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					      Adult Recognitions
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        Appreciation and Recognition
        Appreciation is an ongoing, everyday process for anyone, anywhere, anytime. Showing appreciation for one another is a
        good way to show respect, to relate to each other’s strengths, and to build mutual commitment. Recognitions are tangible
        reminders of rewarding relationships between people and Girl Scouting.
        Be creative in recognizing volunteers! Think “outside the box” when determining how your service unit can best recognize
        the unique talents and contributions of a member.
        Giving and receiving recognition is part of every phase in the process of managing human resources. The adult
        recognitions system is designed to be a valuable component of every volunteer support system. It offers tangible, visible
        awards for significant service.
        Expressions of gratitude vary, from informal words of thanks to formal acknowledgment at a meeting, from troop greetings
        made by girls to an official award. Recognition should fit the service rendered and the individual or group recipient. At
        certain times a symbol made by the girls would be appropriate; at other times a purchased token would be more
        meaningful.
        Presenting the award or token of esteem at a suitable ceremony not only enhances the expression of appreciation, it also
        increases the significance for the recipient. Appropriate GSCB publicity about the award, the guest list for the ceremony
        and the verbal presentation will make the expression of gratitude memorable.
        All awards noted in this brochure may be granted to a deserving Girl Scout only once during his or her Scouting
        experience. The person nominating a Girl Scout for one of these awards cannot also serve the dual role of serving as a
        party supporting the nomination. Other individuals must write letters of recommendation in support of the nomination.




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          Adult Recognitions in Girl Scouting



        Section I:       Summary of Adult Recognitions

        Section II:      Some Ways to Say Thank You

        Section III:     GSUSA Awards

        Section IV:      Service Unit Level Awards

        Section V:       Board Approved Awards




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        Section I: Summary of Adult Recognitions in Girl Scouting

        Award                                   Eligible Candidates
        GSUSA

        Years of Service Pin                    Adult volunteers after completing volunteer service of five year intervals

        Service Unit Level

        Green Angel Patch and Certificate       For a volunteer in any role within the service unit or council
        Volunteer of Excellence                 For a volunteer in any role within the service unit or council
        Special Supporters Certificate          An individual, business or organization that is supportive of troops

        GSUSA Awards Requiring Board Approval

        Appreciation Pin                       For volunteers actively giving outstanding service to at least one geographic
                                               area or program delivery audience of service
        Honor Pin                              For volunteers actively giving outstanding service in more than two
                                               geographic areas
        Thanks Badge                           For volunteers actively giving service impacting the council or the entire Girl
                                               Scout movement
        Thanks Badge II                        See Thanks Badge (The candidate must have already have received the
                                               Thanks Badge)
        President’s Award                      The President’s Award recognizes the efforts of a service team, committee, or
                                               volunteer team whose exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl
                                               Scout Leadership Experience surpasses team goals and resulted in
                                               significant, measurable impact toward reaching the Council’s overall goals.

        Juliette Gordon Low                    For individuals and councils who have enriched and leveraged the global

        World Friendship Medal                 For 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

        GSCB Awards Requiring Board Approval

        Seagull                                For any registered adult with a pattern of consistent service which impacts
                                               the entire Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay



        See your Service Unit Recognitions Chair for specific information and forms.

        Contact GSCB for more information on Religious Recognitions.




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                                                 Volunteer Recognitions At-a-Glance

                             Who to
         Recognition                                               Criteria                                        Nomination and Approval Process               Cost to SU
                            Consider




                                                Given one time only


                       For a volunteer in       Active, registered Girl Scout adult (length of service
      Green Angel                                is not a criterion)
                       any role within the
                       service unit or                                                                                                                           $3.50
                       council                  Successfully completed a term of service and all               Submit an application describing the
                                                 requirements for the position                                   volunteer’s accomplishments to the SU
                                                                                                                 Recognitions Chair outlining how the service
                                                                                                                 has benefited the girls and the organization
                                                Given for creative, outstanding service to a troop
                                                 or pathway


