The Fernandina Beach Rotary Club recently enjoyed a presentation by Mary Anne Jacobs, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of America Gateway Council. Jacobs noted that the Gateway Council encompasses 15 counties stretching from Nassau to Levy County. She spoke about the importance of Girl Scouts in shaping the lives of two-thirds of today's leaders from Congresswomen to astronauts. Many people associate the organization with its Girl Scout Cookie sales, which, while a big fundraising campaign for local troops, also teaches girls the importance of goal setting, money management, people skills and decision making. Jacobs added that Girl Scouts, which celebrates its 113 anniversary this year, prepares young women from Kindergarten to 12th grade to meet life’s challenges with courage, confidence and leadership.