2013 Annual Meeting and Adult Recognition
The 2013 Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Ceremony was Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Fraternal Hall in Hanford. All GSCCS registered delegates have a vote at the Annual Meeting. During the meeting and lunch, GSCCS honored outstanding volunteers with National and Council awards.
2013 Adult Recognition Awards
“I don’t think words can express the thanks we feel for all of the years you have supported the Girl Scout movement. You along with 3,000 other leaders register over 700,000 hours of volunteer service to our communities through your work with our girls. You make a difference and you are changing the world,” stated CEO Cathy Ferguson in her address to the volunteers.
Meg Barnes Award, named after a special lady who volunteered hours upon hours to Girl Scouts in the Central Valley, awarded to an outstanding Board member. An endowment to remember Meg Barnes was established by her husband Stan Barnes, and her legacy lives on to support girls who would not otherwise be able to afford Girl Scouting.
- Joy Tolladay, outgoing Board Chair, Bakersfield, Kern County.
Leader of the Year Award goes to an extraordinary Girl Scout Troop Leader who provided service that benefits at least one Troop, with a minimum of five continuous years as a Troop Leader.
- Rana Yamamura, Fresno, Fresno County.
Thanks Badge II award goes to a registered adult member of Girl Scouts, either volunteer or staff, who is a previous Thanks Badge Recipient and whose service benefits the entire Council or Girl Scout organization.
- Sheila Otteson, Fresno, Fresno County.
Family Award recognizes very special Girl Scout families who have supported the organization with exceptional service above and beyond expectations, and whose service has been continuous for a minimum of ten years.
- Arlene Duncan and her family, from Lemoore, Kings County.
Honor Pin, given to either volunteer or staff for a service performed that was above and beyond the expectations of the position held. The service must be delivered to two or more Girl Scout Service Units and must contribute to the Council’s goals and objectives.
- Alice Quezada, Hanford, Kings County.
- Eloise Golden, Fresno, Fresno County.
Years of Service Pins, awarded for the number of years as an active adult volunteer.
- Ms. Alice Quezada from Hanford, Kings County – 20 year pin.
- Ms. Reta Allen from Arvin, Kern County – 20 year pin.
- Ms. Roselind Gaviola from Madera, Madera County- 30 year pin.
- Ms. Lynn Blobner, from Lemoore, Kings County – 45 year pin.
Membership Year Pins, awarded for the total number of membership years as a registered girl and adult member.
- Ms. Reta Allen of Arvin, Kern County, received her 20 year pin.
- Ms. Teresa Branic – Council Staff Member who is receiving her 20 year pin.
- Ms. Sarah Barton of Visalia, Tulare County, received her 20 year pin.
- Ms. Pelita Bradford of Madera, Madera County, received her 25 year pin.
- Ms. Shannon Smith – Council Staff Member who is receiving her 25 year pin.
- Ms. Roselind Gaviola, from Madera, Madera County, received her 30 year pin.
CEO Cathy Ferguson stated in her closing remarks, “Winston Churchill stated, ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’ Each of you has given something special that no other can give. I personally want to thank you for your support and caring to make this Council the best it can be. It is only by working together and finding solutions together that we will grow and leave a trail for our girls to journey. Thank you for all the work each of you do every day.”