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Recognitions and Awards

Honor the Volunteers and Leaders who make Girl Scouting possible!

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GSUSA Adult Awards —“Formal” recognitions awarded at the council’s annual adult volunteer recognition event – generally held in late spring.
Juliette Low World Friendship Medal

Juliette Low World Friendship Medal form
Awarded to individuals and councils who have enriched and leveraged the global understanding of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting to grow responsible global citizens. Prestigious national award is approved by the Girl Scouts of USA National Board of Directors.

Item needed:

  • Endorsement Letter

 

Volunteer of Excellence
Volunteer-Excellence

Volunteer of Excellence form
Recognizes outstanding service above the expectation of the position while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience using National Program portfolio.

Items needed:

  • 1 Nomination Form/Letter
  • 2 Endorsement Letters
Appreciation Pin
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Appreciation Pin form
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.

Items needed:

  • 1 Nomination Form/Letter
  • 3 Endorsement Letters
Honor Pin
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Honor Pin form
Recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which has had measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service, allowing the council to reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals.

Items needed:

  • 1 Nomination Form/Letter
  • 3 Endorsement Letters
Thanks Badge I
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Thanks Badge I form
Honors an individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership, service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the mission delivery goals & priorities of the Council or the entire GS movement.

Items needed:

  • 1 Nomination Form/Letter
  • 4 Endorsement Letters
Thanks Badge II
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Thanks Badge II form
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.

Items needed:

  • 1 Nomination Form/Letter
  • 4 Endorsement Letters
President’s Award

President's Award form
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 Council’s overall goals.

Items needed:

  • 1 Nomination Form/Letter
  • with Documentation
 

Please submit all nomination forms to awards@gsle.org 

Council Level Recognitions

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. Completed nomination forms should be emailed to awards@gsle.org

GSLE Council Adult Awards —“formal” recognitions awarded at the council’s annual adult volunteer recognition event – generally held in late spring
Outstanding Principal

Outstanding Principal form
Recognizes principals who provide outstanding support and encouragement for Girl Scouting in their schools.

Item needed:

  • 1 Nomination Form/Letter
Outstanding Religious Leader

Outstanding Religious Leader form
Recognizes religious leaders who provide outstanding support and encouragement for Girl Scouting in their religious community.

Item needed:

  • 1 Nomination Form/Letter
The Volunteer Years of Service Pin
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The Volunteer Years of Service Pin form
Recognizes an adult member registered with Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. for her/his years of active volunteer service at five-year intervals (5, 10, 15, etc.). This pin differs from the numeral guard in that it represents the number of years an adult volunteer has actively provided service, whereas the numeral guard recognizes years of membership. 

Please note: 20 years or more are presented at the Annual meeting 
5 , 10, and 15 years are presented at the Service Unit level.


Please submit all nomination forms to awards@gsle.org 

Service Unit Adult Awards —
Outstanding Leader
OUTSTANDING-LEADER

Outstanding Leader form
Recognizes troop/group leaders, assistant troop/group leaders, or group coordinators whose performance in working with girls is so outstanding that it merits recognition by the service unit or program delivery group.

Items needed:

  • 1 Nomination form/Letter
  • 2 Endorsement letters

Service Unit to purchase pins, while supplies last, for $4.00

Outstanding Volunteer
OutstandingVolunteer

Outstanding Volunteer form
Recognizes an adult volunteer whose performance in working with girls is so outstanding that it merits recognition by the Service Unit or program delivery group.

Items needed:

  • 1 Nomination form/Letter
  • 2 Endorsement letters

Service Unit to purchase pins, while supplies last, for $4.00

Green Angel
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Green Angel form
Recognizes a volunteer who may not be a leader/co-leader who has provided significate time, knowledge, programming, expertise of subject matter to girls at the Troop or Service Unit level.  Merits recognition by either Troop or Service Unit.

Items needed:

  • 1 Nomination form/Letter
  • 2 Endorsement letters

Patch to be purchased from council shop


Please submit all nomination forms to awards@gsle.org

Adult Volunteer Recognition – why is recognition important?

Adult Volunteer Recognition – why is recognition important?

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 for Volunteers

Informal Rewards for Volunteers

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)
Formal Rewards for Adult Volunteers

Formal Awards for Adult Volunteers

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