Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Press Release
LINCOLNTON, N.C. – In Girl Scouts, volunteers serve as the role models girls will always remember. They are the ones who give of their time, skills and responsibilities to help girls grow into confident young women, who make their communities a better place.
Each year, Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) honors their exceptional volunteers during the organization’s Annual Meeting.
The following received awards this year:
Appreciation Award --- The Appreciation Award recognizes a registered Girl Scout adult who has delivered outstanding service to at least one geographic area or program delivery audience.
Heather Myers of Lincolnton: Myers has been an active member of Service Unit 126 in Lincoln County for six years. As a service team member, she mentors new troop leaders and helps them get comfortable and ready to get their troops rolling. She is also very active in training and event planning for her service unit, coordinating First Aid and babysitting courses, as well as fun activities for World Thinking Day, cookies, recruitment and different holidays.
Joyce Ledford of Lincolnton: Ledford has been an active member of Service Unit 126 in Lincoln County for more than 16 years. She serves on the service team and is a troop leader for a multi-level troop. She attends all service unit meetings, where she is involved in planning themed meetings and service unit events, including the Service Unit Thinking Day event, which she has hosted for the past five years, and the Veteran’s Day and Christmas parades. She is always willing to help with recruitment efforts and in the cookie cupboard, and her calm, collected and organized personality makes her a joy to be around.
Karen Abernathy of Lincolnton: Abernathy has been an active member of Service Unit 126 in Lincoln County for nine years. Over that time, she has served in multiple roles including troop leader, Service Unit Media Specialist, Event Committee Chair, Co-Service Unit Cookie Manager and Cupboard Manager. As Media Specialist, she created a service unit Facebook page for her area and also assists other troops in setting up their Facebook pages to help better communication across the board. In addition, Abernathy has hosted themed service unit meetings and, over the past four years, has organized an Amazing Race-themed service unit scavenger hunt, which troops look forward to every year.
Karen Brailey of Denver: Brailey has been an active member of Service Unit 126 in Lincoln County for 11 years. As a troop leader, she is always busy finding new ways to bring her girls the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, but that doesn’t stop her from also serving as a mentor for new troop leaders. As a Service Team Member, Brailey has planned and hosted the Service Unit Camporee for several years. As part of this, she developed a Camporee Guidebook, outlining the details of camp rules, what to bring and other necessary information to make sure that the event goes as smoothly as possible. All troops who attend the camporees receive one of these booklets.
Kevin Taylor of Denver: Taylor has been an active member of Service Unit 126 in Lincoln County for more than 16 years. Also known as Chief Do-Dad, he is a behind-the-scenes guy, and you’ll find him setting up and taking down at service unit events to hauling supplies, grocery shopping and cooking at camporees. His smiling face is always the first one at an event and the last one to leave. Taylor is also very involved with the running of the service unit cookie cupboard, where he organizes orders and loads up carloads of cookies. He has proven he is man enough to be a Girl Scout!
Lisa File of Denver: File been an active member of Service Unit 126 in Lincoln County for 11 years. For three of those years, she has served on the service team as the Service Unit Recruitment Specialist, scheduling Parent Express Nights and rallies at schools and, oftentimes, facilitating those events. She also works with council staff and volunteers to find appropriate facilities in the community to hold troop camp license, First Aid and CPR trainings. She is also active in coordinating service unit events and always willing to lend a helping hand where it is needed.
Thanks Badge Award --- The Thanks Badge Award recognizes a registered Girl Scout adult whose ongoing commitment, leadership and service has had an exceptional and measurable impact on meeting the mission, delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or the entire Girl Scout movement.
Tana Poole of Denver: Poole is a previous council staff member and has been an active volunteer for the council for over 19 years. Even after her daughter graduated from the girl program, she continued serving as an Adult Learning Facilitator, traveling across the council’s 40-counties to ensure volunteers have the training they need and want. She is heavily involved with all three of the council’s annual adult learning events, where she teaches courses from knot tying and PVC construction to advanced outdoor camping. Poole’s friendly, patient and hard-working personality makes her a great asset to our volunteers and to the council as a whole.
“Volunteers are the driving force behind the Girl Scout Leadership Experience,” said GSCP2P CEO Lane Cook. “They lead troop meetings, introduce girls to outdoor experiences like camping and hiking, facilitate workshops ranging from STEM to campfire cooking, organize troop trips and more. Without them, we would not be able to fulfill our mission on a daily basis.”
To learn more about volunteering or joining your local Girl Scout council, please contact 800-672-2148 or visit www.girlscoutsp2p.org.
About Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont --- Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, a United Way agency, is one of 112 councils nationwide chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to deliver Girl Scout program within specific geographic boundaries. The local council serves nearly 12,000 girls and 6,000 adult volunteers in 40 counties and maintains three camp properties and four service centers offering unique experiences for girls and adults. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to GSCP2P, call 800-672-2148 or visit www.girlscoutsp2p.org.
We’re Girl Scouts of the USA --- We’re 2.5 million strong —more than 1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit www.girlscouts.org.