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Connie Chavez
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Make the World a Better Place
Girl Scout Week in March marks 98th anniversary of Girl Scouting in United States

HOUSTON (Feb. 26, 2010) – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council joins Girl Scouts around the country to make the world a better place as we celebrate Girl Scout Week and the 98th anniversary of Girl Scouts from March 7-13. More than 3 million girls in the United States and more than 72,000 in San Jacinto Council’s 26-county area are discovering their path to leadership through Girl Scouts.

Self-discovery and community service were core values that Girls Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low sought to instill in girls from the earliest days. When the organization was founded in 1912, many girls’ paths in life were limited and Low’s vision was to establish an organization where any American girl could expand her personal horizon by having fun while exploring new interests and contributing to society. Low was determined to help expand opportunities and learning for the average American girl, and founded Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912.

“Girl Scout Week is an opportunity to celebrate the long and proud history of Girl Scouting and to engage our girls in making our communities and the world a better place,” said Mary Vitek, chief operating officer. “It is also an opportunity to thank the countless committed volunteers in our community who give so much to Girl Scouting all year long. With your support, we are able to continue to offer girls of southeast Texas the encouragement, coaching and resources they need to develop their leadership skills.”

Many Girl Scout troops in San Jacinto Council will honor Girl Scout week through service projects - from planting community gardens and cleaning up parks, to holding food drives, just to name a few. In addition, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council will host the second annual Girl Scouts Blood Drive on March 12. Everyone is invited to donate blood from 2 pm to 7 pm at the Girl Scout Center, located at 3110 Southwest Freeway, and enjoy a tasty birthday treat. Girl Scout Week projects are part of a broader initiative by Girl Scouting to help girls lead by example in their communities and in the larger world around them. With leadership development at the organization’s core, today’s Girl Scouts take part in a vast array of activities from extreme sports to international travel and science and technology projects, as well as gain knowledge about such things as business and economics.

Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization for girls. 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 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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