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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Years of Service Pins, awarded for the number of years as an active adult volunteer.
Membership Year Pins, awarded for the total number of membership years as a registered girl and adult member.
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.”