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San Jacinto Council Celebrates 99 Years of Girl Scouting

Organization looks to 100 as it prepares to host 2011 Conference

HOUSTON (March 7, 2011) – On March 12, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), along with more than 100 Councils across the US, will celebrate 99 years of the Girl Scout Movement, building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

The birthday, which will close out Girl Scout Week, commemorates the day Girl Scout Founder Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia for a local “meeting,” with the goal of bringing girls out of their isolated home environments. Today, the Girl Scout Movement is impacting the community the way Low intended it. The organization has more than 3.2 million Girl Scouts—2.3 million girl members and 880,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers.

“After 99 years, Girl Scouts is still inspiring girls to change the world by encouraging them to get involved in their local communities. Juliette Gordon Low would be proud to know that her organization has helped develop many of our country’s great female leaders. I look forward to seeing the next phase of the Girl Scout Movement, as it continues to provide a myriad of enriching experiences that shape how our girls view the word,” said Mary Vitek, CEO of the GSSJC.

Girl Scout Week takes place March 6-12. During this anniversary week, Girl Scouts from across the Houston area will take part in various celebrations to observe Low’s goals and vision for the organization. Girls will complete one or more activities that show respect for authority, themselves and others, that show how to be considerate and kind and that teach them how they can make the world a better place.

In November, the Council with host the 2011 Girl Scouts National Convention, that will kick off the 100th anniversary celebration for the premier organization designed for girls. Thousands of Girl Scouts and volunteers will descend on the Houston area to participate in innovative educational opportunities. The organization also plans to unveil a national service project.

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 76,000 girls served and nearly 18,000 adult members in 26 southeast Texas counties.

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