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March 11th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Latina leader to her Girl Scouts: Prepare to lead

By Elizabeth M. Nunez, CNN

(CNN) - When 10-year-old Anna Maria Chavez joined Girl Scout Troop 304 in the small town of Eloy, Arizona, she never thought the experience would eventually lead her to occupy a colorful office just off Fifth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan.

While about half of all women in the United States were Girl Scouts at some point in their lives,  today, one in 10 of those girls are Latina. One of them is Chavez, who last year became the first Hispanic CEO of the organization.

At the headquarters of Girls Scouts Inc., Chavez is celebrating the organization’s 100th anniversary surrounded by apple-green walls and shelves of memorabilia. Instead of magazines in the small waiting area, there are cookie jars.

“I never ever imagined that I would become the national CEO of Girl Scouts," she said. "You need to understand where I came from."


Anna Maria Chavez

Chavez was the only daughter in a Mexican immigrant family that came to the U.S. to work on farms. Hers was the first generation in the family to attend college.

Chavez said when she was a girl her own family had no knowledge about Girl Scouts and what they do. “I went home to my abuelita, my nana, and I said, ‘Nana I'm gonna be a Girl Scout,’ and she said ‘Y eso? Que hacen?’ you know, 'What do they do?'” Chavez recalled.

For a young Chavez, camping and meeting girls from different backgrounds helped her to become more confident and independent. That helped in her teen years, when she moved from Eloy to Phoenix, and entered a large school where she was one of about a dozen Mexican students.

Her undergraduate education was at Yale, where a high SAT score helped her get accepted and earn a scholarship.

“When I got in, people were shocked and dismayed because nobody in our high school had gotten into this school. ‘You’re Latina, don’t you think you should stay in state?’" she said. "And I was like 'Wait a minute, I have no boundaries!'”  She credits her Girl Scouts experience with helping her to make that decision.

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Her tenure in the Girl Scouts also helped her make her career choice. Chavez remembered a family picnic during childhood, when she discovered a cave with Native American drawings that had been scribbled over with graffiti. Her outrage, she recalled, turned into a desire to become an attorney and “make laws” to stop things like this from happening.

“Only the Girl Scouts could charge me in a way to understand that even as a small girl, I could make a difference…” she said.

So after Yale, she returned to Phoenix to get a law degree and went on to become a successful attorney, eventually working for former Arizona Governor - and Girl Scouts alumna - Janet Napolitano. Later, she took up regional direction of Girl Scouts in San Antonio, Texas.

The position paved the way for her current job at the helm of the organization in New York.  “Girl Scouts and my family taught me to dream big," she said. "Nothing was impossible.”

Now, she's on a mission: To help the Girl Scouts of today become the leaders of tomorrow, like she did.

“If you look across the country, the top 10 job sectors, only 18 percent of leadership positions in those sectors are held by women," she said, citing a survey conducted by Girl Scouts. “What were saying is, 'Wouldn’t it be great if we could increase women in these leadership roles?'”

That message of leadership especially resonates with Latina mothers, who “want their daughters to succeed; they want their daughters to explore other options in their lives," Chavez said.

According to the Girl Scouts, there are three million girls and women volunteers in the United States alone. The organization is present in 90 countries and claims to have made an impact in the lives of more than 59 million members in the course of its history.

As the scouts turn a century old, Chavez is intent on revamping the organization’s image. “People love Girl Scouts… they see our brand and they smile and think cookies, camp and crafts, but we want them to see premier leadership organization for girls in this country, if not this world," she said.

Her vision for the future was already working in Queens Village, New York, where several troops met to commemorate World Thinking Day, a celebration of Girl Scouts around the world and a chance for scouts to pin new badges to their vests.

Malcolm Robertson, a sixth grade social studies and science teacher from Brooklyn, was there with his daughter Alexis, 16. He said Girl Scouts have given his four daughters service, public speaking and travel opportunities, and Alexis, who has been a Girl Scout for 12 years, is thinking of leading a troop.

