A significant American anniversary passed this week. It’s an important milestone nationwide, but especially worthy of celebration here in Georgia.
The Girl Scouts -- now officially Girl Scouts of the USA -- came into existence March 12, 1912, when a childless Savannah woman named Juliette Gordon Low recruited the first Girl Scouts at her own home. From the outset, the character-building organization for girls and young women was unusually inclusive for its time; Protestant, Catholic and Jewish girls are listed among its charter members.
The outfit born 100 years ago Monday now boasts more than 3 million current members and more than 50 million former members who have proudly worn the Girl Scout uniform and exemplify its values of empowerment, teamwork, citizenship and service.
Over the past weekend, more than 5,000 Girl Scouts from around the country gathered in the state and city where the organization was born 100 years ago Monday. They staged a public celebration near the carriage house Low used for the troop’s first headquarters. Among the other planned events was a visit to lay a wreath at the Savannah cemetery where the founder is buried -- in her Girl Scout uniform.
Juliette Gordon Low was rightly proud of the national institution she founded. Every girl and woman who has kept her spirit alive can share that pride.
It’s easy, too easy, to toss potentially dangerous waste in with the household garbage and into the nearest garbage bin (or worse, on the roadside) and forget about it. Which is why so much hazardous, toxic and otherwise nasty stuff is leaking poisons into our landfills, soil and water.
More than a thousand area residents were willing to endure a little inconvenience last weekend to treat Mother Earth better than that, and they deserve to be commended.
Keep Columbus Beautiful’s annual recycling effort this past Saturday brought 1,162 vehicles to the city’s recycling warehouse off Victory Drive. People brought worn-out electronic equipment, cleaning fluids, old paint, paint remover, swimming pool chemicals and other possibly harmful items and substances for proper and safe disposal.
The encouraging turnout is no doubt due in part to cancellation of a similar event last fall, but the numbers still more than doubled those from last March. Even more encouraging was the patience of those who came out.
“We have some people who have been out there 25 minutes to an hour waiting,” said Keep Columbus Beautiful Director Gloria Weston-Smart. “I think that says a lot about their stewardship to the environment.”
It’s something to keep in mind when we’re tempted to think the responsible disposal of even the most routine kinds of refuse is just too much trouble.