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Ann Temple Allen Girl Scout Service Center Opens Officially
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Center Named For Lufkin Community Leader

(Lufkin-August 24, 2001) Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) will host a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, August 24 and a family day Saturday, August 25 at 1202 College Drive, on the grounds of the new Ann Temple Allen Girl Scout Service Center. Festivities commemorating the Center's opening begin with a formal ribbon cutting on Friday, starting at 7:00 p.m. Girl Scout CEO Mary Vitek will be on hand to thank the Lufkin community. KTRE's own Tina Alexander Sellers will officiate at Friday's event as Mistress of Ceremonies. The Council welcomes all girls and their families from around Angelina, Nacogdoches, San Augustine, Houston, Shelby, Polk, Trinity and Sabine counties to the Service Center on Saturday, starting at 10:00 a.m., for free food, fun, and other activities with the Girl Scout family, including games and crafts for the kids.

Thanks to major gifts from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, and the Meadows Foundation, the San Jacinto Council will now be able to serve an increased number of Girl Scouts and their families with the Ann Temple Allen Service Center: ideal for day camps, service projects, troop meetings, and special programs. The approximately 5,300-square-foot facility includes several meeting rooms, a full kitchen, and a large foyer, and will also house the Lufkin Girl Scout Shop. Ann Temple Allen was president of the East Texas Girl Scout Council in 1967, and became endeared to Girl Scouting when she served as her oldest daughter's troop leader in 1947.

"We are so proud that this joint venture between the Lufkin community and our Council has now become a reality," says GSSJC CEO Mary Vitek. "There are so many we must thank for both the continuing warmth and strength of the Girl Scout spirit in Lufkin, and the hard work that has built this new service center," she adds.

Girl Scouts throughout the area will now be able to meet in a central locale; sharing ideas for community service projects, attending meetings, and working together on try-its and badges, and learning as they journey through Girl Scouting. They will also have an expanded Girl Scout shop for purchasing leader gifts, uniforms, handbooks and many other accessories.

"The dream of a Girl Scout Center that would help mold our girls into leaders has been a long time in the making," says Sam Griffin, a member of the Lufkin Kiwanis Club that has sponsored the Girl Scout facilities in Lufkin since the late 1940s. "The day has finally come when the heart of Girl Scouting in Angelina County has a home....Ann would have been proud that her legacy of leadership is strong in Lufkin, and our East Texas Girl Scouts will learn something of her life-long commitment to Girl Scouting, every time they meet here," he added.

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council serves 52,300 girls and 14,000 adults in 21 southeast Texas counties. GSSJC is now recruiting girls for all Girl Scout levels, ages 5 to 17, as well as adult troop leaders. For information about joining Girl Scouts, call GSSJC and ask for Membership at 1-800-392-4340.

SJGS 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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