Wood River Girl Scouts make appearance
at Inaugural Ball
By DANA DUGAN
Express Staff Writer
Among the dignitaries, fans and politicos at Gov.
Dirk Kempthorne’s second Inaugural Ball last Saturday night in Boise were the
three members of the Silver Sage Girl Scout Troop 611 from the Wood River
Eighth-graders Amy DiFrancesco, Nini Casser and
Ashley Rendahl helped serve hors d’oeuvres and pour sparkling cider during the
early part of the ball. They wore their uniforms but later changed into ball
gowns to mingle with the more than 2,000 folks at the Capitol.
The three Scouts were the youngest of the 25 Idaho
Girl Scouts invited to participate in the celebrations.
"These three I expect to do something," Cindy
Jessinger, a parent and chaperone on the trip, said. "They’re really politically
Wood River Valley Girls Scouts who
helped serve at the Inaugural Ball last Saturday are, from left to right, Amy
DiFrancesco, Ashley Rendahl and Nini Casser. Photo by Cindy Jesinger
Earlier in the day the group met with ball co-chair
Donna Shepard of Boise and members of the Boise Assistance League, a group of
women who help support children and women’s programs.
They were given a tour of the Capitol and spent
time in the House chambers with Rep. Julie Ellsworth, whose husband is Maurice
Ellsworth, a former U.S. Attorney for Idaho, and twice a state Senate candidate
in Blaine County.
They also met with Superintendent of Public
Instruction, Marilyn Howard and with Chief Justice Karen Lansing of the Idaho
Court of Appeals.
The 25 Scouts hail from Boise, Caldwell, Mountain
Home, Idaho Falls, Jerome, Blackfoot, Meridan, Greenleaf, American Falls and
Wood River Valley.
Two of the girls were chosen in a drawing to have a
dance with Kempthorne and Lt. Gov. Jim Risch.
Jesinger, whose son Joe was recently accepted to
West Point, said her daughter Amy is already planning for the ball four years