Girl Scouts honor local volunteers for service

2013-07-05T16:32:00Z Girl Scouts honor local volunteers for serviceJulie Somogyi | Director of Integrated Marketing and Communications for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana nwitimes.com

LANSING | 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 more than 22,456 years of service helping to build girls of courage, confidence and character.

Crystale L. Pierce and Phyllis C. Drewno, both Lansing residents, were honored at this year’s ceremonies.

Pierce 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.

Drewno was inducted into the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s Hall of Fame. These honored Girl Scout adults have been an adult member for at least 25 years, delivered extraordinary services, and had a long lasting impact on the Girl Scout organization or the community. Only ten individuals are inducted each year.

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. In addition to national and council awards, many volunteers were honored with service-unit-level awards.

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 volunteerinterest@girlscoutsgcnwi.org, or call (855) 456-8347.

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana impacts the lives of nearly 84,000 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 girlscoutsgcnwi.org.

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