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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 for their many years of service to the organization. They received their awards during the annual spring GSSJC recognition event.

Marlene Edwards was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Council Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes adult members who have received the Thanks Badge II and continue to contribute to the Council or the Girl Scout Movement in extraordinary ways.

Edwards received her 10-year pin in 1975 and her service unit presented her with the Appreciation Pin in 1978. She received the Thanks Badge in 1983, and her Continuing Service Award in 1991. In 1997 she was also honored with the Thanks Badge II.

A founding member of The Emerald Circle, Marlene continues to serve as a member of their executive committee, helping to recruit adults who will fund scholarships and programs for girls. She is also one of the mainstays of GSSJC’s history committee. Her primary responsibility is to create exhibits of Girl Scout history in the library and memorabilia room. She spends untold hours researching topics and collecting the needed items. On occasion she’s been known to dress up as Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low for Council events.

Judy Kunkel was honored with 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. For several years Judy has been an adult advisor to the Senior Senate, a leadership group for Senior Girl Scouts. This year she helped host the Senior Senate’s Teen Weekend and even made personalized thank you gifts for the cooks. She works with Wider Ops, now STUDIO 2B destinations, a Girl Scout program that offers a special opportunity for girls to travel both nationally and internationally.

Linda Loop was honored with the Continuing Service Award. The San Jacinto Council Continuing Service Award is presented to registered adults who have received the Thanks Badge and continue to give exceptional service. A “Thank You” grove of trees is maintained at Camp Agnes Arnold’s Training Complex as a visible reminder of their generous contributions. As an assistant program coordinator, Loop’s contributions have been focused on providing the more than 63,000 girls of San Jacinto Council the tools they need to grow in their leadership abilities and to earn the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

Virginia Reed was honored with the 45-Years of Service Pin. The Years of Service Pin acknowledges active adult volunteer years of service. Reed has contributed to the success of the religious recognitions programs offered in the Council. Her level of commitment has helped to inspire hundreds of girls to earn religious awards from the faith of their choice. Reed also delivers meaningful invocations at Council meetings.

Jerry King was honored with the 40-year Numeral. Membership Numerals are presented for total years of registered membership including both girl and adult years combined. She has been a troop leader for Juniors, Cadettes and Senior Girl Scouts in the Rainbow’s End Service Unit. She also served as neighborhood vice chairman. King volunteers on the History Committee and serves as a docent for the troops touring the Girl Scout Center.

Sara Walker was honored with the 35-year Numeral. She has mentored many apprentice trainers during her years spent as a Council trainer. Sara devotes many hours to working on the History Committee, researching Thanks Badge recipients and acting as docent on numerous troop tours of the Girl Scout Center. She is also a Thanks Badge II recipient herself.

Barbara Bozeman was honored with the 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. From rallies to cookie sales to a position as service unit manager, Bozeman maintains a positive attitude that influences those around her.

Leanne Scott was honored with the Appreciation Pin. As a member of her service unit’s steering committee, Scott has helped mentor leaders with her calm manner, and used the knowledge of her native state of Hawaii in the coordination of a hugely successful ‘Camp Waikiki’ service unit weekend for more than 500 girls and adults.

Deborah Beatty was honored with the Appreciation Pin. She serves as registrar for Creekwood Service Unit and is dedicated to helping place girls in troops. She also organizes rallies in addition to leading two troops and serving as their Cookie manager.

Marsha Langlois was also honored with the Appreciation Pin. Langlois is a troop leader for the second time who always has great ideas and encourages Girl Scouts to earn awards, especially the Religious Recognitions. She also shares her knowledge of this program several times a year at service unit meetings.

Sally Clark was honored with the Key Award. The Key Award is a new award which recognizes a registered Girl Scout adult who has given outstanding and devoted service to girls and/or adults in any given area during one membership year. Clark has chaired the Urban Campout committee for the past two years and through mutual respect she succeeded in bringing together a diverse group of volunteers to form one cohesive unit. Under her leadership, Urban Campout, the annual gala for GSSJC’s community outreach programs, raised more than $300,000 this year.

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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

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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