Girl Scouts would not be possible without the support of adults who guide and provide for local troops in the area. On Friday, April 26, local Girl Scout troops honored the adults who make the organization the success it is.
Former Beaumont Mayor Evelyn Lord presided over the event as the mistress of ceremonies assisted by Larry Loop. Rebekah Maxwell spoke at the banquet honoring several adults who have contributed to the group. The Girl Scouts Council honored Rebecca Welch, Monique Lumpkin and Kendra Hess with appreciation pins. Brandi Wulf and Amanda Ardoin were given Volunteers of Excellence awards at the event. Pat Duhon received a Key Award. Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, Yolanda Cumiss of Build a Bear, Mark Bunch and Lowe’s Home Improvement all received certificates of appreciation from the Girl Scouts. Barbara Johnson, Donna Fager-Schneiter, Marty Craig, Mandy Graham, Patty Heldreth and Karen Hyde with the Spindletop arm of the group all received Service Unit Recognition awards.
Several people received service pins at the ceremony, as well.
5-year service pins: Natasha Garrett, Karen Olson and Michael Olson of Eastern Rise; Melissa Riley, Melissa Russell and Melissa Croft of Morning Dew; Mary Gerace, Linda Wall, Monique Lumpkin and Laura Hernandez of Spindletop
10-year service pins: Laurie Hayes, Robin Humphrey and Carol Mayer of Big Thicket; Terri Brezezinski of Eastern Rise
15-year service pin: Elizabeth Irving
20-year service pin: Ann Hall
40-year service pin: Donna Fager-Schneiter of Spindletop.
The following people received recognition for their numeral years in Girl Scouts:
5 years: Mary Gerace, Linda Wall and Monique Lumpkin of Spindletop
10 years: Laurie Haynes and Robin Humphrey of Big Thicket
25 years: Dora Reed of Spindletop
55 years: Donna Fager-Schneiter of Spindletop
Girl Scout Troop 4298 encouraged the community to "Get Moving" and join the group's new Hike & Bike Club on Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. at the Gulf Terrace Hike and Bike Trail located at 9310 Phelan Blvd. in Beaumont. The girls got together to set an active example for the community and to have a good time. Everyone was invited to the trail to join in the fun, and according to troop mom Linda Wall the turnout was awesome.
Participants were instructed to bring their bicycle, razor scooter or skates and a helmet, along with water, a hat, mosquito spray, sunglasses, closed-toed shoes and sunscreen, if preferred. Donations received at the event were used to purchase a new bicycle for a needy local child.
Girl Scout Maddie Tucker said, "We are starting this Hike & Bike club to get kids off their electronics and enjoy the outdoors together. Being outdoors and riding your bike is a great way to exercise and have lots of fun with your friends!"
Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/559325687423343/  for more information regarding monthly hike and bike events.