                                                Active, registered adult Girl Scout                            SU Recognitions Chair reviews the application
                                                                                                                 and approves or denies the nomination
                                                Successfully completed a term of service and all
                                                 requirements for the position
                                                Performed beyond expectations for the position to
                                                 deliver the GSLWE to girls using the National
                                                 Program Portfolio or performance has been beyond               SU Recognitions task group sends out
                                                 the expectations of the position and has supported              notification of its decision
                       For a volunteer in
      Volunteer of                               the council’s mission-delivery goals in one or more
      Excellence       any role within the       of the following functional areas: Membership
                       service unit or           Development/Community Cultivation, Volunteer                                                                    $8.00
                       council                   Relations and Support, Program, Leadership and
                                                 Governance, Fund Development, and Council
                                                 Support Services (such as IT, Customer Service,
                                                 Merchandising, MarComm)
                                                Actively recognizes, understands and practices
                                                 the values of inclusive behavior




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                                                    Volunteer Recognitions At-a-Glance

                            Who to                               Criteria                                      Supporting
      Recognition                                                                                                                     Nomination and Approval Process        Cost to SU
                           Consider                                                                           Documentation



                                                 Active, registered adult Girl Scout
                   For volunteers actively
      Appreciation giving outstanding                                                                           2 letters of
      Pin          service to at least one       Service performed is above and beyond the                    endorsement
                                                  expectations for the position and made a
                   geographic area or
                                                  measurable and significant impact on one service           (by people other
                   program delivery               unit within the council
                   audience                                                                                      than the




                                                                                                                                                                               Costs for these awards assumed by GSCB
                                                                                                                nominator)


                                                                                                                                          Submit an application
                                                                                                                                           describing the volunteer’s
                                                                                                                                           accomplishments to the
                                                 Active, registered adult Girl Scout                                                      council recognitions task group
                    For volunteers actively                                                                     3 letters of
      Honor Pin                                                                                                endorsement                 outlining how the service has
                    giving outstanding           Service performed is above and beyond the
                    service in more than                                                                                                   benefited the organization
                                                  expectations for the position and made a
                    two geographic areas                                                                      (by people other
                                                  measurable and significant impact on one service
                                                                                                                  than the
                                                  unit within the council
                                                                                                                 nominator)
                                                                                                                                          Council recognitions task
                                                                                                                                           group reviews the application
                                                                                                                                           and approves or denies the
                                                                                                                                           nomination



      Thanks                                     Active, registered adult Girl Scout
      Badge I and For volunteers actively                                                                       4 letters of
      Thanks      giving service impacting       Service resulted in outcomes that benefitted the             endorsement
      Badge II    the council or the entire       total council or the entire Girl Scout organization
                                                  and is so significantly above and beyond the call of        (by people other
                   Girl Scout movement
                                                  duty that no other award would be appropriate                   than the
                                                                                                                 nominator)




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                           Who to                                                                             Supporting
     Recognition                                                   Criteria                                                          Nomination and Approval Process         Cost to SU
                          Consider                                                                           Documentation

                                                                                                                                          Submit an application
                                                                                                                                           describing the volunteer’s
                                                Active, registered adult Girl Scout                                                       accomplishments to the




                                                                                                                                                                                Costs for these awards assumed by GSCB
                   For a volunteer in                                                                                                      council recognitions task
                   any role within the                                                                        3 letters of                 group outlining how the
                                                Successfully completed a term of service and all                                          service has benefited the
                   service unit or council                                                                   endorsement
   Seagull Pin                                   requirements for the position                                                             organization
                   that impacts the                                                                         (by people other
                   entire council                                                                               than the
                                                                                                                                          Council recognitions task
                                                Demonstrates a pattern of consistent service that             nominator)                  group reviews the application
                                                 impacts all of GSCB                                                                       and approves or denies the
                                                                                                                                           nomination




                                                All must be registered Girl Scout adults                                                 Submit an application
                                                                                                                                           describing the team’s
                                                                                                                                           accomplishments to the
                                                Must have significantly contributed to meeting one
                                                                                                                                           Board of Directors outlining
                                                 or more council goals in membership growth and                                            how the service has benefited
                                                                                                              3 letters of
                                                 retention, fund development, or increased                   endorsement                   the girls and the organization
                   For a geographic area         community visibility
   President’s
                   team or program                                                                          (by people other
   Award                                                                                                                                  Board of Directors reviews
                   delivery team                                                                                than the
                                                Must reflect the diversity of the area they serve                                         the application and approves
                                                                                                               nominator)                  or denies the nomination
                                                Actively recognize, understand, and practice the
                                                 values of inclusive behavior                                                             Board of Directors sends
                                                                                                                                           notification of its decision to
                                                                                                                                           GSUSA for confirmation




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                                                 Volunteer Recognitions At-a-Glance
                           Who to                                                                     Supporting
     Recognition                                              Criteria                                                       Nomination and Approval Process      Cost to SU
                          Consider                                                                   Documentation

                                            Impact on girls: Efforts include girl involvement
                                             resulting in increased opportunities for girl-led
                                             global opportunities and Take Action projects
                                             resulting in significant global impact.


