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 25, 2014, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) honored longtime Girl Scout volunteers Steve and Joan Gilliland and the accomplishments of Sherry Williams, former senior vice president and compliance officer at Halliburton. The luncheon took place at the Hilton Americas and featured a keynote address by Girl Scout alumna Pegine Echevarria, the first Latina to be inducted into the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame. Pegine credits Girl Scouts with saving her life. Through Girl Scouting, she found the courage and confidence to get out of a girl gang in the Bronx.
A dynamic volunteer uses their personal and professional successes to make a significant difference in their communities and the future of girls. Steve, Joan and Sherry have done just that and continue to inspire girls to achieve the very best. Steve previously served on GSSJC’s Board of Directors and was the chair of both the Properties and Finance Committees. He currently serves nationally as a member of the board of directors for Girl Scouts of the USA. Joan has made a notable impact through her leadership and involvement with GSSJC’s community outreach program at the Center for Success and Independence in addition to her role as a troop leader, service unit administrator and volunteer. Sherry Williams, former senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer at Halliburton, has had a tremendous career. As one of 10 children, she is an example to girls that no matter where you come from, you can achieve anything through hard work and leadership.
“Our honorees exemplify the values of Girl Scouting and understand the difference it makes in the lives of girls and their communities,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO. “They are committed to helping girls gain the skills and values necessary to succeed.”
The impact of Girl Scouts echoed in Pegine’s speech. Girl Scouts gave her the confidence to rise above her situation, leave the gang and move to Spain, where she opened two businesses using the skills her Girl Scout leader, a savvy Wall Street business woman, taught her. Pegine excited the crowd of more than 400 Girl Scout supporters and encouraged them to continue their journey of empowering girls to maximize their potential and lead.
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 62,000 girls and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.