Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Honor Volunteers at Adult Recognition Ceremony

Girl Scouts GSNEO Logo 1Over 100 volunteers recognized for their commitment to Girl Scouting at annual celebration

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 or call 800-852-4474.

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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.

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