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Volunteer Awards

​People volunteer for countless reasons, but underneath it all, most volunteers are motivated by the quality of their performance. When volunteers know their time and energy are appreciated and that they are valued by Girl Scouts, they commit themselves to the organization. Volunteers also want to know that their service is helping the greater good, that together we made a difference in girls' lives and, through our mission, made a difference in the world.

Therefore the volunteer recognition is one of the most powerful tools for retaining the invaluable women and men who volunteer for Girl Scouts.

We offer a webinar that explains volunteer awards and the nomination process. It runs just under 15 minutes—we know your time is precious! View the webinar here.

The deadline to nominate volunteers for awards is Saturday, February 28th, 2015.  Send your nominations to your regional Volunteer Services Manager. If you are not sure who works with volunteers in your area, view the list of volunteer services managers. Each name in the list is an e-mail link to make contacting that person easy!

Awards

The names of 2014 awardees will be added to this page after each regional recognition event.

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. Read more information here. Download the Nomination form here. Download the Endorsement Letter Cover Sheet here.

2014 Thanks Badge Recipient

Deborah Proctor, Macedon
Deborah Proctor, Macedon

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 entire Girl Scout Movement. See more information here. Download the Nomination form here. Download the Endorsement Letter Cover Sheet here.

Honor Pin: The Honor Pin recognizes an individual's exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), which has had measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service, allowing the council to reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals. See more information here. Download the Nomination form here. Download the Endorsement Letter Cover Sheet here.

2014 Honor Pin Recipients

Brenda DeBoover, Phelps
Brenda DeBoover, Phelps
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Valerie VanGee, Marion

Appreciation Pin: The Appreciation Pin recognizes an individual's exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). This service, which has had measurable impact on one geographic area of service, helps the council reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals for that area. See more information here. Download the Nomination form here. Download the Endorsement Letter Cover Sheet here.

2014 Appreciation Pin Recipient

Lynda Wright, Midlakes
Lynda Wright, Phelps
Susan Morell, Oneonta
Susan Morell, Oneonta
Julie Smith, Mount Vision
Julie Smith, Mount Vision
Linda Arseneau, Lisle
Linda Arseneau, Lisle
Barb Ossege, Apalachin
Barb Ossege, Apalachin
Cathi McCabe, Binghamton
Cathi McCabe, Binghamton
Karyl Pizzari
Karyl Pizzari, Syracuse
Kathryn Woods
Kathryn Woods, Baldwinsville
Kelly Bonsignore
Kelly Bonsignore, Big Flats
Melissa Rozengotta
Melissa Rozengotta, Elmira
Chrystina Fatula
Chrystina Fatula, Horseheads

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Barbara Kahl
Joy Zimmer
Rachel Rissberger
Ruth Serafin
Julie Bush, Ogdensburg
Sandy Mallory, Potsdam
Polly Michael, Heuvelton

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. See more information here. Download the Nomination form here. Download the Endorsement Letter Cover Sheet here.

Volunteer of Excellence: 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 (GSLE) 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. See more information here. Download the Nomination form here. Download the Endorsement Letter Cover Sheet here.

2014 Volunteer of Excellence Award Recipients

Cathy McNulty, Apalachin
Cathy McNulty, Apalachin
Sharon McGuiness, Endwell
Sharon McGuiness, Endwell
Kally Schoenfeldt, Vestal
Kally Schoenfeldt, Vestal
Jennifer Thornton
Jennifer Thornton, Central Square
Karen McGlone
Karen McGlone, Clay
Jill Gillette
Jill Gillette, Hastings
HollyAnne Young
HollyAnne Young, Liverpool
Karen West
Karen West, Clay

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Torrey Pietarinen, Macedon
Brigid Delardi, Baldwinsville
Charla Roth, Baldwinsville
Sharon Gramlich, Baldwinsville
Madelyn Guanciale, Syracuse
Angela Black. Horseheads
Tammy Sweet, Horseheads
Christina Staight, Horseheads
Trisha Freeman, Horseheads
Tara Crowley, Ogdensburg
Jenn Hitsman, Ogdensburg
Sandra McCarthy, Ogdensburg

The Juliette Gordon Low World Friendship Medal: The Juliette Low World Friendship Medal is awarded to individuals and councils who have enriched and leveraged the global understanding of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting to grow responsible global citizens. This prestigious national award is approved by the Girl Scouts of the USA National Board of Directors. See more information here. Download the Nominate an Individual form here. Download the Nominate a Council form here. Download the World Friendship Medal Endorsement Letter cover sheet here.