I had the opportunity to encourage the audience... I asked the mothers to listen to and mentor not only their own duaghter(s), but their nieces, granddaughters, neighbor's daughter, students, etc. I told the girls to grow up and become the next Mrs. Maryland! :D
I then guided them through an activity of beginning the cycle now: they all had to write something positive about someone in the room they did not know. Many do not realize that some girls do not hear encouraging words regularly--I challenged them to start today!
Many audience members shared their thoughts and positive comments...
I was pinned with an orchid by the organization for my "natural" and "everlasting" beauty. I thought this was such a wonderful and thoughtful concept; the flower was so fragrant!
Distributing girlie gifts and autographs!