It's that time of year...girl scout cookies! Yep, I was a girl scout, once upon a time! Lou Hoover was heavily involved in the Girl Scouts and I actually had a tourist through the NFLL a few years ago who had met Mrs. Hoover with her girl scout troop! Pretty neat!
Anyway, this blog post talks about Mrs. Hoover's role in the Girl Scouts:
A woman nicknamed "Daisy" started the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. with 18 girls. And a tomboy called "Lou" helped the organization grow into its current membership of over 3.5 million! Lou Henry grew up enjoying the outdoor life, and was the first women to receive a degree in geology from Stanford. She traveled the world with her husband Herbert Hoover, and assisted him with his mining ventures and famine relief activities.
During World War I she met up with Juliette Low [Daisy], and was a Girl Scout for the next 25 years. As First Lady and national leader of the Girl Scouts, Hoover quietly aided people in need during the Depression, and was also the first to desegregate White House social functions.
Lou remained a Scout the rest of her life and led the first Girl Scout cookie drive in 1935. Juliette Low and Lou Henry Hoover brought together girls from the North and South, wealthy and poor, black and white, athletic and handicapped – instilling confidence that all women can develop their potential to be whatever they wish to be.
As a note, this goes on to include the original cookie recipes as the first cookies were homemade. I don't know about you, but I'll be trying this!