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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Partners With Local Professional Organizing Group
Parents, Girl Scouts and Troop Leaders Set to Learn Time Management, Closet Organization and Paper Control

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-Houston, September 9, 2002) Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) and the Houston Professional Organizers (HPO) have joined forces to promote organization among young girls and women. HPO members Linda Durham and Beth Sinclair, both owners of their own professional organization firms, will speak at GSSJC's Senior Girl Scout Opportunity Day on September 14 to Girl Scout Seniors, parents and troop leaders at the Girl Scout Center, 3110 Southwest Freeway, from 10 a.m. until 11:00.
The Girl Scouts attending will learn everything from cutting closet clutter, to how to organize school assignments and social calendars. "We are so pleased HPO could develop this training for our girls. Better organizers are better students and they are happier, too. This is a skill our girls can really benefit from," says GSSJC Program Manager Kathy Elliot.
HPO is partnering with the San Jacinto Council to help promote National Organization of Professional Organizers' Get Organized Week, October 6-12. This year's theme is "Organize To Make A Difference." Both Durham and Sinclair will help each Senior Girl Scout in attendance by teaching organizational skills and tools to help them manage their time and space. Many people ask, "Why Organize?" HPO members help train their clients to organize for peace of mind, quality of life, and a sense of order and control. Being organized also saves time and money. HPO is slated to become a chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers in October. For more information about HPO, check the organization website at www.HoustonProfessionalOrganizers.com.
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is the premiere organization for all girls-building character, values and skills for a lifetime. As the largest Girl Scout Council in Texas, San Jacinto serves more than 54,000 girls and 14,000 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.


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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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