Members of the Girl Scouts of America Tannybo Service Unit in Walker County were recognized Saturday during the Houston-based San Jacinto Council’s annual Adult Recognition Event in Conroe, returning home with three special awards.

The event, held at the Ann Temple Allen Lodge at Camp Agnes Arnold in Conroe, honored just a few of the many leaders and volunteers who work to make a difference in the lives of girls in the 26-county area.

The Tannybo Service Unit, managed by Huntsville troop leader Linda Hill-Smith, was one of four first-time recipients of the President’s Award, a national award given to service units who meet specific criteria in the areas of training, communications, membership goals, to cookie program, and more.

“It is especially exciting to have received the President’s Award,” Smith said. “It is our first time ever for us to receive it.

“The Tannybo Service Unit is one of the original service units in the San Jacinto Council.” she added. “And to win the award for the first time is so special for us — we worked really hard for it.”

Smith, a longtime troop leader and a former Girl Scout herself, also was recognized with the receipt of her 25 years of service pin Saturday. She currently leads two troops — Cadet Troop No. 1972 and Daisy Troop No. 10777.

“I have six children of my own, three of them daughters, and each of them are involved in Girl Scouts,” Smith said. “My twin daughters are Cadets, and my third daughter is a Daisy.”

Smith said she joined Girls Scouts as a Brownie in 1972, and even before she had children of her own, was a troop leader during her college years.

“It was so exciting to be recognized for 25 years as an adult leader,” she said. “I am just one of tens of thousands of other leaders who serve the Girls Scouts organization. It is a huge honor for me.”

Also honored Saturday was Mary Gedelian, who is leader of Huntsville Troop No. 10699.

She received the Appreciation Pin, a national recognition awarded to adult leaders who have given outstanding service above the requirements of their current position.

“I became a troop leader when my daughter joined the Girl Scouts in second grade, doing camping,” Gedelian said. “My daughter is in her 20s now and I have continued to work with Girl Scouts.

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized like this,” she said. “But I don’t do this for the recognition. I do it for the girls.”

Also attending Saturday’s ceremony was longtime New Waverly troop leader Linda Hoffer, who started out leading her daughters’ troop, and now works with her daughters in leading her granddaughters’ troop.

The Girls Scouts San Jacinto Council holds the Adult Recognition Event annually at Camp Agnes Arnold. The awards ceremony included brunch, and was followed by Discussion Group sessions and the Annual Council Meeting.

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