Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) along with its board of directors celebrated the commitment and achievements of several adult volunteers who dedicate their time to help develop girls of courage, confidence, and character in the Girl Scout Program at the 2014 Adult Recognition Ceremony, which was held at the Holiday Inn Cleveland-South in Independence on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
“Volunteers are the heartbeat and the core of our organization,” said Chief Executive Officer Jane Christyson. “Girl Scouting would not exist without the dedication and talents of our volunteers – girls throughout Northeast Ohio are benefiting from the Girl Scout program, strong mentor relationships, and leadership experiences.”
GSNEO currently has over 8,000 active volunteers that play an important role in Girl Scouting. Volunteers help girls discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place. While becoming role models for the girls they lead, volunteers introduce girls to new experiences and create lasting memories.
There are numerous ways to volunteer with the Girl Scouts that fit varying schedules, skills and interests. Opportunities include troop leader, program facilitator, service unit director, event chairperson or committee member, Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) Coach, and board member. All opportunities play an important role in serving 35,000 girls throughout GSNEO’s 18 county region.
A total of 126 adult volunteers received awards at the 2014 Adult Recognition Ceremony: Appreciation Pin (74), Honor Pin (20), Thanks Badge (7), Thanks Badge II (3), Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Award (19), Forever Green (3).
The following honors were awarded to members of the North Service Area:
Appreciation Pin – recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Leila Aygeman Matthews Cleveland Appreciation Pin
Maria Bazdar Concord Appreciation Pin
Tamika Billips Cleveland Appreciation Pin
Shana Black Shaker Heights Appreciation Pin
Rana Brown Beachwood Appreciation Pin
Judy Galo Cleveland Appreciation Pin
Muriel Hampton Olmstead Falls Appreciation Pin
Lynne Jurczyk Brecksville Appreciation Pin
Jennifer Karlstrom Painesville Appreciation Pin
Mary Ellen Kertcher Perry Appreciation Pin
Lisa Large Fairview Park Appreciation Pin
Cathy Livingston Lakewood Appreciation Pin
Monse Maragano Cleveland Heights Appreciation Pin
Heidi Mattlin Solon Appreciation Pin
Lisa McBride Warrensville Heights Appreciation Pin
Sheryl Modlin Shaker Heights Appreciation Pin
Melissa Novak North Olmstead Appreciation Pin
JoAn Perkins Shaker Heights Appreciation Pin
Erin Randel Cleveland Appreciation Pin
Debra Robertson Brooklyn Appreciation Pin
Bridgette Smith Cleveland Appreciation Pin
Carol Smith Solon Appreciation Pin
Jackie Sosnowski University Hts./Grand Island Appreciation Pin
Jennifer Stephan Broadview Heights Appreciation Pin
Enid Strunk Olmstead Falls Appreciation Pin
Genesis Stubbs Cleveland Appreciation Pin
Denise Tolliver Brookpark Appreciation Pin
Kim VanSickler Willoughby Hills Appreciation Pin
Margarete Ziegler Willoughby Appreciation Pin
Honor Pin – recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and has had a measureable impact on two or more geographic areas of service, allowing the council to reach and surpass its mission delivery goals.
Susan Czaplicki Fairview Park Honor Pin
Gunta Douglas University Heights Honor Pin
Cathy Lippert Solon Honor Pin
Valarie Mariola Chagrin Falls Honor Pin
Robin Stackhouse Bedford Honor Pin
GSNEO Award – recognizes any registered adult Girl Scout for outstanding service to a Council-wide position and dedication that impacts the success of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for GSNEO.
Dean Apple Cleveland GSNEO Award
Kathryn DiFrancesco Middleburg Heights GSNEO Award
Jackie Ebersole Brookpark GSNEO Award
Kristy Holmes Chagrin Falls GSNEO Award
Aida Idiaquez Cleveland GSNEO Award
Pat Koch Berea GSNEO Award
Jan Larsen Strongsville GSNEO Award
Cathy Lippert Solon GSNEO Award
Valarie Mariola Chagrin Falls GSNEO Award
Diane Stevens Robinson Cleveland GSNEO Award
Koyen Shah Cleveland GSNEO Award
Forever Green Award – honors previous recipients of the Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge and Thanks Badge II who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role, resulting in a measureable impact that benefits the entire Girl Scout Movement.
Gunta Douglas University Heights Forever Green Award
Jackie Ebersole Brookpark Forever Green Award
To become a Girl Scout volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-852-4474.
About Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio connects girls to a world of possibilities in a positive ad inclusive, girl-led environment. Girls are inspired to discover their passions and empowered to reach their full potential through a proven leadership development program. GSNEO serves 35,000 girls and 14,000 adult volunteer members throughout an 18-county region including Medina, Portage, and Summit counties; Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake counties; Carroll, Stark and Tuscarawas counties; Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties; Erie, Huron, Lorain, Sandusky and Seneca counties.
Since its founding in 1912, Girl Scouts has provided more than 50 million girls with time-honored programs that engage them with their communities; enhance self-esteem; increase financial literacy and interest in math, science and technology; encourage good health and nutrition and build leadership skills necessary for them to move confidently into their futures. Today, Girl Scouts is the #1 girl organization in the world, with 3.7 million members throughout the United States, including U.S. territories, and in more than 90 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas.