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Girl Scouts CEO and Board Chair Honored
Houston Women Magazine Names Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women

HOUSTON (Aug. 20, 2008) – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) chief executive officer Mary Vitek and president and board chair, Mary McIntire, PhD were featured in Houston Women’s Magazine as two of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women. Together, they lead the largest Girl Scouts council in the nation.

As CEO, Vitek provides strategic and operational guidance to fulfill the Girl Scouts mission to be the premiere leadership organization for girls. Through programs that include science and technology, business and economic literacy, visual arts, and outdoor and environmental awareness, Girl Scouting encourages girls to discover themselves, connect with others and take action to make the world a better place. “To combine your personal passion with your life’s work is such a gift,” says Vitek. “I am fortunate to be in that position.”

McIntire is the first woman in San Jacinto Council history to serve as Council president while maintaining a fulltime job. McIntire was recently named the founding dean of continuing studies at Rice University, making her the first woman dean to head a school in the history of the university. “As women we have the power to shape our world - from the way we work to the way our community works,” says McIntire. “If we focus on what we do best and on what we can do to make our community stronger, we can accomplish more than we ever dreamed.”

Both Vitek and McIntire exemplify the leadership qualities that Girl Scouts strives to cultivate in girls - courage, confidence and character. Since March 12, 1912, when Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low organized the first troop in Savannah, GA, girls have been discovering fun, friendship and power through Girl Scouting.

Today, there are 3.7 million Girl Scouts, including 2.7 million girl members and 928,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers. The partnership of girls with committed adult volunteers encourages girls to develop qualities that will serve them their entire lives, like leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self worth. These qualities and characteristics are apparent in Vitek and McIntire. In addition, these ladies are in good company, as many of the 50 Most Influential Women in Houston are also Girl Scout alumnae.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and 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 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 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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