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					Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Volunteer Recognition Awards All Volunteer Recognitions must be submitted online by January 8, 2010 To Nominate Volunteers: LINK To Endorse Nominations: LINK
After being approved by the Volunteer Recognitions Committee and the Board of Directors, GSUSA and GSEM volunteer recognitions are awarded to volunteers at our annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner. This year's dinner will be held March 11, 2010, 6:30PM in Marlborough at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel. Dinner is $25 per person, recipients are free. Register for the dinner. Nominations for Outstanding Leader and Outstanding Volunteer will be forwarded to the appropriate Service Unit for approval and presentation.

Recognition

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Criteria
Be a registered Girl Scout adult Completed appropriate training or demonstrated competence for the position or both. Performed at a level that exceeds the expectations of the position as outlined in the position description agreement in one or more of the following areas: o Membership o SHARE o Program o Pluralism o Marketing & Communications o Cookie Program o Other

Nomination, approval and Award Process

Additional Information

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 Volunteer in a position other than troop Volunteer

Outstanding Volunteer Award GSUSA Award Awarded at the service unit level

Can be nominated by any adult member or staff Endorsements needed: None The service unit may purchase and award these pins annually at an appropriate event of their design

Submit nominations describing the volunteer’s accomplishments online. The local Service Unit Team can appoint a committee to manage the Outstanding Volunteer Award including the setting of deadlines, the approval of nominations and the awarding of pins. The Service Unit Team will provide the Council Shop with a list of volunteers who will receive the award so that the achievement may be recorded in the volunteer’s membership records.

Volunteer in a troop leadership position

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Outstanding Leader Award GSUSA Award Awarded at the service unit level

Be a registered Girl Scout Complete appropriate training for troop leadership Perform at a level that exceeds the minimum expectations for a troop leader as outlined in the position description. Some examples might be:  Keeping a troop open and recruiting new girl and adult members through quality program and inclusive practices  Implementing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience throughout the troop program.  Building a Family and Friends Network and involving them in troop programming

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Can be nominated by any adult member or staff familiar with the candidate’s accomplishments Requires nomination and 2 Letters of Endorsements submitted online describing the candidate’s outstanding leadership and how the girls have benefited The service unit will purchase and award these pins annually

Submit nominations describing the volunteer’s accomplishments online. The local Service Unit Team can appoint a committee to manage the Outstanding Leader Award including the setting of deadlines, the approval of nominations and the awarding of pins. The Service Unit Team will provide the Council Shop with a list of volunteers award recipients so that the achievement may be recorded in the volunteer’s membership records.

President’s Award

A geographic area team or program delivery team

 All team members are registered Girl Scout adults  Must have significantly contributed to meeting one or more council goals in membership growth and retention, fund development, or increased community visibility  Must reflect the diversity of the area they service  Actively recognize, understand, and practice values of inclusive behavior  Be a registered Girl Scout adult  Have significantly contributed to meeting one or more council goals in membership growth and retention, fund development, or increased community visibility in one geographic area  Actively recognize, understand, and practice the values of inclusive behavior

 Any Girl Scout group may make an application for an individual to receive this award  Requires Nomination and 3 Letters of Endorsement  Submit Nomination and Endorsements describing the volunteer’s accomplishments online

Council Board of Directors approves or denies nominations after reviewing the recommendations of the council’s Volunteer Recognitions Committee. Council Board of Directors approves or denies nominations after reviewing the recommendations of the council’s Volunteer Recognitions Committee. Council Board of Directors approves or denies nominations after reviewing the recommendations of the council’s Volunteer Recognitions Committee. Council Board of Directors approves or denies nominations after reviewing the recommendations of the council’s Volunteer Recognitions Committee.

Appreciation Pin

Volunteers actively giving outstanding service to at least one geographic area or program delivery audience

 Any Girl Scout may make a nomination for an individual to receive this award  Requires Nomination and 3 Letters of Endorsement  Submit Nomination and Endorsements describing the volunteer’s accomplishments online

Honor Pin

Volunteers actively giving outstanding service in more than two geographic areas

 Be a registered Girl Scout adult  Have significantly contributed to meeting one or more council goals in membership growth and retention, fund development, or increased community visibility in two or more geographic areas  Actively recognize, understand, and practice the values of inclusive behavior  Be a registered Girl Scout adult  Have taken a leadership role at the council level in one or more of the following areas during the previous four years: o Increasing membership growth and retention o Increasing the percentage of adultgenerated funding in the total council income o Increasing innovative program

 Any Girl Scout may make a nomination for an individual to receive this award  Requires Nomination and 3 Letters of Endorsement  Submit Nomination and Endorsements describing the volunteer’s accomplishments online

Thanks Badge

Volunteers actively giving service that impacts the council or entire Girl Scout movement

 Any Girl Scout may make a nomination for an individual to receive this award.  Requires Nomination and 3 Letters of Endorsement  Submit Nomination and Endorsements describing the volunteer’s accomplishments online

