On March 12, 1912, Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low conducted the first-ever Girl Scout meeting with a group of 18 girls from Savannah, Ga.

From that modest beginning 100 years ago, Girl Scouts of America has swelled to a membership of about 3.2 million girls and adults nationwide, and the organization boasts more than 50 million alumnae.

Girl Scouts from troops around the nation gathered in their respective communities Monday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the organization. They took part in a Promise Circle and many of them coordinated the recitation of the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law for 6:30 p.m., so presumably they said them together, whether they were at the Fairfield Public Library or on the West Coast.

"On my honor I will try to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law," said dozens of Girl Scouts, Junior Scouts and Daisy Scouts, led by Samantha Martin, 13, of Fairfield, a member of Troop 33038.

The Fairfield event began with a flag ceremony, which was followed by an acknowledgement of local Scouts' community service efforts. "We are celebrating over 100,000 hours of community service. We have not only met the goal, but surpassed it," said Tammy Martin, a Girl Scout service unit manager in charge of 46 troops and a troop leader in Fairfield.

Several of the girls described their community service work, among them Allison Fahrer, 6, of Troop 33299 in Fairfield, who said she and fellow Daisy Scouts sold cookies and made blankets that were "soft and cozy and they went to Brady's Smile in Bridgeport."

"We gave our cookie money to the Audubon Society. We voted," said Julia Steele, 6, from the same troop.

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