Be the Change! 2021 Volunteer Awards
The Girl Scout
Promise On my honor, I will try To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
The Girl Scout
I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.
Tracy Keller Chief Executive Officer
Barbara Tierney GSCCC Board Chair
Our movement has gone through tremendous change over the past year, as we joined communities throughout the nation stepping up to unprecedented challenges. It is clear, now more than ever that we need a compelling, hopeful vision of the future and that it can only happen through cooperation, collaboration and understanding – keys we learned early as Girl Scouts. It’s true, “Everything you need in life, you can learn as a Girl Scout Brownie.” Because of the challenges we’ve faced together, we are finding ourselves a stronger people – a stronger movement - willing to accept change and guide Girl Scouts into the future. We have been resilient and innovative as we continued to build girls of courage, confidence and character. The successes that the Council has had, and that each girl has experienced are a tribute to the many volunteers who have offered their time and services to ensure our future is bright and solid. We know we speak for all the staff and board when we say, we are incredibly grateful for your dedication and commitment to Girl Scouts. Because of you, we are now poised for growth in ways we could never have imagined before. As volunteers, you have brought your passion and energy to make change where change was needed. You brought your faith in our ability to lead, so girls knew there would always be a place for them. You brought your generosity of spirit and resources when we needed them the most. Thank you for taking on change maker roles and for accepting the changes that girls needed and becoming the role models they sought. We are, they are, forever grateful. To our very deserving volunteers, congratulations on your accomplishments and milestones. Continue to BE THE CHANGE!
Tracy Keller Chief Executive Officer, GSCCC
Barbara Tierney Board Chair, GSCCC
Dorothy N. Barber Award
The award is named after former Council President Dorothy Barber and honors a woman who has achieved success in life, contributed to GSCCC and her community, and is a role model and mentor to other Girl Scouts.
Dorothy N. Barber Lifetime Achievement Award Barbara L. Tierney Barbara Tierney has a rich Girl Scout history, starting her journey at four as a tag-a-long in her sister’s troop that was led by her mom, Betty Hoover. When Barb was a Girl Scout Brownie, her family moved to Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela. There were no Girl Scouts when they arrived, so Barbara’s mom formed a troop. The troop worked several years to become Guias de Venezuela (Girl Guide Unit). Lady Baden Powell, head of Girl Guides, flew from London to do the pining and bridging ceremony, a lasting memory for Barbara! Barbara was active throughout her school years and earned the Girl Scout Curved Bar, the highest award a girl could earn at that time. As a college student, she helped her mom, who had become an executive director of Lake to River Girl Scout Council, coordinate the cookie sale. While in college, she was chosen by GSUSA for two International Opportunities. She led six Girl Scout Seniors on an International Encampment in Mendoza, Argentina. Later, she represented the United States at the Women’s Conference sponsored by the Organization of the American States (OAS) in the Dominican Republic. Barbara’s first summer job was as a counselor at Camp Sugarbush in Kinsman, Ohio. She was assigned to the bicycle unit and found it a real adventure. Her unit did bicycle camping on trips to state parks. Barbara attended the University of Pittsburgh and became a professional in the business world. She rose to Senior Vice President at Towne Bank. When she retired, Barbara jumped back into Girl Scouting. Barbara joined the GSCCC Board Finance Committee in 2012, and accepted a seat on the GSCCC Board of Directors in 2013. In 2019, she became Board Chair and focused her energy on the governance processes. She represented GSCCC at the Girl Scouts of the USA 2020 National Council Session, the first session done virtually, which required additional time and preparations from the board chair.
Barbara has also supported GSCCC’s advocacy work and attended all Legislative Day events in Virginia and North Carolina. She provides direction to the Council’s Advocacy Committee and other board committees and created a COVID/Sustainability Task Group charged with addressing current issues and developing a long-term plan to resolve sustainability issues. As board chair, she has taken time to connect with girl members, hear their stories and share her journey by giving them her board chair “bee” patch. She likes to explain that it stands for a call to action, to “be fierce.” During cookie booth season, Barbara is out every weekend visiting booths and talking with girls. GSCCC is thankful for Barbara’s lifetime commitment as a Girl Scout and for the work she has accomplished. She is a shining example of a Girl Scout role model who is dedicated to keeping our founder’s vision at the forefront of all she does for the council!
Barbara with First Lady of Virginia at Legislative Day. Greeting Lady Baden Powell on her arrival at Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela. I am holding the Guias de Venezuela flag and shaking LBP’s hand.
