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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Recognizes Gold Award Girl Scouts
More Than 90 Senior Girl Scouts Complete Nearly 2,000 Hours of Community Service

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Houston, April 16, 2001) Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) will recognize 101 Senior Girl Scouts with the Gold Award, Girl Scoutingís highest honor, Sunday, May 6 at the Westin Galleria, from 2-4:00 p.m. The first annual Gold Award Celebrity Celebration, sponsored by Arthur Andersen LLP, will showcase the service projects of Girl Scouts from around southeast Texas. Former executive director of San Jacinto Council Jackie Martin, current president of United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, will inspire the Girl Scouts as eventís keynote speaker. "I am honored to be present as these phenomenal Girl Scouts reach a milestone in their Scouting career," says Jackie.

Over 100 Senior Girl Scouts in San Jacinto Council earned their Gold Award during the year 2000. To earn this honor, each girl completed five requirements prior to committing a minimum of 50 hours to a Council-approved service project. Each project is developed and defined by the Girl Scout herself, and must utilize her leadership skills and meet a need in her community. Less than 1% of Girl Scouts nationally earn this coveted award.

This yearís approved Gold Award projects reflect each Girl Scoutís commitment to developing innovative ways to serve children, preserve the environment, create awareness of key issues, and raise needed resources. Girl Scout Tracy Self is creating a community awareness campaign for organ donations. Girl Scout Elizabeth George is conducting a toiletry drive for the families of the Star of Hope Mission. Girl Scout Amy Hubbell, inspired by her leaderís beautiful quilts, has created a special storytime quilt utilizing actual drawings children made during a local libraryís actual storytime.

Arthur Andersen LLP is collaborating with the San Jacinto Council as part of its Growth and Retention of Women (GROW) initiative.

Launched in 1998, the goal of GROW is to help women achieve their aspirations through advancement, support, mentoring, and networking.

"These outstanding young women have demonstrated leadership and initiative. Their reports have greatly benefited our community and inspired many. Girl Scouting builds women who care about the world around them, and inspires them to give of themselves for the greater good," says Arthur Andersen LLP Partner Jill Oliver, herself a former Girl Scout and recipient of the First Class Award (past name for Gold Award) and a current board member of the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto. "Arthur Andersen is proud to help local Girl Scouts GROW strong," adds Jill.

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council serves 50,000 girls and 13,000 adults in 21 east and southeast Texas counties. For information about joining Girl Scouts, call 1-800-392-4340 and ask for Membership. Visit us online at www.gssjc.org.

GSSJC Pluralism Statement

Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of San Jacinto Girl Scout Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.

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