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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council honors local volunteer

Woman’s dedication to pluralism earns her award

WOODVILLE, Texas (May, 2011) – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) recently awarded local Girl Scout volunteer Charlean Wiggins the Ervan Chew award for her dedication to pluralism and service to the community. The award is only given once per year during GSSJC’s 2011 Adult Recognition Event, which honors outstanding leaders, volunteers, community groups and families in the Girl Scout community.

The Ervan Chew award is unique to the Council and was established in memory of GSSJC volunteer Ervan Chew, whose service to young people, pluralism and the community exemplifies the Girl Scout ideal. To receive the award, recipients had to contribute significantly to the values of pluralism, make an impact on Girl Scouting through community pluralism and show commitment to the Girl Scout mission and the pluralism statement.

“Charlean is a testament to everything Girl Scouts stand for,” said CEO Mary Vitek. “She embraces inclusiveness and teaches her girls to act as a sister to every Girl Scout. We are proud to have her leading these young ladies into adulthood.”

As an assistant service unit manager and a troop leader of two, Charlean works with girls of diverse backgrounds regularly. Both of her troops are multi-level and culturally diverse, but one is exclusively for the girls who live at the Sinclair Center in Woodville. The Sinclair Center is a home for children under the care of Child Protective Services. Every week, Charlean and her co-leader hold troop meetings at the center to give the girls the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, teach them cooperative learning and encourage them to pursue badges and other Girl Scout programs.

“Our 2011 Ervan Chew recipient, Charlean Wiggins, demonstrates in her everyday life that she believes as Ervan did – every girl deserves the best program possible,” said GSSJC Board of Director Louise Villejo.

As an active community member, Charlean also serves as chairperson for the Relay for Life campaign in Tyler County, a committee member on the Junior Disabled Veterans Auxiliary and Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and a volunteer for Vacation Bible School at Dogwood Hills Baptist Church. In addition, she teaches children with special needs at Woodville I.S.D. and recently adopted a child from the Sinclair School.

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. 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 76,000 girls served and nearly 18,000 adult members in 26 southeast Texas counties.

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