                                            Commitment: Has demonstrated dedication and




                                                                                                                                                                      Costs for these awards assumed by GSCB
                                             commitment over a significant amount of time by
                                             continuously promoting and expanding the global
                                             dimension of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting. The
                                             nominee has promoted the Juliette Low World                                          Submit the GSUSA
                                             Friendship fund or other global Girl Scouting                                         nomination form describing
                                             funding opportunities.                                                                the candidate’s or council’s
                                                                                                                                   accomplishments to the Vice
                                                                                                                                   President of Global Girl
                                            Global awareness: Has created and promoted               2 letters of                 Scouting.
   Juliette Gordon                           resources and opportunities that increase the           endorsement
   Low World       For individuals and       understanding of the global dimension of Girl
                                             Guiding and Girl Scouting to the council and the       (by people other
   Friendship      councils
                                             larger community.                                          than the
   Medal
                                                                                                       nominator)                 Final approval is by the
                                                                                                                                   GSUSA National Board of
                                            Leadership: Is recognized by girl and adult                                           Directors.
                                             members, and the larger community, as a leader
                                             who leverages the global impact of Girl Guiding
                                             and Girl Scouting.


                                            Membership: Is a current registered Girl Scout
                                             adult member in a council or USA Girl Scouts
                                             Overseas.




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                                              Volunteer Recognitions At-a-Glance

          Other Girl Scout Recognitions                                                             Descriptions

                                          The Girl Scout Gold Award Alliance Pin is worn by members of a council’s Girl Scout Gold Award Alliance. As established
       Girl Scout Gold Award Alliance     by the National Council in 1993, the purpose of the Girl Scout Gold Award Alliance is to support girls working toward the
                                          Girl Scout Gold Award and to increase public recognition of this award.

                                          The Outgoing President’s Pin honors a council president upon conclusion of her/his final term of office. The council board
       Outgoing President’s Pin
                                          of directors makes the decision to present this pin to the council president.

                                          The Years of Service Pin recognizes an adult member registered with Girl Scouts of the USA for her/his years of active
                                          volunteer service at five year intervals (5, 10, 15, etc.). This pin differs from the numeral guard in that it represents the
       Volunteer Years of Service Pin
                                          number of years an adult volunteer has actively provided service, whereas the numeral
                                          guard recognizes years of membership.

                                          The Award Certificate (UPC #09981) is an all-purpose recognition suitable for “service of exceptional quality”
                                          from an individual or a group. It is especially valuable when you want to recognize someone who has already received an
       Award Certificate                  awarded recognition, such as the Appreciation Pin or Honor Pin, for additional service. It can also be presented together with
                                          such a pin to document in writing the date and reason for the award. Comes with a calligraphic pen for use in adding the
                                          honoree’s name.


                                          The Lifetime Membership Pin may be worn by any adult who is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the USA. This pin is a
       Lifetime Membership Pin            gold-filled disc featuring the three girls’ profiles or an eagle logo with laurel at the bottom. It can be worn on the right side of
                                          the uniform above the personalized identification pin and can be purchased by or given as a gift to any lifetime member.


                                          The Juliette Low World Friendship Medal is a prestigious national award for excellence in international understanding,
       Juliette Low World Friendship
                                          program, and service and is granted by the National Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of the USA to individuals,
       Medal for Councils
                                          organizations, or Girl Scout councils.

                                          1. The organization has given special assistance in furthering international understanding in the community and in Girl
       Juliette Low World Friendship          Scouting.
       Medal for Organizations            2. The organization has provided special service or funds to promote international opportunities for Girl
                                              Scouts.

                                          A number of religious groups have recognitions for adults who have given distinguished service by working with young
       Religious Recognitions
                                          people through Girl Scouts of the USA or other youth agencies.




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        Section II: Some Ways to Say Thank You

        If recognition takes the form of a pin, badge, certificate or other tangible token or is merely a formal thank you,
        presentation at an appropriate ceremony can highlight the expression of appreciation and enhance its significance for
        the recipient. When and how the recipient is recognized will make the expression of gratitude memorable.

