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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout builds memorial garden to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Sept. 30, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Gina W. created a memorial garden for the Christian Renewal Center in Dickinson, Texas 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 all about gardening, which was new to me, as well as how to lead a group or a large project,” says Gina, a 2010 graduate of Clear Lake 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 enjoy working outdoors and landscape design interests me,” explains Gina as to why she chose the project.

Gina led volunteers in transforming a barren space with drainage problems into a beautiful garden. The Christian Renewal Center will utilize the space for individuals to remember loved ones who have passed away or just to escape and relax for an hour.

“Earning the Gold Award was a personal goal of Gina’s, but while working on the garden she also experienced the feeling of satisfaction that comes from doing something for someone else,” says Karen W., Gina’s mother.

As a Girl Scout, Gina was a member of Mariners. At Clear Lake High School, she was a member of theater and National Honor Society. She is currently attending Southwestern University studying English.

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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