Community to Celebrate Happy Homecoming of Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chavez
The Girl Scouts recently celebrated their 100th Anniversary on March 12th, and the party will continue with the arrival this week of an extra special guest: Girl Scouts of the USA’s newest CEO, Anna Maria Chavez. Chavez, who assumed the reins of the all-girl organization last November, is the 19th leader of the organization and an Arizona native.
Chavez’s trip will be her first time back in Arizona since becoming CEO. She was first introduced to Girl Scouting as a 10 year old growing up in Eloy and remains deeply connected to the state. After attending Yale for her undergraduate degree, she went on to earn her law degree from the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law and was the deputy chief of staff for urban relations and community redevelopment for former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. Throughout her career, Chavez has credited Scouting for giving her the confidence needed to go after her dreams.
Chavez has an action-packed itinerary when she touches down in the desert. On Wednesday she is one of four women who will be honored as a 2012 Arizona Latina Trailblazers by Phoenix College’s Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine. On Thursday Chavez is involved in all sorts of Girl Scout fun touring Camp Sombrero in Phoenix and lunching with Council staff from Arizona Cactus-Pine and Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona.
To cap off of her visit and bring her Troop 304 Girl Scouting days full circle, Ms. Chavez heads home to Eloy on Thursday afternoon to be honored by the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona in a homecoming celebration that is open to the community. Eloy Mayor Byron Jackson will proclaim March 29th as Anna Maria Chavez Day and kick off the festivities with Debbie Rich, Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona’s CEO, and of course, those famous girls in green. Rich couldn’t be more excited, “This is a great opportunity for our girls to meet the CEO in person and for our community to rally behind girls and our cause of girl leadership.”
The homecoming celebration takes place at Mainstreet Park in Eloy from 4pm-6pm. Activity stations featuring “green” themes open at 3:30pm and Santa Cruz Valley Union High School mariachi band Mariachi Cielito Lindo is set to perform. Join us for a fun-filled time and for your opportunity to meet the woman dedicated to helping girls of today become the leaders of tomorrow.