Girl Scout volunteers and community leaders honored at council Recognition Brunch
Girl Scouts Louisiana East recognized the dedication and commitment of its adult volunteers, and the contributions made by religious leaders and school principals at the Girl Scout council’s annual Recognition Brunch held May 9 at First Community Antioch Baptist Church in Gramercy.
Council level adult recognitions included the Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge II, President’s Award, Years of Service Pin, Outstanding Religious Leader Award, and Outstanding Principal Award.
The Appreciation Pin recognizes outstanding service beyond the expectations of the position held that benefits at least one service unit. This year’s Appreciation Pin was awarded to Loretta Britt, Barbara Sicard, and Dana Williams of Baton Rouge; Robin Smith of Amite; Angela Lee of In-dependence; and Darlene Montalbano of French Settlement.
The Honor Pin recognizes outstanding service beyond the expectations of the position held that benefits two or more service units. This year’s Honor Pin was awarded to Gretchen Avet of Houma; Darla Brilli of Marrero; Michelle O’Mally and Evelyn Raxsdale of Ponchatoula; Mary Ruth Shanks of Metairie; and Sherry Stebbins of Hammond.
Ann Landry of Harvey and Anne Roberts of Baton Rouge were the recipients of the Thanks Badge II, the highest award an adult volunteer can receive. It recognizes an adult volun-teer who has already received the Thanks Badge and who has continued to contribute in extraordinary ways that benefit the total council or the entire Girl Scout Movement.
The President’s Award recognizes the efforts of a service unit team in moving its service unit toward achievement of the council’s goals for the member-ship year. This year’s award was presented to Baton Rouge Crestville Service Unit 616, with service unit administrator Carolyn Breaux accepting it on behalf of the service unit; and Prairieville Service Unit 631, with service team member Nicole Guerin accepting it in the absence of administrator Kimberly Schwartz.
Volunteers receiving the Years of Service pin were Gloria St. Pierre of Metairie for 25 years of service; Betty Addison of Greensburg, Paula Garrett and Alyssa Stocks Hakes of Baton Rouge and Janice Adams of LaPlace, 20 years.
Each year the Girl Scouts recognize the outstanding contributions made by school principals and religious leaders, furthering the council’s ability to offer Girl Scouting throughout the community. The Outstanding Religious Leader Award was presented to Rev. Dr. Jesse Bilberry, Jr. of Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, Dr. John Montgomery, II of Greater King David Baptist Church, and Rev. Fred Jeff Smith of Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Baton Rouge; and Fr. Jon Parks from St. Rosalie Church and School in Harvey. The Outstanding Principal Award recipient was Doris Gerhart, Assistant Principal of LaPla
Girl Scouting’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The local council, Girl Scouts Louisiana East, serves girls 5 to 17 in the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.
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