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Power of Promise Breakfast
Salute to Volunteerism in Girl Scouting

Promise Breakfast honors volunteerismHOUSTON (Nov 17, 2008) On Tuesday, November 12, more than 200 people came together at the annual Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) Power of a Promise Breakfast to hear inspirational stories of how volunteering with Girl Scouts impacts lives. Sharon M. Owens, vice resident of Community Relations and Business Development for CenterPoint Energy, served as chair of the event for the second consecutive year.

This year’s invitees heard stories and memories from three guests who have been impacted by or have served as a Girl Scout volunteer. This year’s speakers were Evelyn Vittone, Girl Scout volunteer and board member; Danielle Rutherford, Girl Scout Ambassador, Troop #5496 and Charles Moger, Girl Scout Volunteer.

Vittone shared one of her favorite memories of being a Girl Scout as a girl, drinking the juice of an orange through a peppermint stick. Each guest was provided an orange and peppermint stick in a “goodie” bag to try it. Vittone reminisced about how her family bonded through Girl Scout activities. She has held several positions with the San Jacinto Council over the years but is known for her commitment to the girls.

Rutherford had an extraordinary experience to share. After having been taught by her troop leader the importance of being a sister to every other Girl Scout and the importance of living life that exemplifies the Girl Scout Promise and Law, she and her troop were devastated by the death of their troop leader. As Rutherford recited the Girl Scout Promise and Law, she trembled to hold back the emotions that flooded her. For each line of this historic doctrine, she was able to relate it to how her beloved troop leader encouraged and imparted wisdom that she now know she could not have gotten any where but through Girl Scouts.

Moger is the widowed father of four. He was left with the insurmountable task of raising his children by himself when wife lost her life while giving birth. After briefly pausing to collect himself, he told guests how he began his adventure as a widowed father. He is now a faithful Girl Scout volunteer who helps his daughter’s troop bake cake from scratch secretly teaching them math skills along the way. He is affectionately called Daddy-Mom by his youngest, who said that he is both a mom and dad in one.

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. 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 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 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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