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Adult Achievement Awards

Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, Inc. partners with 2,600 trained, dedicated and wonderful adult volunteers who share their time and talent with the girls in our council.

Of course, a smile, a verbal “thank you” or a quick note are terrific ways to let your leader or service team member know you care. But there are also many formal ways to recognize an adult volunteer's achievements.

Awards given out at the Annual Meeting are:

  • Appreciation Pin: Outstanding service that benefits one or more service units and contributes to council goals
  • Honor Pin: Outstanding service that benefits two or more service units, etc.
  • Thanks Badge I: Truly outstanding service that benefits the entire council or the GS organization as a whole. Service is so signficant that no other award would be appropriate.

Click here to see our council's most updated listing of adult achievement awards (updated: Feb 2014).

Click here for any forms (applications, sample Letters of Endorsement, etc) you may need to nominate somebody for an award.

If you have any questions, contact Laurie Pansa at

Volunteer of Excellence

This award recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding pin imageservice while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through use of the national program portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the council's mission delivery to girl and adult members. Click here to read more.

Click here for an application.

Volunteer Years of Service

GSRI Girl Scout VolunteerBe Recognized for Your Years in Girl Scouts!

The Volunteer Years of Service Pin recognizes an adult member registered with GSUSA for her/his years of active volunteer service in 5-year increments. Volunteers with 15 years and more of active volunteer service will be recognized at the annual meeting in May. Any volunteer with 5 or 10 years of active service will be recognized in the individual’s community.

Eligible volunteers need to fill out a Volunteer Years of Service Pin Application Form.

Milestones of Membership

In recognition of your total number of membership years, you can purchase membership numeral guards from the Girl Scout Shop. The numerals show the number of years (not necessarily continuous or consecutive) of registered membership, both as a girl and an adult, in any GSRI Recognition AwardGirl Scout/Girl Guide organization. Numeral guards are attached to your official Girl Scout membership pin. Numeral guards are available in increments of 5 years. Members with 50+ years will be recognized at the annual meeting in May.

For more information, download the Milestones of Membership Form.

2013 Recognitions

Congratulations to these individuals who were honored at the 2013 Annual Meeting on May 2:

Thanks Badge

Pauline Gendron, Pawtucket, is an excellent example of what Girl Scouting is pauline gendronall about.  She jumps right into a new project with the thought “what is the Girl Scout way of doing this?”

This was her attitude when she took on the challenge of preparing and guiding the organization through the process of the long awaited online registration. Pauline was chosen Project Manager and she supported her team at boot camp training and then guided staff through three months of intense trainings. Pauline trained the Help Desk and was always available to support volunteers through the launch of online registration. Chris Stevens, membership coordinator and assistant professor at New England Institute of Technology, said “Consistently, no matter how many times I contacted her, Pauline would take care of the issue immediately. She never made me feel like I needed to take my concerns to another person or that she was too busy to respond. Her steady support and attention to detail really made a difficult transition more workable, and made me feel that our council truly supported the membership volunteers in the field."

Appreciation Pin

Bill Howard, North Kingstown, is active as an assistant troop leader and his community's camping consultant, but he provides many services to the entire bill howardcouncil as an advisor and resource for all things camping and out-of-doors.  Bill is part of the planning team for TREC (Teens Reaching Extraordinary Challenges) for older girls and Junior TREC for Junior Girl Scouts. He is active as a council trainer, offering Troop Camp Training for leaders. Bill was a founding member of the camping committee, which has developed a series of workshops for girls and leaders on camp cooking, tent site selection and set up, hiking skills and orienteering. This spring Bill worked with committee members to develop an adult-only backpacking training. He is also involved with the canoe team.  Almost every week-end this spring, Bill is scheduled to conduct or help with some type of workshop or camping activity. He provides opportunities for girls to get outdoors and teaches them how to be safe. Bill is a wonderful mentor to girls and volunteers.

