Dozens receive pins denoting from 5 to 50 years of service to Girl Scouts; others recognized with council’s highest honors for volunteering
THETFORD, VT – Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains honored dozens of volunteers for their service to girls at Farnsworth Weekend, the council’s annual weekend retreat for adults and older girls at the Girl Scout camp in Thetford on Sept. 8.
Receiving recognition as Volunteers of Excellence were 26 people, including Shari Piper of Dover, NH, and Ashley Gunn of Bristol, NH. The others had been honored at earlier events. The award recognizes volunteers who have performed beyond the expectation of their position and have supported the council’s mission delivery goals.
Jessica Darling of South Rygate, VT, was honored with the New Found Treasure pin, which recognizes an adult volunteer who is new to Girl Scouting and has provided exemplary volunteer service. Six others had been honored at earlier events.
The Appreciation Pin, which recognizes adults who have performed beyond the expectations of their position and have supported the council’s goals in one or more of the council’s geographic areas, was noted to have been given to Jennifer Bonneville of Georgia, VT; Darlene Cuddy of Windsor, NH; and Stephanie Gosselin of Windham, NH, at earlier events.
The Honor Pin, which recognizes adults who have performed beyond the expectations of their position and have supported the council’s goals in two or more geographic areas, was presented to Pamela Gude of West Bolton, VT. Not in attendance but awarded this honor was Kimberly Ainsworth of Laconia, NH. Heather Coldwell of Manchester, NH; Mary Slocum of Nashua, NH; and Ashley Wright of Manchester, NH, were noted as honorees who had received their pins at earlier events.
Fifty-three people received a pin denoting their years of membership, from five years through 50 years at the event.
Receiving the 50-year numeral was Audrey Kincaid of Goffstown, NH, and Ogunquit, Maine. She is the mother of Patricia K. Mellor – CEO of Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Kincaid joined Girl Scouting when her daughters were young. As a military family, Mellor said Girl Scouting was a consistent and positive program as they moved from base to base. Kincaid was the council cookie chair in the 1980s, providing support and encouragement to hundreds of troop leaders, as well as volunteering as a troop leader for her daughters.
Also recognized for their years of membership were the following:
40 years: Susan Flanagan of Windsor, VT; and Deborah Payne of Brentwood, NH.
35 years: Susan Bates of Moultonborough, NH; and Jean Salmon of Epsom, NH.
30 years: Alison Bentley of Jaffrey, NH; Patricia Edwards of Bow, NH; Margo Houde of Manchester, NH; Catherine Larsson of Fairfax, VT; Katherine McGarry of Londonderry, NH; Valerie Merrill of Allenstown, NH; and Michael Zienkiewicz of Weare, NH.
25 years: Susan Berry of Northfield, NH; Jennifer Billingham of Plainfield, NH; Jennifer Bonneville of Milton, VT; Linda Drew of Bristol, NH; Kristine Jones of Sanbornton, NH; and Francois Ledoux of Manchester, NH.
20 years: Martha DeYoreo of Newmarket, NH; Susan DiSalvo of Derry, NH; Michele Fontaine of Derry, NH; Maura Grogan of Williston, VT; Gail Klanchesser of Newington, NH; and Danielle Pray of Amherst, NH.
15 years: Jennifer Amblo of Merrimack, NH; Laurie Garbacz of Madison, NH; Heather Hood of Bradford, VT; Jessica Joyal of Swanzey, NH; Brenda Lafirira of Barre, VT; Heather Larochelle of Manchester, NH; Cassandra Levesque of Barrington, NH: Patricia Levesque of Barrington, NH; Joyce Martin of Claremont, NH; Margaret McGarry of Londonderry, NH; Linda Newell of Concord, NH; and Cathy Stetz of Fairfax, VT.
10 years: Sophia Amblo of Merrimack, NH; Bonnie Anderson of Harrisville, NH; Katherine Eads Galdieri of Concord, NH; Renee Gosselin of Windham, NH; Audrey Kettlewood of Dover, NH; Carrie Lafirira of Barre, VT; Clare Paley of Durham, NH; Katie Priest of Wilmot, NH; Michelle Sargent of Greenland, NH; Jessica Wall of Manchester, NH; Paige Williams of Bedford, NH; Cecelia Wong of Bedford, NH; and Lauren Zebra of Bedford, NH.
5 years: Stephen Boyd of Hooksett, NH; Ashley Gunn of Bristol, NH; Elizabeth Holzwarth of Windsor, VT; and Erin Paquette of Bakersfield, VT.
In a separate gathering, celebrating 12 years active in Girl Scouts Troop 10485 of Bedford, NH, were Hannah White, Paige Williams, Quinn Paltrow-McCole, Emma Pate, Cecilia Wong, Bianca Gallo, Lauren Zebra and Nicole Francis. These Girl Scout Ambassadors will be graduating this year.
At the recognition ceremony, Mellor congratulated all of the award recipients. “Girl Scouting is made possible by the passion and dedication of our amazing volunteers. You are each making a positive impact on a young girl’s life.”
People volunteer in many ways for Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains – as troop leaders, troop helpers, at cookie booths, at camp, behind the scenes, and more. Whether they give a few hours or fulltime effort, they make it possible for Girl Scouts to become young women of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
About Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains: Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is recognized throughout New Hampshire and Vermont as a leading expert on girls. Our Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a one-of-a-kind leadership development program for girls, with proven results. It is based on time-tested methods and research-backed programming that helps girls take the lead—in their own lives and in the world. Through our exciting and challenging programs, Girl Scouts not only participate but also take the lead in a range of activities—from kayaking, archery, and camping, to coding, robotics, financial literacy training, and beyond! Serving more than 10,000 girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Visit www.girlscoutsgwm.org.