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 TULSA, Okla.- Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) is hosting Girl Scouts, their troop leaders, families and Board members at the annual ORU-TU Mayor's Cup Women's Basketball game in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Scouting.

The annual ORU-TU tip-off is Friday, Nov. 9 starting at 7 p.m. at ORU's Mabee Center, and this year the event is called PSO's Anniversary Gift to The Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma (GSEOK) will be front and center in pre-game and half-time festivities in a celebration of the Girl Scout centennial. The organization, founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia, was formed with the intent to inspire girls with the highest ideals of character and conduct, so that they may become capable and inspired citizens.

A Girl Scout alumnae study, which was commissioned for the 100th Anniversary, shows this impact clearly, with marked advantages to the Girl Scout experience. The findings held true across all ages, races, ethnic groups and socio-economic classes. And the longer a woman was in Girl Scouts, the more pronounced her success. In addition to a variety of positive outcomes and viewing themselves as more capable and competent, Girl Scouts when compared to non-Girl Scouts:

   • are more involved in community and volunteer work,

   • are more likely to vote,

   • are more highly educated, and

   • have a significantly higher income. In fact, women who were Girl Scouts 6 years or more have a 26% higher income than non-Girl Scouts!

"Low left a legacy so empowering that its principles are now reaching into a second century and have spread around the world. Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma (GSEOK) is carrying this torch forward building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place," said Roberta Preston, GSEOK CEO.

Also, nearly 100 years ago, on May 29, 1913, an electric utility was incorporated and named Public Service Company of Oklahoma by Chicago-based Middle West Utilities. PSO will formally celebrate its 100th Anniversary next year.

"Next year PSO has its own 100th Birthday, and we wanted to take time to honor another great organization, Girl Scouting, for its contributions over 100 years. PSO has a long history of supporting community organizations that provide educational and growth opportunities to young women," said Andrea Chancellor, a life-long Girl Scout, former GSEOK Board member and spokesperson for PSO.

PSO, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), is an electric utility company serving more than 530,000 customers in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma. With headquarters in Tulsa, PSO has 4,405 megawatts of generating capacity and provides electricity to 230 cities and towns across a service area encompassing 30,000 square miles. News releases and other information about PSO can be found on the World Wide Web at PSOklahoma.com.


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