Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast honors volunteers in Waukesha County

May 2, 2014

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast (GSWISE) honored volunteers in April for their exceptional service and commitment to building girls of courage, confidence and character in southeast Wisconsin. Volunteers from throughout the region were recognized at the GSWISE Annual Meeting on April 8.

Top honors included:

• Marion Chester Read Award: Recognizing previous Thanks Badge of Thanks Badge II honorees who demonstrate noteworthy volunteerism, model the Girl Scout spirit and share their skills and talents. The award, named after Marion Chester Read, is a tribute to the legacy of the Chester Read Family and specifically Marion, who continues to inspire others by her support of Girl Scouting and the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast.
• Thanks Badge II: Recognizing an adult member who has received the Thanks Badge and whose outstanding service resulted in outcomes that benefit the total council or the entire Girl Scout organization.
• Thanks Badge: Awarded for service impacting the council or the Girl Scout movement as a whole.
• Honor Pin: Recognizing outstanding service given to two or more geographic areas.
• President’s Award: Honoring a service area, program delivery team or committee which has significantly contributed to one or more of the council goals.

Awardees from Waukesha County include:

• Marion Chester Read Award: Margaret Sutton’s (Brookfield) amazing passion for Girl Scouting and her ability to pass it along to the new volunteers she trains is truly a gift. In this past year she has worked closely with two older girl troops in the Brookfield and New Berlin area, helped run Deer Trails volunteer led day camp, continued to be an adult learning facilitator for leaders, a mentor for girls working towards their Girl Scout Gold awards and worked on a task force for older girl retention. Margaret exemplifies the spirit of Girl Scouting with her can-do attitude.

• Thanks Badge: Alan McGinty (New Berlin) completely transformed the way day camps process their registrations. In 2011, he wrote a computer program and other reports which he generously shared with other day camp directors. He continuously tweaks this program so systems will work together, allowing director reports to be streamlined while keeping information accessible yet confidential. He shares the program with each new director and gives them a personal step by step tutorial to help make their first year run smooth.

• Honor Pin:

o Brian Higgins (Brookfield) has been the Whispering Willows assistant day camp director for six plus years and is responsible for the development of the camp’s canoeing progression program, which he continues to teach. He also developed and became a coordinator for the L.O.S.T (Leadership in Outdoor Skills Training) program twelve years ago and shared it with eighteen other volunteer day camps.
o Charlene Stumvoll (Oconomowoc) has been busy in her service area roles of troop leader, school organizer, event coordinator, and now communications coordinator. And yet she still has found time to help the New Berlin Resource Center for many years with major projects as well as cookie and nut deliveries. Charlene has also help lead the council’s very popular Journey Jump Start sessions.

• President’s Award: Sun Lakes Volunteer Led Day Camp Team led by Beth Hahn (Muskego) with her team: Kris Gardipee (Big Bend), Cystal Bizzle (Muskego), Ann Kurtz (Muskego), Debbie Rapp (Muskego), Val Stenzel (Muskego) and Debbie Zwick (Muskego), coordinate the largest day camp of the nineteen volunteer led day camps with over 400 girls attending each summer. Girls and adults come back year after year because they learn new things and have fun doing it. Sun Lakes day camp provides the strongest robotics program and they have collaborated in the past with the USA Tennis Association to bring tennis activities to camp. One girl summed it up by saying, “Camp is great…ALL THE TIME!!!”

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