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Girl Scouts mark 100th anniversary with flash mob at Westfield mall

Girl Scouts take part in a flash mob in the Westfield Solano Mall on Monday evening to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Girls Scouts.  (Daily Republic-Adam Smith)

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From page A1 | March 13, 2012 |

FAIRFIELD — Girls just want to have fun, especially on the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts.

About 100 Girl Scouts, many wearing their uniform vests decorated with their earned badges, danced Monday on the second floor of Westfield Solano mall.

Hailey Kl0tzer, a junior at Rodriguez High school, organized the flash mob. Danielle Davidson choreographed the dance, done to Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

“I thought about girls getting together and having fun while celebrating the 100th birthday of Girl Scouts,” said Davidson, a sixth-grader at Nelda Mundy Elementary School.

“We practiced at events,” Klotzer said.

For those who wanted even more rehearsal time, Davidson and two of her fellow troop members posted a YouTube video to help fellow Girl Scouts.

Korilynna Bush, a Daisy, learned the dance Saturday at the Girl Scout Heritage Event. She joined in the fun Monday. After the dance, she and fellow Daisy Noor Gorgis snacked on Girl Scout cookies.

Klotzer has been in Girl Scouts for 10 years and attributes the worldwide organization with helping her become more confident.

“It teaches girls leadership. When I started out I was shy. Now, I can walk up and talk to people,” she said.

A second generation Girl Scout, Klotzer’s mother, Sheri Klotzer, has served as her daughter’s troop leader. She spoke of the bond the girls in her troop have developed over the years.

In addition to things like ice skating and rock climbing, the girls have worked side by side to help out Mission Solano, the local food bank, and Heather House.

Sheri Klotzer said she was proud of her daughter for taking on the task of organizing the event. Hailey Klotzer said she felt there had to be some acknowledgement of the anniversary on the exact date and time of the first Girl Scout meeting. Hence, the Girl Scouts recited the group’s promise at 7:12 p.m. and followed it with the dance.

The first Girl Scout meeting began at 7:12 p.m. March 12, 1912.

“We needed to celebrate this day,” Hailey Klotzer said.

Many of the adults joined in the dancing, too. Among them was Sue White, who has been with Girl Scouts for 52 years. Her granddaughter Skyler White wore a uniform from the late 1960s, one that looked familiar to what White donned when she was a Girl Scout.

“I think it went well. It was a lot of fun,” Hailey Klotzer said when it was all over.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or amaginnis@dailyrepublic.net.

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Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
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