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Girl Scouts Share the Power of a Promise
On Tuesday, November 13, more than 200 people came together at the annual Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) Power of a Promise Breakfast to hear inspirational stories of how Girl Scouting impacts the lives of girls. Attendees contributed almost $100,000 at this year’s breakfast, allowing additional girls in the community the opportunity to participate in Girl Scout programs. Sharon M. Owens, Vice President of Community Relations and Business Development for CenterPoint Energy, served as chair of the event.
This year’s invitees enjoyed hearing about the Girl Scout experience from a husband and wife volunteer team, Linda and Larry Loop. Linda, who is a technical editor at Jacobs Engineering Group, admitted to the attendees that she is a Girl Scout “junkie.” When her girls first joined the organization, she said she thought she would be dropping them off to paid staff who would provide programs for the girls. “I wasn’t going to be a leader: I had a litany of excuses-I had a full time job. I already had people to supervise. I was pregnant with my second child,” she said. More than 20 years later, Linda has held a host of volunteer positions, including that of troop leader, and most recently as the volunteer cookie chair.
Her husband, Larry Loop, has also been a volunteer and GSSJC board member. He left a job in the oil and gas industry to serve on the GSSJC staff as well. As a “Do-Dad,” or male volunteer, he has spent the last 18 years helping provide the Girl Scout program. “People are often surprised when I introduce myself and say that I’m a Girl Scout,” he said. Larry expressed his sincere appreciation for the opportunity to be a male role model for girls, some of whom might not have had one in their lives otherwise. “You know that Girl Scouts has made a difference to these girls and you know you were there.”
The importance of Girl Scouting was further reinforced by Mary Vitek, CEO of GSSJC, who shared that 70 percent of the women in Congress and 64 percent of the women listed in Who’s Who of American Women were once Girl Scouts. She also related that nearly one quarter of female teens have fewer than three adults they can go to if they need help in a time of crisis. Attendees at the Promise Breakfast help ensure that San Jacinto’s Girl Scouts will have a safe place to grow with caring adults to help them build courage, confidence and character and become the leaders of tomorrow.
Girl Scouts of the USA, (GSUSA) is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information on Girl Scouts, membership or volunteer opportunities, call 713-292-0300 or visit www.gssjc.org.
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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