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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Honors its President

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) recently honored Girl Scout volunteer Cora Ann Blytas’ collective achievements throughout her many years of service to the organization.

Blytas was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. The San Jacinto Council recognizes an adult member who has already received the Thanks Badge II and who has continued to contribute in extraordinary ways that benefit the total Council or the entire Girl Scout Movement.  Blytas is only the eleventh honoree in the Council’s history to receive this recognition.

Blytas’ tenure as a Girl Scout began when she was a little girl living in Alaska, before it joined the United States.  In 1979, she became her daughter’s troop leader, thus beginning her adult path with Girl Scouts.  Since Blytas became president in 2001, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council has benefited tremendously, in part due to the Council’s first major capital campaign. Membership also increased from 53,138 in 2001 to more than 63,000 in 2006.
Her insight and leadership was very instrumental in the acquisition of the 3000 Southwest Freeway building, which is adjacent to the Council building. Construction is underway at this property to create a Program Place for its girl members to learn and grow as well as a museum displaying the Council’s history.

Blytas also encouraged the simplification of the organization’s membership structure and worked with the Council’s many boards, thereby making them even more effective. By way of her leadership skills and commitment, several of the Capital Campaign projects have been completed, including Camp Agnes Arnold’s Fishing Village and Camp Misty Meadow’s covered equestrian riding arena.

According to her peers, Blytas has led the council with strategic thinking, good-natured leadership and a never wavering philosophy of “what’s best for the girls.”

“Cora Ann is a bold leader who is not afraid to take risks. She has led this Council into a new era of performance while keeping her sense of humor intact,” said Mary Vitek, CEO of 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 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as 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 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties.


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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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