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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout Centenarian Receives Proclamation from San Jacinto Council

HOUSTON (September 28, 2010) – A Girl Scout volunteer adds meaningful days to the life of a Girl Scout. He or she helps build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Helen Barnard is a shining example. Barnard was recently honored with a proclamation by the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) on her 100th birthday, the first of its kind ever presented by the Council.

“Mrs. Barnard is what we consider a pioneer of Girl Scout travel,” says Mary Vitek, chief executive officer for GSSJC. “Through her example, she paved the way for our current and future Girl Scouts to travel abroad, meet with other Girl Scouts from around the world and learn about different cultures. As we approach the centennial of the Girl Scout Movement in 2012, it is so touching to hear the stories and meet the women – like Mrs. Barnard – who have contributed so significantly to Girl Scouting over the years.”

Barnard was a Girl Scout leader for 10 years before taking her troop on a historic trip to Our Chalet in Switzerland, one of the world centers of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, in 1957. As part of the trip, Barnard and Troop #328 traveled first by plane to Montreal, Canada, before sailing to Europe. Mementos from the trip were recently donated to GSSJC to be displayed at the Goodykoontz Museum of Girl Scout History, one of the few Girl Scout museums in the U.S., located in the Greenway Plaza area of Houston, Texas.

Barnard’s niece, Michel Hinton, a Girl Scout alumna and troop leader and Hinton’s daughter, Elizabeth, also a Girl Scout Brownie, presented the proclamation to Barnard during a celebration honoring her 100th birthday. Girl Scouts is a family tradition that has been passed down to three generations. Members of Barnard’s troop who took that memorable trip to Our Chalet were also witnesses to the presentation.

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 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.

Editor’s Note

BarnardPhoto [caption]: Helen Barnard (pictured center) is surrounded by her original troop members Marilyn Cameron, Barbara Day, Phyllis Chase, Terrylin Neale and Marjan Rembert during her 100th birthday celebration. In 1957, Barnard took her troop on one of the first trips to Our Chalet, one of the world centers of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. During the celebration, Barnard was presented a proclamation by the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council for her pioneering role in Girl Scout travel.

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