Gov. Brown becomes honorary Girl Scout
SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown was once unique among her five women governor counterparts in the United States: She was never a member of the Girls Scouts.
"I have confession: I did not grow up as a brownie or a girl scout; I grew up as a Camp Fire Girl," the governor told a group of girl scouts at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem Monday. The girls responded with gasps.
The Girls Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington on Monday gave her an honorary lifetime membership to their organization to recognize her for her leadership of the state.
"There happen to be six women governors across the country out of 50," Brown said. "That's not very many women. We call them girl governors, and five of them were members of the Girls Scouts, except for me."
Brown is Oregon's second female governor, after Gov. Barbara Roberts. The honor coincided with the Girl Scouts' 106th anniversary and Women's History Month, said Karen Hill, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Roberts and Oregon Supreme Court Justice Adrienne Nelson — the first African-American to serve on the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court — attended the ceremony to give Brown honorary membership Monday. Nelson is a Girl Scouts alumnus.
"I think that it's very important that we have more girls in leadership," Brown said. "I'm very grateful to Gov. Barbara Roberts for helping me along the way. She has been an incredible friend and an incredible mentor."
As part of the ceremony Monday, Brown received a lifetime membership pin and Girl Scouts scarf with the words of the Girl Scout promise.