Volunteers are the heart of the Girl Scout organization and every year, Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) honors those exceptional volunteers who have gone above and beyond- in time, skills and responsibilities.
Sandra Abrams of Kernersville, Sara Quandt of Winston-Salem and Phyllis Westerlund of Pfafftown were recently honored during the annual adult awards ceremony as part of the 2017 GSCP2P Annual Meeting in Statesville.
Quandt was the recipient of the Appreciation Award, which is presented to a registered Girl Scout adult who has delivered outstanding service to at least one geographic area or program delivery audience. Quandt has been the Service Unit Cookie manager since 2003. She goes above and beyond to train troop cookie managers. She coordinates with other Service Unit Cookie Managers so that troop cookie managers can attend a training, and she effectively communicates with troop cookie managers and leaders during the sale. Sara attends all service team trainings and aids in planning, budgeting and execution of service unit programs.
Abrams and Westerlund received the Honor Award, which recognizes a registered Girl Scout adult who has delivered outstanding service and contributes to the achievement of the council’s goals in two or more geographic areas. Abrams goes above and beyond her position as a staff member. She ensures that all girls and adults have a wonderful and memorable experience in Girl Scouting. She provides over-the-top customer service and oftentimes responds to volunteers’ needs after hours. Abrams developed the New Leader Coach program, which is making a significant difference in the retention of new volunteers. Her knowledge of archery, along with some innovative marketing, has helped to grow the archery program throughout the council.
Westerlund consistently goes beyond what is expected of her as Service Unit Specialist for two service units. She inspires her troop leaders to create new events, grow their troops and deliver an outstanding Girl Scout experience. She has worked tirelessly to merge together two service units, thus creating a very diverse and tight family of volunteers. She takes it upon herself to train every new leader and helps them find resources they need to be successful.
“Every volunteer helps create memorable and exceptional experiences for our girls,” said GSCP2P CEO Lane Cook. “Whether it’s leading a troop every week, exploring nature at camp, facilitating a LEGO robotics workshop or planning trips so girls can experience new things, our volunteers serve as positive role models every day.”
GSCP2P relies on volunteers to help deliver the Girl Scout program to girls throughout their 40 counties and would not be able to fulfill their mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character without them.