Board Chair patch
At Cookie Classic in 2019 with her sister, Vickie Kearne.
Barbara Tierney and mom, Betty Hoover, at 2019 Annual Council Meeting.
2020-2021 Years of Service Recognitions 40 Years Kay Byrd Elise Gore Linda Linke
*Current and former staff who have continued as volunteers are honored with a membership numeral guard denoting the total girl and adult years of membership. Volunteers are honored with a Years of Volunteer Service Pin, which represents the total number of years serving as a Girl Scout volunteer.
35 Years Judy Lorensen Cheryl McGrenra* 30 Years JoAn Berry Jennifer Glaspell Betrice Hovey Trenia Marietta Jennifer McGowan Susan Ramsland 25 Years Dina Crewe Grisel Davila-Porrata Debra Dozier Michelle Mizell Jeanette Morin Tammie Mullins-Rice* 20 Years William “Dusty”Davis Erika Grasse Samantha Jenkins Diane Kinka Holly LaBelle Debra Scoby Holly Schauf Cathie Smith
Volunteer of Excellence The Volunteer of Excellence award recognizes 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 or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members.
Service Unit 120 – Hampton Leah McGlynn (Graybeal) Service Unit 150 – York Poquoson Sheena Moberg Susan Scheessele Rachael Scimeca Service Unit 330 – Western Elizabeth River Jacquelynne Janes Sarah Lassiter Nicole Yerigan Service Unit 340 – Southern Chesapeake Natalie Lique Christine Starer-Smith Service Unit 350 – Greater Greenbrier Takiya Tarlton Service Unit 360 – Suffolk Lisa McIvor Tammie Mullins-Rice
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Appreciation Pin The Appreciation Pin recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). This service, which has had measurable impact on at least one geographic area of service, helps the Council reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals for that area.
Katherine Gardner – Service Unit 220 – Redwing, Troop 383 A Girl Scout volunteer for 17 years, Kathy is part of this service unit’s volunteer support team. She is the service unit coordinator and the service unit product sales coordinator for cookies. Last cookie season, Kathy was able to go the extra mile for a troop who had cookies left because of the pandemic and would go uncollected if Kathy didn’t step in to help. Her and her daughter took over the cookies and attended booth sales. All cookies were sold. Kathy supports all volunteers in her service unit and takes her time to answer any questions they have.
Lisa Koon – Service Unit 350 – Greater Greenbrier, Troops 656 and 5109 Lisa has held various volunteer support team positions during the last ten years, most recently, the service unit co-coordinator and service unit product sales coordinator for cookies, all while running her troop for her three daughters. Last year she planned the service unit lock-in at the Kroc Center, where she opened the event up council wide. Over 100 girls attended the event where they enjoyed participating in Zumba, arts and crafts, swimming, a pizza party, as well as a glow stick dance party. Lisa worked with leaders to make sure all cookie inventories were depleted, and final paperwork was completed timely.
LeQuanda Moore – Service Unit 230 – Kempsville, Troop 216 LeQuanda has embraced being a troop leader, the recruitment champion and service unit events coordinator in this service unit. Before the pandemic hit, she worked in partnership with the GSCCC recruitment coordinators to hold recruitment events. LeQuanda created a visual tool to highlight ways that troop leaders could continue programming virtually and also explained how to do socially distant community service projects. Over 30 troop volunteers were able to gain ideas by viewing LeQuanda’s presentation. Just recently, she planned and ran the virtual cookie rally where all girls in attendance had a fantastic time and are now enthusiastic for the cookie program.
Georgie P. Raymond – Service Unit 230 – Kempsville, Individually Registered Member This energetic and enthusiastic volunteer is the individually registered member (IRM) coordinator for this service unit and an adult learning facilitator. Georgie keeps in constant communication with the IRM girls to provide them with upcoming event information as well as programming. She has planned activities just for the IRM girls. Georgie enjoys planning events for the girls and their smiles make it all worthwhile. As an adult learning facilitator, she jumped in and wanted to assist with facilitating classes as soon as she could. Georgie consistently learns new things so that she can do the best possible job in everything she does.
Karis Tanner – Service Unit 350 – Greater Greenbrier, Troop 916 Karis served this service unit by stepping up to be the service unit events coordinator. Being that last year was like no other year, she had to think quickly to transition the service unit encampment from being at a GSCCC camp to having to be virtual. Over 84 girls attended and enjoyed viewing creative videos that taught them about Discover, Connect and Take Action in a whole new way. The girls even were able to enjoy the traditional campfire sing along. Karis also managed the service unit caregivers’ Facebook page where she posted information on free events that girls could do.
