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Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Salutes Founding Leaders During Women's History Month



Baltimore, Md. –  Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, a non-profit organization dedicated to building the next generation of women leaders by developing courage, confidence and character in girls and young women in grades K-12, is taking the time to recognize Women’s History Month by paying tribute and remembering the three women who united to bring this organization together in 1962.

 Gail Bunting from Anne Arundel County, Margaret Waldschmidt from Baltimore, and Fran Lease Bussard from Frederick County merged their separate visions together to realize a program that would successfully encourage girls from their communities to build a variety of crucial life skills, as well as deeply bonded friendships. 

“These women showed an incredible trailblazing spirit and determination to take this vision of theirs and slowly bring it to fruition through decades of hard work and dedication,” said Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Chief Executive Officer Violet Apple. “This is an excellent opportunity to remind the younger generation that we all continue to owe a lasting debt of gratitude to Gail, Fran, and Margaret for the unwavering leadership they showed, lighting the way for the Council of today.”

Along with taking this opportunity to recognize past leaders during Women's History Month, the Council is also proudly celebrating its 60th anniversary in operation, currently serving a combined girl and adult membership of more than 15,000.

Click here to learn more about Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, volunteer opportunities with GSCM, or to make a donation in support of the leadership development program for girls.

About Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland provides leadership programming for nearly 16,000 girls in grades K-12, residing in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard counties. For more information about our programs, visit or follow us on Facebook.