Kim Michalik, Chepachet, is a long time volunteer whose ideas have been kim michalikused to motivate, inspire and improve the Girl Scout experience for girls and adults.  She was the leader of a large Daisy troop, the members of which are now graduating seniors. As the service unit manager, Kim is devoted to increasing the number of registered girls. Thanks to Kim's efforts and leadership, her service unit has met and exceeded its membership goal for 2013. Kim strives to make adult involvement easier and becoming a trainer is part of that vision. She and another member of her team make sure that all new leaders are trained, mentored and ready to start their troops as soon as possible.  Kim became a member of the Higher Awards committee because she strongly feels that girls should not sell themselves short.

Elaine Mathers, East Providence, has dedicated her adult life to making a elaine mathersdifference in the lives of our young women through Girl Scouts. For her hard work and leadership Elaine received the Thanks Badge in 1984. As the service unit manager for East Providence, Elaine continues to inspire leaders to do more and be more for themselves and their girls. She is leading by example. When GSRI made the decision to divest of Scout houses and no longer rent the Riverside Scout House, Elaine formed The East Providence Scout House Association, thus ensuring that Girl Scouts in East Providence would always have a home. Since then she has managed the daily operation of the Scout House organizing events to raise funds to making sure repairs are made and the building is utilized by Girl Scouts all year.

Volunteer Years of Service

Freda Lehrer, Cranston, 45 years
Freda comes from three generations of Girl Scouts. Her mother was her freda lehrer leader. Freda has worked with troops at all levels for 31 years and her daughter, Stacey, is a Gold Award recipient and council trainer. Freda worked at day and overnight summer camps as camp counselor, waterfront staff, and waterfront director. She has been a volunteer for several council-wide programs and events like the 85th anniversary, Worldfest 2000 and State House Day for the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts. She has led numerous leader workshops and outdoor skills training sessions. She is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts.

Tina Bonanno, Westerly, 25 years
Tina has been a leader for every age level from Daisy to Ambassador. She is the camping consultant for her service team and has served for two terms.

Helen Mochetti, Westerly, 20 years
During the past 20 years, Helen was a troop leader, a trainer, day camp unit leader, and age level program consultant. She is currently the service unit manager for the Westerly/Pawcatuck service unit. Under her leadership, the Westerly/Pawcatuck service unit has surpassed its membership goal for 2013.

Lisa Leone-Blackbird, Seekonk, 20 years
Lisa started her service helping with her daughter's troop. She went on to become cookie manager, assistant troop leader and then troop leader for many years. She was the product sales coordinator on her service team.

Pamela Scheller, Westerly, 15 years
Pamela has been a troop leader for about 8 years, from Brownie through Senior age levels. She is the product sales coordinator for her service team.

Justina Victorino, Chariho, 15 years
Justina has been a troop leader and assistant troop leader for 15 years. She has been a member of the Chariho service team in a variety of positions, currently as camping consultant.

Christine Fuller, Chariho, 15 years
Christine has been a leader and assistant leader for 12 years. For the past 3 years she has also been a member of the Chariho Service team, holding variouis positions. Christine is currently a member of the adult recognition committee and she helped at the 100th anniversary recognition booth at WaterFire.

Milestones of Membership

Michele Gariepy, North Providence, 55 Years
michele gariepyMichele was first registered as a Brownie Girl Scout. She attended Camp Hoffman as a camper and staff for 8 years where she attained the sailing rank of Admiral and spent many weekends as a Troop Camp aide. Michele was a Child Protective Investigator at the RI Dept of Children, Youth and Families for 26 years. She is member of the Juliette Low Society and a lifetime member of Girl Scouts.

Nancy P. Armstrong, North Kingstown, 55 Yearsnancy armstrong
As a member of the board of directors, the finance committee, the investment committee (chair), the fund development committee, and the leadership/major gifts sub-committee (chair), Nancy has worked tirelessly to ensure the financial stability of GSRI. For her efforts, Nancy received both the Thanks Badge and the Thanks Badge II, the highest awards an adult can receive in Girl Scouting. Nancy also served as the Cookie Sale chair for many years and recently served on the council service fee task force. Nancy remains a member of the finance and investment committees. Somebody wrote on Nancy's Girl Scout record: "I don't know her but she sounds super". Indeed she is!


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