CEO Carol Dedrich (left) with Jeni and Kassie
Volunteer Spotlight: 2019 Thanks Badge Honorees
Our Volunteer Celebration culminated when Jeni Barajas and Kassie
Panian received the Thanks Badge. Earlier that day, during the annual
meeting, outgoing Board Chair Regina Buckley received the same honor.
Jeni epitomizes what Girl Scouting is all about. Her
positive spirit resonates in everything she does, from leading her
daughter’s multi-level troop, to organizing service unit and
councilwide events. She has a gift for drawing people into Girl
Scouting—which one of her nominators calls the “Jeni effect.” She
has also made extraordinary strides in the areas of STEM (science,
technology, engineering, and math) and outdoor program experiences.
Kassie teamed up with her adult daughter Justine to
create and grow an innovative, college student-led Girl Scout troop
program. To date, 84 students have led troops at five under-served
elementary schools. Some students have even continued leading beyond
their initial semester. In her many other capacities, including
interim service unit manager, Kassie mentors volunteers who seek her
Regina, immediate past board chair, is a true champion of
Girl Scouts. In the words of CEO Carol Dedrich, Regina has been “…an
integral part of elevating Girl Scouts San Diego as one of the best
councils in the country and…is an inspiration to girls and our
volunteers.” “Through your leadership and support,” Carol told Regina,
“our membership is increasing and our effectiveness in delivering our
vital programs continues to evolve at the speed of
girls.” Regina will continue to serve on the board for an
additional year, and she has been elected to the board development committee.
Thank you, and congratulations, Jeni, Kassie, and Regina!