever you are in your understanding, I urge you to learn more. To ask questions, to dialogue with each other.   

It takes courage, confidence and character to understand and respond to our societal challenges. Girl Scouts are committed to making the world a better place. We do that in big and small ways. Look for the ways you will help today.  

For me, looking for ways to help was reaching out to my friends and colleagues who are leaders in the community and offering my support and love. For me, looking for ways to help was to talk to my daughters about what is happening and try to help them understand the importance for fighting for all people. For me, looking for ways to help is to ask others how Girl Scouts can help.  

Today, I mourn Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and the many others who have lost their lives. Today, I look for ways to be a part of the solution. As Girl Scouts, I hope you find your own ways to help. 

Yours in sisterhood, 

Maggie Elder

Chief Executive Officer

Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana