CIRI in the Community

Girl Scouts of Alaska Leadership Luncheon

GSAK President and CEO Leslie Ridle, left, with national Girl Scouts board chair Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, the first Native American woman elected to chair the national Girl Scouts board. Photo courtesy of GSAK.

The inclusive, all-female environment of a Girl Scout troop creates a safe space where girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles and just be themselves. CIRI is proud to be a long-time supporter of the Girl Scouts of Alaska (GSAK) Annual Leadership Luncheon, which raises funds to support Girl Scouting in Alaska.

With the help of 1,500 adult volunteers, GSAK serves 5,000 girls in grades K-12 who live in 90 Alaska communities, both urban and rural. Approximately 37% of the girls live off the road system and 40% receive financial assistance. More than 30% of girls served by GSAK identify as Alaska Native.

This year’s luncheon honored the impact of Girl Scouting, introduced the 2019 Gold Award earners (the highest achievement in Girl Scouting) and celebrated Alaska’s girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The event, held April 18 in Anchorage, featured a keynote address by national Girl Scouts board chair Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation Tribe and the first Native American woman elected to chair the national Girl Scouts board of directors.

More than 460 individuals attended this year’s luncheon to help raise funds to support Girl Scouting in Alaska.

For information on GSAK, including a 2019 summer camp schedule, visit www.girlscoutsalaska.org.