        Some times to keep in mind for recognition could include:
         October 31 – Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday
         February 22 – Thinking Day, the Birthday of Lord Baden-Powell and Lady Baden-Powell
         March 12 – The Birthday of Girl Scouting in the United States
         April 22 – Leader’s Day
         National Volunteers Week
         GSCB Annual Meeting
         Immediately following service rendered
         Year-end Membership Ceremony
         Service Unit Meeting
         Special Recognition Event
         Community or County Recognition Event
         Board or Club Meeting of an outside group rendering a service


        Some ways to say “thank you” could include:
         A display of photos in the community honoring individuals or troops who have given outstanding service
         A framed photograph of the Girl Scouts who participated in a particular project or event
         A thank you statement published in GSCB’s publications, community newsletter or paper, or broadcast on radio or
          television
         Plant a tree in the person’s name
         Dedicate a garden or play area in the person’s name or donate equipment to a local service unit
         A citation at an appropriate meeting
         A Girl Scout gift item selected for its appropriateness - available through one of GSCB’s Bay Shops
         An addition to the volunteers’ personal collection
         A certificate of appreciation




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        Section III: GSUSA Awards

        Years of Service Pin
        Criteria
        1. Available in five year designations to registered adult volunteers.
        2. Recognizes only adult volunteer years of service. This recognition differs from the
           numeral guard in that it represents adult membership only.

        Example of nominee
        Adult volunteers after completing volunteer service at five year intervals.

        Nomination and Approval Procedures
        1. Service Unit Recognition Chair completes application and mails to Newark Resource Center c/o Recognitions.
        2. Fifteen years or more may be presented at GSCB Annual Meeting if received by March 1. Please send a list of names
           of those with 15 years or more of service so we can include their names in the GSCB Annual Meeting program. You do
           not have to attend the annual meeting to be recognized in the program.

        Cost assumed by GSCB




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        Section IV: Awards at the Service Unit Level

        Green Angel Patch
        Criteria
        1. Given one time only.
        2. The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout. Length of service is not a
           criterion.
        3. The nominee has successfully completed a term of service and all requirements for the
           position.
        4. Given for creative, outstanding service to a troop. For instance: A volunteer who provides girls with exciting programs
           and opportunities to grow with enthusiasm or a troop committee member who not only does what is expected, but does
           it creatively.

        Example of nominee
        Troop committee members or active parents, volunteers and service team volunteers.
        Nomination and Approval Procedures
        A nomination form is completed and submitted to the SU Recognitions Chair. Two individuals familiar with the service
        submit letters of endorsement with the application. The recognitions committee reviews the nomination documentation,
        then approves or denies it. Presentation is held at a local event within the service unit.

        Cost assumed by service unit $3.50



        Volunteer of Excellence
        Criteria
        1. The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout.
        2. The nominee has successfully completed a term of service and all requirements for the position.
        3. The nominee has performed beyond expectations for the position to deliver the GSLE to girls using the National Program
           Portfolio, or the nominee’s performance has been beyond the expectations of the position and has supported the council’s
           mission-delivery goals in one or more of the following functional areas: Membership Development/Community Cultivation,
           Volunteer Relations and Support, Program Leadership and Governance, Fund Development, and Council Support Service
           (such as IT, Customer Service, Merchandising, MarComm).
        4. The nominee actively recognizes, understands, and practices the values of inclusive behavior.

        Example of nominee
        A volunteer Program Advisor works over the course of the year with a teen advisory committee of 30 current Girl Scout
        Seniors and Ambassadors who plan and deliver four performance day camps, using content from the aMuse Journey,
        targeted to girls in underserved areas of the council. As a result, those areas have a combined total of 210 new Junior girl
        members and 16 new adult volunteers; 92 percent of the girls at camp also signed up for other opportunities during the
        year.
        Nomination and Approval Procedures
        A nomination form is completed and submitted to the SU Recognitions Chair. Two individuals familiar with the service
        submit letters of endorsement with the application. The recognitions committee reviews the nomination documentation,
        then approves or denies it. Presentation is held at a local event within the service unit.

        Cost assumed by service unit $8.00


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        Section V: Awards Requiring Board Approval

        Appreciation Pin
        Criteria
        1. The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout.
        2. The service performed by the nominee is above and beyond the expectations for the position held,
           and has made an impact on one geographic area within the council’s jurisdiction.

