2011 Opening Assembly

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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.

2011 Girls State Session Underway

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By plane, bus, and automobile, 485 young women from all over Texas traveled to Texas Lutheran University in Seguin to take part in the 67th session of Bluebonnet Girls State. Registration began at noon on June 12 and participants were organized into twelve “cities” with between 30 and 50 “citizens.” They met their roommates and neighbors and were welcomed by their counselors. That evening Stephanie McDonald, Policy Director for City of Austin Councilwoman Sheryl Cole, delivered a lecture on local government. Less than 48 hours after arrival, each new community will have written their own charter and elected city officials.

 

Welcome 2011 Citizens

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Texas Bluebonnet Girls State is a mythical 51st state where, for a week, participants organize their own city, county, and state governments. They elect their own officials. They learn the duties of the various city, county and state offices. They introduce and debate their own bills in a mock legislature. The program concludes with a visit to the State Capitol building in Austin where the girls are given an opportunity to sight-see and meet state officials. The purpose of Girls State is to educate young women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.

The Girls State program is sponsored as a public service to the community, state and nation by the more than twenty thousand members of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Texas. The administrative staff and counselors in charge of the program are well trained and experienced leaders of young women. They are women of high ideals who are recognized as being responsible persons in their respective communities. The girls are properly chaperoned. Counselors are in constant attendance. No girl is allowed to leave the grounds except on scheduled trips of the entire group.

The site of this year’s Girls State session is Texas Lutheran University located in Seguin, Texas. The program begins on Sunday, June 12 and ends Saturday, June 18, 2011. For more information about Girls State admission, please contact your high school,  local American Legion Auxiliary unit or  the ALA Department of Texas.

Girls State 2011 Dates Announced

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The site of this year’s Girls State session is Texas Lutheran University located in Seguin, Texas. The program begins on Sunday, June 12 and ends Saturday, June 18, 2011.

For more information about Girls State admission, please contact your local American Legion Auxiliary unit or the ALA Department of Texas.