Sen. Hwang Welcomes Newtown Troop 51170 Girl Scout Ambassador Riley Smith to CapitolMarch 21, 2017
Girl Scouts of Connecticut on Mar. 20 hosted its annual “Lunch With Your Legislator” event at the State Capitol where Girl Scouts from across the state were able to meet with their local state legislators to talk about local issues and the importance of civic engagement.
Newtown Troop 51170 Girl Scout Ambassador Riley Smith (center) was among the Girl Scouts who traveled to Hartford. Riley was joined by her mother Heather (left) and was welcomed to the historic State Senate Chamber by Sen. Tony Hwang (right). Sen. Hwang represents Fairfield, Newtown, Westport, Weston and Easton.
Riley was seated in The Charter Oak Chair in the Senate Chamber. The chair, also called “The Wishing Chair,” was carved in 1857 from the fallen Charter Oak tree, which in 1687 hid the self-governing charter given to the Connecticut colony by King Charles II in 1662. The Charter was hidden to prevent British officials from returning it to King James II. Those who take tours of the State Capitol are allowed to briefly sit in “The Wishing Chair” and make a wish.
In a ceremony, Sen. Hwang was pinned as a member of the Honorary Troop at the Capitol and recited the Girl Scout Promise with other honorary troop members. Sen. Hwang thanked Newtown Troop 51170 and all who participate in Girl Scouts of Connecticut for their commitment to community.
On the web: www.gsofct.org and www.SenatorHwang.com .