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Girl Scouts to honor contributions of Mary McIntire, Rice University Dean

Bonnie St. John, first African-American Winter Paralympic medalist, to provide keynote

HOUSTON, Texas (March 5, 2013) – For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has helped girls discover who they are, connect with others and take action to make the world a better place. On April 26, 2013, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) will honor the contributions of Dr. Mary McIntire, dean of the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University, for inspiring girls to make a difference at its Success to Significance event. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the J.W. Marriott Hotel and will feature a keynote address by Bonnie St. John, the first African-American to win medals in Winter Paralympic competition as a ski racer.

Dynamic and dedicated leaders are vital to helping girls develop their full potential. Mary and Bonnie exemplify these traits. They both had the courage, confidence and character to break the mold and bring about change in their communities. Mary made history in 1986 when she was named the first female academic dean at Rice University. In 2007, she became GSSJC’s president and was the first to serve in this role while maintaining a full-time career. Mary’s commitment to service is evident in the numerous organizations she is involved with, including Leadership Houston, Leadership America, United Way and Yes Academy.

“Mary McIntire exemplifies the values of Girl Scouting,” said Mary Vitek, CEO of GSSJC. “She believes that Girl Scouts empowers girls to make sound decisions, works to eliminate barriers to girl leadership and creates a society in which every girl has the opportunity to achieve her full potential.”

Bonnie St. John’s journey also embodies the many leadership skills Girl Scouting teaches girls. Bonnie is not only a Paralympic medalist, she is an author, inspirational speaker, executive coach, TV personality and mother. Named one of the five most inspiring women by NBC Nightly News, Bonnie will share her motivational message about perseverance and resiliency. Her message has been sought after by CEOs, recognized by the White House, celebrated on a Starbucks cup and will educate guests attending Success to Significance on the importance of making a difference in the lives of others.

For more information about Success to Significance or to register online, visit

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.

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