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posted: 5/2/2012 11:23 AM

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois gives credit to host of volunteers

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Submitted by Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois honored local volunteers and elected new members to the council's board of directors and board development committee at the organization's recent annual meeting.

John Kovanda of Batavia, GSNI director-at-large, is employed as director of Human Resources & Organization Development for IFS North America. His Girl Scout positions include member of the Board Development Committee for GSNI. His community affiliations include the Society for Human Resource Management; Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry; formerly member of Tri-Cities CROP Walk Organizing Committee; and volunteer coach of St. Charles High School women's lacrosse team.

Girl Scout volunteers Lisa Feddor and Jacqueline Greiter of St. Charles and Janel Burkhart of West Chicago received the Volunteer of Excellence Award which recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service, while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Cheyenne Service Unit (Bartlett, Carol Stream, Hanover Park, Streamwood and Wayne) received The President's Award, which is given to a geographic area team or program delivery team that has significantly contributed to meeting one or more council goals in membership growth and retention, fund development or increased community visibility.

Cheyenne contributes to meeting many of GSNI's mission delivery goals. At the end of the year, this service unit more than met its girl membership goal and its adult membership goal. This Service Unit practiced inclusive behavior each day and met all requirements and expectations of their plan of work.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois serves nearly 20,000 girls and 6,000 adult volunteers in parts or all of Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties.

Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls in kindergarten to 12th grade are engaged in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. Girls develop leadership potential by participating in age-appropriate activities that enable them o discover their values, skills, and the world around them. Activities in science and technology, business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental awareness provide girls with opportunities for fun and friendship while fostering the development of leadership skills and self-esteem.

To find out how you can become part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, call (800) 242-5591, or visit

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