Our first Senate session was initiated by speaker Ms. Mary “Dubbie” Buckler from American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. As a former ALA Girls State participant, Dubbie provided thoughtful insight and wise words concerning our presence here at ALA Girls Nation. An inspirational woman, all ALA Girls Nation senators agreed that we were lucky and grateful to have such a powerful speaker. Later in the night, we elected Senate positions and started the initial review process of the proposed legislation by each state through committees. By the end of the night, our brains were fried, hearts aflutter, and stomachs full.
In retrospect, day one, of what is to be a long and fruitful week, tested our endurance and motivated us to represent our states with pride. The Foggy Bottom community is looking forward to five more days of fun!
Roula Hammer, MD
Ella Doyle, MN