O’FALLON, Ill. — Cindy Kinder and Diana Williams of Service Unit 106 in Bethalto received Volunteer of Excellence awards at the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois’ fifth annual meeting April 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn.
The award recognizes 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.
During the meeting, approximately 300 Girl Scout members (adults and girls) from throughout southern Illinois elected Board of Director members and received a “State of the Council” report from GSSI Board of Director Chair Dixie Travelstead and GSSI Chief Executive Officer Villie M. Appoo.
In addition, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois recognized top Girl Scout volunteers.
Keynote speaker was Dr. Sandra Magnus, an astronaut from Belleville. She encouraged girls to study hard, be dedicated to reaching their goals and to follow their passions. Magnus is the executive director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, which is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.
For information, visit www.gsofsi.org.