GLEN CARBON — Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois held its seventh annual meeting April 9 at the Holiday Inn in Mount Vernon.
During the meeting, approximately 350 Girl Scout members (adults and girls) elected Board of Director members and received a State of the Council report from Board of Director Chair Linda Manley and Chief Executive Officer Villie M. Appoo.
In addition, the organization recognized top volunteers who are the heart of Girl Scouting. The organization’s 4,500 volunteers play an instrumental role in providing leadership programming and opportunities for more than 13,000 girls in Southern Illinois. The theme for this year’s meeting was Golden Jubilee, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Keynote speaker for the annual meeting was First Lt. Alyssa Heimerman, operations and training flight commander at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., where she serves as an aircraft maintenance officer. Heimerman originally is from Belleville and was a Girl Scout for many years. She culminated her Girl Scout career by earning the Gold Award in 2009. The lieutenant says earning the award was a phenomenal experience as a young leader.
“Girl Scouts gave me so many positive things … confidence to succeed, open-mindedness and the importance of communications in leadership,” Heimerman said.
Selected to serve on Board of Directors were: Sarah Anderson from Mount Vernon, P. Anne Haltenhof from Columbia, Diane Siemer from Teutopolis, Deanna Litzenburg from Edwardsville, Melanie Mills from Charleston and Nancy Smolak from Marion. In addition, P. Anne Haltenhof and Beth Winfrey Freeburg from O’Fallon were elected to GSSI’s Board Development Committee.
These new board members join current GSSI board members Linda Manley from Highland, Sharon Mayo from Robinson, Susan Bowman from Highland, Sandra Evans from Alto Pass, Anna Henkel from St. Louis, Richard Huntington from Mount Vernon, Bishop Albert Ingram Jr. from Harrisburg, Sandra Maxwell from Carbondale, John McCraken from Edwardsville, Angie Zahn from Trenton, Carla Nilson from Herrin and Gail Short from Anna. In addition, Jane Childers from Carbondale and Lisa Smith from O’Fallon on the Board Development Committee.
In addition, delegates selected the Board of Director ex-officio girls who are current Girl Scouts and will serve on GSSI’s board as advisory members. The GSSI ex-officio girl members are: Lexi Scrivner from Mount Vernon and Megan Thompson from Red Bud. Lexi and Megan will be mentored by Caroline Stewart from Belleville and Kayli Worthey from Neoga, who are former girl ex-officio board members.
“Girl Scouting in southern Illinois would not be what it is today without the dedication, passion and leadership of all of our volunteers,” Appoo said. “We are honored to elect these new board members and recognize our exceptional volunteers as they are the driving force behind carrying out GSSI’s mission of building leaders for America. Working together with our volunteers, we are providing important and valuable programs and experience for girls who will make the world a better place for everyone.”
Following are awards presented at the meeting:
GSSI Heart of Gold
The Heart of Gold Award recognizes the long-term impact a volunteer has had on girls and adults in his or her community through involvement in Girl Scouting. The service of this volunteer has been an integral part of the maintaining and recruiting new girls and/or adults in one or more areas of the council.
Thanks Badge II
The Thanks Badge II is the top award an adult member can earn. This award recognizes an adult member who has already received the Thanks Badge and who has continued to contribute in extraordinary ways that benefit the total council or the entire Girl Scout movement. The Thanks Badge II was presented to:
Stan Clark, Service Unit No. 202, Trenton
Rosemary Gruber, Service Unit No. 207, Belleville
Mary Anne Hopper, Service Unit No. 211, Waterloo
The Thanks Badge recognizes an adult member whose performance is truly outstanding and benefits the total council or the entire Girl Scout movement. The Thanks Badge was presented to:
Nancy Smallie, Service Unit No. 102, Granite City
The Honor Pin recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), which has had measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service, allowing the council to reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals.
Valeria Clark, Service Unit No. 544, Crawford/Jasper
Elizabeth Frisbee, Service Unit No. 108, Edwardsville
Beverly Vanover, Service Unit No. 60, Randolph South
The Appreciation Pin recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This service, which has had measurable impact on at least one geographic area of service, helps the council reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals for that area.
SU 202 - ClinClair
SU 107 - South Macoupin
SU 107 - South Macoupin
SU 202 – ClinClair
SU 15 – Clinton
SU 108 – Edwardsville/Glen Carbon
SU 544 – Crawford/Jasper
SU 9 – Centralia
SU 60 – Randolph South
SU 511 – Effingham
SU 101 – Alton/Godfrey/Wood River/Roxana
SU 90 – West Williamson
SU 57 – Randolph North
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, measureable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goals.
Service Unit Team from SU 7 - Bond
Service Unit Team from SU 15 - Clinton
Service Unit Team from SU 30 - Jefferson
Service Unit Team from SU 51 - North Franklin
Service Unit Team from SU 54 - Perry
Service Unit Team from SU 57 - Randolph North
Service Unit Team from SU 60 - Randolph South
Service Unit Team from SU 107 - South Macoupin
Service Unit Team from SU 110 - Highland
Service Unit Team from SU 201 - O’Fallon/Shiloh
Service Unit Team from SU 202 - ClinClair
Service Unit Team from SU 211 - Waterloo
Service Unit Team from SU 544 - Crawford/Jasper
Volunteer of Excellence 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.
Betsy Back, SU 72 - Union/Pulaski/Alexander (UPAC)
Deena Ballard, SU 511 - Effingham
Deb Beckmann, SU 15 - Clinton
Mandy Bizaillion, SU 30 - Jefferson
Elizabeth Bruchhauser, GSSI Intern
Holli Campbell, SU 202 - ClinClair
Jane Cornelius, SU 7 - Bond
Vanessa Downey, SU 81 - Washington
Natalie Durbin, SU 207 - Belleville/Swansea
Lucinda Fulton, SU 107- South Macoupin
Beth Gregson, SU 211 - Waterloo
Melissa Griffith-Olmstead, SU 544 - Crawford/Jasper
Audra Haarman, SU 511 - Effingham
Jaime Herman, SU 202 - ClinClair
Hannah Hodge, SU 511 - Effingham
Rebecca Huller, SU 201 - O’Fallon/Shiloh
Carol Kaempfe, SU 60 - Randolph South
Angie Koester, SU 511 - Effingham
Tracey Lamczyk, SU 81 - Washington
Jennifer Larrison, SU 45 - Massac
Shelly Lemons, SU 202 - ClinClair
Kristine Luth, SU 15 - Clinton
Kathleen May, SU 211 - Waterloo
Samantha McCann, SU 72 - Union/Pulaski/Alexander (UPAC)
Jennifer Melton, SU 101 - Alton/Godfrey/Wood River/Roxana
Kevin Ponciroli, SU 201 - O’Fallon/Shiloh
Tammy Spour, SU 544 - Crawford/Jasper
Krissy Rietz, SU 511 - Effingham
Angela Sewell, Program Volunteer
Sarah Smith, SU 57 - Randolph North
Cassandra Townsend, SU 109 - Troy/St. Jacob
Lisa Wagner, SU 544 - Crawford/Jasper
Dawn Walker, SU 57 - Randolph North
Lynn Westphaelinger-Torres, SU 201 - O’Fallon/Shiloh
Wendi Wilson, SU 51 - North Franklin
Melanie Wright, SU 78 - Wabash/Edwards
Marea Yagow, SU 511 - Effingham
Jennifer Zinschlag, SU 108 - Edwardsville/Glen Carbon