Girl Scouts is the world’s premiere organization dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. With a mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place, the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) and its 16,000 adult volunteers serve more than 35,000 girls in 32 counties and provide traditional programs, community outreach, and education programs.
Cathryn Patterson Cates has been a volunteer leader for GSNETX at Green Acres Baptist Church (GABC) for 25 years and is the leader of the Troop #201 Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts in grades ninth through twelfth. She also serves as the 2012-2013 GSNETX Adult Recognition Specialist for Service Unit 366.
“Through GSNETX, I am currently working with 13 girls who are working on earning their Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting,” Mrs. Cates said. “Each of these young ladies will spend 80 plus hours completing their leadership projects in an effort to earn this award. Their projects range from designing and building a prayer garden at the GABC Retreat Center to organizing book drives to put a children’s library in the Andrews Center and each of its satellite clinics. I believe volunteerism is a wonderful way to remind yourself how blessed you are, and I have always told this to my scouts and my students.”
Outside of her service to GSNETX, Mrs. Cates has also been a member of the Texas Community College Teachers Association for more than 30 years.
Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Mrs. Cates has resided in our community for 58 years. She and her husband, Dale Cates, have been married almost 33 years and are the parents of two adult children and the grandparents to three grandchildren. Mrs. Cates is a graduate of John Tyler High School and received her associates degree from Tyler Junior College. She received her bachelor’s degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and her master’s degree from The University of Texas at Tyler. She has completed post-graduate work at East Texas State University, which is now Texas A&M University – Commerce. Mrs. Cates is a retired professor of biology from Tyler Junior College where she taught for 34 years.
“Being a Girl Scout leader has allowed my husband and I to share in the lives of some amazing area youth as they have experienced service and travel opportunities and learned about art, history, science, and human relationships. We are proud to have been a part of their development into future leaders of our local and global communities,” Mrs. Cates said.