The experience, she said, has taught her respect and leadership. “It prepared me, made me into a more well-rounded person," she said.

“Many of our girls are from Hispanic, and Caribbean heritage. Most are born here but the parents are immigrants,” said Nalda Gomes, 43, a troop leader from Antigua. The girls in Queens and their families are from every corner of the map: El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Guyana, Afghanistan - and Brooklyn.

“We take the girls to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs that the council offers,” Gomes told CNN.

The focus is deliberate.  It’s where jobs – and leaders – will be needed in the future.

Troops across the country are taking up STEM projects, like The Flying Monkeys from Ames, Iowa. They designed a robotic prosthetic arm to help a toddler who was born without fingers. Their design called BOB-1 won the Global Innovation Award sponsored by FIRST LEGO League and the X Prize Foundation.  It was presented at the White House science fair last month. The girls also received $1,000 college scholarships from Iowa State University if they decide to enroll in engineering there.

“We know that as a country were going to need more and more individuals focused on those areas,” Chavez said. “We are encouraging girls as early as five years old to learn about chemistry and math and financial literacy.”

Chavez is working hard to ensure that the membership remains connected as they grow up and mentor newer recruits. The goal: to produce a lasting impact on girls’ lives.

As the first Latina to head the organization, she knows she sets a powerful example.

“There’s probably another Anna Maria sitting out there maybe looking at a newspaper article or web blog saying, ‘Wow! If she could grow up and be the national CEO of Girl Scouts, imagine what I can do.’”


Filed under: Girls • Latino in America • Who we are • Women
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. JOSE0311USMC

    WANT TO STOP THE FLOW OF ILLEGALS INTO THE U.S. ?? 1. MAKE A DONATION TO ARIZONA, TO HELP FINISHING BUILDING THE ARIZONA BORDER WALL THAT MEXICANS DO NOT WANT...........2......VOLUNTEER TO HELP SECURE THE BORDER...MINUTEMAN AND OTHER GROUPS ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP KEEP THE ILLEGALS OUT OF THE U.S. ..I'M VOLUNTEERING...I ALSO GAVE 2 DONATIONS SO FAR..........WRITE I TO VOLUNTEER TO SECURE THE MEXICO BORDER AND YOU WILL FIND THE WAY TO VOLUNTEER....DO YOU WANT ALL OF MEXICO'S POOR PEOPLE IN THE U.S. COLLECTING WELFARE AT YOUR EXPENSE ?? NOT ME...

    March 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoeHispanic

      Why don't you go join the minute men instead of mouthing off about other people doing something. Be careful though, they might deport your butt if your not careful.

      March 12, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JOSE0311USMC

    WHY CAN'T MEXICANS MAKE MEXICO WORK FOR THEM ??? THEY COME TO OUR COUNTRY TO RUIN IT ...MY HOME TOWN, WAS A GREAT TOWN, NOW IS 8O% MEXICAN....THE TOWN LOOKS LIKE MEXICO...THERE IS A TOWN IN MEXICO, NEAR THE U.S. BORDER CALL-NORGALES ?? A TOWN WHERE THE CARTELS SEEN TO OWN NOW....WELL MY TOWN LOOK JUST LIKE THAT MEXICAN TOWN...THE SCHOOLS ? A NIGHTMARE..45 KIDS TO A CLASS ROOM...ALL ILLEGAL KIDS....IF AMERICANS KEEP KEEPING THEIR MOUTH SHUT ?? THE MEXICANS ARE GOING TO TAKE OVER OUR COUNTRY...I'M A HISPANIC GUY, I KNOW WHAT THEY WANT..A TAKE OVER WITHOUT FIRING A BULLET.

    March 12, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • JoeHispanic

      Such a sad tale! You are the biggest whiner! Are you sure your a latino (that hates mexicans)?

