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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout creates oral history book to earn Gold Award

LIBERTY, Texas (Oct. 1, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Mary P. collected stories from residents of a local retirement community and created a book to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“I learned that many seniors have great stories to tell about their childhood,” says Mary, a 2010 graduate of West Hardin High School.

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development. It takes more than 100 service hours and two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.

“I chose this project because it allowed for interesting storytelling,” explains Mary.

Mary led volunteers in interviewing residents. She then typed up each one and made a book she donated to local schools. She also led a younger Girl Scout troop in decorating the retirement community for holidays.

“During the course of her project, Mary has become more aware of the needs of the elderly,” says Sandra P., Mary’s mother. “She particularly enjoyed hearing their stories.”

As a member of Girl Scouts, Mary was a member of the Take Note choir, served as a council delegate and was a national girl delegate. At West Hardin High School, she participated in band, debate, dance, National Honor Society and color guard. This fall she is attending the University of Houston to study nursing.

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. 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 72,000 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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