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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 Bonnie Ryan, Kathy Boutchee, and Nancy Walker for their many years of service to the organization. They received their awards during the annual spring GSSJC recognition event.

Ryan was honored with the 50 Year Numeral Pin. Membership Numerals are presented for total years of registered membership including both girl and adult years of membership and service.

Ryan started her girl years as a Brownie Girl Scout and continued until she was awarded the Curved Bar as a First Class Girl Scout. As an adult, she became the leader of a troop of older girls in the school where she taught.

“Bonnie is a passionate photographer who shot the cover of the Council calendar for the first several years it was published,” said Council volunteer Carole Lowenkron. “She also served as a photographer for many events,” she continued. Ryan has also worked with older girl events, was a member of the Trainer Advisory Committee, the secretary of the Training Management Team and is currently on the Scholarship Committee for Emerald Circle, an organization which provides support and scholarships to girl members.

Boutchee received an 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.

Boutchee has been a Brownie leader for more than 10 years even though she does not have a daughter in the program. “Kathy’s dedication and commitment are exemplary,” said Council volunteer Velma Dow. “She usually manages the troop without a co-leader and still finds time to serve on various planning committees. She is the personification of the word ‘resourceful,’” she continued.

Walker received the Thanks Badge which 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.

Walker is a retired teacher who knows the value of communicating ideas and learning new concepts. The Council found her to be an ideal choice to serve as the membership coordinator for Region 6. Upon the merger of the South Texas Council and the San Jacinto Council, Walker initiated the concept of the Transition Guide that was designed to help Region 6 volunteers understand the ins and outs of the newly formed Council.

“Nancy is a valuable member of the Council History Committee, and her detailed knowledge of South Texas Council will help ensure that the traditions and rich history of Region 6 will be preserved,” said Council board member B.J. Bonner.

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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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