      March 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Komar

        se piacerebbero pure a me RPG "vecchio sptamo", questi sono giapponesi e non si pu pretendere che facciano MMORPG seguendo le culture medievali tipiche del nostro continente. Sarebbe come mangiare "polenta e osei" cucinati da un Siciliano >.<

        April 18, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. SueEllen

    Ship her home with the rest of her kind!

    March 12, 2012 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
    • JoeHispanic

      Hello....earth to Sue Ellen.......We are home.........deal with it. We are one of your kind now.

      March 12, 2012 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
      • SueEllen

        Sorry as long as you're having 20 anchor babies and speaking Spanish you're no American!

        March 12, 2012 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
      • JoeHispanic

        Like I told your buddy Jose... we don't need your seal of approval. We are Americans just like you. I am a citizen, this is my home and you will have to get used to it.

        March 12, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • SueEllen

        Don't you have a lawn to mow?

        March 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • JoeHispanic

        All done Sue Ellen! Got a lawn service that does that. You and Jose should go on a vacation. Ya'll are really stressed out over nothing important. Did you know that causes cancer!

        March 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      LATINOS GOAL ? IS TO TAKE OVER THE U.S. IS OBVIOUS...IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE..I'M A LATINO, BUT AM AN AMERICAN FIRST......THEY ARE A SMALL MINORITY AND THEY ARE ALREADY ACTING LIKE THEY OWN AMERICA....

      March 12, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
      • JoeHispanic

        "Small Minority" huh? If you believe that........You are going to absolutely love the elections this year! You amuse me JOSE0311USMC. Sorry you got jacked but anybody could have done it. Bet you forgot to ask for his papers.

        March 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      SUE, I BET YOU SHE IS AN ILLEGAL ANCHOR KID ??

      March 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • JoeHispanic

        JOSE0311USMC you, Sue and the others like you, just have to deal with it and suck it up. There's nobody trying to take over anything here. What if she is a so called "anchor baby". SHE IS AN AMERICAN and does not need your seal of approval. You of all people, that is IF you really were in the marines know how many brave immigrants are fighting for this country first hand. And will die for this country if necessary. Get over yourselves nobody made king of America!

        March 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • JoeHispanic

        I don't need a crystal ball to know that one of your descendants was an "anchor baby" too. That's a fact if you want to look at it that way.

        March 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      SueEllen-Please tell me that you have plastic flamingos in front of your trailer, a backlit velvet Elvis picture in your living room, a car from the '70s in your front yard that hasn't run in 15 years and a tattoo with your high school sweetheart's name on your backside.

      March 13, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Latinnno

    Latinos lead in Mexico and every Central American country. Nuff said.

    March 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. factcheckplease

    this article makes a factual mistake. yale scholarships are completely need-based, so her high SAT score would not have influenced her scholarship. someone please correct this.

    March 11, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NMEast

    WHY should it matter that this person is Latino? It only matters to people who are hung up on race and trying to make themselves look better. If this person wasn't Latino, say black, or asian, or even white, no one would have written this article. It doesn't matter what race you are; anyone can be a leader. All it takes is determination and education, no matter what race you might belong to.

    March 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Latinnno

      It is usually done to try to compensate for shortcomings.

      March 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        > It is usually done to try to compensate for shortcomings.

        Actually, it is a reminder that these girls and their children will outvote yours. That is why they must be prepared to lead.

        March 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • kiki

      Latino is not a race it is an ethnicity that includes people of every race.

      March 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        I AGREE. WHEN THE NEWS MEDIA ARE TALKING ABOUT MEXICANS? THEY SAY LATINOS..LATINOS MEAN ALL LATINOS, NOT JUST MEXICANS.....I WISH THE NEWS MEDIA WOULD STOP THAT.....WHEN A MEXICAN GANG MEMBER HI-JACK A CAR?? THEY DON'T SAY A MEXICAN HI-JACKED A CAR TODAY...THEY SAY A HISPANIC GUY-A LATINO ? THOSE 2 THINGS MEAN ANY LATINO GROUP........THEY SHOULD TAKE THE TIME TO FIND OUT WHICH RACE HI-JACK THE CAR...WHEN A BLACK GUY HI-JACK A CAR ? THEY SAY AN AFRICAN AMERICAN......WHY CAN'T THEY SAY MEXICANS ARE MARCHING IN CALIFORNIA TODAY ?? STOP SAYING THE LATINOS...NOT ALL LATINOS SUPPORT THE ILLEGALS.

