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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 spring GSSJC recognition event.

BJ Bonner was honored with the Thanks Badge. The Thanks Badge is a national award presented to registered adults for extraordinary service benefiting the Council or Girl Scout Movement. A miniature trefoil pin is awarded to the spouse of the Thanks Badge recipient.

With her years of experience as a troop leader, service unit administrator, and Council trainer, Bonner completed GSSJC’s Transition Guide to help volunteers in Region 6 during the merger between GSSJC and Girl Scouts of South Texas Council. As a member of the Operating Committee, Bonner also used her experience and vision to advise other volunteers as well as the Board on plans of action to ensure a smooth transition for the new Council.

“We are sure that her initials BJ stand for, stand for ‘Best Judgement,’” said Council volunteer Nancy Walker. Ranvae Baker was honored with the 40-year Numeral Pin and the pin for 40 years of service. Membership Numerals are presented for total years of registered membership including both girl and adult years combined. The Years of Service Pin acknowledges active adult volunteer years of service.

She started her Girl Scout career in 1967 in Iowa’s Magnolia Council. She joined GSSJC in 1968 and became an assistant Brownie leader in the Delta Link neighborhood.

Baker has served on the Council Recognition Luncheon, Urban Campout, Cadette event, and Campership committees. She has been a Council delegate, served on the Council nominating committee, and is a Council trainer.

“The contributions that Ranvae has made to girls in this Council are immeasurable,” said board member Nancy Peterson. Lucy Bremond was honored with the 30 Year Membership Numeral and 25-Years of Service Pin. Bremond has been a troop leader, mentor, teacher and friend to Girl Scouts. She volunteers on Sunshine Service Unit’s Nominating and Recognition Committees and serves as the service unit Press Corps representative. She is also the troop cookie manager and Gold Award advisor for Senior Troop #4343.

“We love Lucy are three words that are echoed by hundreds of young ladies whose lives have been impacted by Lucy Bremond,” said Nancy Peterson.

Juanita Thomas was honored with the 25-Years of Service Pin. Thomas is co-leader of Junior troop #4203. The troop’s recent Bone Marrow Bronze Award Project resulted in finding a donor that helped save a life. In 1982, Thomas established Girl Scout troops in all five levels at New Faith Church. “She helped Sunshine Service Unit’s growth tremendously, “ said board member Portia Cook.

Juanita has been a troop leader, assistant service unit manager, Brownie Day chair, Brownie consultant, Cookie mom, Fall Products manager, Nominating Committee member and Delegate. Juanita has also received the Outstanding Leader and Appreciation Pin.

Rosemary Yowman was also honored with the 25-Years of Service Pin. Throughout her 25 years, Rosemary has served in many roles including as Daisy/Brownie Day coordinator, rally coordinator, and Court of Awards chair. She has also served on the service unit Nominating Committee and service unit weekend event committee.

“Rosemary Yowman’s love for Brownie Girl Scouts has mandated that she remain with Troop #4345 all of her leadership years. Many say she is the Brownie Girl Scout who refused to bridge,” said Portia Cook.

Linda Jones was honored with the 25-year Numeral Pin. She began as a troop leader of Brownie troop #4023, taking them all the way through to Seniors where she continues to co-lead a very active troop. Jones has worked with more than a dozen girls who have earned their Gold Award.

“Linda has always been committed to helping others in her community and readily admits, ‘Somebody was always there for me, so I have a responsibility to others,’” said Portia Cook.

Jones previously been recognized with the Outstanding Leader and Appreciation Pin.

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