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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 Melinda Gaskill, Michele Olivar and Kathy Fenninger for their many years of service to the organization. The Leader newspaper editor Greg Dinsmore also received a Community Award. They received their awards during the annual spring GSSJC recognition event.

Gaskill was honored with the 35 Year Numeral. Membership Numerals are presented for total years of registered membership, including both girl and adult years.

Gaskill grew up as a Girl Scout in the Kaw Valley Girl Scout Council in Kansas. As a girl, she earned her First Class award, now known as the Gold Award, and also visited the Girl Scout World Center Our Cabana in Mexico. During college, Melinda served as a camp counselor at GSSJC Camp Agnes Arnold and at Camp Low, located near Savannah, Georgia. Gaskill joined as a staff member at GSSJC more than 25 years ago, and as board member Nancy says, “You know she enjoys her job because she always has a smile on her face.”

Olivar 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. They must have served at least one geographic service unit or program delivery audience.

Olivar does not have a daughter in the organization, but started out her career in Girl Scouting by leading not one, but two, troops. Later she became the service unit manager for the Southern Skies Service Unit. Olivar most recently worked in the position of assistant cookie coordinator for the Council.

“Michele Olivar has a reputation as a very dedicated volunteer who is always a pleasure to work with,” said Council volunteer Penny Harp.

Kathy Fenninger was also honored with the Appreciation Pin. She signed on as a leader for her daughter’s Brownie troop at a rally held at St. Anne’s School. It wasn’t long before she became a valued member of Bending Bayous Service Unit – recruiting new leaders and mentoring those leaders. Fenninger served as the co-chair of the Bending Bayous Service Unit weekend this past fall. More than 400 girls enjoyed the event.

Greg Dinsmore and The Leader newspaper were honored with a Community Award. The Community Award is for outstanding support from an individual or group within the community over an extended period of time. Individuals or groups receiving an award do not have to be registered members of Girl Scouting. Rarely a month goes by without pictures and articles featuring Girl Scouts in The Leader newspaper. Volunteer Evelyn Cernik’s column is sprinkled with Girl Scout facts, history and trivia. Girls working on Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards always get generous coverage. This publicity in northwest Houston results in increased visibility and membership and gives the public a true representation of the benefits of Girl Scouting.

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

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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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