- Families & Volunteers
Each spring Girl Scouts Louisiana East recognizes our outstanding adult volunteers from the previous membership year. The process starts with public nominations and letters of endorsement and/or videos of endorsement (possibly girl generated!!!) that are then reviewed by a volunteer committee to assure each candidate has met the criteria for the award, and then the nominations are forwarded to our Board of Directors for approval. Nominations are due to the council by February 1 for awards to be presented in the spring at the Annual Meeting and Adult Recognitions event. Please review the updated nominations forms by clicking on the highlighted name of the award in the descriptions listed below.
People volunteer for countless reasons, but underneath it all, most volunteers are motivated by the quality of their performance. When volunteers know their time and energy are appreciated and that they are valued by Girl Scouts, they commit themselves to the organization.
Volunteers also want to know that their service is helping the greater good-that together we made a difference in girl’s lives and, through our mission, made a difference in the world. Therefore, volunteer recognition is one of the most powerful tools for retaining the invaluable women and men who volunteer for Girl Scouts.
The key to successfully recognizing volunteers is:
• Do it well.
• Do it often.
• Make it meaningful.
Informal rewards are day-to-day ways to say “thank you” to volunteers-they are intangible benefits and heartfelt displays of recognition. These sincere expressions of appreciation are based on specific contributions and are given in a timely manner. Informal recognition is powerful and effective, because volunteers feel valued by a personal touch. Examples of meaningful informal rewards include:
• A welcome or thank-you card or letter
• Skill-building learning opportunities (For example, how to use social media to network)
• A recommendation for a promotion
• Sending the volunteer’s supervisor or CEO a letter recognizing her/his contributions
• Complimenting a volunteer’s work to a supervisor or co-worker (in the volunteer’s presence)
Unlike informal rewards-which are given as often as possible-formal awards are the periodic presentation of tokens of recognition and are more official in nature. Formal awards are given to an individual or group of volunteers and are particularly useful in generating a sense of connectedness among a group and to the organization. Examples of meaningful, formal awards include:
• Achievement certificates
• Nominations for local, state, and national awards
• Public recognition in front of peers and/or media
• Personalized gifts or awards (such as a twenty-year – Years of Service Pin)
• Badges and pins
GSUSA Adult Awards —“Formal” recognitions awarded at the council’s annual adult volunteer recognition event – generally held in late spring.
honors an individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the mission-delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or the entire Girl Scout Movement.
honors a previous Thanks Badge recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role, resulting in a measurable impact that benefits the entire Girl Scout Movement.
recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), which has had measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service, allowing the council to reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals.
recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This service, which has had measurable impact on one geographic area of service, helps the council reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals for that area.
recognizes the efforts of a service-delivery team or committee whose exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goals.
Volunteer of Excellence Award
recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through use of the National Program Portfolio (Journeys series and The Girl Guide to Girl Scouting or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members.
Juliette Low World Friendship Medal
is awarded to individuals and councils who have enriched and leveraged the global understanding of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting to grow responsible global citizens. This prestigious national award is approved by the Girl Scouts of the USA National Board of Directors.
GSLE Council Adult Awards —“formal” recognitions awarded at the council’s annual adult volunteer recognition event – generally held in late spring
Outstanding Principal Award
recognizes principals who provide outstanding support and encouragement for Girl Scouting in their schools.
Outstanding Religious Leader
recognizes religious leaders who provide outstanding support and encouragement for Girl Scouting in their religious community.
Years of Service Pin
recognizes an adult member registered with Girl Scouts of the USA for years of active volunteer service at five-year intervals. No recommendation or approval is required. Each individual is responsible to keep their own record of membership and to complete the Years of Service Pin form and inform the appropriate group when recognition is due. For those whose years of service are 20 years or more their pin can be awarded at our annual Adult Volunteer Recognition event.