Volunteers are the heartbeat of Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts Louisiana East recognized its adult volunteers as well as outstanding principals and religious leaders at the council’s Annual Meeting on April 1, with special council-level recognition going to a select few. Among those honored were Monique Brown, Gonzales; Carrie Carney, New Orleans; Lynn Edwards, Luling; Aleda Falcone, Harvey; Kate Hamad, Gretna; Heather Hockman, Abita Springs; Ceatrice Johnson, New Orleans; Cori Lewis, Destrehan; Brenda Shuff, Gonzales; Brandi Stallings, Gonzales; and Stacy Verret, Baton Rouge.
The Years of Service pin is given to adult members registered with Girl Scouts of the USA for 20 or more years of active volunteer service. Gonzales resident Brenda Shuff received this pin for 25 years of service.
Monique Brown, Aleda Falcone, Kate Hamad, Brenda Shuff, Brandi Stallings, and Stacy Verret received the Volunteer of Excellence award, which recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls to implement the Journey series and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting or in support of the council’s mission. Monique, a Junior Girl Scouts troop leader, is described as “a leader who exhibits calm and positive energy.” Her girls are excited to complete badge work and projects because she allows them to make the activities their own. Aleda strives to teach each girl the importance of Girl Scouting while making the moment fun and engaging. As the key liaison for Muslim Academy, Kate has increased registration in the Gretna/Terrytown/Harvey Girl Scout community by 50 percent. Known as a “Gem” by her parents, Brenda allows her leadership skills to shine through and inspire her girls to become notable leaders as well. Brandi was nominated for this award because she eagerly stepped in to a leadership position when their troop lost a leader. She is pegged as providing her girls with the necessary tools needed to succeed. Stacy, a lifelong Girl Scout, is described, by her peers, as someone “who understands and imparts to her troop the value of being a Girl Scout and the Girl Scout Program.”
The Appreciation Pin distinguishes individuals with exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in a way that not only impacts a specific area, but council wide. Carrie Carney, Lynn Edwards, and Cori Lewis were awarded this honor. A volunteer of several hats, Carrie has been a community administrator, served as delegate for Annual Meeting, and a liaison for Lusher Charter School. She encourages girl-led activities among her girls. Lynn is the driving force in her Girl Scout community’s Annual Family Giving event, Cake Bingo, which has allowed them to exceed their fundraising goal by 50 percent. Cori is described as delivering the mission of Girl Scouts to her girls in a fun and engaging way. She, also, serves as an event planner for the St. Charles Parish Girl Scout community, by coordinating its Father-Daughter dance and other events.
The Honor Pin recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience allowing the council to surpass it mission-delivery goals. The recipients are Ceatrice Johnson and Heather Hockman A Girl Scout through and through, Ceatrice serves in many roles. A few are: a facilitator at Smart Cookie U, a financial literacy workshop promoting entrepreneurship; First Lego league coach; and acts as her New Orleans Girl Scout community Fall Product Chair. Heather is described as gentle, understanding, and patient, which are characteristics that pour into her work with the Wrangler program and her girls. She has transformed her New Orleans Girl Scout community into a thriving force.