Volunteer Celebration is a chance to recognize all of the amazing
Girl Scout volunteers in San Diego and Imperial counties. This year,
to keep in line with COVID-19 safety precautions, our 2021 honorees
and their nominators were invited to celebrate at an intimate ceremony
outdoors near the Groce Family Treehouse.
The Thanks Badge recognizes adult members whose truly outstanding performance has benefited the entire council, and whose ongoing commitment, leadership and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the mission-delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or the entire Girl Scout Movement.
Jamie Anderson, Oceanside Service Unit
Many of you might know Jamie through her outstanding creativity as a “S.W.A.P Professional.” Jamie is the artistic genius behind Oceanside Service Unit’s Volunteer Conference S.W.A.P.s each year. She has also extended her craftiness to troops and leaders to coordinate craft nights and teach girls how to make lifesaving paracord bracelets. We are ALL grateful for these creative contributions but we are truly THANKful for what she does for our Girl Scouts during cookie season.
Jamie runs her cookie cupboard for not one service unit, not two, not three, but for FOUR service units: Oceanside, Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad and Vista.
Throughout the pandemic she was one of the few cupboards that posted the most open hours for girls and families to pick up cookies. She ran her cupboard efficiently and stressed safety so all who came felt comfortable. Due to her availability and her selflessness, she enabled several hundred girls to participate in one of the most challenging cookie seasons in our history.
Thank you, Jamie! We are very grateful for you.
Rebekah Tyrell Hill, La Mesa Service Unit
Rebekah has dedicated the past 15 years to serving our Girl Scout community. She is the La Mesa Service Unit Manager and has served as the Service Unit Cookie Chair for four years. She continues to mentor new leaders, and is an incredible outdoor trainer.
Beyond that, Rebekah has created outstanding programs for her service unit including their Annual Service Awards, Adopt a Graduating Girl Scout, Spring Service Unit Photos, and the Cookie Booth Handoff Handshake photo contest. She has started a Youth Leadership Team, created the Beyond Juniors and Recruit and Retain events, and helped girls from disbanded troops and troops unable to launch find new homes.
As if that was not enough! Rebekah is a volunteer trainer and an outdoor program instructor, specializing in archery and backpacking. You have seen her commitment to this program and excellent presentation skills at Outdoor Skills Weekend and our Volunteer Conference. Not only is she a trainer but she is also a learner-for-life and continues to build her skills by taking courses from GSUSA and sister councils to share tips from San Diego and bring new ideas to our local Girl Scouts.
Thank YOU, Rebekah for keeping your Girl Scout promise, you are indeed making the world a better place!
Kristin "Kris" Newman, Vista Service Unit
Cookie season wouldn’t be the same without Kris. As the Cookie Cupboard Director for San Marcos, Escondido, Carlsbad, and Encinitas, she has been the go-to person to answer questions and give guidance, which she does with her signature smile, good nature, and infectious laugh.
With her support, girls do not just learn, but live the Girl Scout mission and earn several badges including Meet My Customers, Cookie CEO, and Business Owner. This year, 16 girls achieved their goals of selling over 1,000 cookie packages, 10 of whom achieved Elite Entrepreneur status by selling 2,021 or more… this was a new record for the San Marcos Service Unit! The girls could not have achieved their goals without Kris’ support. She is a shining example of a lifetime Girl Scout who just wants to help more girls grow and learn. But wait, there’s more!
Kris is one of our National Delegates representing Girl Scouts San Diego on important issues that affect our movement. She is also an advocate and promoter of our College Volunteer Leader Program. Through this program, she helps engage local college students and trains them to be Girl Scout troop leaders who bring Girl Scouting to underserved schools without a Girl Scout presence in San Marcos, Oceanside and Escondido. Prior to March 2020, she had helped 130 girls (that is 15 troops!) from five schools become enrolled in this extremely robust program.
And if that didn’t keep her busy enough! She took the lead to find several troops to welcome new girls who might not otherwise have had the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts. She is a role model for so many!
Wow! Thank you, Kris, for inspiring so many Girl Scouts!
Sarah Woodruff, Imperial Valley Service Unit
A few years ago, Sarah started attending Imperial Valley Service Unit meetings and Girl Scout events with her daughters, Rene and Becky. She quickly noticed the need for improved communications out to leaders and parents who were unable to attend the service unit’s meetings. Sarah happily volunteered to help fill this gap, thus the Service Unit Secretary position was created just for her!
Sarah’s responsibilities grew when she also accepted the role of Registrar when the position became vacant. She gladly completed the additional training and continued to dedicate herself to both roles of Secretary and Registrar.
In these roles, Sarah created innovative processes for the team to follow. She managed attendance at Service Unit meetings on her tablet, she converted all forms and documents into Google Docs, she created Google registrations for all the Service Unit events, and she went above and beyond by becoming the official Greeter and Check-In person by stationing herself at the door for meetings and events.
She remained constant in her goals to reach out to parents and the community to keep them connected and informed. She worked closely with Genie, their service unit manager, and assisted with all events by creating flyers, sending emails to all families, and posting registration and event information to Facebook.
To ease the burden on service unit members, Sarah would take the time and attend council trainings, roundtable calls, and webinars. She attended most if not all, just so that she would be a second set of ears and could provide an update to the rest of the team. Sarah attended just about everything and loved being a part of Girl Scouts.
Sarah passed away unexpectedly this past June. We are glad to honor her memory and say, “Thank you.”