        March 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      > WHY should it matter that this person is Latina?

      Because you feel threatened. That's why. As soon as you don't complain, it won't matter.

      March 11, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • kiki

      Latinos represent the majority in the under 18 demographic cohort in seven states already and minority children represent 50% of all children under five. It matters that she's Latina because she provides a role model for these girls and her leadership is representative of the changes that are occuring.

      March 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        MEXICANS ARE FOR MEXICANS ONLY....MEXICANS ARE LOYAL TO MEXICO..THEY WILL NEVER BE LOYAL TO AMERICA..

        March 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Love tacos

    Great, can we buy girl scout tacos now, instead of those crappy cookies?

    March 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michae l J.

      You're a moron.

      March 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ammar

        Ranil one more thing. I should point out that I spend just as much time on this blog ponniitg out bad academic research that has gotten too much press, so I don't think I am being unfair here.

        September 14, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      HA–HA-HA...GIRL SCOUT TACOS COOKIES.

      March 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David

    We obviously have given America away, thanx to the new socialist democrats. Third world country, here we come.

    March 11, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Latinnno

      We are here already, si?

      March 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaredallas

      Well, David, this is America the melting pot–always has been, always will be. If you don't like it, you can get out.

      March 11, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        I'M A HISPANIC GUY, I DON'T NOT LIKE ILLEGALS IN THE U.S. THEY SHOULD BE DEPORTED...I DO NOT LIKE MEXICANS AND OTHERS INVADING MY COUNTRY....NO I DO NOT LIKE IT...I'M NOT AFRAID TO SPEAK UP MY MIND....MEXICANS SHOULD STAY IN MEXICO, MAKE MEXICO WORK FOR YOU...STOP RUNNING AWAY LIKE COWARDS....TO BE HONEST ? MEXICANS AND OTHER ILLEGALS ARE RUINING AMERICA WAY OF LIFE BIG TIME...WE DO NOT APPRECIATE YOU BEING IN OUR COUNTRY......I'M A HISPANIC GUY, BUT I'M AN AMERICAN FIRST...I'M LOYAL TO AMERICA, NOT WHERE I CAME FROM.....MEXICANS ON THE OTHER HAND ARE LOYAL TO MEXICO, WELL GO BACK.

        March 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • JoeHispanic

        JOSE0311USMC......I wish your descendants were deported back in the day so you would not have to deal with all of this now. Too bad.

        March 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • daf

      relax bro , im sure the original english thought the same same thing you do when they saw jews, irish , eastern europeans and so on coming to america. america will always be great long after your grand children look darker with curly hair.

      March 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        MEXICANS THINK THAT THEY HAVE A LEGAL RIGHT TO BE IN THE U.S. ?? WRONG, YOU DO NOT...MAKE MEXICO WORK FOR YOU... STOP RUINING OUR COUNTRY...

        March 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • RevDana

      David – I grew up in a very racially mixed community over 40 years ago – and count myself fortunate for having had the rich coming together of Asian, Black, Hispanic, Russian, and yes, even WASP influences. We kids all got along great and are still very connected via the internet and other means. Your comment shows you lacked (or rejected) a chance for some really fine experiences of what is really great about this country – everyone is unique and important to everyone else. I really pity people who are unable to grasp the beauty of that. Try not to be so blind to the humanity in all people.

      March 11, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • HistoryGeek

      You obviously do not know the definition of socialism......

