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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Recognizes Katy Volunteer

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) recently honored Girl Scout volunteer Katy resident Janet Heppard for her service to the organization. Janet was awarded the Thanks Badge during a GSSJC recognition event.

The Thanks Badge is a national award presented to registered adults for extraordinary service benefiting the Council or Girl Scout Movement. A miniature trefoil pin is awarded to the spouse of the Thanks Badge recipient.

“Just like Juliette, Janet Heppard began her volunteer career long before she gave birth to her daughter,” says Service Unit Manager Dianne Corn. “Her organizational qualities were quickly recognized because she was recruited for event committees on the service unit, district and Council levels.”

Janet first joined the Council as a Junior troop leader in the Windchimes Service Unit and stayed with her troop through Senior level. She has been a Council trainer since 1989 and has served on numerous event committees. She also co-chaired the Crazy Quilt training event for the volunteer development department and chaired the Robinwood Tree Planting event and Arbor Day event.

Her experience as a practicing attorney for the Harris County Family Law Service handling child abuse and domestic violence cases also led her to design and implement two Green Apple workshops to address abuse. In addition, she accompanied the Take Note Choir to Washington D.C. in 1997 and to Our Cabana, one of the four World Centers of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, in 2009. She plans to chaperone the choir members for the 2012 sing-a-long in D.C. to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting.

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Volunteer Janet Heppard was presented the Thanks Badge by National President of the Girl Scouts of the USA Connie Lindsey and GSSJC Board Chair and President Ellen DeSanctis. The Thanks Badge is a national award presented to registered adults for extraordinary service benefiting the Council or Girl Scout Movement.

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