        Example of nominee
        At an event, a Troop Leader noticed that the diversity of the girls did not match the diversity of the community. She talked
        with her council’s staff members and found that they had identified a potential for membership increase among the
        Hispanic communities in her area. She partnered with the service-delivery team to create and implement recruitment
        strategies to reach both girls and adults and new ways of work to support new members. As a result, Hispanic girl
        membership rose by 14 percent and adult membership by 15 percent last year. While those new members participated
        in series and camps, 78 percent of them participated in troops.

        Nomination and Approval Procedures
        A nomination form is completed and submitted to the council’s recognitions committee, along with supporting
        documentation (two letters of endorsement) indicating how the nominee meets the criteria. The recognition committee
        reviews the nomination documentation, then approves or denies it. The recognition committee sends notification of the
        decision to the council’s board of directors for confirmation. Presentation is held at the GSCB Annual Meeting.
        Cost assumed by GSCB
        Deadline: December 1                               Supporting Documentation: Two letters of endorsement


        Honor Pin
        Criteria
        1. The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout.
        2. The service performed by the nominee is above and beyond the expectations for the position held and
           made an impact on two or more geographic areas within the council’s jurisdiction.

        Example of nominee
        A facilitator realized that although the council created online courses and resources about the GSLE, at volunteer
        meetings she heard moments indicating that many volunteers still were hesitant to use Journeys to deliver the GSLE to
        girls. She worked with the Volunteer Management department to develop a GSLE Coach role, which would support all
        direct-service volunteers as they implemented what they learned in the courses and put Journeys into action. This role
        was piloted in four service-delivery teams where, after the first year, Journey sales increased by 30 percent; girls shared
        the impact of 14 new take-action projects via the council’s website, and the volunteer-satisfaction scores increased by 12
        percent.
        Nomination and Approval Procedures
        A nomination form is completed and submitted to the Council’s recognition committee, along with supporting
        documentation (three letters of endorsement) indicating how the nominee meets the criteria. The recognition committee
        reviews the nomination documentation, then approves or denies it. The recognition committee sends notification of the
        decision to the council’s board of directors for confirmation. Presentation is held at the GSCB Annual Meeting.
        Cost assumed by GSCB
        Deadline: December 1                               Supporting Documentation: Three letters of endorsement


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        Section V: Awards Requiring Board Approval

        Thanks Badge
        Criteria
        1. The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout.
        2. The outstanding service performed by the nominee resulted in outcomes that benefitted the total
           council or the entire Girl Scout organization, and is so significantly above and beyond the call of duty
           that no other award would be appropriate.

        Example of nominee
        A volunteer saw an opportunity to use Journeys to increase membership in one of the council’s target markets through the
        camp pathway. She helped the council partner with local companies and groups to provide in-kind, financial, and
        volunteer support to build a Take-Action Tree House at each camp. She led a task group of girls to design and develop
        progressive programming, based on girl-led processes and Journey content, which culminated in take-action projects. The
        three-year project brought in 300 new Girl Scouts, a 5 percent overall increase in camp registration the following year, 90
        new volunteers, and new partnerships with 11 local organizations.
        Nomination and Approval Procedures
        A nomination form is completed and submitted to the council’s recognition committee, along with supporting
        documentation (four letters of endorsement) indicating how the nominee meets the criteria. The recognition committee
        reviews the nomination documentation, then approves or denies it. The recognition committee sends notification of the
        decision to the council’s board of directors for confirmation. Presentation is held at the GSCB Annual Meeting.
        Cost assumed by GSCB
        Deadline: December 1                                Supporting Documentation: Four letters of endorsement



        Thanks Badge II for continuing service
        Criteria
        1. The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout.
        2. The nominee has previously received the Thanks Badge.
        3. The outstanding service performed by the nominee resulted in outcomes that benefitted the total
           council or the entire Girl Scout organization, and is so significantly above and beyond the call of
           duty that no other award would be appropriate

        Example of nominee
        After receiving the Thanks Badge, the volunteer from the Thanks Badge example was motivated by the success of the
        Take-Action Tree House project and submitted to present this best practice at the GSUSA conference. She then served
        for two years on a national task group to help educate and support all 111 other councils as they create long-term plans
        that integrate all council departments to implement the cap pathway to grow membership and deliver the Girl Scout
        Leadership Experience (GSLE) through Journey use.
        Nomination and Approval Procedures
        A nomination form is completed and submitted to the council’s recognition committee, along with supporting
        documentation (four letters of endorsement) indicating how the nominee meets the criteria. The recognition committee
        reviews the nomination documentation, then approves or denies it. The recognition committee sends notification of the
        decision to the council’s board of directors for confirmation. Presentation is held at the GSCB Annual Meeting.
        Cost assumed by GSCB
        Deadline: December 1                                Supporting Documentation: Four letters of endorsement

