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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Recognizes Local Volunteers

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) recently honored Girl Scout volunteers for their many years of service to the organization. They received their awards during the annual recognition event.

Judy Smith was honored with the 25-Year Numeral. Membership Numerals are presented for total years of registered membership, including both girl and adult years. Smith is a member of the Sweet Elm Service Unit. Previously, she was recognized by her service unit as an outstanding leader and outstanding volunteer and was also honored in 2001 with the Appreciation Pin.

Vinola Karnei was honored with the 40-Year Numeral. She has held positions as a troop leader, neighborhood chairman, district chairman, day camp director, and outdoor trainer, just to mention a few. She has mentored numerous outdoor trainers as well as troop leaders and administrators. Karnei has received the Thanks Badge, Continuing Service, and Thanks Badge II. In 2005 she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Karen Orsak was honored with the 45-Year Numeral. She has participated in Girl Scouts in three different councils. Orsak served as a troop leader, service unit manager, and nominating committee member before joining the staff of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council. After sixteen years on staff, she joined GSSJC’s cookie bakery, ABC Bakers.

Karen Ledbetter was honored with the Appreciation Pin. The Appreciation Pin is a national recognition awarded to registered adults who have given outstanding service above the requirements of the positions they have held. After starting troops where there were none in her area, Ledbetter expanded her service to the Enchanted Forest Service Unit where she was a member of the service unit Steering Committee and registrar for Twilight Camp. She now serves as a trainer for the Council.

Pat Owen was also honored with the Appreciation Pin. She has volunteered with Girl Scouts for more than 25 years. She served as the leader of Brownie, Junior, Cadette and Senior troops for her daughters and three granddaughters. Owen has been a cookie manager for troops and the service unit, as well as Fall Products manager, treasurer, Nominating Committee member and Council delegate. She was also the service unit manager for four years.

Gene Soto was also honored with the Appreciation Pin. Gene’s personal commitment to Girl Scouting is evident in all he does, from helping out the backpacking group and serving as service unit cookie manager to taking pictures at Council events. For six years, he facilitated Girl Scout service projects at AstroWorld. Because of his two daughters, Girl Scouts have a special place in his heart.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 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 over 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

GSSJC 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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