      March 11, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      DAVID, IS NOT TOO LATE YET....IF WE DON'T SECURE THE MEXICO BORDER NOW ? THINGS WILL GET A LOT WORST....BUT GROUPS OF AMERICANS ARE VOLUNTEERING TO SECURE THE MEXICO BORDER...THE DEMOCRATS AND OBAMA ARE NOT GOING TO DO IT...THEY TAKE ORDERS FROM THE MEXICANS....MEXICANS TOLD OBAMA TO STOP DEPORTING ILLEGALS AND OBAMA LISTEN TO THEM....NONE VIOLET ILLEGALS DO NOT GET DEPORTED ANYMORE....IS UP TO AMERICAN CITIZENS TO VOLUNTEER AND IS UP TO US TO SECURE THAT BORDER......DEMOCRATS AND OBAMA , ALL THEY WANT IS THE HISPANIC VOTES.

      March 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • JoeHispanic

        Hey man u need a vacation. You are way to scared and stressed about all this. Don't you worry, we'll still be here when you get back.

        March 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Latinnno

    It is better to be an educated and successful follower than an educated crime prone leader.

    March 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      If there is truth in advertising (USA's history) these girls will be educated, successful AND will lead your children. Deal with it.

      March 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Latinnno

        40% of latinos drop out of high school in the US. They have not started any significant company not involved in drug or illegal alien smuggling. High reproductive rates and low morals are not a sign of success; deal with it.

        March 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        LIKE I BEEN SAYING, MEXICANS GOAL IS TO TAKE OVER THE U.S. WITHOUT FIRING A BULLET....THEY ARE STILL MAD THAT WE TOOK TEXAS–SAN DIEGO FROM THEM...GET OVER IT......RAYS COMMENTS IS PROOF OF THAT.

        March 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Latinnno

    Just try to graduate from High School for a change. The only thing latinos have lead are gangs, dropout rates and teen pregnancy rates.

    March 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil in Oregon

      Everyone is not a leader. There is only 1 CEO for each company, 1 president for 300 million Americans. Everyone WANTS to lead, because of all the goodies leaders get, but only a few actually can. I'd say the unqualified, self-seeking leader is one of the worst problems in America.

      March 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Latinnno

        My point is baby steps. Pointless blah blah about being a leader is counter-productive. Try to get children excited about learning, education, etc.

        March 11, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lighten Up

      Latinnno, you are the most incredibly pathetic poor excuse for a commentator with your gross characterization of Latinos, most of whom are very hard-working people who are either born in this country, thus, Americans by birth, or come to better their lives and pay taxes here by doing the work no one else wants to do, including you, no doubt. You thus group and indict all Latinos together for what some may have done and by so doing you do a great dis-service to everyone in this regard.

      March 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Latinnno

        40% of latinos drop out of HS in the US, teen pregnancy rates for latinos are 2-4 times as high as whites in the US, over 50% of the people incarcerated in the Federal prison system are latinos, etc., if you cannot bear the truth just do not read.

        March 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Latinnno

        Most jobs mexicans do today were done by Americans, the mexicans undercut their wages, the Americans did not suddenly decide that they lost interest in making a living wage, that is mexican lie.

        March 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • kiki

        52% of foreign-born Latino adults are high school dropouts, compared with 25% of the native born.

        March 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Get Your Facts Straight

        Latinnno, in mentioning some contrast between whites and Latinos you make an egregious mistake. Were you not aware that Latinos/Hispanics are actually members of the white race? They are. Just look at their birth certificates or ask any local or state government office. They'll sure tell you! There is no such thing as a Latino race or a Hispanic race for that matter. Both are referring to ethnicity! If you don't even understand that, how can you attempt to even present a somewhat plausible argument? That's just it, you can't.

        March 12, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Get Your Facts Straight

      Hey Latinnno, your prejudice against hard-working Latinos everywhere who DO go to school, graduate, and even go on to college and graduate from there is sure showing! It would be great for you to contact organizations who know how much Latinos have contributed and who continue to contribute to the American cause. There is absolutely no room for brain-less comments like yours here, troll!

      March 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Latinnno

        Other than tacos and burritos what have latinos contributed, oh yes, I forgot increased crime rate. Please correct me as you see fit, haha.

