Jackie Gingrich Cushman
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I will do my best to be
     honest and fair,
     friendly and helpful,
     considerate and caring,
     courageous and strong, and
     responsible for what I say and do,
and to
     respect myself and others,
     respect authority,
     use resources wisely,
     make the world a better place, and
     be a sister to every Girl Scout.

The Promise and Law create a high expectation of behavior, but, knowing that perfection is an unattainable goal, start with words that underscore the fact that we will fail on occasion. The promise states, “On my honor, I will try,” and the law begins, “I will do my best to be...”

It is important to remember that we all fail on occasion and make mistakes.  Trying and doing our best does not equate to being perfect, but rather with picking ourselves up after a mistake, learning and moving forward. 

How did Girls Scouts begin?  Through the efforts of one woman.  Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low began the Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912 with a local Girl Scout meeting in Savannah, Georgia. Today, there are almost a million Girls Scout volunteers, and 2.7 million girl members. Since its inception, more than 50 million American women have participated in Girl Scouts.

It going to be a fun year, learning and growing with the girls, and I know that my time invested in this will more than pay off in the long run.  While I am sure that I will forget things, become overwhelmed and possibly even lose my temper, I know that today, more than ever, we need girls of courage, confidence and character. 

All over our community, city and nation, adults are involved in the time-consuming, but important work of building boys and girls of courage, confidence and character through in-school and after-school activities.  I am glad to be able to do my small part.  Knowing that along the way, while I am helping others, that I will be learning and growing, and will be reminded of the important promises and values in life.

I look forward to the day I visit my daughter, and carry a box of childhood treasures to her, including her Brownie pin.

On my honor, I will try, to do my best.  A motto we should all say every day.

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Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.