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        Section V: Awards Requiring Board Approval

        Seagull Pin
        Criteria
        1. The nominee has completed appropriate Girl Scout training (if applicable) and is a
           registered member of GSUSA.
        2. The nominee has demonstrated a pattern of consistent service that impacts all of GSCB.

        Examples of nominees
        A combination of the following types of contributions:
             Fall School Chair or long term committee member
             Director of a day camp of sufficient size to support entire GSCB or of a multi-week day camp
             Teen Leadership Weekend Chair or long term committee member

        Nomination and Approval Procedures
        A nomination form is completed and submitted to the council’s recognition committee, along with supporting
        documentation (three letters of endorsement) indicating how the nominee meets the criteria. The recognition committee
        reviews the nomination documentation, then approves or denies it. The recognition committee sends notification of the
        decision to the council’s board of directors for confirmation. Presentation is held at the GSCB Annual Meeting.
        Cost assumed by GSCB
        Deadline: December 1                                Supporting Documentation: Three letters of endorsement

        President’s Award
        Criteria
        1. All service team members are registered Girl Scouts.
        2. All service team members have met all requirements and expectations of the positions held.
        3. The service-delivery team has significantly contributed to meeting one or more of the council’s mission-delivery goals.
        4. The service-delivery team reflects the diversity of the target audience or area it serves, in girl and adult membership, in
           all pathways offered.
        5. The service-delivery team actively recognizes, understands, and practices the values of inclusive behavior.

        Example of nominees
        Members of a service-delivery team saw the need to better communicate information and opportunities with girls and
        adults in their area, so they organized a group of 15 teens and 5 volunteers, representing all communities in their
        jurisdiction, to create new communication strategies using social media (including Facebook, Twitter, and NING). As a
        result 36 percent more girls attended their local events, 90 percent of open service team positions were filled, and the
        council gained 1,350 friends on Facebook.
        Nomination and Approval Procedures
        A nomination form is completed and submitted to the council’s recognition committee, along with supporting
        documentation (three letters of endorsement) indicating how the nominee meets the criteria. The recognition committee
        reviews the nomination documentation, then approves or denies it. The recognition committee sends notification of the
        decision to the council’s board of directors for confirmation. Presentation is held at the GSCB Annual Meeting.
        Cost assumed by GSCB
        Deadline: December 1                                Supporting Documentation: Four letters of endorsement


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        The Juliette Gordon Low World Friendship Medal
        Criteria
        1. Impact on girls: The nominee’s efforts include girl involvement resulting in increased opportunities for girl-led global
           opportunities and Take Action projects resulting in significant global impact.
        2. Commitment: The nominee has demonstrated dedication and commitment over a significant amount of time by
           continuously promoting and expanding the global dimension of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting.
        3. Global Awareness: The nominee has created and promoted resources and opportunities that increase the
           understanding of the global dimension of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting to the council and the larger community.
        4. Leadership: The nominee is recognized by girl and adult members, and the larger community, as a leader who
           leverages the global impact of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting.
        5. Membership: The nominee is a current registered Girl Scout adult member in a council or USA Girl Scouts Overseas.

