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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council recognizes Conroe volunteers

Conroe, Texas
(May 31, 2012) – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) recently honored Conroe-area volunteers Jean Barnhill, and Jo and David Miller as well as Majestic Forest and Woodland Forest Service Units for their contributions to Girl Scouting. 

"At 100 years old, I am often asked what has helped our organization endure over time," said GSSJC CEO Mary Vitek. "I believe the secret to our success is our volunteers. Volunteers represent 99 percent of the adult membership in Girl Scouts, and they work tirelessly to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place today and will, one day, become the future women leaders of our nation. We are proud to have these volunteers leading our young ladies into the next century of Girl Scouting."

Barnhill was one of two recipients of the GSSJC Lifetime Achievement Award. This recognition, instituted in 1997, is given to a candidate who has received the prestigious Thanks Badge II and has continued to perform at the same high level for an extended period of time. The candidate has given outstanding service to the Council above and beyond the position(s) he or she holds for many years.

Barnhill received the award for her work with camps and conservation. She has trained hundreds of Girl Scouts in all aspects of Scouting since 1967. She and her husband lived at Camp Agnes Arnold, located north of Conroe, from 1970-1996. Barnhill would often appear as Navaho at opening and closing campfire ceremonies at Camp Agnes Arnold. She helped make GSSJC's first-ever Wider Opportunity, "Taste of Texas" a huge success and was the first chairman of the Council’s history committee. Most recently, Barnhill hosted an event for a group of 120 Girl Scout historians from around the country in conjunction with the 52nd National Convention, held in Houston in November 2011.

Jo and David Miller received the Family Award, GSSJC's own recognition that recognizes adult family members who have contributed above and beyond the expectations of the positions they hold. As retired grandparents, Jo and David wanted to do something for their community and chose to be the Conroe-area Cookie Cupboard. Over the years, they have proven to be valuable and dedicated workers, with more than 47,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies passing through their home just this year.

Finally, Majestic Forest and Woodland Forest Service Units received the President's Award. This award recognizes the service unit who meets 10 criteria points and recognizes the efforts of a geographic area or program delivery team in moving its area toward achievement of the Council’s goals during a fiscal membership year.

GSSJC congratulates these volunteers and service units on their contributions to Girl Scouting as the organization enters its second century of girl leadership.

About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.2 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 the second largest Girl Scout council in the country serving more than 70,000 girls and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. Join us as we celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in the United States in 2012.


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