A prior Thanks Badge recipient Thanks Badge II

opportunities council-wide o Developing a broad participation in policy-influencing decisions through the democratic process  Ensuring that inclusive behavior is recognized, understood, and practiced at all levels  Be a registered Girl Scout adult  Since receipt of the Thanks Badge, the candidate has provided distinguished service by taking a leadership role in developing a model that has been replicated at the national level in one or more of the following areas during the previous three years:  Membership  Program  Fund Development  Pluralism  Marketing and Communications  Strategic Planning  Human Resources    Be a registered Girl Scout adult Complete appropriate training for the position Perform at a level that exceeds expectations as laid out in the position description for one of the following areas:  Membership  Financial Development  Product Sales  Program  Adult Development  Community Collaborations

 Any Girl Scout may make a nomination for an individual to receive this award.  Requires Nomination and 3 Letters of Endorsement  Submit Nomination and Endorsements describing the volunteer’s accomplishments online

Council Recognitions Committee send its recommendation to the National Board Adult Recognitions Task Group.

NEW! Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts 3, 5, or 10 Year Sustained Service Pin Awarded at the Council Level

A member who has given valuable service to GSEM for three, five or ten years.

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Can be nominated by any adult member or staff familiar with the candidate’s accomplishments Requires Nomination and 2 Letters of Endorsement describing the volunteer’s accomplishments online Endorsements needed: Two from volunteers or staff who are able to elaborate on the candidate’s accomplishments and how it has furthered the GSEM mission

Council Board of Directors approves or denies nominations after reviewing the recommendations of the council’s Volunteer Recognitions Committee.

NEW! Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Green & Growing Award Awarded at the Service Unit level NEW! Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Soaring Through the Ranks Awarded at the service unit level

Troop Volunteers, leaders and assistant leaders

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Troop Volunteers

Has volunteered for less than 2 years with a troop or group of girls Taken the required core training from GSEM’s learning plan Participated in at least one service unit or council event or program Has kept troop open to new members Shows commitment to the troop through early registration for following year Girls participated in Cookie Program Implements Girl Scout Leadership within troop programming  Has volunteered with a troop from Daisy Girl Scouts through Ambassador Girl Scouts

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Can be nominated by any adult member or staff Endorsements needed: One from a parent, adult member or staff The service unit purchases and awards these pins annually at an appropriate event of their design

Submit nominations describing the volunteer’s accomplishments online. The local Service Unit will approve and present these awards at the Service Unit level.

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Registered members including girls can nominate any volunteer who qualifies Volunteers can purchase certificates from the Council Shop and award these at the service unit level

Ongoing, no deadline. Submit nominations describing the volunteer’s accomplishments online. The local Service Unit will approve and present these awards at the Service Unit level.

Troop Volunteers including leaders, assistants and coordinators

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 Leadership Development Pin GSUSA

Be a registered adult Girl Scout Have completed the core components of the GSEM Learning Plan: GSUSA Online Orientation, GSEM Orientation, Leadership Essentials and Level Workshop Actively recognize and practice the values of inclusive behavior

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Self nomination Endorsements needed: none Service units purchases and awards these pins annually or individuals may purchase their own pins at our Council Shops

Application Link: http://www.girlscouts easternmass.org/for ms/LeadershipDevelopment-PinLeaves.pdf Ongoing, no deadline. Submit paper application to Service Unit for approval and presentation.

Troop Volunteers including leaders, assistants and coordinators

Leadership Development Leaves GSUSA

Leaves are awarded based on additional training taken which will enhance abilities and skills as a Girl Scout volunteer. Each leaf represents 10 hours of additional learning/training or Service Unit meeting attendance. Five Green Leaves may be exchanged for one Silver Leaf. Five Silver Leaves may be exchanged for one Gold Leaf.

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Self nomination Endorsements needed: none Service units purchase and award these pins annually or individuals may purchase their own pins at our Council Shops.

Application Link: http://www.girlscouts easternmass.org/for ms/LeadershipDevelopment-PinLeaves.pdf Ongoing, no deadline Submit paper application to Service Unit for approval and presentation.

NEW! Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Make New Friends Girl Scout Community Certificate Awarded at the service unit and/or troop level NEW! Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Fun & Easy Thank You Awards Awarded at the service unit and/or troop level

Individuals, groups, organizations or businesses

Non-Girl Scouts who assist local Girl Scout troops or service units in any of the following ways:  Offers free meeting space  Makes donation of food or materials  Gives monetary donation  Other help or service that furthers the cause of Girl Scouts in the community

No nomination or approval process necessary at the council level. Service Units can and should give these certificates out at their discretion.

Ongoing, no deadline. Service Units and troops purchase these certificates at our Council Shops.

Any adult in a troop or service unit who should be thanked

Small, inexpensive items with a card or certificate attached explain the “award” to the volunteer, i.e.  Lifesavers with a card saying, “You’ve been a real LIFESAVER!”  Garden Gloves, “Thanks for digging in a lending a hand!”  Magic Wand, “You make magic happen for our service team!”

There is no nomination process necessary. These thank you awards can and should be given out at any time or on any occasion to thank volunteers, parents, community members and businesses who are doing a little extra for the local Girl Scout Community or troop

For a list of fun and easy thank you ideas: LINK


				
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