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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council recognizes local volunteers businesses



HOUSTON
(May 25, 2012) – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) recently honored Bellaire, River Oaks and West University-area volunteers Portia Cook, Genevieve Walls, Jean Janssen, Alice Rohrman, Sharron Melton and Louise Villejo as well as Southampton Montessori, West University United Methodist and Bending Bayous 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."

Portia Cook received the Continuing Service Award, GSSJC's own award instituted in 1978 given to an outstanding volunteer that has received the Thanks Badge and has continued to serve the Council above and beyond the position(s) he or she holds. Cook received the award for her tireless work in all aspects of Girl Scouting, ranging from the Board of Directors to serving as a docent at the Council’s Goodykoontz Museum of Girl Scout History..

Genevieve Walls received the Key Award, GSSJC’s own award instituted in 2006 given for distinguished service to girls and adults in the Council. The award was given to Walls for her instrumental role in the 52nd National Convention as a member of the support team. She helped coordinate volunteers for the international event, organized FAQ’s for volunteers and provided great emotional support to her team.

Jean Janssen received the Honor Pin, a national award given to a candidate that has provided outstanding service in two or more geographic areas or program service delivery audiences in a way that furthers the Council’s goals. Janssen received the award for her commitment to Girl Scouting through her work with the Board of Directors and chair of the Success to Significance luncheon underwriting committee.

Alice Rohrman 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. Rohrman received the award for taking the assistant service unit manager position of a newly formed service unit whose membership goal grew under her leadership.

Sharron Melton received the Honor Pin, a national award given to a candidate that has provided outstanding service in two or more geographic areas or program service delivery audiences in a way that furthers the Council’s goals. Melton received the award for her roles on the Board of Directors, celebrity judge at Just Desserts and as a volunteer on the Success to Significance honoree selection committee.

Louise Villejo received the Honor Pin, a national award given to a candidate that has provided outstanding service in two or more geographic areas or program service delivery audiences in a way that furthers the Council's goals. Villejo received the award for her extensive work with GSSJC’s Pluralism Committee researching other organization’s way of work and adopting best practices for GSSJC.

Southampton Montessori received the Certificate of Appreciation, GSSJC's own award for a community building, business, church or non-registered adult who has given service to the Council or service unit for several years. It is the first level of community awards.

West University United Methodist Church received the Laser Plaque, a national award for a community building, business, church or non-registered adult who has given service to the Council or service unit for many years. It is the third level of community awards.

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church received the Walnut Plaque, a national award for a community building, business, church or non-registered adult who has given service to the Council or service unit for many years. It is the second level of community awards.

Finally, Bending Bayous Service Unit received the President's Award which 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, school, churches 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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