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Katie Moyer

Girl Scouts Honored at Bellaire City Council Meeting

Girl Scouts honored at Bellaire City CouncilBELLAIRE, Tx (Aug. 8, 2008) –During the Bellaire City Council meeting Aug. 4, Mayor Cindy Siegel honored 10 Girls Scouts as outstanding citizens for achieving their Girl Scout Gold Award - the Girl Scouts’ highest honor and the single most demanding award a girl can strive toward. It is not unusual for a girl to put in more than 200 hours to fulfill the requirements.

Girl Scout Gold Award recipients show outstanding accomplishments in the areas of leadership, community service, career planning, and personal development. The essence of the Girl Scout Gold Award is a personal challenge for a girl to stretch her skills and abilities, and step forward as a leader to meet a community need, locally and globally, for which she has a passion and a will to create a sustainable change.

Rebecca Barnes worked with kids at Camp Paseo in Bellaire where she and her volunteers created a project called “Kooking for Kids”. She instructed the kids for a week on healthy eating and cooking classes.

Patricia Brackendorff created “Soccer Stars at Star of Hope.” She and her volunteers held a day-long event at the Star of Hope Transitional Living Center where they taught 4-10 year old children how to play the game.

Jennifer Cluasen used her love of art and pottery to teach 30 underprivileged children at Forge for Families, a nonprofit organization in Houston’s third ward. The children made mosaic picture frames and various painting techniques.

Cathleen Day created two workshops to educate her community about the hunger problem among elderly citizens. She created five stations: read, write, wrap, reorganize, review and relax..

Jana Hemann focused her project on impoverished children and a forgotten holiday - Memorial Day. She worked with children from Star of Hope and taught them the importance of the holiday and visited the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery to place wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers. Meagan Hinze chose to work with the Southwest Community Center to promote public awareness of the services they provide the community. Megan and her volunteers developed a fact sheet, mailed invitations and held tours.

Emma Jones began her project with a multilingual book drive to spread literacy to impoverished areas of Houston. She and her volunteers built, sanded and painted bookshelves; they then donated them to clinics in the Houston area.

Deepa Ramdas hosted a week-long dance camp held at the fitness center at First Presbyterian Church. She taught participants different cultural dances such as bollywood, salsa, flamenco and hip-hop.

Kellie Rodekhor developed a prayer garden at CrossPoint Church in Bellaire. The garden is a space the church and surrounding community can enjoy.

Alexandra Ward used her love of swimming to teach underprivileged children basic swimming skills. She recruited children from Star of Hope to attend the swim camp for an exciting day of games, activities and lessons at the pool.

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

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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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