Director Swann Welcomes Citizens

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Director Swann addresses citizens during Opening Ceremony
Director Swann addresses citizens during Opening Ceremony

Lori Swann, Director of Texas Bluebonnet Girls State officially welcomed citizens to the 2015 session on Monday, June 15th. Citizens were also treated to addresses by Donna Miller, President of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Texas, and Lynn Ellen Sparks, Commander of the American Legion, Department of Texas. Commander Sparks is only the second woman to ever serve in that position. A true Girls State success story was shared by Donna Dodgen, a citizen of the 1978 session. Ms. Dodgen is now Mayor pro tem of the City of Seguin. The President of Texas Lutheran University, Dr. Stuart Dorsey, also welcomed citizens to TLU.

Finally, 2014 Governor Andrea Guyton encouraged citizens to make the most of their time at Girls State, concluding a morning full of inspiring speeches.

Thanks to Judge Keasler, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

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The American Legion Auxiliary Bluebonnet Girls State Program thanks the Honorable Michael Keasler, Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals for taking part in this year’s session. On Friday, June 20th, citizens traveled to Austin where Girls State senators and representatives convened their annual mock legislature in the State Capitol. Later, a joint session gathered to inaugurate newly elected state officials. The Honorable Michael Keasler, Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, addressed the citizens and administered the oath of office. Judge Keasler’s commitment to Girls State is greatly appreciated; he has participated in our joint session at the Capitol for the last several years.

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.

2010 “Bluebonnet News” Available for Download

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The 2010 issue of “The Bluebonnet” is now available for download! Read about our elected officials, guest speakers, and more in our annual newsletter. Suitable for printing out and putting in scrapbooks. Spread the word–tell all your fellow citizens to download the ultimate Bluebonnet Girls State memento.