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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 Portia Cook, Betty and David Hunt, Genevieve Walls and Wilma Lee for their many years of service to the organization. They received their awards during the annual spring GSSJC recognition event.

Betty Hunt received the Honor Pin. The Honor Pin is a national award presented to registered adults providing exceptional service through positive influence on the Council goals and activities of young women. Recipients of this award have served two or more geographic service units or program delivery audiences.

Hunt is Area 22 advisor coordinator, Council trainer, special needs consultant, chair of the Council Cookie Committee and Troop leader. “Betty has the ability to stay calm, cool, and collected at all times,” said Council volunteer Michelle Olivar. “That must be why the cookie committee sends Betty to the rescue of service unit cookie managers in times of cookie crisis.”

Hunt’s husband, David Hunt joined his wife, Betty, in receiving 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.

The Hunts have been leader and co-leader of Brownie, Junior, Cadette and Senior Girl Scout troops. They are reserve rangers, national delegates, delegates at large, event chairs and Basic Leadership Training facilitators. They have worked with the Edgewood Twilight Camp and much more.

“Betty and David Hunt demonstrate the true meaning of team work at its best,” said Council volunteer Renee Hutcherson. “The people who work with them describe them as passionate, caring and dedicated to the girls and the Council.”

Walls received the Honor Pin. Genevieve has been a Membership Department coordinator for the past two years. She is also very flexible and supportive of her fellow coordinators.

“Friendly, outgoing, committed are just a few of the words people use to describe Genevieve Walls – all qualities that an excellent mentor needs to possess,” said Council volunteer Julie Ullrich. “Whether she is mentoring a new troop leader or new administrator, Genny is always available to share her knowledge and experience with others.”

Cook received the Thanks Badge. The Thanks Badge is a national award presented to registered adults for extraordinary service benefiting the Council or Girl Scout Movement. A miniature trefoil pin is awarded to the spouse of the Thanks Badge recipient.

Cook has excelled in many volunteer positions with the Council including as an assistant program department coordinator and chair of the Council’s Nominating Committee, which chooses the next president of the Council and Chair of the Board of Directors.

Portia is extremely involved with her very active Senior Girl Scout troop. At the last National Convention, she chaperoned a group of eight young ladies to the event. “Portia’s passion for the Girl Scout program is evident with the intense energy and love she devotes to so many aspects of the organization,” said Council volunteer Connie Eicher. “To her, it’s all about the girls!”

Lee received the Honor Pin. Wilma serves as an assistant service unit manager, Fall Products manager and leader of a Senior troop in Sunshine Service Unit. She has served on the Court of Awards committee and at service unit weekend events. Wilma was an invaluable member of the team which planned Region 3’s first adult event.

“Sunshine Service Unit, Region 3, and Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is very happy that “NO” is not in your vocabulary,” said Council volunteer Lo Blanton.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 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 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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