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Volunteer Recognitions

We have the best volunteers! Now it's time to publicly recognize them.

At Girl Scouts Heart of the South, we know that your time is precious and how you contribute as a volunteer is invaluable. It makes everything we do possible!

We value all our volunteers and every year, there are formal recognitions in Girl Scouting to acknowledge the accomplishments of those who go above and beyond our expectations.

We invite parents, girls, volunteers, and staff to nominate an adult for any of the adult recognitions listed. Nominations for all Adult Awards must be received by March 31st of each year.

2018 Recipients

2017 Recipients  | 2016 Recipients | 2015 Recipients | 2014 Recipients

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Board of Directors' Approved Recognitions:

The Appreciation Pin recognizes adults who have performed beyond the expectations of the position held and has had a measurable impact on one geographic area. Click HERE to nominate a deserving GSHS volunteer for the Appreciation Pin.

The Honor Pin recognizes adults who have performed beyond the expectations of the position held and has had a measurable impact on two or more geographic areas. Click HERE to nominate a deserving GSHS volunteer for the Honor Pin.

The President's Award 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 the council’s overall goals. Click HERE to nominate a deserving GSHS volunteer for the President's Award.

The Volunteer of Excellence award recognizes those 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. Click HERE to nominate a deserving GSHS volunteer for the Volunteer of Excellence Award.

The Thanks Badge recognizes adults whose service has benefited the entire Council, and is so significantly above and beyond the call of duty that no other award would be appropriate.  Click HERE to nominate a deserving GSHS volunteer for the Thanks Badge.

The Thanks Badge II recognizes adults who have received the Thanks Badge and have continued to provide outstanding service to the entire Council or entire Girl Scout organization.  Click HERE to nominate a deserving GSHS volunteer for the Thanks Badge II.

The Years of Service Pin recognizes an adult member for years of active volunteer service at five-year intervals. Click HERE to request a Years of Service Pin.

The Membership Numeral recognizes tenure in Girl Scouting. Numeral Guards are available in five-year increments to recognize total girl and adult membership years. These can be purchased through the council shop. No form/proof needed. 

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Volunteer Recognition/Award Criteria 

Click here for pictures of these prestigious awards and specific criteria required for each. 

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Letters of Endorsement

Certain awards require additional endorsement from those who can attest to the caliber of service. The person making the nomination cannot also submit an endorsement for the same nomination. To endorse a nomination, please submit an Endorsement for Adult Awards Form found HERE.

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GSHS Troop & Service Unit of the Year Awards

Each year Girl Scouts Heart of the South presents several unique awards to volunteers, service units, and troops for their outstanding work during the membership year. 

The GSHS Troop of the Year Award serves to recognize a single troop that excels in service to the community, has shown sisterhood within and beyond their troop, and supports and participates in council sponsored events and product sales.  The troop's members and leaders model the spirit and virtues of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. 

The GSHS Service Unit of the Year Award serves to recognize the team that uses effective communication within their service unit and with council staff, provides support to troop leaders and other volunteers within and beyond service unit, works well together and is unified as a team, hosts regular service unit meetings, and has surpassed SU membership goal.

To nominate a troop or service unit for one of these prestigious awards, please complete THIS FORM no later than March 31st.

All nominations are reviewed by a committee. Nominators will be notified as soon as their nomination has been approved.

 

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GSHS Adult Awards Nominations

GSHS Adult Awards serve to recognize individuals, families and service units who excel in service Girl Scouts. Nominees should model the spirit and virtues of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Descriptions for the awards can be found below.

To nominate an individual, family or service unit for one of the prestigious awards listed below, please complete THIS FORM no later than March 31st.

All nominations are reviewed by a committee. Nominators will be notified as soon as their nomination has been approved. 

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Development and Community Engagement Award:  Given to volunteers who actively seek out and/or who form partnerships with community entities that lead to funding, in-kind gifts, and other money earning opportunities for their troop, service unit, or council.

Development Through Service Award:  Given to volunteers who seize the opportunity to utilize service hours gained through their volunteerism in Girl Scouting to earn funds for their troop or service units by participating in their employer’s company matching programs, volunteer grant programs, or employee giving programs.

Distinguished Leader at the Individual Level: Contributes outstanding service while partnering directly with GSHS staff, volunteers, girls, and supports the council's mission delivery to girl and adult members.

Distinguished Leader at the Troop Level: Contributes outstanding service while partnering directly with girls and supports the council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members. 

Distinguished Leader at the Service Unit Level: A community organizer that has a positive attitude. Encourages and provides support to others within and outside of service unit. Takes on additional tasks for the sake and benefit of others. Invites and welcomes others into Girl Scouting. 

Faithful Community Partner Award:  This award recognizes an individual or group in the community that has been consistently supportive of Girl Scouting. Examples of recipients include places of worship and schools who have for years provided a place for troops to meet and additional support (clerical assistance, volunteers, publicity or communication to members, etc.), as well as community partners who have generously donated their time and facilities to offer GSLE-based program to girls in their community.

Friendraiser Award:  Given to volunteers who excel in assisting the council in strengthening relationships with United Way and other donors by securing and/or serving as a council representative for development meetings, lending their voice, and sharing their story on the impact of Girl Scouting in their local community.

Helping Hand Award: Provides support and selfless service to fellow Girl Scouts and the council. 

Labor of Love Award: A Girl Scout family who loves Girl Scouts and it's mission, works tirelessly within the community to help support girls and volunteers, going above and beyond normal expectations. 

New Community Partner Award:  This award recognizes an individual or group in the community for their first year of support to Girl Scouting. Examples of recipients for 2018-2019 include places of worship and schools who provided a place for troops to meet and additional support (clerical assistance, volunteers, publicity or communication to members, etc.), as well as community partners who have generously donated their time and facilities to offer GSLE-based program to girls in their community.

Outstanding Program Coordinator: Given to volunteers who have gone above and beyond by not only excelling in their Service Units and troops but also by taking the initiative to plan successful council-wide events, giving girls the opportunity to thrive.

Outstanding Product Sales Volunteer: Awarded to volunteers who have made a large impact on council product sales. This could be with the Fall Product Sale, the Girl Scout Cookie Program, or both. 

Outstanding Fund Development Volunteer: Awarded to volunteers who have made a large impact on fund development efforts within the council. 

Outstanding Community Relations Volunteer: Awarded to volunteers who have made a large impact on Girl Scout visibility in the community. 

Rookie of the Year at the Individual Level: Someone with a positive attitude, fresh ideas, and is supportive of the SU and the council but has no troop or service unit role.

Rookie of the Year at the Troop Level: Is an outstanding new leader with a positive attitude. Participates SU/council programs. Completed volunteer approval onboarding process in a timely manner (background check, member registration, training). Models the Girl Scout spirit. 

Rookie of the Year at the Service Unit Level:
Someone serving in a new role on the service team or is new to the service team. Positive attitude, fresh ideas, and is supportive of the SU and council.

GSHS ADULT AWARDS NOMINATION FORM