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Volunteers Honored With Girl Scouts Awards At GSofSI Annual Meeting


Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Adult Awards

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois held its 10th Annual Meeting on April 28 at Rend Lake College in Ina, Illinois. During the meeting, Girl Scout members from throughout Southern Illinois elected Board of Directors members and received a “State of the Council” report from Loretta Graham, GSofSI Chief Executive Officer and Deanna Litzenburg, GSofSI Board Chair. See Annual Meeting photos!

In addition, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois recognized top Girl Scout volunteers which are the heart of Girl Scouting.  GSSI’s nearly 3,500 Girl Scout volunteers play an important role in providing leadership programming and opportunities for around 10,000 girls in Southern Illinois.

Adult Award Honorees:

GSofSI Heart of Gold: The GSofSI Heart of Gold Award is a lifetime achievement award presented to one volunteer annually.  This volunteer will have provided 20+ years of service to Girl Scouts and must still be an active member.  The recipient was nominated by peers and voted on by the Adult Awards Committee. Christine Lay of Maryville was recognized with the GSofSI Heart of Gold Award.

“I unleash strong by standing by my conviction to treat everyone as I would want to be treated,” she said.

 

Thanks Badge II: The Thanks Badge II honors a previous Thanks Badge recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role, resulting in a measurable impact that benefits the total council or entire Girl Scout Movement.  This is the highest award which can be earned by a Girl Scout volunteer. Phyllis Croslow from Bridgeport was recognized with the Thanks Badge II.

“I unleash strong by providing opportunities for our girls to learn and practice new skills. Their confidence and independence grows with each accomplishment and strength builds.”

Thanks Badge: The Thanks Badge honors an individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the mission-delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or the entire Girl Scout Movement. Karlene Hoefener from O’Fallon was recognized with the Thanks Badge.

“I unleash strong by guiding girls on the path to realize their amazing ability to accomplish anything they set their minds to,” she said.

Honor Pin: The Honor Pin recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which has had measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service, allowing the council to reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals. Volunteers recognized with the Honor Pin were:

Donna Aaron, Belleville
Jane Cornelius, Mulberry Grove
Sarah Drury-Dothager, Staunton
Joan Foltz, Sandoval
Ann Taylor, Glen Carbon

Appreciation Pin: The Appreciation Pin recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  This service, which has had measurable impact on at least one geographic area of service, helps the council reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals for that area. Volunteers recognized with the Appreciation Pin were:

Service Unit 12 – Clay County
Paula Burrow

Service Unit 54 – Perry County
Amber Saylor

Service Unit 57 – Randolph North
Fleta Junge

Service Unit 107 – South Macoupin County
Christina Wright

Service Unit 108 – Edwardsville/Glen Carbon
Kelly Cummins-Brown

Service Unit 201 – O’Fallon/Shiloh/Fairview Heights
Joan Bowman
Kayla Boyd

Service Unit 211 – Waterloo
Christina Runyon

Service Unit 521 – Western Coles and Cumberland County
Heather McFarland

Service Unit 522 – Eastern Coles County
Stephanie Hutton
Jennifer Passig

President’s Award:
The President’s Award recognizes the efforts of a service-delivery team or committee whose exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goals. Service Unit teams who won the President’s Award were:

Service Unit 30 – Jefferson County
Service Unit 107 – South Macoupin County (4th consecutive year)
Service Unit 201 – O’Fallon/Shiloh/Fairview Heights (5th consecutive year)

Volunteer of Excellence Award: The Volunteer of Excellence award recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through use of the National Program Portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members. Volunteers recognized with the Volunteer of Excellence Award were:

Service Unit 7 – Bond County
Steffany Bone
Jennifer Gregg
Brandie Hauskins

Service Unit 9 - Centralia
Kirstin Grimes
Judy Hartnell

Service Unit 27 – Jackson County
Daisy Chervinko
Jeleania Fields

Service Unit 30 – Jefferson County
Jennifer Fenton

Service Unit 42 – Marion
Heather Knutt
Chandra Penn
Erin Rice
Krystal Schroeder

Service Unit 57 – Randolph North
Brandi Johnson-Rodgers
Erin Kuehn

Service Unit 60 – Randolph South
Aimee Deimund
Alicia Ebers

Service Unit 72 – Union/Pulaski/Alexander Counties
Jeannie Gerlach
Ashley Holshouser
Marci Malnar
Debra Ward

Service Unit 90 – West Williamson County
Leticia Velasquez
Elizabeth Williams

Service Unit 101 – Alton
Karie Preston

Service Unit 107 – South Macoupin County
Ashley Trimm

Service Unit 108 – Edwardsville/Glen Carbon
Susan Moore
Jaclyn Wirt

Service Unit 109 – Triad
Jennifer Mumper
Stacy Sayuk

Service Unit 201 – O’Fallon/Shiloh/Fairview Heights
Cassandra Buatte
Amy Champion
Angela Gundlach
Mae Scott
JoAnne Sukus

Service Unit 207 – Belleville/Swansea
Danyel Bagby

Service Unit 521 – Western Coles and Cumberland Counties
Tammy Becker

Service Unit 522 – Eastern Coles County
Kelly Easton

Living Her Legacy Award:
A brand new award for GSofSI, the Living her Legacy award is presented to leaders who began a troop at the first year Daisy level and continued with the same troop until the girls became graduating Ambassadors. Volunteers honored with the Living Her Legacy Award were:

Theresa Gratton, Troop #71, Alton
Deborah Hibdon, Troop #8643, Jefferson County
Tara Holbrook, Troop #907, Alton
Sheila Jolly Scrivner, Troop #8643, Jefferson County
Laura Keiser, Troop #1011, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon
Roberta LaSalvia, Troop #248, Belleville/Swansea
Jamie Wratchford, Troop #399, Waterloo

GSofSI Girl Scouts were also honored at the 2019 All That Glitters Awards Ceremony, including Gold Award Girl Scouts, Silver Award Girl Scouts and Outstanding Graduating Girl Scouts. Read more...