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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council recognizes Friendswood, Pearland volunteers

Friendswood, Texas
(May 31, 2012) – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) recently honored Friendswood and Pearland-area volunteers Elizabeth Dannemiller, Nancy Walker, Caryn Bizarro, Dan Osborne, Carol Dyson and Saundra Kuykendall as well as Texas First Bank and Friendswood Service Unit for their contributions to Girl Scouting. 

"At 100 years old, I am often asked what has helped our organization endure over time," said GSSJC CEO Mary Vitek. "I believe the secret to our success is our volunteers. Volunteers represent 99 percent of the adult membership in Girl Scouts, and they work tirelessly to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place today and will, one day, become the future women leaders of our nation. We are proud to have these volunteers leading our young ladies into the next century of Girl Scouting."

Dannemiller, Bizarro and Osborne all received the Appreciation Pin, a national award given to a candidate that has provided outstanding service to a geographic area or program delivery audience in a way that furthers the Council's goals.

Walker received the Continuing Service Award, GSSJC's own recognition instituted in 1978 that is given to an outstanding volunteer who has already received the prestigious Thanks Badge and has continued to serve the Council above and beyond the position(s) he or she holds. Walker received the award for her role as membership coordinator for Region VI and time given to the history committee and maintaining GSSJC's library.

Dyson received the Family Award, GSSJC's own recognition given to adult family members who have contributed above and beyond the expectations of the positions they hold. Dyson received the award for her hard work as a volunteer and recruiting her daughter, Randi Lewis, as well as Randi’s husband, Tony, to volunteer with the Council.

Kuykendall was one of two recipients of the GSSJC Lifetime Achievement Award. This recognition, instituted in 1997, is given to a candidate who has received the prestigious Thanks Badge II and has continued to perform at the same high level for an extended period of time. The candidate has given outstanding service to the Council above and beyond the position(s) he or she holds for many years.

Kuykendall received the award for her many years working for and volunteering for GSSJC. Currently the chair of the History Committee, Kuykendall continues to give back by serving as Mistress of the Council’s Vintage Style Shows, showing off GSSJC’s collection of vintage uniforms. In November 2011, she also helped host the GSUSA History Conference, which took place in conjunction with the 52nd National Convention and gave fellow Girl Scout historians a chance to meet and share their knowledge.

Texas First Bank received the Certificate of Appreciation, a recognition given to a community building, business or non-registered adult who has given service to the Council or a service unit for several years. It is the first level of Community Awards.

Finally, Friendswood Service Unit received the President's Award. This award recognizes the service unit who meets 10 criteria points and recognizes the efforts of a geographic area or program delivery team in moving its area toward achievement of the Council's goals during a fiscal membership year.
GSSJC congratulates these volunteers, business and service unit on their contributions to Girl Scouting as the organization enters its second century of girl leadership.

About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.2 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 the second largest Girl Scout council in the country serving more than 70,000 girls and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. Join us as we celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in the United States in 2012.


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