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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council recognizes local volunteers, businesses

(May 25, 2012) – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) recently honored Memorial-area volunteers Bette Lemberg, Penny Harp, Nancy Zimmerer and Ellen DeSanctis as well as the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Ashford United Methodist Church and Concentra 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."

Bette Lemberg received the Key Award, GSSJC's own award instituted in 2006 given for distinguished service to girls and adults in the Council. Lemberg received the award for her hard work welcoming 52nd National Convention visitors at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Penny Harp received the Thanks Badge II, given to a candidate who has previously received the Thanks Badge and has continued to perform at the same high level for an extended period of time, increased their sphere of influence or used their skills to move into another field of endeavor. Harp received the award for serving as chair for the National Council Meeting Shadow Team for the 52nd National Convention, hosted in Houston last November.

Nancy Zimmerer received the Appreciation Pine, 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. Zimmerer received the award for work training new volunteers.

Ellen DeSanctis, the Council's outgoing President of the Council and Chair of the Board, received the Thanks Badge, given to the candidate that no other award is appropriate for. The candidate has provided outstanding service that benefits the total Council or entire Girl Scout Movement. DeSanctis received the award for her leadership on the Board during the past two years, her role in the 52nd National Convention, adopting the Camp Myra S. Pryor Master Plan and helping launch the inaugural Success to Significance Luncheon and Councils' $30 million Second Century of Leadership Campaign.

The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center and Ashford United Methodist Church received the Walnut Plaque, given to a community building, business or non-registered adult who has given service to the Council or their service unit for many years. This is the second level of community awards.

Concentra received the Certificate of Appreciation, given to a community building business or non-registered adult who has given service to the Council or their service unit for several years. This is the first level of community awards.

GSSJC congratulates these volunteers, facility, church and business 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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