On my honor, I will try to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout law. This is the Girl Scout promise, recited worldwide by more than two million girls and 890,000 adult volunteers. The Girl Scout organization was founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Georgia, and its mission has always been to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Through activities in science and technology, business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental awareness, Girl Scouting provides opportunities for fun and friendship while fostering the development of leadership skills and self-esteem.
Melda Carter serves the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas-East Texas Region as the Service Unit 369 co-manager, recruiter and registrar, and is a volunteer leader and coach, in addition to being the mother of an active, 12-year-old girl scout. Mrs. Carter’s primary role is to lead the scouts by using age-appropriate activities to empower each one with the ability to accomplish goals and ideas. Mrs. Carter also works closely with other adult volunteers, providing materials for their troop meetings.
“I have always been passionate about volunteering,” Mrs. Carter said. “I’m just so excited to be able to share this experience with my own daughter as she discovers herself and her world. We do this by connecting with our community and taking action to improve the world around her, for her.”
Mrs. Carter is originally from Waco, Texas, and has lived in the Longview community for 33 years. She is a graduate of Longview High School and is employed as a receptionist with the Diagnostic Clinic of Longview. Mrs. Carter and her husband, Brandon, have been married for 13 years and are the parents of Dylan Pena, 20, and Emma Carter, 12.
“I enjoy living in a community that is close,” Mrs. Carter said. “It just always feels like home. Everyone who is in my volunteer circle feels like family. We all just mesh together to support the Girl Scout movement. Volunteering isn’t always easy, but it makes things easier when you have a group of people wanting the same goal, whatever it may be.”
For more information about the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas-East Texas Region, make plans to attend one of their upcoming recruitment drives. The first event will be held on Thursday, September 12, at the Longview Public Library, from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The second event will be Saturday, September 14, at Spring Hill First Baptist Church, from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. You may also call 903-526-2007, or visit their website at www.gsnetx.org.