Gerry MacPherson Fleuriet was born into a home that prioritized education, healthcare and service to others. Family was her inspiration to pursue these avenues of community service.
The Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas will honor Fleuriet at the 12th Annual Award of Distinction Gala and Silent Auction on August 4.
The purpose of the Award of Distinction is to honor local community heroes who have dedicated their resources, time and passion into serving others.
“Mrs. Gerry Fleuriet is an important part of our history and we are truly honored to have had her sit on our board of directors,” said Girl Scout Chief Development Officer, Veronica Garcia. “Her tireless efforts in promoting education and health awareness, has impacted so many individuals whose lives were truly transformed. She is one of the greatest advocates for dedicated service to others.”
Her involvement with Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas began when she was a Girl Scout. Later, she served as a Girl Scout Leader when her daughter was a young girl. In 2006, she served on the GSGST board.
“I was particularly pleased to serve on the Girl Scout Board, which was then called ‘Tip of Texas,’ when we were in the process of acquiring property for a new camp,” Fleuriet said. “When the opportunity presented itself to purchase land in Bayview, it was as if a dream had come true because it was clearly going to benefit many of our Girl Scouts who otherwise would never have the opportunity to go to a camp.”
On top of her continuous involvement with the Girl Scouts, she has also been a community volunteer for more than 40 years.
“We all have an obligation to do what we can do help others. And of course live with the great joys that come along with the opportunities to serve,” Fleuriet said.
Fleuriet is currently serving her fourth term as President for the award-winning Harlingen Consolidated Independent School Board, with repeated terms as Vice President and Secretary. She has served consistently on the Board since her appointment in 1996.
“Community service has been a lifelong commitment for Gerry. She is a hardworking individual who exemplifies volunteerism within our Harlingen community through her involvement in the school district and other events and projects,” said HCISD Superintendent, Dr. Arturo Cavazos. “I am proud to have such a strong individual, who cares infinitely about the Harlingen CISD family, as our current School Board President. She is a role model of leadership and service to our HCISD students, staff and parents. We should all strive to be as dedicated to our communities as she is. So who better to represent the city of Harlingen with the Girl Scouts’ Award of Distinction, than Mrs. Gerry Fleuriet?”
The Award of Distinction also promotes the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and event proceeds go to sponsoring girls who otherwise would not have the ability to be a part of the organization.
“I truly do feel deeply honored to receive such a notable award from an organization whose sole purpose is helping to raise wise, healthy, caring and confident young women,” Fleuriet said. “Girl Scouts gives girls special time to be with their friends, which reminds me of my favorite Girl Scout song from way back when I was in Girl Scouts: ‘Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, and the other gold.’ I treasure that quote and use it often.”
Fleuriet is a Harlingen High School graduate and a graduate of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Her immediate family consists of her husband of 51 years, E. R. Fleuriet and their adult children Kenneth and Kathryn and their families. Fleuriet has served on numerous boards and in multiple leadership positions throughout the years.