Wanda Thompson-Rodgers – Service Unit 350 – Greater Greenbrier, Troops 580 and 649 Wanda is the first to raise her hand when something in the service unit needs to be done. A strong advocate for the girls, she always ensures that any decisions the volunteer support team make have the girls’ best interest in mind, even if it not an easy task to do. Last year she worked diligently to secure cookie booth locations by visiting over 10 businesses and talking to them about cookie booths. Wanda will always jump in at events and lend a helping hand, so no one feels alone or overwhelmed. She is truly a sister to every Girl Scout.
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Honor Pin The Honor Pin recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). This service has had measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service to reach and surpass the mission-delivery goals of the Council.
Mara Bates – Service Unit 350 – Greater Greenbrier, Troop 310 Mara has played a large role in volunteerism and coordination for the large-scale, high-visibility Council event of the Annual Girl Scout Cookie run since 2015. She has held various roles for this event, most recently, she secured the event’s photographers, participant prizes, and attendee swag bags. Each year this event increases in participation as our members see the value of the outdoor activity supporting health and well-being with some fun and Girl Scout cookies. With Mara’s involvement, the event raised over $16,500 for the girls of GSCCC. She runs service unit events that focus on one of the four areas that form the foundation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Healthy Living. Mara helps to reach out to businesses to secure cookie booths in Greater Greenbrier which leads to successful Girl Scouts leading their own cookie business. She is a go-getter who is always thinking of how to make the world a better place.
Amanda Howie – Service Unit 250 – Lynnhaven Shores, Troop 142 Amanda’s leadership journey began 12 years ago when a Girl Scout Daisy troop needed a troop leader. She does not have a daughter, but she believed in the Girl Scout Mission and wanted to help. Her program for the Sisterhood Journey was well-done and is now used by other leaders in her service unit. She has been on the volunteer support team for six years, making sure that volunteers are recognized and appreciated throughout the year and during award nomination time. She is an integral part of the GSCCC philanthropy committee and has been instrumental on giving advice and helping to earn more money for the council. This past year, Amanda hosted a table talk event and the welcome reception for the Famous Formers, which saved the council resources, time and money. As a delegate, Amanda provided invaluable support on the Bylaws Committee where she was integral in changing the delegate structure and incorporating the self-perpetuating board.
Marisa Porto – Vice Chair, GSCCC Marisa serves as the vice chair of GSCCC’s Board of Directors and as the chair of the Sustainability Task Group to address sustainability of all operational and programmatic aspects of our council throughout the pandemic, with its inherent unknowns in terms of impact and longevity. As chair of the group, she organized a functional group that included troop and service unit leaders, delegates, and board members, to address girl membership, volunteerism, finance, properties associated with our five camps, and marketing and communications. Marisa met weekly with her team during the summer of 2020 to come up with recommendations to ensure girls and leaders persist and thrive in GSCCC. Her commitment, insight, and collaborative leadership style led the team to short-term and long-term objectives into feasible goals. Marisa responsibly and aptly rose to the challenge and seriousness of this task and because of her efforts, she has helped sustain and grow our Movement.
Jeannette Rincon – Service Unit 350 – Greater Greenbrier, Troop 916 The GSCCC Coast Guard Pride Day is becoming an annual event that girls look forward to attending because of Jeannette’s planning and hosting. Girls from all over the council traveled to the Coast Guard Base in Portsmouth, where they participated in tours of two Coast Guard cutters; sessions on knot tying, American flag etiquette and folding, life jacket safety; viewed static displays showcasing the Coast Guard; participated in trivia games on military customs, courtesies, and traditions; and even the donning of tactical law enforcement gear and helmets. Girls gained valuable insight into the significant role the Coast Guard serves to the American public. This public outreach initiative also promoted female careers and encouraged diversity while increasing the visibility of the Coast Guard and Girl Scout partnership in the local community. As a troop leader, a member of the service unit volunteer support team and as an adult learning facilitator, Jeannette keeps herself busy.
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Thanks Badge The Thanks Badge 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.
