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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Recognizes Local Volunteers

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) recently honored Girl Scout volunteers Toni Ambrosy, Martha Barnes, Claudia Bodolus, and the Greer family for their many years of service to the organization. They received their awards during the annual spring GSSJC recognition event.

Ambrosy was honored for 25 years of membership. Membership Numeral recognition is presented for total years of registered membership, both as a girl and an adult. Ambrosy was a Brownie, Junior and Cadette Girl Scout member of a troop at Corpus Christi Catholic School in Houston where her mom was a co-leader. She began selling cookies when they were 50 cents per box, offering them door-to-door in her grandparent’s West University neighborhood.

Toni was co-leader and leader of her oldest daughter’s troop since first-year Brownies. She has been the registrar for EverRock Service Unit for the past three years and worked on numerous service unit events including father/daughter dances and younger girl try-it/badge events.

Barnes was presented with her 25 year Membership Numeral for total years of registered membership, both as a girl and an adult. She spent her Brownie through Senior Girl Scout years in a troop in Hobbs, New Mexico as part of Zia Girl Scout Council. She earned the four Cadette challenges and the First Class Award, the Gold Award equivalent at the time.

Martha became a leader in 1994 for her first daughter’s troop and now has girls working on their Gold Awards. She is also a leader for her second daughter’s troop, which just finished earning their Silver Awards. Barnes was chair of the Engineering, Science and Technology Day for 12 years and now serves on the Math and Science Committee for the Council.

Bodolus received her Appreciation Pin. The Appreciation Pin is a national recognition awarded to registered adults who have given outstanding service above the requirements of the positions they have held. They must have served at least one geographic service unit or program delivery audience.

Claudia began volunteering with the sailing program as a dorm mom and First Aider. For the past 18 months, Bodolus has served as the Mariner coordinator. One of her first major tasks was to work with the Commodore, who is the girl leader of the Mariners, in planning an out-of-state summer trip to Tampa, Florida for 24 Mariners, ages 13-17, along with three other adults.

“The trip was a complete success,” said Council volunteer Dean Eicher. “Claudia’s love of sailing and her enthusiasm in sharing it with the girls makes her a truly great volunteer.”

The Greer family received the Family Award. The Family Award is presented to a registered Girl Scout family having a profound impact on the lives of Girl Scouts. This award is given for service performed by more than one registered adult family member.

Charlotte Greer began her involvement in the program as a girl member. Now, as an adult, she has served as a leader, service unit steering committee member, Cookie and Product Sales manager and as the coordinator for many events. Her husband John is a genuine Do-Dad. He has helped wherever he was needed, both with daughter Megan’s troop, and also at service unit and Council events. “For years, both Charlotte and John have been involved in Engineering, Science and Technology Day, bringing their troop along as volunteer helpers year after year,” said Council volunteer Martha Barnes. Daughter Megan has stayed in Girl Scouting after graduation. Following in her parents’ footsteps, Megan is now an adult volunteer in EverRock Service Unit.

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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 over 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

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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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