Volunteer Night 2015!
Honors Bestowed by Girl Scouts!
Camp Rice Moody was the site of the annual Reading Girl Scouts' Awards celebration earlier this week. Every May, the Reading Girl Scouts celebrate girls that are graduating and bridging to adult Girl Scouts as well as adults and local organizations that have given of their time, treasures and talents to Girl Scouts. View all photos from event here!
The 'Green and Growing Award' was given to a volunteer who has been engaged with Girl Scouts for less than two years. The honoree was someone who has participated in implementing the Girl Scout Leadership experience within troop programming or within the Girl Scout council. Carolyn Eliet, recipient of the 'Green & Growing Award', was nominated for her great commitment to her own daughter and her entire troop. In her nomination, it was stated that "she always re-encourages the values that were taught with each petal earned. When one of the girls is considerate, she reinforces the lesson about being kind and considerate." Carolyn has led a troop for two years and this year has stepped up as Secretary of the Service Unit and has also taken the helm for organizing the Girl Scouts for the annual Memorial Day Parade. In their nomination Jennifer Delaney and Julie Cremin thanked Carolyn for all her efforts.
Samantha Weld, a leader for four years, was honored with the Volunteer of Excellence Award. The excellence award is given to an individual who has contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the council's mission delivery to girls and adult members. Nominated by a parent of one of the members of her Junior troop, Samantha Weld was the recipient of the Volunteer of Excellence Award. "Sam is the type of leader and person you'd want for your daughter's troop. She has been guiding this group of girls for over 4 years now. Sam puts her heart and soul in to each meeting and event, yet manages to encourage and empower the girls to take on more responsibility and more decision making as they have been growing through the years in Girl Scouts" said Linda Kiene.
The Make New Friends Award has been given for the last five years to a non Girl Scout or business who has assisted local Girl Scouts by offering free meeting space, donated food, materials, made a monetary donation or helped or provided service that furthers the cause of Girl Scouts in the community. Joining some great partners who have previously been honored is Zinga Frozen Yogurt Reading. Owners Caitlin Merullo, Jerry Pothier and Camille Bardaro opened Zinga about three years ago and have shown their commitment to the community by sponsoring sports teams, assisting organizations with fundraising events and even purchasing Girl Scout cookies and including Thin Mints as part of their topping bar. Zinga also sponsored two elementary schools in a reading program this past year. As the kids read, they could earn Zinga Froyo - a great incentive. Zinga's nomination closed with the following statement - "Caitlin, Camille and Jerry are the epitome of caring and dedicated business owners in our community. Thank you for all that you do!"
Reading Girl Scouts are proud to honor all of these individuals and thank them for their dedication and commitment to Girl Scouts and the community as a whole.