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Betsy Denson
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New Look of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
Merger with Girl Scouts of South Texas Brings New Opportunities

Effective June 1, Girl Scouts of South Texas Council (GSSTC) will merge with Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC). The merged Council will retain the name Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council and will serve 64,000 girls and 18,000 adults in the following southeast Texas counties: Shelby, Nacogdoches, San Augustine, Sabine, Angelina, Houston, Trinity, Polk, Tyler, Jasper, Newton, Walker, San Jacinto, Hardin, Montgomery, Liberty, Orange, Waller, Harris, Chambers, Jefferson, Fort Bend, Galveston, Wharton, and Brazoria. In addition to the membership size of the combined Council, there are also increased opportunities for girls to enjoy the unique programs and facilities that both GSSJC and GSSTC bring to the merger.

The 11 camps of the combined Council stretch from the shores of Galveston to the piney woods of Garrison. Whether it's horseback riding or sailing, canoeing or camping out, girls and adults will have ample opportunities to experience the best of the outdoors in Texas. Year round program offerings and leadership development opportunities for girls of all ages will also be expanded. Headquarters for the merged Council will be in Houston with service centers in Beaumont, Lake Jackson, Lufkin and Stafford.

Delegates for both Councils voted overwhelmingly in favor of the merger at their spring meetings. The enthusiasm about the new GSSJC is evident among both staff and volunteers. "What we are most excited about is the opportunity we now have to provide a wider variety of programs and activities to girls in southeast Texas," says Mary Vitek, CEO of GSSJC. "Bigger in this case definitely means better." Cindy Gaddis, Chair of the Board of Directors of GSST, also sees great things ahead. "We are excited about the merger," she says. "The strengths of the combined Councils provide a broader foundation for developing girls in our communities. Our local volunteers look forward to continuing their active role in the merged Council."

Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Houston-based Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council serves more than 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information, call 713-292-0300 or visit us online at www.gssjc.org. Today, as when founded in 1912, Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

GSSJC Pluralism Statement
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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