On April 24, the Evanston Girl Scout community received the GSUSA President’s Award for outstanding community service to girls, to the community, and to the Girl Scout movement. This award reflects the high level of commitment and energy that every Girl Scout leader, volunteer and girl gives to Girl Scouting. Evanston is part of the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Council, and hosts one of the more active and thriving Girl Scout communities in northern Illinois. This past year, there were 880 girls led by 310 leaders and adult volunteers. They have been very active earning badges, providing community service projects and going on field trips. Many Evanston businesses and organizations opened their doors to the troops. And Evanston Girl Scouts sold over 53,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies this past year.
Evanston leaders also earned recognition for their service to Girl Scouts. Sara Sullins, long-time Evanston Girl Scout leader and current co-manager, received the Thanks Badge, the highest level award that a volunteer can receive in recognition of exceptional service to Girl Scouts. Kathy Bauer and Marisa Naujokas received the Appreciation Pin for service to the Council and to the community. Several leaders were recognized for years of service: Carol McMahon, Eva Sue Schwinge, and Sam Sibley (30 years); Glenda Gordon (20 years); Maryellen Fitzsimonds (15 years); and Caroline Miller and Ellen Schwarzbach (10 years). The following leaders received their “5 Years of Service” pin: Susan Bednar; Frances Berg; Kathryn Ebert; Lynne Pace Green; Catherine Grimsted; Susan Lacy Ryan; Jan Sarkor; and Alexis Washa. Awards for Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Volunteer and other recognitions will be given at another ceremony later this month.