American Legion Auxiliary
P.O. Box 547917

April 6, 2020

Dear Members and Units of the Department of Florida,

After meeting with the President, Girls State Chairman and the Secretary of the Department of Florida. It is with tears and a heavy heart that we regret to inform you that:

American Legion Auxiliary Florida Girls State is cancelled for the 2020 session.

 We sincerely appreciate the dedication of our Units and staff team of volunteers in promoting this fast paced, hands-on immersive environment where delegates learn about city, county, and state government. This is an amazing program. However, this year we are witnessing first-hand the COVID-19 pandemic that has spread worldwide. This decision is made in recognition of the responsibility that the organization has to the health and safety of the delegates, the staff team of volunteers and the public. We are always committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all involved. We will gather again in 2021.

I always look forward to each Girls State session. When people ask why I love this program, I always tell them that it restores my faith in the future. I get to meet 300 young women that I know can and will change the world. Therefore, to all the delegates out there, you are the leaders of tomorrow. Your country, your state, your family and peers need your leadership now.

Please always remember that you have these gifts and continue to use them to the best of your ability.

The Department of Florida wants these young women to be able to claim their selection to the American Legion Auxiliary Florida Girls State on future resumes. We will provide more details and they become available. I am heartbroken that this years’ selected delegates will not get to attend this session and we will not get to meet you inspiring young women. Always be proud that you were chosen as a delegate. Our units only choose the best candidates in the state of Florida.

For God and Country,

Jackie Booth

Director American Legion Auxiliary Florida Girls State