        March 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Get Your Facts Straight

        If that is the best you can come up with, like Lighten Up said, you are indeed pathetic in your characterization of Latinos in this most unfair manner. If you had a brain to truly think with you would have enough sense to know when to stop your diatribe which really does not warrant any further response as your brain is apparently already dead, it just doesn't have the good sense to stop making you look like a fool.

        March 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Latinnno

        Again, no facts, just latino outrage. Name on thing useful that latinos have invented or developed. Good luck.

        March 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • HistoryGeek

        Hey Latinnno .... you wanted inventions? Okay....

        Luis Miramontes
        Chemist, Luis Miramontes co-invented the contraceptive pill. In 1951, Luis Miramontes, then a college student, was under the direction of Syntex Corp Ceo George Rosenkranz and researcher Carl Djerassi. Miramontes wrote a new procedure for the synthesis of the progestin norethindrone, the active ingredient for what would become the oral birth control pill. Carl Djerassi, George Rosenkranz, and Luis Miramontes were granted US patent 2,744,122 for "oral contraceptives" on May 1, 1956. The first oral contraceptives tradenamed Norinyl was manufactured by Syntex Corp.

        Victor Celorio patented the "Instabook Maker" a technology supporting e-book distribution by quickly and elegantly printing an offline copy. Victor Celorio was granted US patents 6012890 and 6213703 fpr his invention. Celorio was born on July 27, 1957 in Mexico City. He is the president of Instabook Corporation, based in Gainesville, Florida.

        Guillermo González Camarena invented an early color television system. He received US patent 2296019 on September 15, 1942 for his "chromscopic adapter for television equipment". González Camarena publicly demonstrated his color television with a transmission on August 31, 1946. The color transmission was broadcast direct from the his laboratory in Mexico City.

        Jose Hernandez-Rebollar invented the Acceleglove, a glove that can translate sign language into speech. According the Smithsonian, "by using sensors attached to the glove and the arm, this prototype device can currently translate the alphabet and over 300 words in American Sign Language (ASL) into both English and Spanish."

        Doctor María del Socorro Flores González won the MEXWII 2006 award for her work on diagnostic methods for invasive amebiasis. María González patented processes to diagnose invasive amebiasis, a parasitic disease that kills over 100,000 people each year.

        Mexican inventor Felipe Vadillo patented a method of predicting premature fetal membrane rupturein preganant women

        Juan Lozano, a Mexican inventor with a lifelong obsession with jet packs, invented the Rocket Belt. Juan Lozano's company Tecnologia Aeroespacial Mexicana sells the Rocket Belt for a hefty price. According to their website, "founder Juan Manuel Lozano has been working with hydrogen peroxide propulsion systems since 1975, inventor of the penta-metallic catalyst pack to be used with organic hydrogen peroxide and inventor of the most popular machine in the world to produce you own hydrogen peroxide to be used as a rocket fuel."

        I could continue .....

        March 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Latinnno

        HistoryGeek So in over 200 years of independence mexicans have come up with 5 inventions while the US has become the worlds' foremost economy and lone superpower, wow, I am impressed, way to go, viva la latinos.

        March 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoeHispanic

      I was first angry with your comment but that turned into pity quickly. Your ignorance of Latinos/Hispanics is what is really the problem with the America today. While you belittle and blatantly disrespect us you fail to realize we love this country as much as you, maybe even more. Everyday more Hispanics become leaders of their companies or organizations in the political and corporate world. When I joined the military at 17 because ROTC in high school made me proud to be an American and I wanted to serve my country, There were no Hispanics generals ,much less in the officer corp, in the three branches that I served in. Now they grow in number every year. Hispanics are well known now in the highest offices as local local government. We are not here to take over as some fear-mongers would like you to believe. We love this country and want to defend it to death and serve everyone in our communities, of ALL colors. We have traded our gang colors of old for pin stripe suits in business or a military uniform to serve our country proudly. We take great pleasure and comfort that not all Americans think like you. This is something you and anybody else like you are going to have to deal with. ..and yes I am an immigrant and a citizen by naturalization, in case your wondering.

