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For Immediate Release
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The Meadows Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant to Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

Foundation Funds Completion of New Girl Scout Service Center in Lufkin

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Houston, January 29, 2001) Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council received a $50,000 dollar project completion grant from Meadows Foundation on January 26, 2001 to finish building the Ann Temple Allen Girl Scout Service Center in Lufkin, Texas. The service center is expected to be open for Girl Scout business in May. Located on College Drive, FM819, the center is expected to be the hub of Girl Scout activity in the Lufkin and Nagcodoches area, and will house the Lufkin Girl Scout Shop.

Work on the new service center began last October, thanks to Lufkin’s own T.L.L. Temple Foundation, which provided a grant in the amount of $325,000 in start-up funding for the project. "With 5, 398 girls between the ages of 5 and 17 not being presented the Girl Scout opportunity, we knew we had to increase our presence and resources in Lufkin and its surrounding areas," says GSSJC CEO Mary Vitek. "The new Ann Temple Allen Girl Scout Service Center will allow us to host 480 people at any given time, or up to five concurrent troop meetings," she adds.

Longtime Girl Scout volunteer Ann Temple Allen was president of the East Texas Girl Scout Council in 1967, prior to its merger with San Jacinto Council, and has been instrumental in maintaining the legacy of Girl Scouting in the Lufkin community. The center named in her honor will be a gathering place for many new Girl Scouts, who, thanks to the generous support from The Meadows and T.L.L. Temple Foundations, will discover the power and fun of girls together in Girl Scouting.

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

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Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto 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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