Girl Scouts of all ages regularly receive awards and badges that recognize their accomplishments and proficiency for learning new skills. Each spring, however, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana honors hundreds of adult volunteers whose outstanding dedication enables girls to achieve success.
This year, during four special recognition ceremonies, volunteers received special honors from Girl Scouts of the USA and the local council and were recognized for their individual years of service, which together added up to more than 22,456 years of service helping to build girls of courage, confidence and character.
Eight residents of Northbrook were recognized during this year's ceremonies.
Beverley Great received the Appreciation Pin which recognizes outstanding service to at least one service unit or local community that goes beyond the expectations of the held position.
Athena Abbott, Heather MacDonald and Anne Nugent were awarded with the Outstanding Leader Pin. Given at the service unit or local community level, this pin recognizes adults in leadership roles who do an outstanding job of working with girls.
Abbott also received the Outstanding Volunteer Pin. At the service unit or local community level, this award recognizes volunteers whose services go beyond expectations for the held position.
The New Found Treasure Pin honors Girl Scout adults who have served for less than two years and have "hit the ground running." Within a small amount of time, these individuals made a positive impact on Girl Scouting in their service unit or local community Franni Sherman received the New Found Treasure Pin.
Carol Schuster was awarded with this year's very special Women of the Century Award. Only awarded in 2012, this honor recognizes volunteers who provide extraordinary services that leave a lasting impact on the Girl Scout organization.
In recognizing volunteers who have faithfully served the area for 25 -- 65 years, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana honored Denise Young for 35 years of service and Carol Schuster for 25 years of service.
Volunteers are an invaluable resource to Girl Scouts, parents and the community. It is through their dedication that girls tap into their full potential. These volunteers maintain the legacy that is Girl Scouting, and they help develop leaders that will shape the future.
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana welcomes adults 18 years of age and older, female and male, who are willing to volunteer their time to help mentor girls through the Girl Scout program. Volunteer opportunities exist for event facilitators, troop leaders and more. Free orientation and training sessions are available. To get started, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-855-ILOVEGS (456-8347).
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana impacts the lives of nearly 87,000 girls and 24,000 adult members in 245 communities in six Illinois counties (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kankakee, Lake, and Will) and four Indiana counties (Jasper, Lake, Newton, and Porter). Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
For more information, visit www.girlscoutsgcnwi.org.