        Example of nominees
        The first example is an individual with a passion for travel, international volunteering, and Girl Scouting who has served as
        the Council’s Global Volunteer Liaison for four years. In this role, she was tasked with increasing the global dimension of
        Girl Scouting throughout both the council and the community at large. She began by collaborating with Council
        Membership staff members to identify the most underserved girls in the Council’s jurisdiction. She found a huge
        opportunity for growth among Hispanic girls and volunteers, and specifically within the Honduran community, spanning
        several urban and rural areas. By reaching out to the leaders and those communities, she forged partnerships and led
        girl- and volunteer-recruitment efforts that brought a 68 percent increase in girl membership and a 72 percent increase in
        adult membership over four years.
        She also helped launch a twinning opportunity with a Honduran school for daughters of single moms. Through this
        partnership, the volunteer helped 15 Girl Scouts plan and attend an international trip to Honduras to help build and supply
        a new library for this school. During her four years as Global Volunteer Liaison, she led two other international trips to
        World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts World Centers for 35 Girl Scout Ambassadors. She also has spoken and
        shared her experiences at each bi-annual volunteer enrichment workshop, encouraging and recruiting other Girl Scout
        volunteers to lead trips to the five World Centers.
        In addition to sharing her passion and expertise in global Girl Scouting, this volunteer has been a regular contributor to the
        Juliette Low World Friendship Fund and has spoken to ten local corporations about financial support for the fund.
        Nomination and Approval Procedures
        A Girl Scout council* or an individual nominates a candidate or council* that meets all the criteria and has not previously
        received this award. The GSUSA nomination form is to be completed in full and submitted along with two letters of
        endorsement describing how the nominee meets the criteria for the award. Nominations may be submitted at any time by
        mailing the nomination form and endorsement letters to the Vice President of Global Girl Scouting at the address provided
        on the form. The nomination is presented to the International Commissioner for review. Final approval is by the GSUSA
        National Board of Directors. Upon approval, the Vice President of Global Girl Scouting will coordinate the presentation of
        the award to the nominee. Presentation is held at the GSCB Annual Meeting.

        * “Girl Scout council” includes USAGSO
        Cost assumed by GSCB
        Deadline: December 1                                Supporting Documentation: Two letters of endorsement



        PLEASE NOTE: GSUSA and GSCB awards requiring Board approval are awarded at the GSCB Annual Meeting. For those
        who are unable to attend, these awards may be given at an appropriate service unit recognition event AFTER the GSCB
        Annual Meeting.




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        Nomination and Approval of GSUSA Adult Awards
        Volunteers and staff across all departments and functions within the council are encouraged to participate in the
        nomination of adults or volunteer teams for formal awards, including the GSUSA Adult Awards. To evaluate the council’s
        nomination process, consider the following:
          Is participation encouraged from all functional levels and every audience in the council— including girls?
          Are nomination procedures distributed through a variety of media (direct mail, newsletters, websites, Facebook, etc.) that
            reach every audience in the council—including girls?
          Do the forms and documents required for nomination give adequate information to determine if the nominee has met the
            criteria of the award?
          Are the forms and documents required for nomination easily accessible by the appropriate staff members or volunteers?
          Does the recognition committee responsible for processing and approving nominations represent all audiences in your
            council?
          Does the recognition committee responsible for processing and approving nominations have adequate support and
            resources to encourage meaningful recognition to all volunteers throughout the year?
        The nomination process for formal adult awards should be simple and welcoming to encourage participation by girl and
        adult members council-wide. Sample nomination forms for the GSUSA Adult Awards are provided at the end of this
        chapter. We have provided a list of possible sources of information (such as endorsement letters) you may choose to
        require in the nomination form for each award. For example, you may need to look at how many members a Community
        Champion recruited, a training design a volunteer facilitator created, an increase in customer service survey results in a
        GSLE Coach’s jurisdiction, or testimonials of parents or Facebook votes by girls for a Troop Leader. Customize the
        nomination forms based on what information would be needed in your council to determine if the nominee fulfilled the
        criteria for each particular award.
        Once the information is gathered, use the following chart to determine the approval and presentation process for each
        award.

         Award                         Approval
         Thanks Badge                  A nomination form is completed and submitted, along with the appropriate
         Thanks Badge II               supporting paperwork as defined by the council, to the recognition committee. The
         Honor Pin                     recognition committee approves or denies the nomination and then sends the
         Appreciation Pin              decision to the council board for confirmation.

                                       A nomination form is completed and submitted, along with the appropriate
         President’s Award             supporting paperwork as defined by the council, to the recognition committee. The
                                       recognition committee approves or denies the nomination.
                                       A council or individual completes the GSUSA nomination form(s) in full and mails to
         Juliette Gordon Low
                                       the Vice President of Global Girl Scouting. Upon approval, the Vice President of
         World Friendship
                                       Global Girl Scouting is responsible for acquiring the medal and coordinating the
         Medal
                                       presentation of the award to the nominee.
                                       A nomination form is completed and submitted, along with the appropriate
         Volunteer of                  supporting paperwork as defined by the council, to the recognition committee or the
         Excellence                    appropriate service-delivery team. The recognition committee or service-delivery
                                       team approves or denies the nomination.




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