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Adult Awards and Recognition

We appreciate our volunteers and believe they deserve to be recognized for their contributions!

Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons is proud to offer awards for all levels of service with three tiers of Adult Awards: District, Council, and GSUSA. 

The Adult Award Handbook contains complete information about our adult awards. You can also check out this one page document for a brief overview of the awards and requirements. 

Nomination and Letter of Endorsement forms are online forms used to nominate and endorse volunteers for award consideration. Nominations are accepted year round with a February 1 deadline to be included in the current membership year's awards ceremonies. Links to the appropriate form are conveniently located by each of the awards below.

Council and GSUSA Award recipients are invited to receive their award at the Honoring Excellence Council Recognition event in June. 

District Award recipients receive their award at their local service unit recognition event held each spring or fall. 

District Awards

District Awards honor the work of volunteers at the local level.  Whether it be indirect or direct, this category looks to those volunteers who are making the world a better place starting at home. Each award has additional requirements. Please review the nomination form before completing.

Rising Star Award (Nomination Form Letter of Endorsement)
Recognize a first year volunteer who has fully embraced the Girl Scouting movement with energy and passion and has performed outstanding work in their first year.

Leading the Way Award (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement)
Recognize a volunteer whose outstanding service is inspiring to those around them and an example of an ideal Girl Scout volunteer.

Do-Dad Award (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement)
Recognize dads who have provided outstanding service to Girl Scouts.

Unsung Hero Award (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement)
Recognize an indirect volunteer who provides excellent service and makes things happen behind the scenes.

Trefoil Award (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement)
Recognize a group in the community that has been consistently supportive of Girl Scouting.

Council Awards

Council Awards honor volunteers who have demonstrated a higher level of service that has had an impact on the entire council.  These awards are for indirect or direct volunteers and reflect a volunteer who has grown in their service to Girl Scouts. Each award has additional requirements. Please review the nomination form before completing.

Global Voices Award (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement)
Recognize a volunteer who has gone above and beyond in including diverse members of their community in Girl Scouting.

Heritage Award (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement)
Recognize a volunteer who honors Girl Scout traditions and history while embracing the interests of girls today.

Firestarter Award (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement)
Recognize a volunteer whose leadership and enthusiasm for Girl Scouts has ignited a flame of excellence that is passed to all members of the council. This flame sustains the passion for Girls Scouts among girls, volunteers and staff, and preserves Girl Scouting for years to come.

Centennial Award (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement)
Recognize a lifetime of achievement by a Girl Scout volunteer.  This award demonstrates a volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for an extended period of time.

GSUSA Awards

The most prestigious of the three, the GSUSA awards honor volunteers who have had such a significant impact that no other award would be appropriate. The volunteers who have made significant impact throughout the council and meeting council goals are honored in this category. Each award has additional requirements. Please review the nomination form before completing.

Volunteer of Excellence (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement
Recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) 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.

Appreciation Pin (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement
Recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE).  This service, which had measurable impact on one service area, helps the council reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals for that area.

Honor Pin (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement
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 service areas, allowing the council to reach and surpass its mission delivery goals.

Thanks Badge (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement
Honors an individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting mission-delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or the entire Girl Scout movement.

Thanks Badge II (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement
Honors a previous Thanks Badge recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role, resulting in a measurable impact that benefits the entire Girl Scout Movement.

Juliette Gordon Low World Friendship Medal (Nomination/Interest Form ) 
Awarded to individuals and councils who have enriched and leveraged the global understanding of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting to grow responsible global citizens. This prestigious national award is approved by the Girl Scouts of the USA National Board of Directors.

Years of Service Award

Recognizes individuals who have maintained adult volunteer membership with Girl Scouts for extended periods of time. Award pins are provided in 5 year increments.

The Volunteer Department will generate a list of award recipients annually from an internal database and provide to Service Unit Managers for review.  Years of Service award pins are provided to the Service Unit for presentation at their local recognition event.

National President’s Award

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States through presidential recognition to live a life of service. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period – or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.  More information can be found here.

2020 Adult Award Recipients

    First Name

Award

Service Unit

Kristi Veitz GSUSA Appreciation Pin East Grand Forks
Nicolle Ellison GSUSA Honor Pin Thief River Falls
Tifanie Petro GSUSA Volunteer of Excellence Rushmore
Mary Lappe GSUSA Volunteer of Excellence Buffalo Gap
Shannon Powell GSUSA Volunteer of Excellence Foothills
Tammy Sadowsky Council Centennial Award Dickinson
Amber Vadala Council Firestarter Award Minot AFB
Tamara Giguere Council Global Voices Award Grafton County
Gloria Larman Council Heritage Award Grafton County
Jarrad Prasifka Do Dad Award Sheyenne
Lucas Bialorucki Do Dad Award Ellsworth AFB
Tara Mitchner Leading the Way Award Minot AFB
Mary Ortega Leading the Way Award Thief River Falls
Jamie Martinson Leading the Way Award Grafton County
Melisa Forest Leading the Way Award Pierre
Miechi Johnson Leading the Way Award Dakota Sunrise
Nicole Boone Leading the Way Award Rivers Edge
Renee Bostick Leading the Way Award Hilltop
Beth Vermeer Leading the Way Award Hilltop
Jennifer Pearson Leading the Way Award Hilltop
Roselyn Schillerstorm Leading the Way Award Hilltop
Shannon Perkins Leading the Way Award Rushmore
Lisa Schild Leading the Way Award Rushmore
Jenna Woosley Leading the Way Award Ellsworth AFB
Amanda Neal Leading the Way Award Foothills
Heidi Aldrich Leading the Way Award Northern HIlls
Johanna Best Leading the Way Award Northern HIlls
Rhiannon Giguere Rising Star Award Grafton County
Judith Thompson Rising Star Award Grafton County
Bridget Van Sickle Rising Star Award Pierre
Sarah Olsem Rising Star Award Rivers Edge
Tarrin Zahrbock Rising Star Award HIlltop
Kalyn Bang Rising Star Award Hilltop
Jancie Knight Rising Star Award Rushmore
Sally Heberlein Rising Star Award Ellsworth AFB
Samantha Plank Rising Star Award Todd County/Rosebud
Michelle Trepanier Rising Star Award Northern Hills
Kimberly Zick Unsung Hero Award Rushmore
Kelly Thayer Unsung Hero Award Rushmore
Danette Forbes Unsung Hero Award Foothills
Breanne Donnell Unsung Hero Award Northern Hills
Jamie Coleman Unsung Hero Award Northern HIlls
Valley Ambulance and Rescue Service Trefoil Award Northeast District
Good Earth State Park Trefoil Award Southeast District
Alpha Omega Epsilon Trefoil Award Southwest District

 

 

 

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