MOUNT AIRY — Girls and volunteers from across Surry County were recognized on June 26 for their service, fundraising and dedication to Girl Scouting. More than 100 scouts, leaders, families and friends gathered at Central United Methodist Church for the Service Unit 140 Annual Awards Ceremony. The event celebrated the greatness in Girl Scouts of all ages and the continuing of the Girl Scout mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character.
Honor Troop 02318, of Pilot Mountain, opened the event with a flag ceremony. Girls of all ages are taught respect and proper handling of the flags.
Recognizing a girl’s commitment to her troop, Perfect Attendance, was given to Hannah Johnston, Madison Carlisle, Karisma Maurer, Savannah Allen, Natalie Cockerham, Reagan Smiley, Ranie Hodges and Cali Soriano.
Top Sellers in each troop worked to reach their goals, gain financial skills, learn customer service, and provide funds for scouting activities. Girls awarded as top sellers in Fall Products were Amber Hodge, Lacey Taylor, Sarah Tinnes and Nahla Dobson. Cookies top sellers were Karisma Maurer, Caitlynn Creed, Ashlyn Edwards, Bailey Sawyer, Caroline Puckett, Spreeanne Norris, Emma Gentry and Izzabell Heinke. The county’s Top Sellers were Amber Hodge for fall product, and Karisma Maurer (742 boxes), Katherine Hooker (1,196 boxes) and Anna Hedrick (2,172 boxes) for cookies.
Highest Awards are given in four age levels. The awards teach girls the critical skills needed to plan and implement a service project. As they grow older, the projects become more in depth and the girls take on more of the leadership role.
Brownie Spark Award, available to girls in second or third grade, was earned by Anelise Nay, Reagan Poindexter, Jasmine Wall, Kaitlyn Ring, Scotland Rawley and Andrea Rains of Troop 02743. They completed a project making dog treats for an animal shelter.
The Bronze Award, for girls in fourth or fifth grade, was earned by Audrey Poindexter, Emma Gentry and Maggie Parker of Troop 02743. These girls sewed 13 fidget aprons for Alzheimer’s residents at a local nursing facility.
Special Recognitions were awarded to Natalie Cockerham, a third-grade Brownie, for more than 20 hours of service to Girl Scouts, and Sarah Tinnes, a 10th-grade Senior, for more than 100 hours of service to Girl Scouts. Both girls worked behind the scenes planning and preparing for events and activities which benefited the entire region.
Ten Year Volunteer/Membership pins were presented to the mother/daughter team Judy and Cheyenne Gates of Pilot Mountain Troop 40821.
More than 30 adult volunteers were awarded Shining Volunteer certificates. To earn the award, each volunteer worked to serve a troop in at least four areas, including administration, communication, activities, transportation, training, and fundraising.
Tonya Golding, Mandee Tate and Christine Maurer were recognized with the Growing Green award for first year leaders, who do an exceptional job of delivering Girl Scouting to their girls. Volunteer of Excellence, a nomination-based award that requires comprehensive support from fellow volunteers, was awarded to Nancy Cockerham and Julia Hodge for their dedicated involvement and the countless hours they have spent both with girls and behind the scenes over the course of several years.
In addition, Jennifer Tinnes, of Westfield, was presented the Appreciation Award at a council-wide ceremony on May 16 at the Hickory Convention Center. The Appreciation Award recognizes a registered adult Girl Scout as going above and beyond her duties as a volunteer to deliver outstanding service and contribute to the achievement of the council’s goals in at least one service area. Tinnes filled a long-vacant position of service unit specialist in Surry County. She formed a service team and organized girl activities and community service projects for local troops. She mentors new leaders and organizes cookie booths for all the Surry troops. Her leadership has resulted in membership growth and increased cookie sales in Surry County.
The ceremony was followed by a reception for honorees, family and friends in the fellowship hall.
For information about becoming involved in Girl Scouting, contact Cathy Bryant at email@example.com or 336-816-6372.
Diane Blakemore can be reached at 336-368-2222.