Edwina Gonzalez - Service Unit 230 – Kempsville More than a decade ago, Edwina started the GSCCC Blazing Blue Herons canoe team when her daughter was on the team. She established the team to provide the opportunity for older girls to improve their canoe skills, perfect their communication skills, learn how to work together to achieve a common goal, and experience participating in races such as the General Clinton Canoe Regatta held in Bainbridge, New York. Because of Edwina, once the girls join the team, they remain on the team until they graduate from high school. She watches the girls grow from shy, young girls to confident, young woman. Edwina pushes them to strive to do their best and test their limits, all in a safe environment. Her leadership skills shine through and she is a role model to all girls on the team. In addition to the practice sessions and attendance at races, the team has taken part in community service projects, enjoyed camping trips, led the Camp Burke’s Mill Pond “A Day at the Pond” event, and traveled on extended trips to Europe, Minnesota, and Nantucket. These activities allow the girls to bond as a team and learn how to work together off the water.
Olivia Hooe – Service Unit 120 – Hampton, Individually Registered Member Olivia led a Girl Scout Daisy troop for a year while mentoring parents to take over the troop at the end of the year, right after she graduated from high school. When Olivia went to college, she knew the importance of Girl Scouts and wanted young women at her college, Christopher Newport University, to be aware of how they could serve Girl Scouts during their college experience. She took the lead and ensured that Campus Girl Scouts on her campus would come back to life. Olivia collaborated with many people to make sure there would be a Campus Girl Scout Club on her campus for many years to come. Her involvement in Girl Scouts does not stop there. During the past year, Olivia led seven activities for the “It’s Your World, Change It!” Journey where 60 girls were served. She has recently assisted the GSCCC Marketing and Communications Department with a marketing project at her college. In addition to being a guest speaker during one of the marketing classes, she assisted throughout the nine-week project as a consultant and collaborated with a faculty member. She advocated for Girl Scouts by explaining how it impacts girls’ lives and how volunteering can make a difference.
Thanks Badge II The Thanks Badge II honors a previous Thanks Badge award recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role, which resulted in a measurable impact benefiting the entire Girl Scout Movement.
Linda Linke – Service Unit 250 – Lynnhaven Shores, Individually Registered Member Linda has been a Girl Scout volunteer for 40 years and has served in numerous volunteer roles, such as, troop leader, volunteer support team member, adult learning facilitator, and a member of the GSCCC Gold Award Committee. During the last 10 years, Linda has mentored 102 girls to achieve the Gold Award. Her attention to detail, listening skills, knowledge of the Standards of Excellence for the Gold Award, and her goal for the girls to challenge themselves to take their project one step further, makes Linda a great mentor. When reviewing Gold Award project proposals, Linda goes above and beyond by thoroughly researching and suggesting community support or organizations that would pertain to the project that both helps the committee understand the project and also helps the girl’s project move forward in an enhanced way. Linda’s dedication to helping girls achieve greatness has led our council to having two National Gold Award Girl Scouts (NGAGS), one in 2017 and one in 2020. Each year, all councils can nominate up to three Gold Award Girl Scouts to receive the NGAGS honor, and only ten girls are selected yearly. Linda spends the month of April mentoring our nominees as they prepare their application to ensure they are highlighting the parts of their project that tell the story. As a master adult learning facilitator, she jumps in and lends a hand whenever help or feedback is needed. Linda is a facilitator who can and will train anything from Outdoor I to enrichments to new leader classes. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with volunteers.
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Juliette Gordon Low Society
In March 1912, Juliette Gordon Low gathered just a few girls to begin Girl Scouts. Juliette’s outstanding leadership was matched by her stewardship when she converted the carriage house of her home into the first Girl Scout national headquarters, and she gifted the property to Girl Scouts in her will. Juliette’s bequest was the beginning of planned giving to Girl Scouts. In memory, the Juliette Gordon Low Society was established to thank and honor friends of Girl Scouting who choose to make Girl Scouts part of their legacies and a beneficiary of their estate plans.
Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Juliette Gordon Low Society Members: Anonymous (3) Deborah Amatulli Erik and Eva Andersen Girl Scout Movement-Wide Challenge Planned Gift Dianne Belk and Lawrence Calder Girl Scout Movement-Wide Challenge Planned Gift JoAn Berry Melissa Burroughs Amy Coyne Dina Crewe Lila Davis Sandra Deloatch* Luis Estrada Claudia Flowers Amy Godby Kathryn Godby
Carolene Goodwyn-Harris Amanda Howie Tricia Hudson Helen Kattwinkel Dan Keller Tracy Keller Elizabeth Kessler Sonia Kessler Andrea Kinnear Lu Ann Klevecz Lorraine Lees Anna Lee Liverman* Eileen Livick Cheryle Mack Dale McClure Cheryl McGrenra Ashley McLeod Susan Meek Michael Mendelsohn
Jennifer Moose Stacy Nixon Camile Peter Amy Reineri William Rodner Rich and Sunny Smith Keith Snyder Tesi Strickland Toni Taylor Zechariah and Anna Goode Turner* Barbara Tierney Deborah Verhofstadt Dr. Melissa Warfield* Claire Winiarek Nancy Welch Beth Yates * Deceased
GSCCC Leadership Fund Thank you for the following founding members of the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Leadership Fund. Their gifts will provide the foundation for the future of GSCCC.
