Girl Scout party honors founder Low

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Girl Scouts of Lyon County (from left) Keira Watson, Maizy Springs and Harmony Reed last week celebrated the birthday of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low at the Lee Jones Building in Eddyville.

The Girl Scout troops of Lyon County were dressed in their best party clothes, complete with self-decorated birthday hats with flowing tendrils, as they celebrated the 159th birthday of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low.

Low, born Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon on Oct. 31, 1860, in Savannah, Georgia, was celebrated and honored by more than 30 girls, leaders and volunteers from troops 4, 148, 159, 272, 901, 963, 1973 and 2143 at their birthday bash on Oct. 29 at the Lee Jones Building in Eddyville.

The Girl Scouts of Lyon County alternate every other year between a traditional Halloween party, and as this year, a birthday celebration complete with games, cake, ice cream and a gift for every Girl Scout in attendance.

"It's important for our girls to remember the power of sisterhood and the lady who gave birth and meaning to such a great organization," said co-service unit manager and long-time Girl Scout Lynn Orange.

As the very first Girl Scout, Low is a beacon of sisterhood and serves as an example that it takes only one girl to start a movement.

"As a young girl who was only allowed to do 4-H, volunteering with Girl Scouts has opened a world of opportunity and has allowed me the privilege to watch young girls grow and blossom," said co-service unit manager Carrie Barnett who has been a Girl Scout volunteer for over 35 years.

While celebration and fun are the goals for this birthday extravaganza, in true sisterhood fashion, it's left to the older Girl Scouts to provide games, crafts and entertainment for the younger ones.

"After being in Girl Scouts the past few years, I like now being an older girl helping the younger ones learn and have fun," said Troop 272 Girl Scout Jackie Hall.

From pin the tail on the donkey to making decorated frames showcasing the words of the Girl Scout Law, the biennial party gathering put smiles and icing on faces while helping each girl to remember and appreciate their sister Girl Scouts as well as the Girl Scout who started it all.