      March 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Latinnno

        I think that you like all other responders are not reading my posts correctly. My point is simple, strive to achieve before talking about leading, and simply referring to yourself as latino or Hispanic serves to set you apart so do not be outraged when others do not accept you as an equal. Can't have it both ways Hispanic.

        March 11, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • JoeHispanic

        We are all going by what you actually wrote. So, we are all wrong then? You write as is every Hispanic had to prove himself to you for whatever reason. You are the one that that brought up "strive to achieve" and all that. We are well past that. Not sure where you are from but you really need to get your facts straight. The leaders I mentioned did not get where they are because they didn't get "excited about learning". They came from America's top schools like Yale, Harvard, West Point, VMA, and Air Force Academy. Their children will also be well educated just so you can get some sleep at night. What have you accomplished? Besides getting ulcers over Hispanics leading gangs and all?

        March 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Latinnno

        Latinnno
        My point is baby steps. Pointless blah blah about being a leader is counter-productive. Try to get children excited about learning, education, etc.

        March 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Latinnno

        Ah, you educated Hispanics cannot win any argument by facts so you resort to insults, how surprising.

        March 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        HISPANIC , JOSE, WE WANT YOU TO LOVE MEXICO, NOT OUR COUNTRY..

        March 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michae l J.

      Why is "high school" capitalized?

      March 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Latinnno

        Yes, it is not a proper noun, you caught me, English is not my native language and you are truly clever.

        March 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      YOU FORGOT ONE, DRUGS...CAR JACKING.

      March 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JFS

    For those of you asking where the cookie money goes, part of the money stays in the troop/group, part of it goes to the council to help maintain program centers and camps, some of it goes to the national organization and some of it goes to the baker. The cookie sale also helps girls learn about goal setting, budgeting, and other social skills. The leaders and community organizers are VOLUNTEERS, they are not paid. The $12 registration fee that everyone pays (and there are "scholarships" available if the $12 is too much) includes insurance, training and other administrative activities (like background checks).

    As for the cost of activities, yes they can get expensive, but a good leader and good community organizers are aware of that and do what they can to help minimize it or at least balance that with other, less costly events. I was just at a 100th Anniversary lunch that cost everyone less than $15. The local organizers were able to plan ahead, shop wisely, and were lucky enough to receive grants for events for the girls. The event included lunch, entertainment and some small mementos of the day. And there was a service project that the girls were asked to participate in as well.

    Girl Scouts offers a lot to the girls, and the the emphasis in on teaching the girls how to do things so that they can be the best that they can be and can and will become good citizens of the world and good leaders of tomorrow.

    ~30+ year member, Gold Award earner, former troop leader, former trainer, current volunteer-at-large

    March 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Guest

    it would be interesting indeed to see where all the money goes. how much the troop gets /box depends on the local service unit. it is different for each area as is the cost of a box of cookies and even the type of cookies sold. it should also be noted that the bakers have to pay a fee to be a manufacturer of girl scout cookies. as for costs of a being a girl scout, much of that depends on what the troops decide to do and how much money they make selling cookies. this year for example, there is a big celebration event whose cost is $23/person. our troop will not be able to cover that cost. chaperoning adults must also pay $23 to attend. b/c our leader and co-leader cannot handle the entire troop by themselves, some of our parents will be paying too - that makes $46 to be a girl scout for the day. of course attendance is not manadatory. my point is that while girl scouts can offer great opportunities and life lessons, it is not free. and most of the work is done by local volunteers and those little girls who knock on doors and stand outside grocery stores in the heart of winter to sell cookies. i have no idea where the money is going, but i'll be glad when my children decide they've had enough, because i already have. rather than buy the cookies, we just give directly to the troop who can deposit all of that donation directly to the troop bank account.

