Juliette Award, 2013
Girl Scouts of Maine honored Julia Munsey with the 2013 Juliette Award at the annual Pearls of Wisdom breakfast on September 18, 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bangor. Girl Scouts of Maine established the Juliette Award to honor a woman who embodies the essence of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA. Juliette Gordon Low was a woman who exemplified a heightened sense of service to community and the country, exhibited determination to succeed, and advanced Girl Scout principles by advocating for leadership in girls.
“Julia Munsey’s strength of character and dedication to community service make her an inspirational leader,” said Joan McDonald, CEO, Girl Scouts of Maine. “She is an exemplary role model for girls and we are proud to honor her for her extensive achievements, as well as her dedication to fostering self-confidence and leadership skills in others.”
The Strand of Pearls
The first Girl Scout group in the United States began on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia - all because one woman had great wisdom and a vision.
On that date, Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls for a Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Juliette Gordon Low made sure that her Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, studied first aid, went on camping trips, and learned how to tell time by the stars.
As with all Girl Scout troops, money was needed to keep the program running. Juliette was so dedicated to the success of her girls that she sold a strand of rare matched pearls that her husband had given her as a wedding gift. The necklace fetched $8,000 – a hefty sum, especially in those days! And thus, we have our pearls of wisdom - funds unselfishly gained and money wisely spent to fund more opportunities for girls.