The 2011 session of Bluebonnet Girls State is officially underway! We started off the morning with our opening assembly. Our director Connie Bridges welcomed citizens and introduced the staff. Betty Mathies, Mayor of Seguin, welcomed us to the city, and Commander Ken Mueller brought greetings from the American Legion, Department of Texas. This marks our 42nd session at Texas Lutheran University, and TLU Interim President Robert Vogel encouraged citizens to be better than they think they can be. Diana King, President of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Texas, listed several ALA service projects in which the girls can participate. The ceremony culminated with a speech from 2010 Girls State Governor Lauren Gainer, who offered citizens words of advice from her experience at Girls State and challenged citizens to see opportunities in their future endeavors. She also shared inspirational quotations from Randy Pausch, author of “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”, and one quotation in particular from theologian Frederick Buechner: “Your calling is where your passions meet the world’s needs.” Today we also establish the structures of our cities by drafting our city charters and electing our city officials.