    March 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ralph Henson

    After 23 years as a volunteer and 3 years as a leader, I had to resign because of the non-living wage. It still hurt whyen BSA got caught abusing the boys and it hurts that the GSA backs the murder of babies.
    Wonder what this world is going to end up with?

    March 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • pacman357

      "... and it hurts that the GSA backs the murder of babies." Speaking as an Eagle Scout, GSA is better off without you.

      March 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Guest

    Girl Scout leaders are volunteer. We do not get paid. We do it because we love the aim of the organization, which is to instill courage, confidence and character in girls and to help create tomorrow's leaders. I was not a scout, but being a leader is one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. Being a scout opens doors to girls that would otherwise be closed. My girls have gone camping, worked with an organizer of a cancer walk to help put on the event, had a one-on-one meeting with a member of Congress to discus leadership, learned to fly on a trapeze, learned about other cultures, gone to science fairs, done community service, and so much more. Not bad for $12 a year registration fee. In CA the troop get 75 cents for every box of cookies they sell. A decent Year's sales will earn a troop $1000 to finance all the trips, camping and opportunities.

    March 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Guest

    Bureaucracy Eats Girl Scout Cookie Profits - Some Volunteers Complain That Troops Get Only Crumbs-

    http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19930513&slug=1701067

    I always wondered where all of that cookie money goes.
    How much is truly given for the girl scouts themselves?
    From what I have read, not much.

    March 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest2

      In my state, the troop gets 55 cents of each box sold. The trrop leaders do not get paid. We actually have to pay a registration fee each year to be troop leaders.

      March 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Guest

        ...."Guest2

        In my state, the troop gets 55 cents of each box sold. The trrop leaders do not get paid. We actually have to pay a registration fee each year to be troop leaders.".

        Why should someone have to pay a fee to be a troop leader? Does not sound right to me.

        Where is the money going?

        It would be very interesting to see the facts of actual accounting of the money and exactly what it is being used for. Who is making what salary, bonuses, etc. and exactly what the person is doing to make their money.

        March 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Guest

    Those leaders sure make a nice salary.

    http://www.glassdoor.com/Salary/Girl-Scouts-USA-Salaries-E5458.htm

    March 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest2

      they do make a nice salary. and out here on the west coast, the troops get only 60-70 cents/box of the $4 that are paid for the cookies. most of the money goes back to the regional centers, but they in turn give money to headquarters in nyc...speaking of nyc, i wonder how much it costs to operate that nice office just off of 5th avenue????

      March 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Guest

        No kidding Guest2.
        The girl scouts from what I have been reading work harder and get so little for their efforts.
        All the while, the leaders are raking in nice big paychecks for honestly very little work.

        Like the school situation; the teachers who are doing the actual job of teaching and putting up with some unruly discipline problem children yet the Administrators are raking in the bigger paychecks and pay raises and bonuses sitting int heir nice custom air conditioned leather furniture offices while threatening those pink slips to teachers who in many cases are teaching in trailers with no air or heat and many times old furniture.

        I remember when I was in school a few years ago. Broken air and/or heat units, old tile that was in need of replacement and carpet too. Desks scratched and cracked from years of use all the while the new administrative buildings were being built with all new furnishings.

        March 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Guest

        OOPS! Sorry for typos there.
        My exposure to the public school I guess; not proof-reading prior to post. (sarcasm)

        March 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality check

      the salaries arent really that high when you remember they are in NYC with one of the highest costs of living in the country. 85K a year there is as valuable as 50K in a heartland city like Nashville, TN, for instance.

      http://www.bestplaces.net/col/?salary=85000&city1=53651000&city2=54752006

      March 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Dduke

    Girl scout tacos???

    March 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Would be healthier than sugar fat laden cookies.
      I really wish they would come up with a gluten free wheat free healthy treat.
      With obesity and childhood diabetes on the rise I would think that an organization such as the girl scouts could think of healthier alternatives other than the cookies; or at least along with the cookies so people have a choice.

      March 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
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