Thank you to our founding GSCCC Leadership Fund Members! Golden Circle Member Anonymous ~ Eileen Livick Deb Amatulli & Terry Scott* ~ Cheryl McGrenra + Deborah Butler + Susan Meek Kim Curtis ~ Stacy Nixon Angie Hoen ~ Laura Sass Tracy Keller
Sunny Smith Barbara Sutelan ~ April Van Skiver + Terri Washington + * Deceased
Silver Circle Member Laura Bass
Kate Brennan +
Jessica Woodyard +
Stephanie Fields + Dawn Glynn Sarah Golden Amanda Howie ~ Elizabeth Hundley ~ Deneen Keegan ~ Lorraine Lees ~ Jennifer Lynch + Lisa McIvor ~ Pansy McKenzie-Morton Marilyn Meek Molly Mettler
Kisha Moore ~ William Nusbaum Brittany Orosco ~ Kimberly Painter ~ Bonnie Remson ~ Diane Rogic Michelle Santa ~ Susan Scheessele ~ Carole Stockberger Ericka Washburn ~ Nancy Welch ~ Trinity Woodson ~
Bronze Circle Member Patricia Akutekha-Gibson ~ Janice Beaverson JoAn Berry + Rita Bowker ~ Karen Clickner + Dina Crewe ~ Evelyn Cullipher Jeri Davenport Lila Davis ~ Ashley Downey ~ Christine Duer ~ Gretchen Edwards-Bodmer Laura Farmer ~
~ Denotes individuals being awarded the 2020 pin + Denotes individuals who have earned and are being awarded the 2021 pin For more information on how to become a founding member of the GSCCC Leadership Fund, please contact email@example.com
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Adult Learning Facilitators Thank you to the following facilitators: Master Facilitators JoAn Berry Mary Ellen Fentress Christine Holmes
Linda Linke Trenia Marietta
DeLevay Miner Cathy Six
Experienced Facilitators Mara Bates Dina Crewe Carolyn Engler Darrell Fann Amy Gary Laura Hart Diane Kinka Eileen Livick
Nicole Lomerson Patricia Marickovich Al Materia Lisa Mease Jennifer Moose Maria Nissen Susan Ramsland Patricia Rarick
David Sanders Leann Slater Christine “Mei” Stukes Bonnie Taylor Deborah Trate Stephanie Waggoner Sandra Warren
Apprentice Facilitators Elizabeth Alston Metina Baucom Shirley Edgerton Lindsey Gibson Elizabeth Goldblatt Sheri Huddleston Elizabeth Hundley
Christine Janison Michelle Kimmel Susan Manion Sarah Marie Phillips Katy Potter Georgie Raymond Stephanie Reilly
Jeannette Rincon Christina Sanders Takiya Tarlton Wanda Thompson-Rodgers Cherish Timmons Erika Grasse Cindy Williams
Adult Recognitions Committee Thank you Adult Recognitions Committee!
Thank you to the Adult Recognitions Committee for their time reviewing nominations for the awards presented today. Sandi Ayres JoAn Berry Dina Crewe Christine Holmes
Eileen Livick Trenia Marietta DeLevay Miner
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Do you like to have fun? Are you interested in becoming an adult learning facilitator? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions above, the adult learning facilitator volunteer position might be for you! You may be wondering what a facilitator does... An Adult Facilitator delivers already-written courses to individuals and/or groups of volunteers. Becoming an adult learning facilitator will polish your public speaking skills, further develop your leadership skills, increase your communication skills, expand your time management skills, and expand your circle of friends. All of which can be added to a resume! Most importantly, you will have fun while sharing your knowledge of Girl Scouts. Your first step would be to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are interested in becoming an adult learning facilitator.
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Congratulations to 13News Now-WVEC Anchor Janet Roach, a 2020 Girl Scout Famous Former!
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Each year, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast recognizes local famous former Girl Scouts who are leaders in their field. These women serve as role models for girls today the future leaders of tomorrow.
Congratulations to the 2020 Girl Scout Famous Former Honorees
Awards Luncheon & Celebration September 23, 2021 Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club